In 1773, a group of rebels in Boston harbor angry at a foreign king for forcing taxes on tea imports that the rebels were forced to buy, so they prentended to be dark-skinned natives and dumped the imports into the sea.
Today, a wing of the Republican party dedicated to getting Obama out of office, while conveniently living in denial about the abuses of the Bush years and the Wall Street origins of the Great Recession (2007-present). For instance, the tea party has no problem w/ the glut of cheap imports flooding Walmarts across the fruited plain or the debasement of wages globally that result from it. The tea party actually opposes living wages and organized labor, while having no problems w/ white collar fraud.
The Tea Party is defined by organizing protests to push for very important agendas that are being overlooked. It's a very functional movement that affects the county's politics. You can go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tea_Party_movement for more information.
It's a desire for limited government that our Founding Fathers created, a fairly "strict" interpretation of the Constitution, a belief in capitalism and free enterprise and a strong sense of personal responsibility. All forms of government must abide by the boundaries set forth in state and federal constitutions. What the Tea Party is trying to do is get back limited government because this is where freedom is found. If the government continue to grow at this rate America will be bankrupt by 2015. Taxing the rich is great when they have a business but when that business goes away, you and I lose, not the rich. The rich is still the rich. What you need to do is look up Capitalism and you will see why the United States is different then all others.