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The new Republican Party

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.


  • Tony 4 years ago

    So then what your saying is that if you didn't vote no for one of the various state ammendments banning gay marriage you can't be a democrat? Or if you did vote no you can't be a republican? Newsflash...A number of democrats continue not to support gay maarriage and by the way a number of them are also pro-life. It also works the opposite way with some republicans. I'm sure if you took the time to talk to people that call themselves tea partiers you'd find there would be a diversity of opinions on some of the issues you raise. Where I would say most of them walk in lock step would be in the areas of excessive government spending and taxation and the core values of fiscal responsibility, constitutionally limited government, and free markets. You can label that libertarian if you like I don't think they are. It seems to me that the media is really going out of thier way to label this movement in order to somehow marginalize it. They are only serving to marginalize themselves.

  • Sara 4 years ago

    The issue here Tony is that it's not the media referring to them as 'Libertarians' but the Tea Partiers themselves. This self-characterization therefore goes on to prove their ignorance about the party system and the platform for which the Libertarian party is defined by. It's one thing to call themselves 'independents' and say that they are not affiliated with any party, but let's face it - on election day, the vast majority will be voting for the candidates with an R next to their name.

    To compare the variety of opinions of Democrats w/ in their party based on their opinions regarding Roe v. Wade is one thing... but the Pro-Life Democrats aren't going to organize and rename themselves based on one philosophical difference. I think the point being made by this article is that the Tea Party is not going to vote for the Libertarian candidates b/c when it comes down to it, they are philosophically far more different than they are to the Republicans...

  • Sara 4 years ago


    and certainly no registered Libertarian would consider voting for a Tea Party candidate that believes this country's social policies should be directed by the religious right. They are true lovers of smaller government... both fiscally and socially...

  • Pocho 4 years ago

    People can vote which ever way on the gay marriage and abortion issue, that doesn't make them a D or R. But when you call a tea party member a republican, they answer back that they are libertarian, which I believe you did in the last article Tony, then be a libertarian. If they claim to be libertarian they should at least believe in the ideals. Your comment proves that the tea party member are nothing but glorified republicans. Which is fine but don't go around making "real" libertarians look bad. Sarah Palin is right its time for them to pick a party, and I'm sure you agree they are going to pick the republicans.
    The tea party might want to not be associated with a political party but at the end of the day the majority of them will vote republican and I doubt any will vote for a libertarian.

    I don't just claim to dislike both Dems a Repbs but I actually vote that way. How many of the tea party members voted for Bob Barr like I did? Instead they vote for gun control McCa

  • Tony 4 years ago

    I beg to differ Sara, the assumption being put forward here is that and I quote,"basicallly the tea party claims to be a libetarian movement." The people that I see and know are independents and call themselves such. Just because they share some libertarian ideals doesn't necessarily make them libertarians. I'm sure that there are a certain percentage that are. Secondly I don't care how they vote. I would hope that they would support candidates that most truly reflect thier core beliefs and values whatever that candidate calls themselves. Third I dont buy the garbage put forward by those trying to marginalize the movement that it's being directed by the religious right. And lastly to the point of the article if this does become the new republican party, good! It would be a marked improvement on the piece of crap republican party we have now. Now if we could only get some sort of grassroots movement that could transform the Pelosi?Obama democratic party we'd all be better off.

  • David 4 years ago

    In my opinion, today's Libertarian is just a Republican embarassed to admit that he or she is a Republican. It is a way of pursuing failed theories (as proven over the last administration) without having to account for their record. In other words, they can push their neo-consevative agenda AGAIN and simply justify the present condition of the country by saying... that was not us, it was someone else. Similarly, Tea Baggers veil themselves with the "new party" label to advance a failed agenda. Defense Lawyers call it "SOD" Defense... "Some Other Dude" did it.

  • David 4 years ago

    I propose we call the TEA BAGGERS and not Tea Partiers. I believe it more aptly reflects their position!