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The Tea Party: Home, alone?

NATO Review attends a Tea Party to see why people are drawn to the movement and if their domestic opposition to Obama's Administration will affect their views on his foreign policies.

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An American Tea Party

in the heart of America's capital.

It has progressed from

being seen as a marginal movement,

to now having elected

US Senators and Congressmen.

It's a movement that

few can politically afford to ignore.

The Obama Administration

may have turned its focus

to foreign policy issues,

but it's still domestic issues,

which bring people out to protest.

Here, at Washington DC Tea Party,

thousands are protesting

against domestic policies.

This is the last Tea Party held

across the States in different cities

and this one coincides with Tax Day

and is held opposite

of Constitution Avenue.

And those are the sort of words that

get people fired up at the moment.

But what brings people

to the Tea Party Movement?

It attracts people opposed to issues

ranging from bailouts

to health care reform,

from taxation to big government

and from immigration

to international organisations.

Can you tell me why

you are here today?

I'm here to support the Tea Party,

because I think its principles

are the ones we lived by for a number

of years and we need to get back to.

I came because I'm a huge supporter

of the Fair Tax,

which is legislation to completely

reform the way we collect taxes.

And I was hoping

there would be more speakers

that would refer to that and get

people fired up for that concept.

Everything else

is not really what I'm into.

Can you tell me

why you came here today?

Because I'm a Jeffersonian Democrat

and I believe fully

in the Constitution, literally.

And I see my party split

between those of Jefferson Democrat,

that are my type, and

I believe there's a wing of socialists

that have taken over my party.

And I'm here to echo

what these people are saying.

The Constitution is sacrosanct.

Thank you all so much

for being here. This is our moment.

Because Barack Obama

will be a one term president.

How will the Tea Party's opposition to

President Obama's domestic issues

translate into its attitudes

to his foreign policies?

Do you feel that what you feel

about the domestic policies

will influence how you feel

about its foreign policies too?

Not necessarily. I think

they are a different kettle of fish

and I think most Americans

sort of band together

when we get into international affairs.

On the domestic scene,

we need to stay strong

so that we can be active

on the international scene as well.

You don't see any link?

A lot of money is being spent abroad.

Shouldn't that money be saved

to help the domestic situation?

Well, I think we benefitted a number

of people overseas with our spending.

I'd like to see it end,

but the threats need to end as well.

Will your opposition to what's

happening in domestic policies

will transfer to what the President

does abroad in his foreign policies?

Oh, absolutely.

Because we,

like it or not, are the world leader,

defence and otherwise.

Anything we do, if we sneeze,

often times Europe catches a cold.

And anything we do, affects you.

Because you're opposed

to what he's doing domestically...

I would oppose his foreign policy.

- On what grounds?

I think he is trying to...

I'm not sure exactly what he's

trying to do, but he's pulling back,

rather than taking the responsibility

as the true world leader.

Will the people, who have a problem

with him on the domestic front,

automatically have a problem

with his foreign policies as well?

If they take the time to think about it,

probably not,

cause there have been interesting

developments in the foreign front.

But everyone here is very

fixated on the domestic front.

The jobs, the energy and...

now, today the taxes.

So, it's difficult to outline exactly

what is an average Tea Party member

or how they would react

to foreign policy issues.

What is clear is that,

although its numbers may have risen,

the Tea Party remains

a work in progress.

An American Tea Party

in the heart of America's capital.

It has progressed from

being seen as a marginal movement,

to now having elected

US Senators and Congressmen.

It's a movement that

few can politically afford to ignore.

The Obama Administration

may have turned its focus

to foreign policy issues,

but it's still domestic issues,

which bring people out to protest.

Here, at Washington DC Tea Party,

thousands are protesting

against domestic policies.

This is the last Tea Party held

across the States in different cities

and this one coincides with Tax Day

and is held opposite

of Constitution Avenue.

And those are the sort of words that

get people fired up at the moment.

But what brings people

to the Tea Party Movement?

It attracts people opposed to issues

ranging from bailouts

to health care reform,

from taxation to big government

and from immigration

to international organisations.

Can you tell me why

you are here today?

I'm here to support the Tea Party,

because I think its principles

are the ones we lived by for a number

of years and we need to get back to.

I came because I'm a huge supporter

of the Fair Tax,

which is legislation to completely

reform the way we collect taxes.

And I was hoping

there would be more speakers

that would refer to that and get

people fired up for that concept.

Everything else

is not really what I'm into.

Can you tell me

why you came here today?

Because I'm a Jeffersonian Democrat

and I believe fully

in the Constitution, literally.

And I see my party split

between those of Jefferson Democrat,

that are my type, and

I believe there's a wing of socialists

that have taken over my party.

And I'm here to echo

what these people are saying.

The Constitution is sacrosanct.

Thank you all so much

for being here. This is our moment.

Because Barack Obama

will be a one term president.

How will the Tea Party's opposition to

President Obama's domestic issues

translate into its attitudes

to his foreign policies?

Do you feel that what you feel

about the domestic policies

will influence how you feel

about its foreign policies too?

Not necessarily. I think

they are a different kettle of fish

and I think most Americans

sort of band together

when we get into international affairs.

On the domestic scene,

we need to stay strong

so that we can be active

on the international scene as well.

You don't see any link?

A lot of money is being spent abroad.

Shouldn't that money be saved

to help the domestic situation?

Well, I think we benefitted a number

of people overseas with our spending.

I'd like to see it end,

but the threats need to end as well.

Will your opposition to what's

happening in domestic policies

will transfer to what the President

does abroad in his foreign policies?

Oh, absolutely.

Because we,

like it or not, are the world leader,

defence and otherwise.

Anything we do, if we sneeze,

often times Europe catches a cold.

And anything we do, affects you.

Because you're opposed

to what he's doing domestically...

I would oppose his foreign policy.

- On what grounds?

I think he is trying to...

I'm not sure exactly what he's

trying to do, but he's pulling back,

rather than taking the responsibility

as the true world leader.

Will the people, who have a problem

with him on the domestic front,

automatically have a problem

with his foreign policies as well?

If they take the time to think about it,

probably not,

cause there have been interesting

developments in the foreign front.

But everyone here is very

fixated on the domestic front.

The jobs, the energy and...

now, today the taxes.

So, it's difficult to outline exactly

what is an average Tea Party member

or how they would react

to foreign policy issues.

What is clear is that,

although its numbers may have risen,

the Tea Party remains

a work in progress.

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