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Tea Party Federation kicks out Williams over blog post

July 18th, 2010 . by TexasFred

Tea Party Federation kicks out Williams over blog post

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(CNN) — The National Tea Party Federation, an organization that represents the Tea Party political movement around the country, has expelled conservative commentator Mark Williams and his Tea Party Express because of an inflammatory blog post he wrote, federation spokesman David Webb said Sunday.

Appearing on the CBS program “Face the Nation,” Webb said that Williams and the Tea Party Express — which has held a series of events across the country to generate support for the movement — no longer were part of the National Tea Party Federation.

“We, in the last 24 hours, have expelled Tea Party Express and Mark Williams from the National Tea Party Federation because of the letter that he wrote,” Webb said of the blog post by Williams that satirized a fictional letter from what he called “Colored People” to President Abraham Lincoln.

Webb called the blog post “clearly offensive.”

Williams did not immediately respond to a request for comment Sunday afternoon.

Williams wrote the blog post in response to a resolution by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) that called on Tea Party leaders to crack down on racist elements in the movement.

The NAACP, the nation’s main group advocating civil rights for African Americans, cited signs carried at Tea Party events and racial slurs reportedly shouted at black congress members during an event as some examples of racism in the movement.

The announcement by Webb on a Sunday talk show demonstrated that the public outcry over the issue had resonated with the Tea Party movement, and indicated a possible split within its leadership.

On the same program, NAACP President Benjamin Jealous called for other Tea Party leaders besides Webb, who is African American, to come out against racist elements in the movement.

“Dear Mr. Lincoln,” began the fictional letter posted by Williams. “We Coloreds have taken a vote and decided that we don’t cotton to that whole emancipation thing. Freedom means having to work for real, think for ourselves, and take consequences along with the rewards. That is just far too much to ask of us Colored People and we demand that it stop!”

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Tea Party Leaders Condemn, Disown Threats Against Lawmakers

March 27th, 2010 . by TexasFred

Tea Party Leaders Condemn, Disown Threats Against Lawmakers

Tea Party leaders are condemning the rash of threats made against congressional lawmakers, saying violence and vandalism are not what they’re about — and that congressional Democrats are hardly the only ones dealing with intimidation over the health care debate.

The Tea Partiers say they’ve been enduring threats ever since their movement took off last year, and that while protesters were said to have shouted slurs at lawmakers on Capitol Hill over the weekend, other conservative protesters were harassed by counter-demonstrators. Virginia Rep. Eric Cantor, the Republican Whip in the House, also said Thursday that his campaign office in Richmond was shot at earlier in the week, though police said the bullet may have been randomly fired.

The Tea Party activists claim the latest threats aimed at lawmakers are, for the most part, coming from lone loons not associated with the Tea Party movement — though at least one incident has been linked to Tea Party activists in Virginia. And they say they’re concerned the intimidation could be used to smear those activists who are behaving responsibly.

“We support peaceful means,” said Debbie Dooley, co-founder of the Atlanta Tea Party and a national coordinator for Tea Party Patriots, adding: “There are so many Tea Party groups that are out there. … It’s like herding cats. It’s impossible.”

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Tea Party Leaders Condemn, Disown Threats Against Lawmakers

“There are so many Tea Party groups that are out there. … It’s like herding cats. It’s impossible.”

Yeah, I know that feeling. :?

There have been many well documented posts made, here and elsewhere, calling the TEA Party a rudderless ship. I have to tell you, there is a lot of truth in that statement. It’s said by TEA Party detractors as a form of denigration, or so some in the TEA Party say, but there’s more truth in the statements of your enemies than you care to admit on occasion.

Several Florida Tea Party groups released an open letter to Congress and President Obama Thursday night denouncing “all forms of violence.”

“We the leaders of the Tea Party movement of Florida stand in stark opposition to any person using derogatory characterizations, threats of violence or disparaging terms towards members of Congress or the President,” they wrote.

I stand and salute these folks that had the foresight and courage needed to take a stand against this violence being done, and in many instances, blamed on TEA Party members!

These Florida TEA Party groups aren’t making an apology either! They are rebuking the actions of those that are doing violence in the name OF The TEA Party. That’s a GOOD thing!

It has been suggested by many, and I believe it’s more than a passing possibility, that these acts are being committed by agent provocateur types, in an effort to show a bad light on the TEA Party and to stir as much hatred and controversy as possible on the American political scene.

And, among other incidents, somebody cut a propane line attached to a grill at the Virginia home of Democratic Rep. Tom Perriello’s brother. Tea Party activists had posted the address online, apparently believing it was the congressman’s.

Mike Troxel, the blogger who posted the address online, told Fox News’ Alan Colmes that he was encouraging voters to go to Perriello’s house.

“I think people should have the right to have access to their, um, public officials,” he said. When asked if the children of public officials should be harassed at their house just because they’re related, Troxel said, “You know, I think that’s a burden that comes with being an elected official.”

I don’t know if this Mike Troxel guy is really a TEA Party member or not, but IF he is, there is NO WAY that I can agree with his actions. Posting addresses and encouraging people to go to a mans home in protest is a damned good way to get people shot dead! Castle Doctrine.

If you want to protest against my actions, do it in a PUBLIC protest, not on MY front lawn.

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