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The Tea Party movement is a U.S. political movement that has developed as a reaction to government programs including bailouts and health care reform. It generally supports the values of fiscal responsibility, constitutionally limited government and free markets.[1]

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The Tea Party movement began as a protest to government bank bailouts and stimulus funding. One instance where Americans became involved with this movement was when CNBC analyst Rick Santelli called for a new "tea party"[2] in response to the economic plans of the Obama administration which Tea Party supporters have called socialist. The protesters hold rallies and demostrations across the nation.

A series Tea Party protests originally began in early 2009 in response to the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 (referred to as the bailout of the U.S. financial system)[3] that created the Troubled Assets Relief Program and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) (referred to as the Stimulus package or the Recovery Act)[4].  The movement continued its protests in response to contentious issues like the 2009 healthcare reform agenda (resulting in the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act (PPACA)[5] and Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010[6]).

Historical Reference

Tea Party refers to the Boston Tea Party of 1773.  American colonists had objected to the Tea Act, in which the British government taxed the American colonists whereby violating the colonists' self-proclaimed right to be taxed by their own elected representatives.  The term "no taxation without representation" arose during this period in the American Colonies.  Although other colonies were sucessful in preventing the unloading of the taxed tea, in Boston the Royal Govenor Hutchinson refused to allow the tea to be returned to Great Britian.  In response, protesters went on board the tea ships and emptied three hundred and forty-two chests of tea into the water of the Boston harbor.  The Boston Tea Party was a key event that helped begin the American Revolutionary War.[7]

Contract from America

The Contract from America[8] is a political agenda of the Tea Party movement that was proposed at the Washington Monument in Washington D.C. on April 15, 2010. The Contract is based on the principles of individual liberty, limited government and economic freedom.  The Contract from America was inspired by former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich's 1994 Republican Contract with America.[9].

Reaction and Response

An organization called the Coffee Party has developed as a response to the Tea Party movement. It states in its mission statement that it "gives voice to American who want to see cooperation in government".[10]


  1. http://www.teapartypatriots.org/Mission.aspx
  2. http://www.cnbc.com/id/15840232?play=1&video=1039849853
  3. http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/PLAW-110publ343/pdf/PLAW-110publ343.pdf
  4. http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/PLAW-111publ5/pdf/PLAW-111publ5.pdf
  5. http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-111hr3590ENR/pdf/BILLS-111hr3590ENR.pdf
  6. http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/PLAW-111publ152/pdf/PLAW-111publ152.pdf
  7. http://www.boston-tea-party.org/
  8. http://www.thecontract.org/the-contract-from-america/
  9. http://www.house.gov/house/Contract/CONTRACT.html
  10. http://www.coffeepartyusa.com/

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