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Whither the Tea Party? RNC's Michael Steele on Fox & Friends

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RNC chairman Michael Steele on Fox after meeting with Tea Party activists:


MICHAEL STEELE TELLS FOX & FRIENDS: THERE "WAS NOT ANY TALK" ABOUT THE TEA PARTY "BECOMING OR CREATING A THIRD PARTY"
In an interview earlier this morning on FOX News Channel's FOX & Friends, RNC Chairman Michael Steele spoke with co host Steve Doocy about the Tea Party activists, GOP "mistakes," and the future of the Republican Party. Steele said "there was not any talk about becoming or creating a third party," when he met with Tea Party activists. In addition, he said he finds it "amusing," that when he meets "with groups concerned about the economy and the direction of the party they're called activists;" but, "when the President meets with those groups...they're called Senate Democrats."

Interview excerpts below:
***MANDATORY CREDIT FOX NEWS CHANNEL'S FOX & FRIENDS***
ON HIS MEETING WITH TEA PARTY ACTIVISTS:
"I can say, without really stepping out of any bounds here, there was not any talk about becoming or creating a third party. This is the frustration of citizen activists with a party that many had aligned themselves with over the years."

"I think when it ended we covered a lot of good ground, common ground that we can stand on. And people were feeling a little bit better about the direction we need to go."

"I found it amusing, when I meet with groups concerned about the economy and the direction of the party they're called activists. When the President meets with those groups that are concerned about the economy and the direction of the party, they're called Senate Democrats. So, I feel I'm in a better position right now."

ON REPUBLICAN "SPENDING LIKE DRUNKEN SAILORS" DURING THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION:
"Absolutely, you learn from your mistakes."

"A big part of this process...between those who have become disaffected with the leadership of the party in the past, is to acknowledge where we have gone wrong, where we have made the mistakes: in spending in growing the size of government, in stepping away from those very constitutional principles and values that have certainly defined this party and its agenda for over one hundred years."

ON WHETHER THE REPUBLICAN PARTY WILL BECOME MORE "CONSERVATIVE":
"The biggest challenge for the GOP is not becoming more conservative, we are the conservative party of the United States...that is who we are. Our biggest challenge is staying true to who we are; and, recognizing those conservative principles that defined us in terms of how we define the role of government in the lives of everyday people. When we stay true to those principles I think we're on much sturdier ground."

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"...how we define the role of government in the lives of everyday people."

Does that mean they will go back to the pre-moral majority role?

Once the far-right took over the Republican party, an individual's private life (religion, family planning, etc.) became the government's business.

1. To end corruption we need real campaign finance refrom...individuals only, no groups, publicly listed
2, To improve the economic lot of all willing to earn, we need to exempt from taxation the three components that make people productive, their health care expense, their educational expense, and theri money invested in enterprise
3. To honor the American tradition of equal justice under law, we need to base taxation on any free association of individuals, not just on the traditional family and to apply the same tax rate to all dispolable income of such goups
5. To assure the best value to consumers through the discipline of the marketplace, we need to separate our enterprises between those having competitive elements and those inherently monoploistic, such as transportation venues and uility distribution networks, and free thr former from regulation while retaining it for the latter
6. We need to balance protecting freedom of religion from extremist groups, be they of any sect, with protecting the freedom of those very same sects to worship as they please
7. We need to balance protecting our naural heritage while also protecting each individual's property rights
8. We need to assure that immigration into our country brings those who would contribute to our common wealth while excluding those who would drain from it
9. We need to make the compensation from loss in our courts proportional to the true economic and emotional loss incurred
10. We need to find a discourse above the pettiness that prevents universal recognition and embrace of these principles

We're publishing a new story on the Tea Party - which we don't like! - tonight. Meanwhile, your Readers might consider joining our new Centrists Group at Linked In and might like to look at my new blog for and about Centrists, The Rest of U.S.

Extremists have become so loud, they’re deafening. And because they shout in perfect sound bites, the media birddog their every rant, however irresponsible or outrageous.

But we believe the political tide’s about to turn with a vengeance. No matter their party affiliation or lack thereof, Americans are disgusted with those who harass to harass, obstruct to obstruct, tear down to tear down. Compromise, consensus, bridge-building, and respect for differing viewpoints have been the hallmarks of American life as long as there’s been an America. We’re certain they will be again.

Please read: The Rest of U.S. – Who We Are and What We Stand For

http://newcentristera.wordpress.com/2010/01/06/the-rest-of-u-s-who-we-are-and-what-we-stand-for/

If you like it, please circulate to your family, friends, and colleagues. Or perhaps to your favorite extremist!

Hey Hey Ho Ho Michael Steele has GOT TO GO!

Why is it the left brands the Tea Party as extremist, when they would never brand Code Pink, MoveOn.org, NOW, NORAL and others with the same brush? Could it be that the alphabet networks and the major liberal newspapers are losing their manipulation of Americans?

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