Bringing Back The Past: The Emergence Of The Tea Party Movement

There is a lot of info out there about the Tea Party Movement, so I’m going to try to give you the best overview of it all.

The Tea Party Movement derives from our American history; beginning specifically with the Boston Tea Party on December 16, 1773 where officials in Boston refused to returned tax tea to Britain; so a group of colonists boarded the ship and threw all of the tea into the Boston Harbor. After this time, the group of protesters called themselves the Tea Party, resisting political standpoints including the biggest issue during that time, the Tea Act. Fast forwarding to present time, the same political protests have started to emerge within our present day America, starting within the Bush presidency and gaining tremendous strength within the Obama presidency. Let’s take a look at where it started in our generation: 2009.

The first national Tea Party protests started to emerge in February 2009 where Rick Santelli criticized the government’s plan to refinance mortgages, which would give people who weren’t paying their mortgages or way behind a second chance. He also talked about putting together a Chicago Tea Party to organize his efforts. His criticisms were heard all of over the country and by the next day, the movement was already coined The Tea Party movement. The name spread like wildfire, and before you knew it there were websites, facebook pages, and groups being created lining themselves with the Tea Party Movement. The protests were partially in response to numerous health care bills, the Reinvestment Act of 2009 and plenty more. People all over the United States began to create little groups protesting the same issues. I’m going to be honest I never heard of the movement until a few months ago. I believe between Obamacare and the Stimulus Bill, it pretty much put these protestors over the top.

Now the Tea Party doesn’t have an official symbol, but they have adopted the Gadsen Flag which is seen below which has a history of its own; which honestly would take even longer to explain and more writing than I want to do LOL.

This movement is definitely making their thoughts heard and because of their collective support behind specific political figures, they have helped them excel into higher positions. Here are a few facts:

On January 19, 2010, support from the Tea Party Patriots in Boston helped elect Scott Brown the U.S. Senator from Massachusetts, in the special election held after Ted Kennedy’s death.

In Delaware, Tea Party-backed candidate Christine O’Donnell defeated veteran Representative Mike Castle in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate. Her victory was a surprising upset and was seen as a sign of Tea Party movement strength.

In New York, Tea Party-backed candidate Carl Paladino defeated former Representative Rick Lazio in the Republican primary for governor.

We can’t forget one of the most popular supporters of the Tea Party Movement: Sarah Palin. If they have the power to move people into office, would it be a big surprise if we saw Palin making a run for president? That scares me.

Click the link below to go to the official page of the Tea Party Movement.

Official Tea Party Movement Website


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