WASHINGTON -- The Tea Party movement is "the largest political movement we have seen in modern times," Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann said today.
Speaking at the Family Research Council's Values Voter Summit, Bachmann spoke for the conservative grassroots movement, which she has officially ushered into Congress with the formation of the.
The movement is not about "red" or "blue" politics, she said -- "It's really about red, white and blue."
"People are reclaiming our inalienable rights given to us by almighty God, and they're deciding to alter their government," she said. "Liberty will be refreshed in our country."
Speaking about President Obama's interpretation of constitutional rights and understanding of governance, Bachmann accused the president of "infantilism" -- a childish mindset.
"Unlimited credit cards... has become an entitlement," she said. "Like President Obama flying personal chefs into the White House."
The government, Bachmann said, is "living off of our money," and the Tea Party is made up of individuals who understand "the government doesn't create wealth -- we do."
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