Tea Party Founding?Submitted by leatherstocking on Tue, 08/17/2010 - 17:26
I thought the first Tea Party (of the modern era) was a Ron Paul campaign event, specifically a moneybomb. Is this correct? In the linked article this neocon and contributor to Fox News and the Weekly Standard claims that the Tea Parties started in February 2009, following Rick Santelli's famous on-air rant. The article states:
"The accidental founding of the Tea Party movement took place in February 2009, when CNBC commentator Rick Santelli let loose a rant against the stimulus package, and in particular the proposal to subsidize what he called “the losers’ mortgages.” He proposed a ceremonial dump of derivative securities into Lake Michigan, and a few hours later a website popped up calling for a Chicago Tea Party. The video clip raced around the Internet, and it was soon clear that many average Americans were furious about the massive new spending bill and the plan to subsidize bad mortgages."
(see the full article: http://www.hillsdale.edu/news/imprimis.asp)
Is this another case of writing Ron Paul out of history?