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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 demographic changes in America. [MORE]


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

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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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Simultaneous Islamist Attacks Kill at Least 30 Soldiers in Egypt

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Jeremy Hunt should lead by example and take care of older people | Archie Bland

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Concern over Brexit's impact on political landscape in Northern Ireland

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U.S. Health Care Companies Enjoy Big Opening In India - Forbes

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Trampling culture, destroying history | The Why Files

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The attacks on historical sites in the middle east and now Egypt are a sad destruction of knowledge and our link to access communications from people of our past. Yes, it is our history there as well as theirs. Many of the stories of the Jews, the Christians and the Muslims and those that predate all those faiths lay in the dust and artifacts of those lands. Here is a story of how often and why this has happened. This is an interesting read.

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Policies on employee appearance and social media use declared unlawful - Crain's Cleveland Business (blog)

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Chinese Democracy Isn't Inevitable

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Government policy will seal the mouths of Muslim pupils | Owen Jones

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How Tsipras and Varoufakis turned Greek tragedy into Twitter triumph

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Confederate memorials splashed with 'Black Lives Matter' slogan

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The 'Black Lives Matter' movement and the controversy over commemoration of the Confederate Army converged Monday when activists spray painted the slogan on Confederate memorial in Baltimore.
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I think a better answer would be place a monument to a black hero close by in a manner that upstages this monument. Or push to have large bushes hide it. Not sure showing the angry, reactive side to a controversy is the best answer for change.

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With the global economy undergoing fundamental transformation, Kemal Derviş argues that a new social contract is needed to account for the increasingly important role that individual preferences, and individual responsibility, play in today’s world.
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While we were celebrating heroes this weekend look who was undercutting the efforts  of those that died for our freedom. I bunch of cowards, sneaks and vultures who seek to not let us have a voice. Just Saying!!!!! Mitch tried to slip in the vote on mass surveillance of citizen in renewing  the Patriot Act  as well this weekend...Give us a break Kentucky why didn't you ditch this guy!??? Just don't bother them with your wishes as citizens while their big multinational donors own them. VOTE THEM OUT AND TAKE OUR BUSINESS TO COMPANIES THAT DON"T OVERCHARGE US ENOUGH TO BUY THE GLOBE AND CORRUPT OUR POLITICIANS!!!!! PLEASE FOLKS LET'S WAKE UP!!! IS OBAMA A GOP TROJAN HORSE? THAT IS A VERY GOOD QUESTION!!!

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