It's still difficult to believe that last week, President Barack Obama actually celebrated Feb. 17 as the anniversary of his stimulus plan (aka the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009), in which Washington borrowed $862 billion on American taxpayers' credit. Celebrate the piling of roughly $1 trillion on the backs of our posterity? Call me clueless, but I never have considered easing present circumstances by going into a massive amount of debt as an answer to anyone's economic recovery and longevity.
But I bet there's one date the president definitely won't be celebrating: Feb. 27. This Saturday marks the anniversary (or first birthday) of the Tea Party movement.
To think that last year at this time, the mainstream media and Washington politicians were either completely overlooking them or labeling those patriot gatherings as extreme and wacky fringe resistances. WorldNetDaily was virtually alone in reporting the Tea Parties as a legitimate patriotic movement like the original 1773 protest in Boston Harbor.
Today, just one year later, Tea Party patriots have proved themselves as a collective and formidable force and foe against big government power and corruption. Even according to the latest CBS News/New York Times poll, roughly 1 in 5 adult Americans identifies with the Tea Party movement.
Tea Party patriots cross all partisan lines. What unifies us is our fundamental belief that what America's Founding Fathers established was good and right, that we've largely abandoned their vision and that the only recourse to reawaken America is to return to their principles and values. But that is easier said than done, as progressives have worked double time to discredit and undermine them and the very pillars of their republic.
A few years back, an editor at The New York Times wrote, "The Founding Fathers were paranoid hypocrites and ungrateful malcontents." He's not alone. Many liberals in media and higher education share his sentiments, labeling our Founders as racists, bigots, chauvinists and charlatans, among other things. This is not only ungrateful but also wrong. It's their contributions, not their character flaws, that we should be highlighting. As Samuel Adams said in 1771, "Let us first see it prov'd that they were mistakes. 'Till then we must hold ourselves obliged to them for sentiments transmitted to us so worthy of their character, and so important to our security."
America's greatest problem is that we have forgotten our roots. Too many of us don't know or don't feel connected to those who founded our country.