The platform of the Boston Tea Party is one sentence long, and cannot be changed according to the national bylaws. It is as follows:
"The Boston Tea Party supports reducing the size, scope and power of government at all levels and on all issues, and opposes increasing the size, scope and power of government at any level, for any purpose."
The BTPIN endorses and adopts that platform in its bylaws. It also shares the purpose of the Boston Tea Party,
"to empower lovers of freedom to reduce the size, scope and power of government through various means, including but not limited to: nominating and/or endorsing candidates for election and appointment to public office; affecting public policy through information, education & advocacy campaigns; and supporting the diverse and important work of the individuals and organizations comprising the libertarian movement."
The BTPIN will run the Boston Tea Party's candidates in presidential elections. It will run candidates for state and local offices in Indiana. And it will seek to gain ballot access for these candidates.
"The Founding Fathers were libertarians," says BTPIN founder Douglass Gaking. "We seek to restore the constitutional, libertarian government that they created for us. Their revolution began with the Boston Tea Party in 1773. In 2008, the Boston Tea Party of Indiana starts a new libertarian revolution here in the Hoosier state. We will be a force for smaller government in campaigns, debates, and public office in Indiana."
"When a representative in a constitutional republic considers a piece of legislation, they must ask themselves, 'Is this constitutional? Does this reduce the size and authority of government?'" Gaking says, "Our politicians are failing to ask these questions. We will ask these questions, and if the answer to them is 'no,' then our votes for those resolutions will be 'no.'"
Membership in the Boston Tea Party is open to anyone who endorses the party's platform. You can join by going to the party's web site www.bostontea.us and signing up at no cost. All business of the Boston Tea Party and its Indiana affiliate is conducted online.
At the 2008 online convention, June 15-16, the party nominated Charles Jay for President and Thomas Knapp for Vice President. Jay lived in Indiana before moving to Florida, and is also the nominee of the Personal Choice Party. Knapp is a Libertarian candidate for U.S. Congress in Missouri. They will be write-in candidates for President and Vice President in Indiana this November.
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