reply to post by trailertrash
I'd like to hear the Tea Party position on each of the points I just made above.
Well, I am sorry but that is quite impossible. The "Tea Party" as the MSM likes to call it, is made up of a large diversity of many different people
that all believe many different things. Any person claiming to be a "leader" of the tea party is ignoring that fact and using the protesters to
further their self-interest political ambitions. I would say, unsuccessfully so.
I am one of the protesters that the MSM has labeled as the "Tea Party" so I can just give you my opinions on what you said, I nor nobody else can
speak for such a diverse group of people. Basically the only thing they agree on is the government is spending its way into bankruptcy or that the
government is already bankrupt. They agree that the government is not acting in our interest and is too big. There is no unified voice. Anyone
claiming there is is telling a lie.
Here are my answers though.
On SS. I see it as a non-functioning program. Payments do not rise with cost of living and it hardly provides for a good retirement, in my opinion.
I feel like anybody who has been paying into SS deserves to have it for them when they retire but I also see that it is not sustainable and we have to
start allowing people to opt out if they so choose. Opt out from paying and opt out from receiving.
I agree about the Koch Brothers. They are ridiculous and self-interested, I see them as trying to co-opt a political movement.
I agree with you about the religious aspect. I also see this as people trying to co-opt the political protesters for their own benefit. Religion has
no place in government. Religion is personal and should not be used as the basis of government or laws.
I am a protester with the "tea party" and I am entirely against every war we are involved in. Ending the wars has been a strong rallying point with
many of the protesters. We need to end all of the wars. Many people say Ron Paul is the father of the "Tea Party" though he would not agree but he
is on the record for saying the same, bring the troops home. Once again neocons that have co-opted the "tea party" want to expand the wars.
I hate lobbyist and I feel like if the government was not giving so much money away, the lobbyist would not be there to ask for it. Reduce the size
of government and get rid of the lobbyist, that goes hand in hand. You can not have lobbyist without a big government handing out money.
Personal responsibility. BINGO. That is a big thing with me. That does not mean people don't care about others only that they want a disticntion
made. Are you in need of help because you are truly struggling despite your best efforts or is it because you make no efforts. Both exist and the
government makes no distinction so I believe should not be the one handing out the dough.
When people are trying very hard and not achieving enough success they will find many people willing to help, I know from my own personal experience.
It would be logical for me to think even more people would be willing to help if they didn't assume a safety net was available and people did not need
any help because the government was providing with tax dollars. I have had to explain to many people that I refuse to take welfare or unemployment.
They are much more willing to give me a break when they realize that is true.
Sorry, like I said, the "tea party" can not answer you because they are not a group of entirely like minds. Many are Democrats, many are Republicans,
many don't associate with any of the lying scumbags (like me) and their views are as diverse as the many shapes of snowflakes.
If it seems like they are all republicans, that is because it is darn near impossible to elect a third party candidate and the Democrats running for
office have entirley dis-owned any merit to their arguments and called them racist. People are racist in all walks of life, some democrats are
racist, some republicans are racist and so are some people who don't affiliate with any political party.
Despite what the MSM would have people believe, there is no consensus.
They only agree that what has been attempted is a total failure and that we need to revert back to a constitutional republic or at least a form of
government that looks much more like one.
This is my humble opinion anyhow and I would say I am one of the mad as hell protesters. I sort of despise the use of the term "tea party" as it has
many implications that simply aren't true. One has only have to go to a rally and talk to people to hear the many many many different opinions that
are not expressed in the MSM.
edit on 30-8-2011 by sageofmonticello because: some minor corrections to spelling, grammar and such.