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It is a cul­tural mo­ment of the po­lit­i­cal va­ri­ety. Is the tea party just a bunch of has-beens, or pow­er­ful enough to cause the fed­eral shut­down? The tea party it­self wants to know, now that crit­ics con­ve­niently blame them for all the woes of Wash­ing­ton.

“The me­dia, the rul­ing elite, the Se­nate, and Pres­i­dent Obama are do­ing all they can to blame this mess on us, but all we wanted was them to think twice about forc­ing a law that isn’t ready on the Amer­i­can peo­ple,” say or­ga­niz­ers at the Tea Party Pa­tri­ots, the na­tion’s largest um­brella group for the move­ment, rep­re­sent­ing some 3,000 lo­cal groups.

“All we wanted was the Amer­i­can peo­ple to be treated equally un­der the law as the ones who forced this on us. And now all they can say is that we are an­ar­chists, arsonists, hold­ing the econ­omy hostage, hold­ing a gun to the heads of the Amer­i­can peo­ple,” the Pa­tri­ots say in a re­cent dec­la­ra­tion “It’s time for this non­sense to stop. The pres­i­dent a few years ago called for a new age of ci­vil­ity, they con­tinue, not­ing that a year ago, the tea party had been dis­missed by their crit­ics as in­con­se­quen­tial.

“To­day, we are so pow­er­ful that ac­cord­ing to the pres­i­dent and the Democrats in Wash­ing­ton, we have shut down the fed­eral gov­ern­ment. Which one is it?” they ask.

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