Tea Party Core Beliefs

According to the Tea Party here are their 15 non-negotiable Core Beliefs.

  1. Illegal aliens are here illegally.
  2. Pro-domestic employment is indispensable.
  3. A strong military is essential.
  4. Special interests must be eliminated.
  5. Gun ownership is sacred.
  6. Government must be downsized.
  7. The national budget must be balanced.
  8. Deficit spending must end.
  9. Bailout and stimulus plans are illegal.
  10. Reducing personal income taxes is a must.
  11. Reducing business income taxes is mandatory.
  12. Political offices must be available to average citizens.
  13. Intrusive government must be stopped.
  14. English as our core language is required.
  15. Traditional family values are encouraged.

I find that these are non-negotiable Core Beliefs very interesting.  Why is anything non-negotiable?  Does this mean that they cannot change?

  1. 1. Illegal aliens are here illegally.This is definitionally correct.  However, given the recent election losses by the TP/GOP it is unlikely that this will be a good platform.  The problem with the thinking here is that there is no way to deport all the illegal aliens.
  2. Pro-domestic employment is indispensable.This is at odds with a global free market approach to economics.
  3. A strong military is essential.There is no question a strong military is essential.  However, the fear is that it will be used irresponsibly.  And it may violate Core Beliefs: #2, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15.
  4. Special interests must be eliminated.  James Madison talked about this in Federalist Paper #10.  The question is how do you do this.  And isn’t the Tea Party a Special Interest?
  5. Gun ownership is sacred.This is interesting.  Why is it sacred?  What makes the gun ownership any more sacred than a free press?
  6. Government must be downsized.Which Government?  Local?  State?  Federal?  And if you want a strong Military don’t you need a large government. This is like “1/2 the distance to the goal line” in football.  You can always get smaller. The goal should be “OPTIMAL” government.
  7. The national budget must be balanced.Why?
  8. Deficit spending must end.Why?  If you invade Iraq don’t you need deficit spending?
  9. Bailout and stimulus plans are illegal.Why?
  10. Reducing personal income taxes is a must.Why?
  11. Reducing business income taxes is mandatory.Why?
  12. Political offices must be available to average citizens.Interesting.  Are blacks, jews, Hispanics Average citizens?   Is Sarah Palin or Alan West “Average Citizens?”
  13. Intrusive government must be stopped.Does that include Abortion, drug laws?
  14. English as our core language is required.Who says it is not?
  15. Traditional family values are encouraged. What are “Traditional” family values?

 

 

The Goal of the Tea Party should be:

In Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense  promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity.