Tea Party movement marks one year anniversary
It began as small scattered meetings and evolved into a national force which makes headlines and influenced CPAC speeches.
On April 15, 2009 in Landing, Florida, the rally had 5,000 members, a huge leap from the first meeting , which had attracted 75.
Populist anger at intrusive government coupled with founding principles is clearly the cup of tea for many. Although it has been aligned with the GOP, many in the movement are not Republicans in the conventional sense, and have as much anger at the party as they do liberals and Democrats.
The Tea Party movement marks its one year anniversary. See Video here
Now, Nancy Pelosi asks if it is any longer a grassroots movement, or if it has been taken over by the GOP.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Only a year ago it started as a few small meetings in different parts of the country. Now the Tea Party movement is making national headlines and influencing politicians.
One year ago the first Tea Party event in Jacksonville was held at the Landing, and only consisted of about 75 people.
But by April 15 they had 5,000.
The Tea Party movement is a fiscally conservative and populist protest movement that emerged in early 2009 partially in response to the federal government's stimulus package. The movement originated in anti-tax protests, and arose in response to the increase in national debt.
Protesters have also utilized the social networks Facebook, Twitter and MySpace, as well as blogs, in promoting Tea Party events.
The First Coast Tea Party is planning another rally at the Landing on April 15.