The Republican Party has traditionally been a conservative bastion of the status quo - conservative by nature because of it's dedication to preserving the flow of cash in its current direction, which is toward them that have. While the Democratic Party has also been a tool of the status quo in preserving the directional flow of the rivers of money, the Republicans have been their understandable favorite, especially in the wake of the outstanding job the Republicans have done of selling the 'trickle down' theory to the middle classes and successfully using fear to shift the political wind, in spite of economic reality. To understand the value that the Tea-Party movement brings to the middle classes via their influence on the Republicans, you must first have a basic understanding of history and an understanding of the definition of "Liberal Thinking". It also helps to understand why liberalism became so popular in the 17th century. Liberal Thinking, in its true connotation, looks for personal responsibility among individuals and limited government involvement in the lives of citizens. Liberal Thinking looks for fair taxation and adequate representation of those taxed in the decisions on how tax money is spent. "Liberal", in short, comes from the word "Liberty". What 'Liberal' does NOT mean is 'government control over everything'. This is an unfortunately effective bastardization of the term in the mid 20th century by Republican Senator Joseph McCarthy during his paranoid witch-hunt for communists in America, which was the conservative push for control of American politics using fear of his time, similar to the current use of American fear of Islam and alternative life-styles for political control. The really unfortunate effect that Senator McCarthy's successful witch-hunt had was to give the Democratic Party over to the Socialists, who, like the Conservatives, really do want government control over everything, but for very different reasons. The value that the Tea Party brings to middle class politics in America is their stalwart ideology of limited government and personal responsibility for individuals, at least with regards to fiscal issues. In short, the Tea Party has brought true liberal thinking back into mainstream politics in America, at least as far as fiscal policy goes, and they brought it in straight through the front door of Senator McCarthy's Republican Party. I call on all my brothers and sisters who understand the value of liberal thinking in politics and making their own decisions in daily life to join their local Tea Party and force this most recent bloom of liberal thinking to push through the liberal policies of limited government, fair taxes and personal responsibility that got so many republicans elected last November, and to also apply the concepts of individual liberty, responsibility and true freedom of personal choices in the many social issues that continue to make the Republican Party in general suck like a conservative dick-tater. It's time to take the Tea Party mainstream!