[Pardon the pause, I'm laughing so hard I couldn't type.]
Other tea party activists responded strongly to GoProud's letter. There are 2300 groups in the U.S. and the letter was signed by fewer than 20. World Net Daily quoted a Massachusetts leader who described what happened when another local head reneged on her promise to address the social issues:
"They're only speaking for their own chapters, not for the tea party as a whole," said David Beaupre, head of the Independence Tea Party, a Tea Party Patriots-affiliated group based in Massachusetts....
Beaupre noted that his tea-party chapter received a recent boost in membership because a neighboring tea-party organizer went back on her word to address social issues "after the election."
"Eighteen or 19 people walked out of her meeting when she made it clear she wasn't going to talk about life and homosexuality," Beaupre told WND.
Beaupre added that several neighboring Massachusetts Tea Party chapters also emphasize social issues....
A recent survey has shown that nearly half (47 percent) of tea-party supporters consider themselves to be part of the conservative Christian movement. Nearly two-thirds (63 percent) of tea partiers say abortion should be illegal in all or most cases, and only 18 percent support same-sex marriage."I expect the mainstream media to treat GoProud's coalition as if they are representative of the entire tea party, but even they admit they aren't. And if the Republican leaders are so stupid as to act like the social issues don't matter, they will lose the farm in 2012.
"In our post-election poll, when asked to name the biggest issue facing future generations, 62 percent of voters said it is the moral decline of our nation," wrote Penny Nance, CEO of Concerned Women for America. [Read the complete WND article here.]
The two biggest issues in this country are the murder of the unborn and the attempt to destroy the family. A root cause of poverty is family breakdown. In a Canadian study, researchers found that "If you are in a broken family, you are more likely to be poor....family breakdown greatly increases the risk of poverty, especially for dependent children." One of their recommendations is to favor traditional marriage over cohabitation because "Households headed by a married couple are not the same as households headed by a cohabiting couple. Marriage makes couples more likely to stay together, live longer and report higher levels of happiness and less likely to abuse each other, cheat on each other and break up than cohabiting couples."
Economic issues are important, but the key to their solution lies in the SOCIAL ISSUES. Many tea party activists recognize that and they will not stand by quietly while homosexuals with an agenda try to, in their own words, "co-opt" the movement.