The Iowa Tea Party and members of the advocacy group American Principles in Action are going on a three week bus tour through Iowa, ostensibly to train people for the upcoming Iowa caucuses and is, according to The QCTimes, “aimed at promoting the idea of going back to the gold standard. Tying the U.S. monetary system to its gold supply was abandoned during the Nixon administration, but many tea partiers believe it ought to be resurrected.”
When I read this, I figured it was just another example of liberal media bias in the QCs, since I had never heard about the gold standard being a big deal in Tea Party circles. But according to USAToday, it seems these people really are pushing this fringe idea in Iowa and those candidates appearing at various stops along the way i.e. Bachmann, Gingrich, Cain, Johnson etc. will be asked their opinion on this pressing and important issue.
When did the wackos take over the Tea Party? This APA group is also pushing conservative social issues like gay marriage, which will have the unfortunate effect of driving off activists and participants of multiple political pursuasions, which has been the bedrock of the TP. Forcing GOP presidential candidates to opine on the gold standard and gay marriage in media saturated Iowa will not help either the GOP or the TP.
How did this happen? Who let this happen? Who let a movement devoted to constitutional, less intrusive government and lower taxes be hijacked by the fringe element in the GOP Party? If I was into conspiracy theories, I would suspect George Soros or David Axelrod is behind this sudden move to extremism.
Unfortunately, it probably is rot from within which will reinforce the stereotype that Tea Partiers are homophobic, anti-workers rights, and racists wholly owned by the Koch brothers.
A brilliant move by the Iowegian Tea Party.