I received a piece of literature at one of the Tea Parties I attended in Mansfield, Ohio, this weekend regarding Health Care Reform. The information sheet was prepared by a group called the Seattle Sons & Daughters of Liberty. In checking out their website, http://redistributingknowledge.blogspot.com/, I came a cross this terrific post and video. Liberty Belle wrote the post.
"We're thinking of having a Chicago Tea Party in July." --- Rick Santelli, February 19, 2009
In addition here is a brief YouTube description for this video,
“I'm getting so incredibly sick and tired of Dear Leader accusing anyone who disagrees with him on policy of being a "special interest." Besides that being blatantly false, I also want to ask him, what about the actual special interests that bought the Presidency for you??!! NEA, SEIU, AFL-CIO, UAW, every other union thug, Greenpeace, La Raza, etc. The list goes on and on of groups that you, Mr. President, not only take gobs of money from, but who you also pay back with massive political favors and my tax dollars. Your minions in the House also used my tax dollars to bribe other Representatives into voting yes for that monstrosity of a bill, cap-and-trade. I've got eight words for you 'Bam: Mr. President, I am not a special interest.”
“From health care to education to greenhouse cap-and-trade, President Obama continually applies the catch-all label of "special interest" [ His administration has even referred to those of us who oppose his social agenda, his economic agenda and/or his foreign policy as DOMESTIC TERRORISTS! --- gregjaye ] to anyone who opposes his policies. Legitimate debate is silenced when concerned citizens are marginalized. Who are these alleged special interests? The answer is not as alarming as you might be told to think.”
I think that the words of these ordinary Seattle people in the video embedded above capture the concerns of the majority of Americans. They represent the kinds of people who attended or are attending TEA Parties this weekend and since Rick Santelli first uttered those words, “The government is promoting bad behavior . . . We’re thinking of having a Chicago Tea Party in July. . .” Little did Santelli know what kind of impact his words would have on the the United States starting the Tea Party Movement and a revolution.