Can you believe it has been a year already? So much has changed.
A year ago the GOP was rudderless, having lost the house, the senate and the oval office. There were bailouts, stimulus, son of stimulus, and universal health care on the horizon. Then, on that day, something changed.
On the 27th of February 2009 the citizens decided they have had enough. They came together. Conservatives, libertarians and independent activists from all walks of life, from all around the country, they rose up in protest against what they saw as a big-government takeover of our American way of life.
When Rick Santelli took the floor at the Chicago Commodities exchange to vent his anger of a democrat proposal to bail out mortgage owner’s who bought more than they could afford, he uttered the words that would start a movement. A moment in history where a voice carried from sea to shining sea.
“We’re thinking of having a Chicago Tea Party in July,” Santelli said. “All you capitalists that want to show up to Lake Michigan, I’m going to start organizing.”
His voice carried like those of Patrick Henry or Thomas Paine. People heard the call. Urged on by their patriotic spirit, and a firm belief in America, they began to take action. They organized, they marched, they protested.
Though at first largely ignored, and then mislabeled, by the Main Stream Media, the movement began to take hold and grow. Mothers, Fathers, Sisters and Brothers from every faith, every race and political persuasion. They took up their homemade signs and made their voices heard around the world. The movement made history.
As the Tea Party movement celebrates its’ first year the movement continues to grow stronger. Though many in government and media turn a myopic eye and a tin ear to the will of the people, the failure to heed the Tea Party call will be the ultimate undoing of their anti-American agenda.
As the liberal Democrats and a condescending president continue to plan the government takeover of the healthcare system they fail to realize that they are only building upon the gallows of public unrest that will soon overtake them and return power to the people.
Happy Birthday Tea Party. You’re not only making history, you are making those patriots that came before very proud.