Lieberman: Don’t Underestimate Sarah Palin. President Clinton: Tea Party “Healthy.” {Videos}

Via Waylon Lewis
on Apr 17, 2010
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Tea Party Movement minus Vitriol = Good for America

“Everybody should listen.”

Joe Lieberman joined Bill Clinton (whom I found realllly inspiring, check Clinton’s speech below or here) in expressing respect for the Tea Party movement, and added:

I think … Sarah Palin for a lot of people has become a spokesperson. People worried that government has forgotten them, that it has grown too big, that the deficit is growing too large, and in some sense that we’re not being as strong as we should be in the world — Governor Palin has spoken to those concerns as much as anyone.

I do disagree with her on some of the specifics that she has said, but I think anybody who underestimates Sarah Palin as a political force in America does so at some peril, because she is speaking for a lot of people out there.

As the Buddhists say, our “enemies” can be our best teachers, if we can only bear to listen (Leno the other night compared Palin’s screaming at a rally to fingernails on a chalkboard).

President Clinton:

Clinton said people have the right “to advocate whatever the livin’ Sam Hill they want to advocate” but they must observe “the basic line dividing criticism from violence or its advocacy.”

The enthusiasm for the current Tea Party movement was essentially within bounds, Clinton said.

“This Tea Party movement can be a healthy thing if they are making us justify every dollar of taxes we raise and every dollar of money we’ve spent,” Clinton said.

“But when you get mad, sometimes you end up producing the exact opposite result of what you say you are for.”

Read the rest over at NY Daily News, and watch the video via CNN (sorry, it’s not embeddable). President Clinton reminds us of the Oklahoma City bombing, and how in many ways the historical context is similar.

Bonus: President Obama re the Tea Party:

Bonus: Jon Stewart

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About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


11 Responses to “Lieberman: Don’t Underestimate Sarah Palin. President Clinton: Tea Party “Healthy.” {Videos}”

  1. shakti says:

    I totally understand the Tea Party movement. However, there are streaks of verbal violence that muddle their message. just as Sarah Palin's total acceptance of the Party of No (that even Newt Gingrich/Chris Dodd reject) makes one recoil. What Clinton said in the quote you pulled above is right: the tea party could help keep them (government) honest.
    But right now–it still does not look like that is the agenda of this movement.
    Months ago, Deepak Chopra called Palin our collective shadow, in a column published in the SF Chronicle. He got so much flak for it. It seemed uncharacteristic of Chopra to write a scathing commentary.
    However, I believe Chopra was right. The Tea Party Movement appears to be the collective manifestation of the Sarah Palin sensibility. What is the Sarah Palin sensibility? Listen to her speak–and the anger and hate she can stir up with her thoughtless rhetoric. Is this the kind of message and spirit we want leaders–or wannabe leaders–spreading?

  2. David says:

    I'll take Tea Party protestors over Code Pink any day. Either way peaceful protesting is the American way. I have heard fringe lunatics on both sides of the isle. And the media loves to stir up the public because that sells their stupid out of date newscasts and newspapers.

  3. Greg says:

    Shakti, have you attended a Tea Party event? Worth checking it out for yourself as there is way too much biased reporting to get an accurate view from afar. My personal, firsthand observation parallels the title of a book my brother gave me, That's No Angry Mob, That's My Mom.

    I also recommend a careful, in-depth viewing of Glenn Beck. His show has more actual history and more actual fact-based reporting than any other political commentary show you will find. His historical recitation of the progressive era of Woodrow Wilson is an eye-opener. (Which leads one to study up on what turns out to have been a very repressive government here in the U.S.)

    Those who critique Beck want you to think he is ranting his personal opinion, but what really angered them was the way he played (over and over) video tapes of members of this administration who spoke, in their own words, about idolizing Mao, championing Marxism, supporting the way Chavez crushed opponents by taking over the media, and on and on…

    When you see the parade of characters this administration has hired—speaking in their own words—the effect is quite disturbing. One can cast aspersions on the Tea Party folks but when you contrast them with the history and the words of those serving in this administration, you might find yourself considering tossing a few bags of tea off the side of the ship of state.

    The existence of the Tea Party should, at the very least, provoke curiosity. What is it that they perceive is taking place in this government? What facts support their fears? Clinton and the spin machine would rather you look the other way, or simply go back to sleep. It may be better to engage in a little firsthand inquiry.

  4. "Speaking for a lot of people" always sounds nice, particularly since we all love "the people."
    But, it's less so when you consider: a lot of people are racist, a lot of people don't give a flying fuck about those less fortunate than themselves, a lot of people are ignorant and have been hoodwinked by the previously mentioned lot of people to fight against their own interests, etc.

  5. Greg says:

    YogaforCynics, you are correct, we run into deep doo doo when we follow those who speak about "the people." Collectivist utopias tend to promote themselves based on such abstract goods and then turn into nightmares. The national socialists of Germany were one such racist group who were out to protect the people and ended up wreaking havoc on the world. (Most confuse history believing they were right wingers rather than socialists, as their name attests.) The progressives of the early 20th Century in the U.S. developed and promoted eugenics, which was then exported to Europe. The story of that movement, as you probably already know, is quite an eye-opener.

  6. shakti says:

    YogaforCynics-100% agree.
    Greg-I would love to go watch a Tea Party event myself one of these days. In San Francisco (yes, San Francisco had a Tea Party!) this was the soundbite on record: "Why would I help my neighbor who's a bum?" Not sure if the neighbor was homeless, jobless–but that kind of spirit is understandable in these tough times. That's why I say I totally understand where Tea Partiers are coming from. Doesn't mean I agree.
    My complaint about them is not that I disagree with what they say. My complaint is about the words and actions that surround their message. Calls/suggestions for violence are unacceptable. Remember the NAFTA protests? Weren't those contemptible too–even if I kind of agreed with the protesters then?
    Re Clinton- I get him too. This is the right thing to say and do at this time. The Democrats are on the verge of losing Congress in November, and they know it. The Tea Party will kick them out. Any smart politician (and I don't mean that in a disparaging way) would try his darndest to either pre-empt that or at the very least, start on damage control this early.

  7. Shabba-hoooooo says:

    "I also recommend a careful, in-depth viewing of Glenn Beck. His show has more actual history and more actual fact-based reporting than any other political commentary show you will find."

    LOL. You're joking right? I mean, you're trolling here right?

  8. Greg says:

    YogaforCynics, you might find the comments at a Tea Party gathering to be quite different—at least I have. My observation was of people who were concerned about their neighbor as well as themselves. In some cases, they see the path we have been on as a threat to the welfare of all in the country. There is a sense, a belief, that lies have been told in order for gangster politicos to gain power and the result of this will be hardship, suffering, and enslavement for many people.

    The Tea Party people, for the most part, object to that which any clear thinking person would find objectionable. Corruption. Deceit. Theft. Spending that will bankrupt the nation. Abuse of power. Falsely representing laws and actions being taken.

    And also more subtle things—such as violating the principles of the Constitution. Being unresponsive to the concerns of citizens. And so forth.

    The most important outcome of the movement is that we, as Americans, engage in an in-depth discussion of how we see government, liberty, law, and our political future. Those who belittle and attack the concerns of the Tea Party are simply trying to prevent the dialogue from taking place. The facts do not bear out the propaganda about suggestions of violence. Such is a joke at best, a lousy attempt at propaganda. Those who put forth such nonsense should be called on their game—facts, please, gentlemen.

    I find it so ironic that those who cling to left wing politics do not pay sufficient attention to the primary funding source and the locus of power and control, George Soros. It is vital that one knows who plays the music to which one dances, because it feels real bad to discover, too late, that one has been duped.

  9. Greg says:

    Not at all. Have you watched?

  10. […] Yesterday, I posted a thoughtful article about how I respected the Tea Party Movement, and so did a certain gent by the na… […]

  11. Greg says:

    The following was excerpted and copied from a RedStates web site:


    Writing on January 15, 2010, Glenn Greenwald at Salon noted Barack Obama’s new head of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Cass Sunstein, had championed creating fake websites and using outside 501(c)(3) interest groups to act as alleged independent champions of government policy and to “cognitively infiltrate” opposition websites, etc.

    In other words, Cass Sunstein has favored the government using outside parties as government propaganda agents to paint their opposition as fringe and undermine their credibility. Kind of like what has been happening with the tea party movement – lots of SEIU members pretending to be tea party activists causing violence in front of TV cameras.

    It is worth checking out. Always important to track down the source of views floating out there.