Define Tea Party Movement for me.
I'm seeing very, very wide variation in perceived planks of the Tea Party movement.
I personally have considered it to be a movement that I would affiliate myself with, because it was based on the idea that we are overtaxed, and that our governments had best not be using our taxes on things not directly mandated in their mission. Fiscal conservatism, in other words.
But I'm being told that Tea Partiers are:
1--Pro Gun (Well, why not? But is that a mandate?)
2--Pro Republican (Wait-- I thought that the Tea Party movement was critical of the Republican Party?)
3--Anti Democrat (Wait-- more so than the Republicans?)
4--Pro Christian (Why? Did Christ say "No taxation without representation!")
5--Anti Gay (You know how they love to spend, spend, spend! That's why all gays are poor, as opposed to us Breeders...)
7--Anti freedom of speech
8--Pro War (but wait-- war costs money)
11--And maybe, if they get around to it, pro-balanced budget and pro-reduced spending.
So what is it, folks? What's absolutely intrinsic to the Tea Party Movement? Please note whether you identify with it, in your answers.