posted on Apr, 23 2012 @ 09:57 AM
Originally posted by jjkenobi
It is difficult to near impossible to not affiliate the TEA party with Republicans due to the similarity in beliefs. Just based on the core values
nearly every person backed by the TEA party will be a Republican. The catch is NOT all Republicans are supported by the TEA party. That is
why many TEA party candidates defeated the Republican candidate in local primaries. If a Democrat or Independent happened along who believed in
smaller government, less taxes/regulations, and a balanced budget I believe the TEA party would back them. I don't think they exist though. It's
hard enough just to find a Republican who supports those things! That is why the TEA party came about in the first place.
Actually, the original Tea Party didn't resemble the Republican party very closely at all. It has evolved and been guided and hijacked now to the
point where they are somewhat aligned, but the original Tea Party here in my town had a pretty equal representation of independents, democrats, and
republicans. Obama being elected kind of polarized the movement and they soldout to the bigger Republican party. It is a shame, because the original
Tea Party was much more libertarian and constitutionalist than what it is now.
I am a big fan of the ideal
of the Tea Party, but I can't associate much with them these days. The majority of the Tea Party Movement in
Congress supported the Debt Ceiling raise compromise, and supported the NDAA. I can't associate myself with a group that has gotten that far from
its core principles.