Skip to comments.Tea Party Patriotsí Mark Meckler Talks Grassroots Leadership with NRB
Posted on 03/02/2011 9:58:05 PM PST by Walter Scott Hudson
There is a mentality among artists which I have always found puzzling. While poor, unknown, and ineffective, they are considered authentic. However, as soon as they strike it big, start to make money, and meet with success, they become reviled as sell outs.
A similar dynamic threatens to undermine the Tea Party movement. To some among its ranks, the term grassroots seems to demand perpetual lowliness. Once a grassroots activist or organization begins to mature, build coalitions, and meet with success, they are suddenly part of the problem.
Such was the narrative of an investigation by Mother Jones of Tea Party Patriots, perhaps the preeminent national Tea Party organization and a favorite among grassroots groups. NRB published a rebuttal to the attack, highlighting its strawman argument.
While attending the Tea Party Patriots American Policy Summit over the weekend, we stole a minute with co-founder Mark Meckler to follow up on the Mother Jones piece.
NRB: A lot of folks in the Tea Party movement seem to feel like the grassroots can only be grassroots if it is to some extent disorganized and unsuccessful. Do you think theres a point at which you do get too organized and you lose that grassroots flavor?
Mark Meckler: I think, if we dont focus on retaining it, absolutely. I think our job Its a function of how were structured, and its part of the reason were structured that way Weve got our national leadership council calls. If we do things that dont reflect what the grassroots believes, trust me, we hear about it. We will hear about it loud and clear. And were always open to it...
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Mark Meckler was out at the Water Rally in Huron, California, in 2009. We went out to meet Sean Hannity and Inga Barks to agitate for the water our Central Valley farmers needed. He’s a great guy.
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