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Tea Parties

Discussion in 'Politics (deprecated)' started by atbell, May 24, 2010.

  1. atbell

    atbell TRIBE Member

    I'm putting something together about the Tea Party for a paper I'm writting and I was wondering if anyone had some good links to discussions of how they formed.

    I think I remember seeing some Jon Stewart clips doing a good job of showing how Fox organized the first demonstrations yet called them 'grassroots'.

    Any one got links on hand?
  2. acheron

    acheron TRIBE Member

  3. praktik

    praktik TRIBE Member

  4. praktik

    praktik TRIBE Member

    A book-length source that would be good I think would be What's the Matter with Kansas, it does a real good job detailing the rise of the Moral Majority in the 80s: the direct mail campaigns, the door to door knocking, the personalities involved (Norquist et al)

    might be a good place to ground the tea party historically, to describe the right-wing ecosystem in America from Reagan til now.

    One Market Under God might have some stuff for ya too.
  5. atbell

    atbell TRIBE Member

    Thanks for those, good stuff all of them.

    From what I've got what is now being called 'the tea party movement' is only really a year old and can be traced back to CNBC's Rick Santelli who called for a Chicago Tea Party in July (2009) to the aplause of many on the trading floor.

    The clip I found was dated Feb. 2009 but the actual recording might be a bit older.

    His ire is at federal bailouts.

    Some choice lines:

    here's a link:


    Now on to figuring out how Fox picked up on this.
  6. atbell

    atbell TRIBE Member

    Oh, I've also been looking into the march that really seemed to bring the group into prominence.

    The march was on 9/12 in DC (2009) after having events at 30 US cities.

    The participants seem scared, really scared, but all of the things they are angry about don't make sense. It seems clear that the fear comes from ignorance and that the tea party is just a result of people being 'mad as hell'.

    One of the reporters who was covering the march even mentioned how there were 'brown shirts' in attendance, I'm not sure if she knew what that implies...


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