I’m writing this article because Mark5 wrote in asking, “What is the Tea Party?” I normally would never write about politic’s, but I stated I would answer any question posed to me. I’ll do my best to provide the most accurate information possible. So, here we go.
The whole concept for the name ‘Tea Party’, is based off of the Boston Tea Party. The Boston Tea Party was a protest by colonists against taxes imposed on them by the British government. The colonist’s demanded representation in the British Parliament in exchange for paying taxes.
The Tea Party supporters, don’t believe they are being represented by the U.S. Government as well. Hence, they have set up a series of rally’s to protest the government.
The ‘TEA’ in Tea Party has been used as an acronym standing for Taxed Enough Already. This term was supposedly coined in a speech given by Ron Paul, during his Presidential primary campaign run. If your tired of reading watch the video instead.
The Tea Party on the Web
From my research there seem’s to be two separate Tea Party group’s. One was started online at numerous web site’s. Most notably market-ticker.org and fedupusa.org. This first group rallied against:
The website Fedupusa.org lately has become more focused on Libertarian value’s. They state that they are non-partisan, but if you read the article’s on the site, they obviously back the Libertarian party. They have hid the name or organization that runs the site, so I was unable to gain any more information on them.
The Tea Party Rally’s
This first group really started to gain traction in the early part of 2009. Someone had the bright idea that citizen’s should send tea bag’s to politician’s to show that they weren’t satisfied with the government. This was a great idea because it was an inexpensive way to show disapproval.
Around the same time Freedom Works, a corporate activist group, contacted activist Mary Rakovich to get her to organize a protest of the stimulus bill (Feb 10th, 2009).
Leaders within the Tea Party credit Seattle blogger and conservative activist Keli Carender with organizing the first Tea Party in February 2009. She also was trained by Freedom Works.
I could go on and on explaining who did what at what rally, but I’ll instead explain who runs the Tea Party and what the Tea Party’s political mission is.
What is the Tea Party
The Tea Party, in my opinion is a rebranded version of the Libertarian party. The Libertarian party first tried to gain public support by abdicating the legalization of all drug’s. That didn’t work, so they are now calling themselves the Tea Party and are stating they are for freedom.
Here is my proof that the Tea Party is the Libertarian party:
What are the Tea Parties Political Goals
This is right from the FreedomWorks website. I’ll go through each goal and explain what they mean to you.
Pass the Flat Tax Nationwide
Currently in the United States, the citizen’s pay a different rate depending on the amount of income they earn. The Tea Party wants to change this into a flat 23% (avg. percent being debated) tax on everyone. Most Libertarian group’s prefer that this tax be charged when any good’s of any kind are purchased.
So, everyone would pay the same amount under this proposal, except for corporation’s. These group’s state it would be unfair for them to pay, because it would create a system in which good’s would be taxed multiple times.
Who would this benefit? Wealthy people obviously! If you like the idea of paying more tax’s, while corporation’s pay none, please comment below.
What Did Our Founder’s Think About Tax’s
Here I provide a history of taxation in the United States.
If they eliminate all corporate tax’s who will have to make up the difference? I could go on and on about the flat tax, but I’ll stop there.
Change Social Security from a Guaranteed Income Plan into a 401k
I wrote a long article on the stock market. You can read it here The Stock Market is Dead. To get to the point I found:
We all know that social security is broken, but I don’t believe turning it into a 401k is going to work. I would go so far as to say, do away with it all together first.
Pass Tort Reform
Many people think Tort Reform is being called for to protect doctor’s from lawyer’s. Nope. If Tort Reform is passed insofar as FreedomWorks wants it to be. It will be almost impossible for a citizen to sue a corporation. Yeah Freedom!!!
I’ll leave it at that.
Eliminate all Tariffs on Foreign Imports
Just like our founding father’s would like right? ‘Nuff said!
They don’t want to flush out those who are taking advantage of the system, they want to end the concept of welfare and disability altogether. FreedomWorks believe’s that pretty much everything in this country should be run by corporation’s and that nearly every regulation should be eliminated.
Eliminate Net Neutrality Law’s
You might of heard about Net Neutrality, but I’ll explain why it’s elimination could be the worst act FreedomWorks is abdicating. Right now, everyone has the freedom, theres that word again! Everyone has the freedom to:
Everyone on the internet is on neutral ground, or equal. If this neutrality is eliminated, the cable companies would be able to charge more depending on how much time you spend on the internet.
But, even worse, they will be able to charge more for quick page load’s. Here is an example:
Who would wait around a minute to read my website? Not many, I’m sorry to say. This act if passed, would silence the opposition to corporate America. Yeah Freedom!
So, What is the Tea Party
It’s mainly 2 men:
Thank you Mark5, for asking the question. If you have any nonpolitical question’s you would like me to look up, post a comment below.
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