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    FreedomWorks for America Congratulates Dave Brat on Grassroots Upset in Virginia

    Originally Published in FreedomWorks For America on 6/10/14.

    Eric Cantor fails to win the GOP primary to grassroots candidate

    Washington, DC- FreedomWorks for America congratulates Dave Brat on his grassroots upset in Virginia’s seventh congressional district. Eric Cantor failed to win his primary, leaving an opening in the party leadership and sending a strong statement from the grassroots.

    FreedomWorks for America President Matt Kibbe commented, “Congratulations to Dave Brat on his huge upset. The statement from the grassroots could not be any clearer. It doesn’t matter what office you hold or how powerful you are. If you lose touch with activists on the ground, then your seat is in danger.”

    “The grassroots are taking their seat back at the table and returning accountability to Washington. Votes on Capitol Hill will be heard back in the district. If you stop representing your voters, they will hold you accountable at the voting booth. We are proud to stand with Dave Brat in his election and look forward to working with him to reform Washington, D.C.”

    FreedomWorks for America is a grassroots service center to over 6.5 million activists supporting candidates who believe in individual liberty and constitutionally-limited government. For more information, please visit www.FreedomWorksForAmerica.org or contact Jackie Bodnar at JBodnar@FreedomWorks.org.

    7 comments
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    Nashville123
    06/11/2014

    Stone Stone. I honestly don't think you understand what is going on. I have been involved with the Tea Party since it's early days and I have not met any "Billionaires trying to protect their financial interests" I have met a bunch of everyday folks from farmers to doctors, waitresses to auto mechanics who are trying to protect what little financial interest they have. We are also protecting your interests too , if being self-reliant and free is one of your interests. Actually Freedom Works and lots of other well known groups didn't give any financial support to Mr. Brat. He just went out with a simple message that regular folks could relate to. Being a conservative isn't an ideology like Progressivism is. It's the way I think humans are supposed to be. Not beholden to a central government.
    As far as your opinions about immigration, Tea-Party people and I think most people in general support immigration. Most of us are descendants of immigrants in our family tree. But to leave a border open and grant amnesty to people who have come here illegally is not in the best interest of America. These people come over to experience the American Dream, but if they come here to get on welfare and get free medical care, what kind of dream are we giving them ? I don't believe you are a moron Mr Stone-Stone. I think you misjudge what the Tea Party stands for. When I went down to my local Tea Party rally in downtown Franklin Tn a few years ago and saw the thousands of everyday people, all colors and genders I realized that this was not an ideology, it was simply a bunch of folks who care about each other, and care about this great nation that has been overall a force of good for the world. Washington has not listened to us folks and removing Eric Cantor was one way in which folks in Virginia will help the cause of the working man.

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    stone stone
    06/11/2014

    Nashville,
    ( BTW I am a native Tennessean as well) I totally get what is going on. Let me premise by stating that there is no such thing as a bad debate. We all have different opinions and are free to voice them. We can vote for different people as we so choose. There are liberals, conservatives, and those of the majority who are somewhere in between. BTW- conservatism is in fact a ideology just the same that liberalism is. There is nothing wrong with ideology. That very term means a believe in a grouping of like-minded ideas and therefor those who subscribe to either liberal or conservative ideology are are just that: ideologues.

    As far as the Tea Party, well if you look back to its founding, the movement may have in fact started as a genuine movement with a concern over spending and more libertarian ideas, but all one has to do is spend a quick few minutes to see where the movement now gets its funding. I stand by my previous statement that as of now it is nothing more than a tool for those with big money and the corporate, lobby, and industrial interests who tag along to use. Sure- the message to you and I might be that they are oh-so-concerned about our freedoms, but just look at what they are always against? They are against the EPA, raising the minimum wage, public schools, fuel economy and healthcare. You mentioned the people you know who are mechanics, farmers and "everyday folks" Every single one of those things I mentioned are meant to directly benefit them. But guess what those would not benefit? Those aforementioned financial contributors. In the end this has nothing to do with ordinary people and everything to do with them. That's it.
    As far as immigration is concerned, well we can go into those details all day long. But any GOP politician who takes a stance on immigration that is even remotely negative is not doing their party any favors and that will totally turn off the immigrant vote, which will cause the same results as it did in 2008 and 2012. That is a fact. This is about math and politics is ALL about math.

    Now- You have been pretty even-keeled and honest with me and what your opinions are. Even though I do not agree with some of what you said, the nature in which you responded to me is exactly how Americans need to start talking to one another. If more people were to stop going at it with this liberals versus conservative attitude perhaps we would see that we all in fact are more similar than different. I grew up in the absolute middle of nowhere where the area was extremely conservative. I now live in a big city where its extremely liberal. In both places about 99.9% of the people I met were good people. One of my best friends is about as conservative as they come and yet we get along great. We just respect one another's opinions.

    So in closing I have no issue with those who have a different opinion than me. But when it comes to what I consider a manipulation of politics by outside interests then that's something different entirely. The sooner that we can get back to politics for and by the people the more we can get done. The more we can converse in an open and respectful manner the closer we can come as a country.

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    stone stone
    06/10/2014

    Actually as a Democrat I should be thanking the tea party and the fake astroturf movement it founded for making it suddenly a lot easier for my party to win in 2016. The more out of touch right-winger folks get planted by big outside money, the easier its going to be for us to win. Again I say thanks!

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    Nashville123
    06/11/2014

    well stone-stone I dont think your party has anything of value to offer since everything they try for policy hurts people but you'll get there someday. And if your party wins that's ok. History repeats itself. We will learn the negative lessons of the Democratic party and then try the conservative way and be prosperous again. No hard feelings my friend.

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    Morlocke
    06/11/2014

    Rebecca - Don't expect ol' stoney to let facts stand in the way of his narrative. He's not interested in a discussion of facts or policy. He is just another progressive lemming that repeats Democrat talking points ad naseum. Straw man arguments, ad hominem attacks and identity politics are all you can expect from their ilk.

    A few weeks ago he was decrying the death of the Tea Party. It is no surprise that he is back here doing damage control after this high-profile win against the establishment. He's just another troll dispatched by his union masters to spread their propaganda.

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    stone stone
    06/11/2014

    LOL! The best you can do is call me a moron? Let's get the facts shall we? First of all it's been widely reported that brat is a tea party backed politician. The tea party itself is basically an engineered front for conservative billionaires using it to protect their financial interests. So my initial claim still holds as true. Secondly, I wasn't kidding. This upset is a gift for democrats. It's been reported that brat won because he claimed cantor was too liberal on immigration. Ok, so let's think about this for one second. The GOP lost in 2012 primarily because they lack any appeal to the single fastest growing segment of the US population: immigrants. At this point even if 100 percent of the GOP's base plus all these so-called tea part folks vote for whatever Republican presidential hopeful in 2016 they will still lose if the same demographics who got turned off to the GOP in 2012 get turned off in 2016. This latest fiasco is all they need to know.

    And so again- thank you tea party for making things a whole lot easier for us in 2016!

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    Rebecca Randolph
    06/11/2014

    "big outside money" describes Cantor and his $5.4 million dollar campaign.......Brat spent $120,000 in this primary and it was all from grassroots......none of the national tea party groups campaigned for him but nice try moron!!