What is it about the Tea Party that so terrifies Democrats? Three issues define the Tea Party: (1) limited government, (2) financial responsibility and (3) free markets. That’s according to the Tea Party’s Facebook page.
The Facebook sign up page for the Tea Party states that those three core issues are the only issues that may be discussed. Advocacy of violence is specifically prohibited. “Racism will not be tolerated.”
I don’t belong to any political organizations, not even the Tea Party. Who knows whether the Tea Party actually promotes the ideas it espouses? In theory, I agree with its three principle issues.
Liberal media and politicians have been driven just about to apoplexy by the Tea Party… variously denouncing the party as racist, prone to violence and, now, as a terrorist organization.
I’m not aware of a single incident of violence related to the Tea Party. This didn’t stop the Woodstock Times from portraying the party as prone to violence based solely on the fact that some Tea Party members advocate Second Amendment rights to bear arms. I Googled the issue and did not come up with a single incident of violence that can actually be attributed to the Tea Party.
What Democrats actually fear and hate about the Tea Party is the ideas that it espouses. (And, of course, the Tea Party has been remarkably successful in promoting its agenda.) I’m not sure exactly why these ideas should provoke such wild fear and hatred. I am certain that Americans have the right to espouse the ideas that the Tea Party promotes.
Sarah Palin is the most admired politician among Tea Party supporters, if the Facebook site is any indication. I admire Palin, too. She’s tough and she has a peculiar knack for setting the terms of the political debate. I don’t know whether I’d vote for her for a specific office. I’d have to wait to see how a campaign in which she was involved played out to decide that.
Democrats don’t like the ideas of limited government, fiscal responsibility and free markets. That’s obvious. These are not the ideas of terrorists. These ideas are fairly mainstream and respectable. The Tea Party has the right to promote candidates and its agenda. Once those candidates are elected, they have the right to attempt to enact that agenda.
If you know of any instances of actual violence or terrorism sponsored by the Tea Party, please let me know in the comments. For the moment, the terrorism tag just seems to be Democratic Party hysteria.