We constantly see and hear people making claims about the TEA Party and Conservatives. We’re extremists, racists, homophobes, rednecks, flat Earthers, anti-science, so on and so forth. The problem with the caricatures is two fold, 1 they are patently false and 2 they serve to silence the views of people like me through intimidation and undermine our views through smear tactics. You see, no rational person would ever associate with, debate with or agree with a racist, homophobic, NAZI, back woods whatchamacallit.
The truth is that the TEA Party, Conservatism and Libertarianism are nothing new. It existed before I was born and will exist when I’m dead. It isn’t an organization so much as it is an ideology. An ideology that in spite of the libel, slander, propaganda and smear campaigns is not based on hating anyone or anything but rather based on a simple set of common sense principals including natural rights, limited government, self reliance and most importantly individualism. The debate between the right and the left is simply a fight over the concepts of collectivism and individualism. Are you a person who stands on his/her own two feet or are you a cog in the collective machine there to support the greater good. Do you believe that humanity has the capacity for its citizens to live their own lives or do you think that people are so weak in their nature that they must have a benevolent nanny government to take care of their every need?
I’ll never forget, I was at my brothers wedding and, as often happens, the topic turned to politics. A liberal family member found out I am a Conservative and his response was “That’s ok as long as he isn’t one of those crazy TEA Party types.” To which I politely said, yep, I’m exactly one of those crazy guys”. Look I believe in individual liberty, the American dream, limited government and maximum liberty. If that’s crazy then go ahead and lock me up because I personally think that collectivism, statism and etc are not just wrong, they are damn evil and they crush the spirit of all who are forced to live under it. The only ones who seem to enjoy collectivism, statism, communism, fascism and all the other non-liberty ism’s are those in charge. The elitists who live like kings while the peasants scurry around supporting the common good.