On February 19, 2009, CNBC financial correspondent Rick Santelli stood on the bustling floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and pronounced what will be historic words: “We’re thinking of having a Chicago Tea Party in July. All you capitalists that want to show up at Lake Michigan, I’m going to start organizing it.” Rallies were held around the nation on April fifteenth of that year. Over the summer, Tea Party members showed up en masse at Congressional town halls. A September twelfth march on Washington drew thousands of people to the National Mall. This, in a nutshell, was how the social movement called the Tea Party was born.