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NYT: ‘Tea party’ avoids divisive issues

March 15th, 2010 . by TexasFred
NYT: ‘Tea party’ avoids divisive issues

For decades, faith and family have been at the center of the conservative movement. But as the Tea Party infuses conservatism with new energy, its leaders deliberately avoid discussion of issues like gay marriage or abortion.

God, life and family get little if any mention in statements or manifestos. The motto of the Tea Party Patriots, a large coalition of groups, is “fiscal responsibility, limited government, and free markets.�

The Independence Caucus questionnaire, which many Tea Party groups use to evaluate candidates, poses 80 questions, most on the proper role of government, tax policy and the federal budgeting process, and virtually none on social issues.

The Contract From America, which is being created Wiki-style by Internet contributors as a manifesto of what “the people� want government to do, also mentions little in the way of social issues, beyond a declaration that parents should be given choice in how to educate their children.

By contrast, the document it aims to improve upon — the Contract With America, which Republicans used to market their successful campaign to win a majority in Congress in 1994 — was prefaced with the promise that the party would lead a Congress that “respects the values and shares the faith of the American family.�

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NYT: ‘Tea party’ avoids divisive issues

The TEA Party has enemies!

I can just see *Tingles* Matthews and his buddy, Keith Olbermann in a small closet getting all up in the air as they *tingle* all over each other before they rushed to the MSNBC website guru to BEG if necessary, in their effort to get a post up that shows the TEA Party in what they perceive to be a bad light!

Tea Party leaders argue that the country can ill afford the discussion about social issues when it is passing on enormous debts to future generations. But the focus is also strategic: leaders think they can attract independent voters if they stay away from divisive issues.

“We should be creating the biggest tent possible around the economic conservative issue,� said Ryan Hecker, the organizer behind the Contract From America.

The BIG TENT is what has the GOP in so much trouble. The BIG TENT is what gave us John McCain in the last presidential election. The BIG TENT is exactly what has caused the GOP to become far less than Conservative, to the point of being nothing more than Dem Lite!

I realize that most TEA Party members are voting and supporting GOP candidates. What other choice do we have? But we can’t just accept any and all that come walking in and claiming to be Conservative.

The GOP is filled with RINOs, Republicans In Name Only. The TEA Party, in MY opinion, doesn’t need to jump on that band wagon and walk like zombies into THE BIG TENT!

“I think social issues may matter to particular individuals, but at the end of the day, the movement should be agnostic about it. This is a movement that rose largely because of the Republican Party failing to deliver on being representative of the economic conservative ideology.

Then drop the rhetoric that sounds so eerily similar to exactly what the GOP has been handing out for several years now.

As the Tea Party pushes to change the Republican Party, the purity they demand of candidates may have more to do with economic conservatism than social conservatism. Some Tea Party groups, for instance, have declined to endorse J. D. Hayworth, who has claimed the mantle of a fiscal conservative, in the Republican Senate primary in Arizona.

But these groups find his record in Congress no more fiscally responsible than the man he seeks to oust, John McCain.

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The Rise of The TEA Party

March 14th, 2010 . by TexasFred
It is my distinct pleasure to bring you a great post made by a great writer and fellow patriot!

The Rise of The TEA Party

-By David M. Huntwork

In less than a year well over a thousand independent groups have sprung up around the nation to organize and demonstrate against the attempted government takeover of entire industries, high taxes, crippling debt, and the agenda of President Barack Obama. While many have ridiculed and guffawed about the “teabaggers,� these motivated and angry voters have very quickly shown the ability to raise millions of dollars, target specific political races, grab headlines and media exposure, stage large rallies, and mobilize volunteers.

The TEA (Taxed Enough Already) movement has been defined as populist, conservative, and libertarian in tone. It is a movement diverse in leadership and organization but united in its defense of liberty and the constitution. Its members are technologically savvy and able to mobilize in a moments notice. It is anti-elitist, anti-big government, and anti-big business. It is a revulsion and revolt against perceived corruption and politics as usual. And it the most recent public face of the Liberty Movement that resides on the right side of the ideological spectrum.

It is the winning combination of the common sense principles of less government, fiscal responsibility, lower taxes, state’s rights, and strong national security that is uniting the Tea Party into an effective force to be reckoned with. The mad as hell Teaparticans are the modern-day serfs smashing down the castle gate in an attempt to overthrow their feudal overlords. It is a popular uprising against the political establishment.

The members of the Tea Party first came to national attention when they crashed townhall meetings and held spontaneous rallies and protests around the nation. Couched in terms like “the second Revolution� and “the uprising,� while touting the imagery of the American Revolution, the Tea Party movement is really just a vast amalgamation of factions and independent groups acting outside the old party establishments and organized everywhere from facebook to the fellowship hall in the basement of the church on the corner. But they are mad as hell, and history shows that righteous indignation and the howling mob can definitely threaten entrenched interests and the ruling elite. Whether that energy and drive can be wielded effectively and wisely still remains to be seen.

Those who jeered and poked fun at the 9-12 and Tea party groups just a few months ago now greatly worry about these shock troops of an aroused and angry conservative movement that has dedicated itself to practicing “guerilla conservatism� and challenge the progressive ideology that seeks to regulate, tax, and control nearly every aspect of your daily life. The fainting, worshipful Obamanite crowds of a year ago have been replaced in the street by those who have had enough of a government, and governing party, that is out of control.

With their sea of signs and Revolutionary War flags this particular face of the larger Liberty Movement descended onto Washington D.C. in the hundreds of thousands this past summer (the Million Mob March). It was the announcement to a corrupt establishment that a movement, not a party, was here to contest the agenda, power, and business as usual of the entrenched rich and corrupt that infest both Wall Street and Capitol Hill. It is a movement equally disgusted with corporate bail outs and the socialization of medicine. And in many ways it is not just the Right against the Left, but the little guy against the big guy, the average American against the elite, and the lover of liberty against those who seek to replace it with authoritarian regulation.

The real influence of the Tea Party movement, despite all the media coverage, is yet to be seen. There is a major and nation wide effort to prepare to mount a conservative takeover of the Republican primary and caucus process. Few show up to these important but often neglected grassroots meetings and the fired up and angry rank and file are not just here to oppose the Democratic Party but to make serious inroads into the Republican Party. A third political party is not seen as a viable option at this particular point in time but the takeover of one of the existing ones is seen as possible.

The country club elite and RINO (Republicans In Name Only) who have held sway in the GOP and controlled much of the party apparatus and candidate selection process has no idea how to harness, control, or otherwise exert much pressure on this grassroots uprising against politics as usual. The conservative resurgence is happening despite the GOP, not because of it. Hopefully a rising tide will lift all boats. It was not the conservative movement that lost in November but perceived Bush Republicanism with its poor prosecution of two wars and own policies of big government and big spending. And the Republican presidential nominee was no conservative but in fact the embodiment of traditional party politics and seen as the poster boy of those who sacrifice principle for the sake of expediency and political power.

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American TEA Party Revolution Flags

June 12th, 2009 . by TexasFred

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The Rowlett TEA Party is going through a few changes, ALL for the better I believe.

We can be found here: The Rowlett TEA Party

Information WILL be kept current, emails WILL be answered promptly and we will be working very hard in concert with REAL Conservatives everywhere in an effort to return this nation to the position of greatness we no longer enjoy!

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The TEA Party? Why the hell not?

May 2nd, 2009 . by TexasFred

The TEA Party? Why the hell not?

For quite a long time I have been told that a 3rd party is out of the question. I want to know WHY?? Is that simply the words of *defeatists* that are afraid to try something new??

I have been told that we can’t HAVE a 3rd party and that our only hope is to SAVE the GOP/RNC and remake them.

To that idea I say: BULL SHIT!!

After having *slept on it* and after giving it MUCH thought, screw the GOP, the RNC and all the asshat RINOs that have ruined it…

It’s time to rebuild and on that point I WILL NOT back up or concede… I didn’t ruin the Dems, I didn’t make the Dems go stupid and go off the chart on LIBBER issues, but I am old enough to remember when being a Dem was a GOOD thing. When it wasn’t, we all became Repubs, that was Mr. Reagan at work.

Now, the Repubs are OFF the reservation, so, where do we turn?? Back to the Dems?? Not me!!

It’s time to take this to a new level, and an Independent, 3rd party, 100% Conservative, America 1st, strict adherence to the U.S. constitution party is the only way I am going to go…

No more asshat LIBBERS, no more asshat Dem-Lite, no more faux conservatives. NEVER settle for the lesser of the evils again folks, it’s up to YOU!!

And by God if people can’t get off their asses and work to save this nation, if they aren’t willing to venture into uncharted waters and help form a REAL party of 100% Conservatives, then we are at an impasse and America is suffering a not so slow death because of it…

Cross posted at The American TEA Party

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