Thom Hartmann explains how the ORIGINAL Tea Party was not at all about "small government", or about abortion, or about crushing liberalism, or about any of the pet causes of today's self-styled "Tea Party". It was actually in response to a government that was totally in the pocket of a giant corporation, the East India Company:
And you can rest assured that the original Tea Party wasn't funded by corporate interests the way today's is.
(There's another video, embedded over at Politics USA, but I can't get that one to play. So enjoy this one instead. Or in addition to the other. Then go tell your Tea Party friends the truth (not that the truth has ever mattered to these people if it flies in the face of their ideology...)
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