[To Joseph Farah:] I have read with interest your arguments against limiting the tea party to economic issues alone. I beg to differ from your opinion. I contacted my local tea party in North Carolina before the election to see what I could do as an individual to help prevent Obama’s re-election, but found it an organization that seemed to be a far right wing of the Republican Party, with social agendas that were only repelling moderates.

I received an email from a very liberal acquaintance a few weeks ago which advocated a series of constitutional amendments that would limit terms for the Senate and House by making none of our Washington elected officials eligible for re-election if they couldn’t pass a budget that was less than 20 percent of GDP. Other amendments would eliminate special privileges, ridiculous pensions and health-care benefits. Her email quoted, of all people, Warren Buffett.

I have received similar emails over the last few years from conservative friends, but this one struck me because it was sent by a real left-wing Democrat.

I have three partners who voted for Obama both times because they were turned off by the right wing of the Republican Party’s social agenda – including gay marriage, abortion and immigration. They are fiscal conservatives but social moderates who would vote for fiscally responsible candidates if it wasn’t for the social agenda of the Republican Party. They also agree that we need to limit terms in Washington and hold our elected representatives’ feet to the fiscal fire.

I suppose I am more of a Libertarian than a right-wing Republican in that I want the government out of my business. I want the government to act responsibly with my tax money. I don’t want the do-gooders, tree-huggers OR the Christian Coalition telling me what to think, and I really don’t care what others do on their own private time as long as it doesn’t hurt someone else. Having said that, I am pretty conservative on most social issues.

I would like to see a grass-roots movement that would take up the mantra of term limits and fiscal responsibility and leave the social agenda to others. I think such a platform would attract my liberal acquaintance and my partners who voted Democratic. I think it would attract a wide variety of people from both parties and independents alike.

If we could elect people who would do what is right instead of worrying about re-election, I think many of our problems would be solved.

Kent Robertson

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