a message from TEA Party Patriots...

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  1. SparklingJewel profile image66
    SparklingJewelposted 13 years ago

    There is much talk of the formation of a third political party based on the tea party movement. In Florida, a Democratic operative with absolutely no connection to the tea party movement has filed papers to form a third party called the Florida Tea Party. He has issued legal threats against local tea parties demanding that they cease using the name "Florida Tea Party."

    Tea Party Patriots is issuing this statement in order to make it clear that we are not associated with this, or any attempts to form a third party. Additionally, we believe that such efforts are unproductive and unwise at this time. The history of third party movements in this country is one of division and defeat. We believe that it is instead time for all Americans to rise up and demand appropriate reform within their own parties. The mechanisms exist for citizens to participate in their parties, and to drive their parties in the right direction.

    The Tea Party Patriots encourage all citizens to get involved in the party process, and to reshape their parties into something in which they may once again believe. This country does not belong to any one party, nor does it belong to the career politicians. This country belongs to the citizens. As Benjamin Franklin once said, "We have given you a republic madam, if you can keep it." The founders knew that it would be our sacred obligation as citizens to get involved, and to work hard to hold on to this great nation. We have much work to do, and future generations will look back in judgment. We hope you will join us in preserving the republic.

    You are the heart and soul of the Tea Party Movement. Thank you for promoting the causes of fiscal responsibility, constitutionally limited government, and free markets with us!

  2. profile image0
    Brenda Durhamposted 13 years ago

    Very good.
    Thanks for this.

  3. MikeNV profile image70
    MikeNVposted 13 years ago

    There is a big push to undermine the movement that's for sure. There are some people in this country that are waking up to what is going on behind the scenes and this scares the Bankers.

  4. Unkotare profile image59
    Unkotareposted 13 years ago

    There will never be a sustained third party in America.

    1. RKHenry profile image65
      RKHenryposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      I've heard about this.  I was wondering are they making any head way?

      Another aspect to this thread, there are indeed several political parties in the US.     The Libertarian Party http://www.lp.org/ is one in particular.

      1. William R. Wilson profile image60
        William R. Wilsonposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        Third parties have been spoilers as long as I can remember.  An official Tea Party Party would be bad for the Republicans, which is a good thing in my book, but it would probably be counterproductive to what most Tea Partiers want.

        On the other hand, I think there should be more parties in the US.  The lesser of two evils approach hasn't gotten us very far.  Maybe we could reform our system, allow instant runoff voting which would allow people to vote in order of preference.  Thus, you could vote for your favored third party candidate first, then the major party candidate that you support if your first choice loses.

        Another possibility is proportional representation, in which the parties get representation in Congress based on the percentage of votes that their candidate receives.  So if 20% of votes went to the libertarian party, 20% of congress would be libertarian.

        1. Unkotare profile image59
          Unkotareposted 13 years agoin reply to this

          I think we've gotten very far, and I don't think a permanent third party is viable in the US.

  5. SparklingJewel profile image66
    SparklingJewelposted 13 years ago

    The genuine TEA Party people are not a political party as republicans and democrats...they are people that have had it with those two political parties and are interested only in bringing back constitutional law in the United States and all that that has to offer.

    there are TEA partiers from all current political parties who recognize that the Constitution has become grossly violated and that we are on the verge of national collapse of government because it is so far afield from Constitutional Law.

    wake up America, and take back your country smile

    get informed  www.givemeliberty.org

  6. kerryg profile image83
    kerrygposted 13 years ago

    Good for them. I disagree with their goals (in practice, if not in theory), but we desperately need more viable political parties in this country. I'm tired of voting for the lesser of two evils.

    If we could get someone with the charisma of Obama and the policies of Kucinich, I might die of joy...

    1. SparklingJewel profile image66
      SparklingJewelposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      i see TEA partiers as a group of groups with one thing in mind...getting back to the Constitution. the various groups have their own particular focuses, parental rights, abortion, labor unions, militias, states rights, sheriff's rights, voting rights, you name it there's a group for it...

      the www.givemeliberty.org site is another group that is directly and only focused on getting us back to the constitution
      they have just put out the "Articles of Freedom" with that in mind...it is a redress of grievances as per called for in the constitution when the govt gets out of control against the people
      separate groups...same ultimate goal of bringing back Constitutional Law in the United States

      1. kerryg profile image83
        kerrygposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        Yeah, I don't really have a problem with their stated goals in the abstract, it's the way they want to pursue them that I disagree with. So many tea partiers are libertarian and/or objectivist to the point of losing all grip with reality that it's hard to take them seriously.

        1. William R. Wilson profile image60
          William R. Wilsonposted 13 years agoin reply to this

          Same here.  I agree in principle with many of the statements made by the TPers, but what I see in action is the same old republican playbook.

          1. kerryg profile image83
            kerrygposted 13 years agoin reply to this

            Which is no surprise, really, given the sorts of people who are funding them.

            http://thinkprogress.org/2009/04/09/lob … eaparties/
            http://www.alternet.org/story/144869/co … party_name
            http://rawstory.com/2009/2009/12/exclus … -fox-news/

            It is to the credit of some real grassroots tea baggers that they're protesting groups like the Tea Party Express.

  7. Ron Montgomery profile image60
    Ron Montgomeryposted 13 years ago

    The teabaggers would be doing the Democrats a huge favor by forming a third party.

    1. Mitch Rapp profile image60
      Mitch Rappposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Unfortunately you are correct!

  8. SparklingJewel profile image66
    SparklingJewelposted 13 years ago

    there certainly is sorting to do...that is why i have focused on the www.givemeliberty.org .... so that the main issue is brought to the fore and "honed" to perfection smile

    people will get their heads on straight as they stay involved with others that already are there in their thinking

    strong minds and stout hearts win the day

  9. habee profile image92
    habeeposted 13 years ago

    I hear some of the dems are pushing for a tea party to split the conservative votes. I can see that happening - half voting for Palin or some other far-right candidate and the other half voting republican. That would assure the re-election of democrats. I think we have too many dems now. I like balanced government.

    1. Friendlyword profile image61
      Friendlywordposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Actually there are not enough real Democrats in Office.  That's why we are going to have such a watered down Health Care Bill.  There were not enough real Democrats in the Senate to override a fillibuster. So the Democrats had to cave in on all of the demands made by the 5 bought and paid for Democrats. They Stripped the Health Care Bill of everything the insurance companies objected too. The main thing is we will have no Public Option to keep the insurance companies honest and the cost down. New companies will not be able to open, old companies will not be able to hire and cover new workers with Health Care.

    2. SparklingJewel profile image66
      SparklingJewelposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      surely the TEA partiers are thinking about that...they have worked hard to get organized and get the word out to get back to the constitution

  10. profile image61
    logic,commonsenseposted 13 years ago

    I'm always up for a good party!

    1. blondepoet profile image66
      blondepoetposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Me too Logic will you hurry up and get here the weiners are getting cold.

      1. profile image61
        logic,commonsenseposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        There's lots of cold weiners where I'm at as well!  smile

        1. blondepoet profile image66
          blondepoetposted 13 years agoin reply to this

          I will turn up the heat when you arrive no problem at all Logic.


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