The Tea-Party: The Origins Of The Tea Party Movement

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The origins of the Tea Party movement can be traced in the aftermath of the 2008 presidential election as reaction to President Obama’s, the winner of the elections, fiscal policies. Founded on progressive ideals, the Tea Party went on to gain substantial status in the U.S. political realm (Arcenaux et al, 2012, p.700), managing to maintain a strong conservative base that advocated a strong military, end to deficit spending, downsizing of the government, and promoted the sanctity of gun ownership among other things (Tea, 2013). Certainly; these values voiced by assorted Tea Party’s affiliates closely reflect those of the Grand Old Party (GOP), which has led to the movement being associated with the political party. Nonetheless, it
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