And your timeline is very flawed. You have been here less than 3 years, you may be imagining things after all.
I was at our celebration of the Tea Party Anniversary Fundraiser, actually was one of the organizers. I guarantee you that there was no organization, no rallies, nothing in the news about "The Tea Party" until after the Santelli rant. Many of us here that were early supporters in '07 were actually were kind of angry that this numbskull got credit for the idea and that FOX News mostly ignored our celebrations. All we got was some, "Wow, they raised a lot of money" type passing comments. Very little video, etc...
You are welcome to your revisionist history if it makes you feel better. Why anyone would want to associate Dr. Paul with that crowd of miscreant, traitor, war-monger communists is beyond me. Anyone that does is not awake, and probably never will be.
"In the beginning of a change the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot."--Mark Twain