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Tea Party Values, the Civil War and Race in Raleigh, NC

by Eric Byler


Annabel Park recently spoke to Diane Rufino, leader of the Eastern North Carolina Tea Party, at the "Honor the Oath" rally at the State Capitol in Raleigh.
 

Diane had drawn applause during her speech when she praised North Carolina's role during the Civil War, yet, she said that Rev. Dr. William Barber is wrong to remind us of historic struggles for racial equality in order to counter the TEA Party, and address modern day injustices. "Time to move on," she said.

Diane is eager to change the perception that the TEA Party and Republican party are dominated by white men. In her interview, she explained that catch phrases like "take our country back" do not imply going back to a time before the Civil Rights movement. Instead, she argued, TEA Party members and other conservatives want to go back to a time when there were "parameters." 

"When was that?" Annabel asked. Diane's fascinating answer provides a window into the complexity and agony of TEA Party conservatives struggling to respond to changes in America.

After the interview, Annabel remarked that she really appreciated Diane's openness and willingness to engage her in dialogue. "Despite whatever differences we may have, I respect her strength and her spirit of engagement. I think it's critical to open up dialogue like this to heal America's divide." [MORE]

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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, February 21, 2013 9:35 PM

This is a great interview of someone with a Tea Party point of view.

Joseph Pomponio's comment, February 24, 2013 9:26 PM
I have to admit, after viewing the video I was a bit taken. Most Tea Party members I encounter have a very different vernacular to their speech. She did bring me back to my early years, doors unlocked, everyone knew each other, they were comfortable times. I though have seen the change. From a time when we helped each other, got over our different ethnic differences ( West Side Story), and lived in a society where opportunity was the mantra of the well and very well off. We were schooled from age 12 to be understanding, empathetic, productive and self supporting. Part time jobs were always available for lower income, people like myself. My employers were always encouraging my work and provided traning from adults with experience. We understood and respected law even when we didn't agree. As the years pasted I severed in the military, got married, and had 2 Kids. Then things changed, around 1973. An oil shortage caused be Opec, stagnation and encomium problems. But work was good, not much in raises but you made out. In the 1980"s laws changed, tax structure was set at fixed amount with deductions only for home owners. Jobs were still available but a little harder to get. Government work seemed the safest bet so I got one. Things got better, regular raises, health coverage, pension and representation. Like the kind we as citizens have. Never thought much of unions, until then. The 1990's proved the best until 1999. I remeber hearing that congressional reps were screaming that eliminating Glass Segal would destroy the country. I figured if Clinton signed it, banking and investors could be trusted. A very big mistake. Along the way I started looking back, when I grew up homeowners lived in homes 20 to 30 tears and that developed communities. From the 1990's on people bought homes and moved to better ones every 3-5 years. By the millennium Salaries were stagnant and hong people didn't want to have kids. I could go on but I'll sum up briefly. We did this to our selves, Diane probably lived in a different part of the country but like the rest of us a system stopped working. Today, there is to mush of every man for himself, with outside interests playing it for profit. Maybe I can't stop it but like Diane I can try. The Coffee party was my breath of fresh air: so here we go.
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Has the South Changed? Enough to roll back Voting Rights?

http://www.storyofamerica.org Has the South Changed? Justice Roberts made this claim while implying the Supreme Court wants to undermine the Voting Rights Ac...
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Rhett Rebold's curator insight, April 14, 2013 10:50 AM

Certainly it has incrementally changed, but not enough to warrant rolling back the Voting Rights Act. Mrs. Henderson's stories help to illuminate the situation.

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The U.S. Government's Secret Plans to Spy for American Corporations - The Intercept

The U.S. Government's Secret Plans to Spy for American Corporations - The Intercept | Coffee Party TV | Scoop.it
A secret 2009 report contemplates spying to bolster corporate profits — despite loud government denials. (After that categorical statement to the Post, the NSA was caught spying on plainly financial targets such as the...
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Do You See What I See? ~Anonymous

Thanks https://www.facebook.com/djdeewreck [Derek SacredLife Gedney] for your creation of this video for the Anonymous Activists Original video:.http://youtu...
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Occupy Television Vows to Keep Flailing Movement Alive

The Occupy Wall Street movement, which blazed brightly two years ago amid a sea of arrests, vandalism and attacks against the wealthy, is coming back in the form of an online TV channel.
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Sun shines on #MoralMarch as massive crowd sings "We Shall Overcome"

The emergence of the sun from behind cloud cover for the first time on Feb. 8, 2014 was taken as a sign by many from the faith community, and inspired an emotional moment for most of the tens of thousands who attended the Moral March on Raleigh. The freedom song "We Shall Overcome" had just shifted into "we are not afraid" as the day's first sunlight pushed through the clouds.

VIDEO BY: Emily Frachtling, Rhett Rebold, Eric Byler, Annabel Park


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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, February 22, 10:51 AM

This is about the new restrictive voting policy in North Carolina and the Moral Monday push back from thousands of NC citizens there that has been occurring for months on Mondays. Money in politics is behind the push to find ways to take the voters out of the vote. We voters are the Wild Card that could undermine the influence of money in politics and policy shaping.


Restrictive voting mandates have been pushed in a growing numbers of states. One must ask how does shortening early voting and Sunday voting and other types of changes prevent voter fraud which really has not even been demonstrated  anyway? It just prevents many from voting.


The proven fraud only occurred in registration to any noticeable degree because people were paid by the numbers they registered. Mickey Mouse and the dead people they registered did not actually show up to vote. Had they have shown up I'm sure someone would have noticed. Some might add that deleting voters in Florida and counting chads may have been the last seriously potential voting fraud and having voters photo IDs really would not have prevented that. Others might say the MItt Romney's son owning the voting machines could have also posed more serious risk of voter fraud then recruiting lots of people to physically walk into voting booths and personally lie about who they are, so that they might wait in line over and over and do that multiple times on the same few days or weeks. Think about it...How much would you have to pay people to do that?

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Drone Victims Tell Empty US House Their Story; Is America Listening?

Drone Victims Tell Empty US House Their Story; Is America Listening? | Coffee Party TV | Scoop.it
With only five US Representatives in attendance, a Pakistani school teacher and his two children brought tears to the House this week describing the drone attack that killed his mother and injured and traumatized his children.
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5 U.S. representatives came to hear them at a House hearing. 5.

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Peter Dreier on a New Generation of Activists

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Historian Peter Dreier shares why he\u2019s optimistic about America\u2019s future, including dynamic grass-roots initiatives around the country and, believe it or not, the radical politics of Dr. Seuss.
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Rashid Nuri Sustainable Farmer Discussing GMO in Interview and Film by Matthew James Bradley

Rashid Nuri Sustainable Farmer appeared at the GMO Conference at Morehouse Medical College in Atlanta with Jeffrey Smith and Dr. David Abernathy Discussing G...
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This guy is being the change that he wants to see...Fantastic!

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Fantastic!  Healthy food!

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Video: Robert Reich on 'Inequality for All'

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Robert Reich tells Bill Moyers about 'Inequality for All,' a new documentary about our shrinking middle class and the growing problem of income inequality.
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Full show that explains a lot about "The economy".

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His First 4 Sentences Are Interesting. The 5th Blew My Mind. And Made Me A Little Sick.

His First 4 Sentences Are Interesting. The 5th Blew My Mind. And Made Me A Little Sick. | Coffee Party TV | Scoop.it
Be the smartest person at your next cocktail party by repeating this whole sickeningly fact-checked speech.
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Health care costs.  Whaddya do?  Super smart and thoughtful guy talks about it.

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Filmmaker: White Privilege: Innocent, Trayvon Martin: Guilty (VIDEO)

Filmmaker: White Privilege: Innocent, Trayvon Martin: Guilty (VIDEO) | Coffee Party TV | Scoop.it
Filmmaker Dennis Trainor this video with a very deep message many will resist and some will outright reject.



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VIA Egberto Willies.

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Acquitted Development

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A Florida jury finds George Zimmerman innocent in the murder of Trayvon Martin.
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OMG.  This gave me a bit of comic relief about this surreal situation. 

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The Minimum Wage

Senator Bernie Sanders discusses the middle wage at a Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing.
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The Beheadings Are Bait

In our rush to return to war in Iraq we are playing into the Islamic State's hands, just as we played into the hands of al Qaeda in Iraq in 2004 and into Osama bin Laden's larger strategy with our morally disastrous Global War on Terror....
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Philly Mayor Says He Will Sign Bill Decriminali...

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In recent years, a tidal wave of public opinion has risen against the prohibition of marijuana, as more and more cities and states are (Philly Mayor Says He Will Sign Bill Decriminalizing Marijuana http://t.co/dTHulNfB3i)...
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Fresno federal judge: state's gun wait is unconstitutional for some | Local News | FresnoBee.com

Fresno federal judge: state's gun wait is unconstitutional for some | Local News | FresnoBee.com | Coffee Party TV | Scoop.it
A federal judge in Fresno on Monday ruled the state's 10-day waiting period for buying firearms is unconstitutional for those who've previously purchased weapons and cleared background checks.
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Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Wealth Gap (HBO) - YouTube

John Oliver discusses America's growing wealth gap and why it may be a problem in the future. Connect with Last Week Tonight online... Subscribe to the Last ...
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Great, great, sketch!  Please watch!

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Economic Inequality is Real, Personal, Expensive, and it was Created. We'll show you how.

Economic Inequality is Real, Personal, Expensive, and it was Created.  We'll show you how. | Coffee Party TV | Scoop.it
The fact that the United States has become increasingly unequal in terms of income, wages, wealth and opportunity has hit the mainstream and public demands for economic fairness have gone viral.
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Excellent.

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Chris Hedges | Let's Get This Class War Started

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“The rich are different from us,” F. Scott Fitzgerald is said to have remarked to Ernest Hemingway, to which Hemingway allegedly replied, “Yes, they have more money."


The disparities between rich and poor is a story told again and again. Unfortunately, we still have not learned from our past.

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How many times have we gone through the cycle of overwhelming wealth accompanied by disregard human value been overturned with new ideas created from that?  And what is the US facing now?  Huge income disparity and erosion of the social fabric and protections for all.


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Russell Brand - Time for a Spiritual Revolution

An amazing and inspirational speech by Russell Brand I made this video to help promote EducateInspireChange.org www.facebook.com/thejourneyofpurpose TJOP tak...
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Adam Green on Progressive Interest Groups - C-SPAN Video Library

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Adam Green, co-founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, talked about the fiscal goals and legislative agenda of progressive interest groups, along with their political and campaign strategies heading in to the 2014 elections.
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A progressive opinion on C-SPAN.  Refreshing.

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The GOP's little rule change they hoped you wouldn't notice

Guardian Op-Ed: http://gu.com/p/3jtjk/tw Twitter: http://twitter.com/ChrisVanHollen Facebook" http://facebook.com/ChrisVanHollen Late in the evening on Septe...
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How Inequality Was Created | Money & Politics, The Long View, What Matters Today | BillMoyers.com

How Inequality Was Created | Money & Politics, The Long View, What Matters Today | BillMoyers.com | Coffee Party TV | Scoop.it
In this animated video, former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich explains why America's top one percent now take home nearly 20 percent of the country's total income.
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Excellent video. Short and understandable.

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Noam Chomsky: Obama Is 'Running Biggest Terrorist Operation That Exists'

Continuing his streak of fiercely criticizing President Obama's foreign policy and civil liberties record, pre-eminent left-wing scholar Noam Chomsky told GR...
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Bill Moyers Essay: Thomas Jefferson's Betrayal | Moyers & Company | BillMoyers.com

Bill Moyers Essay: Thomas Jefferson's Betrayal | Moyers & Company | BillMoyers.com | Coffee Party TV | Scoop.it
It's important to remember that, behind the July 4th holiday, are human beings who were as flawed as they were inspired.
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A PLACE AT THE TABLE - Now on DVD and Blu-ray™

A PLACE AT THE TABLE - Now on DVD and Blu-ray™ | Coffee Party TV | Scoop.it
50 Million Americans—1 in 4 children—don’t know where their next meal is coming from. A Place at the Table tells the powerful stories of three such Americans, who maintain their dignity even as they struggle just to eat.
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A must see.


http://www.magpictures.com/aplaceatthetable/

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