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Why the Republican-hijacked "Tea Party" movement has become a pathetic joke!

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« on: February 15, 2011, 12:06:24 pm »

Kucinich challenges tea party to stand up for civil liberties

Sahil Kapur
Raw Story
February 9, 2011

WASHINGTON – The House is set to take up a measure this week renewing key provisions of the PATRIOT Act that expire Feb. 28.

Liberal Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) issued a challenge to tea party supporters and lawmakers in the new Congress: time to show you’re serious about liberty.

“The 112th Congress began with a historic reading of the U.S. Constitution,” Kucinich said in a statement. “Will anyone subscribe to the First and Fourth Amendments tomorrow when the PATRIOT Act is up for a vote? I am hopeful that members of the Tea Party who came to Congress to defend the Constitution will join me in challenging the reauthorization.”

Republicans won back control of the House by a large margin in November, thriving on the energy of the tea party movement, which fretted that Democrats were undermining freedom in the United States. Republican lawmakers across the country frequently proffer their commitment to the tea party’s self-styled ideals of liberty and freedom.

“Will tea party members defend the Constitution or capitulate on PATRIOT Act extension?” Kucinich’s statement added.

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