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Tea Party vs Republicans

The Republican Party is one of the two main parties in the United States. Established in 1854 by anti-slavery activists, the Republican Party came to power in 1860 with Abraham Lincoln’s election to the Presidency.

The Republican Party is also called as the Grand Old Party. They are centre-right as opposed to the liberal Democrats. The Republican Party reflects American conservatism in the political spectrum.

The Tea Party is not a political party but can only be called a movement. This party has not fielded any official candidate for the elections. The Tea Party is a populist movement based in the U.S. developed from local and national protests. The Tea Party gained popularity in 2009 which was a period when several laws like the Health Care Reform bill, American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and Emergency Economic Stabilization Act came into existence. The Tea Party has both Republican and Democrat members in it.

The Tea Party is for reduced government spending and a reduction in the national debt and budget deficit. It also opposes taxation and adheres to an original interpretation of the Constitution. The term ‘T-Party’ or Tea Party has reference to the Boston Tea Party, a protest that the colonists raised against the British tax on tea.

‘Don’t Tread On Me,’ the yellow Gadsden flag is widely used by the Tea Party. This flag has become their symbol. The traditional elephant logo is the symbol of the Republican Party.

In terms of popularity, the Tea Party is only a minority in the United States. However, it can be seen that most of the Tea Party members are members of the Republican Party.

Summary:

1. The Tea Party is only a minority in the United States.
2. Established in 1854 by anti-slavery activists, the Republican Party came to power in 1860 with Abraham Lincoln’s election to the Presidency.
3. The Tea Party is not a political party but can only be called as a movement.
4. Developed from local and national protests, the Tea Party gained popularity in 2009, which was a period when several laws like the Health Care Reform bill, American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and Emergency Economic Stabilization Act came into existence.
5. The Republican Party is also called as the Grand Old Party. They are centre-right are opposed to the liberal Democrats.
6. The Republican Party reflects American conservatism in the political spectrum.
7. The Tea Party is for reduced government spending and a reduction of national debt and budget deficit. It also opposes taxation and adheres to an original interpretation of the Constitution.


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