The Tea Party sprung up spontaneously in 2009, so the Tea Party tells itself. But it’s truth is much older, as the screenshot above shows us. Found in 2002, by the lobbying group, Citizens for a Sound Economy (CSE), the US Tea Party was the first attempt to start a “grassroots movement” against the US Government, as you can see through Archive.org’s WayBackMachine here. But who was backing the Tea Party back in 2002? Would you believe Big Tobacco and the Koch Brothers? As covered in the scientific journal Tobacco Control, the direct basis for the current Tea Party movement is based on the activities of the tobacco lobbying efforts begun in 1984, as stated in the conclusion:
Rather than being a purely grassroots movement that spontaneously developed in 2009, the Tea Party has developed over time, in part through decades of work by the tobacco industry and other corporate interests. It is important for tobacco control advocates in the USA and internationally, to anticipate and counter Tea Party opposition to tobacco control policies and ensure that policymakers, the media and the public understand the longstanding connection between the tobacco industry, the Tea Party and its associated organisations.
In 2004, CSE was split into two organizations, FreedomWorks and Americans for Prosperity, the organizers of the Tea Party movement we know today. Behind the split, the Koch Brothers continued their efforts, to astroturf and create a movement to topple the government and turn over the nation to the corporate oligarchs. This is due to their firm belief that those with wealth are the new nobility, that they should have all of the freedoms, and those without wealth should be grateful for the crumbs which trickle down off of their banquet.
The Tea Party is a scam, set up by large corporate interests with the idea of gaining unfettered access to markets without consequences for lying. They’ve always been a scam, and they continue their anti-government, anti-American rhetoric. It is time to tell them no, we are not ceding our nation to the few, to live life as their servants and cattle. This is the United States of America, not the Corporate States of America. The Tea Party is a scam, and its members willing suckers for their corporate overlords. Sometimes you must call a cigar a cigar, and in this case, something truly stinks.
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