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While speaking at an event marking the five-year anniversary of the Tea Party, conservative talk show host Mark Levin said the Tea Party is the only thing standing between what's left of the American republic and the tyranny of government, Breitbart.com reported Thursday.

The grassroots movement began five years ago in response to the Obama administration's policies, and has been routinely mocked and criticized by Democrats, moderate Republicans and the media.

Despite the attacks, the Tea Party was instrumental in the 2010 midterm elections and remains a strong force in politics today -- so strong, Democrats like Sen. Chuck Schumer want the IRS to squash the movement with overbearing regulations.

Levin told the group Thursday the Constitution is under attack from a lawless president, a feckless Congress, and an all-powerful Supreme Court, Tony Lee reported.

He also praised the group for having what he called the "spirit and enthusiasm of the founding fathers" and not being afraid to insist the federal government comply with limits set in the Constitution.

For this, he added, the Tea Party is "smeared and attacked by the ruling class, Democrats and Republicans alike," in addition to the so-called mainstream media and "countless others who are dragging the nation into the abyss."

But he also said the group cannot be idle.

"And you will not be silent while a relative handful of self-aggrandizing masterminds seek to lord over you and your fellow citizens," he added. "You will not allow your country to fail."

Levin, Lee added, quoted from Thomas Paine's Revolutionary War-era "The American Crisis" about these being the "times that try men's soul" and "the harder the conflict the more glorious the triumph. Triumph we must and triumph we will."

The situation is so dire that Jonathan Turley, professor of public interest law at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., told Congress Wednesday the country has reached a “constitutional tipping point” under President Obama.

We are now at the constitutional tipping point for our system. If balance is to be reestablished, it must begin before this president leaves office and that will likely require every possible means to reassert legislative authority,” he said, explaining that no one -- not even Obama -- can "go it alone."

"We are stuck with each other in a system of shared powers — for better or worse," he said. "We may deadlock or even despise each other. The framers clearly foresaw such periods. They lived in such a period. Whatever problems we are facing today in politics, they are problems of our own making. They should not be used to take from future generations a system that has safeguarded our freedoms for over 250 years.”

Turley said he agrees with Obama, but does not approve of the way Obama is enacting his agenda.

Levin is set to be honored with the inaugural "Andrew Breitbart Defender of the First Amendment Award" at this year's CPAC on March 6, Lee said.

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