Today is the fifth anniversary of the Tea Party Movement.
Several founding members of the movement and some high profile supporters gathered in Washington D.C. assembled for a celebratory meeting.
Observers usually cite 18 February 2009 as the beginning of the movement. On that day hundreds of protesters gathered in 48 different cities to protest the bailouts and stimulus packages that began under the Bush administration and continued under the subsequent Obama administration.
The grass roots movement organized these protest in the ten days following a rant by CNBC's Rick Santelli on the floor of the Chicago Board of Trade.
This grass roots movement eventually coalesced into several organizations, including the Tea Party, the Tea Party Express, and the largest with the deepest roots, the Tea Party Patriots.
The core values shared by all tea party groups are those feature by the Tea Party Patriots:
Constitutionally limited government
Although the mainstream media ignored and dismissed the movement at the time, it grudgingly acknowledged the movement's influence within the Republican Party and its striking impact in the 2010 mid-term elections.
Thanks Tea Party!