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What is the tea-party movement? Well, first you need to banish from your mind most of what you hear from the mainstream media. The Tea-Party is not some nefarious group of malcontents wanting violent overthrow of the government. The most basic definition of the movement is loosely formed associations, united around the core principles of small government, and strong states rights. A strong Libertarian streak definitely runs thru the movement. Yes, it is heavily populated with Conservatives, but it does also have a very strong showing of Independents and even a vibrant minority of Democrats.

The Movement was “birthed” with the famous rant of CSNBC commentator Rick Santelli in 2009 about the ongoing mortgage crisis. From there it spread like wildfire and became a National phenomena. The massive overspending and huge debt of the Obama administration was causing grave concern for many. The tipping point for countless people was the passage of Obamacare, and it became a focus point for the party. As the Teaparty has morphed into a loose coalition of national and local party groups, it has gained a lot of power. It still does not have an official leader and doesn't seem to be looking for one. Nowadays it has rallied around the huge debt as well as the over-reach of Government in general. The party is concerned and even fearful of the very real possibility of the US going bankrupt.

They believe that too many people in this country have an entitlement mentality and the majority of our so-called leaders have more interest in personal power than doing what’s best for the country. They feel the threat is real and our country is headed for a cliff. "We need to rein in and reverse the direction the government has been heading" is an oft heard statement. "We cannot survive as a country continually spending more than we bring in" is another.

One of the strengths of the movement is that it’s not a true political party; in the sense that it doesn’t have formal or elected leaders. It is a fairly loose grouping of autonomous local associations and a few big national ones. It does have power however, with the 2010 US elections being the first time they really flexed their muscles. They also have some nationally known representatives, Sarah Palin, Michelle Bachman and Rand Paul being particular favorites. Andrew Breibart and Glenn Beck are strong supporters from the media. The real power however, is the grassroots foundation of the movement. Normal, hard-working Americans waking up and giving some serious push-back to the intrusiveness of the Government. They want it understood that the Government works for the people, not the people for the Government.

One defining characteristic of almost all Teapartiers is self-education and investigating issues on their own. Reading, researching and using their critical thinking skills to form their own opinion is a trademark for most members. If you are interested in a local Teaparty, just use Google. Local teaparties are in all 50 states and cropping up every day as the movement grows in popularity. While there are a few good national groups, one particular favorite is Teaparty 365. It was started by David Webb and Kellen Giuda. There are a lot of groups out there, so find one that suits you. Bigdawgmusicmafia is an interesting artistic offshoot of the movement and is worth a look. The bottom line? Don’t believe the hype! Check it out yourself. The Teaparty is just normal, average people who want their country back from busybodies and a massively overreaching Government.


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