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The True Origin of the Tea Party

In the media’s narrative of the changing political tide, the mention of the tea party has already been exhausted ad nauseum. This is a trend which has had its run for the past four years, stunning and confusing the pseudo-experts who pollute our televisions at night and our blogosphere during the day. It has been enough to occupy the false outrage of progressive blogs and TV stations, as well as the false advocacy by establishment conservative organizations and groups. Some have made their careers bashing them (Ed Schultz, Bill Maher, Keith Olbermann), while others have made theirs impersonating them (Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry, Romney, current House Republicans).

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In the media’s narrative of the changing political tide, the mention of the tea party has already been exhausted ad nauseum. This is a trend which has had its run for the past four years, stunning and confusing the pseudo-experts who pollute our televisions at night and our blogosphere during the day. It has been enough to occupy the false outrage of progressive blogs and TV stations, as well as the false advocacy by establishment conservative organizations and groups. Some have made their careers bashing them (Ed Schultz, Bill Maher, Keith Olbermann), while others have made theirs impersonating them (Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry, Romney, current House Republicans).

This ties in to a vastly important trend in American politics, that being populism centered in Constitutional thought. Instead of clamoring for extended programs or wider mandates, a populist movement of disenchanted citizens has emerged protesting the government for its over-exuberance and its excesses. It has been influential enough to re-shape an entire political party and to inspire a time of great Constitutional debate and discussion, always healthy in a thriving republic.

Those dedicated to a dissensus on limited-government principles, however, view the lasting influence of the Tea Party as deceiving and corrupt. The narrative constructed is that shady multinational corporations have secretly paid fake grassroot organizations to protest and petition the government in order to expand corporate power and enslave the citizenry to Wal-Mart, McDonald’s, and Exxon. So it goes.

For those more interested in political trends rather than fear-mongering, the presence of a populist limited-government movement is a very rare and precious occurrence. Rather than beating the drums for more foreign warfare or calling on politicians to extract more wealth for redistribution, the dominant Tea Party message has been about returning government back to its original modesty. Sound money, limited government, states’ rights, free markets, and individual liberty. As sincere as these concerns may have been, it was only a matter of time before the political strategists sitting in leather chairs and smoking banned Cuban cigars seized upon the collective anger for a little political and monetary gain. This is the same idea which keeps the ideas of Ron Paul, as well as the success of his Presidential run, from ever reaching the broader American populace.

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