Who are the Tea Party protestors? Are they violent, anti-tax anarchists, as some on the Left have been claiming? The Sam Adams Alliance thought of actually asking them for their views. Here’s their report.
What we have learned is very promising for the American republic. We consistently found serious citizens standing up for the Constitution and the basic principles of America’s founding. We found a deep distrust of current political leaders and both political parties, but strong understanding that practical considerations argue against a third party. We found that the “tea party” label is a good fit for these citizens who stepped away from their private lives to speak up for their principles. They have much in common with the leaders in Boston two hundred years ago.