A Platform For The Tea Party

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Articles of Independence

Be it known that we, the United States of America, a duly constituted and sovereign people, declare our independence in these Articles of Independence

…from indebtedness to foreign nations, peoples, or powers, preferring instead to work and sacrifice to finance our own growth, development, and security, from our own resources of talent, productivity, and experience;

…from any dependence on cheap foreign manufactures, resources, and services, that could better be produced by American workers and American companies at reasonable cost and in furtherance of our independence;

…from all substances, and all past and present addictions which tend to destroy or diminish the will, the spirit, and the tranquility of our people;

…from any system, foreign or domestic, which would endanger public morality and the general welfare in the name of special or private interests detrimental to the well-being of our posterity and the weakest, poorest, and neediest among us;

…from selfish regionalism and provincialism which unduly benefit the few at the expense of the whole;

…from the acquiescence of a majority to the disenfranchising of the few among us for their adherence to views, beliefs, or practices not held or popularized by the majority;

…from taxation that penalizes hard work, savings, and investment, in order to provide for apathy, waste, and unwarranted dependencies;

…from any governmental intrusiveness in the areas of personal beliefs and the privacy of the individual, law-abiding citizen and foreign guest;

…from foreign and domestic terrorism and other forms of crimes and intimidations;

…from American behavior abroad inconsistent with our domestic codes and ethics;

…from the growth of power centers separate and removed from the locus for the application of such powers; and,

…from any and all other abuses which tend by their natures to diminish the traditional values of, and the domestic and international safeguards for, life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

At the same time, we declare our commitment

…to a search for peaceful solutions for world problems that shall be a reflection of our domestic values in our international policies and programs;

…to government at all levels, foreign and domestic, which best reflects the will and legitimate aspirations of the people;

…to the eradication of the preying on the temporarily weak by the temporarily powerful;

…to the development of the foreign and domestic resources needed to provide for the common good;

…to the rule of just laws established to justly resolve the natural disputations of any persons and societies;

…to the rights of ourselves and of others to hold views and beliefs which, while they may be challenged, have inherent personal value to those holding such views and beliefs; and,

…to the right of all societies and peoples to be free from any unjust limitations on their own well-being and freedoms, as we seek to be free from such limitations by means of these our Articles of Independence.


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ibbarkingmad 4 years ago from Utah

I agree. These are a statement of my values and concerns with regards to any nations behaviors and beliefs. I feel that rather than being We the People, we have changed to We the Consumers with regards to rights, liberties and motivations. I favor small, local business. I favor less restrictive government with rewards for those who create and improve society rather than penalizing those who hold up society. I believe that any can believe and practice as they will so long as it does not infringe upon the liberties and freedoms of others. I believe that without the individual, society would not exist and that the argument of the "Greater Good" to justify behaviors that limit individual freedoms is a lie most foul. To quote Ayn Rand, "The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights, cannot claim to be defenders of minorities."


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Amen.


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Pcunix 4 years ago from SE MA

Yes, I do. These points are exactly why I oppose the Tea Party.


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Thanks for commenting Pcunix, but for discussions sake, could you be more specific? As it stands now, you oppose every single point? I see a value in any open discussion of what each of us wants for America to be and to become. We gain strength from dialogue even if we only end up agreeing to disagree. Silence courts disaster.


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Pcunix 4 years ago from SE MA

No, not every single point. Enough to be in flat opposition to anyone who says they are a member.

I have zero respect for the Tea Party. Have a nice day and please remove yourself as one of my followers.


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

I am not a Tea Party member, though I like their hopes and their enthusiasm for a better America. More discussion, more ideas to choose from, etc. The beauty of HubPages is that I can decide who I will follow, and I will continue, for now, to follow you. The other beauty is that you can choose to Deny my comments, if I should happen to exercise the option to comment up/down on your Hubs as you have chosen to exercise your option by commenting on this Hub of mine. Fair enough?


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ibbarkingmad 4 years ago from Utah

Wow, so by disagreeing with an article that was written by Perspycacious you are essentially saying that you don't want him to follow you Pcunix? I actually enjoy hearing what others say even if they have opposing views to mine. Your written reaction has relieved to me yet another reason I dislike centrists and modern liberalism so much. Furthermore, after rereading the article above, I can see how some of the ideas could not be inline with some people's ideals, however, not all. For example: "…from American behavior abroad inconsistent with our domestic codes and ethics;" or "…to government at all levels, foreign and domestic, which best reflects the will and legitimate aspirations of the people;

…to the eradication of the preying on the temporarily weak by the temporarily powerful;

…to the development of the foreign and domestic resources needed to provide for the common good;"

Often I hear centrists and modern liberals claim how tolerant they are. I am not sure you are in that group, but I can say that ANYTIME I or a friend of mine shares a view opposing to theirs I hear words such as fool, bigot, hater and the like. Preceding this my friends and I respectfully listen and acknowledge their views and ideas. Thank you. Thank you very much.


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

ibbarkingmad and I will have some more wonderful discussions, and all Hubbers are welcome to join in, just as pcunix chose to do, for which I thank him.


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wba108@yahoo.com 2 years ago from upstate, NY

A great statement of wisdom, that we need to be mindful of always! This is a reminder of what America is really about. The tools of tyranny being debt, dependence, immorality, government intrusiveness and lawlessness, we need to sound the alarm to recognize the danger we're in and commit ourselves to stopping it.


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MizBejabbers 2 years ago

I just now found your hub on the Tea Party. I have to say that these “articles” reflect wisdom and maturity. Too bad the Tea Party does not follow them, especially the one that says “…from selfish regionalism and provincialism which unduly benefit the few at the expense of the whole;”. The aim of the Tea Party in our state at this point is a theocratic government filled with bigotry and misogyny. This is government intrusiveness at its finest. I wish they had held to their original principles of “taxed enough already” and not been infested by a nut group who are hell-bent on passing laws that benefit only their religious beliefs. I hope you will consider that this is a case of a group that has gotten away from their original intent, but I will still consider you my friend even if you don't.


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Perspycacious 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Buddies to the death MizB .


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grand old lady 2 years ago from Philippines

I'm not American, but if I were, I would be a democrat. However, reading about the Tea Party was very helpful, educational and in many ways, an eye opener. Thank you for this informative hub.


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Perspycacious 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

grand old lady - I often think about the choice your citizens had on the occasion of your independence to become US citizens. The present USA political parties leave much to be desired in terms of unity and effort, and it shows. This Hub was my proposal of a platform for the still informal Tea Party which is an interesting historical phenomenon still evolving. Thanks for reading and commenting My daughter served her mission in your country.


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Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago

I think that the Tea Party is a bunch of radicals that want to take our country back to a time when People had nothing, and they are doing a pretty good job of it. I think most of the ideals in the comments don't mean anything to the Tea Party as a whole and the few that the ideals do mean something to are drowned by the others if they don't get out.

And like MizBejabbers, I will still consider you my friend even if you don't.


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Perspycacious 11 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Don't what? This was proposed as a set of ideals for discussion. Thanks for your part of the discussion.

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