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February 11, 2010

SCHotline Opinion by Jeffrey Sewell

To its credit, the South Carolina Republican Party is not falling for the usual leftist scare tactic currently employed by Meghan McCain, to wit, that the Party is racist for embracing the Tea Party movement.

McCain, on “The View” opined about the Tea Party movement, that “It’s innate racism, and I think it’s why young people are turned off by this movement….And I’m sorry — revolutions start with young people, not with 65-year-old people talking about literacy tests and people who can’t say the word vote in English.”  Like uh whatever’ that means.

I don’t think she has a clue about the Tea Party Movement, she’s just a typical Washington pol, if you don’t like what your opponent is doing, call him a racist, ditto is you don’t like a group.

But, even though the Republican Party, bless its heart, is standing up bravely to this kind of ad hominem, stupid, mindless attack, doesn’t have a clue either.

The Republican Party, especially the officials in the Greenville County Party, was warned over and over about the dangers of embracing too overtly, the Tea Party Movement. The Tea Parties do not want to be embraced by the Republican Party and it is very foolish of them to continue down this path, especially after announcing that they will not go this route, that they get it, and they understand the Tea Party movement and other Patriot groups wish to remain independent of the Party.

While we realize that State Party Chair, Karen Floyd,  on Fox News last night, was refuting McCain, but at the same time, she was also turning off the Tea Partiers. Instead of reassuring and showing respect to the Tea Partiers, she showed she still doesn’t get it. The number one issue tea partiers have with the Republican Party and its officials is this: “They don’t listen to us.” Democrats aren’t any better, but they don’t run South Carolina.

Floyd and the Greenville Republican Party are showing that they are disconnected from this movement, no matter how much they want to be Tea Partiers themselves.

Our message to Karen, the State Party and the Greenville Party, is this: Listen to the People!  Show respect by letting them be independent. Your goal should be to reform the Party and be an attractive Party for these conservative tea partiers.  Invite by ATTRACTION, not by apparent co-optation. They will join precinct organizations and they will get involved with candidates of their choice. They will vote in the primaries, unless you continue in your apparent efforts to upstage them and manipulate their movement.

In South Carolina, only 12-17 percent of registered voters participate in Republican primaries. The Tea Party Movement is a conservative movement. They say over and over that they are NOT interested in forming a third party, but every organization has power mad individuals who want to be the head of something…do not give ammo to these folks.

Let the Tea Parties be Tea Parties and do your job to reform the Republican Party so that it gives the people conservative candidates. The Tea Party people want conservative government, show them you can advance the GOP in that direction, but don’t undermine the independence of the Tea Parties in so doing.

Yes, we know there is a tea party in Greenville that agrees with the GOP, but you, Karen, have a Public Relations Firm in Spartanburg. Use your PR skills and do some market research. You will find that, with the exception of the leadership of the Greenville Tea Party (which btw, has never had a tea party) and is viewed with suspicion, we are told, by other Tea Party leaders,  you are alienating the new blood that is pouring into your Party, and that is not good PR for the GOP.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. February 11, 2010 11:03 AM

    Excellent points!

    It was amazing in our monthly meeting how this – theme – was the major topic of discussion. The Chairperson and his two folks were arranging their topics of events to allow local and statewide promotion of candidates, and quite a few of the EC members were trying to figure out when we voted on measures that were being stated as “resolved/solved” and the last meeting they were all still “open/tabled”. Another point in the meeting, was communication, and it was clear that the “gatekeepers” really don’t want that happening.


    The opposite of that is Carolina Patriots got together and with twice as many folks in attendance than the aforementioned meeting, we had an extremely productive hour – hour an 1/2.

    People tend to go with what works not what halts communication and their concerns from reaching the politicians in our State.

    In Liberty,

  2. February 11, 2010 2:36 PM

    Very, very well said. Thank you Jeff!

  3. scott permalink
    February 11, 2010 4:02 PM

    We The People, of the Proud and Constitutionally tested, State of South Carolina and These United States of America, will support those that live up to the standards set forth by The Fore Fathers, The Founders of this battle tested Republic.
    We owe nothing, to any party, that claims to protect and represent us yet yearns for the mantle of authority and dominance over us !
    If you are truly made of the same blood and bones as our fathers who paved this land with their blood and toil then, most naturally, we will support you. If you awaken and there’s no one at your side, you had best look into a mirror!
    A Patriot’s son

  4. Martha B ragg Haynsworth permalink
    February 11, 2010 8:45 PM

    Get involved in the graasroots of the REPUBLICAN PARTY to change to what you wish to accomplish…

  5. Rebecca Stringer permalink
    February 12, 2010 2:10 AM

    I beg to differ with you , it is not young people any more that start revolutions. Just for your information the young ones are the very ones that got us into this mess. Remember the Obama girl? If that girl had a brain she would be dangerous. Don’t ever forget that just because you get older that does not mean you get stupid it just means you have learned to keep your mouth shut until you have something worthwhile to say.

  6. Jay Woodward permalink
    February 12, 2010 8:48 AM

    Hello fellow taxpayers,Sandlappers and Brothers of the NEW AMERICAN REVOLUTION. I AM JOHN Q. TAXPAYER. I am NOT a terrorist, I do not belong to any SUBVERSIVE GROUP, NOR do I belong to any political organization. I AM JON Q. TAXPAYER. I am here to inform you within the sound of my voice that I will not vote with the Republicans, nor will I vote with the Democrats. I will NOT cast MY vote for people that do NOT support my views. I do however pledge my support and my money for the candidates that best reflect what I seek to leave behind for my children. I am seeking the best candidate that WE the PEOPLE put forward, not a mouthpiece for some group of elites, with off-shore bank accounts. I AM JOHN Q. TAXPAYER, AND I APPROVE THIS MESSAGE!

  7. February 17, 2010 11:21 AM

    FITS | SC Tea Party Does “Walk Of Shame” From GOP

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