It’s hard to believe that it’s been six years since the televised rant heard ’round the country launched a grassroots movement that would change the course of American politics — the modern Tea Party.
In 2009, on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, CNBC contributor Rick Santelli put into words — loud and passionate words — what so many in America were feeling: that big government solutions to the country’s economic and social ills were only making the problems worse and setting a perilous precedent for even more disruptive government interference.
As Breitbart reports about that impromptu Santelli speech:
Six years ago, he railed against bailouts and said “we’re thinking of having a Chicago Tea Party in July.
All you capitalists that want to show up to Lake Michigan, I’m going to start organizing,” a monologue that drew cheers from the crowd at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.
You can relive that 2009 rant that sparked the Tea Party and hear what Rick Santelli has to say about it now by clicking on the video above.
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