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Change They Can't Believe InThe Tea Party and Reactionary Politics in America$
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Christopher S. Parker and Matt A. Barreto

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780691163611

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691163611.001.0001

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Exploring the Tea Party’s Commitment to Freedom and Patriotism

Exploring the Tea Party’s Commitment to Freedom and Patriotism

(p.102) 3 Exploring the Tea Party’s Commitment to Freedom and Patriotism
Change They Can't Believe In

Christopher S. Parker

Matt A. Barreto

Princeton University Press

This chapter examines the ways in which the Tea Party informs political attitudes and behavior. It begins by looking at how closely people who sympathize with the Tea Party adhere to themes that the movement often promotes: patriotism and freedom. Tea Party websites and rallies are often rife with patriotic imagery, including the American and Gadsden flags. While it is true that people who call themselves patriots take pride in wearing and displaying the flag, more authentic patriotism transcends simple displays of patriotic symbols. Patriotism instead, is more about putting the interests of the community or country before self. The chapter uses patriotism as a means of forcing a trade-off: freedom versus equality.

Keywords:   Tea Party, patriotism, freedom, equality, patriotic imagery, American flag, Gadsden flag

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