he Tea Party movement is an American socio-political movement that emerged in 2009 through a series of locally and nationally coordinated protests. The protests are partially in response to several Federal laws: the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 (bailout), the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (stimulus package), and the 2009–2010 health care reform bills.
The name "Tea Party" is initials for "Taxed Enough Already" as well as a reference to the Boston Tea Party of 1773—a protest by American colonists against various acts by the British Government which, among other things, attempted to establish a monopoly on the importation of tea into the colonies, and imposed a tax on the tea. The colonists felt disenfranchised because of their lack of representation in the British Parliament, and resented the British government's efforts to control them. Tea Party protests have invoked themes, images and slogans similar to those used during the pre-revolutionary period in American history.
I can not add much to what altamiraweb has said, other than the current Tea Party folks are from all parties. Some say it is a hollow movement and others say its a driving force and this will be evident in the upcoming elections.
It is going to be interesting.
I am definitely not a fan of the tea party group. The people I know who are part of it are not people I respect, and seem to be few in number, but many people keep their political views close to their chests, so the movement could be larger than I think.
If it is, I have to wonder who they will support. I can't see Palin going anywhere, but she seems to curry a lot of favor there.
Populist movements haven't done well in the past, but there is always a first time. My best guess is that if they do help elect candidates, they will probably get more Scott Brown disappointments.
And that's why I always have hope. Brown surprised me by showing he has a working brain and intends to use it. Even Dear Sarah might act rationally when faced with reality.
But regardless, it definitely will be interesting.
For the most part, it hinges on grassroots conservatism. These are Americans who cannot find the desire or push within either the democratic or republican parties in terms of correcting issues within our government like deficient spending for example. These are people who are saying, "if we cannot find a party who will represent the will of the people", we will create one. These movements have developed from local organizations and steadily grown as they became more known through the media. Do not take them lightly regardless of which side of the aisle you hang your hat on...these people are serious and dedicated to getting the proper candidate into the office. You can bet both of the major parties see some danger in the expansion of this group especially as they look at a national charter. This development could easily draw away potential middle ground voters in each party and undermine their own candidates. I think you will see the Tea Party groups lining up behind the more conservative candidates due mainly to the philosphy they espouse themselves. I don't think they are going away anytime soon. WB
by Ken R. Abell 8 years ago
Is the Tea Party movement good or bad for the Republicans in this election cycle?
by Doug Hughes 7 years ago
This is from the most recent poll from Pew Research."As the Tea Party has evolved from a grass-roots movement to become a major force on Capitol Hill, public views of the Tea Party have grown more negative... The latest national survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press,...
by rhamson 8 years ago
Whether it is perceived as a arm of the right wing or an angry leaderless mob, can the Tea Partiers gather a solid base and agenda to adequately achieve any change or is the damage already done to defeat its' purpose?
by SparklingJewel 9 years ago
listen carefully to what is said...its not a religious takeover of the country/government...BUT an understanding that spiritual values (not a particular religion) of how God "works" in life's aspects. It is what the Founding Fathers were saying in the Declaration of Independence and in...
by Ralph Deeds 8 years ago
This week in Michigan enough Tea Party delegates showed up at a Republican meeting to elect delegates to the party's nominating convention for the election in November to defeat the current Republican party chairman's bid to be elected a delegate. This strikes me as a cataclysmic event for the...
by EPman 8 years ago
Would the same outrage still exist? Or did Obama's presidency ignite the flame?I tend to think that Obama being elected certainly was fuel on the fire -- that is to say, the Tea Party would not be as big or popular if John McCain was president. Much more people would be too complacent simply...
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