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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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Pa. cop charged with homicide for killing unarmed man

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Jimmy Kimmel, Chelsea Clinton announce Serve a Year campaign

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How Uncertainty Fuels Anxiety - The Atlantic

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Wow! This is pretty much what it is like for Mississippi grossly underfunded schools for over a decade and  where Charter schools are also promoted as an solution and option. Also, how many of you  think the Governor of Mississippi and Florida should explain personally to all 3rd graders held back until they can read on grade level how that doesn't make them a flunky and failure?  I personally think not being mature enough to have empathy for an 8 year old is a far greater failure and these leaders that are too cheap with state funds to hire enough reading specialist teachers to work with weak readers at all grade levels k-12 are sad examples of humanity. These governors should have been held in the 3rd grade till they displayed empathy for others. Just my thoughts..

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Hedge-fund manager Whitney Tilson stands at a Harvard club podium in midtown Manhattan, facing a room full of investors eating eggs and bacon, and eager to learn more about charter schools. The walls of the wood-paneled room are lined with the portraits of Tilson’s Harvard forefathers.
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From Occupy Posters:

"A Nation investigation reveals how a group of hedge funders are about to get exactly what they paid for. "


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Read here about the Charter school take over of Publicly held and locally controlled schools. How do these these billionaires plan to pocket the education billions from our pockets to theirs.....(read the article)....This trend by the way runs from New York to Mississippi.


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This is so true I can't believe we hardly discuss this or face this truth!

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