[This video is not a new revelation to me but is an interesting take on what has happened with the 'Tea Party':]
“…disparate groups of no-doubt passionate Americans have been co-opted by either special interests, loud voices looking to make a quick buck, people trying to get rich playing to their anger instead of using that anger to help us all solve this countries obvious corrupt problems.”
“…Sarah Palin right-wing funded bastardization of this understandably angry group”
“…I’d like to see this turn back into what it began as…”
Those of us who were following Ron Paul during the 2008 presidential election know that it was Ron Paul supporters that started the tea party movement with their protest against the “inflation tax” as the fed printed more and more money and devalued the dollar (and continues to do so). On December 16th, 2008 Ron Paul supporters staged a “Tea Party” demonstration, a throwback to the original tea party protest in 1773 where patriots dumped tea into the Boston harbor to protest out of control taxation without representation. During this first modern-day tea party Ron Paul supporters broke the single-day presidential fundraising record by donating over $6 million to Paul’s campaign in 24 hours.
Ron Paul’s movement developed into the Campaign For Liberty. It was from this group’s ideology that the larger spin-off movement called “the tea party” developed. Due to it’s large size and far-reaching voice it became susceptible to other influences and was co-opted by big business interests who feared it’s origins and the core message that Ron Paul and his supporters had started. These outside influences wanted to ensure that Ron Paul’s core ideals did not become mainstream and so they began to slip in other ideas that didn’t fit Ron Paul’s message but that could be used to discredit the tea party. Essentially you started to see the tea party look more and more like neocon Republicans, although some of the original ideas still remain.