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Ten Questions for Tea Partiers

Ralph Nader – Oct 22, 2010

Here are ten Questions for Tea Partiers that they want or do not want to answer. I say it this way because people who call themselves Tea Partiers do not all have the same view of politics, government, Big Business or the Constitution. Their opinions range from pure Libertarian to actively furthering the privileges of plutocracy. Their income and occupational background vary as well, though most seem to be middle-income and up.

My guess is that most Tea Partiers come from the conservative wing of the Republican Party who are fed up with both the corporate Republicans like Bush and Cheney, as well as the Democrats like Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi.

With the above in mind, the following questions can serve to go beyond abstractions and generalizations of indignation and get to some more specific responses.

1. Can you be against Big Government and not press for reductions in the vast military budgets, fraught with bureaucratic and large contractors’ waste, fraud and abuse? Military spending now takes up half of the federal government’s operating budgets. The libertarian Cato Institute believes that to cut deficits, we have to also cut the defense budget.

2. Can you believe in the free market and not condemn hundreds of billions of dollars of corporate welfare-bailouts, subsidies, handouts, and giveaways?

3. Can you want to preserve the legitimate sovereignty of our country and not reject the trade agreements known as NAFTA and GATT (The World Trade Organization in Geneva, Switzerland) that scholars have described as the greatest surrender of local, state and national sovereignty in our history?

4. Can you be for law and order and not support a bigger and faster crackdown on the corporate crime wave, that needs more prosecutors and larger enforcement budgets to stop the stealing of taxpayers and consumer dollars so widely reported in the Wall Street Journal and Business Week? Law enforcement officials estimate that for every dollar for prosecution, seventeen to twenty dollars are returned.

5. Can you be against invasions of privacy by government and business without rejecting the provisions of the Patriot Act that leave you defenseless to constant unlawful snooping, appropriation of personal information and even search of your home without notification until 72 hours later?

6. Can you be against regulation of serious medical malpractice (over 100,000 lives lost a year, according to a study by Harvard physicians), unsafe drugs that have serious side effects or cause the very injury/illness they were sold to prevent, motor vehicles with defective brakes, tires and throttles, contaminated food from China, Mexico and domestic processors?

7. Can you keep calling for Freedom and yet tolerate control of your credit and other economic rights by hidden and arbitrary credit ratings and credit scores? What Freedom do you have when you have to sign industry-wide fine print one-sided “contracts” with your banks, insurance companies, car dealers, and credit card companies? Many of these contracts even block your Constitutional access to the courthouse.

8. Can you be for a new, clean system of politics and elections and still accept the Republican and Democratic Two Party dictatorship that is propped up by complex state laws, frivolous litigation and harassment to exclude from the ballot third parties and independent candidates who want reform, accountability, and stronger voices for the voters?

9. If you want a return to our Constitution—its principles of limited and separation of power and its emphasis on “We the People” in its preamble—can you still support Washington’s wars that have not been declared by Congress (Article I Section 8) or giving corporations equal rights with humans plus special privileges and immunities. The word “corporation” or “company” never appears in the Constitution. How can you support eminent domain powers given by governments to corporations over homeowners, or massive week-end bailouts by the Federal Reserve and Treasury Department of businesses, even reckless foreign banks, without receiving the authority and the appropriations from the Congress, as the Constitution requires?

10. You want less taxation and lower deficits. How can you succeed unless you stop big corporations from escaping their fair share of taxes by manipulating foreign jurisdictions against our tax laws, for example, or by letting trillions of dollars of speculation on Wall Street go without any sales tax, while you pay six, seven or eight percent sales tax on the necessities you buy in stores?

Let’s hear from you Tea Partiers. Meanwhile, see the work of video-journalist, Steve Ference, who has interviewed and given voice to those among you in his new paperback “Voices of the Tea Party” published by Lulu.com on July 4, 2010. Contact VoicesoftheTeaParty@gmail.com.

October 22, 2010 - Posted by | Civil Liberties, Economics, Militarism

7 Comments »

  1. Nader asks just the right questions here.

    A+

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    Comment by hybridrogue1 | October 22, 2010 | Reply

  2. As much as i wish it was otherwise, I think this Tea party movement is another political fraud. What it looks like is that right wing republicans and neo-cons took control and organized the widespread anger of people in general, most of whom have the political savvy of High School students at best. Their platform is a wish list of reforms with no possible way of achieving them since the core problems are not included. What really jumps out is their desire for a “Stronger Military”! Huh? Stronger than the already bloated military we now have that costs half of the already debt-based budget? At the same time they want less taxes for all, including the Corporations who already get a relatively free ride and the super rich who must be laughing their asses off. Do they ever stop to ponder how to finance all this?
    The federal reserve fraud and rip-off?- not a problem. Perpetual war?- not a problem. The Patriot act?- not a problem? Subservience to Israel?- fine with them. These people, in their ignorance, are being herded just like the rest of the sheep with the only real goal being to elect the lunatic fringe of the republican party who are owned by the banks and corporations and who want all the money,by hook or by crook- mostly crook.
    We live in scary times with no way out.
    Duck and cover.

    Comment by greg | October 23, 2010 | Reply

  3. If there was an Altheo News Hall of Fame, that article certainly belongs there.

    Comment by Eric Vaughan | October 23, 2010 | Reply

  4. Rather than being fed-up with Bush and Cheney the Tea Party crowd, and their leadership in particular seem to think they were the best Presidential team ever. The Tea Party are nothing but Neocon whores in Libertarian drag.

    Comment by Jerzy | November 11, 2010 | Reply

  5. I can see the bias on this site is nothing new.
    The movement is the movement of the people – unfortunately, there are people trying to capitalize on the spirit of the people.
    The ‘movement’ consists of Dems, Ind, GOP as well.
    The people are tired of the corrupt politicians selling us out.
    The way the questions are posited shows that the author has bought into the rhetoric of a biased lame media that has forgotten how to be a watch dog and instead is a neutered, inbred lapdog of government.

    Do the people want small government – yes.
    Do we want to kneecap the military – no.
    Are there areas to be cleaned up – yes.
    Are we war mongers – no.
    We do believe in cleaning up our own before helping others.
    Those who are anti-military, understand it is the left/liberals who started this trend to ‘help’ other unfortunate countries.
    So you tell me – do you want people to be tortured, children to die of hunger, women be raped and mutilated?
    No, the people do not think Bush was the best – in fact many blame his ‘compassionate conservatism’ for the mess we are in. Most People who are fed up with politics as usual – are Reagan-ites… not Bush-ites.

    Re: NAFTA, GATT – no, most of the people are not friendly with the USA selling out to the world.
    We do not believe in One World Order.

    Understand that Government is hand in hand with Corporations – even moreso with the Adminstration you all voted into office.

    Capitalism is good – it allows the most impoverished person who came for the worst side of the tracks to become a successful person.

    Of course – you all would not comprehend that. You listen to a mantra of Corporations bad mean horrible … government good give handouts. You do not understand the loss of dignity this thinking affords the people.
    Go to countries where the all giving government has their country at a slave/serf role. Live there without access to your own country… live the life their people do.
    Until then – the pontificators know nothing.
    This includes those who have gone to do ‘good deeds’ and were protected during their journeys.

    Clean up the USA first – get rid of the corrupt politicians – stop dividing the people – stop making people feel/think lesser by making them a different category.
    Humans are humans – period.

    Comment by Dolphie | November 20, 2010 | Reply

  6. Dolpie,

    You can see the “bias” of this site?
    Actually I can see the bias in your reply.

    You aren’t even replying to the site but rather you’re planting prescripted ‘conservative’taling points.
    You see things from a very narrow perspective…it is in the subtext of what you have written here. You have no idea of the true architecture of modern global political power.

    I’m comming from the Jeffersonian perspective. He was one of the founding fathers. The author of the Declaration of Independence. Give him a read, you just might learn something.

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    Comment by hybridrogue1 | November 22, 2010 | Reply

  7. Good day! Would you mind if I share your blog with my facebook group? There’s a lot of people that I think would really enjoy your content. Please let me know. Many thanks

    Comment by what is my spirit animal | January 5, 2012 | Reply


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