The Tea Party Continues To Go Global

The Tea Party. A grassroots movement that emerged five years ago over the issue of big government and more taxes. It is overwhelmingly conservative, and its three principles are limited government, fiscal responsibility, and free markets. But the Tea Party also believes in abiding by the Constitution (something which the Obama Administration frequently disregards).

The Tea Party has been criticized by some as being extremist, racist, and not being centralized. It has been blamed for the stalemate in Washington, as well as the government shutdown back in October. At a Tea Party rally in April 2011, a few liberals showed up to protest. One of them was holding a sign that read “the Tea Party hurts America.” I’m not exactly sure just how the Tea Party is hurting America, but I can tell you one thing- the Tea Party (and other conservatives) are all that stands between the socialists and their conquest of America.

The same scenario applies to other countries. People in various countries decided enough was enough when it came to big government, and thus began starting their own Tea Parties. As a result, thirty other countries now have Tea Parties. They are as follows: Canada, Nicaragua, Haiti, Colombia, Peru, Argentina, Nigeria, Iceland, Britain, Norway, the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Austria, Poland, Belarus, Croatia, Bulgaria, Greece, Russia, Georgia, Israel, Nepal, Mongolia, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand.

As I mentioned in an earlier article, if the Tea Party is a racist and extremist organization, then why are Tea Parties popping up in countries that are more politically correct than America (i.e. people being arrested for hate speech)? Furthermore, if the Tea Party is racist, then why are Tea Parties emerging in countries that are non-Caucasian (e.g. Haiti, Nigeria, Nepal, Mongolia, Japan)?

Among the countries outside the United States that have Tea Parties, the biggest would be Australia. The biggest Tea Party in Europe is in Italy. Meanwhile, New Zealand’s Tea Party is now registered as a political party (the first one to do so). Britain has its own Tea Party, and a Tea Party-like political party (some actually call it a Tea Party) has made headlines recently, as shown in the following link:

It is highly likely that the Tea Party will continue to expand across the globe. Countries that don’t have Tea Parties (but should) include the following: Mexico, Honduras, Costa Rica, Venezuela, Brazil, Ireland, France, Portugal, Sweden, Finland, Switzerland, South Africa, Angola, India, South Korea, Taiwan, and the Philippines.

So my advice to Tea Parties here in America is this: get a world map, put a label somewhere on it stating that the Tea Party has gone global (in fact, there is a Worldwide Tea Party Movement — it can be found on Facebook) and put pins in the designated countries. Then, if someone starts bashing the Tea Party, point to the map, and ask them the questions which I asked earlier. Doing so should stop them in their tracks.

Image: Curtesy of: Colonial+Radicalism

About the author: Andrew Linn

Andrew Linn is a member of the Owensboro Tea Party and a former Field Representative for the Media Research Center. An ex-Democrat, he became a Republican one week after the 2008 Presidential Election. He has an M.A. in history from the University of Louisville, where he became a member of the Phi Alpha Theta historical honors society. He has also contributed to and Right Impulse Media.

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