Is the Religious Right Taking Over the Tea Party? Are Libertarians Leaving it Like Afraid Children?Submitted by borisimo on Thu, 10/28/2010 - 12:51
As we all know, the Tea Party is being co-opted by the religious conservatives. And we must give them credit for having the stamina and determination to do it. At the same time; what does it say of Libertarians that they are leaving their creation to be taken advantage of by another group?
At the very least it is would be very irresponsible for the Freedom Movement to inspire the Tea Party and then to leave it by the wayside because it is easier to preach to the choir than it is to maintain a presence at the meetings, rallies and influence it.
We, ate the DailyTeaParty.com have said it many times before; the Tea Party will decide who wins in 2012, it will decide if it is a warmonger Military Industrial Complex president, meaning another Obama or Bush, or whether we will finally elect a Constitutional President and Congress to go with it.
It is at our peril that the Freedom Movement abandons this movement to the neocons, warmongers and the paid shills. It is your decision, will you stick by your guns and help Restore the Republic with the tool of our own creation, or are you giving up in defeat?
Mytype.com For over 17,000 Americans taking one of MyType’s psychology surveys, we inserted a question about the Tea Party to reveal the demographics, values, morals and personalities of the movement’s supporters (see the full report). Looking for the defining characteristics of a presumably cohesive party, we instead found the movement in the middle of an identity crisis. According to MyType’s data, devoutly religious conservatives comprise 22.5% of the Tea Party and are its fastest growing segment. They bring with them a fundamentally different set of values, morals and personalities than libertarian supporters, a core group that represent 17% of the party. While the former tend to be morally charged, family-oriented traditionalists, many libertarian supporters are neither religious nor traditional. Rather, they are independent, intellectual, and morally permissive. The rising prominence of religious conservatives within the movement, highlighted by recent religious right rhetoric from several prominent figures affiliated with the Tea Party, appears to be driving away libertarians and others. Despite the surge in support from religious conservatives, overall support for the Tea Party is in decline.