As part of our new "Green" Energy series, we unveiled today our latest research: a study of the Tea Party as a cultural institution. SAM's Chris Stolte explored this idea in a piece he wrote for the Daily Caller.
Tea Culture: This party is not just about politics
By Chris Stolte
American culture is complex, but most can agree that America is a culture of self-reliance and self-determination. These ingrained values are closely linked to past political movements. From the Women's Suffrage Movement to the Civil Rights Movement, their origins can be traced to a clash between the political system and Americans' most deeply held values.
Today we are witnessing the rise of another movement, the Tea Party, and its foundation is no less cultural.