That's more or less my point. Every political party is tainted by the extremity of its membership. When you find that clean party let me know, I'll join it even if they advocate a mandatory Clown College Draft for all males 17-25.<quoted text>
Yes, you can make the claim that the TP has a clean ideology, but the reality is much different. As per my links.
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.
As for the size of federal government shrinking, it's a clever argument that government spending is falling as a percentage of GDP since the Clinton administration. However, I can show a Forbes article ( http://www.forbes.com/sites/mikepatton/2013/0... ) that shows a steady increase in the number of government employees since the Reagan years with the first decline in the 2nd part of the Obama administration, due mostly to smaller state and local government spending cutbacks related to shrinking tax bases -- not federal.
But, what I find more troubling that the rising government workforce is the rising number of occasions where executive fiat has successfully circumvented congressional oversight. The system of checks and balances is, I believe, much too heavily skewed in favour of the executive. A smaller federal workforce could reverse than trend.
That is also my point, federal government grows steadily regardless of who is office. The system in place guarantees that perpetuation. Government programs can only grow, they can never shrink until, one day, they become unworkable and are replaced by another program.
Given that the blame is shared equally between both parties in power, it only makes sense that a 3rd Party (which I believe the TP must become in order to survive ideologically) are the only people with a chance to make any sort of change.
To make an analogy, if you want fewer sex offenders teaching primary school. You would be a fool to recruit teachers from the ranks of registered sex offenders. I'm not naive enough to believe all sex offenders are registered. But you have a better chance hiring those who don't have a proven record than hiring those who do and hoping THIS TIME they won't molest the children.
As for TP member being Rand ideologues. I doubt many are that familiar with her ideology. There is copious evidence that Rand herself had considerable problems making her ideology fit into any real-world scenarios. In her later years, Rand was all over the map trying to reconcile issues like anti-war movement, military draft, abortion rights, women's and gay rights into her theoretical structure. That being said, much of Rand's ideology (better explained in her concise non-fiction work than her fictional tomes) is perfectly applicable to real world scenarios.