I've continued to mull over the John Adams movie and the history from which it was drawn.
It's easy to see that the various factions struggling to guide or control this country existed almost from day one. Obama and moderate Democrats seem to be from the Adams' camp of Federalists. Jefferson's version of Republicanism seems similar to the modern day Ron Paul-type libertarian movement. Hamilton's crew seem like the Neo-con/Neo-liberal movements of today, which in all honesty dominate both the Republican and Democrat camps.
As for tea parties, here's another that sprouted today. While I don't sign on to all of this, quite a bit resonates with me.
To no avail, of course.