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A backlash against the Tea Party

“The Tea Party has simply become a movement of threats,” and regardless of their politics, “people do not respond well to being threatened” said Saul Relative in YahooNews.com.

Saul Relative
YahooNews.com

The Tea Party is wearing out its welcome, said Saul Relative. A recent poll by USA Today/Gallup found that 47 percent of Americans now have an unfavorable opinion of the right-wing populist movement—with negative views rising steeply since the beginning of the year. Here’s why: The Tea Party started off as a group of libertarian idealists opposed to fiscal irresponsibility, but with the power that came after its success in the 2010 elections, it has become “a movement that threatens.”

Tea Partiers now not only threaten Democrats, they threaten any Republican who doesn’t bow to their rigid, uncompromising views, including House Speaker John Boehner. More troubling still to the general public is that in their vehement hatred of government, Tea Partiers now threaten “revered institutions that were put into place several generations ago as safety nets for workers, the poor, and the aged,” including unemployment benefits, Social Security, and Medicare. Tea Partiers even want to take away the right of union workers to bargain collectively. “The Tea Party has simply become a movement of threats,” and regardless of their politics, “people do not respond well to being threatened.”

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