Let me start off by saying that my intention here is not to provoke a heated response nor is it to disparage the Tea-Party movement. Instead I would really appreciate if someone could explain the specific reasons behind their support of the Tea-Party narrative. I have attended events and spoken briefly to members of the movement but have been unable to get past claims that the current administration is trampling the constitution and pushing the nation towards socialism. For a little background I am a young conservative with multiple degrees in political science and national security policy. I have worked in DC for the last two years (not for the administration) and find that I agree with a significant portion of the ideology being presented by Tea-Party members. I believe in limited government, judicial restraint, low taxes, and a strong national defense. What I don't understand is exactly what has caused this sudden ground swell of discontent. I understand and agree with the outrage concerning the health care reform package, I understand the arguments against TARP and the auto bail-outs. It is one thing to disagree with these policies and the direction of the country, but I guess I don't see how these policies represent a clear and present danger to the Constitution or the Republic. I would really appreciate any discussion seeking to explain these positions. Thanks.