Once upon a time there was a tea party in Boston where a variety of mostly young idealists expressed their annoyance with British oppression and taxation. It coincidentally pleased many rich white male colonists who were tired of sharing their wealth with the Crown.
Keep in mind that this rebel aristocracy opposed “Taxation without Representation!” but did not oppose taxes as long as they levied and benefited from them. Nor were they all necessarily interested in the rights or interests of average citizens.
Only after a post-war debate did they concede to the Bill of Rights as amendments to the Constitution which allowed only white male landowners to vote.
Similarly, the modern tea party mutation is made up of a variety of sincere, idealistic supporters who are manipulated by the rich corporations that created it. They rant about eliminating big government and taxation but have no problem with massive deficit spending on “defense” and loopholes for the rich while infrastructure, health and education suffer.
At least the 1700s version sparked a revolution that eventually led to some rights and freedoms. The modern aberration, thus far, is only good for what its initials (TP) stand for.
Jim Beall, Sr., Loomis