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Washington (CNN) -- It emerged in anger and it threatens to split in anger.
One major group in the Tea Party movement -- named after the famous Boston Tea Party -- is set to host its first convention in February, with former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin as its keynote speaker.
But there are fractures in the movement that threaten its future. And if history's any guide, such movements tend to flame out.
And the movement is well funded. Action groups like FreedomWorks -- chaired by former House Majority Leader Dick Armey -- helped organize and fund its April 15 rally in Washington.
Other groups, including Americans for Prosperity, Tea Party Nation and Tea Party Patriots, are also vying for the helm of the movement, and it's creating what some are calling "competitive chaos."
Some Tea Partiers have voiced anger and concern over whether the powerful groups are "astroturfing'' what is supposed to be a grass-roots coalition -- the idea that the movement is being organized by old-fashioned GOP bigwigs to promote their agenda.
Donna Klink, of the Golden Triangle Tea Party-Texas, said in a post on the Tea Party Patriots Web site that the chaos needs to be addressed.
"We must craft a simple coalition message that we can all agree on. ... We should all remember the simple principles of 'Strength in Numbers' and 'United We Stand, Divided We Fall,' " she wrote.
Originally posted by HunkaHunka
The question is "How do you keep politicians OUT of a movement which is anti-politician?"
Once a major face is shown around it, it loses it's purity.
Originally posted by Signals
As soon as Palin signed on they were dead in the water. I can't believe Conservatives are propping her up as the Saviour....she is a joke and a quitter in my opinion.
The idea of a True independent party will only come to fruition if the current two are accepted by the masses as being one in the same....can't see that happening though.
Nice thread, S & F, and normally I think you're a Tool.
Originally posted by whaaa
reply to post by ProtoplasmicTraveler
Somehow I'm not suprised. The tea party gathering that I covered with our news crew from our local cable access channel; there was no orginization, no speakers, no sound system, just a group of old white men, gathered in a city park, with a megaphone from radio shack that distorted the voices so you couldn't understand a thing and turned it to mush. It was loud though.
But they were very nice and gave the crew coffee and donuts.
The new taxes and hidden taxes, laws and special powers along with massive bureaucracies that will result from pending legislation will more than take away freedom, it will make you all slaves to an ever growing government.
CNN, MSNBC, and the other "mainstream" news organizations simply will not report the truth on this matter and only fools expect them to do so.
Originally posted by ProtoplasmicTraveler
reply to post by GradyPhilpott
In reality the Tea Party Movement is probably going stronger than ever!
Well if these guys have anything to say about the success of the TPM, than I expect it will flourish and prosper.
A grass roots movement? Not really on the national scale.
[edit on 7-12-2009 by whaaa]