Tea Party – Then and Now


Based on what we know of revolutionary America, propaganda, and the Tea Party of 2011, how are the principles of Sam Adams and his crew the same and/or different than those of the Tea Party today? Read the article from Atlantic Monthly to help guide your response.

What does the Tea Party popularity say about the media and the electorate?

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10 thoughts on “Tea Party – Then and Now

  1. The Principles of Sam Adams and co. and the Tea party of today are slightly different, but also very similar. They are similar in that they both want lower taxes, they both want to change the type of government in power, and they were both right wing. Samuel Adams however, unlike the tea party, did what he did for more selfless motives than the tea party of today, and for the people. The tea party of today is about mostly themselves.

  2. I think that the tea party and Sam Adams and his crew are very similar. Their ideas are very similar because they tend to rebel against the current government but the situation is very different. The Americans (Sam Adams) were trying to create a government and get rid of the "oppressive" British. The Tea party is trying to take over a government. Not by overthrowing them but by fair "democracy". Personally we feel that the Tea party and the state of many american's is relapsing. Many people are started to fight against basic rights and are saying that people don't deserve their freedom of speech. We don't think this is a good thing because much like Samuel Adams they are riling up the American people over something that is potentially bad.

  3. “Mankind are governed more by their feelings than by reason.”Sam AdamsAs what Sam Adam has done, what we know as the Tea party Patriot is trying to follow in his footstep. Patriotic to his standards Sam Adam held ideals in which was believed to be for the betterment of the 13 colonies. What he viewed as threat was agreeable to the vast majority of the colonist and there were countless aspect that furthered the developing of his ideals. Taxes, the status difference between colonist and British citizens and the control the empire possessed was a reality that deepened the differences and the driving impact being civil equality among colonial citizens and British subjects. His ingenuity and his born talent to speak turned what was once a movement of “self-interest” among the elites into a multilateral concern amongst the lower class colonialist as well. Illustrating the issues that domineered the colonies and “convincing” the colonialist to acknowledge there concerns was the crucial factor but what sets Sam Adams one of the founding fathers to a rather idiosyncratic right wing party is their logical initiative in setting and handling their political agendas. The TPP and their movement “is not the solution to what ails America. It is an illustration of what ails America” (article). They think idealistically spurting out obvious concerns accumulating those who agree with “common sense” but offer only “childishly romantic” methods about making our world a better place. They unintentionally exploit the human quality of selfishness and display it as an act of “self-interest”. It is obvious we care more for ourselves than others and the TPP bluntly uses this to their own advantage, essentially portraying the meaning “your personal enjoyment dictates the happiness of America. Accentuating this so called “self-grievance” further deepens the connection between there ideals to those of the voters but what differs between Sam Adams and these modern day patriots is who they believe the enemy is. Sam Adam’s generation had a distinct force that prevented there development as an independent society. But today the enemy in terms off the TPPs perspective is the government that their founding fathers lead and their ancestors fought to establish. “To the TPPs, all of [their] problems are the fault of the government and the government is that great “other,” a hideous monster in which we have no control of.” The only patriotic factor of these so called Tea Party Patriots is there cliché ideals of “your money is yours”, “Tax cuts” that Sam Adams relied on once before. If anything could be related between the two it is only there manipulation of money to rouse people’s attention. But in some cases it’s better that history doesn’t repeat itself for the time being. In all actuality the TPP is the right Republican Party for the wrong time and situation and we see many of their ideals could have made a strong impact during revolutionary America in which the only viable solution was to go to arms. In regards to what we see today, a populist group maybe able to gain popularity but is clearly the wrong ideology to follow. A party governed by self-interest will never show interest in those they views as inferior (to some extent). They may sound good but we should never judge based on what we hear and what we see. “We should never let our heart overcome our reasoning.”

  4. In America today, the existence of the Tea Party can be connected or linked to some of the political issues that arose during revolutionary America with some differentiation. Based on the historical view of Samuel Adams, one sees how he initiated anti-British propaganda that led to the American Revolution. He used such principles of unhappiness and discontent to lead the general public to believe that the rule of Britain was oppressive. And because conditions were not ideal at this time, the public was happy to agree, while not really knowing what was happening. The revolution that followed thereafter, when examined closely, was really more of the ruling that came from the American Elite, than of the people. It was a way for the American Elite to become even more powerful and downcast Britain. After the revolution, conditions had not improved much for the poor, slaves, and working class, and they all were still unhappy. Thus, Sam Adams and his fellow colleagues were really working in “self interest” opposed to what would be best for the whole of society. In some perspectives, this as described by “The Atlantic” is what the Tea Party is doing as well. It is a given that America’s economy is not at its best, and the Tea Party, is a group that is standing up for what they see “as the problems of America”. But in doing so, they have caused both the Democratic Party and the Republican Party to worry. Like Sam Adams, the Tea Party is really using American society’s unhappiness to downcast political leaders and complaining how the government is bad. And because a vast majority of society is unhappy at how their country is running, they are siding with the Tea Party and attending its rallies. So, in a similar fashion to anti-British propaganda, the Tea Party is generating anti-American government propaganda. However, one must then question, is this really what is best for society? In the formation of the Tea Party, they call themselves patriots, but unlike the American Revolution in which one nation was against another, the Tea Party is against its own country! Essentially, they are the “Complaining Party” and though they may have had some positive influence on American society, there general existence isn’t doing much. According to “The Atlantic”, the party doesn’t have a set platform. The Tea Party is all talk and disapproval, but if so, where is change going to arise. Where is solid action going to take place? The truth of the matter is that people are so unhappy they don’ care about taking action, they just care that there exists a place in which they can complain all day. And the Tea Party is the prime advertiser of this “bad government ideal”.The ways of the American Revolution, even though, controlled by the Elite, had an impact. The Tea Party on the other hand, merely, is a place to collect complaints. Here, we have two very different purposes, and I would have to say that the latter is not doing much for America. To further this, they are quickly, accumulating into a detriment, rather than a benefactor. If they are able to continue to convince people that all we need to do is complain, and the government will change itself, then clearly, a fatal mindset is plaguing America. The National Motto for America from the movie Network, “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore.” Americans are not realizing that the government makes mistakes and that mistakes are bound to happen and the Tea Party driving people to hate. Instead, if they were to take an active stance, assist the government, and find solutions to tax, to deficit, then, and only then, will they actually contribute to the well-being of the United States of America.

  5. In America today, the existence of the Tea Party can be connected or linked to some of the political issues that arose during revolutionary America with some differentiation. Based on the historical view of Samuel Adams, one sees how he initiated anti-British propaganda that led to the American Revolution. He used such principles of unhappiness and discontent to lead the general public to believe that the rule of Britain was oppressive. And because conditions were not ideal at this time, the public was happy to agree, while not really knowing what was happening. The revolution that followed thereafter, when examined closely, was really more of the ruling that came from the American Elite, than of the people. It was a way for the American Elite to become even more powerful and downcast Britain. After the revolution, conditions had not improved much for the poor, slaves, and working class, and they all were still unhappy. Thus, Sam Adams and his fellow colleagues were really working in “self interest” opposed to what would be best for the whole of society. In some perspectives, this as described by “The Atlantic” is what the Tea Party is doing as well. It is a given that America’s economy is not at its best, and the Tea Party, is a group that is standing up for what they see “as the problems of America”. But in doing so, they have caused both the Democratic Party and the Republican Party to worry. Like Sam Adams, the Tea Party is really using American society’s unhappiness to downcast political leaders and complaining how the government is bad. And because a vast majority of society is unhappy at how their country is running, they are siding with the Tea Party and attending its rallies. So, in a similar fashion to anti-British propaganda, the Tea Party is generating anti-American government propaganda. However, one must then question, is this really what is best for society? In the formation of the Tea Party, they call themselves patriots, but unlike the American Revolution in which one nation was against another, the Tea Party is against its own country! Essentially, they are the “Complaining Party” and though they may have had some positive influence on American society, their general existence isn’t doing much. According to “The Atlantic”, the party doesn’t have a set platform. The Tea Party is all talk and disapproval, but if so, where is change going to arise. Where is solid action going to take place? The truth of the matter is that people are so unhappy they don’ care about taking action, they just care that there exists a place in which they can complain all day. And the Tea Party is the prime advertiser of this “bad government ideal”.The ways of the American Revolution, even though, controlled by the Elite, had an impact. The Tea Party on the other hand, merely, is a place to collect complaints. Here, we have two very different purposes, and I would have to say that the latter is not doing much for America. To further this, they are quickly, accumulating into a detriment, rather than a benefactor. If they are able to continue to convince people that all we need to do is complain, and the government will change itself, then clearly, a fatal mindset is plaguing America. The National Motto for America from the movie Network, “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore.” Americans are not realizing that the government makes mistakes and that mistakes are bound to happen and the Tea Party is driving people to hate. Instead, if they were to take an active stance, assist the government, and find solutions to tax, to deficit, then, and only then, will they actually contribute to the well-being of the United States of America.

  6. Posting for Ji:The principles of Sam Adams and his crew are very similar to that of the Tea Party today in that they both had gripes about their government. Paying less tax was a key complaint in both situations. However, they were slightly different in that Sam Adams and his crew desired to form a new government, whereas the Tea Party Patriots (TPP) of today want to change some laws of the current government. Also Sam Adams and his crew were more realistic and coherent. They had an actual goal that they wanted to make new government. However, the TPP today are idealistic and self indulgent. What unites the TPP is a "more abstract resentment, an intensity of feeling" rather than any concrete complaint or goal. (Article) The media wants to keep talking about TPPs because it helps to sell their magazines, papers, etc. since people are interested about it. By watching the popularity of the tea party, we can see that many electorates are angry and have complaints at the government.

  7. The Principles of Sam Adams and the Tea Party are very similar but also very different. Sam Adams wanted to change the way the colonies functioned and make it more fair for the people. The Tea Party wants just to lower taxes for their own selfishness. I don't believe that the people who are in the Tea Party or support the Tea Party understand that a government cannot function with taxes. These people are way to greedy and expect way to much for nothing. Sam Adams wanted to lower taxes because the poor people were being taxed way too much. It was unfair and Adams was a selfless man.

  8. I think that there are three basic concepts to compare the Sam Adams movement to the Tea Party of today. They are their beliefs, their methods of communicating and their reasoning. They are similar in the first two, but differ in the third. They both shared similar beliefs or principles about government. That is that less government control is better and that there should be fewer taxes. They communicated this idea of less government control to the public using similar methods. They used extreme propaganda and media to spread their beliefs and impose them on others. The main difference between Sam Adams and the Tea Party today is their reason for doing this. In the times of Sam Adams, the American elite had a reason for wanting less government control. They really thought that it would be best to separate from the British control and the heavy taxes. They had a solution and that was to separate. The Tea Party of today do not have a definite reason for their anger. They are just mad at the government about everything and have no true purpose other than a strong dislike for the current government and their policies. They do not have a solution to their problem.

  9. There were many similarities and some differences between Sam Adams and the modern day tea party. They are similar because they both basically wanted the same thing. They both want lower taxes, and as Silas said both were right wing and wanted to change the government in power. They both also believe that there should be less government control. The difference however is the reasons why both want to lower taxes ect. Sam Adams wanted to help the people whereas the Tea Party just wants power and do what they do for their own gain. They don't understand that a modern government cannot function without taxes.

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