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1 freetoken  Wed, Apr 10, 2013 4:34:32am
It’s so sad to me that a movement that began as an organic reaction to big government has been hijacked by the right.

I’m not buying this explanation.

2 Decatur Deb  Wed, Apr 10, 2013 5:05:17am

re: #1 freetoken

I’m not buying this explanation.

I once listed 5-6 identifiable streams that joined to make the TPs. The Paulians did have early use of the phrase, but the bump really came from Kochish money through Armey. Anyone remember the Playboy reveal on Internet domain preparation—IFIK it was never explained away. The real mystery is the role of Rick Santelli. He could have been an espontaneo, but it’s not likely.

3 witkacy  Wed, Apr 10, 2013 7:58:50am

That explanation is ludicrous, and literal-minded—and exhibits, once again, how rabid individualism inhibits the understanding (in the minds of eminently “free” libertarian types) of civic organization, activism, etc. I’m kind of stunned that a grown person could believe that old Dick Armey hobbled his “freedom”/”anti-big-government” movement, rather than to come to the more plausible conclusion that this was never for a moment an organic, spontaneous and viable civic/political movement. The Tea Party - under the direction of whichever clown claims it - was *always* a cluster of pathologies, more Trenchcoat Mafia than an adult political movement…

4 HappyWarrior  Wed, Apr 10, 2013 2:35:28pm

Honestly, it was flawed from the get go. Sorry, there may have been many in the movement who did want the government to be truly hands off in all arenas but it was more so a movement that took advantage of people’s bigotry and ignorance. When you have an ultimate DC like Dick Armey running you, you’re not grassroots and you’re certainly not libertarian either.

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