Lower Taxes, Smaller Government and More Liberty

The Board of the Benton County Tea Party

Chairman - Mike Clifford-

Tea Party Movement


Is an American political  movement that advocates reducing the U.S. national debt and federal budget deficit by reducing U.S. government spending and taxes. The movement has been called partly conservative and partly libertarian. It has sponsored protests and supported political candidates since 2009.


The name is derived from the Boston TeaParty of 1773, an iconic event in American history. Anti-tax protesters in the United States have often referred to the original Boston Tea Party for inspiration. References to the Boston Tea Party were part of Tax Day protests held throughout the 1990s and earlier. By 2001, a custom had developed among some conservative activists of mailing tea bags to legislators and other officials as a symbolic act. Signs often displayed show that T E A stands for Taxed Enough Already.


Among its goals are limiting the size of government,reducing government spending, lowering the national debt and opposing tax increases. To this end, Tea Party groups have protested TARP, the 2009 economic stimuluscap and tradehealth care reform, and what they see as efforts by the federal government to limit freedom of speech, the right to privacy, and gun owners' rights. Tea Party groups have also voiced support for right to work legislation as well as tighter border security and opposed amnesty for illegals 


National Tea Party organizations like the Tea PartyPatriots, and FreedomWorks are focused on economic issues. The movement places the Constitution at the center of its reform agenda, and supports an originalist view. This is combined with educational outreach efforts focused on the founding documents. Several amendments have been targeted by some in the movement for full or partial repeal, including the 14th16th, and 17th. There has also been support for a proposed Repeal Amendment, enabling a two-thirds majority of the states to repeal federal laws, and a Balanced Budget Amendment, which would limit deficit spending.


The Tea Party movement is composed of a loose affiliation of national and local groups that determine their own platforms and agendas without central leadership. The Tea Party movement has been cited as an example of grassroots political activity.


The Tea Party movement is not a national political party; polls show that most Tea Partiers consider themselves to be Republicans and the movement's supporters have tended to endorse Republican candidates. It has been suggested that the movement is not a new political group but simply a re-branding of traditional Republican candidates and policies. An October 2010 Washington Post canvass of local Tea Party organizers found 87% saying "dissatisfaction with mainstream Republican Party leaders" was "an important factor in the support the group has received so far"


The Tea Party movement's membership includes Republican politicians Rand Paul, Sarah PalinDick ArmeyMichele Bachmann, Marco Rubio, Mike Lee and Ted Cruz. 


Journalist Joshua Green has said Ron Paul is not the Tea Party's founder, or its culturally resonant figure, but has become the "intellectual godfather" of the movement as many now agree with his long-held beliefs.


The 2012 elections have brought up even more issues to the forefront. As people are becoming more and more disgruntled the the 2 party system they are becoming more liberty minded. A lot of people are feeling that we have 2 parties that are not different from one and another. They both grow government, only one does it a little less than the other. We are tired of hearing about how they are cutting a department when the truth is that they are just not as much of a raise as they expected. 

We are losing our liberty more and more everyday. Just look at things like the Patriot Act, NDAA and HR-347 to just name a few. We have the TSA, Homeland Security and IRS which treat you like you are guilty of something and you need to prove your innocence. 

Ben Franklin once said ”He who would trade liberty for some temporary security, deserves neither liberty nor security.”  

People today have slowly given up their liberty a little bit at a time and don't seem to realize it. Before they know it, they forget what liberty is even about.

Just to refresh what liberty means, below is a nice recap of what we are losing.