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The Tea Party and the Remaking of Republican Conservatism$
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Theda Skocpol and Vanessa Williamson

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199832637

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199832637.001.0001

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What They Believe

What They Believe

Ideas and Passions

(p.45) 2 What They Believe
The Tea Party and the Remaking of Republican Conservatism

Theda Skocpol

Vanessa Williamson

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the political beliefs of Tea Party members. These include their determination to restore twenty-first century US government to the Constitutional principles articulated by the eighteenth-century Founding Fathers; their opposition to taxes, big government, handouts to business, and expensive social programs, and intrusive regulation; the people they see as freeloaders who receive government benefits unfairly; and their fear of the Obama presidency.

Keywords:   Tea Party, right-wing Republicans, conservatives, political beliefs, Tea Partiers

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