Through history, there have been many people who have opposed the government and their policies. These people who have opposed a lot of big-government spending and policies have now hit the political market as the Tea Party. The Tea Party movement is making its way into history, and to the top of search queries all around the Internet.
According to Google Trends, The search query “What Is the Tea Party?” stuck out in hot Google Searches Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2010. The Tea Party was such a hot search term Wednesday due to the fact there are major upsets going on in the primary elections. According to Christian Science Monitor, Christine O’Donnell won the Delaware Senate seat nomination, beating a Republican after she received support from the Tea Party. O’Donnell was not a very well-known candidate and was not expected to win, but, with help from the Tea Party, she will now face a Democrat in the midterm elections.
The Tea Party to me symbolizes the return to small-government with less taxation and appropriate representation. The Tea Party is about many different things, and they are technically not supportive of either Republicans or Democrats. The Tea Party is for constitutionality in the laws, which is something that is lacking in this country.
According to FreedomWorks, the Tea Party is about less government, lower taxes and more freedom, which is the essential foundation of America. When you think about the Tea Party, you often just think of lower taxes, but that is not the case with the new Tea Party. The Tea Party that has been growing since 2009 is essentially about fighting big-government spending, reducing the deficit and upholding the values of the Constitution.
The Tea Party is not often associated with being about Republican or Democrat but rather has a more Libertarian view. In the Tea Party, a Republican is not the answer just as much as a Democrat is not the answer, which is seen with the primary win of O’Donnell. According to Wikipedia, the Tea Party movement has established the Gadsden Flag as its symbol, which states “Don’t tread on me” with a picture of a rattlesnake. This symbol still represents patriotism, similar to the American flag, but it also symbolizes the fact people are fed-up with our current government. It has been said that the Tea Party is racist and biased, but in reality they are just a group of everyday people looking to better their country and get back to the founding principles. No one in the Tea Party incites violence or hatred, which is a common misconception about the group.
With our national deficit at a record-high, we need to find solutions to fix the problem, instead of trying to spend our way out of the problem. Increasing taxes is not the answer, and that is something the Tea Party is very adamant about. The Tea Party is hurting both the Republican Party and Democrat Party because they do not agree to most of what either side has to say. Getting back to the principles that America was founded upon is a main objective of the Tea Party, and that includes limited-government with more individual freedom. The Tea Party is trying to eliminate the people in the government who are for more political power which transcends both of the political spectra.
The Tea Party has been gaining steam since many government programs and takeovers were put into place, and its membership has increased significantly in the past year. People think the Tea Party is just a bunch of right-wing conservative people but, in reality, the demographics of the Tea Party are the same as the Democratic Party and Republican Party. When you hear the name of the Tea Party again, just remember that they are a group of people coming together for America and they are trying to win back the freedom we have lost due to big-government policy.
Google Trends, “Tea Party”, Google
Wikipedia Editors, “Tea Party”, Wikipedia
FreedomWorks Staff, “About Us”, FreedomWorks
Peter Grier, “Christine O’Donnell and ‘tea party’ victories: What do they mean?”, Christian Science Monitor