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Tea Party Movement Essay

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Due to the weak state our of economy over the past several years, many organizations and movements have surfaced in order to attempt to make a change to better our country. One of those organizations is the Tea Party and their movement. The Tea Party movement is an effective political force in our society because it is respectable, organized, and focused on common issues.
According to the official website for the Tea Party movement, it was formed randomly in 2009 from “the reaction of the American people fiscally irresponsible actions of the federal government, misguided ‘stimulus’ spending, bailouts, and takeovers of private industry.” In an article for PBS from 2010, Dante Chinni writes that there were about 67,000 members of the movement at that time. Since the article is roughly two years old, it can be estimated that the total number of members has grown significantly, especially with the recent downfall of the economy and other political forces. Chinni goes on to state that much of the movement’s population is concentrated either in boom towns, which are towns that went through rapid population growth during the housing crash of the early 2000’s, rural and agricultural counties, or counties located near armed forces bases.
As far as member backgrounds, most Tea Party movement members tend to fall into the same category. In a New York Times article by Kate Zernike and Megan Thee-Brenan, they write that those who identify themselves as apart of the Tea Party are “wealthier and more well-educated than the general public.” Zernike and Thee-Brenan also state that according to a poll conducted by the Times and CBS News, most supporters of the movement are white males who are married and over the age of forty-five. The two go on to say that most supporters are Republicans and tend to have more conservative views on issues than a typical Republican.
One reason the Tea Party movement is an effective political force in our society is because it is respectable, meaning others take it more seriously than other political forces. Kim Geiger of the Los Angeles Times writes that sixty members of the House of Representatives are apart of the movement. She also states that the average net worth of the House of Representatives in 2010 was $755,000 and that the average net worth of the 60 Tea Party members in the House is $1.8 million. Not only are these members apart of Congress, which places them pretty high in how much respect they receive from others, but they are also very wealthy, which adds to their respect that much more. The Tea Party movement is also respectable because it has received praise from other political figures in society who are viewed as respectable. In an interview with Piers Morgan on CNN, Rudy Giuliani said the members of the Tea Party are respectable people (Nick Wing). In his article from the Huffington Post, Wing also says that Giuliani even endorsed a Tea Party member who was a Republican candidate for...

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