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Rick Santelli celebrates fifth anniversary of famous Tea Party rant: 'Dissenting voices will continue to voice their dissent'

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On CNBC's "Squawk on the Street" Wednesday morning, editor Rick Santelli recalled the fifth anniversary of his famous Tea Party rant on the floor of the Chicago exchange in 2009.

Sanitelli reminded viewers that five years ago, Americans were frustrated after the Wall Street TARP bailouts passed in October 2008, and even more frustrated when the $787 billion stimulus act passed on Feb. 17, 2009.

The final straw, he noted, was on the following day when the Obama administration began discussing bailouts for homeowners who couldn't pay their mortgages.

"On February 19th, I blew a gasket, but basically what was born at that point was the voice of dissension," Santelli said, pointing out that many Tea Party groups began forming in early 2009.

"It seems like if you look back, it was February of 2009 where all of that started, if you look at some of the IRS records," he said. "But dissension was born."

Santelli pointed out that the Obama administration was still going after Americans who voiced their dissent for some of their policies, pointing out that National Economic Council Director Gene Sperling spent the morning criticizing the Congressional Budget Office.

"So once again, it seems once again dissenting voices aren't very popular," he said. "But this is America. Dissenting voices will continue to voice their dissent, because they've read the operating instructions for the United States of America, and it's their right."

Santelli's 2009 rant made waves across the nation, particularly after the Drudge Report featured the video on his site with a siren alert.


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