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Tea Party Leaders Anxious About Extremists

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Organizers of tax-day tea parties are preparing for their biggest day of the year Thursday, as thousands of demonstrators participate in local rallies against high taxes and big government spending. But the leaders are striving to keep the rallies from presenting another image: one of fringe groups, extremists or infiltrators obsessed with hateful messages.

Sensitive that poor public perception could sink their movement, some rally planners have uninvited controversial speakers, beefed up security and urged participants to pack cameras to capture evidence of any disrupters. Organizers want to project a peaceful image of people upset by what they consider to be a growing and burdensome federal government.


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Comment by Ross Wolf
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Guarding the Tea Party Image from appearing “Extremist” is tantamount to protect the movement from being marginalized, destroyed by leftist opposition. Unfortunately a recent AP Article, titled “Okla. tea parties and lawmakers envision militia.” Immediately 6,000 comments, mostly negative were posted concerning a group of Tea Parties wanting to establish a Oklahoma state militia. The web address of the AP article is provided below: The article also posted on a Homeland Security website.

The Oklahoma Legislature should not approve a volunteer state militia that would consist mainly of Tea Party members and their affiliations. That could give the appearance Tea Parties had their own military force. It is foreseeable non-Tea Party people and groups might feel threatened by a Tea Party Militia and form their own militias—legal or otherwise. A Tea Party forming a special militia could cause a “public relations disaster” for the Tea Party at large should U.S. voters question why the TEA Party agenda includes influence over a military force within a State government (Oklahoma.) It should be foreseeable to all Tea Parties that voter concerns about Tea Parties forming militia(s) could drive off the voters Tea parties are trying to attract. The Tea Party, like every other political organization in America, should keep its political interests separate from government military functions.

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