A Disappointing Result From The Tea Party Patriots by Gregory Hilton

The Tea Party Patriots convention has just ended. In their presidential straw poll, Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) won 49% of the on-line vote, followed by 12% for Herman Cain and 9% for Sarah Palin. Among those in attendance at the convention, Cain had 22%, followed by Tim Pawlenty with 16%, Ron Paul 15%, Sarah Palin 10%, and Mitt Romney 6%. To explain how this happened just look at their mission statement and core values: http://www.teapartypatriots.org/mission.aspx There is no mention of foreign policy, defense or national security programs.
The Tea Party Patriots cheered Ron Paul yesterday when he denounced the U.S. missions in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the group is being vigorously promoted by “The American Conservative” magazine. The magazine also praises the extreme isolationism of radical liberals such as former Sen. George McGovern (D-SD).
They want McGovern’s 1972 slogan “Come Home America” to be the Tea Party motto. The Tea Party Patriots claim to be inspired by the founding fathers, but that was not reflected in the rhetoric of several convention speakers. They are praising the government which existed under the Articles of Confederation, before the Constitution existed. Bill Kaufmann of “The America Conservative” says our downfall began with the triumph of Hamilton and Madison.
Many so-called constitutional conservatives are against the constitution, and their foreign policy agenda has much in common with the left wing of the Democratic Party.

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