Jim, one difficulty in trying to assert ourselves and our tight socially conservative group as the spokespeople for the Tea Party is the Tea Party is much bigger than us and ours. Casting the "true" Tea Partiers as social conservatives will make the tent much smaller than it really is and wouldn't be either as effective or accurate. The Tea Party is a large tent movement for fiscal responsibility and it is alive and well. Ask Governor Walker, he can attest to that. The Tea Party was formed as a grassroots protest movement uniting various and sundry folk who are all strongly against the ever-growing, intrusive, over-taxing, over-regulating, growth in government.
The tea party was about defending economic freedom, aka, the pursuit of happiness. Without life, there can be no liberty, no pursuit of happiness. Our unalienable rights come from God. You know, our unalienable rights endowed upon us by our Creator, including the rights to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. The God who gave us life gave us liberty and economic freedom. They are inseparable. If you don’t defend the entire package, you’re destined to failure. Mitt Romney fails to defend on all accounts.