Tea Partiers Release Document of Principles

By Chris Good

A months-long selection process is over, and tea partiers have unveiled a document stating 10 bedrock principles principles.

On the eve of the tea partiers' Tax Day protests planned for tomorrow, it will likely serve as a rallying point for conservative activists. It could also become a litmus test for politicians, in the mold of Americans for Tax Reform's tax pledge, as 2010 congressional candidates will be asked by tea partiers to sign onto the document.

The Contract from America, a play on Newt Gingrich's Contract with America, has been in the works for several months, as Houston-based activist Ryan Hecker launched it as a website in September and later got the attention of tea party and conservative groups like FreedomWorks and the coalition Tea Party Patriots. Tea partiers began voting for their favorite principles online during the Conservative Political Action Conference in late February.

Tea party groups will tout the document tomorrow during Tax Day protests across the nation.

Hecker's document has the backing of a laundry list of influential conservative groups, including Americans for Tax Reform, the National Taxpayers Union, Gingrich's own American Solutions, the conservative blog The Next Right, the College Republicans, and the Republican Liberty Caucus.

The selection process is now over, and the Contract from America has been finalized as a list of 10 principles after 450,000 online votes were cast.

The final list was published online today. Here it is:
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