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!
Sounds like we both are beating around the bush here. Neither of us believe that party is racist. Let us agree to agree on that and leave it at that.
Personally I was ALWAYS welcomed even when I had heated arguments on certain issues. But, I wanted to focus on this sesitive issue because I see very few minorities either in party convensions or when I go to local meetings or when I see the floor of Congress on republican side. It bothers me when I see 90% blacks vote for Democrat as if they really believe in those ideas, 80% Indians and Chinese vote Democrat!!! If you talk to Indians personally 98% are republicans at heart. Maybe due to the success of the "divide and rule" by democrats! I feel proactive things are to be done to include more minorites into the party membership.
I mentioned it in the subject line because it was meant for my "folks" provoking them to think outside the box. It was my way of asking them to look at the ideas! But then first response was from you and my answers got us into more sensitive but irrelevant issues!
You said : "Democrats have hurt minorities all along the way, but minorities in large part don't even stop to look. "
Who do you think should be blamed for this? The minorities ?
So when a candidate loses an election blame is either on the opponent or voters and not on his own failure to communicate the message across! Always blame it on someone else! Well, what can i say? Now you will scream at me !
Glad you have not screamed, because I am putting blame on republicans for their failure to communicate the message properly. For example. If you feel I am bitter, I take the blame for giving you that feeling, not you! It is my own failure to communicate right?
Anyway, no I am not bitter, Paul! I am frustrated at situation that minorties are not getting right message and they are supporting the wrong party. Well, it will happen!