WND founder Joseph Farah

NASHVILLE – During his speech tonight at the first national tea-party convention, WND founder Joseph Farah will get Americans energized and excited about reclaiming their nation from the clutches of “tyrannical central government” – and now the whole nation can watch his address live.

Not only is C-SPAN slated to broadcast the event on cable television from 9 to 10 p.m. Eastern Time, PJTV will stream a free live feed of the convention, including Farah’s address and tea-party strategy workshops, from its website. Online viewers must register an e-mail address to watch the events via the Internet.

Tea Party Nation is hosting the convention until Saturday at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tenn. Farah will present his speech tonight at 9 p.m. Eastern.

“To say we are thrilled Joseph Farah is speaking is an understatement,” Phillips told WND. “He was a tea partier before there was a tea-party movement.”

Get the inside information from Farah, in his column “What I’ll say today at 1st Tea Party Convention”

Judson said a major objective of the convention is to inspire Americans.

“Joseph is a tremendously inspirational person and speaker, and he will really fire people up and get them excited about going back to their home states and cities and taking this advocacy to the next level.”

Farah joins former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and other prominent speakers such as commentator Andrew Breitbart; WND columnist Judge Roy Moore; Phil Valentine, popular radio talk-show host and author of “The Conservative Handbook”; Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton and Fox News Political Analyst Angela McGlowan, among others. Former U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colo., opened the event.

Meanwhile, tea partiers are traveling to Nashville from dozens of states. On one flight to Tennessee from Denver, Colo., several passengers shared their enthusiasm for the convention and the tea-party movement.

One of those passengers, Ray Rammell, a Korean War veteran from Idaho Falls, Idaho, told WND most tea partiers are deeply concerned about fiscal responsibility and mounting national debt.

“I’m totally disgusted with the way politicians back in Washington, D.C., are spending our money,” he said.

Other passengers expressed agreement with Rammell’s position, sharing their own concerns about lawmakers failing to represent Americans and loading future generations with an insurmountable fiscal burden.

Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tenn.

The hotel’s parking lots filled with cars with license plates from states across the nation. Buses unloaded enthusiastic groups of people arriving for the convention, and some carried copies of the Declaration of Independence. Hotel staff said they expect many more arrivals in Friday morning.

As Phillips told WND, there are three main goals of the event:

  1. Organizers plan to equip attendees with information, effective tools and techniques they can bring back to their groups.
  2. The convention will help tea-party leaders from across the nation network and make connections with people in the movement.
  3. The event is intended to provide some unity within the tea-party movement so leaders may work together toward a common goal.

The speaking schedule is as follows:

  • Today, Feb. 5
    9:30 a.m. EST: Steve Milloy and Mark Skoda
    2 p.m. EST: Judge Roy Moore and Tom Fitton
    9 p.m. EST: Angela McGlowan and Joseph Farah
  • Saturday, Feb. 6
    10 a.m. EST: Andrew Breitbart and Ana Puig
    9 p.m. EST: Sarah Palin

Tickets to the convention were available to citizens who have stepped up and taken leadership roles in the tea-party movement, including those who would like to be more involved this year. Tea Party Nation allocated 600 tickets for the convention and 1,100 for the banquet with Palin. But following a WND report on Farah’s speaking role at the convention, it quickly sold out, with more than 500 people joining a waiting list.

Farah said he is delighted to address the nation’s tea partiers.

“To be asked to speak at the first national tea-party convention is a great honor for me,” he said. “I believe the tea-party movement is a powerful and righteous social and political force that can help take America back from the grips of out-of-control and tyrannical central government. It’s also a personal privilege for me to be on the same bill with Gov. Sarah Palin and so many other distinguished leaders and friends.”

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