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Ibbetson: Tea Party Numbers Grow As Presidential Election Nears

By Paul A. Ibbetson

Barack Obama has clearly earned his day of reckoning with the American people. That should happen at the polls on Election Day 2012. Yet one important question appears, will the American people actually show up to send this President packing? The growing dissent over the President’s initiatives and programs are now reflected in most American opinion polls. For example, the September 2011 CBS/New York opinion poll showed Obama’s public approval rating at 43%, the lowest of his Presidency. However, opinion poll percentages by themselves won’t fill voting booths nationwide, so the fundamental question remains. Has such unpopular disapproval of Obama’s grand sweeping vision of America’s future created the voting numbers needed for his removal?

Rambunctious and ready conservatives, like me, who are anxious to see this President become a one-termer, need to swallow hard and taste the bitter pill of reality. The voting numbers needed to do this task are not yet attained, so we cannot be sure yet that Obama will absolutely positively be defeated in 2012.

Realistically, what assets are in the President’s corner? There are several that are important, despite his being the worst President in modern times. The Obama campaign coffers will likely fill to the tune of $1billon. The liberal media will continue to support Obama to the point of senseless overt water carrying of his destructive programs. The President also has the bully pulpit of the White House, which he has used with reckless abandon with little likelihood there will be any decrease in his pronouncements as election time nears. Hollywood will continue to be Hollywood, and too many actors will continue to kneel at the ideological feet of the progressive liberalism Obama espouses. When we get right down to it, the only unflinching factor that will derail another four years of destructive liberalism being implemented across this country is the power of the conservative majority in America. Enter the Tea Party.

Despite being demonized by the Democrat Party and minimized by liberal media, the Tea Party movement has not declined since its inception. It has instead increased in numbers. Over the last year, I have visited more than 50 cities in the state of Kansas. As unemployment numbers have increased, so has interest in the Tea Party. With each edict issued from Obama’s White House perch, a new group of Tea Partiers has formed in heartland communities. The recent liberal Occupy groups of course tried to emulate the grass roots appearance and focus of the Tea Party with a contrasting anti-American, anti-capitalistic flare, but this group has done nothing but make Tea Partiers even more appealing to mainstream America. Despite being framed as radical events run by angry racists, the Tea Party’s orderly patriotic weekend gatherings are now seen as benign in comparison to the rapes and thefts happening within the stench-filled tent cities of the Occupy movement. The line between conservatives and liberals is becoming clearer and clearer to more and more people.

What is also becoming clearer is that the once feared Tea Party is now seen by the voting public for who they truly are -- the American middle class. In visiting a large part of the state of Kansas one town at a time, I’ve seen that the Tea Party numbers are growing for two important reasons. The first is that once a person attends a Tea Party rally, that person is hooked. People understand their conservative values of adhering to the Constitution, controlling spending and having a working, but limited, government. All these relate to love of country and values that are easy to support. Second, the majority of voters now see that the nation is in a true fix, and they are looking for a positive, non-violent alternative to Obama’s goal of a fundamental transformation of America. Once people move past the lies of the liberal media, more and more citizens are finding that their local Tea Party is a very nice fit with what they believe.

So, for all the rambunctious and ready conservatives, those who are anxious to see this President be a one termer, the blueprint to victory in 2012 lies in coordinating the ever expanding Tea Party numbers and maximize the number of voters who do go to the polls and vote next November. Doing that will make Obama’s defeat and removal from office a certainty.

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Paul A. Ibbetson is a former Chief of Police of Cherryvale, Kansas, and member of the Montgomery County Drug Task Force. Paul received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Criminal Justice at Wichita State University, and his Ph.D. in Sociology at Kansas State University. Paul is the author of several books including the 2011 release “The Good Fight: Why Conservatives Must Take Back America.” Paul is also the radio host of the Kansas Broadcasting Association’s 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 award-winning radio program, Conscience of Kansas airing on KRMR The Patriot 105.7 FM, www.ibbetsonusa.com. For interviews or questions, please contact him at ibbetson105.7@gmail.com

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  1. newsjunkyComment by newsjunky
    November 21, 2011 @ 8:49 am

    I’m just as apprehensive as your article suggests, as I fear that he will be re-elected.  Already he’s managed to accumulate billions of dollars towards his campaign thanks to the many liberal institutions that are replete in this country, including the Unions and Acorn, just to name a few.  His polls numbers have incrementally increased and his likeability remains high according to the majority of polls. 

    His deceptive rhetoric is resonating with the public and he’s using the debacle with the supercommittee to prove his point that Republicans are holding back his “economic saving” policies.  Insofar as the tea party is concerned, if they are able to make as much of a difference as some conservatives contend — we might stand a chance of getting him tossed out.  However, most of the articles I’ve read do not seem to suggest that will actually happen.  The general public might be in the conservative realm, which I’m really starting to question, but the elitists, and the power broker institutions are basically ultra liberal. 

    I suspect that unless something drastic happens to bring him down, that he will regardless of our efforts, get re-elected again.  Needless to say, I sincerely hope I’m wrong.

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    • inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
      November 21, 2011 @ 9:19 am

       
      For those undecided fence sitters who cannot make up their minds which side of the political fence they wish to reside in, I suggest they go to a Tea Party rally, then go down to the OWS park rallies and compare the difference in cleanliness and smell.
       
      Trust me, your nose for politics will soon tell your mind what to do, and your bodies where to dwell.
       

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    • lovemycountry2Comment by lovemycountry2
      November 21, 2011 @ 10:00 am

      I think the undecided fence sitters are people that really don’t care and have no interest in their country or politics.  The only time the smell would bother them is if it were in their own backyards. 

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    • CharlieComment by vietnamvet
      November 21, 2011 @ 12:25 pm

      Some decades ago, the undecided (those unwilling to commit to one side or the other) were called Mugwumps.
      Those were birds sitting on the fence with their mugs on one side and their wumps on the other.

      Today, they prefer to be called ‘Independents’.

      Anybody who is a fence sitter in this day and age … must have a fencepost up his a$$.

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  2. inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
    November 21, 2011 @ 9:07 am

     
    As Obama’s campaign coffers approach the Billion dollar number, the question that should be asked is this; If his so-called disenfranchised poverty stricken contributors gave him a record $billion dollars to campaign with, just what did Obama give them? Just how and where does a party which claims to represent the poor and disenfranchised manage to raise a record Billion dollars to buy another Presidential term? How does something arise mysteriously from nothing? How does such wealth arise from such feigned poverty? You can bet that this money was dishonestly appropriated in record Chicago style political skimming, now taken to the national level and we would all be fools to wait until AFTER the 2012 election to do the investigating of how once again we cut our own throats with our own hard earned Liberal Progressively re-distributed ripped off wealth.
     

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    • davnkatzComment by davnkatz
      November 23, 2011 @ 12:27 am

      Some of his donations come from people like Soros.  I have no doubt that a record amount of his funds come from Muslim countries  and also China.  As proven, a huge amount comes from the unions.  Now, ask why these entities donate millions of $ to an “American” candidate. It sure ain’t because he talks good.  They expect a big payback.

      When he is dfeated, the new prez should totally investigate him and take appropriate leagl action.

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  3. Texas PatriotComment by Texas Patriot
    November 21, 2011 @ 10:37 am

    Here are two suggestions that would solve almost all America’s political problems.

    1.  Eliminate the privilege to vote for anyone who is a net ‘taker’ (receives more in unearned government income than contributions to government revenue).

    2.  Regarding lawmakers, for any fiscal year they produce a deficit – they are recalled, replaced in special election, and ineligible to run for office again.

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    • lovemycountry2Comment by lovemycountry2
      November 21, 2011 @ 10:45 am

      Sounds sensible!  However, we probably wouldn’t have anyone left to run the country.

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    • cdrcodyComment by cdrcody
      November 22, 2011 @ 3:46 am

      Hey, Texas,

      Be careful how you say things.  Words mean a lot, that’s how politicians weasel out of what you think they tell you.  According to your point #1, I would not be able to vote to put a conservative in the office since I am a “net taker”.  I receive my social security check, but I am not working so I am not putting anything back into the system.  For me, finding work is next to impossible.  At my age no one will hire me because they are afraid I will get a heart attack and keel over on the production floor.  Won’t happen, but try to tell them that.  I think I know what you mean, but like I said you have to be careful how you word it.   I go along with your point #2, maybe we should try it. Anyway, keep fighting.  All is not lost yet, we just have to push harder.

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    • wonderwarthogComment by wonderwarthog
      November 22, 2011 @ 7:23 pm

      Indeed, TP.  However, you’d lose a lot of Conservative votes if you arbitrarily took “takers” off the rolls, as well as running into a huge Constitutional roadblock.  I have worked 2 and sometimes 3 jobs to stay afloat and “get ahead” (Hah!  Now THERE’S a lie.) during my “productive” years, all of which required payment into SS.  Well, I’ve been so badly battered by my careers (all of which actually built a tangible part of this country’s infrastructure) that finally my health collapsed.  Now, I draw a pittance from disability (which I had much rather NOT do), but that doesn’t make my love of this country any the less.  In other places, I’d be a beggar in the streets until death took me, or until I became a criminal in order to live.  My suggestion to you is to walk a mile in MY shoes (if you ever could) and see if your feelings remain the same.
      OUT OBAMA IN 2012! 

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  4. bna42Comment by bna42
    November 21, 2011 @ 11:09 am

    When the statistics tell us that about half of the population pays NO federal income taxes to help support the federal government, it is obvious why we as a nation are so far in debt.  When the Democrats and all the liberal organizations strongly oppose any state requiring photo ID’s for eligibility to vote in national elections, it is obvious that they expect and condone voter fraud so they might keep the status quo.  When the Democrats on the “super committee” demand tax increases and refuse to consider actual spending cuts, it is obvious they are just laying the groundwork for more lies and deception about the GOP.  Until the Republican party fights back and demands solutions to these problems, the Democrats will continue their destruction of this nation.

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  5. ConstitutionalPatriotComment by ConstitutionalPatriot
    November 21, 2011 @ 11:48 am

    Lovemycountry2 brings up interesting food for thought. 100% correct in that we probably wouldn’t have anyone left to run the country based on the recent performance of our politicians.

    But I ask; Isn’t that exactly what we want?

    We The People
    are supposed to be running this country, not the pack of theives in Washington who were sent there to represent us and do our bidding. It seems to me the vast majority of them are doing everything but that. The salvation of our republic lies in the peoples ability to right this wrong and bring back self government.

    I fear that even if we succeed at returning to self government it will take generations to complete the transformation. This mess is not going to stop because Obama is gone, or even if 50% of congress is turned over. That happening (God willing) will send a positive message, but it will not stop the “proggressive” movement.

    Proggressives are way to entrenched in our educational system poisoning our youth, and in the courts to legislate from the bench. Their plan has taken many years to execute and they can now taste blood. Taking our country back is not going to be as simple as voting the traitors out of office. It is going to take a cultural change with people standing up for what is right and moral and removing those from our educational system that are not shining examples of such. We must be outspoken and call out the falacy of political correctness at every opportunity by pointing out it’s defects and it’s destructive influence.

    There is much work to be done and it starts with a famous quote from Thomas Jefferson.

    Enlighten the people, generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like spirits at the dawn of day.  – Thomas Jefferson 

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  6. JDZComment by JDZ
    November 21, 2011 @ 11:56 am

    There are a couple of changes that would help our country deal with the mess we are in and the inability of our government under Obama to effectively deal with it.  First of all, we absolutely need to change out the Whitehouse and replace Obama.  It should be obvious to anyone with half a brain that electing Obama to the presidency was a major mistake, and it also should be obvious that the Democrats in Congress have been perverted by the liberal manhandlers in Washington and have lost their way.  The traditional Democratic party would never have allowed themselves to become such a “social justice” oriented anti-capitalistic political party that we see today.  The differences in the two parties 40 years ago versus now are remarkable and heavily biased left and much more socialist. But what if Obama lucks out and gets re-elected?

    Secondly, then, the Tea Party and conservative Americans must keep the pressure on in the upcoming elections across the board.  If, for example, Obama somehow unfortunatley wins re-election next year, it is imperative that the Republicans not only retain control in the House, but must gain control of the Senate so as to neuter the Obama administration as much as possible in their second term.  We have to minimize our losses as much as possible. We need a national set of election wins comparable to what happened last year in the mid-term elections across the board from the local levels all the way up to Congress and the Presidency.  This is a major undertaking but very possible if enough work is done in the next 14 months to educate the public about the overall situation coupled with a strong Republican candidate for President as the spokesperson.

    Key issues that need clarification to the public are:

    1.  How the federal government is funded and where the money comes to support
         the government.  Too many people do not understand how it works.

    2.  Explain the national debt and the borrowing and spending going on that is
         unaffordable and the implications of continuing the current policies.

    3.  Inform the public of the differences between the private economy and the jobs
         created there versus the job creation within government and how that affects
         the workings of our country.  Capitalism versus socialism.

    4.  Clearly articulate how the national unions, particularly the public service unions, are
         controlling much of what happens within government.  Explain how the incestuous
         relationship between public service unions and Democratic politicians have led to
         the unsustainable and lucrative salaries and benefits of public service employees
         that is killing the ability of government at all levels to provide the public service
         we need.

    5.  Explain to the public how our national defense system works and why it is slowly
         deteriorating due to the reductions in the defense infrastucture spending over the
         last 10 years.  The money going into the wars has allowed the infrastructure   
         deterioration to accelerate to the level that all of our military services are in
         trouble and losing their edge. We have a grossly aging and out of date military
         due to neglect on weapons development and manufacturing and general support.

    6.   Explain to the public how the liberal mindset has ruined our public education 
          which is getting worse instead of better.

    I could go on and on, but, you get the picture.  The arguments and data is there and it needs to be packaged any presented clearly and massively before the elections. It would be helpful if the mainstream media would help.

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  7. rthomComment by rthom
    November 21, 2011 @ 4:31 pm

    For WHO ARE A FREE PEOPLE? Not those, over whom government is reasonable and equitably exercised, but those, who live under a government so constitutionally checked and controlled, that proper provision is made against its being otherwise exercised.” (emphasis in original)
    From: Letters From A Farmer In Pennsylvania, Letter VII. John Dickinson. 1767.

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