Fact: the Tea Party was founded by trader, financial executive and TV reporter Rick Santelli, a grandson of Italian immigrants, on the floor of the Chicago Board of Trade. Watch his original burst of moral outrage in this YouTube clip here.
Mr. Santelli did not invoke faith, God, religion, prayer or fasting. During his Tea Party comments, he did not advocate appeasing those who seek to mix religion and government. He did not denounce gays, abortion and stem cell research. He did not propose that Americans rally behind TARP, bailouts, stimulus, ObamaCare or debt limit increases. He invoked Ayn Rand and held up a copy of her 1957 novel, Atlas Shrugged, calling for Americans to rally for free market capitalism. Making references to specific laws that destroy one’s ability to create, Mr. Santelli, a member of the mainstream media, it must be noted, urged Americans to oppose government control of the economy and fight for individual rights.
(ScottHolleran.com, August 6, 2011.)