The Republican GOP is a ‘Big Tent’. I have always wondered what that meant. I have always figured that you are either a Democrat or Republican. It appears that it will be impossible to satisfy everyone in the Republican Party. What the Republican Party Platform will be is up to the ‘Political Elite’ and the Candidates.
I believe that the current field of four candidates are looking into getting as many delegates as possible to influence the Platform Planks. By reducing the field to one, the Platform is skewed. I believe that the Tea Party is divided in picking a candidate because they are trying to figure out who will support their beliefs. I further believe that if this is true, we need to pick someone who is faithful to his word and doesn’t change his position based on the audience he is addressing. I must say that the statement by Gov. Mitt Romney‘s staffer,communication director Eric Fehrnstrom’s, when he was asked this morning on CNN how the GOP frontrunner would make the pivot to the general election, Fehrnstrom compared Romney’s primary campaign to an Etch A Sketch, a gaffe that spread like wildfire to Romney’s rival’s stump speeches. ‘Etch A Sketch’ Latest Gaffe From Romney Campaign http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/OTUS/etch-sketch-latest-gaffe-romney-campaign/story?id=15973099 This statement, about a change of Romney’s position on Political Issues, after the nomination, is terribly troublesome to me, a Tea Party follower.
Fiscal conservatism is a political term used to describe a fiscal policy that advocates avoiding deficit spending. Fiscal conservatives often consider reduction of overall government spending and national debt as well as ensuring balanced budget of paramount importance. Free trade, deregulation of the economy, lower taxes, and other conservative policies are also often but not necessarily affiliated with fiscal conservatism. (2)
Social conservatism in the United States is generally defined by promotion of what its proponents perceive to be traditional social norms and values. Social conservatives emphasize what they describe as traditional views of social units such as the family, church, or locality. Social conservatism may entail opposition to same-sex marriage and abortion. In the 1920s, religious fundamentalists like William Bell Riley and William Jennings Bryan led the battle against the teaching of evolution, a battle which fundamentalists are still fighting today, when fundamentalist Protestants often advocate the teaching of creationism in the public schools. (3)
Neoconservatism is a variant of the political ideology of conservatism which combines features of traditional conservatism with political individualism and a qualified endorsement of free markets. Neoconservatism (or new conservatives) is rooted in a group of former liberals, who in the late 1960s, began to oppose many of the policies and principles associated with President Lyndon Johnson‘s Great Society programs. The term “neoconservative” was initially used in the 1930s to describe American liberals who criticized other liberals who followed a path closer to Soviet communism. (4)
In politics and religion, a moderate is an individual who is not extreme, partisan or radical. In recent years, political moderates has gained traction as a buzzword. The existence of the ideal moderate is disputed because of a lack of a moderate political ideology. Many people claim to be moderate because of a lack of adherence with the more radical sides of the political or religious spectrum, rather than advocating a specific stance. (5)
Libertarianism generally refers to the group of political philosophies which emphasize freedom, individual liberty, and voluntary association. Libertarians generally advocate a society with little or no government power. The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy defines libertarianism as the moral view that agents initially fully own themselves and have certain moral powers to acquire property rights in external things. Libertarian historian George Woodcock defines libertarianism as the philosophy that fundamentally doubts authority and advocates transforming society by reform or revolution. Libertarian philosopher Roderick Long defines libertarianism as “any political position that advocates a radical redistribution of power from the coercive state to voluntary associations of free individuals”, whether “voluntary association” takes the form of the free market or of communal co-operatives. According to the U.S. Libertarian Party, libertarianism is the advocacy of a government that is funded voluntarily and limited to protecting individuals from coercion and violence. (6)
The Tea Party movement (TPM) is an American populist political movement that is generally recognized as conservative and libertarian, and has sponsored protests and supported political candidates since 2009. It endorses reduced government spending, opposition to taxation in varying degrees, reduction of the national debt and federal budget deficit, and adherence to an originalist interpretation of the United States Constitution. (7)
The Tea Party Must Unite Around a Solid Tea Party Conservative Candidate.
(1) Republican Party (United States) From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Republican_Party_(United_States)
(2) Fiscal conservatism From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fiscal_conservatism
(3) Social conservatism in the United States From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_conservatism_in_the_United_States
(4) Neoconservatism From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neoconservatism
(5) Moderate From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moderate
(6) Libertarianism From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Libertarianism