On behalf of limited government conservatives everywhere we write to urge you and your colleagues in Washington to put forward a legislative agenda in the next Congress that reflects the principles of the Tea Party movement.
Poll after poll confirms that the Tea Party’s laser focus on issues of economic freedom and limited government resonated with the American people on Election Day. The Tea Party movement galvanized around a desire to return to constitutional government and against excessive spending, taxation and government intrusion into the lives of the American people.
The Tea Party movement is a non-partisan movement, focused on issues of economic freedom and limited government, and a movement that will be as vigilant with a Republican-controlled Congress as we were with a Democratic-controlled Congress.
This election was not a mandate for the Republican Party, nor was it a mandate to act on any social issue, nor should it be interpreted as a political blank check.
Already, there are Washington insiders and special interest groups that hope to co-opt the Tea Party’s message and use it to push their own agenda – particularly as it relates to social issues. We are disappointed but not surprised by this development. We recognize the importance of values but believe strongly that those values should be taught by families and our houses of worship and not legislated from Washington, D.C.
Here is the thing, though: one of the hallmarks of the 2010 Teabagger Candidate was that she was, among other things, extremely anti-gay. I understand the frustration that some Tea Party people must feel, those who really bought into the idea that their movement was somehow new and different and removed from the Republican party, but that’s mostly a media myth. And the fact that so many of these new legislators, besides being teabaggers, are anti-gay, has never been a secret. So this press release, to me, is kind of sad. If GOProud really feels they can have a positive impact in holding back the gnarled jaws of some of their candidates to keep them from hurting LGBT people, though, more power to them, I suppose.