Skip to comments.Tea Party Nation [pro-life, pro-military, anti-homo agenda] Letter to the GOP!
Posted on 11/22/2010 12:50:45 PM PST by Jim Robinson
Today, Tea Party Nation, along with over 180 other Tea Party Groups, Leaders and Activists released a letter to the Republican leadership on Capitol Hill.
Last week, GOProud, a non-Tea Party group, sent a letter to Senator McConnell and Speaker to be Boehner, claiming to speak for the Tea Party movement. It was signed by 16 people. We decided to send a letter that speaks for the mainstream of the Tea Party movement. This letter is going Senator McConnell and Congressman Boehner today. It has been signed by over 180 Tea Party Groups, Leaders and Activists.
Here is the letter:
Dear Senator McConnell and Congressman Boehner,
Last Monday, a small group of non-Tea Party, non-conservatives, released a letter, trying to claim leadership of the Tea Party movement and purporting to tell you what the Tea Party movement wants.
We, the undersigned, are leaders of mainstream Tea Party groups. We are the people that helped get conservatives elected on November 2. While we do not speak for this movement as a whole, we are a large cross section of this movement and we want to tell you what this movement wants.
First, we want Obamacare defunded. There is no compromise on this issue and it is not negotiable. We do not want Obamacare lite. We do not want it tinkered with. We want it repealed. We realize the chance of Obamacare being repealed before 2013 are slim, but it can be defunded. That is the next best thing.
Second, we want serious reductions in spending. A spending cut is not simply a reduction in the amount of the increase. It is a reduction in spending. America cannot afford Washingtons spending sprees any more.
The question is where to start. Here is the answer. Lets start by eliminating waste, fraud and abuse from the budget. Billions of dollars are wasted through programs that are unneeded, unnecessary and exist only to benefit special interests. Lets go through the budget line by line and eliminate these programs.
We in the Tea Party are ready to help on this one. We know you have staffs. We have thousands of volunteers who are prepared to rip the budget apart and help you. All you have to do is ask us.
The left will whine about every spending cut, coming up with some story about how horrible it will be. Americans are very charitable but cannot stand the thought of their tax dollars being wasted. This is the proverbial low hanging fruit.
Third, we must dismantle the liberal-political complex. Liberal groups such as Acorn and Planned Parenthood receive millions of dollars in federal monies every year. This must stop. Most of the members of this movement would probably describe themselves as pro-life. Regardless, abortion is a multibillion-dollar business. Why is the government paying Planned Parenthood anything, much less almost $1 billion from 2002-2009?
Fourth, if the debt ceiling is to be raised, this is the last time. Uncle Sams credit card must be cut up. America cannot afford Obama/Pelosi/Reids spending spree. We urge you to raise the debt ceiling only if a spending reduction plan is in place prior to that time. We do not want to see the ceiling raised in exchange for a promise to cut spending later. We Americans now regard those promises as credible as those emails we get telling us we have won the lottery.
Fifth, taxes must be reduced. The Bush tax cuts must be extended for everyone, made permanent and the burden the government places on small businesses must be drastically reduced so that small businesses can grow and start hiring unemployed Americans.
Sixth, there can be no amnesty. America has always welcomed immigrants. Legal immigrants. We want you to oppose the DREAM act and any other effort for amnesty. In 1986, President Reagan agreed to amnesty, in exchange for the promise the border would be secured. We got amnesty then and twenty-five years later, the border is still not secured. This time, we have to insist the border be secured and illegal aliens leave and then reapply like everyone else. We need to change our immigration laws and require that before specialized workers are brought in, there must be conclusive proof that no American is available to do that job. We also need to change our immigration policy so that the top criteria for someone immigrating to America is what they can do for America. The diversity immigration lottery must be eliminated.
Seventh, we want you to fight the repeal of Dont Ask, Dont Tell. The policy has worked well for the last fifteen years. There is no reason to change. While there are many ways to debate an issue, sometimes you can judge the validity of a proposal by who supports it. Various radical leftist groups such as Code Pink support the repeal of Dont Ask, Dont Tell. These groups have one goal. They want to weaken the United States Military. If these groups think this is a good idea, that is a pretty good indication, it is not.
We, the members of the mainstream Tea Party movement have a lot of expectations for you in this Congress. We realize the limitations you face. But we also realize the tools you have at your disposal. America is a conservative country. We expect conservative leadership from our country. The Republican Party had its head handed to it in 2006 and 2008 because it departed from its conservative base. Now is your chance to return to your roots and govern, as we the people want you to.
We are here with you, we are here supporting you and we have our eyes on you. Do not disappoint us.
As opposed to how absolutely PEACHY everything is now, no doubt.
That’s a good start, Jim. The implementation of those ideas would be a giant step in the right direction for our beloved country.
There is another opportunity to cut fed govt spending, and it doesn’t even impact govt services: Freeze fed govt salary and benefit packages until they are level with private sector pay/benefits. There should be equal pay for equal work between the public and private sectors.
Thanks for this site and all you do, BTW.
I doubt GOProud has many members in either the Gay or Straight community. They are Astroturf.
This isn't necessary. If we lock spending back at 2008 levels and return unspent TARP funds back into the treasury, we wouldn't need to raise it.
Yup. I would hold the line on raising the debt ceiling.
Agree totally 100 % with every word!!!!
Bingo! Git ‘er done!
Great stuff! I couldn’t agree more!
I agree with the letter...BUT why is it that everyone claims to be a TEA party leader. We have no stinkin’ leader.
Good to see. I’m glad that the TEA Party is solidifying it’s platform in a conservative direction - not liber(al)tarian.
An excellent explanation of the priorities. Was glad to see a strong statement against amnesty of any sort, a clear stand some on the conservative and Republican side are still reluctant to take. This should be a good reminder to prod along some of the wishy washy sorts.
"We, the undersigned, are leaders of mainstream Tea Party groups. We are the people that helped get conservatives elected on November 2. While we do not speak for this movement as a whole, we are a large cross section of this movement and we want to tell you what this movement wants."
The debt ceiling does NOT have to be raised.
NO “one last time.” There’s always a “one last time.”
I agree with you completely. This is the one part of the letter that disappoints me. Other than that, rock on!
Exactly, the tea party has no leader. I don’t trust anyone that claims to speak on my behalf. I support the tea party because I believe we need a smaller, less intrusive government that spends less and taxes less.
I have a lot of other beliefs that don’t necessarily fall under the tea party banner, and I am fine with that. The more items we append to the tea party, the smaller it becomes.
On the other hand, sometimes more really means more. If you wish to lose up to one third of the Reagan Coalition, go ahead and welcome GOP Proud homos and Planned Parenthood abortionists into the Tea Party.
The very first act after repealing Obamaocare should be to cut the budget and federal government back to 2008 levels, and then start cutting the bloat, redundancy and unwanted excess. Anything remaining from bailout and stimulus thefts will be wiped off the books. I would say paid back, but it is really borrowed money that doesn’t exist until it is made and squandered, so just wipe it off. Reign in the fed’s printing press. Shut down any and all money that goes to finance illegal immigration, including social services funding, funding for sanctuary cities, federal funds that go to universities that encourage illegal immigration by their tuition policies, and funding to public schools who use illegal immigration to bloat their enrollments and get more tax dollars. Also cut all funding for contracts, including grant money, that is used by employers to hire illegals. Give no funding or grant money to any organizations that support or promote abortion in any way. Find some agencies we don’t need, including branches of agencies we don’t need, and eliminate them, at least one a year for four years, after all of Obamao’s additions have been cut. Reduce the salaries of federal employees back to 2005 levels, if not more, and automatically cut the federal workforce down to what it was in 2008, before looking for substantial cuts. Open up our energy resources and exploration. Any states that refuse to allow energy resources to be utilized should lose federal funding. Give no further grant money to support the global warming agenda.
These are a few of my suggestions. I have many more.
Thank you... this is really what the Tea Movement is about.
If the nation is bankrupt, we have no choice.
But of course, step one in our recovery act should include impeaching Obama for gross incompetence.
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Sorry, let me refine my prior post, #27.
There are other mandatory programs that we could cut besides Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. We can find $619B in savings if we immediately cut these programs: Food Stamps, Unemployment Compensation, Child Nutrition and Tax Credits, Supplemental Security for the Disabled and Student Loans.
So with $500B in discretioary spending, $135B in stimulus, and another $620B above, we can get close to balanced.
If you want the Tea Party to be an actual political party, then no matter how you slice it it will be an act of subtraction.
However, if the Tea Party is more conceptual, then its proper role is to promote ideas and legislation which shrinks government, reduces spending, and expands freedom. When those ideas are forwarded in congress, I will be happy if they pass, whether some of the votes come from homosexual baby killers or not. Does that mean I’d vote for a pro-abortion candidate? Hell no! I would not, regardless of how many spending cuts they support.
Who are the signers?
Well, sounds like Jimmy has the right idea on priorities. I repeat this remark from other posters for its importance: Cut down the salaries of federal employees. It takes money out of about everyone else’s to provide theirs, not to mention potentially also foreign debt. Incentive to get involved in the private sector also needs a degree of balance with the public in the form of a smaller salary gap.
Where do I sign?
It’s not a party and shouldn’t be. It’s a coalition of citizens pushing for a return to constitutional government. Taxes are just one issue of many.
GOProud doesn’t even hide the fact that it’s a homosexual militant activist group. Why else would they form a political pac based on mutual interest in sodomy? Why else would one of their first priorities during war time be to mandate open homosexuality in all military branches? These freaks are intent on weakening this nation in order to obsessively pursue their own perverted sexual fetish.
Absolutely, taxes are only a part of it. But they are a very significant part of it, given the Boston Tea Party served as the inspiration for the name.
Are gays in the military a good idea? I don’t think so. But I also don’t think that the Constitution addresses that issue. If the debate over gays in the military is separate from the discussions of taxes and constitutional government, then I don’t think the discussion belongs under the tea party label. Maybe I am wrong about whether this is addressed in the constitution. If so, I am open to correction.
The majority of self described tea partiers probably share similar views on a wide array of subjects. But that doesn’t make all those subjects tea party issues.
I don’t know yet, but apparently the effort was started by Tea Party Nation founder and CEO Judson Phillips, the man who organized and held the first national Tea Party convention in Nashville, Tennessee in February:
“Phillips sent out an email Thursday morning soliciting signatures from Tea Party Nation leaders across the country for his letter, which calls on Congress to cut off funding for Planned Parenthood, the nation’s leading abortion provider, and crack down on illegal immigration.
“The purpose of the email was to ask people if they’d be interested in signing a letter saying the GOProud letter doesn’t speak for the mainstream of the tea party, and here’s what the mainstream tea party really thinks,” said Phillips.
“This morning’s letter has gotten a huge response, my email box is blasting out.”
“There’s a part of the movement that wants to focus exclusively on fiscal issues, but at least half of the tea-party movement is made up of values voters,” Phillips observed. “Ignoring these people is a recipe for disaster. If you want to win, you’ve got to have a pretty broad coalition. You need more than 50 percent. With the fiscal and social conservatives together, we win. If we start cutting our coalition up, we can’t win.”
Look, pal. If you wish to drive folks like me and about half the members of the tea party out, go ahead and welcome GOP Proud homo pushers and proud GOP pro-abortion Planned Parenthood members in.
I see no drawbacks in keeping those assholes OUT!!
The Constitution does not address many things that are not as a result deemed irrelevant and just issues of governance. The Constitution is premised upon the concept of the inherent and the unalienable rights and truths self-evident endowed by the Creator. The ultimate limit on government is the Creator
By what authority do those promoting homosexual sex be granted favorable status in society and the military with to impose such lunacy. The Authority comes not from the Creator and not from the people. Ignoring this and any issue in which we see government declare itself supreme moral authority is in essence ignoring the imposition of an illegitimate government tyranny that attacks the very basis the Constitution is founded upon...
If you wish to only treat some symptoms of illegitimate government while others fight to eradicate illegitimate government itself that is your prerogative...
I'm for a better-organized, better-defined, social issues/constitutionalist/small government/liberty coalition.
Works for me.
Lets hope McConnell and Boehner get it.
BUT IT'S A START!!
No we don't.
The elites would see that as a mandate to let them get into more debt.
Instead fight for cutting the bloated government so the debt ceiling does NOT have to be raised.
I believe Freepers could have come up with a better list of demands. Conspicuously missing was any reference to “entitlement” programs which are killing the country and will in short order, bankrupt us worse than we already are. There can be no long term solution to this spending spree without some serious changes in entitlements, period. I know this TEA Party bunch knows that so, I wonder what gives?
From the CNN article linked to in the main text above:
The media and who speaks for the Tea Party movement
"A letter signed mostly by members of Tea Party groups rather than leaders of Tea Party groups rather than leaders of Tea Party groups seems like an awfully cheap way to try to make it look like you have a lot of signatories..."Taken directly from the article, poorly written as it is.
Notice that they must have leaders of the Tea Party Movement separate from regular tea party members.
Sorry guys, each and every one of the tens of millions of Tea Party Citizens is a/the leader/leaders of the TPM!
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