Time for a Tea Party Manifesto?

In light of the recent revelations about the Boss Lonegan-dominated cabal responsible for vicious attacks on several Tea Party groups both in and outside of the Garden State, there can be no question in the mind of any rational Tea Party members who value the autonomy (and survival) of their organizations that the time has come for the Tea Party movement to draft a manifesto or statement of principles that clearly and unambiguously defines what the  movement is and what it seeks to accomplish.

In that vein, permit me to offer a few thoughts and suggestions:

The Tea Party Manifesto

The Tea Party Movement today traces the inspiration for its formation to the famous “rant heard ’round the world” by Rick Santelli on the floor of the Chicago stock exchange in February 2009. It is a true grassroots movement comprised of ordinary citizens dedicated to the proposition that the reach of the federal government has far exceeded the grasp established for it by the Constitution of  the United States.

  1. The mission of the Tea Party Movement involves  minimizing government through less spending, lower taxes and fewer intrusive regulations while maximizing personal and economic liberty;
  2. All Tea Party groups that manifest the letter and spirit of the mission statement ought to be recognized by other Tea Party groups as kindred and an inseparable part of the Tea Party movement;
  3. All true grassroots-organized Tea Party groups – regardless of their size – are autonomous entities and therefore inherently free to pursue the agenda set forth by their members without hindrance or interference from any other Tea Party group;
  4. As autonomous entities, all Tea Party groups owe no allegiance or fealty to any advocacy organizations or political parties and are inherently free to decide the scope and manner of their association with any organization or political  party that  is in accord with spirit of this manifesto;
  5. As an attack on one group may rightly be seen as an attack on all of them, Tea Party organizations ought to come to the defense of sister organizations that are under attack;
  6. All Tea Party organizations ought to strive to obey the 11th Commandment: “Thou shalt not speak ill of a sister Tea Party group.”

It’s a start. I’d love to hear what Tea Party leaders think.

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15 Responses to Time for a Tea Party Manifesto?

  1. truther says:

    Speaking of Lonegan, look at this site: http://www.njcrlc.org

    It is a direct connection between Lonegan and Wee Willie Winki Dink a Doo!

  2. Barb says:

    Hmmmmmmmmmmmm.
    Let me say that again.
    hmmmmmmmmmmmm.

  3. HeleneH says:

    There seems to be others who are on to the winkster.

  4. Barb says:

    As far as the Tea Party Manifesto goes….I like it. You added some things to the msg. regarding issues that have come upon us in this past few months. I think we handled it rather well in the end. We must remember what a passionate, outspoken bunch we are. We may argue and disagree, but if we are really Tea Party, we will work it out. With BullDogs help, and some others that I won’t name, we did rather well. There are still some that do not really fit the description of the Tea Party, and they will do their own thing. They follow a leader, we do not.
    Yes…….I think we’re gonna be okay. Yes indeed.

  5. truther says:

    I agree with Barb. Excellent start. Actually the shorter the better and I would not add much more. Nice job Bulldog.

  6. Kenny says:

    Wow – revival of the Greek City States. Love it. :)

  7. TeaPartyDem says:

    In our struggle against this nefarious GOP faction led assault, we should be dividing their forces. Steve Lonegan called me today. Unlike a call I received from him the other day that did not go well, this call was courteous, respectful and friendly. I reciprocated. Steve states that although he has hired the aggressive GOP faction hacks in the past, he does not fund, support or assist what is being done now.
    We should take him on his word and sever AFP from the GOP faction no-good-niks and isolate them further in the sate. That should take some of the wind out of them. Lonegan, unlike Doherty and McHose, did repudiate what is being done to us so I give him credit for that.
    The final issue on the table is what to do with those so-called Tea Party Activists and other conservative leaders who with a vengeance, turned on those of us battling this public negative campaign. What to do, what to do? Disaggreement is one thing, venomous insults are another. The upside to all of this is we possibly have flushed out those with hidden agenda’s and hidden loyalties and aren’t actual Tea Party persons at all.

    • Cranky ole Patriot says:

      I have a bridge to sell you!

      Steve states that although he has hired the aggressive GOP faction hacks in the past, he does not fund, support or assist what is being done now.

      Does not Fund, support or assist but continues to closely associate with! Oh I am so confident that all is well! NOT!

      And this so called repudiation, where is it. Thought he wasn’t going to soil his hands by involving himself? Let us see it in print.

      The final issue is NOT on the table! It is done!

      Gene has carried the water for us in shining the light of truth on their little cabal and their lies, and we intend not to waste that magnificent effort on petty differences. Those that didn’t understand, will come to understand in time. Waging another war is not in our interest.

      Until Lonegan gets out there with his repudiation, you might wish to watch which end of the snake your hoping to shake hands with.

  8. marym says:

    Thanks for the “common sense”, Bulldog. I support your Tea Party Manifesto 100% and look forward to seeing all Tea Party energy devoted to saving our beloved United States of America.

  9. dloosend says:

    Lonegan is a liar.

  10. HeleneH says:

    Teapartydem,
    Will there be a public statement den Lonegan?

  11. Barb says:

    They are all in together like a nice little co-opted family. We must remove ourselves from Lonegan, and those tea party groups. They didn’t drink the Obama koolaid, but they are sheeple for a different “leader”. As far as I am concerned, there is no repudiation. The latest CNJ post is all about their little family love story.
    Gene has done wonders for us and in a most eloquent, clever, funny, truthful way. I appreciate that more than words can say. We need not fight with them. We have ignored their posts for months and months and now realize that no one believes their slanderous lies. Except for the co-opted few, everyone now knows where the truth lies and sees those people for what they are. Thats all we needed. Now, we move on, unite, and get our work done. We will shock the (beep) out of this country when they see what the REAL NJ Tea Parties can do!!!