Yes, you can make the claim that the TP has a clean ideology, but the reality is much different. As per my links.<quoted text>
Every political party in History has extremists and moderates. If you're looking for examples of extreme positions in the Democrats fold, they are easy to find. It makes sense that a fiscally conservative party would contain socially conservative people. I myself hold many socially conservative positions.
However, the stated position of the Tea Party isn't anti-gay, anti-immigration, or even pro-Xtianity. The first principles of the Tea Party are in fact fiscal conservatism and small government. These two go hand in hand. Small government is something everyone should embrace -- be they socially conservative or liberal. A small government doesn't intrude into people's lives as much as a large government and that works in your favour regardless of your political bent.
How do you make a government smaller? There is really only one way, to remove its source of income.
Where were these people when the govt expenses was expanding under Bush? As per the size of govt, that has been shrinking since Clinton. Which means the TP is tilting at windmills.
Its not about the money, its about the social agenda. That is clear. Hence the preoccupation with Ayn Rand.