CNBC reporter Rick Santelli’s emotional report from the trading floor in Chicago last week has resonated with Americans from coast to coast who feel as though the federal government, under both former President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama, has overstepped its bounds and begun a pattern of interference which may be difficult to reverse.
Santelli called for a “tea party” in Chicago, reminiscent of course of the 1773 protest which sparked the drive for revolution and independence. Now, “tea party revolts” are popping up in cities and towns across America, thanks in part to the success of social networking Web sites, the new media, and groups like Dick Armey’s FreedomWorks.org. I will be attending the rally in Philadelphia at noon on Saturday.
Appropriately enough, it will be held at Independence Hall.
It has been more than 230 years since our founders, a group of imperfect men driven by dreams of freedom and prosperity and the preservation of natural, God-given rights, took to that building and established this great, uncertain experiment which is America. Since then, however, our country and Her government have departed monumentally from the ideas and ideals which defined our founders’ design. As I’ve written before several times, I feel as though if those men had the opportunity to catch a glimpse of today’s America, they would see a government neither by the people nor for the people but rather a government instead ignoring the people and their desperate cries for restraint and responsibility.
When stepping back and looking at the big picture of the American government and American people today, it is important to consciously remember that our founders took a risk and built this nation for a reason, fought and died for Her for a reason, designed this country and Her government through careful thought and lengthy consideration, wanting for Her exactly what their previous nation and government had been determined to stifle, enjoin and eliminate. They knew exactly the nature of that from which they escaped, and built this nation to be everything their previous nation was not, to provide the freedoms their previous government would not — and the carefully weighed limits those men attempted to place on our government’s size, scope and purpose were designed to ensure that it would work.
Unfortunately, it is becoming increasingly apparent that, after all this time, we have fallen far from the Tree of Liberty. The men who filled the halls and chambers of Independence Hall all those years ago gave their hearts and spilled their blood to make their ideas and ideals a reality, to foment the very principles and values and priorities which, today, have largely been taken for granted, whittled away, ignored, or just plain forgotten.
So, this weekend, I’ll be downtown doing what I can to ensure that each and every one of us are heard, to ensure that the people of America know that we don’t have to simply sit back and watch what it means to be an American erode before our very eyes. I’ll be out there — you should be, too.
Find a Tea Party Revolt near you:
- Fort Myers, FL – Feb. 27, 11:00am – 1:30pm, Bowditch Point Park
- Denver, CO – Feb. 27, 10:00am, Colorado State Capitol Building – 200 E. Colfax Ave, EAST side steps
- Saint Louis, MO – Friday, February 27th, 11:00am – 12:00pm, The Steps of the Arch on Wharf Street
- Los Angeles, CA – Saturday, July 4th, Santa Monica Pier, 7:00am-12:00pm
- Boston, MA – Saturday, July 4th, 12:00pm, Griffin Harbor
- Chicago, IL – July 4th, 7:00pm, Belmont Harbor, Lakeshore Drive
- Vancouver, WA – April 18th, Lawn of Clark County Courthouse, 11am to 1pm
- Kansas City, MO – Saturday, Feb. 28th, 10am – 2pm, J.C. Nichols Foundation, 47th and J.C. Nichols Pkwy
- Philadelphia, PA – Saturday, Feb. 28th, 12:00pm, Independence Hall
- Orlando, FL – Feb. 27th, 12:00pm-2:00pm, Lake Eola
- Cleveland, OH – February 27, 2009, 12:00pm – 1:00pm, Public Square in Downtown Cleveland
- Tulsa, OK – Feb. 27, 2009, 12:00pm – 1:00pm, Veterans Park, 21st and Boulder
- Greenville, SC – Feb. 27th, Main Street, 6:00pm
- San Diego, CA – Feb. 27th, The harbor (just north of the Star of India), 9:00am
- Pittsburgh, PA – Feb. 27th, 2009 , 12pm – 1pm, Market Square
- Fort Worth, TX – Feb. 27th, Outside stage at Cowtown Bar & Grill, 7108 Camp Bowie Blvd, 3:00pm – 7:00pm
- Houston, TX – Feb. 27th, 11:00am, Fondren Green at Discovery Green Park, (in front of the amphitheater)
- Atlanta, GA – Friday, Feb. 27th, State Capitol (Washington Street exit), 12:00pm
- Chicago, IL – Friday, Feb. 27th, 11:00am central, Daley Plaza
- Washington, DC – Friday, Feb. 27th, 12:00pm, Washington Monument
- Tampa, FL – Fri. Feb 27, Noon, Federal Courthouse, 801 N Florida Ave Tampa 33602
- Sarasota, FL – Fri. Feb. 27, noon, Sarasota Island Park and Marina, Bayfront (41) and Ringling