Why are they called the Tea Party?

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I’m trying to figure this out. Christine O’Donnell has been making headlines across the country for her win in the Republican primaries in the Delaware Senate race. One such headline used the words, “Tea Party darling.” Almost every article one can find alludes to her support and/or involvement in the Tea Party. Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t the Tea Party supposed to be a group of hard core anti-tax people? Doesn’t it’s very name hark back to the Boston Tea Party, which was about taxes (no taxation without representation)? So why is O’Donnell a part of this movement? She is most known for her socially conservative views including anti-pornography and anti-masturbation. The only thing I can find that she has ever said about taxes is that she would never vote for them to be raised. The majority of her rhetoric and the coverage on her is about social issues. Again, why the Tea Party? I don’t think this is an issue just with her, but many so called Tea Party-ers across the country. They seem to care far more about repressing sexuality than saving people from the “big bad federal government.” They actually want to expand the federal government’s involvement in social issues.

Maybe they just think the name sounds cool, but it makes no sense given their stances. From the history I’ve read, I didn’t hear any Boston Tea Party-ers enraged over people masturbating. They were pissed off about taxes. The Republicans should stop saying their party has been infiltrated by the Tea Party; call it by something more fitting that actually has some coherence to it.


Written by Dan

September 17, 2010 at 11:05 pm

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  1. Great points, Dan. Yeah, I don’t get this at all. Wonder the same.

    Craig Kanalley

    September 17, 2010 at 11:13 pm

  2. The “movement” is manufactured, as is its name. This branch of American conservatism hasn’t had any coherency since its inception in the John Birch Society.

    The teabaggers are more a product of class, generation, race and rural cultural space than any deliberate political logic. It will never make sense as a consistent ideology.


    September 18, 2010 at 2:21 am

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