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An appetite for tea grows in Flyover Land.
"Tea party" groups converged on a remote section of the U.S.-Mexico border on Sunday to show support for Arizona's new immigration law and hear from more than a dozen conservative speakers, many of them candidates running for office in crowded Republican primaries.
The birth of the Tea Party movement is generally traced to February 2009, just a few weeks after President Obama's inauguration. While Rick Santelli's famous rant on CNBC was the spark that ignited Tea Party gatherings across the nation and gave it its name, the movement's genesis was in progress long before that fateful day.
We're seeing a re-emergence of constitutional principles and federalism across the country. It's a major issue in the health care reform debate, as Tea Party activists and others have refocused attention on the long-dormant principle concerning the individual mandates to purchase insurance and excessive spending by the federal government.
Thank you for publishing Ted Nugent's Op-Ed piece, "It is us" (Opinion, Monday). Mr. Nugent is right. Americans of all ethnic and racial backgrounds have lost their way.
Last week was a surprisingly good moment for American politics. It was the week that, through a confluence of bizarre and unlikely events, the vicious act of falsely accusing people of racism became a laughingstock. It went from being a career killer to a punch line; from villainy to vaudeville; from knife in the back to pie in the face.
Delivering dollars for Washington state is a point of pride for Democratic Sen. Patty Murray, whose efforts have helped her comfortably win re-election twice. Republicans insist that this November, it will be her downfall.
"Teachable moments" can be good, but only if the class is listening. It helps if there's a teacher on hand to exploit the moment.
In a Friday Commentary column, Deroy Murdock quoted the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) as saying that the Tea Party would "push our country back to the pre-civil rights era" ("NAACP has forgotten what a racist is," Opinion). Actually, it is the Democratic Party with its socialist agenda that would push the country all the way back to the plantation and slavery era.