The Tea Party is partly a joke, based on some of their votes for the Constitution-destroying ill-named "Patriot Act" extension vote. Again, there are a few good ones, see:http://www.foxbusiness.com/on-air/fr...iotAct2011.pdf
By downplaying the libertarian movement, you would rather see yet greater tyranny by the transfer-payment loving government welfare queens? Big government ALWAYS MEANS LESS FREEDOM, taxation is legalized theft -- it should therefore be minimized. If you don't understand THAT from history, you are doomed to repeat it.
Also, do you realize that a minimum wage CREATES unemployment?! It does, but that is basic economics, most Americans never learn -- another reason government has failed in education -- just look at American's education scoring Vs. the rest of the world!
MORE government regulation simply stifles innovation and small business owners who have some great ideas.
If you want to know what the REAL Tea Party is, it is libertarian and for principled SMALLER GOVERNMENT, see: http://campaignforliberty.com
The libertarian philosophy is principled, NOT "overly simple-minded"
-- you sir are simply misinformed.
Since you say "MANKIND IS NOT, IN GENERAL, A DECENT AND COMPASSIONATE SPECIES" -- why on earth would you want to concentrate the power of theft and tyranny in government -- that is just asking for unconstitutional dictators.
Anyone who thinks government can produce jobs -- I have a bridge to sell them in London. Government NEVER produces wealth, it ONLY CONSUMES WEALTH.
If you want to learn more about why liberty is good for We The People, start reading Reason:http://reason.com/
Originally Posted by mdriftmeyer
Stop with the ``libertarian leaning'' crap. The US Libertarian movement doesn't remotely resemble its older European roots. The libertarian leaning isn't even a poor man's US Libertarian Movement which changes it's stripes every year. Ron and Rand are pandering to a fantasy where markets are self-regulating for the common good--a fallacy proven throughout the history of humanity.
The Tea Party is a joke. It's populated by a contingency of overly simple-minded folk with good intentions [in some areas] that haven't a clue how complex a 310 Million+ population requires to run just services let alone to make it run efficiently for All.
Shouting about returning to the good ol' days where indentured servitude and cheap labor as if they will benefit from this small government speaks volumes to the overall ignorance.
People need to get this through their heads: MANKIND IS NOT, IN GENERAL, A DECENT AND COMPASSIONATE SPECIES.
It's a self-serving, narcissistic species--a virus.
Government is the Immune System. When it's unhealthy the virus pounces. When it's healthy the disease fights doubly hard to destroy it.