Do the Tea Partiers remind of you of the Revolutionary Patriots?

I’ve been reading a lot about the Revolution, and the Tea Partiers DEFINITELY remind me of the Patriots:

– Wide variety of professions from farmers to artisans to wealthy land-owners. They were the common man, and these low-class to middle-class people didn’t like their economic situation, especially the British taxation.

– They hated the taxes. Did not have representation in Parliament.

– Believed we had rights that the government can’t take away.

19 Responses to “Do the Tea Partiers remind of you of the Revolutionary Patriots?”

  1. Dogface Says:

    As a descendant of several Revolutionary War patriots (6 lines proven for the SAR so far) I resent the tea-baggers and true patriots being mentioned in the same sentence.

    They resemble the camp followers more than the Patriots, but have less class.

  2. hansblix222 Says:

    No, they remind of those people in the South during the 1960s that tried to stop integration by using violence and fear. In fact, they’re probably their descendants.

  3. Reagan was an idiot and bigot Says:

    No, more like pre-schoolers who haven’t had their nap and binkie.

  4. Candi Says:

    No, they remind me of The Branch Davidians and Timothy McVeigh.

  5. Golden Says:

    Yes

  6. Zardoz Says:

    Not at all.

  7. American Man Says:

    yes and the opposition to them remind me of King George and the british. Which makes sense, since the progressive moment is to make America european again and the teaparty is to get back to the founding of the country.

  8. Caribou "QUIT" Barbie™ Says:

    No

    The Tea Partiers should NOT even be mentioned in the same breath as the Patriots of the Revolution.

  9. N Says:

    Not one bit.

    "No taxation without representation" was the original message.

    They have Representatives and Senators, elections were/are in November.

  10. Slightly Dark Francis Says:

    No. For one thing, the American revolutionaries were all for paying tax if represented. They also realised that the bulk of English people weren’t represented either. Their leaders were literate and enlightened and not just a bunch of rabid nutballs too greedy to realise how lucky they already are.

  11. Just a humble genius :) Says:

    Someone above me said the tea parties are violent. I would like to know an instance where violence broke out at a tea party convention. Anyone feel free to add that to their answer please, I’ll be checking back. To answer the question, you’re right, they are a lot like the patriots, and they stand for the very principles they patriots stood for. Good day sirs!!

  12. The Big A -- American Atheist Says:

    no that is just what they think — they actually happen to be movement within the republican party to gain the populace — in the end the result if won will be lower taxes on the rich and deregulation for rich corporations

  13. well i wonder Says:

    the tea baggers are fighting against what, who they are fighting for, big business, fox news, republican party and raising money to pay sarah palin for her speeches. if this is not true, then please understand that this is the way it looks, mostly on fox news. so no they don’t look like revolutionary patriots, they look like Benedict Arnold’s, playing the part of a revolutionary, but really giving support and information to those who are our real enemies.

  14. johnny Says:

    more like T- BAggers

  15. Bad Moon Rising Says:

    No they remind me of the KKK.

    You are confusing the wealthy elites who are trying to enlist the aid of the common folk who often lack education or a world view, with the noble intellectual class of the American Revolution who genuinely had a desire to see the birth of a new nation free of the wealthy elites that controlled Colonial America.
    In other words the Tea Partiers are working for the development of a wealthy elite class that they will never be a part of and who will be turned out into the street as a result of their own ignorance. Please wake up…you are being "played".

  16. Gotta Hankerin' Says:

    The Tea Partiers, unlike the revolutionaries, do have representation in Congress. They just don’t have the majority. Back then the colonies didn’t even get a voice at the table. There’s a big difference.

    What rights are the Tea Party folks claiming the government is taking away? I haven’t heard this one before. Please be specific in terms of actual legislation not speculation or hyperbole.

  17. I M Everywhere U Want 2 B Says:

    Yes, but I might remind you that they also believed in helping each other and standing by each other. They believed in sacrificing of themselves to help the whole.

    And no, they did not hate taxes. They levied taxes themselves after the Revolution was over and they established an American government. They just wanted to be sure that they got representation as well.

    Those tea partiers do have representation. But being represented, and forcing your beliefs on the majority of people who don’t believe as you do are two very different things. These Tea Partiers are not looking to establish freedom, they are looking to establish their beliefs and only their beliefs. They want to establish a dictatorship in which they are in charge.

    I do not believe as the Tea Partiers do. Most of America doesn’t. I respect their right to have the opinion, and to say it as they see fit. But I do not want it forced on me. They can vote in November, same as everyone else. But now they are getting violent, even calling Obama and other black leaders the N-word, vandalism on Democrat offices, and spitting at those who disagree with them. And I know they are, because I observed most of that myself, and was the recipient of one of the spitting attacks. Fortunately, the guy had no aim. Nevertheless, he did try to spit on me for disagreeing with him.

    And whereas I once believed the calls for assassinations that some of them were making was just emotion-fueled hyperbole, more and more I’m convinced they are seriously calling for it now.

    The Revolutionary Patriots tried to avoid war at all costs. They tried to avoid fighting, and to have their grievances against the English government addressed through the proper channels. They saved the fighting as the last resort. The Tea Partiers may have taken the name, but not the spirit.

  18. Gadfly Says:

    They do. Their detractors remind me of the powdered wig wearing fops that were so shocked and frightened by the original tea party. Sadly these snobbish wannabe elites arise from our own shores. Benedict Arnold’s that value their own freedoms and heritage so little that they smugly belittle those that stand up all Americans. They jeer spinelessly at those with the conviction to oppose the corruption that has infected our government and threatens the very hart of what makes America great.
    Truly a sad and misguided lot casting insults from their own insecurities.

  19. Montana Says:

    Since their inception the Teaparty crowd (not a movement since they do have the numbers or clout) have been “haters not debaters”. In my opinion this is what the small portions of the republican party of “birthers, baggers and blowhards” have brought you. They are good at “Follow the Leader” of their dullard leaders, they listen to Beck, Hedgecock, Hannity, O’Reilly, Rush and Savage and the rest of the Blowhards. Are you surprise at what they do when you know what they think? The world is complicated and most republicans (Hamiliton, Lincoln, Roosevelt) believe that we should use government a little to increase social mobility, now its about dancing around the claim of government is the problem. The sainted Reagan passed the biggest tax increase in American history and as a result federal employment increased, but facts are lost when mired in mysticism and superstition. Although some republicans are trying to distant themselves from this fringe most of them are just going along and fanning the flames. Lets face it the Republicans had 8 years to deal with health care, immigration and financial oversight and governance and they failed. They could not even win one of the two wars they started, the body bags are still coming in. The Republicans wanted to give Obama his Waterloo defeat over healthcare but instead they gave themselves their own Waterloo defeat by not participating in the debate of ideas and by becoming the party of obstructionist. But they now claim they have changed, come on, what sucker is going to believe that?