16 December 2010

The Tea Party - Quintessentially American & Patriotic

Today, in 1773, patriots disguised as Indians dumped crates of tea into Boston Harbor to protest the Tea Act. This event became known as the "Boston Tea Party." Many Americans believe its time to "party" again. I've never attended a Tea Party rally, nor a meeting, and I am not a "member" of the recent grassroots movement which has become known as the "Tea (Taxed Enough Already) Party" but I am a proud supporter of the movement's' guiding principles and goals.

"Virginia Tea Party Patriots (VTPP) is a statewide tea party federation of local, non-partisan patriot groups established to advance and strengthen the Founding principles and God-given rights predicated in the U.S. and Virginia Constitution. Our mission is to encourage and facilitate citizen participation in the political process and empower all citizens with a voice and influence in demanding Constitutional governance."

The genesis of this truly grassroots citizens and quintessentially patriotic American movement was CNBC's Rick Santelli's brilliant, passionate, unrehearsed speech on the floor of the Chicago Board of Trade. As Santelli correctly points out, the modern TP movement is legitimately connected to our founding fathers and their fight for freedom and liberty.

Santelli's speech was one of those pivotal moments that come to us unexpected, but one which will very likely be looked upon in the future as a watershed moment in American history. Since this is the anniversary of the original Tea Party, watching Santelli deliver his history lesson on economics today is a fitting way to commemorate the event. Santelli's speech has been referred to as "the shout heard 'round the world." A true classic.

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