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Tea Party Takes Increased Leadership Role

Original post made by Tea Party Rising on Mar 5, 2013

The number of antigovernment "Patriot" groups on the American right reached an all-time high in 2012, the fourth consecutive year of powerful growth by a movement that is becoming increasingly the idea-leaders of the American public as President Obama enters his second term and Congress debates gun control measures, according to a report issued today by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

In a predictable move, the White House demonized all the activist patriot groups. In a letter today to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, the SPLC warned of the potential for domestic terrorism and urged the creation of a new interagency task force to assess the adequacy of federal resources devoted to the threat.

"As in the period before the Oklahoma City bombing, we now are seeing ominous threats from those who believe that the government is poised to take their guns," wrote SPLC President Richard Cohen, a member of the Department of Homeland Security's Countering Violent Extremism Working Group. []

The SPLC found there were 1,360 Patriot groups in 2012 – an 813 percent rise since 2008, the year before Obama took office. The groups include 321 militias. These numbers far exceed the movement's peak in the 1990s, when militias were inflamed by the 1993 Brady Bill and the 1994 assault rifle ban. In addition to increasing gun sales and patriot group membership, vendors across the nation have reported a 400% uptick in Confederate and Don't Tread on Me flags and tee shirts.

Take comfort, everyone. Cheers.

Comments (14)

Posted by DOWN WITH THE TEA PARTY!!!!, a resident of Apperson Ridge
on Mar 5, 2013 at 10:23 pm

Sure, the Tea Party's membership is on the rise. Yeah, that's it.

Just because you write an article on Pleasanton Weekly, does not mean that it is true.(Posting edited by Pleasanton Weekly Online staff to remove inappropriate comments.)

Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Mar 5, 2013 at 10:41 pm

TP's 15 minutes if o-v-e-r!

Posted by Michael L. , a resident of Vineyard Avenue
on Mar 6, 2013 at 7:08 am

The Tea Party, funded by the multi-billionaire Koch brothers, who want you to vote for less for you and more for them.

Posted by A Neighbor, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 6, 2013 at 10:33 am

According to the SPLC, so-called "Patriot" groups -- those dedicated to overthrowing the federal government in the belief it will confiscate weapons and impose socialism -- expanded in number and size for the fourth consecutive year. The groups' recruiting was fueled by the sluggish economy, anxieties about the country's shifting demographics and their ability to push their ideas and conspiracy theories into the mainstream, the report said.

Paranoid, xenophobic and delusional, but not necessarily Tea Party.

Posted by Liberty for Individuals Above All, a resident of Foothill Farms
on Mar 6, 2013 at 11:33 am

Sounds like Tea Party to me. Granted, some of we Tea Partiers are careful to hide our conspiracy theories beneath expressed concerns for unsustainable policies and futures, but we have more then our fair share of birthers, Obama is a muslimists, and United Nations taking over our neighborhoodsists.

Still, the thought of tens of thousands of patriots marching across our nations' broad landscape waving confederate flags and dawning Dont Tread on Me tea-shirts is enough to bring tears to my eyes.

We're taking back this country, as the original post a-tests.

Posted by liberalism is a disease, a resident of Birdland
on Mar 6, 2013 at 12:44 pm

liberalism is a disease is a registered user.

You cowards that are so afraid of Tea Party patriots are the same idiots that thought the failed occupy protests were a good thing. Where are they now? The average taxpayer got tired of their anarchist movement and the immature actions of their violence prone members, all supported by George Soros. You low information posters obviously don't know any Tea party members, otherwise you'd be able to come up with an informed opinion instead of just being plain wrong.
Don't worry, your gravy train isn't stopping anytime soon, unless voters wake up out their stupor in 2014.

Posted by Liberty for Individuals Above All, a resident of Foothill Farms
on Mar 6, 2013 at 1:10 pm

God made us in his own image. But Smith and Wesson made us all equal. Tea Party Extraviganza in 2014!

Posted by domino, a resident of another community
on Mar 6, 2013 at 7:32 pm

(Post removed by Pleasanton Weekly Online staff as irrelevant to this thread.)

Posted by Steve, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 6, 2013 at 9:10 pm

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Posted by Patriot Gamer, a resident of Dublin
on Mar 7, 2013 at 6:54 am

If the number of groups has increased, it's because they can't get along with each other, either, and splinter-off into smaller and smaller units. Which is an enforcement problem, but not evidence of a growing movement, except for the biological pun. The remnants of the Tea Party would do well to dissociate from those lunatic fringey-piles.

The influence of the Tea Party, itself, is in decline, as the sponsors/funders of that "Astroturf" organization realize their mistake -- it has cost them the Senate majority with the likes of TP faves O'Donnell, Mourdock and Akin, among others. 'Occupy' is the Tea Party without the Koch brothers. Good riddance.

Posted by Libuffoon, a resident of Birdland
on Mar 7, 2013 at 6:09 pm

Yes, some of these so-called patriots are opposed to the government's plans to use drones to kill U.S. citizens suspected of being terrorists! Can you believe it? We should allow Obama to stop anyone who gets in his way...and without requiring those bothersome trials.

Posted by Nomad, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 7, 2013 at 7:09 pm

I sense envy from those aligned with the SPLC. Hundreds of Occupy groups across the country have come and gone. While the total number of "Patriot" groups continues to grow.

Posted by Nomad, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 7, 2013 at 7:24 pm

I think I'll start a website tha advocates for smaller government so I can be included in the SPLC's list.

Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Mar 13, 2013 at 10:28 pm

The SPLC is cool...they most likely will ignore any of your posts/comments anywhere online because you come across as a wimp...yup, a big time wimpy! tee hee...

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