History of a Movement

As the government freeze enters its third day, congress has yet to reach an agreement on healthcare. Although the Affordable Care Act or "Obamacare" passed into law in March 2010,  the Republican Party is determined to advance legislation that will either undermine or eliminate it.

At the heart of the party's disapproval with the act is a strident opposition to the power of government. It finds this principle throughout the history of the U.S but particularly at its foundation. The American revolution was characterized by both a vehement opposition to overbearing government and a championing of civil liberties. In this spirit, the most radical branch of the Republican party calls itself the Tea Party. They take the name from a protest in Boston harbor in which members of the original colonies dressed up as indians and poured tea into the harbor in protest to the levying of the tea tax by the British Empire.

Whether you agree with the politics of the Tea Party or not, there is no denying that its chief philosophy derives from the American struggle for self-determination. To read more about the government freeze, head to cnn.com and to view the history of American civil disobedience go to sciencesource.com.

Picture of a Tea Party protester

Picture of a Tea Party protester

The Boston Tea Party - December 16, 1773.

The Boston Tea Party - December 16, 1773.