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Posted: Friday, April 2, 2010 12:00 am

Lodi Citizens in Action, the local Tea Party association, was formed a year ago Thursday, with eight women gathering and not knowing what direction to go.

Now they are more than 250 strong, with 64 of them dues-paying members. They also have about 45 members on Facebook and 25 in the www.meetup.com group.

Charter member Arlene Farley said she was one of eight women who met in a living room on April 1, 2009. Farley said, "I'm mad as hell, and I'm not going to take it anymore, and we've got to do something."

Linda Gooden, of Acampo, maintains that despite the conservative stance Lodi Citizens in Action and national Tea Party organizations share, it's not a Republican organization.

"We are not Republican, Democrat or Independent — we're Americans," Gooden said.

Gooden, who attended a Tea Party rally in Washington, D.C., last year with her husband, said she learned a lot about who is involved in the Tea Party: "They love their country, they don't like what is going on and they're involved for the first time."

In fact, Lodi Citizens in Action President Kim Parigoris said that Americans need to watch what the Republicans do just as much as the Democrats.

Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton, and Assemblywoman Alyson Huber, D-El Dorado Hills, are among the elected officials who have been invited to speak at Lodi Citizens in Action meetings, but they haven't yet, Parigoris said.

Lodi Citizens in Action is affiliated with Tea Party Patriots, a national organization, but Lodi has its autonomy, and the Patriots don't tell their affiliates what to do, Parigoris said.

For more information, visit www.lodicitizensinaction.com and www.teapartypatriots.com.

Contact reporter Ross Farrow at rossf@lodinews.com.

Lodi Citizens in Action members at a glance


Peter Wolfe

Peter Wolfe
Age: 76
Residence: Stockton
Occupation: Self-employed in aviation business.
Joined Citizens in Action: Four to six months ago.
Why: "I think we have deviated from the Constitution in several areas. Can we put people in there who will back our Constitution and do what the people want? They can be Republican, Democrat, Independent, Libertarian. I don't care what they are as long as they follow the Constitution."



Kim Parigoris

Kim Parigoris
Age: 54
Residence: Lockeford since 1998
Occupation: Operations manager for a construction company.
Joined Citizens in Action: June 2009; became president in August.
Why: "We're fearing our government. There are things going on at lightning speed. We've been asleep at the wheel since the 1960s."



Bob Lentz

Bob Lentz
Age: 63
Residence: Acampo since 1977
Occupation: Self-employed; washes and repairs horse blankets
Joined Citizens in Action: First meeting in October; joined in November.
Why: "I went to the meeting after telling people we have a bunch of stupid people in office. Actually, the stupid people are us for voting for incumbents. I joined because I wanted to learn what is going on. I've never been active before. I'm still learning. It's like going back to school."



Arlene Farley

Arlene Farley
Age: 63
Residence: Lodi since 1972
Occupation: Retired elementary teacher at Oak View School in Acampo.
Joined Citizens in Action: April 1, 2009.
Why: "I have a degree in history. A professor at Chico State taught the history of the Soviet Union. He lived under the communist government in Czechoslovakia. He learned that the communist philosophy is, 'The end justifies the means,' and I see that happening now (in the United States). I feel my country is being hijacked. I believe illegal immigration is threatening our sovereignty."



Linda Gooden

Linda Gooden
Age: 66
Residence: Acampo for about 10 years
Occupation: Helps husband with his asphalt paving business; previously a massage therapist for 13 years.
Joined Citizens in Action: Shortly after April 15, 2009, Tea Party rally in Sacramento.
Why: "I've been a Christian for a long, long time. My father and father-in-law served in World War II, my son is in Iraq. I see things going on in this country that are going down. Every time our president goes to a foreign country, he never talks about the exceptionalism of our country. We're turning into a European socialist country."

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53 comments:

  • posted at 7:38 pm on Fri, Apr 9, 2010.

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    cogito wrote "Lodian, I think Fred Phelps is a vile human being, and not just because he's a Democrat."Do you really think this is an intelligent comment?

     
  • posted at 7:36 pm on Fri, Apr 9, 2010.

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    Cogito wrote "...it [Fox News] was the only news source that people viewed more positively than negatively."If so then it looks like the extreme right have found a home in Fox News. You also commented that Fred Phelps is a Democrat. So what? Jim Jones was a Republican. Are you going to hate an entire party and call them vile because of a sick and twisted lunatic? That's not very bright, Cogito.

     
  • posted at 7:02 pm on Fri, Apr 9, 2010.

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    cogito wrote "http://www.bostonherald.com/news/us_politics/view/20100127poll_fox_most-trusted_news_outlet/. There are many places to back the story. But, like you, Democrats don't watch as much, so they don't believe it."Cogito: Your link is closed to non-subscribers. I did not find anything to back up your claim. And, Cogito, you have absolutely no idea as to what I watch. You assume too much, too often.

     
  • posted at 4:01 pm on Fri, Apr 9, 2010.

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    Lodian, I think Fred Phelps is a vile human being, and not just because he's a Democrat. There isn't a bigger nutjob at any of the tea party rallies. Did you know Mr. Phelps has ran for office on the Democrat ticket 5 times. Must be part of that inclusive "broad tent" the Democrats are always bragging about. Bahahaha!

     
  • posted at 3:55 pm on Fri, Apr 9, 2010.

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    Lodian, even the foreign haters will back me up. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/jan/27/fox-news-most-popular

     
  • posted at 3:51 pm on Fri, Apr 9, 2010.

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    http://www.bostonherald.com/news/us_politics/view/20100127poll_fox_most-trusted_news_outlet/. There are many places to back the story. But, like you, Democrats don't watch as much, so they don't believe it.

     
  • posted at 2:25 pm on Fri, Apr 9, 2010.

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    Cogito wrote "Fox News was not only the most trusted by Americans, it was the only news source that people viewed more positively than negatively."Please cite your source, as I would love to go over those poll results. Was this poll done at a Tea Party event? LOL!

     
  • posted at 2:21 pm on Fri, Apr 9, 2010.

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    Cogito @ 3:09pm: These were the results from a poll done by The Winston Group. Don't shoot the messenger. And I think you are more likely to identify with Fred Phelps due to your views on gay people and all.

     
  • posted at 2:12 pm on Fri, Apr 9, 2010.

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    pre$$ure$on wrote on Apr 2, 2010 2:36 PM:" Cogito, I suppose you would have preferred McCain-Palin? I don't vote for any old men or women regardless of party affiliations. GWB and the republican party had 8 years and the only accomplishment was the Mission Accomplished sign and a faux war for oil and revenge for daddy. This is a young person's country and it's time the old school moved on. That includes, Pelosi, Feinstein and Boxer. The right has too far too many to name as well as do the democrats. "So you are in the ANSWER.org party?

     
  • posted at 2:04 pm on Fri, Apr 9, 2010.

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    gartman wrote on Apr 2, 2010 2:14 PM:" The fact that the Weapons of Mass Delusion were never used against our soldiers is the clearest evidence they never existed when we invaded. "LOL when would Saddam have time to use them? He was hiding in a hole in the ground. lol

     
  • posted at 2:02 pm on Fri, Apr 9, 2010.

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    pre$$ure$on wrote on Apr 2, 2010 12:05 PM:" Just the facts, seems like they were looking for the WMD's that GWB told them Iraq had that sent us into a war that has killed thousands of our young soldiers and maimed tens of thousands more who will suffer for a lifetime. And still no WMD's. Not even in the White House under the carpets where they so jokingly looking for them on worldwide news one evening. How pathetic. "What you really mean is the WMD's that Bill Clinton told us they had. Wow that video has been out for over 2 years on you tube. Do you actually expect anyone to accept that statement anymore? Thank goodness for video and you tube to put forth the evidence to quiet the left. They actually did find shells with Sarin gas traces, and I will be happy to say that I am glad Bill said it.

     
  • posted at 1:57 pm on Fri, Apr 9, 2010.

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    pre$$ure$on wrote on Apr 2, 2010 8:19 AM:" Two things I'm very wary of: dues paying members?Ann Coulter as a speaker?Thats right, gang members don't actually pay annual dues nor go to college, so be wary, be very wary. lol

     
  • posted at 1:55 pm on Fri, Apr 9, 2010.

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    LodiFreeThinker wrote on Apr 2, 2010 9:46 AM:" As a libertarian, and a free thinker I was intrigued by the tea party movement.The metaphor of the tea party is powerful and relevant. We are being over-taxed and under-represented.On the surface the tea party stands for constitutionally limited government, free markets and fiscal responsibility. All things I can get solidly behind.Sadly if you look beyond the national chapter's mission statement, most of the local groups are full of religious right extremists, who really are just in this fight because they want more government support for their restrictive views and they're pissed off that we have a democrat in the white house. "Your super left wing democrat media just portrays them that way. And you suck it up. Shows you are no free thinker. The Tea Party organizations support the principles of the founding fathers. From your comments, I guess you don't

     
  • posted at 10:10 am on Fri, Apr 9, 2010.

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    Lodian, in a recent poll. Fox News was not only the most trusted by Americans, it was the only news source that people viewed more positively than negatively. And for someone who usually sticks up for the lower end citizens, it's odd that you would point out the incomes and ages of the Tea Party Protesters. But then again, maybe you identify more with Democrat protesters like the Rev. Fred Phelps.

     
  • posted at 9:04 am on Tue, Apr 6, 2010.

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    “The individuals who make up the Tea Party movement are largely conservative and get their news from Fox; they're generally older and of moderate to low income.” This poll was done by “The Winston Group”, a conservative-leaning polling and strategy firm that is run by the former director of planning for former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich.This contradicts Ms. Parigoris’ statement that... “You're starting to see younger people get involved, and a lot more professional people...”

     
  • posted at 9:03 am on Tue, Apr 6, 2010.

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    "Tea Party members have some explaining to do"--Andrew Scot McEwanhttp://www.daytondailynews.com/opinion/tea-party-members-have-some-explaining-to-do-633770.htmlWhen Republicans were giving out huge tax cuts without making any spending cuts, and when George W. Bush expanded Medicare, and when he paid for two costly wars by slapping them on the national credit card, where was your outrage Tea Party members/supporters? You say you’re angry with Obama, but when Bush gave out his bailout in 2008, why didn’t you take to the streets then?--http://www.daytondailynews.com/opinion/tea-party-members-have-some-explaining-to-do-633770.html

     
  • posted at 8:54 am on Tue, Apr 6, 2010.

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    Are there any Teabaggers under 50 years old? It seems that most of the TP members/supporters are of retirement age or very close to it. Nice shades, Peter Wolfe. :-)

     
  • posted at 1:14 am on Mon, Apr 5, 2010.

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    Maybe at their next rally, we could have a democrat register to vote booth. We can see how "non-partisan" they really are. The idea that "oh we couldn't stop them from being there to register republican" is just ridiculous. From what I've seen on TV of their rallies (oh no!! MSM!!!), these people are almost rabid. In fact, I think some of them do have rabies and maybe that's why they're trying to sign up new members as the original ones die after 21 days.Tea party. What a joke. Weren't you guys on the Ross Perot bandwagon 20 years ago? That was real successful. Just like a republican administration. A lot of noise and in the end, the rich get richer and the poor get poorer.Please send me all the stupid You Tube and Heritage Foundation etc. links you like to send as proof of your positions.It's like providing Mein Kampf to prove Hitler wasn't such a bad guy, just smeared by the world wide press.

     
  • posted at 1:27 pm on Sun, Apr 4, 2010.

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    For further information on the Tea Party, go to http://www.dickipedia.org/dick.php?title=Teabaggers

     
  • posted at 2:35 pm on Sat, Apr 3, 2010.

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    The Tea Party. The latest attempt by what-ever-they-want-to-call-themselves but are-always-made-up-by-the-same-people as past "efforts" will soon spin themselves into the aggregate of which they are made like dust flying off a fan.Give them their 15 minutes. A future answer to a trivia questionAnn Coulter funny? I guess if some snotty woman in a black cocktail dress who thinks it's ok to blab and blab ("Ask me about my dead son") but has yet to get her due makes you laugh, well I just feel sorry for you.I much prefer Al Franken, Michael Moore, or Bill Maher. Al Franken is a US Senator. What is Ann Coulter (see above description).

     
  • posted at 6:26 pm on Fri, Apr 2, 2010.

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    Wow Lodian, you consider half of the American public not approving of Obama and the job he's doing, this soon after his anointing as the chosen one, to be good news? That's funny! Pre$$ure$on, Obama isn't a carbuncle on the posterior of John McCain, in every category, as a man or as qualified to be president. Only a fool would believe that.

     
  • posted at 11:30 am on Fri, Apr 2, 2010.

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    steve 2:32pm: Gallup polls show Obama's approval rating at 50%. (www.gallup.com)

     
  • posted at 11:20 am on Fri, Apr 2, 2010.

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    libraryguy wrote on Apr 2, 2010 7:43 AM:" If they are "non-partisan," why did they hand out Palin buttons and have a "Republicans register here" stand at their Veterans Plaza event last year? "Good point.Here's more information...Quinnipiac University National Pollwww.quinnipiac.eduLooking at voters who consider themselves part of the Tea Party movement: * 74 percent are Republicans * 88 percent are white * 77 percent voted for Sen. John McCain in 2008

     
  • posted at 9:58 am on Fri, Apr 2, 2010.

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    pre$$ure$on, "but at least let him finish his four year term before you label him a complete failure." I am not sure if America can survive until his term is up, but as for him being a complete failure, how about labeling him an incomplete failure, now that's the ticket.

     
  • posted at 9:56 am on Fri, Apr 2, 2010.

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    Maybe the reason the FBI is in Lodi this time has nothing to do with Muslim terrorists. LOL!

     
  • posted at 9:54 am on Fri, Apr 2, 2010.

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    In case you're interested in an impartial look at these alleged "home grown terrorists" here's their website.What evil deeds are these "home grown terrorists" planning?The Restore America Plan is a bold achievable strategy for behind-the-scenes peaceful reconstruction of the de jure institutions of government without controversy, violence or civil war. After consultation with high ranking members of the United States armed forces, the Plan is in the process of assembling the Guardians of the Free Republics and reinhabiting the De jure Grand Juries to: (These are only a few)End the foreclosure nightmare (for borrowing against one’s own credit).End all prosecutions which lack an injured party.Terminate the intrusion of corporations posing as the state into every aspect of the People’s lives.http://www.guardiansofthefreerepublics.com/front-page.html

     
  • posted at 9:42 am on Fri, Apr 2, 2010.

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    I enjoy the open criticism of President Barack Obama, and the encouragement and good points by others, but at least let him finish his four year term before you label him a complete failure. GWB will be remembered as cetainly one of the worst presidents, if not #1, and it took him 8 years of failures and spin to get there. President Barack Obama is a smooth spinner and no different from any modern day politician. Anyone who believes that any politician doesn't tell you what you want to hear is pretty naive.

     
  • posted at 9:36 am on Fri, Apr 2, 2010.

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    Cogito, I suppose you would have preferred McCain-Palin? I don't vote for any old men or women regardless of party affiliations. GWB and the republican party had 8 years and the only accomplishment was the Mission Accomplished sign and a faux war for oil and revenge for daddy. This is a young person's country and it's time the old school moved on. That includes, Pelosi, Feinstein and Boxer. The right has too far too many to name as well as do the democrats.

     
  • posted at 9:32 am on Fri, Apr 2, 2010.

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    Little in the way of good news for the progressives, CBS News poll taken 4/1/10 has Obie's approval rating roaring in at a cool 44%, lowest yet. Obiecare disapproval reaches a all time low of 55% while 34% think it's groovy. Maybe if BHO would get out more and shift into his campaign mode preaching the advantages of his health care law things would change, NOT.

     
  • posted at 9:31 am on Fri, Apr 2, 2010.

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    Dogs, where are those WMD's? Who will replace the thousnads of lives of young soldiers lost in Iraq? There never were any or they would have some substantiation. Junior was merely looking for revenge upon Saddam for threatening to kill daddy. Please give us any proof of WMD's at all that were only hearsay?

     
  • posted at 9:17 am on Fri, Apr 2, 2010.

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    AP story, 3/28/10, The number of US troops killed in Afghanistan doubled to 57 in the first three months of 2010 compared with the same period last year. Those deaths have been accompanied by a dramatic increase in wounded. Obama sends our brave Americans to die while progressives close their hypocritical eyes.

     
  • posted at 9:14 am on Fri, Apr 2, 2010.

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    The fact that the Weapons of Mass Delusion were never used against our soldiers is the clearest evidence they never existed when we invaded.

     
  • posted at 9:03 am on Fri, Apr 2, 2010.

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    "Good evening""Earlier today, I ordered American armed forces to strike military and security targets in Iraq. Their mission is to attack Iraq's NUCLEAR, CHEMICAL, and BIOLOGICAL weapon programs and its military capacity to threaten it neighbors." Democrat President Bill Clinton address the American people. December 16, 1998. He seems to have thought Iraq had WMD's.

     
  • posted at 8:37 am on Fri, Apr 2, 2010.

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    When do we quit the Bush bashing? I was almost relieved when Obama got elected..I thought "Thank God, my ears can stop bleeding from the whining of the left" but it hasn;t stopped after a year and a half!! And what is Mr Obama doing in Afghanistan- playing tiddly winks? And yes, there were WMD in Iraq- ask the Iraqi people who had to stay in their homes on certain days while Huessein was moving them all around. Why am I wasting my breath-- must have been that extra cup if coffee this morning. I need to go read my Glenn Beck book- (YES, GLENN BECK!!) Arguing With Idiots" I have read every negative article I can get my hands on about him..He's a nut, a fear mongerer, an actor---funny, no one has accused him of lying....hhhmmm

     
  • posted at 8:29 am on Fri, Apr 2, 2010.

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    Never forget, Sadam was supplied with the gas weapon technology by the USA, under Reagan, to use against Iran in the Iran-Iraq war. He had some left over to use on the Kurds but not enough for the inspectors to find. Bush sent thousands of American soldiers to their death anyway.

     
  • posted at 8:21 am on Fri, Apr 2, 2010.

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    It seems that the left is not studying their Alinsky Rules for Radicals very well, and are allowing the Tea Party people to get under their skin. I think rule #10 is that you are supposed to remain very calm and focused. We are studying it also and for years we have allowed you to push conservatives's buttons- we don't like racism, so you call us racists; we don't normally take to the streets rallying, so you try to make us feel foolish for doing so; you fling comments like "right wing fear mongering" at us until we put our little turtle heads back in our shell and retreat- well, it's not working this time. "Sticks and Stones..." Obama calls for an "end to partisan vitriol" today but the great uniter can stand there in Iowa last week taunting the Republican Party to challenge HIS great Healthcare victory (wasn't that supposed to be for the good of the American people?) This "man" acts like a 14 year old schoolboy- and an arrogant one at that. He is extremely unpresidential and incites partisanship and divisiveness.

     
  • posted at 8:13 am on Fri, Apr 2, 2010.

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    Unfortunately, those who dislike the direction our country is headed...whether Republican, Democrat, Independent, left, right, etc....are now viewed as "home grown terrorists"...everyone who was so-o-o-o supportive of rounding up the Arab "terrorists" back in Jr. Shrub's day can thank themselves for this situation....I called it then, that you were laying the groundwork for them to start accusing and rounding up U.S. citizens using the same strategy and now the chickens have come home to roost. And, of course, the sleazy, bought and paid for propaganda machine is hard at work spreading the lies....the MSM for those who don't know.http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100402/ap_on_go_ca_st_pe/us_governors_extremists

     
  • posted at 7:34 am on Fri, Apr 2, 2010.

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    Pre$$ure$on, didn't you vote for a President who worshipped in the church of a "hate monger" for 20 years?

     
  • posted at 7:19 am on Fri, Apr 2, 2010.

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    WMD were not found in mass quanities, because they were never found doesn`t mean they never existed. When Saddam allowed an inspection team in Iraq to search for WMD, that team was allowed to look only where the poison gas was not on site. After a short period of time they were asked to leave, perhaps getting close? Never forget that hundreds, perhaps thousands of Kurds were poisned by Saddam using mustard gas, very deadly and the corpses` were left to rot in the streets.

     
  • posted at 7:05 am on Fri, Apr 2, 2010.

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    Just the facts, seems like they were looking for the WMD's that GWB told them Iraq had that sent us into a war that has killed thousands of our young soldiers and maimed tens of thousands more who will suffer for a lifetime. And still no WMD's. Not even in the White House under the carpets where they so jokingly looking for them on worldwide news one evening. How pathetic.

     
  • posted at 7:00 am on Fri, Apr 2, 2010.

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    I don't have anything against tea partiers, except for the fact that polls show them 76% right wing and Anglo, yet they represent themselves to seemingly be independant and one area group differs in principal from other areas, yet they all claim to be tied to the national Tea Party that Sarah Palin she's the queen of. Any independant, green, libertarian, etc in their right mind would see Maher and Olberman from the far left or O'Reilly, Hannity, Beck and Coulter from the far right would have nothing to do with this or any other organization that boasts hate mongers like them.

     
  • posted at 6:56 am on Fri, Apr 2, 2010.

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    If a progressive can't play the race card what is left????? You can only attack Palin, Limbaugh, or Beck for so long before you run out of Daily Ko's talking points, then there is the old tired "religious right extremist" mantra to fall back on, how pathetic, yet so understandably liberal.

     
  • posted at 6:50 am on Fri, Apr 2, 2010.

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    Jeff, Tea Party protesters are those who hold dear traditional American values, like personal responsibility, low taxes, and small government. Those values happen to also be shared by most Republicans and Independents, and even a few Democrats.

     
  • posted at 5:35 am on Fri, Apr 2, 2010.

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    but, cogito, i thought tea partier did not equate to republican...

     
  • posted at 5:23 am on Fri, Apr 2, 2010.

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    Correction, as of 2009, Texas is the only state to have 3 African Americans who hold statewide offices, and all 3 are Republicans.

     
  • posted at 5:10 am on Fri, Apr 2, 2010.

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    Larry, I have seen a number of African Americans interviewed on TV, at Tea Party rallys. Yes, they're there too. I was recently at a Republican fundraiser well attended by minorities, including Republican State Assembly candidate, Abram Wilson. Last year was the first time in the History of the state of Texas that 3 African American candidates were elected to high offices in the same election. All 3 were Republicans, that's probably why it was never reported by the lame stream media.

     
  • posted at 4:46 am on Fri, Apr 2, 2010.

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    As a libertarian, and a free thinker I was intrigued by the tea party movement. The metaphor of the tea party is powerful and relevant. We are being over-taxed and under-represented.On the surface the tea party stands for constitutionally limited government, free markets and fiscal responsibility. All things I can get solidly behind.Sadly if you look beyond the national chapter's mission statement, most of the local groups are full of religious right extremists, who really are just in this fight because they want more government support for their restrictive views and they're pissed off that we have a democrat in the white house.

     
  • posted at 3:58 am on Fri, Apr 2, 2010.

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    Let me guess are all the members white? My guess would be yes.

     
  • posted at 3:55 am on Fri, Apr 2, 2010.

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    Sour grapes left on the vine after the last presidential election/inauguration.Where were they when the Bush Administration was running this countr into the ground?

     
  • posted at 3:37 am on Fri, Apr 2, 2010.

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    Ann Coulter is actually pretty funny, and half as vicious as Al Franken, Michael Moore, or Bill Maher. I don't think the $25.00 annual dues will quite afford Rush or Glenn. (whose audience, by the way, has increased over 300%)I don't think Keith Olberman even has an audience.Well, I have to get back to work now, so I can support our nanny state of entitlement.

     
  • posted at 3:19 am on Fri, Apr 2, 2010.

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    Two things I'm very wary of: dues paying members?Ann Coulter as a speaker?And just how much are those dues? What does that entitle one to? Will Rush Limbaugh or Glenn Beck be the next keynote speakers?

     
  • posted at 3:11 am on Fri, Apr 2, 2010.

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    I will answer that question, libraryguy. This is a free country and that meeting was held on public property. You can believe what you want, but that person was not invited, nor did anyone in that group even know who he was or where he came from. I think if that person showed up at a meeting or rally now, he would be asked to leave- but as I said it is a free country and if he is on public property, he is entitled to do what he did. If our courts say the Westboro church can yell "Thank God for IED's" at a soldiers funeral, I guess this guy can sell distasteful political buttons at a public rally.

     
  • posted at 2:43 am on Fri, Apr 2, 2010.

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    If they are "non-partisan," why did they hand out Palin buttons and have a "Republicans register here" stand at their Veterans Plaza event last year?

     

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