As the election of 2008 approached, America was in crisis. Years after Bill Clinton claimed that the era of big government was over, Obama won his party's nomination by promising its furious revenge. And, orphaned by their party, conservatives were forced to either stay home or vote for a progressive Republican.
Rising out of the ashes of that electoral defeat came the Tea Party. Over the years, there have been endless fractures in the façade of individual freedom, but three policies provided the fuel that lit the tea-party fire: the stimulus, the auto bailouts, and the bank bailouts.
Barack Obama supported all three. So did Donald Trump.
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