I just got this email from CREDO Super PAC trying to raise money to improve the Progressive turnout in the next election.  Here was my biggest take away in the email:

Tea Party Republicans’ extremists attacks are extremely unpopular. A lot of voters don’t realize — or can be distracted from — how extreme their Republican senate candidates really are.

Oh the flamboyancy of politics.  That aside, I began to wonder when Conservative idea  became considered extreme, let alone unpopular.  Gallup polls seem to indicate otherwise as more people identify themselves as “Conservative” compared to “Liberal”.  Is it their values?

The Tea Party’s Core Beliefs:

  1. Illegal aliens are here illegally.
  2. Pro-domestic employment is indispensable.
  3. A strong military is essential.
  4. Special interests must be eliminated.
  5. Gun ownership is sacred.
  6. Government must be downsized.
  7. The national budget must be balanced.
  8. Deficit spending must end.
  9. Bailout and stimulus plans are illegal.
  10. Reducing personal income taxes is a must.
  11. Reducing business income taxes is mandatory.
  12. Political offices must be available to average citizens.
  13. Intrusive government must be stopped.
  14. English as our core language is required.
  15. Traditional family values are encouraged.

While you may disagree, I am not sure I would call any of those ideas/values extreme.  Well maybe back in the 1700s.  Many of these values have come from the founders themselves and have always been considered standard through most of our history.  But let me summarize what I think they are saying they believe:

  1. Criminals are criminals.
  2. We need to focus on creating jobs.
  3. We need a strong defense.
  4. We need to stop letting special interests control the government.
  5. The 2nd Amendment is critical to our national security and our rights.
  6. A big government is a threat to our freedom.
  7. We need to stop borrowing money from our children.
  8. Only spend what we have.
  9. The government has no constitutional authority to bail our failing businesses.
  10. The more money people have, the better the economy will be.
  11. The more money businesses have, the better the economy will be.
  12. Everyone should be able to run for office without hindrance and interact with the representatives.
  13. The government has no right to tell me what I can eat, wear, say,or ease drop in on my privacy without a warrant.
  14. English should be our primary national language.
  15. Strong family values should be encouraged through example and not be attacked.

Wow, those are some extreme ideas.  I guess they were pretty extreme since we revolted against Britain for most of them and wrote a Constitution to try and protect those ideas along with endorsements from various founders.  While I question some of them being core political beliefs, I would not call any of these “Extreme”.  What I would call them is a major threat to what was a fairly unobstructed path by both parties on an assault of the Constitution and our rights.  So I guess from that perspective, they are “Extremists” and “Unpopular”.  How dare they defend the Constitution and our rights.

 

Sources:

http://www.gallup.com/poll/166787/liberal-self-identification-edges-new-high-2013.aspx

http://www.teaparty.org/about-us/

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