AND IN SUMMARY
“I was forced to go through a full-body scanner without being advised of an alternative. I was subjected to an abusive pat-down search. My laptop, cell phone or PDA was seized or searched. I was detained for extended periods of time when returning to the U.S. I was asked inappropriate questions when returning to the U.S. I was treated differently because of my race, religion, national origin, sexual identity or disability. I was singled out due to the suspected presence of my name on a watch list. I was denied boarding. I believe my rights have been violated in another way.”
“Americans are as likely to want tea party-backed Republican members of Congress to have the most influence over federal policies in the coming year as they are to prefer President Obama. The Democratic leaders in Congress rank last in this regard, behind the Republican leaders,” says Gallup Poll analyst Lydia Saad, who adds that mainstream Republican leadership ignores public warming to tea partiers “at its peril.”
Indeed, Mr. Obama garnered 28 percent of the favorability vote in a new survey, followed by tea partiers (27 percent), mainstream Republicans (23 percent), with Democrats bringing up the rear at 16 percent. Message to the Grand Old Party, though: Behave. Half the respondents also feared victorious Republicans will “go too far” in the zeal to reform, however, though 43 percent said that “they won’t go far enough.”
WHAT SHOULD BE BREWING
“Where is the Democrats’ tea party?” asks Pajamas Media writer Chris Salcedo. “The Democratic Party has become synonymous with deficits, defeatism and the decay of the American dream. Where are the rank-and-file Dems who will rescue their party from its hard-left leadership? My message to Democrats is simple: Take back your party. Your leadership has lead you astray.”
The American Family Association, Concerned Women for America, Coral Ridge Ministries, the Family Research Council, Liberty Council, the National Organization for Marriage and the Traditional Values Coalition are among 18 groups named by the Southern Poverty Law Center as groups that “pump out demonizing propaganda aimed at homosexuals and other sexual minorities … often amplified by certain politicians, other groups and even news organizations.”
The activist group plans to place many on a list of hate groups in 2011.
The damning list is “an absurd distraction emanating from a once-great organizations real mission,” says Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage. “With all the actual hate groups out there, how can Southern Poverty Law Center stoop so low?”
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