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Tea Party raises temperature over midterms

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Tea Party raises temperature over midterms


Tens of thousands of people turned out in Washington on August 28 to answer a call from Fox News host Glenn Beck to ‘Restore America’s Honour.’

The marchers were part of the so-called Tea Party movement and their poster girl is the former vice-presidential candidate, Sarah Palin.

Its name comes from an infamous act of defiance against the government.

In Boston in 1773, a group of colonists dumped tea into the sea, rather than pay new taxes on it to the British.

Charlie Dunn, a Tea Party activist, explained why he joined the movement.

“Government, we feel, is out of control,” he said.
“It’s too big and getting bigger by the day, creating great debt that we all must burden. Not only our generation, but future generations too. We want to see that stopped.”

Tea Party supporters are usually disaffected Republicans, united in their anger at the Washington establishment and the federal government.

They have even succeeded in edging out mainstream Republican politicians in some state primaries.

In Delaware, Christine O’Donnell scored a resounding victory over the establishment candidate, Congressman Mike Castle.

John Wallace, a retired New York police officer, says he joined the Tea Party because he feels Obama is a “Marxist”, who is steering America too far to the left.

“He is a Marxist, and he believes in taking money out of my pocket, that I earn and work hard for, and giving it to somebody else,” Wallace says.

“They use the term like redistribution, they use term like it’s fair. Fairness, we hear this all the time. But really all it’s a typical socialist plan.”

The stakes are highest for Obama in Nevada where the election is being cast as a referendum on his big ticket reforms such as new regulations for Wall Street and the economic stimulus.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid helped muscle those bills through the upper house but now he finds himself neck and neck with Tea Party Challenger, Sharron Angle.

She wants less government spending and has been an ardent critic of Social Security, the healthcare bill and Wall Street regulation on the campaign trail.

Former presidential candidate John McCain has lent his credibility to the movement but the question remains whether the Tea Party can channel their anger into becoming a political movement that is here to stay.

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