The truth is there is only one genuinely independent political force in Washington these days, the Tea Party, a fact that is abundantly demonstrated by the future prospects for the recently passed immigration reform bill in the Senate. . . .
But don’t go looking for praise of Tea Party independence on the editorial pages of the major establishment media outlets like the New York Times or the Washington Post, or among establishment political advocates in either major party. . . .
So it is left to the Tea Party Brigade in the House Republican Caucus to force constructive action on issues linked to immigration reform that demand independent thinking.
One respondent to the article makes some nice points, too:
If you believe in electing politicians that vote their convictions without regard to reelection you could be a Tea Partier.
If you believe that any discrimination is wrong, you could be a Tea Partier.
If you believe that corporate subsidies and welfare are wrong and unfair (whether it is for the Koch brothers or George Soros) you could be a Tea Partier.
If you believe in a well informed electorate, instead of the dumbed-down indoctrination used by the Left to manage peoples ‘thoughts’ you could be a Tea Partier.
If you believe that individuals make this country great you could be a Tea Partier.
If you believe that our Constitution is a great document that should be adhered to (and changed through legislation and amendment not court decisions and blatant disregard for its protections and guarantees) you could be a Tea Partier.
If you believe in rule by elitists who exempt themselves from the very laws and rules they create for us peons, think discrimination is OK if it involves the ‘right kind of people’, believe in crony capitalism as long as the corporations that benefit are the ‘good ones’, preach tolerance while being completely intolerant then you are probably a liberal, and certainly not a Tea Partier.