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Let's Party Like it is 1773

Let's Party Like it is 1773

By: Stephanie Ruby, guest blogger

As a Democrat, I often watch the Republican Party in bewilderment.
O’Reilly’s yelling, Hanity’s crazy accusations and Limbaugh’s know it
all judgments seem to me, at least, crazy and part of fringe element in our public discourse.
So, why then are they so damn popular?
Today, April 15th, while you and I are paying our membership fee in to an organized society with roads and firefighters and police officers, the republicans will be hosting tea parties all across the nation to protest taxes.
Yes, taxes.
They are harkening back to the Boston Tea party which protested the tyranny of Britain’s taxation of the American people.
Because our current situation is much like the incredibly hard time of the late 1700’s.
My interest in the tea parties comes, mainly, from a point of reluctant admiration.
The Republican agenda right now is continually being drowned out by President Obama and the Democratic majority in Congress.
Yet, the crazier they become…the more they say that President Obama is a socialist who will take away their guns, the more popular they become.
I’d like to think that reason is what dictates the choices that the general public makes.
So does the Democratic Party, which might be their problem.
What do you think is more effective?
Appealing to the rational or emotional side of people?


Stephanie Ruby is a lobbyist in Harrisburg, PA who has worked on multiple campaigns, including Hillary Clinton’s 2008 bid for the presidency. She helped organized the Women’s Caucus at the Democratic National Convention in 2008 and she holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Florida with a concentration in Political Communication.


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