A Response to Joe Scarborough’s Newsweek Article on the Death of the TEA Party Movement

JOE, JOE, JOE, come on man! Are you the same Joe Scarborough that I voted for when we both lived in Florida? The same Joe Scarborough that was endorsed by before and counseled by Chuck Baldwin (Presidential candidate for the Constitution Party) in regards to your marriage after you went to Washington? The same Joe Scarborough that I told my friends and neighbours about due to your conservative stances? You were conservative then, what happened? Was it all a rouse in order to get elected? You were a lawyer, so, that could be the case.
So apoplectic is your response to a movement that is gaining foothold not only in the American political scene, (they almost had NY23, they definitely were the reason the Republican establishment and Newt Gingrich endorsed Dede Scozzafava dropped out of the race (I find it telling that the Republican endorsed candidate endorsed the Democrat)), but also the Middle American Psyche.
The TEA Party movement is not obeying the establishment rules. It is attracting support not only from conservatives, which is it’s base, but also from liberal democrats.
The establishment media (also known as Main Stream Media, Old School Media, or Liberal Establishment Media) had tried their DARNDEST to paint the TEA Party movement as Racists, YET one of the TEA Parties favorite candidates is Lt. Col. Allen West of Florida, Michael Williams of Texas who is running for Kay Bailey Hutchinson seat is also in TEA Party sights for endorsement. Although the establishment media of which Joe is now a part are doing their level best to denigrate their fellow US citizen brothers and sisters by using disparaging terms (and it is called “mature” media???), those who join it are not discouraged. They are excited that they CAN make a difference in their government, something JOE ran on when he was first running in Florida.
Joe, I am surprised at you, what happened to you? Is the liberal mindset of those around you rubbing off on you, clogging your once clear cognitive abilities? Is there something in the water in Washington that changed you? When I listen to you now, it is like watching the “Invasion of the Body Snatchers”, your voice sounds the same (lost a little of the southern drawl you once had), you look the same, but there is something horribly wrong with you. You are no longer the Old Joe.
The TEA Party may be something the liberal media establishment, which, Joe, you are now a part of, would like to go away, but it is organic, and dynamic, and exciting, and growing.
Let me ask you something Joe, does the Democratic party have meetings in normal people’s homes all over this GREAT nation? Does the Republican Party? Do either of the parties that have been in power for 150 years or more and that DON’T GET ANYTHING DONE FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE have a system in which they get their information out to their people on a weekly basis? Sometimes daily? No?
Well, I guess I will take your assessment of a phenomena you have not investigated by getting involved with it with a large grain of salt. You, Newsweek, and the rest of the dying establishment media can be writing the obituary for the TEA party, but it seems they think misery is company as the numbers for their readership is dwindling to the point that many are stopping their print media and your MSNBC in the Broadcast media is a case in point.
Joe, you may be gloating on the death of something, but you fail to see that it is actually you and those who are reactionary against a movement that has just begun, who have the vultures circling over you. Look up Joe.



4 thoughts on “A Response to Joe Scarborough’s Newsweek Article on the Death of the TEA Party Movement

  1. I decided to take away my focus years ago from the national political scene. I felt led to concern myself with only what is in front of ME to do. Taking care of family, working for those who would hire me to do what they need in their homes, seeing the needs of my neighbors, and being a part of the congregation God has blessed me with. I see hope in any government, including the USA, as a complete waste, as did Jesus. He did not come to establish a government or worldly kingdom…though the disciples misunderstood and wanted him to. It was one of the described temptations in the wilderness for him to have POWER in the political world. He set about his business as the Savior. We, the church, fail our mission if we try to save this sinking ship of a government. They are like children in Washington, and refuse to work together. I do not believe it will ever improve. We are witnessing the decline of our civilization and believers need, I think, to attend to the spiritual needs of our society. Proclaim the gospel to those who will listen. We are sadly mistaken if we think our spiritual battle is to be fought on political grounds. We will fail miserably at both the aims of our Christian faith, and the task of reviving a worldly political entity, that seeks to serve only itself, and the select few who influence it. This, I honestly believe in my heart of hearts, and by conviction of the Holy Spirit. Doing good? Perhaps. Remember, the ENEMY of God’s best CAN be doing “good”.


    • David,

      Although I agree with you on the spiritual side, we should be going to our neighbors, our states our nation and to the world with the gospel. We are also suppose to sit in the city gates. Look at the proverbs 31 woman. She helped her family, her city and her world in both physical and spiritual. I have to disagree with you on pulling out of society. That is what the church did 100 years ago and look what happened. It left a void that Satan filled with HIS people who are now working against the Church. We need good Godly Christian people to run for positions in government. Not everyone is called into Government, but that does not mean none are.


  2. Called to government? How strange that sounds. We just spent the last century being lulled into thinking that we have a RIGHT to be a “Chrisitan” nation. Now people are squawking because they are afraid of something being taken away. Look at the truth which stares us in the face! Churches have been on every corner as long as we can remember, and what effect has it in the USA? Please, Jesus was crucified by a government, the apostle Paul was imprisoned by one. There is no Scriptural basis for trying to transform the world by governments. Yes, it’s much easier to fight political battles and yell and scream and protest. Much easier than seeing after the elderly, poor, really getting involved in someone’s life and make a difference. Yes, people get concerned about their rights…but little do we care that what every day would make a difference: Protest at abortion clinics? ok. Or stand there, find someone who will change her mind and provide for her and the baby. Yes, we choose the easy path in the name of righteousness frequently. Again, it’s not than no one does any good. They do. But what does God really want us to do? What has he directly commanded in Scripture already? I know, the political ship has set sail, and I failed to board.


  3. Don’t be too hard on Joe. He doesn’t disparage the Tea Party movement. He’s asking the same questions I’ve been asking, and I’ve planned and participated in 4 tea parties in the past year. Will it last? Some of the stuff I’m seeing around the nation makes me ask the same question Joe does. This ridiculous $500 a ticket tea party convention in Nashville portends problems that even uber-conservative new media guru Erick Erickson recognizes.

    I’ve heard Joe tell people on his show to stop calling us “teabaggers” because it’s disrespectful. Knowing that, I don’t think he meant his article to be disrespectful, but simply inquiring. Considering Joe stands for the same things we do- smaller government, lower taxes, balanced budgets, etc.- I think he meant well by this article and maybe didn’t get that across.


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