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    Yes, Virginia, There Is A Tea Party In Ithaca

    Yes, Virginia, There Is A Tea Party In Ithaca

    The State of Ithaca, NY, has been the subject of multiple posts here, reflecting on what it is like living in “10 Square Miles Surrounded By Reality.”

    One question I frequently hear is, “Is there a Tea Party in Ithaca?”

    The answer is, yes there is, and thanks to the great work of two Ithaca College students, Kellan Davidson and Samantha Schles, we have video to prove it.  (There also was a recent Ithaca Journal article about the local Tea Party groups.  The Ithaca Tea Party website is here.)

    The film below was produced by these students for a journalism documentary class project.

    What is remarkable about the film (other than the amazing bumper sticker shots — how come I didn’t see those first?) is that it was done in a very non-judgmental manner.  According to the students:

    “We produced the video after being honestly very surprised that there was a tea party movement in Ithaca. We were curious to see how a grassroots conservative movement operated and sustained itself in a liberal hotbed like Ithaca. We also wanted to take a politically-agnostic look at the interaction between the two opposing views in the community. Our main goal was to build a coherent, objective narrative that didn’t glorify the notions of either side, because in the end politics is about conversation.”

    The film will give you some small idea what it is like to live in Ithaca.  (Expressions of emotional support are encouraged.)

    Steap: The Ithaca Tea Party from Kellan Davidson on Vimeo.

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    It's really quite sad that there are so few young people involved in the Tea Party. I don't know when the young people are going to wake up and realize they are the patsies. Probably after it's too late.

    The older generation like those in the video are the beneficiaries of the bloated welfare state. So we have the strange situation where the older generation is fighting against its individual self interest. The massive federal debt that's been incurred to give the old people a stipend and subsidized medical care simply because they avoided the grim reaper for 65 years will result in young people suffering from structurally high unemployment, slower economic growth and a reduced standard of living. And for the most part, the young generation don't seem to care.

    It's bizarro world.

    Hey, don't get the wrong idea about Ithaca. We have lots of diversity of thought here in Ithaca, all the way from the greens on the far left to the Democrats on the far right!

    Let's not act as if liberals are the only ones shutting down debate in this country. I am a current Cornell student who lived in an overwhelmingly conservative area in rural California before moving to Ithaca. The night of Obama's inauguration, some nut threw a river stone through the glass panel of my family's front door. I can only speculate about the motives of the perpetrator, though being the only Arab American family on our street, I have suspicion that it was due to anti-Muslim sentiment. Bill O'Reilly feels that I should be profiled by airport security even though I've lived in America all my life. Give me a good reason why I shouldn't feel alienated by the Republican party.

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