Um...Hate to bust your bubble.. But I was going to TEA party protests several years before I had even heard of Ron Paul -- and I became an avid follower in Summer of 2007.
TEA parties actually happened for several years prior EVERY April tax day. Many of us should remember the stories on the news of people protesting at the post office on tax day. They were trying to educate people. At the time, TEA, stood for Taxed Enough Already.
Ron Paul co-opted the 'tea party' movement when a bunch of his supporters all got together to have another 'Boston tea party' where they symbolically dropped tea in the Boston harbor.
Here are some links to validate my claims:
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