October 21st, 2013
08:41 AM ET

Zakaria: Can conservatives love 'real' America?

By Fareed Zakaria

For many conservatives today, the "rot" to be excoriated is not about economics and health care but about culture. A persistent theme of conservative intellectuals and commentators – in print and on Fox News – is the cultural decay of the country. But compared with almost any period in U.S. history, we live in bourgeois times, in a culture that values family, religion, work and, above all, private business. Young people today aspire to become Mark Zuckerberg. They quote the aphorisms of Warren Buffett. They read the Twitter feed of Bill Gates. Even after the worst recession since the Great Depression, there are no obvious radicals, anarchists, Black Panthers or other revolutionary movements – except for the Tea Party.

Now, for some tacticians and consultants, extreme rhetoric is just a way to keep the troops fired up. But rhetoric gives meaning and shape to a political movement. Over the past six decades, conservatives’ language of decay, despair and decline have created a group of Americans who fervently believe in this dark narrative and are determined to stop the country from plunging into what they see as imminent oblivion. They aren't going to give up just yet.

The era of crises could end, but only when this group of conservatives makes its peace with today's America. They are misty-eyed in their devotion to a distant republic of myth and memory and yet they are passionate in their dislike of the messy, multiracial, capitalist-and-welfare-state democracy that America actually has been for half a century – a fifth of this country's history. At some point, will they come to realize that you cannot love America in theory and hate it in fact?

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  1. ✠RZ✠

    "Hey, did you hear ? The government was partially closed."
    "Good! Just wait until those clowns in Washington are down to wearing barrels like the rest of us!"
    "No you moron, NOT partially CLOTHED." ! Partially CLOSED!"
    "Ohhh ok. Huh? CLOSED ?!? OMG get it open! NOW before we're all DOOMED!!"
    "Relax, they were just having a stupid spat. But they've reopened now."
    "Thank goodness, we're all saved! What were they fighting about anyhow?"
    "Not really too sure...... but I think they agreed to take our barrels."

    October 21, 2013 at 9:08 am | Reply
    • j. von hettlingen

      The political climate in Washington has always been rough! There had always been a bunch of eccentrics throughout history, who wanted to go against the grain, just to be able to go down in history. They didn't care whether they would be remembered with fondness. The same mentality prevails among members of the Tea Party. It's their perception of being iconic.

      October 22, 2013 at 8:35 am | Reply
      • ✠RZ✠

        Understood, JVH, but it's the consistent trend of governments, Washington of course included, to veer from the focus of what it means to govern and eventually plunge themselves and the nation into misfortune (and that's putting it mildly). And my point is that the math is really quite simple, yet made so complicated and opaque by the mismanagement of politics that the actual end result is completely overlooked. Which is usually that the nation's money and blood (taxpayer and their first born) will always ultimately pay for the mistakes of their government. So it's the whole system that lacks reason, accountability, and democracy. And until that's changed a vote is nothing more than a gamble, if it even counts.

        October 22, 2013 at 10:24 am |
  2. John

    Peace with today's America, for peace for America´s tomorrow. For the PEACE, we cannot tolerate that non-NATO members such as China, finance our debt. We need to keep our obligations to the NATO alliance, and must reject collaborations with Chinese inside NATO. No other way possible – for future peace.

    October 21, 2013 at 11:26 am | Reply
    • Felix Unger

      Gee John, are you trying to be funny or what? Our national debt is so large that not even one our so-called NATO "partners" can do anything about it! We need China and it needs us. Besides, why do we need these NATO "partners" if all they can do is to rubber stamp the right-wing politicians in Washington? On another note, the right-wing politicians can "love" America as long as the majority of the people are dumb enough to elect them over and over again!

      October 21, 2013 at 11:45 am | Reply
      • George Patton

        Of course America needs it allies in NATO, but not for the reason you've mentioned Phelix. As for right wing politicians in Washington, to whom do refer, or do you consider all of them right wing. If that's the case then your dunb as a stump. The article was addressing this war of fear that America cannot agree to disagree and still get things accomplished. Its saying that views that have been around since McCarthy are still prevelant in the United States and that some evil within the country will lead the American people astray. Fear works on the feeble minded like yourself. People with more than half a brain can see past the rhetoric and know that this is more a game of divide and conquer. The republicans are losing their relevance, their only message including a Canadian Ted Cruz who run up and say I'm protecting people from evil Obamacare, he doesn't give a wit about anybody but corporate business interests even some of the democrates support dropping corporate taxes on medical equipment, this is big business still pulling the string no matter which side of the isle people are on. Enough about the failure of the right to protect its sponsors. America will need a new party in the near future though, repunlicans like the dinosaurs are going extinct.

        October 22, 2013 at 12:57 am |
      • George patton

        If that bozo above wishes to spew his ignorance on this web page, I only wish that he'd quit using my screen name to do it under. This is not fair!

        October 22, 2013 at 10:51 am |
      • George patton

        @George Patton above. Then again, you made a very intelligent comment above. Sorry for the earlier post of mine above since I did before reading your post all the way through. Yes, we Americans do need to get over our cold war mentality. In fact, as early as the 1950's the Russians already had a name for it and that name is "byezumnost'"!

        October 22, 2013 at 7:30 pm |
    • Kyle

      What if anything does this have to do with the topic of the article, American culture?

      October 21, 2013 at 12:02 pm | Reply
  3. JAL

    Error msg: The attached PDF file is not a PDF file. Please remove file, create PDF and reattach.

    October 21, 2013 at 12:32 pm | Reply
  4. Robert

    "revolutionary movements – except for the Tea Party."??

    Zak you are a fool. The TEA party are patriots who want America to return to its core values.

    October 21, 2013 at 5:43 pm | Reply
    • joey

      Robert, you're right who is this foreign fool. He compares the Black Panther Party with the Tea Party. I don't know how long this fool has been in the US, but he does not really know recent history. Why doesn't fool look up the history of the Panther Party and what they stood for and what they preached like the overthrow of the US Government!

      October 21, 2013 at 7:06 pm | Reply
      • TERM LIMITS

        The Tea party is preaching the overthrow of Barack Obama? I saw a video of a guy the other day on CNN saying at the white house gates; "put down your Quran, and come out with your hands up!". Sounds like radical nutcases to me.

        October 21, 2013 at 8:05 pm |
      • Bruno Cruz

        He does NOT compare the Black Panthers and the Tea Party, other than to imply they are both revolutionary movements. So how are they NOT both revolutionary movements? And is this your only comment? You obviously can't even address the substance of the article.

        October 23, 2013 at 12:18 pm |
    • AmericanNonPartisan

      Robert,

      America's core value is representative democracy, meaning laws are created by a majority of elected representatives.

      Tea party extremists shut down the government because they wanted the Affordable Care Act changed and didn't have the required majorities in both houses of congress to make that happen.

      This extremism hurt our economy (S&P says it removed $24B from our economy), lowered our GDP (from 3% growth to 2.4% growth, again from S&P), and ultimately cost us jobs – and that doesn't even include the uncertainty brought about by threatening to not raise the debt limit. We are all a little poorer for these actions, a fact which is beyond reasonable dispute.

      I get that Tea Partiers want to change America. But if you are unable to convince your fellow Americans to elect the majorities necessary to do it, will you throw out the democratic principle of majority rule in pursuit of those core values?

      October 21, 2013 at 9:34 pm | Reply
      • Science

        And the tea party (Cruz and Rubio) just had their core values handed to them with new text books.

        Texas Textbook Publishers Say No To Creationism: Watchdog Report .
        http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/18/texas-textbooks-creationism_n_4124692.html

        October 22, 2013 at 7:57 am |
  5. REW

    I always thought the tea baggers lived in a world of their own, but this confirms that notion.

    The pilgrims/puritans left England, essentially a “free” country, to live in the new world in order to live as they wished. While in Massachusetts, they chased out Roger Williams to Rhode Island because he did not toe their line.

    History repeats itself. The tea baggers will have to move elsewhere to establish this world of their own.

    October 21, 2013 at 6:11 pm | Reply
    • Gilbert

      The Tea Party doesn't stand for or against any social issues at all. They only want to balance the budget. In simple terms, spend only what we collect in taxes (or as close to it as possible). You are being lied to by all involved. Progressives in the Republican and Liberal parties want you to believe the Tea Party is made up of a bunch of "extremists" Just note that they NEVER give examples of "extremism" Is it extreme to not waste taxpayer money on useless programs?

      October 21, 2013 at 6:26 pm | Reply
      • Frederick

        This is a simple one. Just increase taxes to cover the expense.

        I am sure you will object to this approach, but how many people want things, but don't want to pay for them.

        October 21, 2013 at 7:54 pm |
      • REW

        My apologies, I will remove the Tea Party from the discussion. Now let’s talk about conservatives and culture.

        As I said, like ALL immigrants who came from Europe and Asia, these immigrants came to escape their current government/economic situation. The conservatives, a distinct minority, WILL NOT change the current economic situation. Given the United States is becoming more Hispanic, the conservative’s hope of going back to whenever in the past [i.e., the good old days] will fail. Therefore, the conservatives might as well leave the sinking American ship, which they CAN NOT save, and live elsewhere.

        October 21, 2013 at 9:21 pm |
      • REW

        Gilbert,

        You can’t say I did not help you. See below:

        “Tea Party movement

        From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

        The Tea Party movement is an American political movement that is primarily known for advocating a reduction in the U.S. national debt and federal budget deficit by reducing U.S. government spending and taxes.

        The Tea Party has generally sought to avoid placing too much emphasis on traditional conservative social issues. National Tea Party organizations, such as the Tea Party Patriots and FreedomWorks, have expressed concern that engaging in social issues would be divisive. Instead, they have sought to have activists focus their efforts away from social issues and focus on economic and limited government issues.”

        October 21, 2013 at 9:33 pm |
      • Stan

        Gilbert

        I've read a few of your comments and yes its obvious that you support the Tea Party, its movement as you've mentioned was first to say no more spending on what America can't afford. I can understand the sentiment, what I don't understand is how the party and its organization has allowed itself to be funded by corporate America. You may think that your only using their resources to get your message out and effect change that would further your groups ideals, but that is the last thing big business is concerned about, and it shows itself in this last government kerfuffel, this is about sorporate not wanting to pay taxes and nothing more than that to them. What was the biggest item that was hoped to be removed if not the affordable care act, the tax on medical equipment, buddy pumping gas isn't going to benefit from that, no will the girl working at Walmart. Business on the other hand would benefit to the tume of billions of dollars. The arguement that the more you save business that some how this will help the average man or woman with some sort of trickle down has already been proven false, witness the last 15 years. What were business net contribution to the governments tax coffers like when the republicans first came along 60 or 50 years ago and what are they today? Do you know? The Tea Party may have wanted to protect the American people from big bad government, the two work hand in hand though. Ted Cruz doesn't care about mom and pop, but he does care about the money he is putting in his pocket from the likes of the Koch brothers. As long as that money flows he can stay on his soap box. By the way do you know how much money the Tea Party has spent and where its come from? I ask you this because you support the party and as such you would think you would know.

        Peace

        October 22, 2013 at 1:31 am |
      • Yankee Mike Bravo

        If the Tea Party wanted to get back to the principles of the Founding Fathers, they'd remember the actions of President Adams, who was at the Boston Tea Party, who organized the passing of the Virginia Resolution declaring us to be an independent nation, and who in 1798, signed An Act for the Relief of Sick and Disabled Seamen, which required all sailors to buy health insurance.

        And if the Tea Party truly wanted to balance the budget, it would be pushing for more jobs, knowing that moving folks off the welfare roles and onto the taxpayer roles is the surest and most effective way to decrease the deficit. But you never hear the Tea Party speak of creating jobs. Nor, do you ever hear of them advocating raising taxes. If the Bush and Obama tax cuts were repealed, the budget would be balanced NEXT YEAR.

        They claim they are not extremist, yet they celebrated the idea we might default on our debt, something we've never done in our history. And no nation in history has ever voluntarily defaulted on its sovereign debt. They cheered on default although the vast majority of Americans were opposed to it. It's hard to get more extreme than that.

        And have you ever heard of a Tea Partier compromising on anything???

        October 22, 2013 at 2:19 am |
      • Karl Marx

        Dood, a balanced budget is 100% Sharia law.

        October 22, 2013 at 5:43 am |
  6. jj

    Good point, the Tea Partiers are the loony tunes of American culture.

    October 21, 2013 at 6:16 pm | Reply
  7. Gilbert

    At first I was outraged when I heard Fareed make such ignorant, simple-minded and just plain stupid statements about the Tea Party. So I came to this site to express my anger. There are only six (6) comments on this site. I guess nobody even heard/saw Fareed make a total fool of himself. I'm no longer outraged. Fareed, your days at CNN must be numbered, I guess we will see you on MSNBC soon. They don't mind paying people with no audience to say stupid and childish things.

    October 21, 2013 at 6:18 pm | Reply
    • Non Partisan Voter

      Um, did you miss the 2012 elections when the term "Second Amendment Remedies" was thrown around pretty freely at Tea Party rallies? Advocating the armed overthrow of the government seems pretty radical and anarchistic to me, which is the point Zacaria was trying to make.

      October 21, 2013 at 8:31 pm | Reply
  8. PDirt

    Once again Fareed has shown he is totally clueless about America, what makes America great, and that he thinks we should follow the same failed path as his forefathers instead of the divinely inspired original intent of our American founding fathers.

    October 21, 2013 at 6:19 pm | Reply
  9. Bob123

    Gilbert

    At first I was outraged when I heard Fareed make such ignorant, simple-minded and just plain stupid statements about the Tea Party.

    ----------------------------

    Too bad for you they are all TRUE.

    October 21, 2013 at 6:24 pm | Reply
    • Gilbert

      Name one example that is true

      October 21, 2013 at 6:28 pm | Reply
      • Bill

        That many of our young people admire today's financial and cyber pioneers, like Buffet and Gates. That's a valid example. An most of today's young generations reject the GOP's approach. They'll need to address that before the old chiefs die and leave behind no followers to carry the torch.

        October 21, 2013 at 7:02 pm |
      • TERM LIMITS

        messy, multiracial, capitalist-and-welfare-state democracy that America actually has been for half a century....pretty true!

        October 21, 2013 at 8:07 pm |
  10. Gilbert

    How did I know you wouldn't be able to name one....shock.

    October 21, 2013 at 6:35 pm | Reply
    • Gilbert

      Bill,
      I have no idea what your example has to do with conservatives or the Tea Party. Reject the GOP approach...they don't even know the GOP approach. They think conservatives hate women, minorities, etc... (as does Fareed) They are completely mislead/lied to. That is all the liberals have is lies and distortion.

      October 21, 2013 at 7:11 pm | Reply
  11. Tea Party Poopers

    They argue for unlimited freedom, and yet prefer a Christian America with non-existent gun laws.

    They argue against taxes, but still want America to stand on its own feet.

    They argue for argument sake, because they're mad at something in the World and the easiest way to vent is about the government... even though they don't know what it is.

    The Tea Party Poopers haven't done anything productive for the country, and yet we still tolerate them because that's who we are... Even though they are nothing more than an extension of the West boro Baptist church

    October 21, 2013 at 6:43 pm | Reply
    • Gilbert

      Tea Party does not argue for unlimited freedom, and yet prefer a Christian America with non-existent gun laws.

      Tea Party does not argue against all taxes. We are aware taxes are a necessary evil.

      Now this comment is so intelligent, I'm stumped. " They argue for argument sake, because they're mad at something in the World and the easiest way to vent is about the government... even though they don't know what it is."
      Got an example?

      The Tea Party Poopers haven't done anything productive for the country, and yet we still tolerate them because that's who we are... Even though they are nothing more than an extension of the West boro Baptist church.

      Oh my, did you just call us a name?? very witty, "poopers" Ok you claim you tolerate us...REALLY? You called us arsonists, hostage takers, terrorists, extremists. You have no idea what the Tea Party stands for, but I bet you would support it if you did know.

      October 21, 2013 at 7:22 pm | Reply
  12. Dom

    More media brainwashing.... This dude is an idiot who clearly can't even balance his own checking account. All the real TEA party members want is to balanace the budget and pay down the debt. Why? Well – if we didn't have the debt we would all have free health care and college education. Ah – but the liberals want America to fail. The media wants America to fail so they can make money off the stories. Progressives want America to fail.

    Bottom line is this – Obama is planning to raise taxes on everybody but those who are not paying any taxes now. The non tax payers have the majority now so they can use mob rules to ruin the nation. How? Well raise taxes and see what happens... The richest people will just leave America and take the jobs with them – leaving the rest of us to rot. Once they start leaving America – because of its massive debt – will fall into a downward spiral that could bring down the West. Think i am some crazy guy? Well – when rich people stop paying most of the taxes the goverment will have to shrink. So that means more people without jobs. The military will shrink which means more people out of work. This downward spiral will be worse than anything in American history and could spell the doom of the country.

    October 21, 2013 at 6:50 pm | Reply
  13. Dom

    I think most people just don't get it because CNN, the media and the Democrats are manipulatiing everything. ObamaCare had always been a bargaining chip for the TEA party. De-funding the goverment, not raising the debt limit – those are all just bargining chips to try to get Obama to do the right thing! Which is cut spending – like he promised to do at the end of 2012 in exchange for a tax increase. Did he – no way.... Only the sequestor made him do it. Now he wants to end that and raise spending again. The goverment is too large to sustain itself and that is a huge problem. Just check out the facts about the debt and the amount of money we spend just to cover the interest. Insane! Look – i know it was started under Bush because of 911. We had a balanced budget before that day. But Obama has added 7 Trillion in debt! That is $1000 for every person on Earth! Do you really think there isn't something wrong with that?

    October 21, 2013 at 6:58 pm | Reply
    • Another Voice

      While I respect that you believe what you are saying, you do not speak for the Tea Party or all its members. I know many people that are part of the Tea Party movement and those that are true fiscal conservatives have left the movement because the local groups were all taken over by reactionaries that want to push a reactionary social agenda. Where I live, the Tea Party groups are filled with angry people that spout talking points from news radio or television, but have limited and often incorrect education in history, economics and politics.

      The Tea Party you write about no longer exists, just like the highly educated, fiscally conservative Republican party I joined decades ago has mutated into something I no longer recognize.

      October 21, 2013 at 8:32 pm | Reply
      • REW

        Another Voice,

        So, you are telling me that contrary to the above citation, which I gave to Gilbert, from Wikipedia, the local “tea baggers” are actually a political cancer in the American Society.

        October 21, 2013 at 9:44 pm |
  14. Spiritrider

    The last thing we need are Zakaria and the other elitists at CNN trying to define the "real America".

    October 21, 2013 at 6:58 pm | Reply
    • Patrick Portland

      Hmmm...let's look to Fareed for an explanation...NOT...symptomatic of CNN and their view of the world.

      October 21, 2013 at 7:09 pm | Reply
    • James

      You ostriches can stick your heads in the ground all you want, it doesn't change reality.

      October 22, 2013 at 4:36 pm | Reply
  15. veep

    If the Tea Party wants to be taken seriously, they have to leave the Republican Party.

    October 21, 2013 at 7:01 pm | Reply
    • David Cramer

      Most of us would say that if the Republican Party wants to be taken seriously they need to get rid of the Tea Party. If the two of you would split, you'd probably be surprised how unsuccessful the Tea Party would be. Right now they are dependent upon Republican money and voters to get elected, without that they would be nothing. Once moderate Republicans realize that the Tea Party hates them as much as it hate the Democrats, and they begin funding and voting for their own moderate candidates, the Tea Party will disappear.

      October 21, 2013 at 8:41 pm | Reply
  16. Concerned Conservative American

    Fareed, have you lost you d*mn mind?!?!?!

    October 21, 2013 at 7:05 pm | Reply
  17. Concerned Conservative American

    Apparently, your version of "GPS" is Grandiosely Pedantic Simpleton!

    October 21, 2013 at 7:16 pm | Reply
  18. Wow

    US Main stream media, would leave the Pravda envious of protecting, promoting and basically kissing the back side of they're Democrat socialist masters. It's amazing, this can happen in America.

    October 21, 2013 at 7:35 pm | Reply
  19. bob

    The lunatic fringe of the Republican party, most of whom are from the former slave states, want to go back to the good old days when blacks had to ride in the back of the bus and couldn't attend white schools, back to the days of no security net or wage laws to protect people who have to work for a living, and back to the days when the Bible was the universally recognized source of truth and wisdom. They believe these were better times to live in, and perhaps for their ancestors they were, but for the sons and daughters of the average working class American things steadily improved after slavery was repealed and Roosevelt got legislation passed to keep workers from being fleeced by big corporations, bankers and other swindlers. Under the leadership or Reagan some of these gains were reversed, and what protection our government gave to the working class that he didn't manage to abolish was taken away by the most recent Bush, along with the few remaining environment protection laws. But this in not enough for the radical right. I believe they would reinstate slavery, child labor, witch hunts and the burning of heretics if they thought they could get away with it. It's time that they were recognized as subversives and gotten out of our national legislature.

    October 21, 2013 at 8:19 pm | Reply
    • spinifers

      You do realize the slave states were run by Democrats? That the KKK was founded by Democrats, and one of their main targets was Republicans? That the Republican party started in large part to fight for the end of slavery? It's not hard to look up if you doubt me.

      October 22, 2013 at 1:14 pm | Reply
    • mique

      You have been reading my mind.

      October 22, 2013 at 3:57 pm | Reply
  20. JAL

    Great post.

    October 21, 2013 at 8:20 pm | Reply
  21. The Dude

    This may be the worst thing that I have read from Mr. Zakaria. Conservatives love America both in theory and reality. Many have the choice of living elsewhere but stay, others served in the military and encourage their children to do the same. The Right has many misconceptions about the Left, but consistently the Left's worst misreading of the Right is this: The Right's opposition to big government is not about hating their neighbor; it's about sincerely wanting them (and everyone else) to be the very best they can be. You will know that the Right has stopped loving America in reality when they say, "Whatever... take my taxes and do what you want with them... I don't care anymore if the other person ever learns to be a self-reliant, successful individual... let them be children their whole lives... it's not my problem."

    October 21, 2013 at 8:39 pm | Reply
    • mique

      Wow! I hope they never take the frame off of the beautiful picture you have painted for yourself. Can you name all of the different types of people there are in our country? The number is larger than one. Keep your wise insightful benevolence. The rest of us will just try and get along the best we can in the real world. I expect nothing from you.

      October 22, 2013 at 3:55 pm | Reply
    • Kurt

      I guess you are not aware that 90% of food stamp and welfare recipients are elderly, disabled or children.

      October 22, 2013 at 8:40 pm | Reply
  22. roger

    It is funny that those who want to preserve american value got blamed. Government should start to pay off the national debt. If we want to payoff the debt in 30 years, at the interest rate of 3%, what is the annual payment. Payoff in 50 years, what will be the annual payment?

    October 21, 2013 at 8:44 pm | Reply
  23. outspoken

    Real America is 1800 upto 1930. After that it is different America deviated from Forefathers.

    October 22, 2013 at 3:48 pm | Reply
  24. chrissy

    Waving a flag and picking a nostalgic american name does not magically and instantly make an organizatiom patriotic! Patriotism is defined by a true love of country and the sincere desire to help "create a more perfect union". Obviously, the various parties in our democracy have different ideas on how to make that happen, but they all believe in government and the rule of law. Except for the Tea Party! They hate the US government and thats why the pushed for the recent government shutdown.

    October 22, 2013 at 4:32 pm | Reply
  25. James

    Fareed Zakaria's GPS is the best commentary program out there. Keep it comiFareed!Zak

    October 22, 2013 at 4:39 pm | Reply
  26. jonquil123

    There was a time when it was shocking for a German immigrant to marry a Norwegian immigrant, in The Midwest. If any of these Conservatives wax poetic about a lost America, they should think back to NYC in the 1920's. There were so, many different ethnic groups living alongside each other and similarly, there were Americans lamenting over the changing complexion of America, even then. It didn't stop Italian or Greek boys from marrying Polish or German girls and these unions made up the idealistic America of many modern, Conservatives' youth; the 50's and 60's. Conservatives forget these shifting baselines and how, in the end, Americans agree on those things all humans want and that which is possible in America; self realization. This is how the mainstream re-fashions itself, time and time again.

    The biggest mistake Conservatives are now making, isn't their desire to desire to perpetuate their ideals and the culture of their youth, it's who they are excluding from participating, that's the problem. The nastiness directed at the little boy singing The National Anthem in a mariachi suit, was a good example of this. Do they want new immigrants to embrace the traditions of Conservatives' youth or do they not? Americans have long shown loyalty to America while being proud of ancestral heritage.

    October 22, 2013 at 7:33 pm | Reply
  27. ElreyJones

    Zakaria is a racist Who let this racist bully into this country? The Tea Party IS AMERICA. Zakaria is for getting rid of old line AMerica. He is a filthy conquistador but the true CONQUISTADORS were much smarter than him. Zakaria can go back to his true homeland. He is not American and he is a racist hater.

    October 22, 2013 at 9:29 pm | Reply
  28. chrissy

    There is something wrong with hating racists? What planet would that be? I must admit im not particularly fond of racists myself. And im as american as apple pie so your theory hasn't much merit.

    October 23, 2013 at 12:38 am | Reply
  29. Oberon Black

    A few recent headlines:

    "National Debt at $16.7 Trillion" (16,700,000,000,000)
    “The IRS paid up to $13.6 billion in bogus claims for the Earned Income Tax Credit last year and as much as $132.6 billion over the past decade”
    “Amtrak Managed to Lose $833 Million Selling $9.50 Hamburgers”
    “Post Office $5.6 Billion Default Raises Urgency of Reforms”
    “Washington Can't Defuse The Ticking Time Bombs Fannie Mae And Freddie Mac”
    “Department of Energy- 'Green' Loan Program – $787 billion later, disastrous failures”
    “How big is Medicare fraud? $75 to $250 Billion annually”

    What could the Tea Party possibly object to?

    October 23, 2013 at 2:07 pm | Reply
  30. Sivick

    Anyone who has seen a single rally can see these people are radicals and bigots. if the GOP wants any chance of surviving to the 22nd century they need to cut this turd loose and let the tea party be that, their own party. wanting to balance the budget is a fine goal that doesn't require you to call the president a secret kenyen muslim Nazi communist (which doesn't make sense) or to support no gun laws or be anti-immigration and anti-gay rights. Anyone who claims they aren't extremists I have one phrase for you. "second amendment solutions." yeah, they totally aren't extremists...

    October 23, 2013 at 3:28 pm | Reply
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