17 April 2010
This week a Texas-based tea party activist published the "Contract from America", a manifesto of the movement, listing three basic principles and ten agenda items adopted based on 450,000 votes cast on his website. A lot of it sounds like boilerplate or code -- for example, genuine "individual liberty" would include some of my own priority issues such as abortion rights, drug legalization, gun-ownership rights, etc., but this seems framed in such a way as to re-define "liberty" in purely economic terms. Still, check it out for yourself. The Crossed Pond comments here. Update: Mad Mike's America has some interesting info on the size of the movement.