Originally Posted by alnorth
The OP is a bit misguided. The tea party does not exist as a unified, coherant, seperate entity. At the beginning it briefly looked like it might be an interesting libertarian movement, but it has since been highjacked by ultra-conservatives who seized the label, re-branded themselves with it, and shouted "tea party" until everyone basically gave up and let them have it.
Can't disagree with this. But don't forget that Conservatives, some who are "ultra" do have some libertarian leanings such as in economics, taxes etc.
“Experience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the Government’s purposes are beneficent. Men born to freedom are naturally alert to repel invasion of their liberty by evil-minded rulers. The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding.” — James Madison