Tags: Tea Party | Election 2010 | tony | perkins | tea | party | values

Tony Perkins: Tea Party a 'Civil Awakening'

Saturday, 18 Sep 2010 10:55 AM

By Dan Weil

The tea party movement represents a call to arms for disaffected citizens, says Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council.

“What’s happening over the last 18 months is a civil awakening,” he told Newsmax.TV during a break in the Values Voter Summit his organization is co-sponsoring this weekend in Washington. “Americans are taking responsibility for our country, and they’re getting involved.”

Perkins was impressed with the victory of Christine O’Donnell in the Republican Senate primary in Delaware. “She had a values message across the board,” he said.

Story continues below video.

“That connected with the tea party. They got behind her and other conservative voters got behind her.” As for the Republican establishment, it “became unglued,” Perkins said. “Their policy model doesn’t take into account the tea party movement.”

He says President Barack Obama has been divisive and has failed to hold up the country’s Judeo-Christian tradition.

“There’s not a reluctance for religious freedom in this country,” Perkins said. But, “It does appear that there’s been over-compensation, political correctness that’s gripped this administration and others to be deferential toward Islam but slap down the Judeo-Christian perspective.”

He says the Republican Party isn’t ready to choose a strong presidential candidate yet. “The conservative movement is having an identity crisis that has yet to be worked out. We need a common vision for America, and then we can look for a candidate that matches that vision.”

The summit, which began Thursday and ends Sunday morning, is the fifth annual such gathering of conservative activists and politicians. Sponsors include the legislative arm of the Family Research Council, the legislative wing of the American Family Association, and the Heritage Foundation, among others.

© 2015 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Mali's Islamists Withdraw Cease-Fire Pledge

Friday, 04 Jan 2013 13:06 PM

Tens of thousands of Fatah supporters rallied in the Hamas stronghold of Gaza on Friday for the first time since they we . . .

Fmr. CIA Director Hayden: Iran Nuclear Crisis Gets 'Scarier'

Tuesday, 17 Jul 2012 18:11 PM

 . . .

Join Fmr. CIA Director for Special Iran Briefing, Assess the Danger

Friday, 13 Jul 2012 12:27 PM

 . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved