Poll Question: Tea Parties Benefiting Politics?

The Tea Party Movement has been steadily growing since the 2008 General Election.
The Tea Party Movement has been steadily growing since the 2008 General Election.

Slowly starting out after the 2008 General Election, with steadily growing momentum, Tea Party groups have been making their voices heard around the nation. Summing up the movement quite well is Mark Noonan, who wrote an April 16th, 2010 article for the website Nevada News & Views.

In it, he states, “These people are, indeed, angry – but not shouting angry. Determinedly angry. Steely angry. Never gonna quit until America is rescued angry. These people are America – young and old; married and single; white, black, Hispanic... working people; educated people; veterans. The people who make America work and who have, at long last, had enough.”

Their voices and votes are starting to make an impact, as recent election outcomes are proving with first-time US Senate candidate Rand Paul handily defeating Trey Greyson in the Kentucky Primary last week. But others find Tea Party participants to be anger- and hate-filled people with a mob-like mentality, spewing nothing but political rhetoric.

The topic prompted this week's Bank of Sheridan / sheridanmedia.com poll question: Is the Tea Party movement playing a positive role in American politics?

Let us know what you think. Cast your vote on our homepage, and feel free to leave appropriate comments. Then be sure to tune in to NewsTalk 930 KROE to hear the results this Friday morning on the Jackson Electric Open Line.

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" Benefiting "

As with any case I would bank on the fact that it is benefiting a group of people, however I have doubts about it benefiting the group of people who started it....

no

I was thinking more like msnbc, nbc,abc, cbs, cnn, the majority of uban newspapers but i guess if fox is "pimping" the tea party then it is only fair dont you think?

Fox is equally biased

By most measures, the Tea Party Movement is a subset of the existing Republican party (or simply what the Republican party might be morphing into), and not a 3rd party.

In general, anything that raises legitimate questions or concerns about policies should usually be beneficial to the political scene as long as honest, open-minded discussions and debate are carried out and actual facts are used.
So I would hope that the Tea Party movement overall in the long run is beneficial, but it is very difficult to measure at this stage.
I am all for everyone voicing their views and opinions and having meaningful discussions and debate as necessary in order to come to the best solutions for the country as a whole.

The Tea Party "events", where people gather with those who mostly already agree with them and just rally and cheer for their ideas, are essentially just a situation of "preaching to the choir" and doesn't produce any change itself.
It can possibly expand the movement if "independents" and "undecideds" attend and change their thinking to agree with those in the movement.
It would be far more likely to work toward solutions if in each of those events they had organized discussions/debates with people representing the opposing viewpoints, but this typically is not the case.


To touch on the 'media' aspect of the whole situation:
If it wasn't for Fox News, it is quite possible that the "Tea Party movement" wouldn't even be a fraction of the size it is presently. Fox ensured that it went nationwide though.
Fox News is equally biased as it's competition, just in the opposite direction.
While Fox News may (by being the opposition of the views of Chris Matthews or Keith Olbermann etc.) "add some balance" to the overall spectrum of media, Fox News themselves are not "fair and balanced".

I will agree with you that

I will agree with you that those news outlets present a biased opinion. But are you saying that because of that Fox has the right to take it over the line in their reporting? If you label the MSNBC, NBC, ABC, CBS, and CNN as biased you have to label Fox as 'doing Gerbils proud.'

exactly

... and don't forget The Daily Show, Colbert Report, Saturday Night Live, 30 Rock, The View, VH1, and Mtv just to name a few more.

... and don't forget The

... and don't forget The Daily Show, Colbert Report, Saturday Night Live, 30 Rock, The View, VH1, and Mtv just to name a few more.

You are being facetious, right?

great question

because you have asked that question, should give you some idea of the Tea Party influence. It is reshaping american politics and not a moment too soon. It took the radical agenda of Obama, Pelosi and Reid to ignite the fire in America.The Tea Party has overcome the bias of media to be a force in this country.

Are you talking about the

Are you talking about the Fox News bias of pimping the Tea Party every chance they get?

"Are you talking about the

"Are you talking about the Fox News bias of pimping the Tea Party every chance they get?"

No I was thinking more along the lines of CNN pimping Obama every chance they get.