Tuesday, May 24, 2011

The Tea Party: Extremist?

Some people just can't hold their tea. . .

The TEA Party, i.e. Taxed Enough Already, is the rallying cry of more Americans across the country.

It is the vain, vapid effort of reactionary liberals to paint any top-down change within the United States in the interests of personal and local liberty as extreme, dangerous, to be shunned at all costs.

Such is the tired argument of LA City Councilwoman Janice Hahn, attempting for a second time in so many years to capture the House seat for the California 36th Congressional District.

Here is a short summary of some of the Tea Party Movement's "Extreme" positions:

Eliminate Excessive Taxes: Now, who is opposed to shouldering a lower tax burden? Who in this country would object to keeping more of their hard-earned money out of the hands of wasteful, inept government and spending it on providing for themselves, their families, their local businesses, and their communities? One of the reasons why the Founders of this Country rebelled against Great Britain was the growing tax burden which the Mother Country wanted to force upon the colonists, without their consent. There is nothing extreme in operating by the same principles in our expectations from the Federal Government.

Eliminate the National Debt: $14 Trillion in debts, with trillions more in unfunded liabilities from the Entitlements like Social Security and Medicare, will cripple future investment in this country, force upon future generations a heavier tax burdens, raise the cost of borrowing for this country, the several states, and individual entrepreneurs, as well as pricing out a college education for future high school grads. Only an extremist would dismiss these deleterious consequences and keep on spending.

Protect Free Markets: Economist Milton Friedman made the tried and true argument that "Free Markets make Free People." Free Markets create jobs. Free Markets open up commerce, release the prosperous flow of capital for producers and consumers. Consider: more business, more businesses, more jobs, more sales, more sales tax, more revenue for the state, and all without robbing people of their rightly-earned income.

Upholding the Constitution of the United States: This simple plank in the Tea Party platform is an essential element in every national statesman's oath of office. There is nothing extreme about expecting elected officials to do what they have sworn to do, protect and defend the U.S. Constitution. Just look at the fate of the majority of Democratic House Reps and Senators after the 2010 elections.

The Tea Party . . Extreme? Hardly! If nothing else, the Tea Party is right in line with the hopes and frustration of the American People.

The only extremists are the reactionary, regulatory liberals who slander the Tea Party like House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi and President Barack Obama, politicians who have stomped on the Constitution in their zeal to subjugate business and citizen to unworkable, unjustified regulations and mandates.

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