Archive for October 5th, 2010

The Tea Party: perennial rebels of the lost cause

property of Otto Christian Beyer, 2010Some people on the Left are alarmed at all the  angry and divisive language being tossed about during this election season, particularly from the Tea Party – “it is threatening to tear the country apart”.  Personally,  I think that’s  an overreaction, but  history might just back them  up.

The Tea Partiers think of themselves as  the modern  embodiment of the revolutionary ideals  of 1776, when actually they are  more in line with the rebels of 17861791 and ultimately, 1861. There is nothing new about the Tea Party – it is just the current manifestation of the occasional resurgence of a strong anti-Federalist movement, a movement that has been losing ground since 1787.   Hence all the anger and frustration.


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