After Barack Obama was elected, a collective form of butt-hurt Republicans and other right wingers formed the Tea Party. Which odes back to the Boston Tea Party where Americans would dress up like Native Americans and throw tea off ships.
They often use the whole "don't tread on me" and other slogans like "No taxation without representation" which makes no sense since Federal and state governments have huge right wing influence and elected officials. The term was used back in pre-1776 since Americans had no role in British Parliament.
Colonial America is a big influnce on the party, letting members dress up in old timey clothes and pointy hats is okey dokey among tea baggers. They think 1776 was a fantastic time, and the freedom there was great. Like the freedom to own slaves, the freedom to beat women, the freedom to push down miniorites, and the freedom to deny the right to vote to anyone except white male land owners which lasted until 1850.
The Tea Party is very anti-Socialist. Mainly because they think Socialism=Communism HURR DURR. What their problem is paranoid fear of Progressivism which is similar to European Social Democracy which started out as a more hardcore Socialism but evolved into a Capitalistic-Welfare system.
Even standard world policies are considered Fascism by these fools. Like the sign above WTF? Cuba, and Venezuela? I guess they forgot to mention Canada, Britain, France, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Australia, Germany, Austria, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, and every other 1st world country in the world.
Their anti-tax culture is almost retarded. Don't tax your kids to fund our greed? But keeping money so others can't have schools, fire departments, and food is not greedy? Yeah two sides to that story.
I can respect some political philosophies even when I don't agree with them. I try to be civil, I might poke fun and exaggerate, but I try to the best I can not to be a prick. However the tea party are just a bunch of shit-headed social conservative racists who protest non-existent tax hikes and spread lies about their black president. Their ideals are usually contradicting (see above picture), and they often support bogus polices like trying to force the USA to the leave the U.N. They wonder why people call Americans stupid.