The Tea Party Movement Turns Five; A Look Back

TPNN’s Greg Campbell also contributed to this article. 

On December 16th, 1773, colonists stormed Boston Harbor to destroy shipments of tea to protest actions by an out-of-control government that held a stranglehold on the lives and liberty of American colonists. The event became known as the Boston Tea Party.  The act lasted but a few minutes and yet it 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 God-given rights as free human beings. This month, the Tea Party Movement, born of 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 government’s 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 Santelli’s comments soon asked themselves, “Why not?” Though patriots did not storm harbors, independent groups popped up all around the country. The liberal media panicked and desperately sought out the single leader or industry behind the movement, but found that these groups were not artificial. They were not linked or franchised groups.  They were an organic, bottom-up, truly grassroots movement made up of 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 and racists who hurled epithets at members of Congress; however, that, too, failed to take hold on any meaningful level when it was utterly debunked. 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. They’re 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 nation’s 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 effecting 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. 

6 thoughts on “The Tea Party Movement Turns Five; A Look Back”

  1. How many setbacks and losses did the founders of our country face when confronted by the power of the British empire? Those first few years must have seemed bleak and foolhardy to many Americans at the time. The forces aligned against today’s patriots are no less powerful, yet we must take heart. Our cause of Liberty is timeless and right. The only way we loose is by quitting and capitulating. Give me Liberty of give me death.

  2. Ron Paul: The Republican Party Diluted the Tea Party- During his Reddit AMA session, Ron Paul had this to say about the Tea Party:

    The Tea Party was actually started during the Ron Paul presidential campaign in 2007 when there was a spontaneous moneybomb that was done on the anniversary of the original tea party…What happened after that was that a lot of people came onboard – including Republicans – who watered down some of the beliefs, and certainly changed the opinion of some on foreign policy so that the original Tea Party movement was taken over by the Republican Party.
    Also, Lew Rockwell reports that more than 10,000 sent questions to Dr. Paul during the session.

    Leave it to the French-Republican phonies to hijack something and not give credit where credit is due. Romney/Obama/Christie/Billary 2016

  3. TEA Party is for real Americans. If you want to be taken care of go vote Democrat! But, if you want to be all you can be as God intended, vote with us!

  4. What originated a s good movement for responsible government, has been diluted and subverted, by the religious right.

    That will prevent the Tea Party from having the same sort of impact in the future, that they had in 2010.

    It is sad……..but the subversives taking over America, ARE winning.

  5. Taxed Enough Already “TEA Party”

    Ted Cruz stood up for American Citizen’s against the corrupt members of Congress! Ted was right…Obamacare is bad for American’s…great for all the illegal aliens….but very bad for american citizen’s who are now paying for their medical needs!

    I am grateful we still have Congress members who are true Patriots aligning with the Constitution, refusing to fold under the pressure of corrupt politician’s, back room corporation welfare and a dictatorship president! My votes will go to those who align with our Constitutional Rights! Not those who are committing Treason against America and our Citizen’s!

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