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« Can Popular Constitutionalism Survive the Tea Party Movement? | Main | The Constitutional Politics of the Tea Party Movement »

April 19, 2011


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The U.S Constitution is and always will be open to much interpretation. Even on the U.S Supreme Court, there are always varying and many times conflicting viewpoints (often 9 of them) for the interpretation of any given constitutional article or amendment.

The Tea Party has ideological differences of opinion from the current mainstream political parties. So much like its predecessors, it cites constitutional differences as a focal point in order to rally the people around its ideology and to create a following behind its cause. These differences also justify the very existence of the party and provides it with an identity to the public.

If their dissatisfaction and unrest is able to resonate with a large enough segment of the voting population, it is intended to bring about political change, and possibly even get some of their candidates elected. I agree with the author in saying that this is very unlikely to occur in the case of the Tea Party.

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