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Posted: Friday, January 29, 2010 4:31 pm | Updated: 3:36 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

Linda Turley-Hansen: It’s heartening to see the Republican Party in the makeover seat. The old girl is in bad shape, and so are a bunch of her incumbents who’ve gone off to sleep in their rockers. Both parties have left the people, but the Dems don’t seem to even care that they’re out of touch.

It’s heartening to see the Republican Party in the makeover seat. The old girl is in bad shape, and so are a bunch of her incumbents who’ve gone off to sleep in their rockers. Both parties have left the people, but the Dems don’t seem to even care that they’re out of touch.

The recent Massachusetts upset rang some bells, a welcome event. And now, suddenly, a surge of politicians who pretend to care what the people want. The scandalous truth is, neither side of the isle is trustworthy and clearly there are a bunch who can be bought.

So, OK, this is the good news: The persuasion of the Tea Parties is showing up. Partygoers have carried resonating, gut deep messages. Republican Scott Brown’s recent U.S. Senate win against the Massachusetts Democratic machine is only one of a number of victories they’ve influenced. Tea Party passion is amazingly comforting, and that energy is notable here in the East Valley, where the Tea Party culture permeates many neighborhoods.

We’re a great family community, where churches thrive and conservative values are welcome. With the power of the ripple effect, we have more to offer the national scene than imagined, and Arizona politicians best pay attention.

The Tea Partiers, made up of every persuasion, send the message: Our country doesn’t belong to Washington and certainly not the president. It’s our baby, and refreshing Scott Brown was a great reminder.

Earlier this month, Maricopa County Republicans met in their annual meeting, and from all signs, the Tea Partiers were vindicated there, too.

Note this: As earlier reported, a straw poll at that meeting favored former Arizona Congressman J.D. Hayworth at 69 percent over senior Sen. John McCain, which explains what all those pro-McCain ads are about, nine months before the election.

Our governor didn’t do well either: State Treasurer Dean Martin showed 70 percent approval over Jan Brewer. The continued fight against illegal immigration was given a 98 percent approval.

You might remember Denna and Stephen Ray, formerly of Gilbert. Last year, the couple founded the Gilbert Tea Party movement. Due to their recent move into Mesa, their group is now named The Red Mountain Tea Party Patriots and is online at www.evtpp.com. Look for weekly meetings, which continue to attract concerned citizens of every party and nonparty.

You’ve heard it. The Tea Partiers are called ignorant and uneducated, slander that has become common among the “progressives,” who, as author Mark Levin says, are “masterful at controlling the public vocabulary.”

Sticks and stones are their primary arsenal, which is nothing more than old elitism.

We all know, in ancient past, looking down noses upon the unwashed was inbred among royalty and the upper class. They most certainly laid the ground work for hate and bigotry, and every other creepy attitude that the amoral use to artificially raise themselves above others, to dominate and rule. But, they pretend otherwise. Watch their “public vocabulary.”

This takes us to the startling error our president made when he mocked Scott Brown’s GMC truck. It was an astonishing, elitist stumble, proving again, elitism makes a fool of the elitist.

Poor Joe the Plumber got a face full of elitism, and so has Sarah Palin.

Rabid liberals best not forget this country was founded and grown by regular folks who sought the dignity and freedom of representative government; who claimed the right, with their lives, to be independent from British dominion; any kind of domination.

And now, hard working, gentle Americans are awakened, people who fully understand why we’re the greatest nation — ever. Don’t take them lightly, and don’t mock and poke fun. An elitist is one thing, an elitist fool, another.

Linda Turley-Hansen, a former Phoenix television news anchor, is an Arizona syndicated columnist who lives in the East Valley.

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