Some 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 1786, 1791 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.