Tea Party movement in U.S. grows to counter Obama's policies

09:54, February 22, 2010      

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The Tea Party movement which started last year is growing fast in the United States on the grass-roots level, which has become a political force supported by conservatives to counter President Barack Obama's policies.


People hold signs during a "tea party" protest in Flagstaff, Arizona August 31, 2009. Organizers say the event is an effort to work against members of Congress who voted for higher spending and taxes.(Xinhua/Reuters File Photo)

The Tea Party movement evokes the 1773 protest at the Boston Harbor. In the community, people get together to discuss issues of common concern. This is a new way by the conservatives in the U.S. against the way President Obama once deployed during his election campaign -- digital networking through social websites such as Twitter and Facebook.

"Tea Party" is a reference to the Boston Tea Party and supporters of the movement also have sought to evoke images, slogans and themes from the American Revolution.

However, the word "Tea" is now explained by supporters as "Taxed Enough Already." In 2009, a series of nationally coordinated protests were organized to oppose big government, President Obama, the U.S. federal budget and the economic stimulus package.


People hold signs during a "tea party" protest in Flagstaff, Arizona August 31, 2009. (Xinhua/Reuters File Photo)

The Tea Party movement is growing since it started last April. Now a Tea Party activist is an elected official in New York State. Dean Murray just won a special election for a state assembly seat in Long Island. He said he was the first Tea Party activist elected to government.

"The Tea Party movement is based on what the core Republican values are based on," said Murray. "The Tea Party movement is based on smaller government, about fiscal responsibility, and most importantly, and I think this is the key word for this entire year, accountability."

Time magazine reported that across the U.S., the Tea Party meetings were being convened in restaurants and living rooms and libraries and office buildings, and online. The Tea Party thinking has inspired hundreds of websites and Facebook pages. Yet there is no headquarters to visit, no chairman, no written platform and no chosen candidate.


People hold signs as motorists drive by during a "tea party" protest in Flagstaff, Arizona August 31, 2009.(Xinhua/Reuters File Photo)

The Tea Party movement announced in the Time Magazine that with the economy shaken and unemployment sky-high, with the federal debt mounting by the trillion as Washington politicians pay lip service to fiscal responsibility, an outbreak of outrage was inevitable.

According to the Time Magazine, the Tea Party movement is just one expression of a vast discontent unsettling the country. Recent polls have found that two-thirds of Americans describe themselves as dissatisfied or angry with their government.

Source: Xinhua
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