Q: What is the Tea Party Movement?
A: The Tea party is a populist, conservative/libertarian, political movement in the United States that emerged in 2009 through a series of locally and nationally coordinated protests. It focuses on smaller government, fiscal responsibility, individual freedoms and upholding a conservative view of the Constitution. They are opposing the Democrats and Republicans currently running for election in the USA. As of 2010, it is not a national political party, does not officially run Congressional candidates, and its name has not appeared on any ballots.
Q: Why is it in the news at the moment?
A: With the American mid-term elections on the 2nd November 2010, the Tea Party have been trying to reach the people of America and spread their views and beliefs.
Q: Why is it called the Tea Party Campaign?
A: The name “Tea Party” is a reference to the Boston Tea Party, whose principal aim was to protest taxation without representation. Tea Party protests use images and slogans evoking the American Revolution. The letters TEA have been used to stand for “Taxed Enough Already”.
Q: Who is the leader of the party?
A: The party has no defined leader, it presents itself as a leaderless, grassroots phenomenon. It is not technically a party, it’s more of a general term given to those who are opposing Obama and the Democrat party.
Q: Who are the main people involved in the campaign?
A: There is no leader of the party, however there are five famous faces which have been identified as having a large role to play within the party. Dick Armey, former republican politician. Glenn Beck, a reformed alcoholic and drug addict with ADHD. Sarah Palin, who lost out in the 2008 vice-presidential elections. Sal Russo, a political consultant who is behind the Tea Party Express. David Koch, is an oil and gas billionaire, owning one of the largest private companies in the world. Read more about the five to watch
Q: What is the Tea Party Express?
A: The Tea Party Express is a bus which has been touring across America, from 18 October to 1 Nov 2010, spreading the beliefs of the Tea Party, led by Sal Russo.
Q: What have the Tea Party been doing to raise their public profile?
A: Along with the Tea Party Express, most Tea Party activities in 2010 have been focused on opposing the efforts (supported by the Obama Administration) to enact reforms to health insurance and health care delivery, and on recruiting, nominating, and supporting candidates for upcoming state and national elections.