This only proves that our country's educational system needs more funding to make sure our youth don't fall for such Tea Party garbage, though.
According to Memphis' The Commercial Appeal, printed documents distributed at the conference read "We seek to compel the teaching of students in Tennessee the truth regarding the history of our nation and the nature of its government.”
And the actual truth, these Tea Party folks said, is “the Constitution created a Republic, not a Democracy.”
What these Tennessee Tea Party folks apparently don't know, however, is that "republic" is a very general term, simply meaning public representation in a non-monarchist nation. There are many different types of republics, too, including socialist, communist, mercantile, protestant and even (don't read the next word, you Tea Partiers!) Islamic.
The type of government the United States has, though, is a democratic republic. Meaning that persons of all minority status are to have equal vote and equal representation. Which those Tea Party folks apparently don't know. Which only further indicates their idiocy. Which indicates they should just keep their mouths shut.
And if those Tea Party goons don't like that definition, then let them move to the People's Republic of China or even to the Republic of North Korea. Or maybe they could try to rebuild the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.
We citizens of our representational democratic republic won't miss them much when they're gone.