Originally posted by Misoir
reply to post by OldCorp
Now I have never really spent much time listening to the Tea Party or reading about their ideological preferences except here on ATS and the news
outlets (which I do not trust to be honest). Since I am going to assume from your statements that you are a Tea Partier might I get your opinion on a
1. What is the general position on foreign affairs? Isolationist, Non-Interventionist, or Interventionist?
2. What is the general position on globalization? Pro or Anti?
3. How about protectionism both in trade (import tariffs) and immigration (restrictions and/or quotas)? What is the general position on that?
Seeing as how I consider myself more in line with the Old Right; Isolationist,
pro-tariff, support immigration restrictions, opposition to welfare state and federal income/corporate taxation, opposition to a national welfare
state, staunch states’ rights advocate, and a cultural conservative, would you say that general classification is what the Tea Party is mostly
I pretty much hate all Neoconservatives, Liberals, and Socialists alike.
Sorry Mis, I didn't mean to leave the impression that I was a Tea Partier; if I must wear a label, I'm actually a Libertarian, but at the moment my
choices are pretty slim pickins if ya dig what I'm sayin'. The Tea Party is the closest thing to Ron Paul-style conservatism as I can get.
I can tell you how I feel personally tho:
*Get us OUT of these wars, and don't start any more unless the US is directly threatened.
*The UN wants us to lead a "coalition" like Libya? Fine, I can deal with that - as long as the UN PAYS for every dime of the operation.
*REFORM Medicare & Medicaid's rules before just taking an ax to them. Their rules (with the help of the DEA) are forcing doctors to write
prescriptions for the latest, most expensive medicines available rather than allow the use of Generics. If the DEA would just get their noses out of
the doctor/patient relationship and stick to investigating actual crimes, we could save BILLIONS and not have to cut benefits to those who need the
assistance most of all: the elderly and disabled.
*Legalize marijuana. After 40 years of the failed War on Drugs, with the DEA ADAMANTLY refusing to let it even be studied as a medicine by
researchers, the DEA has finally done a 180 stating that marijuana IS an effective medicine, and the agency is considering allowing pharmaceutical
manufacturers to do what they do. Of course, then again we will run into the problem of patented medicine that is WAY overpriced. The taxes collected
can be folded right back into Medicare/Medicaid to increase their solvency. California collected $15 BILLION in tax revenue from the sales of JUST
medical marijuana last year. If it were completely legal in all 50 states, I can't even begin to calculate the possible revenue.
*Reform Social Security. SS was supposed to be a safety net for those whose jobs did not provide for retirement, but it's gotten way out of control.
If I were King, I'd stop payments to those who make a certain amount of money each year - say $250,000 - from other sources. Did you know that even
millionaires collect Social Security? And they get BIG monthly checks too. Take SS benefits away from ONE millionaire, and you can provide them for
100 "regular" people. That to me is a no-brainer. Think of it as a "Luxury Tax."
*Suspend ALL foreign aid (yes, including to Israel.) Most of the people to whom we provide monetary aid (NOT humanitarian aid) hate our guts anyway,
and nothing we do will ever change their minds. We're just wasting that money. Our allies, such as Israel, will be fine. I'm all for helping those who
are in REAL need of aid, but IMO charity begins at home. As long as there are hungry and homeless in the US, we have no business giving away a single
penny to other countries.
*Tax the HELL out of US based multinational corporations. GE is the second largest company in the entire world, yet last year they didn't pay a single
DIME in taxes. There's something wrong with that. If the government wants to give tax breaks to businesses, I'm cool with that - to a point. I would
tax the companies that "offshore" their workforce to the point where it is economic idiocy to do so. This would not only substantially increase our
tax revenue, but it would also provide millions of desperately needed jobs right here in the US. Two years ago I had an MRI done. I asked the tech
when I could expect the results, and I was told, "As soon as the radiologist reads your films and send back his report." "Sends it back from where?" I
asked. "Oh," she replied, we email the images to INDIA where they are interpreted." Not even doctors are safe from losing their jobs to workers in
*Scale back - or eliminate - government bureaucracies. The Department of Education is not only a joke, but education belongs under the purview of the
states, and not the federal government anyway. I can't recall them all, but there are multiple redundancies in the federal government that could be
consolidated. I like the idea of hiring an accountant, like in the Kevin Klein movie "Dave," to go through the books and eliminate stupid, wasteful,
I could go on and on, but it's just common sense really. The idiots we have in Washington only care about one thing: getting re-elected. Term limits
come to mind, as does Athenian democracy where everyday citizens took their turns at the helm of the ship of state, and when their term was up they
went home. The Greeks did just fine for several hundred years under this mode of government until the Romans came along with their Republic. Republics
can all too easily become dictatorships as history has shown - then AND now.. Professional politicians are the bane of modern democracy, and it is
obvious that they "serve" themselves rather than their constituents once elected.
Finally, I wholeheartedly agree with your last statement. Although I would change the word "hate" to the phrase, "I think people who hold to a party
line - regardless of party - are short-sighted and simple-minded." IMO, the best thing for the country would be to eschew partisan politics and find a
candidate somewhere in the middle who isn't beholding to extreme left or right wing special interest groups.
I'm sure I've forgotten something important, but that should provide a good basis for discussion.
OC (Ron Paul's 2008 precinct captain and personal bodyguard.)
edit on 4/13/2011 by OldCorp because: Added Pic