The Tea Party Is NOT Libertarian
NEW YORK MAGAZINE‘s December feature article is a treatise on the Libertarian Tea Party. Except the author, Christopher Beam, misses the obvious. The Tea Party is NOT Libertarian.
The Tea Party Caucus with 68+ members in the House exists, and it isn’t the Liberty Caucus with 13 members which, of course, consists of Libertarians. Ron Paul the outspoken long term spokesman for Libertarians is not a member of the Tea Party Caucus, and refused to join.
The Tea Party consists of American Values Voters, historically populists, who don’t have, don’t want, and don’t believe in ideologies, even those ideologies like Libertarianism that have some vague similarity to their voting values, which include, voting for candidates who are truthful and appear honest; who oppose government corruption and special interest legislation, and among other things, distrust government.
That tens of millions of American Value Voters exist, as they have existed for at least 190 years, not in NY or New England, but in rest of the US seems to be beyond the comprehension of progressive NY journalists who seem to never have taken a course in US history, of if they did, forgot US history. This is aside from the fact they miss the obvious in the current makeup of the Congress.