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Ron Battista II
02:29 PM on 05/02/2013
Thank you, Mr. Reid, for correctly calling the 'baggers anarchists. They're not the good kind,unfortunately.
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PWM
Eisenhower Republicans are liberals
04:10 PM on 05/02/2013
Reid is right. He is dealing with people as irrational as Russian serfs against the abolition of serfdom.
04:55 AM on 05/06/2013
The ones pushing for the abolition of serfdom were the anarchists.
02:23 PM on 05/02/2013
As soon as a black democrat person became president the Tea Party came into existence. Coincidence?
02:30 PM on 05/02/2013
1773 was the start! Tax day protesting in the 1990's and in 2001 they started sending tea bags to gov officials. Your comment is false
02:42 PM on 05/02/2013
I am sure they existed before ... but as soon as Obama became president their membership exploded.  Just like the NRA, KKK etc etc.
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PWM
Eisenhower Republicans are liberals
04:09 PM on 05/02/2013
Don't pretend the Koch funded modern tea party has anything to do with the patriots.
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PWM
Eisenhower Republicans are liberals
04:10 PM on 05/02/2013
Exactly. Where was there concern when republicans drove up the national debt to 10 plus trillion?
02:21 PM on 05/02/2013
Call them what they actually are, domestic terrorists and treat them as such.
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03:26 PM on 05/02/2013
Here, here!
02:16 PM on 05/02/2013
Wow, Harry does have a pair.
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Karl Hildebrand
The GOTP Is Disorganized Hypocrisy
02:05 PM on 05/02/2013
I couldn't agree more with Senator Reid. The Tea Party is toxic to this country.
02:19 PM on 05/02/2013
I view the Tea Party as Patriots...and the Occupiers as, vermin.

Does that offend you?
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Bettaman
Former Republican - now sane
02:35 PM on 05/02/2013
Everything about the tbags offends us actual Americans.....
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Sue Roediger
""Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulez"
02:37 PM on 05/02/2013
vice versa ................. does that offend YOU?
01:04 PM on 05/06/2013
As is he!
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MrStat1
Conservative, NRA and Proud of It
02:04 PM on 05/02/2013
What a disgusting little man.
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Rascals Veda
Go. Do. Be.
01:57 PM on 05/02/2013
Not so strangely similar to tactics used to topple the Weimar Republic.
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Shamus Sherwood
I have worked in theater and televison for many ye
02:13 PM on 05/02/2013
Come again? Are you referring to the Machtergreifung in 1933 with Hitler's arrival which ended the Weimer Republic? Because the Weimer Republic was toppled by the Nazis so who are you calling a Nazi? Reid or the T Party, and if so why?
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hpchayes
03:00 PM on 05/02/2013
Golly Gee. Someone here who actually knows some history (a bit of hyperbole). I long ago pointed out the similarities between the Tea Party's rethorical style and methodology - scapegoating; stereotyping, slander,and clumny, and the tactics used by the Nazis in the 1920s and '30s
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yukonsam
This space reserved for self-referential irony.
01:50 PM on 05/02/2013
Anarchy is the philosophical extreme of libertarianism on the continuum of the appropriate level of government: strong government -> limited government -> no government. But while the Tea Party taps into the rhetoric of libertarianism, the goal of its financial backers is a de facto corporate state, where government is too weak to protect workers and consumers from the depredations of producers. Real libertarian/anarchists trust private power hierarchies as little or less than government ones.
02:34 PM on 05/02/2013
Libertarians Are Not Anarchists

Libertarians are not anarchists. While it is true that some individuals favor a political system of competing vigilante committees, and refer to this position as "anarcho-capitalism" (a view formerly held by libertarian economist Murray Rothbard), this is a confusing misnomer based on an apparent failure to clearly distinguish between the nature of market institutions (which do not involve the use of coercion at all, either initiatory or retaliatory) and the nature of coercive entities (criminal or legal). Actually, libertarianism rests on the concepts of individualism, self-ownership, private property, & voluntary (market) exchange. Classical anarchism not only opposed the political state, but also some voluntary organizations of which it disapproved. Most importantly, true anarchists opposed private property - without which no voluntary relationships are possible. Today's libertarians are in the classical liberal tradition of Algernon Sidney, John Locke, Adam Smith, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Edmund Burke, Herbert Spencer, and Frederic Bastiat - not the anarchist tradition of Proudhon, Kropotkin, and Bakunin. Virtually all the major thinkers and writers which inspired the libertarian cause -- Frederic Bastiat, Herbert Spencer, Auberon Herbert, Henry Hazlitt, F. A. Hayek, Ludwig von Mises, Leonard Read, Ayn Rand, George Reisman -- whatever differences they may have had, they all supported the libertarian position of advocating a general policy of laissez faire be imposed on government -- and they all opposed anarchy and anarchism as antithetical to liberty.
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yukonsam
This space reserved for self-referential irony.
02:39 PM on 05/02/2013
TL/DR: We're not with them. Yeah. ALL political philosophies feel that way about their extremists. You should hear the conservatives whine about facism.
01:42 PM on 05/02/2013
The comparison of anarchists and Tea Partiers reveals a fundamental lack of understanding of anarchism as a political philosophy, movement, and lifestyle. Anarchists do not attempt to block funding for basic human needs such as education, health care, and housing. Indeed, anarchists attempt to provide access to such necessities by providing them free of charge through an underground non-monetary economy.
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Ron Battista II
02:32 PM on 05/02/2013
No, these are anarchists, just not the right kind.
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woodshoe
MAYDAY! BastaYA!
02:41 PM on 05/02/2013
agreed with previous poster, they are every bit the antithesis of anarchism.. ARCHism maybe.. as they seem to harbor a deep affection for hierarchy.. corporate hierarchy, racial hierarchy, nationalist hierarchy, patriarchy, continued colonialism, religious hierarchy..

actually,.. i have seen little indication that there yet exists a model of stratification and domination that they expressly dissent from... making them 'not at all' anarchists OR making mince of the word's structure. ANarch.. 'AN' as in NOT.
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stahvinahtist
The Right -Victimhood fine tuned since 1/09
01:39 PM on 05/02/2013
That's an unfair comparison.
They're more like slightly less educated Juggalos.
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Sal George
Where ever you go, there you are.
01:29 PM on 05/02/2013
"Anarchism is often defined as a political philosophy which holds the state to be undesirable, unnecessary, or harmful."

Kinda sounds about right.
01:14 PM on 05/02/2013
I don't know if it's a good thing or a bad thing that this whole "Tea Party"/"anarchist" thing is just an improv act. The "Tea Party" is not, as Mr. Reid put it, "against government in any form," they're just pretending to be as long as there's a Democratic president. They're playing the role of anarhcists/anti-government zealots until the next Republican president takes office, at which time they'll go back to loving, lauding, worshipping and defending the federal government and everything it does, like they did from 2001-2008.

It's an act. I don't know if that makes it better or worse, but that's what it is.
07:07 PM on 05/02/2013
The TP is an act financed by the Koch Brothers (John Birch Society). They didn't exist until the Koch's funded them when Obama took office. That's the fact.
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vicla1942
01:11 PM on 05/02/2013
This congress 113 th has been in session for about 4 months and they refused to accept the
President's offer to replace the sequester. They refused to pass background checks, they have used holds and filibusters to stop the Obama agenda and appointees. They have no solutions to high unemployment, high debt and excessive wasteful government.The tgop is not your father's republican party , they are not statesman who can compromise and solve problems.They are ideological hacks, who depoend on lobbyist payoffs over the good of the country.
09:56 AM on 04/19/2014
You mean they have solutions that Harry and the left doesnt like so he fails to allow a vote in the Senate.
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Penny File
01:10 PM on 05/02/2013
Last I checked American's voted for the representatives that best represented their ideals. CA and NY are uber liberal and have uber liberal Senators, TX and OK are uber conservative and have uber conservative Senators. That's how that is suppose to work.
01:16 PM on 05/02/2013
~57.6 million people live in CA and NY.
~29.9 million people live in TX and OK.
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phillipgaohio
Lets push America into the 21st century
01:19 PM on 05/02/2013
not to mention ca and ny basically fund tx and ok.
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Penny File
01:20 PM on 05/02/2013
Yup, that's why CA and NY have greater representation in house.  All states have equal representation in the Senate.  This insures both states and people have equal representation.  It's also how funds are divided up and why we hold a census every 10 yrs. 
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weatherf
01:04 PM on 05/02/2013
The TPers are economic terrorists conducting jihad against the US economy.
02:21 PM on 05/02/2013
At least they aren't real terrorists like the one's in Benghazi that Obama and GovCo lied to us about.
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Sue Roediger
""Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulez"
02:42 PM on 05/02/2013
oh............seriously! did yo drink THAT cool aid???