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Tea Party Founding?

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?

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Willful Ignorance

The modern Tea Party movement was started on December 16, 2007 when supporters of Ron Paul raised over $6 million in one day, marking a record single-day haul, on the 234th anniversary of the Boston Tea Party.


Santelli may have boosted it, but this event was the initial Tea Party consciousness event.

Opposition to the bank bail outs was the other issue that boosted the Tea Party movement. At some point the Neo Cons (with help from the strawman constructors in the leftist political establishment) hijacked the concept to turn it into a modern "left-right" paradigm, semi-nonsensical movement.

The only power the Tea Party has is in relation to its opposition to statist tyranny and oppression. If they simply advocate for another form of statist tyranny and oppression, they are powerless and useless.


Freedom - Peace - Prosperity

Sorry, but it started waaay before that.

In July of 2004, five hundred people attended a summit, which served, in part, as a training session for Tea Party activists in Texas. An advertisement cast the event as a populist uprising against vested corporate power. Today, the voices of average Americans are being drowned out by lobbyists and special interests, it said. But you can do something about it. The pitch made no mention of its corporate funders, Charles and David Koch. What they don't say is that, in part, this is a "grassroots citizens movement" brought to you by a bunch of oil billionaires.

"Stand up for what you believe in. Even if you stand alone."
~ Sophie Magdalena Scholl
"Let it not be said that we did nothing."
~ Ron Paul
"You must be the change you want to see in the world."
~ Mahatma Gandhi

The Ron Paul campaign Tea

The Ron Paul campaign Tea Party in '08 can be considered the first Tea Party but the year before the 911 truthers had a Tea Party where they dumped the 911 commission report in the Boston harbor.

I wouldn't

worry too much about it, there is great benefit in being a part of something, but not actually looked at as the leader. Sometimes it will allow you to do MUCH more to further your cause. It's hard to look at the nonsense in some of these articles, but don't forget that if freedom takes hold, it will be easy to correct people on it. If it doesn't, then the whole tea party history will probably be erased anyway or made irrelevant so it's probably best for us to focus on the goal.

"Endless money forms the sinews of war." - Cicero, www.freedomshift.blogspot.com

Here you go:

"Rick Santelli's infamous CNBC rant in February that ignited the Tea Party movement was also used as a call to action by many previously existing groups. Of those, the three most prominent are Freedom Works, Americans for Prosperity and the American Liberty Alliance. All three claim to be grassroots. All three are primary sponsors of both Tea Party factions (Tea Party Patriots and Tea Party Express), and all three have been sponsored by organizations supported by David and Charles Koch, the billionaire brothers who co-own America's largest privately held company as of 2008, Koch Industries."

Formerly members of the Libertarian Party

and big backers of the Cato Institute. Charles Koch was the LP's vice-presidential candidate in 1980 with Ed Clark as presidential nominee. Both brothers became jaded on the LP's prospects but have continued to support a variety of mostly liberty-oriented organizations, probably with a few missteps. They probably remain dedicated to small government and are not part of the NWO elite.

AS for Santelli's rant, I think it provided important impetus but the tea party concept was developed in the Libertarian Party and greatly amplified with Ron Paul's 12/16/07 moneybomb.

New Hampshire and Ecuador.

Yeah that article is a blatant lie or someone very confused.

Annoying to see the media hijacking a movement started by Dr. Paul.

No it isn't a blatant lie

I was here for the 07 money bomb, as well as seeing HERE first, the Santelli clip.

Did we have a hand in promoting Santelli's call to action? Yes. Were we the only ones? No.

He was the first to call for action on the national stage on the MSM. He is someone people listen to. He struck a nerve and it produced a response.

He managed to do something we couldn't before then.

Maybe he hit the right nerve.

Maybe his timing was fortuitous.

Maybe he had the respect and position we lacked.

Maybe he had a mouthpiece we can't afford.

Does it really matter "who started it" if we are all working for the same goals?

Why the pissing contest?

I was responding to a comment

The First Tea Party, December 16 2007

This was my first event I participated in after I discovered Ron Paul in November of 2007. Most of us participated in it and we can remember it very well; we made history with our Money Bomb raising over 6 million "Fiat" Dollars for Ron Paul.

Wouldn't it be something if we could raise 4x's that amount but do it in Gold and Silver! I can see the headlines now.

Anyone know how we could make this happen? I know it may be hard, but what a great way to bring attention to Ron Paul's campaign and Sound money.

For Freedom!

"If you want to change government, you have to become government" Ron Paul

For Freedom!

Start for me

That was the start for me too, but I do remember something back in 1999 and some old timers say they've been having tea parties just about every election but nobody ever paid attention.

So, what we're seeing (I Think), is something along the lines of "Colombus Discovered America". It was the point in time the money interests got involved. Maybe.

Bookmarked, Thanks!

I remember my first Tea Party, wondering, "where the heck did these people come from?"
the Salon story tells it basically the way I remember it happening.