I actually agree with some of their fiscal policies. I have always felt that we give way too much money to foreign countries in aid; I don't like "cap and trade"; I hate earmarks ( and all pet projects that waste our taxpayer money ) ; I believe in a balanced budget; and I do think we need a strong energy policy that weens us off of our dependency on foreign oil.
What I disagree with are their social policies especially their views on healthcare. The Tea Party is 100 % opposed to abortions in any way shape and form and will work hard to try to overturn Roe vs. Wade. This clearly shows that they do not represent the majority of Americans. Every poll for the past 20 years, or more, has shown that the majority of Americans are pro - choice. They would not even allow abortions even in cases of incest and rape ! Sharon Angle ( who thank the Gods lost ) was quoted as saying that two wrongs don't make a right. All of the Tea Party members want the government to have either little or no role at all in the healthcare system. They will, if they can, repeal the healthcare legislation that is now in place and once again allow health care providers to refuse patients who have pre - existing conditions. One of the candidates even went so far as to say that they should have the right to refuse maternity claims.
But what scares me the most is their views on certain religions and groups, that are not Christian or follow Christian values. Though they say they believe in the constitution, they are absolutely against the building of the "ground zero mosque." I too do not like its location, but there are no laws against it ! They also have severe positions on gays serving in the military, same sex marriages, and immigrant rights.
Even though one of their candidates, Christine O'Donnell, ( who thank the Gods lost ), dabbled in witchcraft, I don't have any idea how they actually feel about Pagans. They are backed by the southern religious right, so it can't be favorable to us. In an interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper, Rep. Renee Elmers called the Ground Zero Mosque a, "Victory Mosque", equating it to the Mosque the Muslims built after they conquered Jerusalem. When Cooper asked, " If the Roman Catholic Church once built a victory church over a Pagan Temple", she answered by asking Anderson Cooper if he was anti - religion or anti- Catholic. Cooper shot back ," That's like the lowest response I have ever heard from a candidate, I have got to tell you !"
My biggest fear is that they will try to tread on our rights or try to stunt the growth of our Pagan religions. The most recent survey I could find, 2008, showed about 680,000 pagans here in America and I am sure there are many more who would rather not admit to being a Pagan for fear of ridicule. We are a growing entity here in America and within the next ten to twenty years may have enough political power to have a real say in politics.
I say this to the Tea Party and their followers: We are here, we are growing, and we will never go back to the old days of being ignored and persecuted. Asatru and other Pagan religions are here and here to stay ! We Asatruar are recognized in all the Scandinavian countries as a legal and accepted religion. Great Britain has recently acknowledged the rights of the Druids and have always been sympathetic to the Celtic religion. We deserve and expect the equal religious rights and freedoms that are clearly spelled out in the U.S. Constitution ! Period ! I don't think their Party is our cup of tea !
Go with Odin's wisdom, Freyja's love and Thor's protection !