The Tea Party is losing popularity because it has become afraid to truly represent it's members. Let's face it, the Tea Party is a white movement, just as the Republican Party is white, but they wont' dare admit it. It's very frustrating to me. How much time has the Tea Party spent steppin' and fetchin' to the Marxist fiddler's tune of "racism"? How much time have they spent conjuring up a black or hispanic faces to represent what is clearly white? Why are they ashamed to be white? It's like we can't have a voice or common interest! Wealth redistribution programs, high taxes, mass immigration, affirmative action, all that's definitely important, but it's not is REALLY behind the movement. My gut tells me that what's really behind it is the fear whites have of losing their the very country their fathers settled and defended FOR THEM. It's like they are waking up from an aweful hangover and seeing what a pickle they have put their children in. If the TP would just be honest, stop minority pandering, and come out against WHITE CHIDLREN BECOMING A HATED MINORITY AND SECOND CLASS CITIZENS IN THE VERY LANDS THEIR FATHERS CONQUERED FOR THEM, they would get tons of support. ]
NEWS ANALYSIS: Why is the Tea Party Losing Popularity?
July 8th, 2011 @ 10:30am
By Con Psarras
SALT LAKE CITY -- A recent poll suggests the Tea Party's kettle may be losing some steam, and it begs the question of what exactly about the movement is turning off some voters?
There are all kinds of potential answers, but let's explore one in particular: Is the movement's essential message wearing thin with people who are hungry for a more constructive discussion of national and local issues?
It was, after all, born as a protest movement, coalescing around concerns over the government's bail out of banks and other businesses during the financial crisis of 2008. As such, the Tea Party message has been inherently antagonistic. Phrases like "Don't tread on me" and "Let's take our country back" are rhetorically combative and confrontational.
By nature, such is the vocabulary of protest movements. "Hey, hey, LBJ, how many kids have you killed today?" is an example of 1960s anti-war sloganeering that even those sympathetic to the movement found over-the-top. Related:
New BYU poll suggests tea party influence on the decline
The influence of the tea party movement on Utah voters is on the decline with all but the strongest Republicans, a new poll shows.
Almost by default, or by no fault of its own, the Tea Party movement has become the anti-everything-government movement. Pull up a list of Tea Party positions and you'll notice it tilts heavily toward what the movement opposes, over what it might support. That's simply the nature of it, and it may rub coarsely against the grain of a growing ethic among voters that calls for problem-solving over finger-pointing.
A watershed Gallup Poll earlier this year identified strong support for a collaborative and bipartisan atmosphere to descend over Washington. Nearly four out of five Republicans said at the time it is either "very important" or "extremely important" that the Republican-dominated House of Representatives work "with President Obama and the Democratic leadership in the Senate to pass new legislation that both parties can agree on."
In the current negotiations over budget reduction and the debt ceiling, the most intransigent, take-no-prisoners rhetoric is coming from the Tea Party camp. Locally, the same camp produced the loudest and most strident opposition to the so-called "guest worker" immigration bill. And the movement tends to carry itself with an almost menacing swagger when it boasts of having gotten rid of politicians like former Senator Bob Bennett.
Certainly, Tea Party stalwarts will view this analysis as another example of hostile media trying to smear a movement that runs counter to the media's liberal nature. But the poll by BYU's Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy is nonetheless an indication the Tea Party message is increasingly being perceived as too shrill, too narrow and too negative. In other words, in this case, the message is not the medium, it really is the message.
THE REASON may be due to the lack of long term vision of the party's principles. A balanced budget ,economic reforms do not inspire those who will least benefit from these changes. The people want true reform: meaning the end to all unconstitutional legislation , a return to a pro-america foreign policy, and a return to good schools and a public education system that provides our youth with a chance to put their talents to work.[/QUOTE]