So who stole the government? What makes some people feel more disenfranchised now than they were, say, during the presidency of George W. Bush?
It was Bush who launched two wars without making any provision in the budget to pay for them, who proposed and won an expensive new prescription-drug entitlement without paying for it, who bailed out irresponsible Wall Street firms with the $700 billion TARP program.
This is exactly why the Tea Party started! Conservatives could not stand Bush. To them, he was just another Democrat and hence the term RINO (Republican In Name Only). Too many so-called Republican policy makers were actually just wishy-washy middle-of-the-roaders (or even left of the middle like Bush). The Tea Party came to being because Heartland America wanted a party that represents their true American Constitutional values.