Skip to comments.The Tea Party Movement Turns Five: A Look Back
Posted on 02/26/2014 12:09:23 PM PST by Kaslin
On December 16th, 1773 colonists stormed Boston Harbor to destroy shipments of tea to protest actions by an out-of-control government that had a stranglehold on the lives and liberty of American colonists. The event became known as the Boston Tea Party and the one act which lasted but one night remains in the collective consciousness of American history to this day.
The Boston Tea Party was an act of civil disobedience- a rallying cry to patriots to stand up for their God-given rights as free human beings. Though it lasted but one night, the rallying crys message is understood by patriots today.
This month, the Tea Party Movement, born from frustration and an unwavering commitment to liberty, turns five years-old.
On February 19th, 2009, CNBC commentator Rick Santelli stood on the floor of the Chicago Board of Trade and offered viewers an impromptu diatribe that condemned the federal governments most-recent commitment of hundreds-of-billions of taxpayers dollars to prop up a failing housing market. In his frustration that mirrored the frustrations of millions of Americans, Santelli blurted out an urging for a modern-day tea party.
Americans everywhere who heard or read Santellis comments soon asked themselves, Why not? Though patriots did not storm harbors, independent patriot groups popped up all around the country. The liberal media panicked and desperately sought the single leader of this grassroots movement but found that these groups were not artificial; they were not linked or franchised groups; a grassroots movement had been born from millions of like-minded individuals who recognized that something had to be done about government.
The left went through the usual motions; they called it astroturf; surely the product of the much-maligned Koch Brothers or some other nefarious rightwing moneymen. When that narrative failed, the Tea Party was labeled as a group for bigots; however, that too, failed to take hold on any meaningful level. Since the earliest days of the Tea Party Movement, the left has waffled on how to approach these principled patriots- they are routinely dismissed by Harry Reid and his cohorts as an ineffectual fringe group.
When Democrats cannot advance their radical agenda, however, these same politicians assign blame to the Tea Party- the all-powerful troublemakers who are, to liberals, seemingly, simultaneously, both everywhere and nowhere.
To the left, these Gadsden-adorned freedom-lovers are anarchists; to the turncoat Republican establishment, wacko birds- whatever that is. Theyre derided as obstructionists, but where would we be without the Tea Party Movement?
When President Obama stoked fears amongst the left and center in the aftermath of the horrific Sandy Hook shooting, it was the Tea Party that remained steadfast and sympathetic; steadfastly loyal to our guaranteed rights as Americans, sympathetic to the pain felt by grieving Americans.
When Democrats tried to slide amnesty past the American people, calling it an earned pathway to citizenship and other coy euphemisms for rewarding criminality, the Tea Party spoke up. The Democrats have tried and tried again, but have come up short repeatedly thanks to the efforts of millions of grassroots supporters.
Not every undertaking has been a victory for the Tea Party, however. They have pushed back against bailouts, debt ceiling increases, rampant government spending and other assorted fiscal insanity and have, at times, come up short thanks to the moderate turncoats in the GOP. But the point was made and those who hoped they would simply fade away have been bitterly disappointed.
It was the Tea Party who wrestled the House from the Democrats in 2010 and swept Republicans into office. It has been the Tea Party who has empowered some of our nations greatest contemporary patriots- people like Sens. Cruz, Paul, Lee and Reps. Gohmert, Bachmann and Huelskamp.
Though not every battle has been won, many are still ongoing. The fight to defund Obamacare continues as the defunct program circles the drain. Millions continue to sign petitions, contact their representatives, picket outside buildings and demand accountability on such important issues as Fast and Furious, Benghazi and the NSA scandal.
The Tea Party Movement became such a threat that the IRS spent years targeting them for systematic harassment- a move that backfired and became yet another scandal for which this administration must answer.
It has been five years since hardworking men and women- many of whom had never protested in their lives- picked up signs and picketed state buildings. These spontaneous acts of frustration and anger merged with political groups who promised more than venting, but helped organize congressional caucuses and political action committees dedicated to affecting meaningful change in Washington.
In five years, this upstart, grassroots community moved from picketing outside the Capitol to helping create nationwide changes inside the Capitol.
It was one night in 1773 that has served as an inspiration to generations of patriots. The Tea Party Movement (despite continued efforts to delegitimize, diminish and destroy them) has been creating change on a local and national level for half a decade.
Change in government is often slow and best measured in years, not days. The Tea Party Movement has matured and grown, but much more needs to be done to save our nation and recommit our government to the fundamental foundations of freedom and liberty. Such transformations are not easy, but this nation, founded on the principles of guaranteed liberty, is a nation worth saving.
Special Thank You to TPNN.com Chief Writer Gregg Campbell for helping with this article.
EXCELSIOR! (R.I.P. Mark Scott)
There have been victories and losses. Arlen Specter, Bob Bennett and Richard Lugar were removed from power, Mike Castle and Charlie Crist were prevented from becoming senators, Lisa Murkowski was forced to fight for her political life, in 2010, the republicans retook the House of Representatives, and gained 700 legislative seats, control of 19 legislative bodies and 10 governorships, and in the senate, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Ron Johnson, Mike Lee and Ted Cruz were elected.
Not bad for a new movement! We hit a brick wall named Mitt Romney but he’s now dispatched so on to this year’s primaries and November!
We are like an incoming tide lapping at the base of the RINO castle of sand. It won't fall all at once but it will eventually fall.
“We are like an incoming tide lapping at the base of the RINO castle of sand. It won’t fall all at once but it will eventually fall.”
Exactly. We may not take out all six republican senators with primary challengers this year, but frankly, I think taking out three of them will be an enormous victory.
And if we can get Broun nominated in GA, Brannon in NC, Sasse in NE, and Shannon in OK, we’ll have gone a long way to a more conservative US Senate!
Thanks for this thread.
The Tea Party has to reach the Hispanic community if it wants to do some serious damage.
Some thing most people never hear...
When the Boston Tea PArty took place some of the men tried to fill their pockets with tea before throwing it overboard. The leaders told them “we are not common thieves” and they put it back to toss over.
All this over a 3 cent tax
We have to stop the self-defeating habit of thinking of ourselves as separate communities; we're all Americans.
We respect each member of the American community and that is based on true liberty for all and not favors carved out for each constituancy.
Hispanics need to understand that freedom is its own reward and that means no tribal tributes.
That is no joke - I was actually called an anarchist by a guy whose politics are slightly to the left of Trotsky. I will admit I was speechless. Heck of a thing when a call to restore the Constitution makes you an anarchist.
How does one write such an article about the Tea Party movement and never utter the name “Sarah Palin” even once?
Five years ago, the American political landscape changed due in large part to one fed-up CNBC journalist.
Rick Santelli, who covers the bond markets at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, had seen enough as Washington policymakers began funneling what would be trillions of dollars to bail out various sectors that had been hit during the financial crisis.
Pushed to the brink, Santelli, speaking on the “Squawk Box” show, exploded into a rant resembling the famous “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore” diatribe from the character Howard Beale in the 1976 movie “Network.”
Thank you sir.
I agree, and Evangelical Hispanics are open to the tea party and conservatism.
What is the best, most effective Tea Party group to donate to?
We wuz tea partyin' before tea partyin' wuz cool.
Never been better! The thing about an electronic ticker, though, is that we cyborgs have to constantly fight that “all humans must die” urge. Nothing to worry about. ZZZZZT!
The issue is: the Hispanic community has to be led. It takes intentional hard work. It's education and outreach. My wife is Hispanic, and I've worked in 5 embassies, 4 of which were in Latin America.
I also come from an area of the country were 1/5 of the total population of El Salvador, and that is not including the rest. I can also tell you we have done jack shiite to reach them (for over 20 years). The churches could have been producing pastors instead of leaving them to become gang members. The conservative business partners could have been educating and providing job skills.
And the sad part is: THEY WILL LISTEN. THEY WANT AMERICAN FRIENDS.
That is what I'm talking about.
It was over internal taxation.
The difficulty is that personal empowerment is necessarily a personal development. Once achieved the scales fall from the eyes and anyone, regardless of race or background, can recognize the sham being played on them by the left.
Getting people to that point has always been the challenge.
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