The legitimate tea party is against taxes and in favor of smaller government --this legitimate movement is very small, and not too powerful. The illegitimate tea party is fairly large, and is about blind obedience to authority and the desire to more heavily misdirect the sheep-like voters with religion, and to use religion as an excuse to introduce more prohibition into government. The left simply knows nothing of history, so the complexities of some of the anti-collectivist message are lost on them. The right also knows little of history, hence the inane religious signs. Pathetic. Even in rebellion, America has become unphilosophical.