There is a movement afoot within the republican party that claims to be for constitutionally limited government, fiscal responsibility, and free markets. They call themselves the "Tea Party" and their de facto leaders are the Neo-Conservatives, Sarah Palin and Glen Beck. They have picked up a good head of steam and are all the buzz around the media. I mean, if I'm writing about it, its got to be news.
There are a few issues that I have with all of this. The term Tea Party has been hijacked by this movement from the more libertarian Ron Paul Revolution campaign for president back in 07' 08'. "We" held a tea party money bomb where we raised over 6 million dollars for him in in one day. Evidently, this new movement wants in on the action.
The trouble with this movement is that it seems to be at odds with is very core principals. It is very easy to claim that you demand limited government and fiscal conservatism, but if in the next breath you espouse the need for "a strong national defense" (read, bombing people with dark skin that don't like our God), then you are just fooling yourself and evidently everyone who is listening. Civil liberties? Just so long as they don't interfere with our national defense, it shouldn't be a problem. Wire tapping? Airport screening? Its a joke to watch Sarah Palin reading from her little crib notes on her hand. She has no idea what the people she is talking to want, but whatever she says is gospel. Arghh...
It's just frustrating because a lot of what I have been reading and talking about (small government, true free markets, etc.) have been comendeered by this misguided "movement", and I often find myself lumped in with them when I don't necessarily want to be.
There is a pretty good article on the Huffington Post about this.
Also, Rachel Maddow had Ron Paul on her show to talk about it the other night. Pretty good stuff.