It's funny that in a War on Drugs thread when talking about the Tea Party that I don't find ANY mention of it in the Tea Party 15 "Non-negotiable" core beliefs. Let's compare this to the Libertarian Party Platform:
They explicitly state it. Here's another "non negotiable" core belief. 15. Traditional family values are encouraged. Sounds like something a social conservative gets a hard on over. Jesus hates gays type shit.
Let's see what Libertarian Platform says:
One of these is not like the other. One is encouraging personal freedoms and explicitly stating what it believes. The other is using vague language because they don't know what exactly the fuck all of them believe. It sounds like a party filled with idiots who were mad at the Coke commercial for some god forsaken reason. Damn private company being allowed to make a commercial that isn't even in that thar Englash!
I'll hope the Tea Party ends up more like Gary Johnson, Ron Paul, and less like Michelle Bachman...but let's not act as if the fight is by any means over to determine what the Tea Party stands for. And this is from someone who at the beginning would have claimed himself a Tea Party guy. I don't anymore because I don't want to be associated with hard line morality enforcing social conservatives. The party can't have both types in it as it's main beliefs are so contradictory. Someone eventually is going to have to "win" or the Tea Party won't really exist. It is too easy to marginalize by the left and right because it's thoughts are disorganized.