Skip to comments.Who Started the Tea Party Movement?
Posted on 02/10/2010 8:22:09 PM PST by ChocChipCookie
So, you want to know who "really" started the Tea Party movement? Well, it wasn't Sarah Palin. It wasn't Ron Paul either. It certainly wasn't the Republicans (although the socialist Democrats would have you believe there's some sort of GOP conspiracy). It wasn't Fox News and it wasn't even Alex Jones. It seems these days there are a lot of people claiming to be the first to have started the Tea Party movement. I'll tell you right now that none of those people were. You see, I actually do my homework.
If you want to get real specific, the Tea Party movement was actually started by those great patriots in Boston back in December 16 1773 at the original Tea Party
But in order to set the record straight, we're going to focus on this particular modern movement and where it stems from. Yes, for decades since the original Tea Party, patriots have been talking amongst themselves about having another Boston Tea Party. Some people may have even pondered over mailing tea bags to our congressmen and Senators. But this current Tea Party movement can be traced back to one single person's post on one single thread on one single forum, and I'm about to show you proof and evidence by tracing it back.
Anyone who knows anything about the current Tea Party movement knows that it originated from sending tea bags to the White House to protest TARP. Watch the following YouTube Video, dated April 15, 2009.
Now, long before Fox News, the Republicans, and even Alex Jones mentioned anything about mailing tea bags, we posted about it right here on American Preppers Network on January 24, 2009. Several people re-posted on other sites: Florida Preppers Network on the 24th, Mayberry Keep it simple Survival on the 25th, and many, many more.
As a matter of fact, you can Google this exact phrase along with the quotes, the same phrase that begins the original article:
"So long as we have an inauguration drawing this sort of crowd and not a protest about our government blowing $700 billion of our dollars"
And if you go to the bottom and click... "repeat the search with the omitted results included" you will see that over 795 sites re-posted that exact same article. Many of them were posted on extremely high traffic sites. Millions of people read that article. There is no doubt that that article going viral is what stemmed the current Tea Party movement.
Now, where did that article come from? As much as it would be nice to take credit for it, and while we did beat Fox News, Glen Beck and Alex Jones, we certainly weren't the first. So where did I receive the article from?
Back on the 23rd of January of 2009, I received an e-mail from John at Pioneerliving.net, saying that we should do this. "Mail our tea bags to Obama before he takes his seat in the West Wing." I was all for it. One thing I did notice is that he failed to include the White House address, so I edited the article before posting it and mailing out. If you received the viral email with the White House address included, then chances are you got it from my chain. If not, then you got it from the original thread.
So was John the originator of that first thread? Oh, that would be so cool wouldn't it? Well, as much as I'd like to give him credit as the originator of the idea, I can't. He and his wife certainly were amongst the very first few that made this all happen, and it might not even be anything close to what it is today had they not jumped on it. As a matter of fact, it might not have happened at all. You see, they worked tirelessly sending out hundreds and hundreds of emails trying to get others to do the same. They emailed Big John, no response. Alex Jones, no response and many, many others, with no response. Who responded? People in the blogging community. People like Mayberry, and mamma bear who was moderating the Florida Preppers Network at the time. Average bloggers like us.
Where did John and his wife get the story from? Right here: http://www.breakthematrix.com/Elections/FEB-1st-TEA-PARTY-SEND-TEA-TO-WASHINGTON
That original email that went viral was first posted on January 23, 2009, on BreakTheMatrix.com. John and his wife immediately began sending out emails, as many as possible. You can see where they even left a comment on the 24th in that thread under the screen name Pioneer.
Where did Break The Matrix get the post? It was a feed from this site: http://market-ticker.denninger.net/archives/732-TEA-PARTY-February-1st.html The original post that started the whole current Tea Party Movement was posted by Karl Denniger from The Market Ticker on January 20, 2009. In the post, he states that he cannot take credit for the idea as it was floated around by others in their forum.
What forum? Right here: http://tickerforum.org/cgi-ticker/akcs-www?forum=FedUp
What Thread? Right here: http://tickerforum.org/cgi-ticker/akcs-www?post=79282
Who started it all? The person who wrote that post, the one who goes by the user name of Gmack. He posted on January 19, 2009, an article with the title, "Mail a Teabag to Congress and Senate". You can clearly see that he posts the idea, and the forum moderator then edits his post a bit and then everyone gets in the discussion and starts throwing the idea around.
Now prior to that thread being started, and during and after, there are other threads where people are discussing protests etc., just as on many, many other forums. But what makes this post unique is that this particular forum and this particular user who posted about it is who Karl Denniger is talking about in his article, the one that went viral, the one that stemmed the Current Tea Party Movement.
And now you can quote Paul Harvey's famous line.
Rick Santelli and the “Rant of the Year”
The American people.
Rush Limbaugh had a thing in the 1990’s where people sent tea bags to congress.
My vote is for Obama. IMHO his outrageous policies started the tea party movement.
Rick Santilli. Period. His famous rant on the floor of the Chicago Board of Trade kicked this off, and Americans all over the country became active.
The TEA movement started at the end of the Bush term when TARP was passed. It was initially an uncatalyzed, unrecognizable group of citizens who were shocked that Bush approved TARP.
The tea bag idea was the first catalyst. By itself, it was a good idea, but would have been a mail-in effort and not a personal time commitment. As such, I don’t think it would have sustained a movement by itself.
A second catalyst was needed. Rick Santelli (CNBC) called for Chicago Tea party on Feb 19, 2009. His passionate call for action on live TV, following Obama’s plans to spend unheard of amounts of money, struck a chord.
Things really took off after Santelli spoke.
Next, local citizens all around the country took on the effort and organized their own TEA parties.
Who started the TEA party movement? Concerned citizens and a couple of key catalysts. I give more credit to Santelli as the more effective catalyst.
I do not know who started the Tea Party movement but the first significant rally was in Fullerton, CA, on March 7, 2009.
About 12,000 people showed up and started the anti-tax movement in CA that stopped the crooks in Sacramento from raising taxes via ballot propositions. Every county in CA voted against raising taxes.
Rick Santelli - CNBC
Santelli broke it wide open...not sure what date..and should have been mentioned at least.
Thank you Tom Martin, for writing this.
Sunday, February 07, 2010
Beware: Rinos in Conservative clothing...DICK ARMEY
“We don’t intend to turn the Republican Party
over to the traitors in the battle just ended.
We will have no more of those candidates who are pledged
to the same goals as our opposition and who seek our support.
Turning the Party over to the so-called moderates
wouldnt make any sense at all.””
— President Ronald Reagan
Time to listen up, Tea Party people!!! We’ve warned you before that political opportunists will hi- jack your movement for their causes! And Dick Armey did just that!
“In a telephone interview with The Arizona Republic, former House Majority Leader Dick Armey, R-Texas, FreedomWorks’ chairman, delivered a surprisingly harsh assessment of Hayworth, with whom he served on Capitol Hill:
” It’s hard for us to believe that J.D. Hayworth could mount a credible challenge to John McCain. Obviously, we’ll watch the race. But J.D. had a fairly short, undistinguished congressional career with virtually no initiative on his part. I just don’t see any reason why we should be concerned about that race.”
So...what is this really all about??
AMNESTY, that’s what.
Armey is one of the squatter support squad of the GOP. He wants to do away with enforcement. He wants amnesty. That’s why he won’t support Hayworth.
In fact, Armey wants to increase immigration!
The McCain camp likes to throw the non issue Abramoff accusation at J.D. of which he was totally cleared, but one of Armey’s top advisers, Horace Cooper, actually got indicted for taking Abramoff bribes. OH! The irony!
YES! That’s where the current rendition started.
I did, in a fit of frustrration stated, “I’m ready for another tea party” .... a few weeks later ....
In answer to the author’s question I would say that “We did, right here on FR.
I remember posting right after Obama got elected about having a Tea Party — things were just going in the wrong direction!
(Little did I know how terrible Obortion O’s direction would really be.)
Just don’t tell anyone...please!!!
There was a table set out under a tree in front of the house, and the March Hare and the Hatter were having tea at it...
“Rick Santelli and the Rant of the Year”
I agree, he started it!!
Here’s an early mention on FR:
I wish we could mail teabags to mccain but security will not allow that.
Perhaps we should mail clothespins to McCain HQ to let him know he stinks.
37 posted on Mon Jun 02 2008 15:26:14 GMT-0700 (Pacific Daylight Time) by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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Tea bags to the White House
certrtwngnut | 02-22-2003 | certrtwngnut.
Posted on Sun Feb 22 2009 14:28:10 GMT-0800 (Pacific Standard Time) by certrtwngnut
Instead of dumping the tea in the ocean as the original patriots did, let’s each of us send a tea bag to Mr. Obama. Let them be heaped upon Mr Obama as he is heaping decades of debt upon our children & grandchildren.
Santelli, publicized by Beck. It’s not a mystery.
You wrote,”The TEA Party movement started at the end of the Bush term when TARP was passed.”
You’re getting warmer!!!!
What most people forget is that the first TARP went down to defeat by a 228-217 vote in the House. Here we saw the first evidence of a ‘populist’ coalition of left and right.
Half of the Congressional Black Caucus voted against the first TARP and you had the spectacle of Code Pink activists high fiving the most conservative neo-con Republicans in the House and encouraging them to ‘stay strong’ and vote against TARP.
Politics makes strange bedfellows.
And then McCain announced that he was ‘suspending my campaign’, and that the economy was ‘fundamentally strong’ and that was it for the McCain/Palin ticket.
McCain is no maverick and is politically inept; if he was in any way politically savy he would have embraced this new populist coalition.
He did not as he voted for the first TARP as well as the second TARP which was passed in either late September or early October of 2008.
‘It’s all about the Tax, stupid.’
Its time for Boston Tea-Party II.
10 posted on Thu Oct 02 2008 13:18:32 GMT-0700 (Pacific Daylight Time) by maineman
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We need to keep it that way. We don’t need moderate repubs or paulbots running us.
I'll never forget his Rant of the Year!
I sure wish the Fox Business Network would snap up Santelli... he shouldn't be associated with NBC in any way, IMO.
Yep, AuntB, the GOP is eaten’up with McCain ‘Luv those Illegals’ crap. I got my bi-monthly RNC survey yesterday with it’s idiotic 2 pages of questions about how they were going after the Rats on everything with no mention of Illegal Immi nor AGW....made that comment and said I only send $$ to true Conservative Candidates + Dump McCain & Dump Steele NOW!
Thanks for posting, the Prepper’s Network is very good. good place to Take notes on reaction to Social Breakup!
I remember reading references to needing a “new Boston Tea Party” here at FR in the fall of 08. Memory has it that it was around the time that TARP was going back and forth in Congress, but it could also have been after the election. Either way, it was in the fall of 08 and it was here at FR that I first heard the call.
I’m thinking that’s the one I remember.
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