Posted by: Debby Durkee | June 17, 2010

Tea Party International?

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Tea Party International?

There’s an interesting story over at the new website The Daily Caller. It seems the Gadsden flag has become popular in Europe (even in Russia) and in Israel, as many look across the pond at the Tea Party movement for inspiration to fight their own big-spending socialists. Wow, how cool would it be if this caught on throughout the world? Time to tell the left, “Don’t tread on me.”  This is from Kyle Peterson.

As Tea Party protests pop up in places like Moscow, Tel Aviv and the Hague, Americans may question whether the Tea Party platform can cross international and cultural borders. For activists outside the U.S., the answer is a resounding “yes.”

I think the message of the American Revolution is global. The message of natural, unalienable rights, the message of opposition to tyrannical government — that’s not just well-known, that’s universal,” Boris Karpa, organizer of the Israeli Tea Party, told The Daily Caller in an e-mail. “As you know well, many countries have based their founding documents on the U.S. Declaration of Independence or other American documents.”

Although several international organizers had never even heard of the Boston Tea Party until U.S. protests brought the events of 1773 back into the spotlight, they now wear the Tea Party badge proudly as an example of American exceptionalism worth emulating.

“This [Tea Party] title is ideal for Russia,” Max Kronos, organizer of the Moscow Tea Party, told The Daily Caller in an e-mail. “This event has forever gone down in history — in Russia, such events have not happened.” Snip –

laissez-faire capitalism, low taxes and fewer regulations — cross boundaries. Each Tea Party does, though, hold particular outrage for specific policies in its individual country. For (Roy) Hofkamp, (organizer of the Dutch Tea Party,) the burning issue is immigration reform.

“We pay 50 percent in taxes. Our social security is so high that people refuse to get back to work and stay for years in social security. More than 30 percent of all non-Western immigrants [enter] into social security and never [get] out of it,” Hofkamp said. “So they come here for economic reasons and benefit on the surplus of the working class. We think it’s about time to stand up against that.”

Karpa said reinvigorating Israel’s stagnating business climate is one of his group’s principle planks. Snip –

Kronos compared the Russian economy to the dystopia in Ayn Rand’s novel “Atlas Shrugged.”

“In the new conditions, to start a business from scratch is nearly impossible,” Kronos said.

So like the U.S. Tea Party protesters that inspired them, they organize to spread their message and promote their objectives.

The Moscow Tea Party gathered 250 people in three cities on April 25. The Dutch Tea Party protested with 80 people and five guest speakers in front of the Netherlands’ parliament building on May 29. And the Israeli group will hold its first rally, to celebrate “Tax Freedom Day,” on July 16 in front of Tel Aviv’s City Hall. 

“We will arrive with protest signs and flags — both Israeli flags and Gadsden Flags,” Karpa said. “We’ve even arranged to have several Gadsden flags produced with ‘Don’t Tread on Me’ printed on them in Hebrew.”

As the movements grow, organizers hope they will coalesce into a transnational organization, especially in Europe, where much the political and decision-making power rests with the EU.  Snip –

“People are re-learning that popular movements are not just the province [of] socialists and supporters of big-government policies,” Karpa said.

Take heart all of you Tea Partiers and protesters for limited government and freedom, this movement is growing. Let freedom reign throughout world. As citizens look at the world our “leaders” have led us to, many are awakening to the lies, the thievery and the thuggery of the left and are turning toward the bright light of freedom and capitalism. Socialism is an idea whose time has passed. Let’s look to real progress and put these “progressive” ideas in the ash heap of history where they belong. Read the rest here:

Related: Is the Tea Party a Social Justice Movement?

This is an interesting take on the Tea Party from Timothy Dalrymple who is a thoughtful writer of Christian thought. As more people look at the words “social justice” as code words for communism or socialism, this writer says the true sense of the words are Christian, and the right wants to get there in a different way – through the “hand up” rather than a hand out. Whether you agree with his interpretation or not, he captures the gist of the Tea Party in his writing. From the website

What I witnessed in the Tea Partiers, however, were a moral, sensible, and patriotic people who had a justified concern that their representatives have grown disconnected from those they represent, and are perpetuating a dysfunctional political culture that will thrust our country back to the precipice of economic collapse. Washington cannot pour rivers of money we do not possess into thousands of programs we do not need, in exchange for the mountains of votes that will keep them in power, and complain when the taxpayers get upset. The Tea Partiers are not objecting because they would rather leave the poor to rot than surrender a little more of their money; polls show (as I will discuss in the next part of this series) that Tea Partiers are perfectly willing to accept the need for moderate taxation and social services. Rather, Tea Partiers are objecting because they fear that Washington is caught in a vicious circle of reckless spending and political payback that will cripple our economy and harm all Americans, rich and poor. 

Please read this intelligent and interesting article here:


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  1. The desire for freedom is necessary, naturally human and universal.

    The global revolution has begun.

  2. Tim Dalrymple has published a second article in his series on the Tea Party movement. This one is titled “Is the Tea Party a Christian Movement?” and explores the accusations by Jim Wallis that the Tea Party members categorically abandon Christian principles. Shortened link to this second article here:

    (BTW, Dalrymple suggests in this article that a third installment is forthcoming, titled “Is the Tea Party a Racist Movement?”)

  3. Thanks for the info, Jeff. When I return I’ll try to check into the other articles.

  4. Could you please contact me about this article? Thanks!

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