At our last meeting we had a lively discussion about the possible reasons we don't see as much social protest in contemporary America as we saw in the 1960s and early '70s. At our next meeting we'll be discussing the most prominent example of social protest we do see in contemporary America: the Tea Party movement, which emerged in early 2009 and quickly gained considerable momentum. According to a recent Gallup poll, fully 30% of American voters identify themselves as Tea Party supporters.
So-called "Tea Partiers" are nothing if not passionate, and judging from Tea Party rallies the predominant passion seems to be anger. But what exactly are the Tea Partiers angry about? Is this anger justified? What principles and policies would Tea Partiers like to see America adopt? And would they be good for the country?
Of course there isn't a specific political platform that every Tea Party supporter endorses. Such consensus isn't to be found in the Democratic or Republican parties, and, unlike them, the Tea Party is not even an official party. Nevertheless, there does seem to be a common core of concerns that animate the Tea Party movement. Many of them are expressed in the "Contract from America." I encourage you to have a look at it
before our meeting. Here's a report about it from ABC News
It might be useful as well to examine the political rhetoric of some of the darlings of the Tea Party movement, which include Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck, Rand Paul, Michelle Bachmann, and Sharron Angle, among others.
Your attendance is welcomed, whatever your political persuasion!
Yours in Socrates,