The impetus for the Tea Party movement is excessive government spending and taxation. Our mission is to attract, educate, organize,
and mobilize our fellow citizens to secure public policy consistent with our three core values of Fiscal Responsibility, Constitutionally
Limited Government and Free Markets.
• Fiscal Responsibility
• Constitutionally Limited Government
• Free Markets
Fiscal Responsibility: Fiscal Responsibility by government honors and respects the freedom of the individual to spend the money
that is the fruit of their own labor. A constitutionally limited government, designed to protect the blessings of liberty, must be fiscally
responsible or it must subject its citizenry to high levels of taxation that unjustly restrict the liberty our Constitution was designed to
protect. Such runaway deficit spending as we now see in Washington D.C. compels us to take action as the increasing national debt is a
grave threat to our national sovereignty and the personal and economic liberty of future generations.
Constitutionally Limited Government: We, the members of The Tea Party Patriots, are inspired by our founding documents
and regard the Constitution of the United States to be the supreme law of the land. We believe that it is possible to know the original
intent of the government our founders set forth, and stand in support of that intent. Like the founders, we support states' rights for those
powers not expressly stated in the Constitution. As the government is of the people, by the people and for the people, in all other
matters we support the personal liberty of the individual, within the rule of law.
Free Markets: A free market is the economic consequence of personal liberty. The founders believed that personal and economic
freedom were indivisible, as do we. Our current government's interference distorts the free market and inhibits the pursuit of individual
and economic liberty. Therefore, we support a return to the free market principles on which this nation was founded and oppose
government intervention into the operations of private business.
Tea Party Patriots, Inc. is an organization believes in the Fiscal Responsibility, Constitutionally Limited Government, and Free Markets.
Tea Party Patriots, Inc. is a non-partisan grassroots organization of individuals united by our core values derived from the Declaration of
Independence, the Constitution of the United States of America, the Bill Of Rights as explained in the Federalist Papers. We recognize
and support the strength of grassroots organization powered by activism and civic responsibility at a local level. We hold that the United
States is a republic conceived by its architects as a nation whose people were granted "unalienable rights" by our Creator.
Chiefly among these are the rights to "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." The Tea Party Patriots stand with our
founders, as heirs to the republic, to claim our rights and duties which preserve their legacy and our own. We hold, as did the founders,
that there exists an inherent benefit to our country when private property and prosperity are secured by natural law and the rights of the
|“Greenwich Tea Party Patriots of South Jersey” is an organization aligned with conservative principles, many of which are shared
by Tea Party organizations throughout the country. Each Tea Party organization is free to identify and emphasize its own principle
beliefs. Below is a summary of principle beliefs written by the Tea Party Patriots of Southern New Jersey (TPPSNJ) and these
principles are wholly supported by the Greenwich Tea Party Patriots of South Jersey.
|1. Protect and defend the U.S. Constitution - Our Constitution is an “inspired” document. In the original document and first
ten amendments, our founding fathers established fundamental principles that have led to American exceptionalism. These
principles must be defended against attempts to diminish the relevance of our Constitution in today’s world. Circumstances
change requiring us to adapt; principles remain constant and must be honored.
|2. Our inalienable rights come from the Creator - In the Declaration of Independence, our founding fathers set forth their
belief that our rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness do not come from the government; they come from our Creator.
As such, those rights cannot be legitimately taken from us by government, and we must not surrender those rights in exchange for
temporary comforts or short-term security. Our founders also believed that only a “moral people” would be able to govern
themselves in a free and open society, and that a belief in a Higher Being and adherence to Judeo-Christian principles would be
most beneficial in maintaining a moral society.
|3. Less Government equals more freedom – Our founding fathers were very concerned about the inherent tendency of any
government to grow in size and power. In our Constitution, they sought to limit the size and scope of government. Over time, the
intentions of the founders have been circumvented by lesser men, to the extent that the Federal Government has gained undue
power and influence over the American people and their enterprises – at the expense of individual liberty. We must not only stop
the growth of government; we must roll it back to its Constitutional boundaries.
|4. Strong National Defense - A fundamental and unchallenged role of government is to provide for the common defense of the
nation and its people. We believe this includes the defense of American interests abroad, the security of our borders at home,
and “domestic tranquility” within our borders.
|5. Equality of opportunity; not outcome - The founders established our system of government to better ensure equal
opportunity for all Americans to pursue their goals, dreams and fortunes. They did so with the understanding that some would
succeed while others would fail. With this acceptance of reality, combined with the freedom afforded by the Constitution,
America became the most exceptional nation ever known to man, where even those who fail can maintain the hope and
possibility of trying again - and succeeding. The founders would not have supported governmental interference in this dynamic
where they saw it as a family, friends, and neighborly responsibility to assist those in need.
|6. Energy Independence - Energy independence must become a national objective. By developing our own abundant energy
resources, we would lessen the likelihood of having to defend national interests abroad, while creating more jobs and
opportunities for Americans at home, and drastically reducing the trade deficit. Through greater access to our resources, and
use of modern technology in developing renewable and finite energy resources, we would better ensure a clean environment and
improved standard of living for future generations. With that in mind, we must pursue the development of clean and efficient
energy from all sources, including nuclear, coal and oil within our territorial and offshore limits.
|7. Legal immigration; not illegal immigration - We are a nation of immigrants. Legal immigration has kept our country
renewed and growing over the past two centuries. We support the legal immigration of people from a wide variety of nations
who want to come to America to be Americans. Illegal immigration has produced a burden to society, both in economic terms
and in terms of our nation’s cohesiveness. Since 9/11, we realize that the failure to protect our borders has presented a risk to
national security as well. The Federal government must do its duty to enforce our borders and pursue a viable immigration
|8. Capitalism over Statism - Once government gets too involved or directly controls any aspect of the private sector; the
dynamics that made our nation’s economy so successful become drastically altered and damaged. Despite their cyclical ups
and downs, Capitalism and free markets allowed for the generation of tremendous national and individual wealth, a wealth
that has been broadly shared by the millions who participated in this “grand experiment.” Capitalism is the tide that lifts all
ships, and government must refrain from doing any more than what is necessary to ensure that all can participate in this
system to the fairest extent feasible.
|It is our hope that all those who subscribe to our principle beliefs will join the ranks of The Tea
Party Patriots. For the most part, joining our ranks is a simple process of adding your
name/address to our email list so we can help you stay informed of important events and happenings.
There is strength in numbers, and we hope to use our numbers to influence public officials to cast their
votes in ways that would be in line with our principle beliefs.