Tea Party—The Documentary!


Liberty’s March Has A New Generation of Patriots

The Tea Party movement of 2009 shocked the political establishment, the nation at large and left a big media machine dizzy in its wake. How did it happen? Where did it come from? Now, experience the story of the movement that’s driving our national dialogue against big government spending and a Constitution under assault. “Tea Party: The Documentary Film” follows the struggles of five grassroots individuals and their transformation from home town rally goers and rally organizers to national activists in the 912 March on Washington. In the process, the film reveals what is at the heart of this nationwide surge of civic engagement – a return to and respect for a Constitutionally limited government, personal responsibility and fiscal restraint at the Federal level.

The Characters…

NATE Nate, a young black man from Detroit, Michigan, voted for Barack Obama in 2008 from an upbringing that taught him to mistrust America because of the color of his skin. As a Libertarian with a paradigm shift and a newfound understanding of the nation he loves, he is risking the anger of family and friends by joining the march against a President’s policies that would victimize the very people he loves the most.

JACK Jack is a father of two young children, a little league baseball coach and a health insurance agent. He risks losing his job under current healthcare reform. He is a Democrat turned Constitutionalist and the younger brother of a Vietnam soldier who is marching for his children, his brother’s legacy and the future of the America he believes in.

JENNY BETH In 2008, she and her husband lost a multi-million dollar business, were forced into bankruptcy and home foreclosure. Nine months later, she is working as a national leader in the grassroots tea party movement, organizing events and taking her message to the steps of the National Mall with the company of millions behind her.

WILLIAM William is a patriot renaissance man, a pastor, colonial re-enactor, painter, poet, Vietnam veteran, former Pentagon and Secret Service employee and a man of the march. He can be outrageous and funny or somber and reflective, full of antics and unpredictability. He marched for the Vietnam Memorial during the Reagan Era and this time, his journey back to Washington, DC leads him to the front lines of the march down Pennsylvania Avenue on September 12.

DR. FRED SHESSEL Dr Fred Shessel is a doctor moved to action against a government threatening to undermine the doctor-patient relationship with suffocating beaucracy and increased taxpayer spending. After years practicing as a highly respected urologist, he is stepping out of the hospital corridors to lead an army of fellow physicians into the halls of power and corruption and fight for his patients on Capitol Hill.

DAVE Dave is a 20-something young professional studying to become a doctor. He spent time as a fashion model in Milan and beyond and is sick of big government and the apathy within his own generation. He is now moved to action in the tea party movement by a government gone too far.



  1. Robert said,

    October 16, 2009 at 9:12 am


  2. beetlebabee said,

    October 16, 2009 at 10:58 am

    I’m very excited that the tea party movement is taking off like this. Isn’t it kind of fun?

  3. Clark said,

    October 16, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    How primitive. This crap gives conservatives a bad name.

  4. beetlebabee said,

    October 16, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    Interesting take Clark. Would you like to expand on your thoughts? Or are you just throwing pot shots?

  5. Smokezero said,

    October 16, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    Actually, while clark may want to take a pot shot, I do have some points on the poorly made rap video. Poorly made, simply because I don’t like rap. So yes, that was a pot shot at the video style, but on to my real points of issue.

    What Joe Wilson did was not impressive, it was not patriotic, it was against decorum. You don’t yell at the President when he’s giving the STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS. No Democrat did that to all of Bushes lies, because that is not the forum for airing your dirty laundry. We have over two hundred years of tradition invested in the State of the Union, and what Wilson did was piss all over that tradition. He has his right to an opinion, and the expression thereof, but at that conjunction, that was in very poor taste, and he and anyone else who sided with him should be ashamed.

    Next, “Liberalism” isn’t some sort of cancerous disease, its not something to be afraid of, and its not a blind militant force that must be scorned, anymore than the Neo-cons and Chicken-hawks of the Republican party. Frankly, most politicians play to those cards because they are easy to wave around, but don’t really do anything. All this liberal bashing, and assumptions that democrats are immoral, you forget people like Harry Reid (that reference more or less specifically for you beetle).

    Also, when “liberals” and democrats marched against the war, was this a sign of patriotism to you? Or did you follow the Faux News trend of “these people need to support the president! They are unpatriotic for marching on Washington like this!” Because frankly, a march, a demonstration, a cause is not patriotic. Wanting to see the best for your country is. No matter what you believe, we do have the freedom to express how we feel in correct forums, and that is freedom.

    “How you going to support killing a baby?” The question I would ask is this: How can you support killing doctors (abortion bombings) or other adults (wartime, capital punishment, etc)? What of women with an ectopic pregnancy, where the egg is fertilized outside the uterus, and will ultimately cause the death of the baby, and if unchecked, the mother. The abortion issue sounds simple on paper, but it is one of those issues that has many ugly heads.

    This “rapper” sings about liberties being taken away, and yet I get the feeling that republicans and people like him are in the same liberty stealing business. Not all republicans, but individuals with his particular bent, who wish to enforce their world view on the rest of the world. It happens to liberals and conservatives alike, and it is the assumption that your lifestyle is better than someone elses. Superiority complex at its most rude.

    Patriotic people are liberals, conservatives, and everyone between or outside those groups. They are the individuals who give a crap about what happens to our country. They are the people who were disappointed with ACORN, and also disappointed with KBR, Halliburton, and many other government contractors who are corrupt in their own right. Patriotic people should be ASHAMED of the Republicans who sided against Al Franken’s bill to not support groups who have non-suit rape clauses. We should also be ashamed of how much money goes into each election. How much the corporate buyout is on our elected officials. We should be mad as hell about banks getting bailed out and businesses being deemed “too big to fail.” Patriotic People should be aghast that there is such a partisan divide in congress that the GOP is now referred to as the Party of No. I don’t elect parties, I elect people. And frankly, a lot of the people who are elected to represent me have failed. In many ways.

    There’s my comments. Deal with them as you want.

  6. Clark said,

    October 16, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    Sure. First of all, thank you SmokeZero. I concur with everything you said. Secondly, I do feel like this rapper and the tea baggers are primitive and acting out because they feel disenfranchised. Disenfranchised people look for a group of people to pick on. Gay people. Black presidents. Easy shots. Why should this rapper tell us that marriage is between a “man and a lady”? This is a nation under civil laws, not ecclesiastical law. We cannot continue to allow tax paying, law abiding citizens to be denied the over 1100 benefits that come with civil marriage just because some people are uncomfortable with it. A homophobe’s right to be bigoted does not trump my right to the benefits that come with marriage. The day will come when this will be a non-issue and NOM supporters will be a vestige of the past.

  7. beetlebabee said,

    October 16, 2009 at 5:42 pm

    I was trying to figure out what you guys were talking about when I realized that I’d linked the wrong clip. Sorry about that. They do have a rap trailer, but I preferred the other more traditional take. Sorry for the mixup. I’ve replaced it.

  8. beetlebabee said,

    October 16, 2009 at 6:10 pm


    I have not seen the rap version of the trailer, and honestly have no desire to listen to it since I don’t care for rap myself, but I am familiar with the issues so we’ll go from there. Actually there was one rap youtube clip I put on Beetle Blogger on purpose once. It was uniquely powerful, but this one wasn’t. So again, my apologies.

    Regarding the rest of your comments, it’s likely that a change of style won’t dress the material much differently for you so I’ll just make a few remarks.

    Joe Wilson: I agree that there’s a time and place for criticism and the state of the union may not have been the perfect place, HOWEVER. What the president said was not truthful and in the current climate where party leaders from both sides seem to be allowing legislation to be passed without even reading it, in a time when media does not do it’s job of vetting both sides of the issues, I find it refreshing that at least one of our leaders would have the gumption to say things as they were and the media coverage it created because of that venue was welcome. I don’t think Joe Wilson is being celebrated for the time and place, but rather the willingness to stand against the tide of lies.

    On liberalism being a dirty word. Liberal values are one thing, but liberal laws are another. I believe in kindness etc, but I don’t believe in legislating behavior that should come from within. That said, there is a tendency in politics to demonize the opposition, no matter what side you’re on. I don’t think denigrating people is right. People are valuable no matter who they are, what they think or what they do. In that I think we agree. Liberal ideas we can disagree on if you like. Some liberal values I respect, others I do not.

    “assumptions that democrats are immoral, you forget people like Harry Reid.” That may be a poor reference for me at the moment considering what he said this week in regards to proposition 8. I should note our former bishop is a democrat, and a man I respect greatly. I believe firmly that there are good people on both sides of the isle, even when they’re politicians. Personally though, I don’t give a whit for the actions or opinions of Harry Reid.

    I guess my main question with the rest of your response is, why the need to assume that since I don’t support your position, that I support the position of clinic bombers, people who demagogue, republicans who don’t support principles of freedom etc.? Isn’t that demonizing too?

  9. beetlebabee said,

    October 16, 2009 at 6:47 pm

    Great article on public civility came out today: http://newsroom.lds.org/ldsnewsroom/eng/commentary/the-mormon-ethic-of-civility You may enjoy it.

  10. Smokezero said,

    October 16, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    I wouldn’t put you in their camps either. Just as you wouldn’t put me in the same group as people who paint swastikas on church buildings (I’d hope). My question was more or less directed at the individual who’s rap song was insulting to the intellect as well as the ears. For instance, (I don’t know if I’ve said this to you or On Lawn) I’m fairly Pro Choice. However, if I ever got someone pregnant, I’d like to see the pregnancy through, and do the whole “responsible father” angle of life.

    You, I believe we’ve talked before, and while we disagree, I don’t get the sense that you’re an extremest in most senses. So if you feel that I excluded you in a “real patriot” sense, than I’m sorry for that misunderstanding.

    My ranting was really focused on the video you linked and how insulting it was in general. The man celebrated what he would have been extremely upset at a few years ago, when the boot was on the other foot. And that is one of the things I find disturbing about the gay marriage fight. People who feel that they were wronged in the vote will turn against those who disagreed, and in turn, discriminate.

    As for Harry Reid (and he is one politician I really admire) his spokesman had this to say:

    “While Senator Reid agrees with his church that marriage is between a man and a woman,” Summers said, “he also believes that the resources that went into the Proposition 8 effort could have been put to better use.”

    I would say I agree with that. Though as I said earlier, I think far too much money goes into these election campaigns to begin with that could be used on better things. Imagine if we used that campaign money to promote the billions each party spends in tax money. Use that campaign money to help people in need, give tax breaks, etc.

    So to reiterate, nothing I said was an attack on you personally. I’d hate for you to think that I esteem you any less now than I did yesterday.

    Clark, while you may agree with me, I think you’re somewhat off base in your remarks about people being homophobic or bigoted, or NOM being a “vestige of the past.” This is all the legal debate. Its part of the process of culture we should embrace. You feel that same sex marriage is a civil right. Well, be ready and willing to fight in the proper arenas for that right. Be ready to prove your point beyond the glib catch phrases of “prop 8 is unconstitutional” or the cut down remarks of bigoted homophobes. Just as you’d expect that in a debate gay people are not referred to in degrading ways. When it comes to the public debate, polite respect of the people you’re arguing with will win more than glossy arrogance.

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