My first election I was able to vote in was the 1994 election in which the Republicans through out the 60 year majority of Democrats in the House. The Tea Party of the day was the Contract With America, a great unifying platform that helped to nationalize the elections. The resulting Congress gave us welfare reform and stopped Hillary care. The resulting Congress after that gave us 4 years of Clinton investigations and impeachment. In 2000, the election brought us George Bush and 6 years of a congress that balooned the deficit, passed education reform and campaign finance reform. But ultimately, the Bush Republican Congress gave us Democrat control and Barrak Obama. The end result of my enthusiasm from the 1994 election was a path that would lead us into bigger government and more Socialism.
The question is, am I excited about the Tea Parties? Of course I am. I enjoy watching grass roots protests of things I despise, like big government and taxes. But what will the Tea Parties lead to. In our two party system, it could lead to Republican control of Congress again in 2010. What will that give us? A few more years of hypocricy and sell outs. I can't stand the Republican party. It is run by a bunch of liberals. With the Republican party at the Tea Party, I think it is time to say "clean cup, clean cup, move down, move down". Move down away from those that would sell us out.