The Tea Party is a strange confederation of groups with an unusual identity and a strange political agenda.
The movement has attracted a small group of leaders who want to reshape America, but its origins trace back to an early 1960s movement in the U.S. that saw an early attempt to overthrow a conservative-controlled government in the South.
But the Tea Partiers have been in the news more often than anyone expected, largely for their bizarre claims.
The latest is the idea that the U,S.
Constitution is a lie, and that we are all descended from apes, which some in the movement have tried to distance themselves from.
It is not surprising, then, that Tea Parties have a reputation for being at the extreme end of the ideological spectrum, as they tend to support far-right causes and are more likely to be politically active than other Americans.
They are also at the center of a media firestorm that has generated an unprecedented amount of negative publicity for the Republican Party.
The Tea Partier movement began in the late 1970s with the publication of an influential book called, “The Republican Brain,” by economist Charles Murray.
Murray and other critics claimed that Republicans were largely the product of a political culture that sought to control people and impose their political views on them.
Conservatives, Murray claimed, were driven by the “conservative moral impulse,” which was “not simply a belief in a strong national state but a conviction that the federal government should play a more important role in promoting liberty and the common good.”
Murray and his co-author, political scientist Daniel Horowitz, were later vilified as racists for making the same claim, which was then repeated by conservative media figures, like Rush Limbaugh, who called the book racist and a threat to white culture.
Murray’s book also drew attention to the long-standing controversy over evolution.
It drew on research done by scientists at the University of Chicago and Yale, which concluded that the theory of evolution was scientifically correct, but had been discredited by a string of independent studies.
In 1980, the American Psychological Association changed its name to the American Psychoanalytic Association, a move that critics say was intended to avoid any association with Murray’s ideas.
But some of Murray’s critics, including conservative commentator Pat Buchanan, argued that the name change was designed to be neutral and did not harm the movement’s credibility.
Others, including Fox News commentator Mike Huckabee, argued the name was a political ploy to create a more palatable image of the movement.
In 2008, conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh argued that it was time for a conservative revolution in America.
The most powerful voices in the Tea Parties movement, he said, were those who were “the ones who want America to be the perfect American, the best America.”
He went on to suggest that if the Tea PARTiers wanted to be “the greatest in the world, and the most powerful in the universe,” they needed to “start with the most important problem in the country: intellectual dishoneness.”
“We’re not going to be good at it,” he said.
“We’re just going to make our point, and if you’re going to do that, you have to have an intellectual dishonility.”
While Murray’s writings and Horowitz’s research had generated intense media attention and criticism for decades, the movement had also begun to gain more adherents in the early 2000s.
According to data compiled by the University at Buffalo, in the first three years of the century, there were a total of 1,200 Tea Partie organizations and a total number of 5,828 political activists, a number that climbed to 2,724 by 2011.
The number of members rose from just over 2,000 to over 4,500.
While some of the groups have remained small, there are at least nine new groups, including a new incarnation of the Christian Coalition, which has more than 7,000 members.
The American Heritage Association, which is led by Jerry Falwell, has a membership of more than 8,000 and is growing.
But its membership is shrinking.
And while some of its members are not conservatives, the Christian Conservatives of America, an organization that is not a Tea Party, is rapidly becoming the most influential conservative group in the United States.
A New York Times investigation found that the group has spent more than $3 million on advertising in the past three years, more than the entire Republican Party, which spent $1.6 million in the same period.
And the American Family Association, the largest anti-LGBT group in America, has been spending hundreds of thousands of dollars each year on a “conservative radio network.”
But these groups are not a serious threat to the political power of the GOP.
According the National Journal, they have only received around one-fifth of the funding of the National Republican Congressional Committee.
A 2012 report by the American Civil Liberties Union, based on a review of data from the Federal Election Commission, concluded that there were no indications that Tea Party groups