No cup of tea: What does the "Tea Party" really stand for?
Its activists are mostly conservative Republican voters who support smaller government, lower taxes, fiscal responsibility and individual freedoms, in other words....keep the rich richer, don't plant the problems of the poor on the rich, keep the political structure without minority representation.....eject President Obama.
I have tried to look at what the "Tea Party" represented with an unbiased eye but lately this has been virtually impossible.
Many of the party members have not been active in politics before, but say they were moved to action by anxiety about the economy and concern about the president's high-spending agenda.
In my opinion the party tripled in size when the Democrats' $1 trillion health care bill came into effect, which the party members saw as being too expensive at a time when the country's deficit was rising fast.
They tend to be older than the average voter and are overwhelmingly white. Inappropriate anti-Obama placards, pictures (like the one shown below) and comments by some figures have led to accusations that the movement as a whole is racist.