Rick Santelli inspired the modern day Klu Klux Klan.
The tea party (tea bagger) movement started at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, not in the "heartland" of America. It has always been an elitist movement even if the people involved in it are not the elite. Like the KKK, the tea baggers are protesting a change in social order whether it is racial or financial. As we saw yesterday in Austin, the tea baggers like the KKK are willing to resort to violence to further their cause.