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  •  In that case you (0+ / 0-)

    may want to be more objective. This comes off as one sided (which is your right) but I'd present more of the "other side" and let them debate or analyze the information as well. The tea party began in opposition of the TARP bailouts (which many liberals and Democrats were against as well) and later the stimulus 1.

    They have gotten co opted by big interests such as FreedomWorks and others at some levels of course, but there's more to the story than the one book you cite. I'd also make sure you have a bibliography of your sources. Especially for your assertions that the original tea party actions were less about taxation than other issues and note the minority of that view among scholars.

    While the colonists were angry at having to subsidize the East India Tea Company's monopoly, it is commonly understood that the root of the "the destruction of the tea" was objection to the Tea Act because they believed that it violated their rights as  to "No taxation without representation." That is, being taxed only by their own representatives and not by the British parliament in which they were not represented.

    •  BTW (1+ / 0-)
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      As I re read what I wrote it comes off as a screed. That wasn't my intent at all.  I should say that focusing on the co opting aspect of the big elites would serve the same purpose, but with a clearer picture of the origins of the movement.

      And even shaming the co opting entities even more.

      •  So then... (0+ / 0-)

        you think it would be fairer to write that it started as an anti-tarp movement, then got co-opted by the republican party and fox news to become anti-tax and pro-libertarian?

        •  Something similar (0+ / 0-)

          you've got an opinion about what they are what they stand for etc. I'd be sure you keep opinions clear and open to other views and give equal time (as warranted) to other opinions and cite the references. It got co-opted by some groups, (political and otherwise) at some levels, in some places. For instance the "tea party" here is really three different groups with no real outside strings. I know, my brother in law is active here.

          While not untrue, I think your description above is overly simple and incomplete. Similar to the "grassroots" that led to McCain Fiengold. There was grassroots interest that got it started but the big money came form a handful of backers to get that done.

          •  It happened within a matter of days... (0+ / 0-)

            What MOST people know as the Tea Party is the product of Fox News and Freedomworks.  I think it is disingenuous to pretend that it is anything other than what it is just because the first one was started by a single person.  The marketers and politicians quickly saw an angle and took it over:


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