The Tea Party movement is a populist United States protest movement that promotes fiscal conservatism. The movement emerged in 2009 through an ongoing series of Tea Party protests. These are partially in response to the 2009 stimulus package as well as the 2008 bailouts. In 2010 The Economist described the movement as "America's most vibrant political force."
Protesters have utilized the social networking outlets Facebook, Twitter and MySpace as well as blogs and conservative media outlets in promoting Tea Party events.
The name "Tea Party" is a reference to the historic Boston Tea Party of 1773, a protest by American colonists against taxation by the British government when the colonists had no representation in the British Parliament that pre-dated but laid the ground for the American Revolutionary War. Tea Party protests have sought to evoke similar images, slogans and themes to this iconic period in American history. It may also refer to the often-used acronym TEA Party, a play on a party slogan: "Taxed Enough Already."
I am a fiscal conservative but have not attended any Tea Party events. However, as an observer of politics I am very interested in how this burgeoning Tea Party has the potential to change the current political landscape in Washington. Now that the primary elections are over, I think it is important to understand the power that the Tea Party candidates will have when some of them win senate seats in November. First,it is important to note that a political … more
I am not a member of the Tea Party Movement, but have debated reaching out to them. When the movement was in its infancy last year, I stumbled upon a rally. I was returning to work from my lunch break and observed a large group of people gathered nearby. There were probably around 500 people, which is a large crowd for the average-sized town where I work. I wandered in for a look and remained for about fifteen minutes before I needed to get back to work. … more
While I agree with the Tea Party's views on reducing government spending and fiscal responsibility, I find very disturbing most of their views on social issues and that is what turns me off to them. There are also so many different groups calling themselves Tea Partyers that it is hard to distinguish them and their views.
The Tea Party movement is a reactionary group of angry right wing conservatives who have vented their frustration of President Obama's plans for sweeping social programs and changing in the policies that were implemented during the eight years of George Bush Jr. May I ask where were these people when we spent billions upon billions of tax payers dollars fighting two wars in the Middle East? We spend so much money on nation building that when we try to fix our own social programs, … more