Conservative Republicans don’t typically tend to unify around positions that Democrats also share. But lately, Republicans have overlooked the Tea Party, forgetting that it is a different group than the GOP even though it sharing many of the same political stances.
Since the election of President Barack Obama in 2009, the Tea Party has promoted itself as a group for activist ideology rather than traditional politics. The name, The Tea Party comes from the Boston Tea Party, a political demonstration by the Sons of Liberty in Boston, Massachusetts on December 16th, 1773, signaling their opposition to taxation. The Republican Party (or GOP), a much older party, recently celebrated its’ 162nd birthday, when it formed after a split from the dissolving Whig Party.
What sets the Tea Party apart from the GOP is, first and foremost, its lack of centralized structure and organization–a shortcoming that many leaders and supporters of the Tea Party have identified. United States Senator Rand Paul from Kentucky, who earlier this election season eyed the Republican presidential nomination stands to be one of the biggest named supporters of the Tea Party movement. As an advocate for issues such as balancing the budget, instituting term limits, and strengthening privacy rights, Paul published a book entitled The Tea Party Goes to Washington that serves as a voice for voters fearful of growing government and debt.
Liberal government practices that the Tea Party opposes include mandated healthcare known as Obamacare, and providing welfare to undocumented recipients. At times, members of the Tea Party have also sought to point out ways in which both the Republican and Democratic parties have operated outside of the United States Constitution.
In a way, Tea Party members seem to be really just re-branded conservative Republicans. So what must the Republican party do to regain the support of these like-minded America citizens? Together, both of these parties could continue to place an emphasis on a radical commitment to limited government, balancing the federal budget, keeping taxes low, and preserving second amendment rights.
The GOP and the Tea Party must bind together as we pride ourselves as activists serving as constitutional conservatives.