Will the Tea Party Become America's Third Party?

Aimiel

New member
I believe it will. Democrats and Republicans alike, who recognize that both parties have abandoned Americans in favor of their favorite corporations are starting a grass-roots organization in favor of government of, by and for: the people.

http://www.teapartypatriots.org/
 

chrysostom

Well-known member
Hall of Fame
no
but
it may bring about an independent party that will have to work with one of the other parties in order to govern
 

kmoney

New member
Hall of Fame
I doubt it. The tea party will generate some excitement and interest but come election time people will fall back in their old habits of voting for Democrats or Republicans.
 

TomO

Get used to it.
Hall of Fame
no
but
it may bring about an independent party that will have to work with one of the other parties in order to govern

Personally I see Chrys as being right on the money here. Believe me I would love to see a grassroots party wipe out both of those obnoxious bloated corpses which consider themselves representatives of the People (while pandering to special interests)......but it's just not realistic to hope for this. There are too many Kool-Aid Guzzlers on both sides. :plain:
 

TomO

Get used to it.
Hall of Fame
I doubt it. The tea party will generate some excitement and interest but come election time people will fall back in their old habits of voting for Democrats or Republicans.

Not me Baby.....I'm done with those creeps (both sides). :nono:
 

Aimiel

New member
Well, it's gaining momentum. I signed the Contract from America, and you should, too. http://www.thecontract.org/support/

The Contract from America

We, the undersigned, call upon those seeking to represent us in public office to sign the Contract from America and by doing so commit to support each of its agenda items, work to bring each agenda item to a vote during the first year, and pledge to advocate on behalf of individual liberty, limited government, and economic freedom.

Individual Liberty

Our moral, political, and economic liberties are inherent, not granted by our government. It is essential to the practice of these liberties that we be free from restriction over our peaceful political expression and free from excessive control over our economic choices.

Limited Government

The purpose of our government is to exercise only those limited powers that have been relinquished to it by the people, chief among these being the protection of our liberties by administering justice and ensuring our safety from threats arising inside or outside our country’s sovereign borders. When our government ventures beyond these functions and attempts to increase its power over the marketplace and the economic decisions of individuals, our liberties are diminished and the probability of corruption, internal strife, economic depression, and poverty increases.

Economic Freedom

The most powerful, proven instrument of material and social progress is the free market. The market economy, driven by the accumulated expressions of individual economic choices, is the only economic system that preserves and enhances individual liberty. Any other economic system, regardless of its intended pragmatic benefits, undermines our fundamental rights as free people.

1. Protect the Constitution

Require each bill to identify the specific provision of the Constitution that gives Congress the power to do what the bill does. (82.03%)

2. Reject Cap & Trade

Stop costly new regulations that would increase unemployment, raise consumer prices, and weaken the nation’s global competitiveness with virtually no impact on global temperatures. (72.20%)

3. Demand a Balanced Budget

Begin the Constitutional amendment process to require a balanced budget with a two-thirds majority needed for any tax hike. (69.69%)

4. Enact Fundamental Tax Reform

Adopt a simple and fair single-rate tax system by scrapping the internal revenue code and replacing it with one that is no longer than 4,543 words—the length of the original Constitution. (64.90%)

5. Restore Fiscal Responsibility & Constitutionally Limited Government in Washington

Create a Blue Ribbon taskforce that engages in a complete audit of federal agencies and programs, assessing their Constitutionality, and identifying duplication, waste, ineffectiveness, and agencies and programs better left for the states or local authorities, or ripe for wholesale reform or elimination due to our efforts to restore limited government consistent with the US Constitution’s meaning. (63.37%)

6. End Runaway Government Spending

Impose a statutory cap limiting the annual growth in total federal spending to the sum of the inflation rate plus the percentage of population growth. (56.57%)

7. Defund, Repeal, & Replace Government-run Health Care

Defund, repeal and replace the recently passed government-run health care with a system that actually makes health care and insurance more affordable by enabling a competitive, open, and transparent free-market health care and health insurance system that isn’t restricted by state boundaries. (56.39%)

8. Pass an ‘All-of-the-Above” Energy Policy

Authorize the exploration of proven energy reserves to reduce our dependence on foreign energy sources from unstable countries and reduce regulatory barriers to all other forms of energy creation, lowering prices and creating competition and jobs. (55.51%)

9. Stop the Pork

Place a moratorium on all earmarks until the budget is balanced, and then require a 2/3 majority to pass any earmark. (55.47%)

10. Stop the Tax Hikes

Permanently repeal all tax hikes, including those to the income, capital gains, and death taxes, currently scheduled to begin in 2011. (53.38%)

http://www.thecontract.org/the-contract-from-america/

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kmoney

New member
Hall of Fame
Not me Baby.....I'm done with those creeps (both sides). :nono:

Same here. I voted 3rd party in the last election. And of course I know I'm not the only one. However, what I mean is that the Tea Party won't gain enough power to really challenge the Reps or Dems.
 

Aimiel

New member
Has anybody else signed the Contract?

Well, it's gaining momentum. I signed the Contract from America, and you should, too. http://contractfromamerica.org/

_____________________________________________________________________

The Contract from America

We, the undersigned, call upon those seeking to represent us in public office to sign the Contract from America and by doing so commit to support each of its agenda items, work to bring each agenda item to a vote until all items are passed, and pledge to advocate on behalf of individual liberty, limited government, and economic freedom.

Individual Liberty

Our moral, political, and economic liberties are inherent, not granted by our government. It is essential to the practice of these liberties that we be free from restriction over our peaceful political expression and free from excessive control over our economic choices.

Limited Government

The purpose of our government is to exercise only those limited powers that have been relinquished to it by the people — chief among these being the protection of our liberties by administering justice and ensuring our safety from threats arising inside or outside our country’s sovereign borders. When our government ventures beyond these functions and attempts to increase its power over the marketplace and the economic decisions of individuals, our liberties are diminished and the probability of corruption, internal strife, economic depression, and poverty increases.

Economic Freedom

The most powerful, proven instrument of material and social progress is the free market. The market economy, driven by the accumulated expressions of individual economic choices, is the only economic system that preserves and enhances individual liberty. Any other economic system, regardless of its intended pragmatic benefits, undermines our fundamental rights as free people.

1. Protect the Constitution

Require each bill to identify the specific provision of the Constitution that gives Congress the power to do what the bill says.

2. Reject the EPA’s Overreach

Stop costly new regulations that would increase unemployment, raise consumer prices, and weaken the nation’s global competitiveness with virtually no impact on global temperatures.

3. Demand a Balanced Budget

Begin the Constitutional amendment process to require a balanced budget with a two-thirds majority needed for any tax hike.

4. Enact Fundamental Tax Reform

Adopt a simpler, flatter, and fairer tax system by scrapping the internal revenue code and replacing it with one that is easily understandable. Eliminate the death tax and cut the capital gains tax.

5. Restore Fiscal Responsibility & Constitutionally Limited Government in Washington

Execute a full independent audit of federal agencies and programs. Assess their Constitutionality, and identify duplication, waste, ineffectiveness. Determine which agencies and programs are better left to the states or local authorities to reform or eliminate, and restore limited government consistent with the US Constitution.

6. End Runaway Government Spending

Impose a statutory cap limiting the annual growth in total federal spending that balances the budget within 10 years.

7. Defund, Repeal, & Replace Government-run Health Care

Defund, repeal and replace the recently passed government-run health care with a system that actually makes health care and insurance more affordable by enabling a competitive, open, and transparent free-market health care and health insurance system that isn’t restricted by state boundaries.

8. Pass an ‘All-of-the-Above” Energy Policy

Authorize the exploration of proven energy reserves to reduce our dependence on foreign energy sources from unstable countries and reduce regulatory barriers to all other forms of energy creation, lowering prices and creating competition and jobs.

9. Stop the Pork

End all earmarks.

10. Protect American’s Privacy

Protect Americans’ privacy, including data and any other records from government intrusion by prohibiting and criminally punishing any private or political use of data gained or distributed by government officials.

11. Stop Unconstitutional Executive Branch Power

Develop a plan to sunset federal regulations and limit the Executive Branch’s power, which has grown substantially over the past decade.


http://contractfromamerica.org/
 
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chrysostom

Well-known member
Hall of Fame
I doubt it. The tea party will generate some excitement and interest but come election time people will fall back in their old habits of voting for Democrats or Republicans.

you may not understand what the tea party is doing

they work in the republican primaries
and
they have been successful in defeating many incumbents

in the fall
they vote republican
 

Buzzword

New member
Kinda hard for a group to "rise up" when the general public rightly perceives it as socially reactionary.

Especially in the areas of marriage equality (which is now favored by the majority of the country) and corporatist control (all that lovely "free market" talk which Reagan began and from which we have yet to recover).

Notice that there is nothing in that "contract" which involves ending the bigoted policies of yesteryear, and a ton-load involving returning to policies which left the average American totally at the mercy of tycoons and monopolies.
 

republicanchick

New member
Especially in the areas of marriage equality (which is now favored by the majority of the country) .

another liberal (redundancy alert)

LIE


I don't think I will bother reading your posts anymore if you are going to continue to present lies as facts..

you might want to recall the Bible saying that all liars will have their part in Hell.. wouldn't want u to go there...

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