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To Cultivate Civil Discourse, Encourage Intellectual “Polarization”

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To Cultivate Civil Discourse, Encourage Intellectual “Polarization”

After the shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, some left-leaning commentators were quick to suggest that the shooter must have been a right-wing Tea Partier. When this proved to be baseless, they retreated to the allegation that a vague “climate of hate” generated by right-wing political discourse had somehow created conditions encouraging violence. The charge has […]

After the Election, the Tea Party Protests Must be Ongoing

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After the Election, the Tea Party Protests Must be Ongoing

Not since 1938 have Republicans gained so many seats in a single Congressional election as they did in the recent election. Voters were not merely angry, but were aware of the policies of the party they voted against. There is good reason to think that voters’ attitudes this November reflected their conscious evaluation of our […]

Campus Media Response: What Should the Tea Party Stand For?

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Campus Media Response: What Should the Tea Party Stand For?

University of Illinois student Stephen Spector recently published an op-ed that chides the Tea Party, somewhat condescendingly, for having no clear political principles. Spector’s claim is that the essence of the Tea Party is discontent with the way things are now: Your party’s catalog of blunders is as infelicitous as it is lengthy. Your fumbling […]

Campus Media Response: Tea Partiers Need to Upgrade Their Moral Code

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Campus Media Response: Tea Partiers Need to Upgrade Their Moral Code

Writing in the Harvard Crimson, Luis Martinez recently offered a sober analysis of the prospects for victory by “Tea Party” candidates in the upcoming November elections. Martinez notes how the Tea Partiers, who originally organized around economic issues and the demand to limit government spending, have now become distracted by infighting over “social issues” like […]

Campus Media Response: Critics of the Tea Party Miss the Point: We Do Not Belong to the State

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Campus Media Response: Critics of the Tea Party Miss the Point: We Do Not Belong to the State

Noting the recent wins by “tea party” candidates in Republican primaries, Daniel Charnoff of the USC Daily Trojan warns his readers about the implications of the movement’s agenda: Miller is a stand-up tea partier, meaning he wants to get rid of Medicare, Social Security and the Department of Education. Miller considers unemployment benefits unconstitutional and […]

The Great Health Care Squabble: A Battle of Ideas?

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The Great Health Care Squabble: A Battle of Ideas?

Are those who oppose health care reform simply racist?  Or perhaps just trying to fill their unemployment-related free time?  Two articles recently appearing in the New York Times offer just such accounts of what motivates the Tea Party protesters and other vocal opponents of the new health care legislation In “The Rage Is Not About […]

In Defense of Liberty

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In Defense of Liberty

More than 200 years have passed since the sons and daughters of liberty fought to cast off the yoke of British oppression. In those 200 years America has become powerful and prosperous—but also, her memory has grown dim. Whether one considers the bailouts and regulations which began under Republican office, or the massive, debt-ridden state […]