Way back in the 1700's a group of unhappy colonist boarded a ship in Boston harbor and dumped tea into the harbor in protest over unfair taxation. To be more specific taxation without representation. You see at the time England controlled all policy regarding taxation in its colonies and the people that settled those colonies were not represented.
Today we have a very well-funded political uprising within the conservative party that has adopted the name Tea Party and uses that historical event as backdrop for ideas. Or do they? What significant issue makes anyone think of throwing an oppressive overseer off your back? As far as I can see their main battlecry is "I've got mine so screw everyone else." They throw words like nazi, facist, and socialist around like they know what those words mean and while screaming that the government should stay out of their lives they rail against gays, blacks, the poor, and women. They fight for tax breaks for the wealthiest at the cost of social programs not seeming to understand that without those programs their very lives will be affected while the folks that enjoy the tax breaks are affected very liitle. They fight against reforms to health insurance while insurance execs are bolstering their bonuses and financial reform as the bank forecloses on their neighbors house, not seeming to understand that the very folks they are fighting for are getting richer at their expense. They can be shown evidence over and over that something doesn't work and then go out and scream for more of it even louder. They blindly follow people that spout on about the Constitution even though the people doing the spouting don't seem to understand the Constitution or twist it for their own purposes. Buck, Angle, O'Donnell, Paul, Miller, et. al make wild statements and then run away from them always blaming someone or something else. They seem to have zero personal responsibility and will tell a lie as fast as Tea Partiers are willing to send them a check. These people are not Washington, Jefferson, or Revere...I think I'd vote for for the Rents too Damn High Party candidate in New York before I'd vote for any of these, he actually had some ideas.
What I see is a large group of primarily middle-aged white people that have been and will continue to be, as long as they are willing, taken for a ride for the benefit of a few like Palin, Dick Army, and the Koch brothers with the help of folks like Boehner, McConnell and even used to be moderates like McCain and Graham. I ask myself this question: "What would this country be like if Washington, Hancock, Payne, Jefferson, and Adams had gone with the "I got mine so screw everybody else" philosophy or protected the transfer of wealth to England the way Conservatives protect those that send our jobs overseas. I have a feeling my Mom would be Mum and we'd drink a lot more tea with our crumpets.