Thursday, October 7, 2010

What do the tea parties want? Get ready to adjust your vision of America.

Here’s a coincidental grouping of articles that focused on a number of areas of tea party change: The main philosophical principle of the conservative-led tea party movement is an “aversion to big government,” with tea party organizers turning their ire on comprehensive health reform, clean energy legislation, and even mandatory trash collection.

Now, a group of Missouri tea partiers have found a new target: regulations that would mandate more humane conditions in the state’s puppy mills … the Missouri Tea Party and the Tea Party Patriots against the proposition … described the measure as being about the “government or the big company trying to tell people what to do … Samuel Wurzelbacher (”Joe The Plumber“) has teamed up with the Alliance For Truth, an anti-Prop B organization strongly backed by the kennells and mills across the state, to blog against the measure.

MSNBC: (The) movement share the same views as the Christian right on social issues like abortion and the role of religion in public life, according to a poll … Nearly half of those who identify with the Tea Party believe that the Bible is the literal word of God, and a similar proportion thinks that public officials do not pay enough attention to religion … They are more likely than the population as a whole to view America as a Christian nation.

Tea Party-backed candidates have advocated positions including cutting government spending, lowering taxes, curbing government regulation of private business, phasing out the Social Security retirement program, dismantling the Education Department and repealing President Barack Obama's healthcare reform law … But 82 percent of those who identify with the Tea Party plan to vote for Republicans

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