Half a century ago, there was a movement very much like today's Tea Party. They believed our nation was being destroyed by a conspiracy to make this a socialist country.
They didn't like taxes and hated Medicare as much as today's Tea Party hates what they call "Obamacare."
That movement captured the Republican Party in 1964, and nominated their hero, Senator Barry Goldwater, for president.
He accepted the nomination in a speech which would make today's Tea Party activists swoon. "Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice," he proclaimed, as his supporters jeered and hooted at the mainstream Republicans they despised.