I had to look up on the actual Tea Party Movement, not necessarily the fringe lunatics we see daily through out television screens. From the Tea Party Patriots’ website:
Tea Party Patriots
Mission Statement and Core Values
The impetuses for the Tea Party movement are excessive government spending and taxation. Our mission is to attract, educate, organize, and mobilize our fellow citizens to secure public policy consistent with our three core values of Fiscal Responsibility, Constitutionally Limited Government and Free Markets.
• Fiscal Responsibility
• Constitutionally Limited Government
• Free Markets
Fiscal Responsibility: Fiscal Responsibility by government honors and respects the freedom of the individual to spend the money that is the fruit of his or her own labor. A constitutionally limited government, designed to protect the blessings of liberty, must be fiscally responsible or it must subject it‘s citizenry to high levels of taxation that unjustly restrict the liberty our Constitution was designed to protect. The runaway deficit spending as we now see in Washington D.C. compels us to take action because we know that a heavy burden of national debt is a grave threat to our national sovereignty and the personal and economic liberty of future generations.
From what I can gather, the true definition of "fiscal responsibility" is simply a balanced budget. This can be on an individual or government basis. According to www.house.gov
"The three periods in 20th century American history where there has been a sustained reduction in federal spending as a percent of total output, 1923-29, 1983-89, and 1992-98 have all been periods of prosperity and high economic growth. In each period the stock market reached historic highs, job growth was robust, and consumption levels rose sharply for the American people."
From what I can put together, these times were mainly during democratic presidents’ terms but also during republican congress. However, it should be explored as to how much the dem and rep ideals and behaviors have changed in the past 60 or so years.
Keep in mind, I have little understanding of economics as a whole and I am certainly no expert in any of this. I am simply conducting my own research from reliable sources and adding my own opinions as I go along.
Now, the Constitution. The most valuable asset to many in this country. The end all be all of our United States. I tend to assume that when one is demanding their constitutional rights are being violated…that they are referring to the Bill of Rights. I am adding this below so we can try to figure out exactly which rights are currently being violated under this administration…
Amendments to the Constitution of the United States
(Amendments I to X inclusive, popularly known as the Bill of Rights, were proposed and sent to the states by the first session of the First Congress. They were ratified Dec. 15, 1791.)
[Freedom of religion, speech, of the press, and right of petition.]
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Okay. This amendment has done nothing but help the Party Movement. Rights of speach and petition seemed to have been protested to the brink by inflammatory speach on Fox News, websites of popular "politicians" and protestors themselves. In fact, many people consider some of what is touted by the Tea Party is hate speach stemming from deep seeded racism. I never used to believe this, but it is becoming more and more obvious that racism is playing a huge role in the anger and hatred towards our President.
[Right of people to bear arms not to be infringed.]
A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.
As much as I wish they were…no one is coming for your precious guns.
[Quartering of troops.]
No soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.
Huh? Is this a big problem?? Thinking…no.
[Persons and houses to be secure from unreasonable searches and seizures.]
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly deargumentthe place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
Well, I guess one could make the arguement that The Patriot Act passed by President Bush was in direct violation of this amendment. Where were the tea baggers then??
[Trials for crimes; just compensation for private property taken for public use.]
No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the moffense when in actual service in time of war or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness, against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.
LOL…if anything, the last administration sure got lucky ducky in avoiding crime trials themselves.
[Civil rights in trials for crimes enumerated.]
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.
Enjoy the right…doesn’t much apply here, but had to laugh at that. Yes, the grueling machine which is our court system is SO enjoyable. Oh the laughs.
[Civil rights in civil suits.]
In suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.
[Excessive bail, fines, and punishments prohibited.]
Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.
[Reserved rights of people.]
The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.
Doesn’t this just basically mean that we can make up rights as they come along? Just like kinda adding an ETC…to the end of the constitution?
[Powers not delegated, reserved to states and people respectively.]
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States, respectively, or to the people.
Well, clearly this changes a lot and there are issues with this all the time. I think Gay Marriage would be a good example. Legalization of marijuana being another. Yet, wasn’t it George Bush who wanted to ADD and entire amendment to the constitution to BAN gay marriages?? Talk about impeding an American citizen’s rights!! Where were all the constitution protectors during that time?? AND why wouldn’t gay marriage apply under amendment 9??
Constitutionally Limited Government: We, the members of The Tea Party Patriots, are inspired by our founding documents and regard the Constitution of the United States to be the supreme law of the land. We believe that it is possible to know the original intent of the government our founders set forth, and stand in support of that intent. Like the founders, we support states’ rights for those powers not expressly stated in the Constitution. As the government is of the people, by the people and for the people, in all other matters we support the personal liberty of the individual, within the rule of law.
That is fine and dandy. But what these people do not seem to realize is just because they interpret laws and the constitution one way, that does not take away the right and possibility of it being taken another way by someone else. And do they REALLY support personal liberty for all the people?? So why when President Obama is elected BY THE PEOPLE – they do everything they can to fight that. The majority have spoken in the form of their votes in November of 2008. It seems to me that the Tea Party is simply a bunch of people stomping their feet at the fact that their guy didn’t win. Like a riot after a European soccer match. Get over and just do you best to win the next game.
Free Markets: A free market is the economic consequence of personal liberty. The founders believed that personal and economic freedom were indivisible, as do we. Our current government’s interference distorts the free market and inhibits the pursuit of individual and economic liberty. Therefore, we support a return to the free market principles on which this nation was founded and ophealth carenment intervention into the operations of private business.
I am sure that tea baggers see the healthcare bill as something that could intrude on the free market. But this is simply misinformation being fed to the american people by far right radio and television hosts. The bill will eventually create competition and low costs to Americans. It is still a free market, but not one that will kill thousands each year. Big insurance. Big oil. Big pharmacuticals…I suppose we should be crying for them right? Just look at the continual and the banking industry did to citizens and our economy in recent years alone. Yet they are continulally taking home billion dollar bonuses. If free market it going to mean free reign…than fuck it. Bring on the regulations. The upper crust of American Corporation is who is truly running our country like broken down marienette. This is one area where I am not happy with our President’s reaction to a problem. Its been merely a year, so I do still have hope he will do the right thing. We do need to understand that politics is a monster and once in a while a juicy steak needs to be tossed across the aisle to appease and prioritize. This cannot be easy and must be very frustrating to a person with actual morals and values. But something needs to be done – regulate the shit out of these bastards until they remember they are human.
Tea Party Patriots as an organization believes in the Fiscal Responsibility, Constitutionally Limited Government, and Free Markets. Tea Party Patriots, Inc. is a non-partisan grassroots organization of individuals united by our core values derived from the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of the United States of America and the Bill Of Rights as explained in the Federalist Papers. We recognize and support the strength of grassroots organization powered by activism and civic responsibility at a local level. We hold that the United States is a republic conceived by its architects as a nation whose people were granted "unalienable rights" by our Creator. Chiefly among these are the rights to "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." The Tea Party Patriots stand with our founders, as heirs to the republic, to claim our rights and duties which preserve their legacy and our own. We hold, as did the founders, that there exists an inherent benefit to our country when private property and prosperity are secured by natural lawarchaice rights of the indiviwritten
By our creator? Ok. Now here is what I REALLY think. The constitution is arcahic and outdated. It was writen during a time when civilization was worlds different than it is now. The way our society works today…the technology…the education…the accepting of all humans and their rights…none of this was a remote vision when these documents were written. So, REALLY, the Constitution, while it has been a great asset to American citizens…it also left out much to be interpreted in the years to follow. Its kinda like if the Bible was real. Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness cannot only apply to a few. It is all PEOPLE!! Gay people, Mexican people, mentally ill people, poor people and yes, even all of the brutally abused rich, white, angry men. And these scared, furious white men and women are creating this tea party commotion because they are seeing a man – a black man – in the white house. He has a funny name. He once lived in another country. He has compassion for those who are not only white and rich and American. God forbid!! He wants to help the less fortunate of our country. And these tea party people cannot stand that. They remind me of the seagulls in Finding Nemo…"MINE MINE MINE MINE MINE". Yes, it is yours. Let your balls drop back down and fucking relax. Taxes were lower this year than last…and the problem with that is what exactly?? And even if they weren’t…so what. My taxes have been going to a war I completely am against since 2002. I am HAPPY to have it finally go towards health and goodness instead of just war and hate.
I hear Sarah Palin and her cohorts at these rallies with her little quirky one liners and jabs. Plenty of complaints. But not once have I heard her or anyone else in that hot mess explain a better way. Describe a better answer. She was furious that Obama agreed to cut nuclear warheads. For shame!! Um, pssst….Reagan supported the same exact thing and even more so. Isn’t he the holy idol of the right winged? It is all hypocrisy.
So, unless someone can really explain to me what is being done by OBAMA to make this such a horrible place and can explain to me a better way of fixing the hell hole left by the previous administration, my view is this…
The Tea Baggers (which they coined themselves, so get over it – now that your kid told you what tea bagging really means) are scaredy cat rich people who are uncomfortable with someone other than a white man in the WHITE house. Only makes sense, right (rolling eyes). "Oh, I am not a racist!! I have a black friend." Shut up. I am willing to bet that if people were really to look deep down into themselves…listen to the jokes and comments made at the dinner table during family functions…many more people would realize that, yea, maybe the black thing does indeed make many people uneasy. So, in ending…I believe them to be hypocrites, scared, uncompassionate and completely self centered. And I do not in ANY way consider that patriotic or admirable by any definition. Get it together people. This life is short and you are wasting it. But…that is your right. So waste away if you so choose. Just know that some of us can see right through you.
**after some feedback from a few folks (most in support of the Tea Party) I wanted to make a few more comments, clarifications and/or explanations:
It is unfortunate that the media will typically cover the extremists on any side. However, with such vulgar and hate filled speech – it is really the responsibility of a groups leaders or speakers to publicly discredit and disown the members who bring them to that level. I could be wrong, but so far I have not seen that in anything close to a genuine comment. Constantly referring to the President as Hitler or wearing monkeys and other racist innuendos should embarrass the tea partiers and they should be loud about denouncing them.
I am not this crazy Obama follower who kisses his feet and agrees with everything he does. I never said that every member of the tea party is a racist. Never. I simply think that racism has a place in the roots of this movement and the insane anger and hatred towards their president.
I am very pissed about the bailouts. Which were actually not started by Obama, but have continued. This is something I am not pleased with at all. And something I will be keeping a critical eye one. This bank and wall street shit needs to stop. But that is where I want regulation and consequence…probably too much govt for some of you guys.
Aside from Health Care, which lets face it – is a whole other can of worms I just ain’t got the time for today, what has this president done to take away your country. People keep claiming they want their country back. You do actually just mean your money, right? But how much money are they really taking comparatively?
About less governing…I am really curious what the majority of tea baggers feel on abortion rights…or gay marriage? Bush wanted to change the constitution to ban gay citizens from getting married. How is this not govt telling ppl how to live?? It is just so hypocritical and that is what confuses me.