For my second paper, I may look to focus on the cases about the “Tea Party” and the “Causes and Consequences of the Great Recession.” Both seem potentially interconnected and relevant to America’s future. With the plethora of social and ethical issues that The Great Recession highlighted, it is no wonder there was backlash. The Tea Party almost certainly is part of that backlash. I think that working through the Tea Party’s views on social and economic policies – as well as how those may have been awakened or strengthened by the Great Recession could make for an interesting paper.

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As these cases lie at the cross-roads of ethics, a social movement, and politics, it could make for an interesting exploration of America’s current political situation.

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  1. Loukas T says:

    It may make for a good paper if you use the Occupy Wall Street movement to contrast the Tea Party movement. These two movements had radically opposite ideas on the causes of the recession and how to stop it from happening again. Yet when we look closer they have a great deal in common, the most obvious being the outrage they felt about the system that led us to the recession. I am not sure if you could write about two different cases in the paper, but it would be interesting to play them off each other.

    • Steph P. says:

      I agree that utilizing the Occupy Wall Street movement to contrast the Tea Party movement would give your paper some real depth. Both were frustrated with government institutions who were viewed as overstepping their bounds, driven by self-interest and no longer serving the American people. And although both differed on their political views entirely, each party was targeted by the media as “radical” and are subject to negative stereotypes due to each movement conveying a strong and passionate emotional response. I would go so far to conjecture that if, and it is a big if, the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street movements could have found some way to unite their respective efforts, perhaps a suitable answer for our nation’s issues could have been presented. Highly unlikely, but the importance of “compare and contrast” is more along the lines of what I’m trying to convey.

  2. Jordi says:

    One interesting issue is “what” is the tea Party. Is it actually a political party? Is it the broader “movement”? There are some groups who call themselves Tea Party, and you can certainly find already histories of what that means. So, even looking at how the movement and the political establishment interact and how that effects each is a rich topic.

    In the title you mention “White.” Race and race in politics is certainly part of the story.

    Do you want to focus on that? To me, it starts as an empirical question- how does race matter to the rise and changes in the tea party. Some TPers are vociferous that they are not motivated by White racism or racial anxiety about a Black president. Some evidence suggests that these are key issues. The racial composition of people who ID as Tea Party is, I am pretty sure, overwhelmingly (+90%) White.

    The Pew Center may have good research on this.

    • ems033 says:

      The white was, in part, meant to play on that perception, but I also like my black tea with cream, thus taking it white. As you picked up on though, it was a conscious decision to imply a racial component to the discussion.

      That being said, Marco Rubio is latino and a Tea Party member I do believe. I personally do not believe that the Tea Party is motivated by racial issues in the least. I think that the, perhaps, overwhelmingly white population that supports the Tea Party may have much more to do with socio-economic and cultural differences in America than race. The Tea Party and Entitlement Theory might be an interesting comparison as they seem to provide similar views of the world..

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