On Monday, a group of “conservative and Tea Party leaders” released a letter to Mitch McConnell and John Boehner. The gist of the letter was that the Tea Party movement did not support social issues and the GOP should stay focused on fiscal issues.
First, the letter does not define social issues. What are social issues? Abortion? Illegal immigration? Gay marriage? Maybe they are and maybe they aren’t, but when you hide behind vague terms, no one has a clue as to what you are talking about.
Among the “conservative and Tea Party leaders” that signed this letter was the chairman of the gay GOP group, GOProud and Tammy Bruce, LA based Internet radio talk show host. There were a total of sixteen signers on this letter. Seven were state chairs for Tea Party Patriots.
Let’s be clear. GOProud is not now, nor has it ever been a conservative or a Tea Party organization. It is a group of gay Republicans who are not particularly conservative. Tammy Bruce has spoken at a few Tea Party events, but she is not a leader of this movement.
And then, there is Tea Party Patriots.
The Tea Party Patriot website states they are the “Official Home of the American Tea Party Movement”. I find this particularly offensive as there are several national tea party groups, including Tea Party Nation which was founded at the exact same time as Tea Party Patriots. None of these other national groups refer to themselves as the “official home of the tea party movement.” This arrogance seems to be their general attitude as shown last week, when they tried to harass freshmen members of congress to go to their event instead of another one the congressional freshmen had arranged with the conservative group, Claremont Institute.
Contrary to their beliefs, the Tea Party movement is not of Tea Party Patriots, by Tea Party Patriots and for Tea Party Patriots.
This movement has no official home. It has no specific leader and no group has the right to speak for the movement the way the signers of this letter have.
They owe the movement an apology.