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Why does the Left hate the Tea Party so much?

Updated on December 23, 2012

Following the recent debt debate and credit rating downgrade, the use of the tea Party as the whipping post of the Left has hit a new high. During the 2008 campaign and the first two years of Barrack Obama’s Presidency, everything from the bad economy to hoof and mouth disease was blamed on George Bush. However, even the Left’s hatred of George Bush pales in comparison to the rage felt toward the Tea Party. Take a look at some of these recent quotes:

· "I think they're totally unreasonable and doctrinaire and not founded in reality. I think they've been smoking some of that tea, not just drinking it."…. Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean

· "The fact of the matter is that this is essentially a Tea Party downgrade. The Tea Party brought us to the brink of a default. ... It was the right thing to do to avoid that default. It was the wrong thing to do to push the country to that point." ….David Axlerod

· "This is not rhetoric or hyperbole -- this is real. This rise of this Tea Party so-called movement -- bowel movement in my estimation -- and this blatant uncovering and ripping off the mask of racism." …. Former ACORN president Bertha Lewis.

So just what is it that the Left hates so much?

A matter of Philosophical views

Let’s begin by taking a look at the Tea Party itself. Unlike a union, a corporation or a government, there is no “leader” of the Tea Party, nor is the Tea Party a singular body. (It has been said that the Tea Party movement will end the day there becomes a political party called “Tea Party”.) The Tea Party consists of many groups throughout the nation. There is no official doctrine, no rules set in stone. The core beliefs, however, revolve around the idea that the federal government has grown far too large, wield too much power, and is oppressing far too many constitutional liberties. Without government in the way, the individual can decide how he’ll live and how to use his natural talents to get ahead in the world.

The belief structure of the left can be thought of as a photo negative of the Tea Party. The left sees the nation as divided into two factions, the people and the wealthy (aka big business). The wealthy take every opportunity to exploit the people for the sole purpose of increasing the wealth of the wealthy. This is done to ensure the people do not receive the fair share that they so rightly deserve. The only way to prevent the wealthy from laying waste to the nation is to have a huge national government to control the wealthy, and to redistribute wealth from the wealthy to the people. In the eyes of the Left, Republicans want smaller government because they are on the side of the wealthy, and Democrats are on the side of the people because they support big government.

Most Tea Party members see the word as a clean slate. In other words, no matter my race, color, or religion, no matter if born rich or poor, an individual can accomplish whatever he puts his mind to. Individual choice goes hand in hand with personal responsibility. This is in striking contrast to the view of the left, who are experts in the blame game. For example, all of the economic woes are George Bush’s fault, and the people could get ahead if it were not for the wealthy.

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Why the hatred

There has been disagreement on how the country should be run as long as there has been a nation. However, the hatred the Left feels toward the Tea Party goes far deeper than the old “Republican vs. Democrat” argument. You see, the Republican Party has been going down the same path as the Democratic one, albeit with a 50 year delay. To be sure, there have been many “Progressive Republicans”. While Democrats offered big government, for the most part Republicans offered not-quite-so-big government. Thus while the two parties did not get along, there were areas that could be agreed on, and a “tic for tack” could take place.

The Tea Party turned the world view of the Left on its’ head. Here was a group made up of ordinary Americans….the very people the Left claim to be looking out for. They didn’t want not-quite-so-big government; they wanted a massive downsizing of the government. Much like the quote from Japanese Admiral Yamamoto (“I fear all we have done is awaken a sleeping giant, and fill him with a terrible resolve.”), the tea party voiced its discontent not only with the Democrats, but the Republicans as well. Taking a page from the Democrats own playbook, Tea Party gatherings and protests took place all over the nation.

Part of the hatred from the left stems from the fact that there is no leader of the Tea Party, no one figure to blame. As the Tea Party is a leaderless movement of individuals, they are “the people” that the Left claims to care so much about. Thus, it now seemed to the casual observer that “the people” were the Tea Party and the Left were those who fought against public opinion….the entire narrative of the left had been reversed!

To be sure, the left has pulled out every stop to de-legitimatize the Tea Party. They have accused Tea Party member of working for the insurance lobby and big oil. When that didn’t stick, Tea Party members were accused of being racist (ignoring the fact that Herman Caine, an African-American businessman, is one of the Tea Party favorites for the 2012 election), then Fox News drones. The liberal education establishment frequently states that Tea Party members aren’t bright enough to know what is good for them, and the “draconian” cuts in Federal spending will have the people eating cat food. Lately, the Left is simply saying how unreasonable the Tea Party position is.

The Tea Party fights against everything the Left believes makes a good country. Thing such as punishing those who are successful, government run health care and retirement….everything the Democrats on the Left have been promising voters, the Tea Party is against. No wonder there is rage.

I hope you have enjoyed this article. As always, feel free to leave comments. Be sure to stop by my political blog at! Just for fun, I have added a YouTube video clip from the movie Demolition Man. In the clip Dennis Leery goes on a rant about freedom….I think this is how most members of the Tea Party feel.

Dennis's Rant


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      Sanxuary 4 years ago

      The far left and the far right are pretty much the same. Unwilling to negotiate, find balance, compromise or even have any real; argument or dialogue. At first I thought the Tea Party would be a good thing but it was pretty much hijacked by the radicals and just another mouth piece for the Republican Party. Its to bad that Americans can not challenge this two part, Corporate owned and non-representative political system.

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      Ralph Deeds 4 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

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      This discourse is much different than what I see on liberal blogs, haha. Good post.

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      rdf1967 4 years ago

      Anyone who watched the shock the Left had when Bush landed on the Abraham Lincoln and their worry that he would use that scene for future political ads was equally shocked when they grabbed the Mission Accomplished sign and turned it around to their favor. Of course the Navy sailors had accomplished their mission - and - Iraq was going to be a hard slog, only to be abandoned by Obama. Dems opposed the Surge, which was successful - and now can point to the chaos in Iraq as "We tried to tell you" as they waste our treasure in Afghanistan where there will never be order.

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      NHTPC 4 years ago

      Tea Party Movement birthed on Dec 16, 2007 and still going strong after 6 years!

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      Eileen 4 years ago

      "Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." Wear this badge of honor proudly fellow tea partiers. They are afraid of the tea party because we stand on the foundation of the Divine Author of Life and have true compassion for all our neighbors to make good lives for themselves without an over-burdening government. No matter what they say or blame us for...there are no facts to back it up. Just mindless rants of hatred. This just proves that they know we are right in our morally sound principles and beliefs. A moral tax code requires a sound budget...but what is morality to the left? It doesn't exist and has no leg to stand on nor politically positive to look forward to...just constant bullying, attacks, and even forcing citizens to do things against their own will (HHS mandate). There are no good ideas or policies coming from the left like they come from the right. The left just blows with the winds of change with no direction to immerse naïve citizens in immoral past failed philosophies and no real compassion for citizens to be free to work together to build up a strong economy for all...not only a select few who have power and control. The power belongs in the hands of the citizens not a tyrannical government. When they try to strip it away, turn to the Lord for guidance and protection.

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      Alex J. Reissig 5 years ago from New Richmond, Ohio

      It has always amazed me that the left, while it claims to hate big business, gives more power to the federal government, which in turn enables big business. I don't have a problem with big business if it got to that point by being the best in it's field. However, I do have a problem with big business when its status is due to a governemnt mandate. Were it not for the government, the insurance industry would not be as powerful as it is today. You would also have many more smaller insurance companies; it is the government limiting competition that allows these companies to become so large.

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      Karen Jourden 5 years ago

      Yes the Left doesn't want us to have the freedoms that we once knew. The right is not much better. They have been getting too many that vote on things that spreads the government more into our lives. Also, I hate to tell the person that talks about Medicare. Monthly payments are taken out of our SS checks to pay for it. We can opt out if one wants to.

      I'm tired of big businesses running this government. That's why we get these mandates to have to buy insurance. It actually started with car insurance. To get that mandate they declared it a privileged instead of a right because they pave the roads but it is our tax dollars. Its not their money its ours that they are using!!

      We need to get the Fed government back to what it originally meant to be!

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      Dennis AuBuchon 5 years ago

      Great and informative hub. voted up and tweeted and pinned

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      Alex J. Reissig 6 years ago from New Richmond, Ohio

      Thanks for the comments! The hatred I have seem is amazing. I have long believed that freedom of expression is the ultimate expression. Like most people in the Tea Party, I will fight for the rights of everyone to speak, not just those whom I agree with. I will even fight for the right of the left to speak, even though what they say makes me sick. It is a shame that the left won't do the same.

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      James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

      Boy am I glad I read your article. You are spot on in your analysis. Your Hub is outstanding.

      You wrote: "the federal government has grown far too large, wield too much power, and is oppressing far too many constitutional liberties. Without government in the way, the individual can decide how he’ll live and how to use his natural talents to get ahead in the world."

      That is exactly how I feel and how the Founding Fathers would feel if they were alive today. Well said!

      You wrote: "The Tea Party turned the world view of the Left on its’ head. Here was a group made up of ordinary Americans….the very people the Left claim to be looking out for."


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      Harvey Stelman 6 years ago from Illinois

      AJ, Well done, up and useful. The Dem's demonize because that's what they do. If you can't argue with truth and reality, you attack.

      Wasn't it Obama that said in Phoenix, (something like) we have to stop calling each other names and be adults. He followed that by attacking Republican's.

      I bet the people of the Tea Party pay their taxes! H

    • profile image 6 years ago from upstate, NY

      AJReissig-Thank you for bringing these important issues to light. I believe your right in that if the Tea Party is right in their basic assumptions then liberalism really doesn't have any foundation and that's pretty hard for them to swallow.

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      Alex J. Reissig 6 years ago from New Richmond, Ohio

      Well said Frog! I guess I am a bad man as well!

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      The Frog Prince 6 years ago from Arlington, TX

      I guess if adherence to the US Constitution, believing in a fiscally sound approach to running the government, and having a limited federal government and not a Nanny state is bad then I'm a bad person.

      The Frog

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      Alex J. Reissig 6 years ago from New Richmond, Ohio

      I agree. A phase out program would be needed, especially for SS. And as far as veterans are concerned, the US still needs to care care of them. As far as bringing home jobs, if we went to a simple flat tax system with a rate of around 15%, business would flock back to this nation without any "special programs" of the federal government.

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      50 Caliber 6 years ago from Arizona

      I totally agree with that point, they do however owe back what they took for SSA and owe veterans for their sacrifices, so a plan to ween the SSA down to folks beginning to establish their own retirement. That requires letting go of businesses and freeing up as well as bringing home the jobs that NAFTA sold out from under Americans.

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      Alex J. Reissig 6 years ago from New Richmond, Ohio

      I think that is why the "traditional" Republican establishment fears the Tea Party almost as much as the Dems. Oh sure, many have tried to pain themselves as in alignment with the Tea Party....when it is to there advantage. Take Eric Cantor, who now promotes himself as Mr. small government. Yet he voted for Medicare part D (which is totally unfunded) and No child left behind (which stripped the last bit of control states had over education). Now, I can get behind Republicans such as Ron and Rand Paul, but the majority of the Republican establishment despises them as much as the Democrats.

      All of this talk about how to reform this program or that....why not eliminate the program altogether? Until 1913 we ran this country WITHOUT an income tax. How? The federal government stayed out of peoples affairs. The citizens of this country were allowed to succeed or fail on their own. That is what I would like to see this country return to.

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      Becky 6 years ago

      I agree with you that all three parties are wrong. Give me less government, protection from the world, and protect my liberties. I am fed up with my little disability being threatened on a bi-monthly basis, police harassment, crooked politicians that make bundles to screw up my country, and idiots telling me what I should do. I know what I should do, they do not. It is my life and they should leave me alone to live it.

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      50 Caliber 6 years ago from Arizona

      Exactly, you can't have both, total control and small federal government, it's one or the other, for me I'm with you smaller fed and stop the addition of new laws added daily, it is getting ridiculous and appear a ship of fools going down like the Titanic. This country is sinkable and if they stay the course we'll all find out! 50

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      Alex J. Reissig 6 years ago from New Richmond, Ohio

      Thanks for the comments. As a libertarian, I have no interest in "parties". However, I am a supporter of the Tea Party movement, as their goal of a much smaller government is something I want to see. I am not trying to paint the Democrats (or Republicans for that matter) as wrong or evil, just radically different from the views of the Tea Party. To me, the idea that a huge federal government could be the champion of the people is just insane. Give me a government that defends the nation from aggression, defends my individual liberties, and beyond that, just leave me alone.

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      50 Caliber 6 years ago from Arizona

      Great write, I am of the party of "Jah" and hold no defense, offense of any of the three so called parties, I've been to parties and they are/were fun what we have no is laughable, just not funny ha ha. All represent groups with agenda and the out come they want is all their way, no compromise. What a great world it would be if people lifted each other up and left no sector out. I just don't feel the "Love" from any party, just a change of rules that they promise and like obama, will be unable to deliver. Just my humble thoughts worth 2 cent? 50

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      PETER LUMETTA 6 years ago from KENAI, ALAKSA

      AJ, a very interesting point of view. It occurs to me that if I took your article and transposed "tea party" with "democrat" and vice versa it would sound just as rational. So the real solution to this "question" is to talk and respect each others views and try to get some semblence of cooperation. With out it then we are doomed and there will be violence and civil unrest resulting in the end of our republic. The dream that is America will be over. It's our choice,