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
Thanks for the clarification of the What-Why-Where the National organization is.
A reference to Post 145 should be put in the title of this thread.
For heaven's sake! Look at yourself. Your first retort to Navy Vet is to pretend to knowledge you don't have and to be WRONG, but emphatically.
When shown to be wrong, Instead of accounting for the error of your assumption or even acknowledging it, you just press your attack on Navy Vet.
Your argument WAS, these people organized something you did, so get behind them, even if you don't know who they are. When Navy Vet says they didn't organize anything that HE did, you attack him with another argument.
You're not going to get ME to follow these guys that way. This is how the opposition acts.
Not really. I like Sniper and don’t take things personally. We just disagree on this issue.
Thanks for clarifying that.
Why are we being called RINOs? What was the logic behind that statement?
Upon receiving an invitation from the White House...they may legally run a Secret Service background check on you..
Obama has made a profession of being a liar and along with a number of more recent predecessors in the Oval Office, as well as his buddies in Congress, has honed this skill to a fine art.
A people gets the government it deserves and as long as Americans are willing to elect people who lie to them, they will continue to hold office.
A con-con would be the end of our republic. It would be hijacked by socialists with the full blessing of the MSM, and it would enshrine communism into law. It would be a total disaster. This is a main plot thread in my new novel.
Hear, hear. Interesting how people are presuming that mantle. This will be a great danger for the movement - people trying to co-opt it. And the Ds trying to re-define it, marginalize it and kick it to the curb. We need thoughtful leadership - and it should be elected regionally, even state by state - not presumed upon us nationally. That sort of faulty arrogant leadership is exactly what we’re fighting AGAINST.
That said, I think there’s a vacuum in leadership for the movement that needs to be addressed. But again, probably starting at the state level.
Yes. dear leader just wants to smile, while shoving a dagger in their backs and walking away. If they meet with him, expect it to be with no publicity save that Obama is open to the agenda of the Tea Parties trumpeted from the press for 15 minutes, followed by empty air (that’ll be the last word about it on the TOTUS.)
“No one on the list claims that we are speaking for any tea party organizers other than ourselves. We came up with a name for a coalition so that the press would feel that there was a legitimate organization requesting to meet with Obama, at his suggestion. No one in this group is trying to usurp the leadership of the tea party movement, which is truly a grass-roots movement. There is no national leadership group.”
This is a good clarification. However, once we start taking titles and mantles, I get a bit nervous, and the whole idea seems a bit loosey goosey. We’re going to deceive the general public with a phony national leadership team that we don’t really have, in order to show that Obama is a deceiver. Hmmm...did you think through how that sounds/appears?
If we truly need a leadership team - maybe we should elect representatives at the state levels to select a team. I suppose we do have need for some leadership. If that is the case, then like a non-profit org - we should certainly have rotational leadership - so that we don’t get some kind of ensconced group in there.
Thanks for the ping!
Thanks for the clarification. I figured it was something like this. I thought Obama might meet with you but ignore what was said. But clearly, he’s too afraid to even hold a sham of a meeting with any of us.
David Axelrod, Rahm Emanuel, Barack O bow ma are not amateur liars, they are skilled liars, practiced in the ways of deceiving the people to manipulate opinions. Axerlrod practically wrote the book on astroturfing. Axelrod has accomplished what he desired, he has marginalized the tea party movement as a bunch of disorganized feckless hacks.
We know that's a lie but the media will gladly feed that lie knowing it's a lie because the media is populated with dead souls sold out to Marxist ideology! We saw the layering of lies during the campaign over issues like the Ayers connections, the obscenity of rev. Wright's hate-whitey filled preaching, and the community organizer mantra. Axelrod uses layering of lies to accomplish what he seeks. Apparently American voters either like being lied to or are too stupid to put two and two together. This started with a lie ('National Tea Party Leadership Team') and now that they have been exposed a new lie is substituted for the starting lie.
BTW, Paul Begala and James Car vile are members at FreeRepublic, too. Mary Matlin revealed they visit conservative sites 'for laughs', no doubt obtained by pulling our conservative chains the way Non Sequitur does all the time.
Tigereye, you have done your damndest to escalate a misunderstanding into a major conflict.
I'm going to watch you in the future, and figure out just exactly what your mission is.
I remember kids in school who would stir up something on the playground, then run and tell the teacher. Were you one of them?
Maybe, even, you're one of the CONCON pushers, trying to derail the Tea Party movement. I don't know, but I'll watch out!
I have to preface this with the statement that all of the organized events sponsored by Free Republic were successful. We cannot deny that.... There were leaders and volunteers who represented Free Republic very well. The events made virtual history, and c-span provided FR with excellent coverage. I would even go further to say that if not for the internet, the events may not have been as successful as they were! Also, Kristinn has done a fine job speaking on behalf of Free Republic. We cannot deny the role Free Republic has played in history. It was groundbreaking.
While all of us should give the tea party "organizers" full credit for organizing a loose knit group of citizens by finding the locations for tea parties, publicity etc, we should also make it known that at this point no one asked for an average citizen to be a leader of the cause. The million or so folks who participated arose out of severe frustration, and their voices were heard... Their statement was very clear. This is about the way the govt is ran, the size of the govt, the high taxes, the bailouts, and disconnect between the elected representatives and the voters. Other issues, such as a few mentioned..health care, social security, etc, are very tricky issues..and I pray that if these self-appointed leaders attempt to summarize all of our voices into one statement, they are right on target, and straight to the point because this is not a debate with congress or the president. This is a demand from the people who attended.
The attendees informally took time out of their days, whether it be to write a letter, make a phone call etc, and joined together because they are speaking out to the elected leaders in congress to do their jobs, or move out of our house, and our senate so we can elect someone who will actively promote less taxes, smaller govt etc.
Are the 900 organizers in contact with each other, if not, why not? If they are, do they agree with the leadership in the coalition?
If the WH and press is not given an official statement in which conveys that there is no official leadership to this cause, and this coalition is not officially recognized by the tea party attendees, it's time someone let the other 875+ organizers be aware. Pronto.
Everyone needs to be on board when it comes to official statements to the Presidential office, and media. The current pres wants you to join him, he has no intention of negotiating, backing down, or stepping aside to allow our cause to be recognized, or should I say...these are causes he will NEVER agree with.
He and his ilk are not only ignoring our "demands", THEY ARE CALLING THIS AN ASTROTURF MOVEMENT instead of a grassroots movement. They could not be more insulting.
I cannot believe any of the tea party organizers would want to sit in the same room with them, let alone give the time of day to people whose goal is to turn this into more of a socialist or marxist country. Do you really think they care what you have to say?
They used their official positions to insult the million or so citizens, by saying this is a fake movement...
Please see my post at #216
Nor me...May be 25 leftover McCain and Bush supporters...No thanks...
Correct, it was just last week that he was mocking the Tea Party movement. I will never trust Obummer!
I don't know of any puppet strings attached to what we're doing. There darn sure isn't any significant external support coming in, and no one is telling me what to do, or telling anyone else what to do, or how to think.
I find a lot of stuff and pass it on, I'm retired and have more time to watch things than most of the group. When I pass something on I don't spin it, I just spit it out and let anyone draw their own conclusions.
We aren't really organized, but hopefully we will be sort of coordinated.
My personal issue is constitutional liberty, re the 2nd amendment, if we have that the rest will work out. Other folks may have a slightly different focus, but the core issue is freedom, when you boil it all down. I've been appointed or elected to absolutely NOTHING. I have NO official status or position. If I see something that seems to need doing or saying I go for it. If it turns out I am wrong in a particular moment, well, it won't be the first time, and it won't stop me from trying again.
Y'all find a George Washington, and I'll follow him, but not blindly.
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who are these National leaders and who elected them?
never heard of them.
Is this some sort rino leadership that is being given to us as leaders the same way that bufoon McCain was given to us and the same way the MSM is givign us the bufoon’s daughter as a “youth leader” in love with dear leader?
If they are legit then they had better wise up because Obama is playing them like a fiddle on giving them a “what type of socialized medicine” do you want stunt.
(can anyone ask him for his birth certificate as long as they are there?)
Freedom, protection of the bill of rights and our constitution are exactly what we are fighting for. And the local organizers in our area, have the same thoughts as you do... I don’t understand, I cannnot connect to the
website mentioned in kristinn’s post..so this is really hard to understand.
Do you agree that this is more of a demand by the people and not a debate? That is was I signed up for.
hahahaha! That's was a good one..
that is my first thought.
Obama selects the leaders for the tea party then declares the tea parties were his idea.
Since when were the tea parties about healthcare.
The MSM, including fox, are incompetent for not investigating this.
In other words, I agree with your comments, and believe them. This IS grassroots movement. if otherwise, there would be more than free blogs and numerous emails circulating about the whens and where’s of it all.
can’t find it on google
We need to start sorting out, everyone needs to know what is being advocated by any particular group or "leader". Chaos won't get us anywhere.
I agree... we had an absolutely beautiful start. What the organizers started, worked. We don’t want to mess this up by changing the ways in which it was started. At some point, organization will follow, in the sense that spokespeople could be chosen who will have to have agreed upon talking points, or demands. It will need to be clarified to them to not debate, not stray from the topics/issues that the protestors stood against. Those who sacrificed a lot of time to support the tea parties need to be respected at least by that much.
I know Steele and the GOP wanted to be a part of this so bad, so the organizers HAVE to be careful. Those who turned away elected officials to speak at the rallies etc., ..made a smart move in my opinion.
The National Leadership Team The National Leadership Team is an advisory group that provides public commentary on the direction of the Tea Party Movement. This group currently consists of 28 members. JoAnn Abbot, Washington, DC Don Adams, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Gary Aminoff, Los Angeles, California The Defeat 1A in California Project Contact Brooks Bayne, Brooks Bayne Los Angeles, California The Bill of Federalism Project Contact Glenda Caldwell, Cookeville, Tennessee Brian T. Campbell, Denver, Colorado Christie Carden, Huntsville, Alabama Ben Cunningham, Nashville, Tennessee Steve Dalton, Valparaiso, Indiana James Dickey, Dallas, Texas Ryan Dixon, Bakersfield, California Kellen Guida, New York, New York Bill Hennessy, St. Louis, Missouri Wendy Herman, Corpus Christi, Texas Michael Johns, Deptford, New Jersey Michael Patrick Leahy *, Thompsons Station, Tennessee The Tea Party Caucus Project Contact Dana Loesch, St. Louis, Missouri The Tea Party Town Hall Forum: With or Without President Obama Contact Geoffrey Ludt, Portland, Oregon Brad Marston, Boston, MA Mike Perez, Covina, California The Mustard Seeds Project Contact Judson Phillips, Franklin, Tennessee Lisa Ray, Cheyenne, Wyoming Ralph Reagan, Fayetteville, North Carolina Chris Shirey, Laurel, Delaware Pam Stout, Sandpoint, Idaho Gene Sweeney, Bradenton, Florida Jon Wallace, Rutland, Vermont Mickey White, Richmond, Virginia
what’s the contact number...website is down and can’t be found on google.
I have no doubt that some of them are following this thread.
What’s wrong with the one we have? What do they think needs to be changed? (totally confused here)
Thanks, I saw that link on google, but didn’t click on it because it wasn’t the same link posted on the FR thread notice..
Obama clearly didn’t even understand what the tea parties are all about. Most of the GOP doesn’t seem to get what they were about either. I do believe if people are going to try and use the Tea Party name to even try and call Obama’s bluff they should then have a formal forming of a group with people elected to speak for us, otherwise it needs to remain a grassroots movement with individuals speaking for every region of the country through the media — and if that media is Fox News then sobeit.... Obama is afraid of us or he would not have acknowledged us.
I don’t know why that website addie is different from the one posted on this thread...but if it’s the same group, I’m learning more than I realized.
I don’t think our local organizers have heard of this group, and if they have, they have not linked to it from their blogs, let alone mentioned them.
No but he would love to announce a Oval Office meeting like he did with people who had loved one’s killed by terrorists in Gitmo and then when one of the parents was an activist and going to be on Glenn Beck he locked them out of the WH grounds and the meeting and then O came out and spun the whole thing to his own ends... our answer to Obama should be even larger Tea Parties ...
Looks like they want a CONCON.
I don’t have it. Try the Google cache.
These are people who organized some of the better attended evensts, so piss off when you say, “You don’t know that.”
If you don’t like what other people are doing, get off your ass and do something other than ordering people around.
“David Axelrod, Rahm Emanuel, Barack O bow ma are not amateur liars, they are skilled liars, practiced in the ways of deceiving the people to manipulate opinions.”
Now as to your other points about the media - we really need to continue to pound on the lies, because as a friend on a local blog wrote recently, if we learned anything from Pres. Bush’s tactics, it was that we need to pound and pound and pound on lies and deceptions of the left. Unswerving and without mercy. The old liberal media is dying - we need to define the new playing field as Conservatives, moreso than anyone else. This will include calling people out on lies and forcing them to prove them.
That said, I just think we need to be cautious in playing deceptive games of chicken and deception as this so-called leadership team did with dear leader.
*That* said, we need leadership in the Tea Parties and the Parties are not not for naught!
The Tea Parties were also about illegal immigration, and DC’s criminal acceptance thereof.
whats the contact number...website is down and cant be found on google.
That’s part of the problem, that website is not on google, even the cache. But, swampsniper pointed me to a website with the word chicago in it..and it has the list of names that are being referred to on this thread.
Thanks SeattleBruce, this is the website the original article on this thread posted as the go to site for more information.
This one doesn’t exist
“A people gets the government it deserves and as long as Americans are willing to elect people who lie to them, they will continue to hold office.”
This is just so profoundly simple and true, it’s not even funny. Yes.
A lot of Ego on this thread. Many FReppers going after their own.
I, personally, would love to see a leader step forward. I nominate this guy.....
THE WHISKEY REBELLION