Nashville, Tennessee (CNN) - Tea Party Convention organizers tell CNN that they are proposing a set of "first principles" for candidates seeking support from the one year-old small-government movement.
Organizers of what is being billed as the first national Tea Party Convention are expected to announce the principles at a news conference Friday afternoon at the event, which is being held at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center in Nashville.
Mark Skoda, a businessman and founder of the Memphis Tea Party, who is also serving as spokesman for the convention, refused to term this as a litmus test but said that candidates would have to adhere to the principles to be eligible for tea party fundraising and support.
The principles include fiscal responsibility, lower taxes, states' rights and national security.
Organizers say the convention has attracted a sell-out crowd of around 600 attendees from across the country.
Among the sessions scheduled for Friday are workshops on how to conduct voter registration drives and where to find conservative votes, women in politics, how to organize a Tea Party group, how to involve youth in the conservative movement, grass-roots "on the ground," how to unite state Tea Party groups, technology in the Tea Party movement, and why Christians must engage.
– CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report
Picture says it all. Freaks!!!
"...fiscal responsibility, lower taxes, states' rights and national security."
Sounds good to me, and I'm going to be interested in finding out what people don't like about it, and why.
Of course, there will be the usual nuts shrieking about how "states' rights" is somehow racist, but who could be against fiscal responsibility, lower taxes, and national security?
I'm just curious, why are there just white people in this organization? It feels somewhat like the Klu Klux Klan in a disguise. As an American reading this article...it scares me.
Let's see, I think I got your litmus test right here:
1. are you white?
2. are you male – OK we'll let in a few women so no one will mistake us as queer.
3. are you a bible thumper?
4. do you believe the world is flat?
5. are you paranoid?
6. do you think minorities should be put back into their place?
You get the idea.
Call it what you will, this is the party of racism and negativity. I hope they do run a candidate for president. Then we can all see what they REALLY stand for...
The Tea Party represents a way of thinking that brought America to the brink! Gung-ho on starting wars for profit never mind the human and economic cost and there the government and spending cannot be big enough. (By the way, one top reason why Christians can not engage with their "first principles"!) But when it comes to the American people the TP has no idea on how to bring the country into a prosperous future. So, as long as they do not come up with better ideas as to reuse old ones that do not work, they should stop sniping at the President who is doing a heck of a job considering the circumstances.
Gee, a whole 600?
Those nutty teabaggers are good for a laugh, that's about it.
Excuse me while I choke on my water. :) Principles? Since when is bigotry and lack of facts about principles?
Six hundred attendees from all over the country. :) :)
Make sure faux news (the CEO of this party) gets the count right this time. With all the snow we are getting at least they can't show the Summer and Fall small crowds and try to lie about attendance.
Uh, why must Christians engage? What's religion got to do with any of this?
Sell-out with only 600 people? Are you kidding me...ClusterFox News will show video archives of old events and lie as usual claiming there are 1 million people.
After reading what Tom Tancredo said that their convention, I have a feeling being part of the KKK will be a prerequisite as well. People who support this group are clearly racist jerks, who go through life with rose colored glasses on.
"a sell-out crowd of around 600 attendees".
The three chief indicators of fascism – 1. pre-occupation with notions of "purity" – whether, political, ethnic, spiritual, racial, etc. 2. insistence on social conformity. 3. governance indistinguishable from corporatist agendas. Folks – fascism has come to the USA – the movement has been picking up steam since the Reagan administration. You can see it – or turn a blind eye. The fascists are counting on the latter..
And allow me to be the first to say, the Tea Party is run by a bunch of facists that will look to destroy & bring down Social Security, MediCare, etc. Good Work Folks – You want to talk about a Revolution? Yeah, there'll be a Revolution if you pull the plug on Social Security and MediCare...The People that side with the Tea Party and the GOP are JUST PLAIN STUPID FACISTS...And I would rather live under Marxist socialist values than Hitler's facist values anyday...
Let me get this straight, 600 attendees, $550 a head, not including hotel & air fare or food. These people who are constantly whining about "fiscal responsibility" probably paid close to a million dollars to go to some wing nut convention and make Sarah Palin rich.
If you were REALLY a fiscal conservative as you claim to be, you would have invested that money into the small businesses in your community, to help jump start the economy.
Oh, but I forgot. It's really not about doing the right thing for America is it? It's about being manipulated into giving your money to the corporate interests involved in this event. What exactly is it these people are trying to "conserve" again?
must be white, must not be college educated.
thats all it takes.
Of course there's a litmus test just like for Republicans now. It proves that Republicans and tea party members are just racists pretending to be something they aren't.
This Tea Party Organization is nothing but bull!!. This country is already divided as is with the Republicans, Democrats, Independents and Ross Perot's; now to add another movement.....just crazy! The leaders and organizers need to be slapped!!!
It sure is embarrassing to have this" Tea Party" Convention happening in my state..ugh. Already, on the first day,, to hear what one of the speakers had to say... I am turned off. This convention had turned away even one of our most conservative member, Marsha Blackburn. That tells me something right there.
The Rethug, Tom Tancredo, in his keynote address urges the Teabag Convention to "take back the country". Please don't do us any favors! These mostly disgruntled, Rethuglican, white racists were in complete charge for eight Bush/Cheney years. Their recklessness cost us our economy (the worst recession ever), the middle class and millions of American jobs. Now they talk about fiscal responsibility and the deficit.
They avoid mentioning their war in Iraq (going on seven years), which could eventually cost us three trillion dollars! That alone could have completely paid for healthcare reform. If we turn over congress to the Rethugs any time soon, shame on us!!! Also, middle class, independent voters should not be helping these jerks try to take back power. Remember people, you get the government you deserve.
This looks more like a PALIN party or a Republican convention than a Tea Party. Only rich Republicasns can afford a ticket at 500 dollars a plate. I would rather see something done like a Woodstock free concert. The people behind this convention are the same old geasers we have seen in politics over the past decade. If they couldn't make a change then, they won't now. Their next convention will probably be sponcered by a foreign country or large corporation. Sounds familiar? Just be careful folks, it may not be grandma laying in the bed, just the same old big bad wolf.
Tea party principles should be called "anti-principles" because they are anti-gay, anti-abortion, anti-immigration(legal or illegal), anti-any religion except Christian, anti-social programs of any kind, and anti-tax principles.
Therefore, they should be called the "Anti-Tea Party"
A Tea Party litmus test? Isn't that an oxymoron???!
600 is a sell-out crowd!?