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Star Parker: How the Tea Party rumbled

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Published on Sep 10, 2011

As the keynote speaker for Move-on-up.org's event in St. Louis (2011), Star Parker explained how the Tea Party dared to challenge Leftism.

Star Parker: We started hearing this little rumbling. We started hearing this rumbling. We started hearing that things were being said at Townhalls. People hadn't shown up for Townhalls...people hadn't even had Townhalls in a long time. What we had in America up to that point was exactly what [President] Garfield had said: When you have recklessness and corruption in government, it's because people tolerate recklessness and corruption in government. [applause]

He didn't last long as a president, I think he had the shortest presidency in the history of the country, but he sure left that known.

While we were sleeping, liberals have been moving this country to an addiction that is going to be extremely hard to break. And I think it culminated during that time when they said, okay, if we haven't broken down society enough, when we can look at every inner-city in the country and see the damage of the welfare state, to see what happens when you're government-dependent. We haven't done enough, so let's get everyone else on Uncle Sam's Plantation.

And they began that social engineering. They started with healthcare and the people were rumbling and coming out to the townhalls and the next thing we knew they were coming to Washington, D.C.

It was an exciting day when those of you who are Tea Partiers showed up in Washington, because you always have the few, the faithful, that are trying to do the right thing in Washington to keep those legislators in check. And to try to get social policy that reflects the founding of this country. Not just social policy, all public policy because my emphasis is social policy.

So when that wave began and the next thing you know, we were going to replace Washington and send them some people who understand the Constitution, who understand freedom, who understand personal responsibility, who understand traditional values, limited government, free markets, strong national defense.

It was moving out west and we thought, 'well, golly, maybe it will come to California too. Haven't we had enough?'

I mean, we've tried every single idea of liberalism and leftism and we are in serious trouble.

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