Americans are angry. They are fed up with the government’s spend like there’s no tomorrow policies, the empty promises and false rhetoric, and a two party system that seems to work for special interest groups rather than their constituents. For far too long the government and those who support extremist politics have ignored the percolating voices of the middle class, until now. Voters have rallied and formed a new and viable political party, the Tea Party, that has sent the Left and many on the Right to an early retirement. The Tea Party started out as a small grass roots effort but in two short years it has grown into a formidable opponent of the Washington status quo, and it doesn’t show any sign of slowing down, especially in Chicago. In February, 2009 CNBC’s Rick Santelli caused the first wave of Tea Party mania when he went on a tirade against President Obama’s mortgage bailouts while reporting at the Chicago Board of Trade. Two months later on April 15, 2009 Tea Party protests were occurring in Chicago and across the country.
The Chicago Tea Party [CTP] is a non-partisan, well organized, growing movement that believes in liberty, constitutional principles, and fiscal responsibility. The principles that they stand for were once a standard for this great Nation, but they were lost in the race for bigger government and political special interests. However, the CTP recently proved in the 2010 election how powerful normal citizens can be when they come together with a common goal, which is to once again make the government work for us. An example of the effectiveness of the CTP is the election of Republican Mark Kirk to the Illinois Senate seat that President Obama once held. It was thought to be an easy victory for Democrat Alexi Giannoulias, but the CTP worked hard to make sure that didn’t happen as they saw another four years of the same old Chicago style politics in their future. The CTP helped Mark Kirk win the seat, however, unlike the past, Kirk will have to prove that he’s worthy of the votes he received or he will be facing retirement when his term is up.
Chicago is a city that is famous for its shady politics but it’s also a city that is known for the hard working middle class families that populate it. The city and suburbs are filled with people who work hard and have to sacrifice and live on a budget so that they can send their children to college or live comfortably in their golden years. After too many years of scrimping and saving while watching the government spend and waste taxpayer dollars the people of this fine city and state have taken a stand. They will campaign for and vote for those who share their values and ideals and govern by the Constitution. The days of taxing and spending by big government are over and the Chicago Tea Party will do its part to ensure that government remembers who’s boss.