Despite critics, Tea Party influence impressive - Ahwatukee Foothills News: Commentary

default avatar
Welcome to the site! Login or Signup below.
Logout|My Dashboard

Despite critics, Tea Party influence impressive

Font Size:
Default font size
Larger font size

Posted: Friday, February 5, 2010 12:00 am

It’s heartening to see the Republican Party in the makeover seat. The old girl is in bad shape and so are a bunch of her incumbents who’ve gone off to sleep in their rockers. Ditto for the Dems.

The recent Massachusetts’ upset rang some bells, a welcome event for so many. And now, suddenly, there is a surge of politicians who pretend to care what the people want. The scandalous truth is, neither side of the aisle is wholly trustworthy and clearly there are some who can be bought.

So, this is the good news: The persuasion of the Tea Party movement is evident. Scott Brown’s win against the Massachusetts’ Democratic machine is only one of a number of victories they’ve influenced. Their passion is amazingly comforting as America flails under an administration quickly losing its political magic amid failed policies.

The Tea Party culture is notable here in the East Valley, a great family community, where churches and conservative values thrive. With the power of the ripple effect, we have much to offer the national scene. Arizona politicians best pay attention.

Earlier this month, the Maricopa County Republicans met in its annual mandatory meeting and from all signs, the Tea Partiers were vindicated there, too.

An internal straw poll showed Sen. John McCain and Gov. Jan Brewer are failing big in their own party. Hum. Must not be listening to their constituents.

East Valley Tea Party groups are reviewing candidates for all offices. They’re looking for fiscal conservatives who promote free market principles as well as the Constitution. Ahwatukee Foothills area citizens can connect with their neighbors who seek the same. Learn more at

Kathy Boatman, vice chairwoman of communications, tells me the numbers of interested citizens continues to grow: “The movement has given hope to those who are distraught about their country.”

Well, you’ve heard it, too. “Progressives” call the Tea Parties a “fad.” They say the grassroots organizations are made up of ignorant citizens. Take note of the malicious slander, dumped into the public domain, which Joe the Plumber and Sarah Palin know all about. Author Mark Levin rightly says, “Progressives” are “masterful at controlling the public vocabulary.”

The rational truth is, sticks and stones don’t offer a rational discussion. They’re elitist slurs from ancient past, in which looking down noses, upon the “unwashed,” was inbred among royalty and the so-called upper class in order to dominate. Thus, the ground work of hate and bigotry was laid for the current day. 

Progressives, who are determined to rewrite history, best not forget this country was founded by regular folks who sought the dignity and freedom of representative government; who claimed the right, with their lives, to be independent from British dominion; any kind of domination.

And now, hard-working, conservative Americans are awakened. They make up a wide selection of community servants; financially successful and well educated. They are people who fully understand why we’re the greatest nation – ever. Don’t take them lightly. Don’t mock and poke fun. An elitist is one thing, an elitist fool, another.


Linda Turley-Hansen is a syndicated columnist, a former Phoenix television anchor and an East Valley resident. Her columns appear monthly. She can be contacted at

More about

More about

More about

  • Discuss

This week at progressive state blogs: OK's Pruitt now America's problem; guns may go anywhere in MO

Rob Schofield at The Progressive Pulse of North Carolina writes—Revenge of the robber barons continues: Trump’s disastrous “anti-family, anti-…

Published: December 11, 2016 - 3:22 am @…

Thousands of people show support for kids hospitalized during the holidays in Phoenix

PHOENIX, AZ - About 2,000 people showed their support Saturday night for children battling an illness and are stuck at the hospital for the ho…

Published: December 10, 2016 - 10:46 pm @…

On Kirk Douglas's 100th Birthday, Remembering His 1990 Visit to the Mexican Border

This is a tribute to Kirk Douglas. It has only a tangential connection to immigration. I'll explain that at the end. The world knows Douglas f…

Published: December 10, 2016 - 10:19 pm @…

Crews battling brush fire in Cochise County

COCHISE COUNTY, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Firefighters are responding to a brush fire south of Sierra Vista, according to Coronado National Fores…

Published: December 10, 2016 - 9:38 pm @…

NOW: Multiple people injured after multi-car accident in Phoenix

PHOENIX - Officials are investigating a crash involving multiple cars in Phoenix. Fire crews were called to 95th Avenue and McDowell Road Satu…

Published: December 10, 2016 - 8:45 pm @…

Desert Botanical Garden

An exciting and diverse lineup of the best musical entertainment Arizona has to offer. Learn More Enjoy a Southwest Mexican-American menu, pre…

Published: December 10, 2016 - 8:37 pm @

Hairspray Live! is event television at its sloppy finest

The nonsensical but utterly magical trend of major broadcast networks producing expensive and messy live musicals continued last night with NB…

Published: December 10, 2016 - 8:37 pm @…

Phoenix-area 12-year-old transgender child shares transition story

In an exclusive interview with 12 News, a Valley 12-year-old opened up about a very personal situation: He was born transgender, and now he’s …

Published: December 10, 2016 - 8:15 pm @…

Can A STEM Program Help Make Boy Scouts Relevant Again?

Michael Jurkowitz is a fifth grader in Tucson, Arizona. He—like most other kids his age—enjoys hands-on projects well enough, but probably isn…

Published: December 10, 2016 - 8:07 pm @…

Churches Vow to Offer Sanctuary to People in US Illegally

Hundreds of houses of worship are offering sanctuary to people who could face deportation if President-elect Donald Trump follows through on h…

Published: December 10, 2016 - 7:48 pm @…

Facebook on Facebook

Twitter on Twitter


Subscribe to via RSS

RSS Feeds


Most Popular

Online poll