Yes the general strata of the Tea Party “adherents” are guys in their 40s-60s.
They were the ones who jumped on the Reagan bandwagon and ate all that stuff up for decades.
They bought the whole Conservative Buffet. Many were the Reagan Democrats.
Many traded in their stake in Labor for some cornball vision of Rugged individualism and “Lower Taxes”.
And now we have the Tea Party, which are those same guys who are now pissed and disillusioned.
“Where’s the rewards?” “What happened?” “Why didn’t this trickle down stuff work?”
Their factories got sent overseas. Their pensions lost value. Their stupid Small Business plans didn’t work out.
Not because of taxes or regulations-no because their business plans were stupid. They were told that anyone can start a business and be successful. Even if there are already 20 CPAs or Pizzerias or Contractors in their town.
Even if they didn’t know the first thing about Pet Grooming or Auto mechanics-they were told that they could be businessmen.
They are seeing the same old politics as usual.
And they don’t know how to channel this. So they have grabbed a hold of yet another hollow Meme.
Don’t Tread on Me Flags. Revolutionary War memorabilia. Libertarianism. “Freedom” “Constitution”!!
That’s the facts. These are disgruntled Reagan Era Kool-Aid drinkers. Now the bill’s come due!!