Would the Real Tea Party Please Step Up? (The Ron Paul Tea Party)Submitted by telepathic on Fri, 08/19/2011 - 06:49
As things stand, the Tea Party has been absorbed by a modern day crusade of Christian social conservatives who don’t want “small government” as they claim. What they want to pay less tax - an acceptable small government ideal - but outside that they government to bend their way in all other matters. That’s not small government, that’s pushing their interpretation of an interfering ideology.
There is only one prominent figure for those of us who watch the Tea Party from a distance, who truly believes in Tea Party ideals, and that is another Republican candidate vying for the presidential nomination: House representative, Ron Paul from Texas.
While Bachmann and her congregation decry homosexuality and want it banned on religious grounds, Paul actually believes in the aforementioned principles of small and limited government.
Here is an example: During a debate on Fox News on 11 August, Paul was asked where he stood on gay marriage - in light of a 2007 quote he dropped during an interview where he said, “Sure, they [homosexuals] can do whatever they want and call it what they want.” He replied to the question last week saying, “I think the government should just stay out of it”, and that people shouldn’t push their standards on other people. “
He went on to say later in the debate, when a questioner tried to corner him: “If you do not protect liberty across the board it’s a First Amendment type issue [the First Amendment is what guarantees Americans freedom of speech, freedom of religion, etc]...if you have the inconsistency then you’re really not defending liberty”. In other words: be free to make your own choices.