The Tea Party is for smaller government, I haven't heard much about religious issues. Sounds like a good idea to me. Unless of course, one enjoys a massive government putting it's hands into all aspects of people's lives. Some people don't mind that I suppose....
Let's talk about smaller government.
Smaller government means fewer teachers. Firefighters. Police officers. Garbage collectors. Librarians. Libraries. Museums. Public parks. Zoos.
Smaller government means less investment in infrastructure. So there will be fewer roads built. Or bridges. Or mass transit. Or high speed trains. And fewer repairs to potholes. And sewer lines. And reservoirs that provide water to the public. And electrical grids. And investment in infrastructure to provide high speed internet. There will not be investments in things like dams or walls to protect coastal cities. There will not be an emergency response infrastructure in the event of a tornado or hurricane or tsunami or earthquake or attack from a foreign nation on our soil. The military will be in charge, and food and shelter and access to clean water in emergency zones are not their highest priorities.
There will be less oversight in terms of public safety. Less government intervention in exhaust emissions. Factory emissions. Workplace safety. Worker safety. Corporations will be free to make their profits, and free to not be concerned about the effects that their factories have in terms of pollution in local communities, and free from concerns about whether the products they are producing (toys, pharmaceuticals, cars, canned foods, pesticides, bath soaps, etc.) are safe for consumer use. There will be fewer food inspections, and less infrastructure to track down public health problems such as e coli outbreaks.
There will be less investment in science. In space exploration. In the collection of data to determine demographic changes and changing needs within communities.
These may sound like little things, but they add up. Many of us are starting the feel the effects of austerity now. I've lived in the third world, and I've lived in places with little to no infrastructure, in which luxuries like running water and electricity and phone lines are a luxury of the rich. Places in which there might be stockpiles of medicine somewhere for some health outbreak, but no one is overseeing the transportation of that medicine to the communities that need it.
Don't worry. The rich will have what they need. And if you are rich enough, you won't notice everyone else. The wealthy have been very successful at getting working class people (via the Tea Party) to fight for the preservation of their wealth. They've done a good job with you.