The Tea Party’s Skin Deep Libertarianism

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Will

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  1. While I am no fan of the Tea Party and I’m 100% okay with legal alcohol and legalized marijuana..I didn’t find her statement that problematic. It’s her opinion. She’s not suggesting a new prohibition. No big deal.Report

  2. Avatar T. Greer says:

    Of course, this pattern has not quite repeated itself across the nation.

    I am also skeptical of TP Express’s claims to that they represent the movement. I have talked to a few friends who jumped in on the protests rather early on, and have stayed strong with the movement since then. They all detest the Tea Party Express. It seems like the TPE lowers the quality of their rallies – brings in a bunch of red meat and people from out of town they simply don’t trust.Report

  3. Avatar North says:

    as Marc Ambider pointed out a while back a large part of the tea Party are in essence disaffected Republicans who’re pissed with the Republican label. So it’s not surprising that they’re not as libertarian as they were originally portrayed.Report

  4. Yes, the TPers don’t claim to be libertarians, that’s something that was placed on them from outside, people saying they have a libertarian streak — a streak is different than being a libertarian.Report

  5. Avatar North says:

    On a brighter note, DADT is on it’s deathbed. We just need the Senate to stick the knife in and the policy will be put onto a (slow moving) guerny to the mortuary.Report

  6. Avatar Plinko says:

    I’d be a lot more concerned about some TP candidates apparently making repeal of the 17th amendment a campaign issue:
    http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2010/05/kill-the-17th-amendment/57323/Report

  7. Avatar Plinko says:

    Really, the most inept, most corrupt, least watched level of elected government in the country ought to elect Senators?

    Also, not sure what you might think repealing the 16th Amendment will accomplish:
    see http://reason.com/archives/1999/01/01/constitutional-challenge, unless your primarily concerned with tax on your property income but happy to keep paying income taxes on everything else.Report