Skip to comments.National Tea Party Leadership Team Accepts President Obama's Invitation
Posted on 04/29/2009 12:42:59 PM PDT by kristinn
New York, New York April 29th, 2009 - The National Leadership Team of the Nationwide Tea Party Coalition (http://www.nationwideteapartycoalition.com) today accepted President Obama`s invitation "to have a serious conversation about how we are going to cut our health care costs down over the long term, how we are going to stabilize Social Security.
The invitation was extended by the President at a Town Hall Meeting held in Arnold, Missouri today (http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0409/21870.html). Michael Patrick Leahy, a member of the National Leadership Team of the Nationwide Tea Party Coalition, said " We want to broaden the scope to address the President`s runaway march to socialist-statism, and the rampant across the board irresponsible spending he is promoting with his $787 Billion Stimulus Plan and his $1 Trillion Annual Deficit, his takeover of General Motors, Chrysler and the Banks ."
Kellen Giuda, organizer of the New York City Tea party attended by 12,000 and of Parcbench (http://www.parcbench.com) said, I think a constructive dialogue with the President would be a great opportunity for him to acknowledge that, yes, many Americans have a problem with the way Washington is handling our taxpayer dollars and also that we are concerned about health care and social security reform. I am happy he is open to a discussion. The Tea Parties are protesting against fiscal irresponsibility and any dialogue we can have will hopefully bring a better public understanding of our country`s finances. Health care and social security reform is a large concern to us."
The National Leadership Team of the Nationwide Tea Party Coalition includes 25 of the more than 900 local organizers of the April 15, 2009 Tax Day Tea Parties held across the country, which were attended by more than 1 million Americans. Members of the National Leadership Team includes Judson Phillips, organizer of the Nashville Tea Party attended by 10,000, James Dickey, organizer of the Dallas Tea Party, attended by 5,000, and JoAnn Abbot, organizer of the Washington, DC Tea Party attended by more than 3,000. The full list of the 25 members of the National Leadership Team of the Nationwide Tea Party Coalition can be found at http://www.nationwideteapartycoalition.com/about.php
Please do not meet with this Marxist leader. He will use this as some type of Photo-op to increase his poll numbers.
We are all very aware this man does not give a flying fig about working Americans. Because, first of all, he has never worked a day in his life, and second of all, how can someone who was not born in America or raised in America love America?
Think about it!
I agree. Besides, what doesn't Brrack understand about getting government off the backs of the people?! Oh, that's right, that's the opposite of his vision of Big Gov sticking it's nose in our business before birth. I think what Brrack means by "meeting" is really co-opting.
PLEASE DON'T COMMUNITY ORGANIZE US BRRACK, WE DON'T WANT THE ENTIRE WORLD TO BE CHICAGO.
kristinn, I respectfully disagree. Legitimacy would come from the millions of people, not from the organizations those individuals lead.
From almost everything I’ve heard, the Tea Parties do not put themselves under the leadership of any national organization. I know I don’t, and the folks I TP’ed with on April 15 didn’t either.
These ‘national leaders’ are presumptive and if they do go for a meeting with Obama, what the heck will they be doing, negotiating? Ha, that’s like grabbing a greased pig.
If there are no skeletons, then skeletons can be made up
There is no accountability to the “press” for outright manufacturing stories. Look at what Sarah Palin and her family has suffered since being audacious aenough to challenge zerO and his goals
Not to mention the elitists in the so-called GOP
After zero’s legion has invited the lamestream media to feast on the TP “leaders”, there will be the jackal RINOs and “moderates” who circle the gore looking for a scrap of flesh or a bone that isn’t cracked open
DON’T GO TO ZERO. He will come to YOU
I know what you mean about 'skeletons in the closet'. That is why I keep a low profile in the groups I work with. As a child of the 60s, I have a graveyard in my closet.
The real enemy is the US House. That is where the power rests in our system.
Getting overly exercised about 0bama is a false flag. We need to focus on 2010 house races in every district.
That is why there MUST be some sort of loose, overall coordination of efforts, IMHO. Not a rigid group structure, but a coalition of like minded groups. We all want essentially the same thing; common sense in government, adherence to the Constitution, reduced spending, lower taxes, etc.
You cannot claim to represent a people who have not been asked by you (or those people on the list) to be their representative. This is amazingly presumptuous of these people, no matter how sincere their aims, to so present themselves.
No one elected them, no one was asked to do this. These people have taken a role for which they have no claim.
They will be shredded by the press and Obama’s people and used to denigrate the whole tea-party movement.
How Dare They Do This???!!!!
Visit their website. They represent THEIR group as well as several others. They do not claim to represnt the entire movement.
What’s your opinions on this?
I respect them all, want to hear them.
“Are they legitimately able to claim the mantle of leadership of the national tea party movement?”
I’d say “No.” It was/is grass-roots, with no tangible leadership. Sounds like they’re jumping on a successful bandwagon.
The act will ultimately be useless for the simple reason the election was lost. He won.
To the victor go the spoils. Attempting to negotiate is a worthless endeavor. The only thing to counter act is raw force or political power.
Making nice is ridiculous
Actual news item twenty years ago 1989:
Elderly Citizen-Protesters Angry At Congress
Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee Dan Rostenkowski (D. Illinois) was besieged by a crowd of 50 senior citizens in Chicago . . . the protesters -- shouting "coward," "recall" and "impeach" -- forced him to sprint through a gas station to his car. . .
The protesters were angry about a new Medicare law . . . The television images of Mr. Rostenkowski under assault struck fear in the hearts of Washington politicians.
"Politicians were traumatized by the Rostenkowski episode," said Henry J. Aaron, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. The law has been repealed.
[End 1989 news item]
Where's Janet Renolitano's DHS?
Same item today?
Elderly Terrorists Threaten Congress
The Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee was besieged by a crowd of 50 elderly suspected terrorists in Chicago . . . the terrorists -- shouting "coward," "recall" and "impeach" -- forced him to sprint through a gas station to his car. . .
The terrorists claimed to be angry about a new Medicare law . . . The television images of the assault was used to track down the terrorists. DHS officials say all 50 were arrested. "Most are Bible and gun huggers. Right wing crazies," said a DHS official.
"Politicians were outraged by the episode," said a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. The terrorists were taken to Gitmo Domestic Terrorist Correction Camp.
[End "news" item]
Hello Fellow Freepers!
I understand your reluctance to have any centralized organization speaking for you.
Let me tell you what I know about Michael Leahy. He is a servant-leader who has spent a lot of his own time volunteering to help coordinate fledgling tea party organizers around the country. He’s done nothing but help our movement by lending his organizational skills through weekly teleconferences open to anyone who wants to become part of this growing movement.
I have interviewed Leahy on my radio program a couple of times, along with Eric Odom of the Don’t Go movement and TaxDayTeaParty.com, and if I may suggest that before you jump to any conclusions about him or his intentions, you listen to the podcast.
Casting judgment without all the facts does no one any good. Your efforts as tea party leaders is commendable. You are under no pressure or obligation to join up with Leahy, but he and others are there to help if you think you need it. I’m just asking you to not be so quick to cast judgement, to keep your options open and to get the facts.
You can listen to Leahy here:
and/or you can watch him explain his involvement by going to Pajamas TV where he hosts a tv show - TCOT on PJTV.
He doesn’t presume to speak for you. He speaks for himself and those tea party planners who have sought him for advice and coordination with other tea party planners and have formed a coalition of sorts.
Remember, united we stand. In numbers there is strength. Many tea party planners see the value in banding together in an informal way. If you don’t, that’s cool. But don’t throw bricks at Leahy or others who are stepping up to the plate. After all, it’s what you planner/leaders did too.
Is Pajamas TV the leadership of the TP’s?
“have a serious conversation about how we are going to cut our health care costs down over the long term”
Oh, this really burns me. He wants to frame the issue with his premise. Don’t fall into it. It is not the government’s responsibility to reduce health care costs at all. They need to get the heck out of health care. What he and the federal government ought to do is focus on increasing personal freedom and wealth, so that citizens have more capacity to pay for the world class health care that we do have. They are just stuck in the zero sum game mentatlity, and if that is your premise, then all you can hope for is redistributing wealth and rationing.
I would love to be a ‘fly-on-the-wall’ for this event, perhaps in the meeting room for thirty minutes before and thirty minutes after, and ahev access to the recording process which will be used to ‘document’ the event. There is no way I would trust the affiramtive action’s team of goons on any aspect of this meeting.
As far as i am concerned there is no national tea party movement. Sounds like a bunch of RINOs that are trying to steal the thunder of the people who came to those tea parties without any prompting.
Honest to God Tea Pary folks do not make deals with Obama.
This is a joke and it pisses me off.
No one has been anointed leader of the tea parties. This couldn’t be a worse decision. This does a serious disservice to the intent of the tea parties. I’m deeply disappointed.