Democrats claim that the Tea Party movement is nothing more than a political arm of the Republican Party. Republicans claim that the Tea Party is a grassroots movement that has been spurred by the irresponsible governance of the Obama administration. But what does the Tea Party say? If you go the Tea Party website their mission statement reads, “The impetus for the Tea Party is excessive government spending and taxation … our three core values of fiscal responsibility, constitutionally limited government, and free markets.” Basically, the Tea Party claims to be a libertarian movement, but do they really believe in libertarian ideals? Do they want to abolish the IRS and establish a national sales tax? Do they want to withdraw all of our military forces stationed around the world and close all foreign military bases? Are they willing to cut the budget by cutting the defense budget 50%, and abolishing several departments? Would they ever stand for the recognition of gay rights and the freedom to have an abortion? The short answer, NO. In reality, the Tea Party movement is a conservative movement within the Republican Party, and the truth finally came out yesterday. In a speech yesterday in Little Rock, the movement’s de facto leader, Sarah Palin said, “Independents who are such a part of this Tea Party movement to, I guess, kind of start picking a party. Which party reflects how that smarter government steps to be taken? “Then because this Tea Party movement is not a party, and we have a two-party system, they’re going to have to pick a party and run one.” So after all these protests, conventions, speeches, and organizing, the Tea Party leaders are telling them they will not last and need to pick a party, and it is obvious to everyone except to them. They are the new Republicans.
February 17, 2010