After the mid term elections the TEA party has arrived, the GOP establishment owes it's stunning ssuccess to the activism of the TEA partiers. There were several candidates that won directly under TEA party support, but more importantly the other more establishment candidates benefitted from the activism of the TEA party movement. Had these activists not risen up to oppose and protest as they did, republicans would likely only have made very modest gains in this election.
The GOP establishment is riddled with people that believe their duty to the party is now to co-opt the TEA party movement and bring it's freshman electees into line with the party agenda, Advice to the GOP establishment: If you don't want to see pachyderm extinction, you will fall in line with TEA party's agenda and like it. The real Constitutional conservative ideals of the TEA party is what got you over the finish line with a huge majority in the house. Had more democrat senators from less blue states been up for re-election, you'd have the senate too, 2012 is coming. Failing to implement real conservatism will cause the GOP to miss that boat, bank on it. TEA partiers are not going to back RINOs, if RINOs are fielded to get compromise position wins, the TEA partiers will NOT back them.
There has already been much discussion within the movement about a third party, we believed we were going to be stronger if we ran candidates under the republican banner, the goal being to get real conservatives elected. Should it become clear that the GOP is going to take a more moderate and concilliatory route in their approach to current policy, TEA party backing for republicans will evaporate. People came out to the polls that have sat back and watched in disgust for years, these folks and more will show up in 2012 if they are not let down. What is evident is that there is a renewed interest, first from those that initially stood up in opposition to the socialism we all saw Mr Obama exhibiting, second from those that saw this and realized there was hope to turn the tide around but NOT back. The newly interested voters do NOT want a return to the good old days of Bush. The GOP of the late 90s and 2000s was a disaster, it will not do.
What the movement demands is a real NEW conservative movement that benefits all citizens and includes all citizens in a society where ALL individuals rights are sacred. Government shall be limited to what is necessary to protect the people from foreign and domestic enemies. Spending shall be reduced to levels that ensure solvency of the government and our currency. The Federal Reserve Bank needs to be audited. The healthcare debacle that was passed earlier in 2010 is to be repealed COMPLETELY and replaced with new legislation that fixes the problem.
We will see these ideals pursued honestly, by an open and transparent process that instills confidence in the intent of our legislators, or we will see a third party rise up and the demise of conservatism for some time until the new party and the GOP have duked it out for the loyalty of Americans that believe in limited government. This is a GOP platform ideal that has been ignored for too long, act accordingly or face the consequences.