The tea party has been a hot topic in the United States ever since the movement began in 2008, yet many people do not understand what exactly it is. Contrary to what some people may think, the tea party is not a true political party. It can broadly be defined as a gathering of libertarians, conservatives, and other people who want to change Washington. The common ideals of the tea party movement are cutting government spending, limiting taxes, and stopping excessive federal regulations. The most important thing one needs to know about the movement though, is that there is not a single tea party- the movement consists of hundreds of different autonomous groups, each widely varying in priorities and size.
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The Tea Party began February 19, 2009 by Rick Santelli as a political outcry to the financial crisis that did not only threaten the United States, but the entire world. Conservatives were deeply concerned with the perpetual bail outs for failing banks, and the millions of thousands of dollars going towards government programs like the newly proposed national healthcare bill. The Tea Party protests have continued, but have increasingly become more unpopular as the Tea Party continues to head a farther right direction. The Tea Party is not actually a party at all. Firstly, the Tea Party does not have the same organization as a political party has.
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The Tea Party is defined as a conservative grassroots movement that, “calls awareness to any issue which challenges the security, sovereignty of domestic tranquility of our beloved nation…”.1 In addition to this, there are many based Tea Party groups around the country, such as Tea Party Patriots and Tea Party 911.2 Furthermore, the formation of the Tea Party is not fully defined. Many Tea Party activist like to refer to the 1773 Boston Tea Party as when their movement was established.3 However, it is argued that the modern Tea Party formed on a nationwide protest, known as the Tax Day Protest, on September 12, 2009.4 This group was protesting nationwide against 787 billion dollar stimulus package and the 3.5 trillion dollar deficit that was implemented by the Obama Administration and a Democratic controlled Adams 2 Congress.5 While many argue that the Tea Party was formed as a grassroots coalition, others claim that this movement was funded by elites, former politicians and con... ... middle of paper ... ...ugh time on dealing with the debt ceiling once again. Thirty Republican Tea Party members oppose raising that debt ceiling. Because of this, Republicans have to create a bill in which they will receive Democratic support. Hopefully, a bipartisan solution by all members will allow the debt ceiling to be risen.44 The Tea Party has changed politics by making the Republican Party more Conservative and making the legislation process slower.