Tea Parties in American History – RealClearPolitics

Are this year's “tea parties” really tea parties? What could today's protesters have in common with the “Indians” who dumped 90,000 pounds of tea in Boston harbor in 1773? Quite a bit, actually.

What do today's tea partiers want? According to the Christian Science Monitor, the movement “is about safeguarding individual liberty, cutting taxes, and ending bailouts for business while the American taxpayer gets burdened with more public debt. It is fueled by concern that the United States under Mr. Obama is becoming a European-style social democracy where individual initiative is sapped by the needs of the collective.” Broadly speaking, the tea parties reflect a growing anger in America that the government seems to be a closed circle, run by an elite in both parties. These elites, combined with a class of bureaucrats, lawyers, journalists and businessmen, use government power to serve their own ends, and not the public good.

via RealClearPolitics – Party Like It’s 1773?.

  • Bill

    I am a little surprised the Christian Science Monitor came so close to getting it right. One thing that must not be forgotten is that the tea parties are movements of ideas. You can never go to a tea party meeting without discussing ideas, political and social, yes and sometimes religious. Everyone gets their chance to have a say and everyone is eager to learn, especially about the Bill or Rights, the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, the free market, political strategy, etc. This is a movement of education as much as it is a political movement. We are taking back our heritage we are overcoming our miseducation gained in government schools.


    They say things at tea parties, all right. Kinda like the recent one in Washington when a speaker suggested she wanted to hang a U.S. Senator. Guess that tells you something about the movement.