[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHItY5Anj3s]YouTube - TEA PARTY CONVENTION - Sarah Palin, Orly Taitz, Interviews with Participants[/ame] So, after watching this I asked myself the question do I think that this video is an accurate representation of tea partiers and their overall ideology and I personally answered, yes. I personally believe this video represents the attitudes of the overwhelming majority of the "tea baggers"... and it in itself represents the whole of the Republican Party's base wrapped up in a nutshell. I've personally come to the conclusion that rather then being a grassroots movement of "independents", the tea bagger movement has become the base force of the republican party. This can be supported by occurances like the GOP in South Carolina officially co-signing with Carolinian tea baggers, becoming the first state party to do so (I think Alabama's is stepping towards being the second). The tea bagger movement seriously looks like a reactionary force within the republican party. It's ideology involves a blend of fiscal responsability, a hawkish foreign policy, a security over freedoms approach to the war on terror, anti-abortion, cultural purity and nativism, pro-"christian values", and the belief that this ideology embodies "true" or "pure" conservatism. From this video and from trends I'm seeing including Palin and Tom Tancredo being it's "public speakers" and "leaders" as well as christian rightists like Glen Beck and Fox News backing these tea-party groups... it seems that this "tea bagger movement" is increasingly catering to and attracting the christian right base of the GOP. This is the movement the Christian Right has been waiting for for a while. A way to energize the base and regain strength and power within the republican party after years of the party moving away from George Bush and it's christian right base because that was the general trend of the country at the time. Now we see the party being forced to move back to it's base, the neo-cons, the bible thumpers, and the hawks. I'm not saying this is a bad thing or a good thing, just calling it as I see it. It's simply the evolutionary progress of the two parties, which is why candidates that don't represent the base of the GOP and either cater to the middle more moderate and pragmatic side of the isle or the social libertarian side are being attacked by this movement. Candidates like Ron Paul, John McCain, Charlie Crist, the governor of Mississippi (forgot dudes name), these guys are being targeted and attacked and their positions threatened because of "fiscal responsability" (who's more fiscal responsable the Ron Paul?) they do not represent the mold of the GOP christian right southern base. Those are my thoughts, I'm interested in hearing yours. And Here's a question, I'm an extreme social libertarian and a moderate economically who believes in fiscal responsability and low taxes. I'm also pro-gay marriage, pro-choice, I'm concerned about the deficit even now and extremely concerned about civil liberties and the Obama administrations handeling of them. I'm no where near a birther, I think birthers are crazy, and I think Glen Beck is a racist for asserting that Obama should have been elected president because his name doesn't sound "American" enough. Where would I fit in the "tea party mold" because of my economic beliefs, or would I? Is this even about the deficit at all?