The modern day American Tea Party movement was founded — as was the original one — to stop big government. I know, I attended the first Tea Party rally in Seattle on February 16, 2009, that was coordinated by Keli Carender.
And while the name, or brand if you will, “Tea Party” has perhaps been damaged by the onslaught of 24/7 media attacks smearing the pro-liberty, pro-Constitution movement as somehow being “racist,” and with even our America-hating president referring to members of the Tea Party as “tea-baggers” (a sexual slur referring to a man lowering his testicles into another person’s mouth), the theme of the movement has not gone away.
In fact, based on the conclusion of a new Gallup poll released on Tuesday, one could argue — and I am making this argument — that the spirit of the Tea Party, constitutionally limited government and maximum freedom, is more than alive and well, it is overwhelmingly thriving.
When asked to name the biggest threat to America in the future, when given the choice of big government, big labor and big business, Americans overwhelmingly name big government.
Gallup wrote about the poll results, which is somewhat shocking, that even the majority of Democrats see big government as the biggest problem, an indication of just how out of step Democrat Party leadership is with your average rank-and-file Democrat:
Almost nine in 10 Republicans, 88%, say big government is the biggest threat to the future of the country, far exceeding the 67% of independents and 53% of Democrats who say the same. Since 1985, Republicans have been more likely than Democrats and independents to name big government as the biggest threat. One notable exception occurred in 2005, when mentions of big government were tied across the three groups. This may have been due to U.S. involvement in a prolonged war in Iraq, as well as the Bush administration’s struggle to respond adequately to Hurricane Katrina.
As you can see from the above Gallup graph, Republicans, Independents and Democrats all fear big government by considerably higher margins than they did during the 2009 birth of the modern day Tea Party movement, a movement which led to massive landslide wins for the Republican party in the 2010 elections.
Could the above numbers spell bad news for Democrats, whose presidential candidates are fighting to see who can be the biggest government socialist?