Several of the people who submit posts here have mentioned the need for a Tea Party agenda. I believe that the need is acute, but we need to get off the ground and start to fly with one! We need to let the Republican Party know how strong we are and that we aren’t prepared to sit in the back taking direction any longer. Conversely, we intend to drive policy direction until such time as the United States once again returns to constitutional government and power is returned to the states and the citizens. Washington must downsize.
To begin, let’s create a list of potential Tea Party Agenda items and then post them here individually, with numbers. For example we could post “Tea Party Agenda Item #1: Balance the Budget”, then “Tea Party Agenda Item #2: Abolish the Department of Energy”, and so on. On an established date, we could post perhaps thirty of these policy items. Then, over a three or four day period, we would vote on them with “likes”. That is, at the end of a specified period of time, we could tally the “likes” received” on each item and build an agenda around the top ten or fifteen items, prioritized by “likes”.
Then, perhaps the drivers of Tea Party Nation – Judson Phillips or others -- could select one or two representatives from among the members of each state, to take the agenda to the Republican State Committee, the party heads in the state congress and their local Republican US congressman and senators.
It wouldn’t be perfect, but it’s a start. We’ve got to start somewhere. Writing here is important, but it’s not the answer. We’ve got to get active, show our numbers and show that we know what’s going on now, what’s been going on in the past and make it clear that we intend to change the status quo – or at least work hard toward that end. We can do it with them or without them. How do they want it? Let’s put the ball in their court. Their response will give us direction.