The Tea Party movement came out of nowhere in 2009 in response to Obama’s and the Democrat’s rapid movement of America to the left. The movement immediately had two dangerous enemies. One was overt, the other hidden.
The Tea Party movement began the first time conservatives had organized and taken to protest in modern history.
The original Tea Party principles, before being bastardized by johnny-come-lately “Tea Party” groups were fiscal in nature. Basically, most Tea Party groups followed:
1. Fiscal responsibility – the government spends less than it receives/takes
2. Personal responsibility – American citizens should be self-dependent and not welfare moochers
3. The Rule of Law – The government must enforce equally all laws
4. National sovereignty – American laws supersede any and all international laws and the UN
5. Free market capitalism – The government allows the free market to provide without dangerous sanctions, taxes and regulations.
By keeping social issues from the equation, the Tea Party enjoyed broad support with socially liberal people who believed our federal government was fiscally out of control. AWD personally knows a Democrat who calls himself a Tea Party member. He supports gay marriage, abortion, the legalization of drugs, but believes the government spends too much money.
The open enemy to the Tea Party movement, liberals, immediately ordered their lackeys in the mainstream propaganda media to decry the Tea Party movement as racist. The principles of the Tea Party were in direct opposition to the socialist principles of the Democrat Party. Since Democrats cannot defend their principles and because most Tea Party members were white, the mainstream propaganda media began a long-term attack accusing the Tea Party of racism which exists today. Overlooked is the fact that 95% of blacks vote Democrat.
The hidden enemy of the Tea Party was and is the Republican Party. But the Republican Party desperately needed the votes of the Tea Party to win a majority in the House and later, the Senate. So the Republicans drafted Contracts For America and made various promises they had no intention of keeping. They attended Tea Party events and decried the evil Democrats. The Tea Party did not have a chance against these professional liars.
But who was the Tea Party to support? The Democrats were openly socialist and the Republicans were saying the right things. Most Tea Party members knew the Republicans were worthless and would walk back every promise they had made. So the Tea Party chose the lesser of two evils in the 2010, 2012, and 2014 elections and voted for the GOP. Each of which were very favorable for the Republican Party in Congressional numbers. All of which resulted in virtually zero changes in policy from Congress under Democrat leadership.
After having been screwed over and insulted by the Republican Establishment for years, the Tea Party now considers the Republican Party as dangerous as the Democrat Party. That is why Washington outsiders like Donald Trump and Ben Carson are topping the polls for the Republican nomination.
Liberals (and the Republican Party) have been excited with the release of a Gallup poll that shows support for the Tea Party at an all-time low. The popular question is, is the Tea Party dead?
Well, the answer is yes. And no.
Gone are the early days when a million patriots traveled to Washington to protest. Many large-city Tea Parties have ceased to function or have disintegrated into smaller groups. And the media coverage of the Tea Party hardly exists these days unless to cover negative reports on the movement.
What went wrong? It’s pretty simple. Tea Party members realized the Republican and Democrat Parties in Washington are the same. Tea Party member have only a handful of politicians to carry their message. The vast majority are corruptocrats are part of the DC Establishment machinery and continue to do drastic damage to America while lining their own pockets.
Personally, AWD knew the Tea Party movement had been taken by the Republicans when John Boehner was elected as Speaker in 2010. Boehner proved to be a gutless man who stood for nothing but the status quo. Something incoming Speaker Paul Ryan will also defend and support. Nothing changes in Washington.
So the Tea Party quit working as strenuously at the national level as it did in 2009. The good news is many Tea Party groups now focus their efforts on State and local level politics. Texas is a good example. Texas has hundreds, if not thousands, of local community, even neighborhood Tea Party groups that work diligently to elect fiscal conservatives in their state legislature. The last session saw numerous Tea Party-supported candidates take office in Austin over liberal Republican and Democrat lifelong politicians. It was the most conservative session in Texas history. Other states have done the same. The Tea Party realizes Washington is broken and cannot be repaired. States are an entirely different thing.
Many individuals and groups have tried to profit off of the Tea Party movement over the years. We receive daily emails from groups raising money for….themselves. Some organizations have performed quality services and training for local Tea Party groups. Others are scams trying to make easy money from gullible people.
The Tea Party has had numerous successes. One stands out above all. The Tea Party movement awakened millions of previously non-political people from their American Idol-induced slumber. It made ordinary citizens realize they can actually make positive changes in America. These were not professional political droids but everyday working men and women. AWD is not proud to admit I had never voted in a primary election before the Tea Party movement. I have every primary since.
The Tea Party today has given up on the Republican Party. They now support conservatives who say they will fight for Tea Party principles. Is Trump a conservative? Will he break his promises? We don’t know yet. Same with Ben Carson. But we do know we cannot trust Republicans.
So the Tea Party isn’t dead. It’s just working locally and is not as public. State and local results are promising. It is more experienced, better trained and organized, and realizes now which groups and individuals are and are not friends. Which spells very bad news for the Republican Party.
Until the current version of the Republican Party is dead, the Tea Party will have little or no effect on Washington.