It is will understood that the Tea Party is an extreme astroturfing movement that scores - at least - a solid 11 on a 1-to-10 bogosity scale. Even the name itself is bogus as there is no meaningful correlation between the Tea Party and the Boston Tea Party, there is no virtually no philosophical overlap. The Boston Tea Party wanted to end taxation without representation, the Tea Party wants to reduce representation. The Boston Tea Party was aware of what they were getting in to and fostered their own ideas, the Tea Party just takes the bad ideas that are handed down from their corporate masters and projects them as wonderful and beneficial without question. The Boston Tea Party encouraged participation and thought, the Tea Party encourages mindless following and chanting of mantras.
In terms of constitutionality, the Tea Party is the biggest group of hypocrites around. Sure, they are constitutionally protected to say whatever they want and to encourage people to do things that are counter to their own self-interest. However to say that someone who wants to embrace 1/3rd of the constitution, burn 1/3rd of it, and ignore the other 1/3rd of it is some great scholar of the document is ridiculous. I don't call myself a biblical scholar for having read a few parts of the bible back in the 80s, you don't call yourself a great scholar of Marx... oh, wait, you do call yourself a great scholar of Marx in spite of refusing to read him. Well, I guess I can at least say that you are reasonably consistent in your over-crediting yourself in terms of academic pursuits.