The Indian River Tea Party is committed to promoting the principles of governance embodied in the United States Constitution through research, education and activism.
We Believe In:
1. Limited government- Whereas the blueprint for American government is clearly established by the U.S. Constitution, we expect government at all levels to be efficient, limited in power and accountable to the citizenry and that our leaders, both elected and appointed, govern accordingly.
"The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government." Patrick Henry
2. Fiscal responsibility- Whereas citizens are expected to exercise personal responsibility by living within their means, we expect government at all levels to do the same by properly managing and openly accounting for all revenue collected from "We the people". Ongoing debt and deficit spending is indicative of poor government and jeopardizes life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
"There does not exist an engine so corruptive of the government and so demoralizing of the nation as a public debt. It will bring on us more ruin at home than all the enemies from abroad..." Thomas Jefferson
3. The Free Market system- Whereas our nation was founded upon the right of private ownership and a free market system, we uphold that government intrusion into the management and operation of private industry is antithetical to these principles and continues to plunge our nation into the abyss of ever increasing government “bail outs” and artificial “propping up” of failing industries. Invention, production and marketing of goods and services flourish in the hands of the American people.
"The wise and correct course to follow in taxation and all other economic legislation is not to destroy those who have already secured success but to create conditions under which every one will have a better chance to be successful." Calvin Coolidge
With these principles in mind, we call upon our government leaders at all levels to uphold the US Constitution, to serve and empower the citizenry and to efficiently manage the unique challenges which face our nation, our state and our local community.