What is the Tea Party?
The Tea Party is an ideal of freedom that was inspired by the original Boston Tea Party. There is no central leadership. It is a loose affiliation of grassroots organizations and individuals. Every-day Americans, frustrated with our governments increasingly blatant disregard for the will of “We The People”, and a common desire to preserve the foundational principles of the United States of America, have spontaneously united to defend our liberties.
Who is the Tea Party?
Members of the Tea Party are all around you. Many groups use the name “Tea Party“. “We The People” are the Tea Party. Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians, Constitutionalists, Conservatives, Liberals, Small business owners, Laborers, all races, all religions, and non religions. Americans. Any group or individual, who loves the United States of America and participates in defending our freedom, is part of the Tea Party. We are Patriots. We are not one group. We are all groups, united.
What does the Tea Party do?
Members obtain and share vast amounts of information on all subjects political; candidates, bills, petitions, national and local events. They attend political meetings, conduct petition drives, help educate each other, organize rallies on key dates, track politicians and current legislation. Working within the established system to further better our country, and improve the system. The Tea Party endorses policies, not candidates.
What can I do?
The political process is not perfect, but it can’t be improved if we don’t do anything. It is not yet irreparable. We The People have the power to control the direction of our country. Only if we get involved and act. Yes, this requires effort, time, and money. Sitting back and complaining will never get anything done. Contact any or all of the affiliated organizations. Ask them for help. Join social networks. Volunteer. Participate. Educate yourself. Sign petitions. Become a member of your local political organization. Research your local politicians. Use the internet. The tools are there! Vote! Vote! Vote! We are here to help each other keep our nation great!!
Origins of the modern
Tea Party Movement
There are alot of theories about our origins. Ron Paul often claims to be the "grandfather of the Tea Party". In 2007, Ron Paul, did in fact, organize a "Tea Party" to imitate the 1773 Boston Tea Party. However, that event was in no way tied to what we now know to be the modern Tea Party movement. Many believe "Taxed Enough Already" was the original meaning. Even that came later.
Here are the facts:
The Tea Party is a non-partisan, non-profit, peaceful, law-abiding, loose affiliation of grass-roots political organizations that evolved over a short time. The foundational principles are, among others, limited government, fiscal responsibility, and free markets. In January 2009, a stock trader by the name of Graham Makohoniuk, posted an informal message on the internet forum "market-ticker.org" that invited traders to mail tea-bags to every member of the United States Congress in protest for those who voted for the "bail-out" stimulus bill. He was replicating a tactic used by the Libertarian Party in 1973. Forum moderator Stephanie Jasky, whose group led other protests, loved the teabag idea. She then extended a formal invitation to the entire forum to stage a "commemorative tea party", modeled after the anti-tax protest of the famous 1773 Boston Tea Party. They all agreed to send their teabags in a coordinated effort on February 1, 2009. The founder of market-ticker.org, Karl Denninger, was a guest on Glenn Beck, and CNBC Reports, and relayed the idea during his interview. This is why so many believe Glenn Beck to be the originator.
The idea began to spread amongst conservatives. Dave Ramsey of Fox News affiliation, waved teabags on Fox and Friends on February 11, saying, "It's time for a Tea Party." The word spread, and protests were organized independently all over the US, urging people to convene and bring signs and teabags when posting their tax returns at their local post offices.
On February 19, 2009, CNBC Business News Network editor, Rick Santelli, criticized the government, and famously ranted about a "Chicago Tea Party in July". By the next day, guests on Fox News had already begun to mention this new "Tea Party", and roughly 50 national conservative leaders participated in a conference call that gave birth to the national Tea Party movement. Several early groups assigned the acronym "Taxed Enough Already" to the Tea Party name.
There are currently many groups who use the "Tea Party" name, but there is no central organization or ownership. Many groups claim to be the originators of "Tea Party" protests, from Florida to Seattle. Not all of these groups are legitimate. Many groups have taken advantage of the movement for their own gain. Many opposing groups have posed as Tea Party members and committed deplorable acts at rallies, to deliberately discredit the Tea Party.
No single individual can, nor should, claim ownership of, or to represent, the entire Tea Party movement. This movement is larger than any single person. Anybody can start a Tea Party organization and every organization must retain the freedom to operate as they see fit. What is certain, is "We The People" are no longer accepting the way government is running our country, and finally ready to stand up and take it back. It is also certain that any negative behavior witnessed at any Tea Party event cannot be attributed to a true Tea Party member.
Many of the big national tea party groups are phenomenal in the amount of legislative tools they provide, but they are also VERY political. Almost as political as the politicians they claim to be fighting. The smaller, independent Tea Parties are very helpful and patriotic to all comers, regardless of party affiliation, race, creed, gender, religion, national origin, or sexual orientation, despite some rumors to the contrary. The Tea Party is NOT Tea Party Express, Sarah Palin, racist, terrorist, bigoted, or ignorant. The Tea Party is "We The People".
This movement has been accomplished mostly by word of mouth, and without organization. Polls show that 4 in 10 Americans identify with or support the Tea Party movement. Look what we have accomplished so far!! Imagine what we could do if everyone stood up, and we actually became organized!!!