True there are soke opportunistic politicians jumping on the wagon but the tea party is rooted in Ron Paul libertarianism, started in 2007 and has been co-opted in many ways by some neo-cons.<quoted text>
The issue about Rand Paul wasnt about government, it was about trust. The article exposes him for the charlatan he is(was), which detracts from his credibility in his other walks of life. That was a lousy preamble from the author.
I have known more than a few govt or ex govt employees who profess to have (some) libertarian views. They tell me its a reaction from working in government, and being that I had a brief taste of that years ago, I can relate.
I think one thing we all can be in agreement is that the Tea Party is not libertarian nor politically conservative. I see the masses as rooted in ethnic identity politics (origins as white, male, southern culture) and their more vocal leaders such as Cruz and Bachman as typical politicians (i.e. opportunistic).
Just like liberalism has its progressives which are like national socialists.
Did you miss the fact that he was a member of that trade organization and his membership lapsed because he didn't think that it was fair?
There was no ill will there.