Howard Dean says Tea Party members afraid of change

On Wednesday, former presidential candidate and Democratic Party chairman Howard Dean said the Tea Party is fueled by an older generation that has a discomfort with change, including the idea that America now has an African American president.

“I think it’s the last gasp of the 55-year-old generation,” Dean told a group of reporters. “It’s a group of older folks who have seen their lives change dramatically … They don’t know what to do. It’s just a huge change. They never thought the day would ever come. Every morning they see the president they’re reminded that things are totally different than when they were born.”

Dean later tried to clarify that he didn’t mean to say the Tea Party is racist at its core, but that the process of getting used to change is difficult for the movement. Some, however, are not satisfied with Dean’s clarification.

“Dean is throwing a verbal tantrum and making unfounded claims about racism,” said Deneen Borelli, Project 21 Fellow. “His analysis is a complete misdiagnosis of the Tea Party and the issues that are driving change in America.”

“Dean is attacking the symptom – the rise of the Tea Party – and not the disease – President Obama’s toxic policies,” Borelli continued. “The progressive hold on all three branches of government during the last Congress has brought the American people high unemployment and a war on fossil fuels that’s yielding three dollars a gallon gasoline. You don’t need a medical degree to see the real cause of what’s unsettling to Americans.”

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  • riseabove

    There was partial truth to what he said about humanity evolving into agnosticism and atheism. We’ve seen over the years how the theory of evolution has become fact in many people’s minds. When I was in high school, it was simply a theory. Now I can’t turn on the television and surf through the channels without landing on some documentary where the narrative completely dismisses Creation in favor of Evolution. It won’t stop, either. It’ll get worse.

    Let’s hope those young, impressionable minds that academia loves to mold have the wherewithall to keep asking questions and keep seeking the truth. I found these excerpts particularly interesting:

    After examining current research on the inner workings of the cell, British philosopher Antony Flew, once a leading champion of atheism, stated: “The almost unbelievable complexity of the arrangements which are needed to produce (life), [show] that intelligence must have been involved.” Flew believes in “following the argument no matter where it leads.” In his case it led to a complete change in thinking, so that he now believes in God.


    Many people do not believe in a Creator because of the well-known abuses and corruptions that blacken the history of many religions. Is that a sound reason for disbelief? No. “The excesses and atrocities of organized religion,” says Roy Abraham Varghese in his preface to Antony Flew’s book There Is a God, “have no bearing whatsoever on the existence of God, just as the threat of nuclear proliferation has no bearing on the question of whether E=mc2.”*

    *Energy equals mass multiplied by the square of the speed of light.

    From: http://www.watchtower.org/e/201002a/article_01.htm