The Tea Party didn’t get what it wanted, but it did unleash the politics of anger

The Tea Party didn’t get what it wanted, but it did unleash the politics of anger
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[Ed. – So the paper of record is now blaming Antifa on the Tea Party. Maybe its writers and editors should do a little homework before ‘enlightening’ its readers with drivel like this.]

In the late summer of 2009, as the recession-ravaged economy bled half a million jobs a month, the country seemed to lose its mind.

Lawmakers accustomed to scheduling town hall meetings where no one would show up suddenly faced shouting crowds of hundreds, some of whom brought a holstered pistol or a rifle slung over the shoulder. One demonstrator at a rally in Maryland hanged a member of Congress in effigy. A popular bumper sticker at the time captured the contempt for the federal bailout of certain homeowners. “Honk if I’m Paying Your Mortgage,” it said.

Organizers convened mass gatherings across the country called “tea parties,” and they had a specific set of demands: Stop President Barack Obama’s health care law; tame the national deficit; and don’t let the government decide which parts of the economy are worth rescuing.

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