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Tea Party Nation head lashes out

Tea Party Nation head lashes out
The organizers of next month’s embattled National Tea Party Convention on Saturday lashed out at everyone from former sponsors and allies to the convention’s financial backers to House Democrats to Rep. Ron Paul’s political group, suggesting all have tried to sabotage the event.

As first reported by POLITICO, the convention came under fire from former supporters and conservative leaders for its high ticket prices, top-down structure and selling of sponsorships for as much as $50,000, as well as the for-profit status of the company running it, Tea Party Nation. Thecompany shelled out $100,000 to pay Sarah Palin’s speaking fee, while its president Judson Phillips planned to turn a profit from the convention, which he said he intended to use to seed a so-called 527 group.

As sponsors and top speakers have withdrawn and the event has struggled to sell tickets – at $350 a pop – to Palin’s keynote speech, former allies and prominent conservatives have accused Phillips of trying to use the convention to turn a buck or vault him into a leadership role in the decentralized tea party movement. Yet Phillips and his wife and co-organizer Sherry Phillips have largely left these criticisms unanswered until now.

But in an email to members of Tea Party Nation, the social network run by the company putting on the convention, Sherry Phillips launched a blistering attack against her perceived foes, and defended her motivations and her husband’s.

“We never did this to make us rich or famous,” she wrote. “Quite the contrary, we are patriots who love our country, our members and the people who are coming to Nashville to attend this great event.”


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Hate to say it

but I saw this coming. Not just national but local. The new Tea Party, not the kind of tea parties we presented,were, for the most part a bunch of sore loser neocon loving republicans with no direction but to get neocons back in control and make war cries. Not a clue about what is really going on. They would still be happy as clams if Bush were still in the white house doing the same thing that Obama is. Although it is not my belief anymore that any of them have anything to do with it. It is the elite men behind the curtain running the show. End the fed if we can. That would be a start. How many of those tea party types do you think look at that as a priority? Being around them has shown me they all still want war everywhere. USA! USA! Like we are a killing football team.

I wish the patriots in Nashville

Would hold a TTP rally and march on the same day. TTP=true tea party and make sure to attend it is free other than any refreshments the crowd would want to purchase. To out organize and have a larger attendance than the actual "corporate freedom mo9vement" would be golden. Not to worry, even if this did take place the media would ignore it and lump everyone together, but it would still be wonderful.

Always remember:
"It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds." ~ Samuel Adams
If they hate us for our freedom, they must LOVE us now....

Stay IRATE, remain TIRELESS, an

It's always easy to spot the weed growing among the grass roots

Tea parties are local and regional events at best, organized on ideas and momentum. The less planning, the better IMO. A "national tea party" is at best an oxymoron.

The message should always be the same, smaller government, less taxes, less spending, and more liberty.

The more calcified and monolithic the tea party movement gets, the easier it will be to co-opt it into one of the two wings of the war party.

They smell votes and donations, nothing more. They want the tea party followers to be their brown shirts, and we all know what happened to them.


That's what they get

That's what they get for trying to take over the movement. The Tea Party movement has no head, and so it is easy to spot a would-be opportunist.


Anyone trying to control this thing is due for a fall.

You can harness energy by acting right on proper principle, but you cannot control, co-opt or profiteer off it.


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LOL. My favorite line from

LOL. My favorite line from that article is "libertarian hero Ron Paul". While they could have used something other than "libertarian", the hero part couldnt be more accurate!

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Olbermann mentioned C4L

in relationship to this article where Sherry Phillips of the "Tea Party Network" lashed out at the C4L as being "disorganized and unresponsive."

Olberman's comments related to the turmoil this particular sect of the Tea Party was experiencing and correlate it to how Scott Brown got elected. Brown received support from the Tea Party movement while campaigning,but once elected, told Barbara Waters they had nothing to do with him getting elected. Olbermann then tried to correlate this to how the Evangelicals banded together to get George W. Bush elected and then were forgotten about by the administration shortly thereafter.

The point being: The candidate will do all they can to get elected, but once they're "in," they'll forget about the Tea Party, just like Scott Brown so quickly did.

Of course Olbermann's angle is to try and frustrate the Tea Party voter into not voting at all (because of the eventual result not getting them what they want but another idiot in congress), and of course vote for his side. Problem with that, no one from the Tea Party movement listens to Olbermann (I do for research, ha).

What I am trying to do is decipher the various Tea Party sects for an upcoming article. To do so, I listen to the various shows to see what they're saying.

I thought it was cool to see C4L mentioned, although I wonder what truth there is to the "disorganized and unresponsive" aspect to it based on recent happenings with the $350,000 contribution to Buck.

Does the right hand know what the left hand is doing?

I'll wait for the results of Nystrom's views after his discussion with Ron Paul before commenting more.

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In my opinion, the GOP

In my opinion, the GOP takeover of the Tea Party movement just exposed itself. Now it is out there for all to see. I am part of the Tea Party movement and I think it is a good thing. It is a great place to educate people, and people that I have worked with are very open to exchanging idea's and listening.

Many people I know in Wisconsin have become part of the Liberty movement through some local grass roots movement or have joined Campaign for Liberty or have become more aware of Ron Paul. How can that be a bad thing?

There is no Left or Right -- there is only freedom or tyranny. Everything else is an illusion, an obfuscation to keep you confused and silent as the world burns around you." - Philip Brennan

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The Hannity and Beck Lovers

Have tried to Co-opt the tea party movement, and now in my area, most of these people are war mongers. Imagine wanting to pass out copies of the constitution, but ignoring the part about congress declaring war.

I read this article this morning ...

What does is say when you get that same feeling of satisfaction from this story as you do when you see the Kennedy seat go to a republican?

I think this is great!!!!

Politico is using this story to further divide the tea party.

Which, again, I also think is great.

If you ain't got no leaders, negotiations can't be made.

It's not about people, its about ideas!!!!

And you can't negotiate with an idea, you can only accept or reject it.

Could you imagine the uproar at C4L if indeed they did choose to be a sponsor? They should be breathing a collective sigh of relief today.

You can fool some people some time, when he's in charge its bad

Michigan has a couple of grassroots groups, and they are having some affect in Michigan (MI balanced the budget with no new taxes).

Free includes debt-free!