Friday, June 12, 2009

Report on the Albuquerque, NM Tea Party

Last night the Albuquerque Tea Party Organization met in preparation for the July 4th rally. About 60 New Mexican volunteers were present.

The Albuquerque Tea Party leadership is impressive. The men and women are personable and easy to work with. They are affable, dedicated and hard working individuals, objective thinkers who understand the importance of principles and of working toward fundamentals without being way-laid by narrower concerns that often bog down start-up organizations.

The evidence of the ABQ Tea Party leadership's objective thinking is shown by their position paper. For instance,

Mission Statement:
"To preserve the Constitutional Rights of the citizens of the U.S.A., by limiting government; constraining government spending and taxation; and advancing a free market economy."

Core Issues: "
Excessive government spending, taxation, intervention;
Individual's Constitutional Rights;
Free market Economy (Capitalism).

Those interested in the development of tea parties may already know that a vast network of organizations has been and is presently escalating across the nation. The Tea Party Patriots at present seem to dominate most of these and are coordinating a national effort. To this end, most of the Tea Party organizations in cities throughout the nation are now affiliated with the TPP. Some of these affiliates have undertaken various and different kinds of goals. For instance, some of them advocate anti-abortion positions and religious concerns.

The ABQ Tea Party is affiliated with TPP but is more philosophically oriented. This is certainly the better route to take. The way to overturn government excesses is to pound home on the fundamentals of limited government, capitalism and individual rights. Get these; the rest takes care of itself.

The Albuquerque group has a clearly thought out foundation. They are in it for the long haul with their focus presently out to 2012. Primaries are being looked at during "lulls" between Tea Parties to consider candidates best to support and "throw out the bums" as one man said.

A town hall meeting is planned for June 25 to argue against universal health care.

Way to go New Mexico!

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At June 12, 2009 at 7:57 PM , Blogger Burgess Laughlin said...

Thank you for the report on the meeting. My little personal experience with the Tea Party events here in Portland confirms your generally positive observations.

Unfortunately there are plenty of warning signs too. Here are examples:

- Talk of "government excesses" misses the point, which is that the current government is violating objective moral and political principles. "Excess" implies a matter of degree. The issue is principle not degree.

- Talk of "free enterprise" is empty if the speakers tolerate anti-trust laws, Social Security, anti-narcotics laws, and restrictions on abortion.

- Talk of "constitutional rights" is dangerous unless the constitution is interpreted objectively, that is, based only on natural rights (not "God-given rights" or tradition).

Worst of all for the long-term, with the Tea Party group, as with the newly formed American Liberty Alliance umbrella group, the lack of written principles is very disturbing.


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