My evening with the Tea Party
So I went to a debate this evening between two Republicans vying in the primary for the state senate. My usual guy has not had an opponent in 10 years and he got one this year so I thought I'd go and see what each of them had to say. My 17 yo daughter went too.
I didn't realize that the event was being hosted by the local Tea Party so that was a shock. They had t-shirts, hats and bumper stickers for sale. They had a raffle (bottles of wine and conservative books) to raise money. The folks for/against the local transportation initiative were there with literature.
They had 25 minutes of talking, flag presentation/pledge of allegiance (do we have to do that at EVERY event?) and a prayer (groan for me) before they could get started. They talked about taking back the country and our government. I was actually impressed with them until they started talking about cronyism. They brought up four examples - all of them against national democrats (pelosi, reid, even solyndra). I told my daughter that if they can't even admit that cronyism exists in their own party then they are too partisan for me.
Of course the candidates did what they could to bash Obama, healthcare and "stepping on the constitution". All the usual fear-mongering - "we can't take another four years of this!". Praise Reagan, God, the founding fathers,and James Madison in particular (second amendment). It very much reminded me of the things that mrskjun, nik and others bring up.
They topics covered: local transportation special tax coming up, stance on right to life, stance on guns (both boasted about their NRA endorsement), stance on what to do about healthcare if Obama gets re-elected (boos in the audience), local school/charter school stance (biggest difference between the two is on this issue), local ethics bill, state video gambling, and FINALLY, how to get the state economy moving and should we get rid of state income tax.
Typical Republican answers: tax cuts, eliminate regulations and protect the unborn. Minimal name calling, thank goodness.
Some questions didn't get fully answered and I noticed who did and who didn't answer the question. Daughter enjoyed it very much and we had some good discussion on the way home. I plan to vote for the new guy. The founding fathers liked short term "citizen" politicians. It's time for new blood.