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The Tea Party Movement and Americans' Historic Belief in Small Government and Freedom

Updated on December 1, 2013

Predident Obama's First 100 Days Were no Honeymoon

Ever since the start of President Franklin Roosevelt's first term as President in 1933, the left leaning mainstream media has been obsessed with a new president's first 100 days in office.

Like political Progressives in general, reporters tend to view the passage of additional laws to be the main function of government.

It doesn't matter whether the laws are good or bad, in the eyes of liberal media, success for a President or member of Congress is measured in terms of how much legislation they manage to pass.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt

President Franklin D. Roosevelt
President Franklin D. Roosevelt | Source

The first 100 days of a new President's term is a good time to get legislation passed.

After all, the new President was the victor in the recent election and the people must have liked the program he promised to enact because a majority (or at least a plurality of those who did vote) of them voted for him.

Americans are basically a fair minded people and in politics, as in sports, losers are usually graceful and let the winners have their moment of glory before challenging them in the next event.

Thus this brief, 100 day or so, honeymoon period is usually a new President's best opportunity to get legislation passed without too much of a fight.

Things Turned Out to be Different for President Obama

However, for President Obama things turned out differently.

After winning by a comfortable margin by campaigning on the promise to hold the line on taxes and spending as well as changing the way things are done in Washington, President Obama immediately began angering people when he suddenly switched from the moderate tone of his campaign and began making clear his intention to push the nation's politics to the left.

He also quickly abandoned the fiscal conservative tone of his campaign and launched a frenzy of spending and tax increase plans that were guaranteed to deepen and prolong the severe recession the nation was in at the time.

President Obama Angered Many With his Radical Proposals

It was no surprise that the people's anger began to rise along with growing opposition to his policies and ideas.

This opposition included many political moderates and independents who had been responsible for his victory in the 2008 election. It was obvious that anger and opposition were building. But, lacking organization and leadership the opposition lacked punch and focus.

Normally, the opposition Republican Party would have led the opposition to the new President.

However, following their massive defeat in the election in which many Republicans and Conservatives either voted for opposing candidates or sat out the election. This was their way of responding to the way the Republican Party's elected officials had abandoned their small government conservative philosophy and had governed as if they were big government liberals.

A large and growing portion of the population was basically disillusioned and disgusted with politicians as a class regardless of party.

Sign at a Tea Party Rally
Sign at a Tea Party Rally | Source
Tea Party activist's sign comparing Obama Administration to King George III
Tea Party activist's sign comparing Obama Administration to King George III | Source

A News Commentator's Comment Launches a Political Movement

Then, on February 19th, one day short of President Obama's first month in office (he was sworn in as President on January 20, 2009) CNBC financial commentator Rick Santelli, reporting from the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, lit the match that ignited the smoldering anger and turned it into a wild fire of protest that swept the nation.

Following a tirade against the President's plan to take tax dollars from American families and use them to pay the mortgages of people who had recklessly and often illegally (lying on the loan application of a federally insured bank is a crime) borrowed money, that they knew they couldn't afford to pay back, to buy homes that they couldn't afford.

Santelli ended by saying he wanted to invite people to join him on the shores of Lake Michigan the next Fourth of July to throw tea bags in the water as a symbolic protest.

Of course one of the rallying points of the American Revolution, this nation's first tax revolt, was the famous Boston Tea Party in which patriots attacked and emptied the tea from the holds of merchant ships in Boston Harbor and dumped it into the ocean.

This was to prevent the tea from being sold thereby preventing Britain's King George III from collecting his three cent a pound tax on the sale of the tea.

Immediately, people began expressing their outrage with the Administration's runaway government spending. They did this first by flooding the mail room of Congress with envelopes containing tea bags and then by peacefully gathering together and protesting in their communities.

The media and politicians initially ignored the protests and assumed that the movement would soon disappear.

To the politician's and media's surprise, April 15th, 2009, Tax Day, saw large tea party demonstrations all over the nation. Many in Washington assumed that would be the final outburst, but the protests continued to grow.

Members of Congress soon found themselves being called upon in their town hall meetings by constituents demanding answers to pointed questions and having to try to defend their actions in Washington.

Many of these self styled ruling elite were so shocked by the audacity of mere citizens questioning their actions that they fled back to the safety of Washington.

The Fourth of July brought more tea parties. And, as the numbers attending tea parties grew the President's and especially Congress's approval numbers fell accordingly.

Tea Party Movement Courts the Republican Party

While Tea Party members share fiscal conservative and small government values, they represent a cross section of Independents, Democrats and Republicans.

Being nominally the party of small government and fiscal conservatism, the Republican Party is beginning to welcome and work with the Tea Party movement.

However, in many ways this growing relationship between the Republican Party and the Tea Party Movement is not so much Republican leaders and officials embracing the Tea Party Movement as it is Tea Party activists running in, and winning, races for ward leaders and other ground level positions in the party.

At the same time, others are either running against big government/big spending Republican candidates in primary elections or throwing their support behind fiscal conservatives opposing incumbent big spending Republicans.

Tea Party members are also going after candidates in state and local races as, while they favor states rights and a devolution of power from Washington to the states, they are also against big government and out of control spending at the state and local level as well as at the Federal level.

Contrary to what many critics are claiming, the Tea Party is not an arm of the Republican Party, but rather, is using the Republican Party as a tool in the Tea Party's quest to shrink government.

By getting its people elected to grass roots level posts within the Republican Party, the Tea Party movement is gaining influence and control at the ward level of the party and positioning itself to challenge entrenched Republican Party leaders who are satisfied with the political status quo.

At the same time, by challenging big government candidates and supporting small government candidates, they are repositioning the Republican Party as the party of small government.

Taxed Enough Already!

Tea Party stands for "Taxed Enough Already!"
Tea Party stands for "Taxed Enough Already!" | Source

A Continuation of the 1970s Tax Revolt

While the Tea Party Movement is still in its infancy, it is part of a larger trend toward small government, low taxes, individual liberty and a return to a more narrow or strict interpretation of the Constitution.

This movement goes back at least to the tax revolt which started with the enactment of California's famous Proposition 13 in 1978. Despite repeated announcements of its demise by the liberal mainstream media, the tax revolt continues.

However, the tax revolt and the modern conservative movement is really the reemergence of a stream of American political thought that pre-dates the enactment of our present Constitution and that is the debate between the Federalists and Anti-Federalists over the size and role of the Federal Government in citizens' lives.

Articles of Confederation and Small Government

The United States had a central government and written constitution, known as the Articles of Confederation, from shortly after the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776 to the publication of the present Constitution in 1787.

While the government under the Articles of Confederation served us well, many leaders, such as George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, etc., felt that we needed a stronger central government in order to survive.

While all of these men believed that we needed a stronger central government, there was debate among them as to how big and powerful the government should be. The result of their work was a Constitution that created a government of checks and balances intended to prevent it from becoming too big and powerful as well as clearly defined definitions as to what the Federal Government could and could not do.

The Constitution was intended not simply as a blue print for how the government was to be set up but, more importantly, as document that protected the American people from the government by clearly spelling out the limits of government powers.

However, despite the efforts of men like James Madison who crafted language and divided powers so as to limit the government's ability to become a threat to freedom, many people opposed the Constitution fearing that the Federal government would eventually grow and become too powerful at the expense of the people's rights and freedoms.

In the view of the nation's founders, sovereignty resided in the people and not the government. In this view it wasn't the government giving rights to the people but the people giving up some of their rights and freedom to the government in exchange for the security they could obtain by banding together and forming a government.

Because of these fears, the proposed Constitution met with fierce opposition and debate before being approved by the thirteen states.

Re-Emergence of Anti-Federalist Cause

Opponents of small government were down but not out and they began to re-emerge following the death of President Roosevelt and his nearly two-decade long economic depression.  A depression that had continued mainly because of the ill conceived economic policies championed by the Progressives.  

The Tea Party Movement, with its emphasis on small government, individual liberty and a close reading of the Constitution and Bill of Rights, is simply a continuation of America's ideals of liberty and small government - ideals that caused our ancestors to rise up and declare our independence from the autocratic rule of King George III.

Anti-Federalists Insist Bill of Rights Be Added to Constitution to Protect Individuals from Big Government

Political lines divided with those favoring the proposed Constitution being known as Federalists and those opposed being known as Anti-Federalists.

While the Federalists ultimately won and succeeded in getting the Constitution approved by the states it took nine months, from September 1787 when it was published until June 1788 when the ninth state (the framers required that 3/4 of the 13 states ratify it before it became effective and replaced the Articles of Confederation), New Hampshire, ratified it. Rhode Island, the 13th state to ratify it, did not give its approval until May of 1790 when it was narrowly approved by that state's legislature with the margin of victory being two votes.

In addition to being narrowly approved by some other states (the New York legislature approved it by a margin of 3 votes and Virginia by a margin of 10 votes) many states included in their ratification legislation a call for a Bill of Rights to be added to the Constitution to further limit the power of the Federal Government.

The debate over the size and power of the Federal Government continued after the ratification of the Constitution and the establishment of the new government under it. While the Anti-Federalists failed in their attempt to retain the then existing system under the Articles of Confederation they did succeed in having the Bill of Rights enacted which included the Ninth and Tenth Amendments aimed directly at curbing Federal power:

ARTICLE IX: The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

ARTICLE X: The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.

While more or less forgotten and ignored by today's Progressives, these two articles can act as barriers to encroachments on our freedoms by the powers in Washington.

Even the family Dog want Lower Taxes
Even the family Dog want Lower Taxes | Source

Federalist Ideas Triumph Following Civil War

The debate between the Federalists and Anti-Federalists continued in George Washington's Cabinet following the start of the new government with Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson championing limited government and Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton (who would have preferred the creation of a monarchy) championing the cause of big government with vast powers of coercion.

This debate led to the formation of political parties with followers of Hamilton organizing into the Federalist party and those of Jefferson into the Democratic-Republican party (ironically, today's Republican Party was founded by the political descendants of the old Federalists while Jefferson's Democratic-Republicans became today's Democratic party which was hijacked by big government Progressives in the twentieth century).

The Civil War saw the ascendancy of the supporters of big government and from the Civil War to the end of Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal, big government was the order of the day with the Constitution being viewed by those in power as an inconvenient obstacle to be navigated around.

With the media and academia joining with Progressive politicians in promoting big government as the solution to all of society's ills, the political descendants of the Anti-Federalists and their support for small government and individual liberty found themselves religated to the political sidelines.

Tea Party - Taxed Enough Already
Tea Party - Taxed Enough Already | Source


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    • Chuck profile imageAUTHOR

      Chuck Nugent 

      5 years ago from Tucson, Arizona - thank you for your comment.

      I especially agree with your statement regarding the Constitution. It is not simply a blue print for setting up the Federal government. It should be remembered that the American people existed as a nation before the creation of the Federal Government and it was the people who created the Federal Government with the Constitution. The Constitution, in addition to outlining how the Federal Government is to be set up and operate, is an enumeration of the rights the people and the states handed over to the Federal Government and, just as important, the rights the people and states maintained for themselves.

      Despite the explicit language of the Constitution itself, many were still concerned that Federal officials would sill have room abuse of the people's rights and these people insisted that a Bill of Rights be added to the Constitution - this was a condition that some of the states insisted on before they ratified the Constitution. The frequently overlooked ninth and tenth articles of the Bill of Rights make this point about the people and states retaining rights very clear by stating:

      Article IX: The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

      Article X: The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

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      5 years ago from upstate, NY

      "Many of these self styled ruling elite were so shocked by the audacity of mere citizens questioning their actions that they fled back to the safety of Washington."

      Bravo, the government elite should run and hide! They've been telling the people what to do for too long.

      "The Constitution was intended not simply as a blue print for how the government was to be set up but, more importantly, as document that protected the American people from the government by clearly spelling out the limits of government powers."

      No wonder our public schools don't really emphasis the true meaning of the Constitution. If enough people knew what it really said, three quarters of our government would have to be impeached for violations.

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      James A Watkins 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      Thank you for this lucid article. I enjoyed reading it very much. I attended one event to see what it was like and it was wonderful, full of very nice people.

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      9 years ago

      Great Hub! November's coming. It should be very interesting to see what takes place.

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      CJ Williams 

      9 years ago

      Superb hub! Very informative and right on the money. I like your analysis of the movement, and I hope it does not fizzle out as some predict.

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      9 years ago from Ireland

      Great Hub - informative and engaging - 100 Days is a long time in politics - but I think we need substance rather than political spin to get the world back on its feet....Irish

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      9 years ago from Portland, Oregon & Vancouver BC

      Thoroughly enjoyed reading your Hub, Chuck - and your educated and researched responses to comments! I am a tea party conservative and can't think of a single - idiot - within my group of friends and business associates who would agree that their beliefs are - nuts - . . . go figure! Running a bookkeeping business keeps me updated on the political arena daily . . . can't go there, makes me want to scream, but then again, that's just my - idiot - idea and - nuts - frame of mind . . . .

    • Chuck profile imageAUTHOR

      Chuck Nugent 

      9 years ago from Tucson, Arizona

      Right Black - Thanks for your comments.

      I will consider another Hub tying the tax revolt of the 70s to the Tea party movement and the Goldwater campaign. I agree with you that the Goldwater campaign began to bring conservative ideas back out into the open and set the stage for much of the progress of conservative ideas that have followed.

      As to this Hub, I feel putting this additional information in would have made it too long.

      But, thanks again for the ideas - and let me know if you decided to research this and write a Hub about it as I would like to read your ideas.

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      Right Black 

      9 years ago from Huntington Beach, California

      Chuck, good hub but a little truncated. I would have liked you to expound on the political effects of the 70's tax revolt and tie it into today's tea party movement even more. I actually think the genesis of the tax revolt and the tea party was in the Goldwater campaign. I could be wrong, maybe this is something I can investigate. Thanks for the write.

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      American Romance 

      9 years ago from America

      good write, I knew by his tone during campaigning, that he was suspect. I wish America had figured this out. Obama is dangerous to our way of living, we must keep him in check and so far not even the people of this country can do this! scarry stuff folks!

    • Chuck profile imageAUTHOR

      Chuck Nugent 

      9 years ago from Tucson, Arizona

      steveoMac - Thank you for visiting my Hub and for your kind words.

      I do write on other topics besides politics and in all of my Hubs I do try (with varying degrees of success) to keep the reader in mind and write what I think will interest them rather than just what I want to say.

      With persuasive political pieces like this one I also try to temper my passion (a degree of which I think is needed to give life to the writing) with a respect for opposing views. This alone usually requires two or three re-writes to come up with adjectives that those sharing my views will like while at the same time will not be viewed by those with opposing views as a harsh personal attack on them or their beliefs.

      I think that the key is in the rewriting and editing along with fact checking. I almost always compose my Hubs on a word processor and copy and paste the content from the word processor to HubPages as this allows me to spend a few days writing a Hub without having too many unpublished Hubs on HubPages.

      I usually use Google Docs for my word processor and constantly use Search to check dates, spelling of names and places, confirming events, checking quotes, etc. This fact checking often results in my finding new information which changes the theme of the Hub from what it started out as. I then edit and proof read it a couple of times before copying to HubPages.

      It's not rocket science, but does take some time and, so far this process has worked for me.

      Thanks again for your kind comments.

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      Don A. Hoglund 

      9 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      Good summary of the relevant history. Obama says the constitution is flawed. I presume that is because it puts limits on his ambition.

    • Chuck profile imageAUTHOR

      Chuck Nugent 

      9 years ago from Tucson, Arizona


      Thank you for visiting my Hub and for your comments.

      The fact that the Tea Party Movement is just that, a movement, and not a group in which people join and register, makes it difficult to determine exactly how large it is in terms of numbers of active supporters. This is a grass roots movement consisting of hundreds of autonomous local groups.

      There is also the fact that many people support the ideals of the movement but, for various reasons including lack of time, lack of information as to where and when events will be scheduled, reluctance to state their political views publicly, etc. means that many quiet supporters can be easily overlooked.

      I, for one am as strong supporter of the Tea Party Movement and what it stands for even though my association with the movement, other than some HubPage articles, has been to attend last year's 4th of July gathering in Tucson and to join the Tucson Tea Party Group on Facebook (!/group.php?gid=54481313446 ). Except for family members and close friends who either share my conservative views or who are both tolerant enough and the bonds between us strong enough to discuss opposing political views without harming our relationship, few people know my political views.

      In your comment you state "I don't know anybody who supports the movement; everyone I know thinks those people are nuts." I am not surprised by this because in my work and most aspects of my professional life, I, too, don't know anyone in the Tea Party Movement (although there are a few whom I suspect are like me and fully support the movement but don't discuss it in public) and some of these people I work with daily have stated that they think that "these [Tea Party People] are all nuts".

      In fact just the other day, I was at a board meeting (of which I am an active member) of a non-profit organization and before the meeting officially started one of the members had a nominating petition for some local Democratic candidate. When he asked me if I was a Democrat (only party members can sign these petitions) I quietly answered "no" and immediately got a quizzical look from those around me. I imagine the reaction would have been closer to shock if I had added that I was a registered Republican or, even worse, a Tea Party supporter would have been written off in many of their minds as a nut. However, as far as they are concerned, I think they now believe that I am just a somewhat apolitical Independent. Like many conservatives who believe in small government and low taxes, I know that I have to work with people who not only hold different political views which they assume are shared by other rational people and can't imagine anyone whose views are more than a degree or two different from theirs, so I keep my political views to myself to prevent barriers to our working relationship.

      As to former President Bush and the financial crisis, you are right in that the easy monetary policy he encouraged the Federal Reserve under Chairman Alan Greenspan to pursue as well as his failure to make clear that the U.S. Treasury was not guaranteeing the mortgage backed securities that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were selling helped lead to the crisis.

      While President Bush should have done this, he did try and fail to get Congress to tighten controls on these two government created (but now technically private) organizations. His big spending policies also added to the crisis when it hit which is why many Republicans either sat out the 2008 election or voted for Barack Obama and the Democrats. However, as I pointed out in my Hub Blame Washington - Not Wall Street for the Current Financial Crisis ( ) the crash was not a surprise for everyone and, as far back as 1999 during the Clinton Administration the liberal New York Times (see link in that Hub) warned that the reckless financial actions that Fannie and Freddie were pursuing in response to pressure from the Clinton Administration and liberal Democrats in Congress to make mortgages available to anyone would eventually lead to a financial crash.

      Thanks again for visiting my Hub and for sharing your comments.

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      9 years ago from san diego calif

      Chuck an extremely well written article and you articulated your points very well.And I agree that no matter how much the lamestream media tries to downplay it , the tea party is no longer just some fringe movement full of crazies. They are now in fact a real force that is gaining momentum and getting more muscle and I for one salute them.

      I saw some french philosipher say something in the movie " Sicko " and he said that in France people don't fear their Government the Government fears the people. And quite frankly that is the way it should be.

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      9 years ago from Pacific NorthWest

      It is fascinating to read a literate well thought out treatise such as this. It always amazes me when a presentation is so logically presented to promote a viewpoint. I for one, do not agree with most of what you said, however, I envy your ability to pull dramatic earthshaking facts together to make your arguments. I wish I had that power of persuasion! I probably will continue to read your hubs since this one has made me think. Thank you.

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      9 years ago from Beaverton, Oregon

      Great Hub. The key is education and this hub makes a good contribution. Article IX and X are ignored and those who say things are not constitutional are treated as some sort of extremest wackos.

      Unfortunately from the anti-federalist point of view we have created a system of tyranny of the majority. This means if most people decide to take money from a minority of people they can do so. Sadly most people see themselves as benefiting when in reality all the boats are going down at once as each special interest group coalition tries to get things for themselves.

      Another problem is that there is much more tolerance on the part of those that support the constitution than those that are ruining our society. The left wing elites are very self righteous and attack their opponents very personally, jailing them if possible (Reference to Goldman Sachs employees not sufficiently 'cooperating' in the hearings and now coincidentally facing criminal action) I fear as our system declines that corruption will increase. We will not have rule of law but rule by man.

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      9 years ago from Metro Atlanta, GA, USA

      Respectfully, many more people disagree with the teaparty movement than agree with it, and many of us supprt the president. The financial crisis began under Geoge W Bush, and while Republicans want to forget about that, it is true. I don't know anybody who supports the movement; everyone I know thinks those people are nuts. Still, I am grateful we have free speech, and that even idiots can speak their minds. LOL.

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      The Rising Glory 

      9 years ago from California

      Great Hub!

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      sheila b. 

      9 years ago

      You detailed the reality of the Tea Party very well. I'm always amazed by news commentators and politicians on both sides who just don't understand. Wish they'd read your explanation.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      9 years ago from Sunny Florida

      This is a thorough account of the history of Obama's problems and much of America's history as well, making this an excellent hub. I agree with you completely.

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      Dallas W Thompson 

      9 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      Well researched and executed. Great hub ! I miss Reagan...

    • Chuck profile imageAUTHOR

      Chuck Nugent 

      9 years ago from Tucson, Arizona

      BristolBoy - thanks for visiting my Hub and for your comments.

      I certainly agree with you on the importance of trade and have always been in favor of free trade myself.

      I also agree that the election of President Obama has certainly excited many people around the world as well as in America. Many in America who didn't vote for him, including me, were happy for him and his election. While his popularity in polls is declining, President Obama's favorable ratings in polls have been higher than those of his policies.

      Americans, including many Tea Party activists, don't dislike President Obama personally but are opposed to the policies that he and his allies in Congress are trying to force on us.

      Unlike Europe and many other nations in which the monarch has historically been recognized as the sovereign and source of the rights the people were allowed (and, in many cases, with the evolution to democracy in these other nations, the governments have assumed the sovereign powers of the former monarchs and have become the dispenser of rights and privileges for the people) in America sovereignty has historically been recognized as residing in the people.

      In the U.S. it is important to remember that the states existed first and the central governments created by both the Articles of Confederation and the current Constitution were created by the states and not the other way around as has been the case in many other nations. Most of today's nations in Europe had their origins in a local ruler expanding his power by annexing, through conquest and marriage, the lands of neighboring lords. In this case the monarch was supreme and the people only enjoyed the rights dispensed by the King.

      In America it has always been the people who are sovereign with the government's role being limited and receiving its power from the people.

      America's Founding Fathers who led us through the Revolution and the creation of the nation's political structure had differing ideas as to the role of government in the lives of the people with a few, like Alexander Hamilton, preferring a strong and powerful central government (he supposedly favored a monarchy and I think wanted to make George Washington a king, but even he knew the monarchy idea wouldn't fly so he settled for less) and others, like Thomas Jefferson, wanting government to be as small as possible with only the minimal amount of power needed to function.

      The government that these men created was a compromise between the theories of these two men and, as I pointed out in the Hub, the debate over how much or how little power the government should have has been ongoing throughout our history.

      The Tea Party Movement is nothing more than the political descendants of the Anti-Federalist school of political thought, working peacefully within the Constitutional structure created by the Founding Fathers, to advance the cause of small government. It should not be surprising that people holding these views wouldn't react when President Obama (especially after he campaigned on a platform supporting the status quo) moved to radically increase government power.

      As for the rest of the world, for the past quarter century or more the trend in both the U.S. and most of the rest of the world has been toward less government, lower taxes and greater individual freedom. In the past couple of years alone, elections in places like France and Germany have been won by the more conservative parties. Even in Great Britain, it appears that David Cameron and his Conservative Party have a good chance of defeating the current government of Prime Minister Gordon Brown and his Labour Party.

      Thanks again for your comments and insight.

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      Sandra Mireles 

      9 years ago from Texas

      Thank you for this solid history lesson. We need a reminder from time to time.

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      9 years ago from Bristol

      Not American so can't vote but the vast majority of British/European people disagree with the US tea party movement and actually support Obama. May not mean much for American's at the moment but Obama being elected increased the number of tourists visiting the US from Europe and also the amount of trade between the two countries has increased (if you think you can do without international trade say bye bye to your modern cell phones - one British company designs the chips which are in 98% of the world's mobile phones). As for the amount of people who moan about the NHS in the UK being socialist and very expensive, spending per person in the UK on healthcare is much less of that of American's but the life expectancy in the UK is longer.

      And before I get called a communist/socialist I would like to point out I support the parties on the right in the UK.

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      9 years ago from Cumberland

      Very informative. I am going to suggest this to several of my friends so they have a better understanding of what is happening in this country and what they can do to save our country and freedom.

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      9 years ago from carthage ill

      terrific hub solid read yet its not all people its both floating interest rates by banks mortgage companies as well thanks

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      Darlene Sabella 

      9 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

      Wow chuck what a excellent hub, I had no idea about all this fantastic history, very powerful and important hub...Yes Thumbs Up my dear friend, glad to see you back...

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      9 years ago from - the land of beards and buggies

      Such a nice read, fellow hubber, I had to remind myself a few times that I was still reading a HUB page. Thought for a while there a FOX news article popped-up when I blinked.

      ...psss, over here by the, are you a member?

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      9 years ago from Texas

      Very interesting and eye opening thanks for sharing this with us.

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      9 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

      Thanks, I learned a lot

      Keep on hubbing!

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      9 years ago from Upstate New York

      People just don't realize how very expensive these bailouts are. This tax season (I'm a part-time tax preparer) was MURDER on middle to upper income people, and it's just gonna get worse. The PEOPLE, the taxpayers, pay for all this in the long run.

      That said, there wasn't much choice at the time. It was either the bailouts or let the whole economy implode.

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      drbj and sherry 

      9 years ago from south Florida

      Chuck - Your literate article should be read by every U.S. citizen who believes in the ideals on which the U.S. government was founded and wants to better understand what the Tea Party movement is all about so we can return to those very same American ideals. Bravo!


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