Firstly, the Republican party has NEVER been remotely libertarian. Anyone who knows anything about the history of "conservatism" knows that as far back as the 1850's "conservatives" were acquiescing to the growing drum beat of philosophical socialism. The only difference between collectivists and conservatives (the Republican party) is that conservatives wait 20 or 30 years before advocating the collectivist's policy. Everything that collectivists have advocated for, or against, has eventually been advocated for, or given up on, by the Republican party. National socialism grew in popularity among democrats in the later 1800's, but it didn't take Republicans long to follow suit. By the 1950's the Old Right was dead, and the New Right had been caught funneling money, along with the socialists, to the Nazi party.*
The fact is, Republicans want just a little less socialism. And Democrats want just a little less war. But they're both fairly certain that we need a lot of both.
Secondly, The first tea-party rally was held in 2006 by 9/11 Truth activists (many of whom were also Ron Paul supporters). Many of those same supporters decided to use the same date (in 2007) for a Ron Paul rally to raise awareness and funding for the 2008 elections. But I wouldn't expect the fascists in the Republican party to know anything about the actual roots of the tea-party movement. The tea-party movement was quickly co-opted by the socialist republicans who give lip service to small government while worshiping at the alter of the state.
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