I have just become a tea party member. I want to clarify a few things here as a new member.
I am a tea party member
Not because I am white -- I am an Asian Indian
Not because I am Christian -- I am a Hindu
Not because my ancestors travelled on Mayflower -- I am an Immigrant
Not even because I am a registered republican -- Yes, I am, but that is not the point.
I am here because
I believe in most of the ideas Tea Party enlists as their beliefs.
I am patriot of United States of America
I truly believe USA is by far the fairest nation ever manifested on this planet
I want USA to remain the best democracy by keeping its constitution intact
I want Government to be as small as possible
I want FREE enterprise to be guiding principal of the society
I want individual rights for guns for self protection
I want USA to do anything and everything to protect its citizens physically and economically.
Why am I stating seemingly obvious statements? Because, the moment you say they are so obvious, you are missing the point. As we all agree most of these ideas are typically Republican Party ideas. However, I just cannot escape the fact that no matter howmuchever I try I never get a feel that Republican Party is "inclusive" to people who look different. The irony here is that lot of people like me truly believe in these IDEAS which work far better than the failed ideas of the left. I know lots of immigrants like me who truly never even try to go to all white all Christian gatherings of the Republican Party!
I really want TEA PARTY should SOMETHING to fix this problem. Or else eventually right ideas of the RIGHT are going to lose out to the failing ideas of the LEFT. This post may sound blatantly stereotypical or racist, but I am only trying to state genuine problem in Republican Party which can only be fixed by bold new initiatives like TEA party movement.
I think we should make "inclusiveness" as part of the list of principles of Tea party by bold declaration that Tea party believes in common ground in ideas not common physical appearance!
You are 100% correct and I know which party you are referring to. But message people get here is quite the opposite. That means the message is not being delivered right. It is not a secret most immigrants and minorities tend to be on side of Democrats even though most of their POLICIES are not helpful to them. I wish republican lords do something about this and start thinking about complaints of people like me.
I sense a lot of anger and frustration in you about immigration. Truthfully, lot of the frustration is genuine. But let us think God Father and keep the head cool. Smart moves need cool thinking. Alienating immigrants is not going to win the immigrants' hearts which will become increasingly important for Republican party, as population becomes increasingly mixed. There is no way of stopping that. Let us learn from history. Every part of the history of USA, one set of people tried to stop next wave of people, even while using the same people for doing unwanted jobs - Italian immigrants, Irish immigrants etc. at different times with the exception of blacks that were brought in forcefully.
Am I sounding too democratic? Far from it. Let us understand the issues instead of pointing fingers at "a set of people". The problem is big government that resulted in irresponsible spending. The problem is of not following rule of law which resulted in illgal immigration. The problem is racism which resulted in alienating a section of people towards a party that clearly has failed ideas and failed policies.
By the way, nobody is calling it "white america" except whites. I have tons of republican friend since I have been republican since I became a citizen. I can see the underlying feeling -- "How the hell did this country become so mixed in color?" Truthfully I can understand where they are coming from. They feel their WASP grandfathers built this beatiful country and the "rest" are enjoying the fruits. Well... the truth is they are right! The feeling is genuine! But it is too late undo it. Part of the mixing of color happened because of so called initial success in slave trade. So, instead of looking back, the best thing is to look into future.
The bottomline is, if only all whites get over these feelings, embrace LEGAL citizen as equal partners of society, and let them decide purely based on IDEAS rather than race, I am confident a super majority will pick capitalistic conservative ideas over lefist ideas that made half planet almost bankrupt!
By the way you are right about republicans helping minorities and poor countries more than democrats. I also support a temporary ban on immigration until things are back to normal and when it comes to illegal immigration.
I plan to bring as many Asian Indians into Republican party as possible. And Obviously I need lot of help from good hearted people like you to make them feel "wanted"!
Thank you once again.