Scottie Hughes

On December 16th, 1773 colonists stormed Boston Harbor to destroy shipments of tea to protest actions by an out-of-control government that had a stranglehold on the lives and liberty of American colonists. The event became known as the Boston Tea Party and the one act which lasted but one night remains in the collective consciousness of American history to this day.

The Boston Tea Party was an act of civil disobedience- a rallying cry to patriots to stand up for their God-given rights as free human beings. Though it lasted but one night, the rallying cry’s message is understood by patriots today.

This month, the Tea Party Movement, born from frustration and an unwavering commitment to liberty, turns five years-old.

On February 19th, 2009, CNBC commentator Rick Santelli stood on the floor of the Chicago Board of Trade and offered viewers an impromptu diatribe that condemned the federal government’s most-recent commitment of hundreds-of-billions of taxpayers’ dollars to prop up a failing housing market. In his frustration that mirrored the frustrations of millions of Americans, Santelli blurted out an urging for a modern-day tea party.

Americans everywhere who heard or read Santelli’s comments soon asked themselves, “Why not?” Though patriots did not storm harbors, independent patriot groups popped up all around the country. The liberal media panicked and desperately sought the single leader of this grassroots movement but found that these groups were not artificial; they were not linked or franchised groups; a grassroots movement had been born from millions of like-minded individuals who recognized that something had to be done about government.

The left went through the usual motions; they called it “astroturf;” surely the product of the much-maligned Koch Brothers or some other nefarious rightwing moneymen. When that narrative failed, the Tea Party was labeled as a group for bigots; however, that too, failed to take hold on any meaningful level. Since the earliest days of the Tea Party Movement, the left has waffled on how to approach these principled patriots- they are routinely dismissed by Harry Reid and his cohorts as an ineffectual fringe group.

When Democrats cannot advance their radical agenda, however, these same politicians assign blame to the Tea Party- the all-powerful troublemakers who are, to liberals, seemingly, simultaneously, both everywhere and nowhere.

To the left, these Gadsden-adorned freedom-lovers are “anarchists;” to the turncoat Republican establishment, “wacko birds”- whatever that is. They’re derided as obstructionists, but where would we be without the Tea Party Movement?

Scottie Hughes

Scottie Nell Hughes is the news director and chief journalist for the Tea Party News Network as well as a contributor to Patriot.TV and