Following through on the metaphor
Raising social issues, the movement's leaders say, risks fracturing the strength it has built. "Every social issue you bring in, you're adding planks to your mission," said Frank Anderson, a founder of the Independence Caucus, based in Utah. "And planks become splinters."
Tea Party Avoids Divisive Social Issues
By KATE ZERNIKE
Published: March 12, 2010
God, life and family get little mention in the party's statements, with the focus instead on fiscal responsibility.