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A Letter To A Tea Partier-- Seeking Common Ground between Tea Partiers and Progressives

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I received an email titled:  Tea party Multi Email No. 48
Every now and then, I check out the opposition and see what they're talking about. 
This particular email surprised me. There were a number of topics where there seemed to be agreement between the tea party and progressives. So I wrote an email to the sender. Here it is:

It's interesting. You publish some of the same people in your email that I publish in my progressive news and opinion website, opednews.com-- Bev Harris, Pepe Escobar-- and there are more than a few issues that we seem to agree on. 

On my site, most of my writers and readers are disgusted with the two party system-- with both Democrats and Republicans. THey go with the lesser of two evils-- which my readers usually consider democrats. But there's more and more talk about not doing that, about fighting the two party system. 

I realize there are a lot of things we drastically disagree on (we don't like Obama but would rather see him as the lesser of two evils, for example) But given the things we DO agree on, it could produce some real waves and generate some real power of the progressives and the teaparty could come together to work on some issues. 

-Corporate influence on government
-Corporate welfare
-Citizens United-- allowing unlimited corporate money and even foreign money into US elections
-congressionally mandated lack of competition for drug pricing and prevention of sourcing drugs outside the US
-Electronic voting threats to election integrity
-globalization effects on US industries and jobs-- how it helps a few hundred big corporations, not US middle class.
-GMO health dangers-- Monsanto forcing farmers to use their GMO seeds.
-The Two party system that is really two parties supporting corporatism.
-The failure to prosecute banker and finance company criminals. 
-The aggressive attack on a prosecution of Whistleblowers. 

There's no doubt that any alliance would be fragile and fraught with potential for friction. But the potential that an alliance could make a difference makes exploring the possibilities worthwhile. 

I've also published this on my website. I'm going to assume that some angry progressives will call names, but I do hope you consider posting this to your mailing list with an invitation for comments. Starting a civil dialogue and finding common ground could be a huge step forward on some of these issues.

rob kall



 

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In my experience, TEA Party positions are hallmark... by John Sanchez Jr. on Thursday, Sep 27, 2012 at 10:56:19 AM
I think in its infancy the Tea Party was more abou... by Burl Hall on Thursday, Sep 27, 2012 at 12:13:37 PM
Left and Right unite what will happen to us poor m... by BFalcon on Friday, Sep 28, 2012 at 2:46:24 AM
will outnumber the extremists by the same factor a... by John Sanchez Jr. on Friday, Sep 28, 2012 at 7:21:40 AM
 The way I remember history last time the ext... by BFalcon on Friday, Sep 28, 2012 at 10:03:33 PM
Right on! I've been saying for years now that the ... by Paul Kinzelman on Thursday, Sep 27, 2012 at 11:27:52 AM
There is also a LIberatarian that I don't know muc... by Burl Hall on Thursday, Sep 27, 2012 at 12:15:03 PM
Many of these issues are covered at http://www.gar... by June Genis on Thursday, Sep 27, 2012 at 12:42:44 PM
His privatized state prisons did it for me....I ju... by Burl Hall on Thursday, Sep 27, 2012 at 7:03:48 PM
Uh...Jill Stein of the Green Party will be on the ... by Daniel Penisten on Friday, Sep 28, 2012 at 1:48:59 PM
Yes! Unifying the groups of REAL people is tantamo... by Kim Cassidy on Thursday, Sep 27, 2012 at 11:39:56 AM
I'd like to say... I'm sure that our efforts (howe... by Kim Cassidy on Thursday, Sep 27, 2012 at 11:53:31 AM
I think Kim you are diving into a deeply important... by Burl Hall on Thursday, Sep 27, 2012 at 12:18:08 PM
I agree with Kim and Burl about working together a... by Michael McIlwain on Thursday, Sep 27, 2012 at 2:51:37 PM
Excellent and as usual and out-of-the-box piece by... by Jim Brauner on Thursday, Sep 27, 2012 at 12:20:50 PM
This Tea Party conservative can see common ground ... by Phil Weingart on Thursday, Sep 27, 2012 at 12:26:16 PM
Several studies have suggested that the tea party ... by June Genis on Thursday, Sep 27, 2012 at 12:51:17 PM
To have an intelligent discussion on this issue yo... by David Forte on Thursday, Sep 27, 2012 at 1:05:33 PM
Every effort at outreach is worthwhile.I hope you ... by Norm Conrad on Thursday, Sep 27, 2012 at 2:27:07 PM
This is a worthwhile idea and worth pursuing.I wan... by Ellen Slack on Thursday, Sep 27, 2012 at 5:00:26 PM
Lots of Tea Partiers want an end to wasteful milit... by Don Smith on Friday, Sep 28, 2012 at 12:58:26 AM
It's a nice idea and maybe even possible.I thought... by David Vicks on Friday, Sep 28, 2012 at 1:41:48 AM
If it isn't abundantly clear by now, the right win... by David Vicks on Friday, Sep 28, 2012 at 1:52:22 AM
 If we carefully look at how we waste taxes (... by Daniel Geery on Friday, Sep 28, 2012 at 1:55:46 PM
I agree that if we used taxes to invest in people ... by David Vicks on Friday, Sep 28, 2012 at 5:15:38 PM
I support your efforts to build upon the "Common G... by Daniel Penisten on Friday, Sep 28, 2012 at 1:38:21 PM
The libertarian freedom!!!! Freedom of the 'free m... by Lynne Kringler on Saturday, Sep 29, 2012 at 1:25:51 AM
at their debates when they yelled 'let him die', w... by Lynne Kringler on Saturday, Sep 29, 2012 at 1:36:44 AM
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