It is crucial that tea party activists provide alternatives to the status quo of transformational change from a free nation to tyranny when strategizing and working for the victory of traditional American ideals.  Though prudence dictates that we work to punish those whom we know to be the enemies of freedom and Constitutionally limited government, we must also advance our own ideas and agendas by supporting representatives who will work for the American people.

On Candidates for Freedom, one will find conservative candidates worth vetting and potentially supporting in the upcoming primaries and elections.

Though several incumbents will be featured initially due to their more established track records, other credible conservative candidates, such as can be found on I-Caucus, will be recommended for vetting by tea party activists.

Congressman Joe Wilson has spent a lifetime dedicated to public service and to the principles of limited government and individual freedom.

Joe Wilson was born in Charleston, South Carolina on July 31, 1947 and attended the High School of Charleston. After receiving his undergraduate degree from Washington & Lee University in Lexington, Virginia, Joe went on to earn a law degree from the University of South Carolina and chose to practice as a real estate attorney in West Columbia.

From his early service as a member of the United States Army Reserves to his years as a staff judge advocate in the South Carolina Army National Guard until his retirement as a Colonel in 2003, Joe has always been dedicated and passionate about military service. His love of military service is found in his sons – all of whom currently serve in the military – and through his steadfast support for our military personnel and their families.

In Congress, Joe serves as Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Personnel. Additionally, he is a member of the Committee on Education and Labor and the Committee on Foreign Affairs. As a leader in Congress, Joe serves on the Republican Policy Committee and as an Assistant Republican Whip.

Known as the man who told Obama to his face that "You lie!" in the president's State of the Union address, Congressman Wilson  has been under pressure from progressives who cannot tolerate such unscripted truth-telling.  Though perhaps Mr. Wilson breached decorum with his impromptu "shout out," it might be added that Mr. Obama should revere the decorum of his office by acting like President of the United States, instead of president of the Democrat Party and its clients.  To donate to Mr. Wilson's campaign in his heated race, please go here.

John Hostettler is a Christian, pro-life, Second Amendment-backing, free market supporter who has been endorsed by the Ron Paul campaign.  

Hostettler has an impressive record of foreign service, including participation in a delegation to Russia to argue on behalf of America's national missile defense system. 

The Indiana Senate candidate has thrived on a grass roots campaign, and is facing off against the National Republican Senate Committee's (NRSC) candidate of choice Dan Coats.  

Hostettler has shown that he is viable, leading Democrat frontrunner for the nomination Brad Ellsworth by double digits in April polling.  Despite these credentials, Hostettler needs funding and volunteer support in order to overcome Coats in the Indiana primaries on May 4th.

Elected in 2006, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann is the first Republican woman to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Minnesota. In only her first term, Congresswoman Bachmann developed a reputation as a "principled reformer" who stays true to her conservative beliefs while pushing for real reform of the broken ways of Washington. And, her strong advocacy for her constituents earned her a second term in Congress in November 2008.

She is a leading advocate for bipartisan earmark reform and tax relief and is a staunch opponent of wasteful government spending. She is among the leaders in the U.S. House pushing for increased energy exploration in the U.S. to provide much needed relief at the pump for hard-working Americans and put our nation on the path to energy independence.

Prior to serving in the U.S. Congress, Bachmann served in the Minnesota State Senate.  She was elected to the Minnesota State Senate in 2000 where she championed the Taxpayers Bill of Rights.  And, prior to that, Bachmann spent five years as a federal tax litigation attorney, working on hundreds of civil and criminal cases.  That experience solidified Bachmann’s strong support for efforts to simplify the Tax Code and reduce tax burdens on family and small business budgets.

Senator Bachmann has been targeted by Democrats for her steadfast resistance to their statist designs.  One of the foremost proponents for repealing the infamous "health care reform" bill, she is a crucial asset in the fight against progressives in both parties. Her opponent has raised millions of dollars with ubiquitous online advertising and funding from the DNC and progressive institutions.  To donate to Bachmann's election campaign, please go here.