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2010 Elections

The Tea Party: Radical Extremists or Educators?

With the November elections not far away, I want to take a look at the Tea Party Movement and and share my thoughts on what I see the movement as.

The first question one has to ask is what is the Tea Party movement. It certainly has been described as many things, a third political party, a racist organization, a bunch of right-wingers bent on ousting the current president, a movement to overthrow the Government by violent means. While every group has their fringe elements, this is not how I see the Tea Party movement, certainly not at the local level here in Massachusetts. This is based on my having attended various Tea Party group meetings and events. I have never seen any evidence of racism, violence, talk of impeachment or any of the things the Tea Party movement is accused of. Being a sceptic,  I have looked for this evidence and have found none.

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The Growing Importance of the Tea Party Movement

In Boston, Christen Varley (center) led a Tea Party meeting to discuss gubernatoral candidates, at a meeting in The Green Dragon. (Matthew J. Lee/Globe Staff)

Stephanie Ebbert has a nice article in the Globe today on the growing importance of the Tea Party Movement:

In the current upended political climate, the Tea Party members in Massachusetts — now claiming up to 8,000 believers and basking in the earth-shaking victory of US Senator Scott Brown — have the clout to make candidates come to them.

Candidates are showing up at events like this one across the state, even though the Tea Party’s loose confederation of activists has no membership rolls, no party apparatus, no candidates, and no money. Candidates do not know precisely what the Tea Party is or how its activists will vote in November. They just know they had better pay attention.

Scott Brown’s upset victory this year has shown the Massachusetts political class that there is a large number of people looking for change. These are not the people who go to protests, and are involved in political activism. They are a silent majority of the regular working citizen of Massachusetts who feel increasingly like their needs are not being met, and are now willing to consider candidates from outside traditional party affiliation, and vote for change. read more »