reply to post by ModernAcademia
Okay well I agree the main line GOP, during Bush, turned into Big Government lovers, and that the Tea Party (says) they want smaller
government....so that's one thing.
But I went over to Wikipedia and found this en.wikipedia.org...
for the "Tea Party Movement".
Their "platform" reads as following:
1. Identify constitutionality of every new law: Require each bill to identify the specific provision of the Constitution that gives Congress the
power to do what the bill does. (82.03%)
2. Reject emissions trading: Stop the "cap and trade" administrative approach used to control carbon dioxide emissions by providing economic
incentives for achieving reductions in the emissions of carbon dioxide. (72.20%)
3. Demand a balanced federal budget: Begin the Constitutional amendment process to require a balanced budget with a two-thirds majority needed for
any tax modification. (69.69%)
4. Simplify the tax system: Adopt a simple and fair single-rate tax system by scrapping the internal revenue code and replacing it with one that is
no longer than 4,543 words – the length of the original Constitution. (64.9%)
5. Audit federal government agencies for constitutionality: Create a Blue Ribbon taskforce that engages in an audit of federal agencies and
programs, assessing their Constitutionality, and identifying duplication, waste, ineffectiveness, and agencies and programs better left for the states
or local authorities. (63.37%)
6. Limit annual growth in federal spending: Impose a statutory cap limiting the annual growth in total federal spending to the sum of the inflation
rate plus the percentage of population growth. (56.57%)
7. Repeal the health care legislation passed on March 23, 2010: Defund, repeal and replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
8. Pass an 'All-of-the-Above' Energy Policy: Authorize the exploration of additional energy reserves to reduce American dependence on foreign
energy sources and reduce regulatory barriers to all other forms of energy creation. (55.5%)
9. Reduce Earmarks: Place a moratorium on all earmarks until the budget is balanced, and then require a 2/3 majority to pass any earmark.
10. Reduce Taxes: Permanently repeal all recent tax increases, and extend current temporary reductions in income tax, capital gains tax and estate
taxes, currently scheduled to end in 2011. (53.38%)"
This platform seems AWESOME...I would get on board with it.
when I hear the the loudest mouthpieces representing them (Glenn Beck for instance) I hear:
1) Support for the ongoing War On Terror (most)
2) Support for Israel (most)
3) Support for integration of church and state on policy (many)
4) Suspicion or hatred of Muslims (many)
5) Obsession with Obama's birth ( Most)
6) Constant interjection of "This country was founded on Christian principles"(Most)
7) Constant talk about "morality" and the hinting of legislating it.(Enough)
Now, I know there is the TEA PARTY. Let's face it, Ron Paul started it and anything stated otherwise is a lie, even it's own Wikipedia Page.
Let's also not lie to ourselves that Right Wingers hijacked it, led by Glenn Beck as the national spokesman.
Let's also not BS ourselves that 5 years ago you could find Bush supporters everywhere. But for some reason I can't find anyone who actually ADMITS
they supported Bush. Yet coincidentally, we have a bunch of people who claims to be "Tea Party" folks.
There's a connection.
Look at the latest "O'Donnel Tea Party victory. She's basically another Sarah Palin, and they're LOVING her.
So is the "REAL" Tea Party just Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck, Michelle Malkin types?
If so, it's in BIG trouble.