The tea party believes people have a right to keep every penny they earn (or inherit). They believe the government has no role in protecting and caring for the unfortunate, ensuring economic fairness, public health, environmental protection and social justice. This flies in the face of long-standing traditions held by both Democrats and moderate Republicanism.
The tea party says if you are having tough times it's your own fault. If you aren't rich, it's because you are lazy - and lazy people deserve to be trampled on.
Tea partyers see taxes and regulation as tyrannical impositions on their liberty. They see the welfare state as a moral outrage. They are so adamant about this they talk about using guns and bullets to get their way.
If they ever do get their way, there will be no Social Security, no Medicare, no unemployment compensation, no child labor laws, no civil rights protection, no inspection of meat, no prevention of communicable diseases, no interstate highways, no consumer protection, no air traffic control. Banks and big business will be free to deceive you and rip you off however they please. The middle class will disappear as unregulated capitalism facilitates the transfer of wealth from the poor and middle class to those rich and powerful people who hold all the cards and make all the rules.
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The hatred of poor people and minorities is so strong in the tea party that they advocate policies against their own self-interest. The repeal of health care reform is a prime example. Repeal will, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, add over a trillion dollars to the national deficit in the next 20 years. New estimates show that up to half of all Americans now have a pre-existing condition which could give insurance companies the option of denying them coverage. We are already paying twice for health care what people pay in other modern democracies.
Tea partyers say this is a Christian nation, but their policies reject the compassion ethics of Christ. They say they want to return to the Constitution, but they pick and choose - ignoring all or parts of the following amendments: First, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, 10th, 14th, 15th, 16th, 17th and 24th. They also ignore Article 1, Section 8.
The writer lives in Pawleys Island.