The Tea Party movement is a U.S. political group that formed in response to recent congressional and presidential bills and actions. The Tea Party supporters’ main focus is on fiscal responsibility and upholding the laws and freedoms they believe are set forth in the constitution. The movement has gained much momentum in the recent year and many Tea Party candidates are gaining popularity across the country.
Sarah Palin, previous vice-presidential candidate for the Republican party, is a vocal leader in the Tea Party movement. Palin has traveled the country voicing her support for Tea Party candidates and giving speeches for their benefit. Many media outlets give Sarah Palin press and airtime, further spreading the influence of the Tea Party’s messages. Sarah Palin has proved very popular with many voters and has garnered a lot of support.
More policies beyond fiscal responsibility and upholding of constitutional laws and freedoms are endorsed by the Tea Party. The Tea Party movement heavily disapproves of President Obama’s policies, endorses the controversial immigration bill in Arizona, and does not agree with the legalization of gay and lesbian marriage rights. The Tea Party movement also disagrees with the recent Health Care bill and cap and trade emission laws. Members of the Tea Party group hope to repeal and stop both of these laws.
The popularity of the Tea Party has caused rifts in the Republican Party. Candidates endorsed by Tea Party members are receiving support from conservative citizens, but may be alienating moderate Republicans. Democrats, in many cases, are actually supporting Tea Party candidates in primary elections. This strategy may help Democrats in eventual wins because republican votes may be divided between Tea Party and moderate Republican candidates. If Tea Party candidates succeed in primaries, moderate Republicans may choose the Democrat candidate over a Tea Party candidate in the November elections.
Candidates in the Tea Party movement have begun making headway by winning primary elections and are working towards winning seats in the House and Senate in the next election. Democrats and Republicans are both taking notice of Tea Party candidates and the zeal of their supporters. Both Democrats and moderate Republicans are attempting to rally up their support to combat the high fervor of the Tea Party movement, and conservative Republicans are working hard to continue the Tea Party’s success.
The Tea Party movement was born out of unhappiness and anger felt by some U.S. citizens. Protests and gatherings eventually led to the development of an organized push by Tea Party supporters, now a legitimate and seemingly powerful political ideology, in a quest for seats in Washington. Tea Party candidates have won local and state elected positions and some are posed to win in the upcoming national election. Given the high rate of dissatisfaction currently felt by many U.S. citizens, the high motivation of the Tea Party and its candidates, and support from Sarah Palin, the Tea Party may make a large impact in the November election.
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