In 2008, the Tea Party started off as The Campaign for Liberty. The goal of the movement was to educate the public about, among several things, the dangers of the central bank and its distortion of economic decision-making. "End The Federal Reserve Bank!" was the rally cry at the Rally for the Republic in August 2008 (while GW Bush was still president).
Along the way, the movement was co-opted by rhino republicans, and the original message was lost in the crowd of polarizing issues. The progressive left media, seeing all the ultra-conservative propaganda being espoused by the "Tea Baggers", was quick to spring into action, calling the Tea Party racists, bigots, and homophobes.
In 2011, the Occupy Wall Street movement took to the streets in NYC to protest the vast income discrepancies between the haves and have-nots of the US; discrepancies created largely in part by the collusion of government, a large central bank, and distorted economic decision making... Wait! Haven't I heard this somewhere before?