Contrary to popular belief, the Tea Party is not dead. Nor is it going anywhere, despite remarks by Senator Mitch McConnell in November 2013 that it was nothing but a bunch of bullies whom he planned to punch in the nose. Then earlier this month, McConnell announced he was going to crush the Tea Party (i.e. establishment Republicans would defeat their Tea Party Republican challengers in the primary elections).
Well, guess what, Mitch? The Tea Party is not going to be crushed. In fact, it will have an impact in this year’s elections, just as it did back in 2010.
And in case Mitch McConnell (and others out there) weren’t aware, not only has the Tea Party been a force to be reckoned with nationwide, it has also gone global (as I have mentioned in previous articles).
Aside from the United States, I pointed out that Tea Parties sprung up in the following countries: 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.
Since then, I learned that Tea Parties have emerged in several other countries. They consist of the following: Venezuela, Brazil, Ireland, France, Ukraine, Egypt, Kenya, South Africa, Armenia, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and China.
So there you have it. Forty-three nations that have Tea Parties. I wouldn’t be surprised if Tea Parties pop up in more countries. In fact, I can picture the following countries having Tea Parties: Mexico, Honduras, Costa Rica, Panama, Chile, Uruguay, Sweden, Finland, Portugal, Switzerland, Hungary, Romania, Lithuania, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Angola, Madagascar, India, South Korea, Thailand, and the Philippines (just to name a few). At such a rate, every nation could wind up having its own Tea Party, because it’s not just Americans who desire freedom via limited government, fiscal responsibility, and free markets- it is everyone across the globe.
Now you are probably wondering how I was able to learn that other countries had Tea Parties. I did so via a search on Facebook (I simply typed it in- e.g. Australian Tea Party). Not only do these Tea Parties in other countries have Facebook profiles (yes, people still use Facebook) but some also have websites (e.g. Australian Tea Party, which is also the most active Tea Party outside the United States).
And as I mentioned before, the New Zealand Party has become a political party.
I wouldn’t be surprised if something similar takes place here in America.
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