Arguing over which version is the “true” tea party is pointless. Certainly, there are violent and racist people out there somewhere, and some of them must have enough ideals in common with the smaller-government ideals of the tea party to consider themselves members, so it would be wrong to deny that the tea parties are racist and violent. At the same time, every person I have heard call themselves a supporter of the movement speaks not of violence or racism, but primarily of economic policies. It stands to reason that others have had this experience as well, and at least some of them must have enough of their ideals in common with that of the tea party to consider themselves members, and at least some (if not most) of those people must be neither racist nor violent, so it would be wrong to characterize the tea parties as racist or violent, as this would needlessly alienate those in the movement that aren’t.
Stop using labels! They only allow the media elites and politicians to confuse and divide us