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The short answer is yes, the goal of the Tea Party movement is a unified, prosperous American republic. The Lame Stream Media is doing it best to portray it as otherwise.
The basis of our system of government is not the problem. The problem is corruption of that system and corruption of our leaders. To rid the system of the corruption, we must educate and energize the electorate in order to elect better representatives. Remember in November!
The Inlander has my respect for a sincere effort to report on this grassroots movement.
I have been involved with the Tea Party movement since the first conference calls before the 2/27 events. I attended a Tax Day Tea Party elsewhere, because of travel, attended the July 4 event here, the 9/12 March on DC and organized a rally against the government takeover of health care. I was at the meeting described in the story.
I have scanned this twice and note a couple fo things right off. If you drop the attempts to link the Tea Party movement to a violent militia, the article is fairly balanced. Tea Party is non-violent- protest, eduation and petition of our government. It is not anarchist or anti-government, and its not anti-police or miltary. Defenders of our freedom are our heroes. Fringe violent groups from the right and the left are trying to take advantage of the momentum and try to incite violence or provoke others to violence.
Second, I am shocked it takes the inlander to tell this story locally, and the dismissive attitude, especially the Spokesman Review, towards the movement. A Tea Party Express stop that had 1-2000 in attendance at the Floating Stage rated a snarky blog mention in the Review.
In regards to the presence of Tea Party in the GOP and at the convention. Smith is closer to the truth. Many people newly active in politics participated in GOP precinct caucuses and the County Convention. The fact the GOP seemed unaware is a testment to our intent to work inside the system when the system is not corrupted. The best clue was the number of delegates unaware of the Convention Rules. The Tea Party and 912 movement in this area is renewing and invigoration the local GOP, in my opinion.
Kirk Smith also created a stir with his comment as recorded in the Inlander, made at the County GOP Convention. The Official Tea Party of Spokane is non-partisan, issue oriented, does not, and cannot endorse candidates.
Thank you for investigating and not jumping into the name calling and vile attacks we usually get from most media.
The real story can be found in Tea Party: The Documentary http://teapartymovie.com ; John M O’hara’s book “A New American Tea Party” and Michael Graham’s “That’s No Angry Mob. That’s My Mom.”
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