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The Reawakening of America

Written By: Doug Mainwaring  |  Posted: Monday, September 13th, 2010

The birth of the Tea Party movement is generally traced to February 2009, just a few weeks after President Obama's inauguration. While Rick Santelli's famous rant on CNBC was the spark that ignited Tea Party gatherings across the nation and gave it its name, the movement's genesis was in progress long before that fateful day.

Its inception was not a reaction to President Obama taking office, and it certainly has nothing to do with the politics of race. If Sen. John McCain had won the election, the Tea Party movement would have arrived on the scene just as quickly. The movement has nothing to do with Democrat versus Republican politics and power. It has everything to do with the American people versus the hubris of politics as usual in Washington.
The existence of the Tea Party movement is Main Street America's indictment against the ruling class.

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