by Melissa Clouthier
The tea party movement has matured enough that it has formed offshoots. Different tea party leaders had one set of ideas in this town, state, and even the country, and another set of tea party leaders had another set of ideas. Some groups are focusing on grooming candidates. Some are focusing on exposing corruption. And, with time, things are bound to change even more. The movement is young. It is still evolving.
Unfortunately, some of the players seem self-interested rather than country-interested. A good libertarian would say self-interest is country-interest. And I might agree … to a point. However, the tea party movement generally has not been a for-profit venture most places until now with the upcoming Tea Party Nation Convention in Tennessee, and many local and national organizers and local grassroots activists are distancing themselves from this movement.