Joseph Farah, author of “The Tea Party Manifesto”, argues that economic issues are the turf of the Left, & the Tea Party movement should steer clear of the debate of these issues, on which the Left knows best. It is shocking that this author, who purportedly supports & admires the Tea Party movement, takes the exact same position of Obama, the Democrats & the RINOs concerning the people in general & the Tea Party specifically: The little people are uneducated & ill informed, & are incapable of choosing the best policies & candidates. Trust us, the experts in government, to know what’s best for you. It’s this patronizing “Don’t Read the Bill” attitude that led to the Tea Party revolution in the first place.
The claim that economic issues are the turf of the Left, is only partly true. For far too long, the Left has tried to monopolize their tax, spend & regulate ways & attempting to outdo the RINOs in escalating deficits. The Left is known for its expertise in doing all the wrong things concerning economic issues. On the other hand, the Tea Party movement has a lot of good ideas on how to rein in the gigantus of the federal bureaucracy, lower taxes & spending, making government smaller & more efficient, & getting government out of the way of the free market & economic growth. The Tea Party should not give one inch of ground to the Left on economic or any other issues that subjugate the people or rob the people of their freedom.
Author Joseph Farah believes that the Tea Party movement has unwisely limited itself to economic issues, but while other issues are not emphasized, or even much talked about, this movement is about so much more. The Tea Party Patriots, for example, have focused their efforts on Fiscal Responsibility, Limited Government, & a Free Market. However, despite the taboo against other important issues, inherent in this focus, is a strong reliance on the Founding Fathers & the Charter Documents of the United States (including our “unalienable rights” of life, liberty & the pursuit of happiness, although without assurance of equal outcomes, & the 1st & 2nd Amendment support for free speech & the right to keep & bear arms), a love of freedom, & a demand that our leaders in government are people of integrity & honor who act accordingly.
The 9/12 Project groups, another part of the movement, is somewhat more vocal about other issues than the Tea Party Patriots, & would add a belief in America as a force for good in the world, a belief & reliance in God, a belief that the family is sacred & the ultimate authority over itself (i.e. NOT the government), a belief in being a nation of laws with no one above the law (including lawmakers & illegal aliens), that charity is an individual, not a collective (i.e. NOT the government’s), responsibility, a belief that Americans have the right & the obligation to speak their mind, even if it is in opposition to the government, & an affirmation that the government works for the people, not the other way around. In addition, people in the 9/12 Project groups, and candidates they support, are charged with developing the values of honesty, reverence, hope, thrift, humility, charity, sincerity, moderation, hard work, courage, personal responsibility & gratitude.
Most in the Tea Party movement believe in a Creator who has granted us “unalienable rights” that government has no right to deny. For many of us, among those rights are the “sanctity of life”, we know in our hearts that abortion is wrong & we are firmly, although sometimes silently, pro-life, & opposed to government funding of abortion. Most of us are pro-family, believe that the traditional family is the basic unit of society, & believe that children should be raised in such a family, with a mother & a father. As such, there is strong support within the Tea Party movement, for the legal definition of marriage being the formal union of one man & one woman. Consequently, there exists strong opposition to “counterfeit marriage” & special “rights” for homosexuals. Many in the Tea Party read the Bible, & remain firm in the belief of its teachings that homosexuality, pedophilia & bestiality are equally, morally wrong & damaging to society.
While there has been an unwritten code within the Tea Party movement, in general, that social issues are not to be discussed, an even greater taboo exists against discussing entitlement reform, which is an essential cog in the machinery of fiscal responsibility, along with tax reform. It is not surprising, as well, that politicians, for the most part, avoid discussions of entitlement reform as such discussion could be political suicide. A good portion of Tea Party people are middle-aged or seniors who have been paying into Social Security & Medicare all their lives, depend on those benefits in retirement, & get very testy whenever people start talking about changing or removing them. If we spoke openly within the movement, about entitlement reform being an integral part of the Tea Party, would we lose the traditional “AARP” voting bloc of the movement?
What other issues are inherently Tea Party issues, but remain issues about which, by consensus, we do not talk? Should the Tea Party remain focused on economic issues, or are there issues, currently neglected, that we need to address? Is there a way to support entitlement reform without alienating our seniors?