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					Oklahoma City Tea Party/Sooner Tea Party Controversy Info
The problems literally started at our first meeting of the then un-named Sooner Tea Party.
I like many others were supporting the OKC Tea Party, going to their rallies, content that
someone was doing something. Never in a million years did I suspect that I would become
involved in a Tea Party past that. This is how we came about so you can put things in
context.

Around the second or third day of June in 2009, my wife (since divorced) told me that the
OKC Tea Party had cancelled their July 4th event. That rocked me back, created a lot of
emotion, mainly fear that our only hope for change was disintegrating so for the first time
in my life I typed in “Tea Party Oklahoma City” into Google Search . I believe that it was a
Tuesday night. I found an unofficial OKC 912 forum where people were discussing the
controversy, mainly talking about alternative plans like going to bricktown to hand out
flyers or having a picnic to keep everyone together. I joined the forum, then basically
posted “Why don't we all just show up anyway?".” A person from Moore/Norman 912 Group
posted that they had a meeting planned for Thursday night and to come take it over to plan
this Tea Party. We all agreed to meet, very few of us knowing any of the others.

Around 40 people showed up that night, with the 912 group leader coming late due to a
work place injury that placed him in the emergency room. After dealing with a GOP shill
that tried to take over, actually two of them, we started talking about doing something. We
knew that someone had taken out a permit at the capitol, my wife had found out one was
pulled, but no one knew who. After a bit, a lady finally got her voice heard “I’ve got the
permit!” I pointed at her and said “She is the leader, let’s follow.”

We started going over details when this older woman marched in and started blasting us,
saying “She was the Tea Party in Oklahoma!” and berating us for trying to put a July 4th
event on. We listened to her in shock for about five minutes while she read a statement
that claimed that it was “impossible” to put on an event as their insurance wasn’t in force
and someone might trip on a cord. Later on in this document, you will read a reference to
a treatise on a bumble bee that references this statement she read, completely out of touch
with reality and packed with lame excuses.

After about five minutes of this, we started bombarding her with questions and solutions to
her excuses. No one would help? We would… No money? How much do you need? But
Margie, as it turned out it was her indeed, refused all offers of assistance saying “There will
be NO July 4th event.”

Sorry, but I am what I am, I told her to stuff it, that she was not in control of what we did
and that we would put on a Tea Party whether she liked it or not. I asked her if she would
help us put the event on, she refused to have anything to do with it. I then asked if she
would try to stop us from putting on an event, to which she replied “No, but you can’t use
OKC Tea Party’s name. Fine! We all looked at each other for a few seconds asking what a
good name was, when Chad Williams blurted out “How about Sooner Tea Party?” We found
out later that we had two of the original founders of the Oklahoma City Tea Party at that
meeting and both became an integral part of our our leadership team.

(A side note: Eventually, we had seven of the original 13 Oklahoma City Tea Party founders
in our group. One of them had sent me an email from Margie with an spreadsheet labeled
“Panel of Thirteen”. I used this info to begin contacting the original leaders in the early
spring of 2010.)

Margie hung around with her arms crossed and a sour look on her face while we laid out
some rough plans and requirements. Chad, Kaye Beach, James Lane, and Patty McCallister
(who had the permit) took control of the leadership which was fine with me. Later after
Patty emailed asking for people to step up, I took the straw boss job for setting up the
equipment, tables, and handling the volunteers at the event. I had nothing to do with
picking speakers other than getting involved after the choice of one group, JBS, created an
argument. I knew nothing solid about them other than some vague stories fomented by the
media but internet researched dispelled the myths about their group. Along the process,
the four leaders brought me into their little circle and I was privy to more and more of the
decisions they made on speakers, groups allowed to set up, that sort of thing although I
generally stayed out of the way. I did put my foot down about as week before the event,
asking for information about the groups that they were using as speakers. I and others
were getting uncomfortable, we were busting our tails doing this and few of us knew any of
these speakers. Did they really represent us?

The four leaders sorted things out, gave us info on the speakers and all was well. We put on
the event and about 3,000 people attended on July 4th. Along the way a half dozen other
groups sent leaders to help, even donating money for expenses, and many other groups had
members pitching in the myriad tasks that needed done. This was why the Sooner Tea
Party was able to form the OCA later that year, we literally started out as a group of groups.

All went well at the July 4th event. KTOK’s Mark Shannon did attack us viciously before the
event and afterward, calling us “Paulies” which I interpreted as “pollies” as in political
people? I hadn’t a clue what it meant! Both KTOK and OKC Tea Party were telling people
that the event had been canceled, doing their best to prevent people from attending or even
finding out about the event. We took that in stride, didn’t make it an issue. Much later we
found out that Margie and Mark were close and Margie had done a great job poisoning the
well ahead of us. Mark eventually apologized for his actions, began supporting our work,
even met with me privately and had me on his show numerous times to promote our
events and projects. I really became a big believer in Mark Shannon after that, it takes a big
man to admit he was wrong and change course like that. Mark did try to bring the two
groups together but after he learned of the sabotage against our group, he understood that
it was asking too much for us to trust Margie.

Remember that we asked Margie for help in the beginning, she refused but agreed to not
get in our way, then according to reports from two of our vendors, she attempted to
sabotage of our July 4th event, speaking to our sound system man and asking that he pull
the sound system the day before our July 4th event. The details of that story came through
a man named Tim O'Kelly, who at the time was still in the leadership circle of the OKC Tea
Party. Tim was our liaison with the sound system provider, OKC Back Up, who used one of
their subcontractors to provide the service at a cost of $1,000. While they were setting up
the equipment, the subcontractor brought it up to Tim, that they got a call describing us as
dangerous right wing extremists and dangerous to the Tea Party movement. Tim said he
just thought it was of little importance as they showed up anyway. About a week after the
event, we were settling up with one of our vendors, Atomic Tee of Edmond. He told me the
same story, a phone call from Margie, making accusations nearly identical to what Tim
O'Kelly had recounted. I questioned the T shirt vendor on three occasions, every time the
story remained the same.

 Our group discussed the issue privately, but we didn't go public with the mess. A while
later, a discussion started on the OKC912 forum about the July 4th Tea Party, how
successful it was and well organized. The problem was, some of the people praising us in
public were privately sending out emails to their group trying to ruin our group. I called
them on it, then when they denied the attacks, I posted an email that their group was
sending around four days after our event, calling for our group’s destruction.



OKC Tea Party attack on the Sooner Tea Party on July 8th 2009
This email authored by Alan Web and forwarded by Margie Drescher should speak for
itself. In Alan’s defense, it was said that he never intended the email to be circulated to
their entire group, just the 13 founders. Note that at this point, we were still unaware of
the reports of sabotage against our July 4th event. I can forgive Alan as this was done out of
ignorance and there was no acts of sabotage on his part before the event. The email merely
serves to show the continued attack the Sooner Tea Party faced for putting on the July 4th
event.

Quote:

From: Margie Drescher
To: Margie Drescher
Sent: Wednesday, July 08, 2009 8:58 PM
Subject: Important Message from Alan Webb




“To: All
From: Alan Webb

I received this from Alan Webb this evening and he asked me to forward this.

Margie Drescher
Director, OKC Tea Party



Hello,
       After listening to and reading much feedback from the Sooner Tea Party’s July 4 event, I
would like to weigh in on this issue. I currently hold no leadership position in any tea party
group, or any other activist or political group, so I’m speaking merely as the founder of the OKC
Tea Party movement and a current regular ol’ member of it. I feel that many have lost their way
and that it is crucial at this time to get things back on track. Maybe my comments can help;
maybe not.

       Setting aside whether the Sooner Tea Party’s July 4 event was well-intentioned and well-
done (which I’m not discussing here), it apparently was put together without appropriate
controls, and the end result was infiltration by individuals, groups and politicians who had their
own agendas. In fact, at least one of the chosen speakers falls into that category. Many of the
average Oklahoma citizens who showed up had to deal with people and groups pushing their
own agendas.

        I understand the difficulty in keeping out people who have their own agenda. I found it
difficult before (and even at) the OKC Tea Party’s April 15th rally to keep these groups at bay.
Various members of my leadership team and I were harassed by the leader of the OK GOP,
PACs, and many candidates and politicians who wanted exposure. We turned them away so that
the average Oklahoma citizen could be heard for once. On April 15, those average voices were
ALL that was heard. I’m sorry to say that was not true on July 4.

         Oklahomans have started up tea party groups all across our state. From the beginning I
encouraged this. In fact I spent hours on the phone helping many of them get started. It was
never my intent for the OKC Tea Party to be the only tea party group in Oklahoma . After all,
we got our own start by hearing a radio interview with Jai Blevins, the guy who started the Tulsa
Tea Party. We enjoyed many informative conversations with him as we thought about where we
wanted the OKC Tea Party to go. One thing I had hoped to accomplish – but didn’t, due to
personal time constraints – was to get all the leaders of all the various Oklahoma tea parties
together regularly in order to encourage each other, help each other out, and learn from each
other. It was clear that each group needed to remain autonomous, because each group had its
own vision of which direction to go (i.e., whether to become a PAC, whether to endorse
politicians). And that diversity is to be encouraged, so that everyone in Oklahoma gets to have a
voice. But if I’d had the time, I would like to have arranged opportunities for all the leaders to
get together and share ideas.

         So my “beef” with the Sooner Tea Party is not that they exist. It’s that they have taken
actions and represented themselves in such a way (and some of their leaders have represented the
OKC Tea Party in such a way) that discredits the OKC Tea Party and confuses the average
citizen. This was probably largely due to misunderstandings of what was going on behind the
scenes when the OKC Tea Party announced on June 2 that it was postponing the July 4 rally until
September 12. The rumors have been plentiful, but most of the information in the rumors is
false. I was there and fully aware of each step of the process of that decision, and I can say with
confidence that the rumors are wrong.

         But now, in Oklahoma , the phrase “tea party” has a public image that has been badly
damaged. It may be more damage than the OKC Tea Party leadership can repair. Add to that
the confusion that people are facing as they hear there are now TWO tea party rallies scheduled
for the same day, same location in September, and you can see why people are wondering what’s
going on with the whole “tea party” thing in Oklahoma City, and whether to take it seriously as a
voice for the average joe.

          My only claim to legitimacy in this discussion is that I was the person that stood up in
February to put on the first rally. And after the success of that rally in spite of my small efforts,
the April 15 rally was shockingly successful thanks to the “brand name” of “tea party” that was
happening nationwide at the time, plus the extraordinary efforts of several others much more
talented than I who worked tirelessly along with me. I’m afraid that opportunists see the success
we have had and want to ride our coat tails. If they wanted to join us and help with future efforts
of ours, that would be one thing. But instead, they want to compete. They have their reasons
(i.e., desire for notoriety, personal political ambitions, alternative agendas). With our country in
such a precarious position, that’s a tragic waste of resources. Most of all, the waste will be felt
among the average Oklahoma citizens, who will sit back in confusion and once again become
disengaged and apathetic.

       I never started the OKC Tea Party movement for notoriety for myself; my stepping down
from a leadership position proves that. I started it so that we average Oklahoma citizens – who
have no hidden agendas -- could be heard by politicians for once, instead of the other way
around. For those of you who read this and know you are not parties to the problems, please lead
the movement with strong convictions and weed out these hangers-on who will hurt the
movement, and do it sooner rather than later.

Sincerely,
Alan Webb”
End quote:


Understand that our only crime was for daring to put on a July 4th event after they canceled
theirs! What we didn’t know at the time was that we walked into the picture about the time that
Margie and Dan Ward were starting to kick the other 10 founders out of the group or starting to
squeeze them out. Well, we did come under fire for allowing other groups to set up tables and
recruit new members. My wife and I had attended OKC Tea Party rallies from the first event
and always left feeling that we wanted more information, to find a group that was actually doing
something, or donate some money to someone. I remember that April 15th rally, we were so
broke; business was at rock bottom that quarter in 2009 and we were pinching pennies just to
keep our shop open, but I had $40 in cash and we were determined to give it to someone to make
a difference. We wandered around and found some people selling booklets on liberty and
conservative issues, didn’t know them from Adam but they were doing something so we chose a
couple of cheap pamphlets and gave them the $40.00 as a donation. It felt so good to do
something, we wanted others to have a better chance to make a difference.


After that, we just ignored the OKC Tea Party. We focused on the Health Care debate in
August, putting on a rally to get out info, then called for people to go to Washington D.C. to
support the national March on D.C. in September. We put a charter bus together, $13,000.00
commitment from our group and I know I scarred the bejesus out of the other leaders for leading
that project but they had enough faith in me to believe it was possible to pull off and we did.
Later due to the notoriety from the CNN interview I received in D.C., I was able to form the
OCA and unite the grassroots groups.
. Before this time, the original leader of the Sooner Tea Party, Patty McCalister, had to leave the
group due to health reasons. Patty asked my wife and I to come over for dinner, dropped the
group’s records into our laps and asked us to take it over. My reaction was to tell her it wasn’t
hers to hand over, that the group had to decide who the new leaders were but that we would
certainly ask to be considered as part of that leadership team and see that an election happened.
My wife and I eventually lead a team of leaders, which I was adamant about because of the
safety of having multiple “targets” should someone decide to take the group down. We still
function that way for the most part, I serve as spokesperson and straw boss, but the actual
leadership power is vested in a loose steering committee. We literally function as a group of
friends, which normally is a recipe for disaster, but the character and urgency of our burden have
always been enough to make it work. We do have a Treasurer, and we have kept our email list
shared between two members to make sure that no OKC Tea Party style coups occur. We have a
history of bringing in new blood into the leadership circle rather than keeping it tightly
controlled.



Around the beginning of March 2010 I used Margie’s Panel of Thirteen spreadsheet to reach out to
some of the original founders of the Oklahoma City Tea Party due in part to a request to include
Margie’s group in the umbrella group, the OCA. Our group had had more than enough dealings,
plus I had second hand knowledge of Margie’s and OKC 912 group’s falling out to know that she was
not the kind of personality that we needed to bring into the umbrella group. The other part of the
reason for reaching out was that we were beginning the planning of the April 15th 2010 Tea Party
and I felt that these people deserved a part in the second event. Why waste talent, we need every
soul we can scrounge up to participate. I wrote all of the original 13 founders of the OKC Tea Party
that I knew had been kicked out of the organization or squeezed out (begging the question of is
there really a difference?). Here are some of the replies I received from them or leaders in the OKC
912 organization.

What have former founders of the Oklahoma City Tea Party and one of the leaders of
the OKC 912 group said:

Begin quoted email:



“Well Al, you know that I tend to be a bit more conciliatory but I have to say....

I would rather not have Margie as a member of OCA personally, because of the troubles
OKC912Project experienced when we were partnered with the OKCTea Party under her direction.

I think the OKCTea Party SHOULD be a member of the OCA, so long as the board is in control and
not Margie. If you want me to voice that opinion to xxxxxxx, I would be happy to. I feel that since
OKC912Project did have an alliance with the OKCTea Party, I can speak about that with some
authority. I think also that xxxxxxxx would probably understand and appreciate the input.”

And a founder of the OKC Tea Party group:

“I will keep this short. I joined a group of like minded people to help rally others. My, and others,
input was not accepted until it was repeated back as if it were their idea to begin with. That didn't
really bother me, I wasn't there to get credit, but it should have tipped me off about the type of
people I was dealing with.

At different times, I received e-mails telling me plans had changed, leadership had changed,
meetings had changed, meetings had been held without notification, etc. I wrote an email exiting
from the group and showing my disgust with what had happened, that was answered with lies and
deceptions. I decided to not even try to defend my position against that email. If I still have it, I will
forward the exchange to you.

Suffice it to say, I was not happy with the character of the people that were in charge of this group.
They were, in my opinion, of the same character as those that we were railing against.”

And another of the original OKC Tea Party leaders speaks out:

“The April 15 event was a huge success. The group’s vision of content
and organization was spot on. The only ‘problem’ was the success of
the event – the size of the crowd and the Oklahoma wind being too much
for the audio system, but there were few complaints [people moved
closer, and stayed quiet].
In the meetings before that event, we talked about meeting after
[perhaps even immediately after] to critique the event, but it was
weeks before we met again. We wanted to do a July 4th event, and
several members pointed out the short time span from mid April to July
4. I think we had a good plan going [meet at the Capitol at noon,
people could get to their traditional 4th events for the evening]. But
things seemed to be moving very slowly.

Sometime late in the game – late May? – we got called to a meeting in
Edmond ‘to talk about affiliating with the 912ers’. xxxxxxxx and I were
on a short time schedule that day but made it a point to go. At that
meeting we needed to get to the point, but we were led through a
round-robin ‘how do you feel about things’ touchy-feely thing, which
turned out to be moot; it turned out the point was – Diane and Margie
and a few others had already met and decided to affiliate with 912.
They gave a number of reasons, some good and most lame, for
surrendering our autonomy to another group. I was rather disappointed
to be invited to a meeting to ‘decide on’ what was already a done
deal. Clearly, input from the group, which had been excellent and
which resulted in a great event, was not on the agenda. Alan and Diane
had done excellently but were truly burned out. Margie stepped in, and
didn’t fill the vacuum. In an email before the July event Margie
enumerated all the reasons why we couldn’t get the July rally done,
and it was like the treatise that concludes that bees can’t fly.
Several of us were frustrated by the foot dragging delay that put us
in the position of not having time to execute a good event in July.”

Another OKC Tea Party founder:

“Ouch. I knew Margie and Diane were protective of 'the brand', but the only people who might truly
lay claim to the Tea Party are in Boston. I am sorry to hear that Margie has made repeated attempts
to sabotage 'competition' [especially after basically sabotaging her own organization - which goes
to the core of her ability to lead].

I believe that Diane and Alan started a marvelous thing, and am sorry that they also want to quash
any competition. It is ironic that they want to preserve a brand that they voluntarily walked away
from. There are so many people who support the tea party philosophy [philosophies?], and we
don't care if it is OKC or Sooner or whatever as long as they are being as effective as you guys
apparently are.”

And yet another founder of the group speaks:

“Shortly before one of our rallies I received a request for an interview from the paper at UCO. As I
didn't normally give interviews, I asked and received permission to give the interview. After the
interview was printed and made the rounds, I received all kinds of semi-frantic emails asking who
gave the interview and who gave me permission to give the interview. I forwarded them a copy of
every email involved with the interview from the request thru the permission to the completed
interview. After that, I never heard a word about it again.


I worked with them through the next rally, but wasn't always informed about planning meetings
and things of that nature. Then came the Tea Party Express Rally. They never even contacted me. I
showed up anyway, but got the feeling I wasn't really wanted.

In Dec. of last year I emailed them with photos of hats with their logo on them that they requested,
and made several attempts to contact them by email and telephone, and could not even get them to
return my call. I continued these efforts until mid January. I at that time decided that they no longer
wanted my help. I tried to transfer some files to them, names and addresses of media outlets, native
American tribes and veterans groups, but they wouldn't even contact me about those. I still have
those files.”



And another former founder:

“Hi Al,

Good to hear from you. xxxxx told me I needed to respond to you this evening so I will give it a shot.
Neither of us knew anything about the garbage that Margie pulled on your group over the 4th of
July tea party. By the time that event came about, we had already decided we were wasting our time
with the OKC Tea Party. The group was being managed in a dictatorial fashion with a very shallow
scope of interest. Any comments or information we had to share with the group as to current events
and legislation was either brushed off or ignored. We were treated with hostility by Diane and Alan
and ignored for the most part by Margie. The rest of the group was as frustrated as we were.

After the April 15th event, we had a "lessons learned" meeting and I told Alan at that point that
xxxxxxx and I were going to back out of the group. We had other important things to do and make
ready. I flippantly told him we were going "underground." He made the comment, "If push comes to
shove, I will rat you out." I merely replied, "You'll be the first one I take out." I trust him, his mother
and Margie as far as I can throw a very large elephant. The vast majority of Alan's involvement was
simply an ego trip. His mother's involvement was to control Alan and dictate her personal beliefs to
everyone else. Margie, for the most part, was fairly quiet except that she did mention that she
seldom slept and spent most of her time listening to Glen Beck and Alex Jones. That in itself was
enough to put me off. I applaud them for waking up a lot of people, but a good part of their
messages, especially now, are self serving or red herrings.

(note that this next paragraph confuses the July 4th event with the OKC Tea Party’s 9/13/2009
event, we never planned an event to compete with their event)

xxxxxxx and I had intended to merely attend the OKC Tea Party's 4th of July event and there were
told that it was not going to take place. We only heard that the Sooner Tea party intended to hold an
event at the same location a little earlier in the day and that both groups were told they couldn't
because of security reasons. Margie threw a fit about that and had me call Senator Brogdon to find
out why her security permit had been pulled. After I talked to Brogdon and found out that it was
because of a lack of manpower for previously scheduled events, I called Margie back and she
responded that she got the event moved to Sunday without any help from Brogdon and that he
never even inquired. She lied about both things...he did inquire and he did let her know that it could
be moved to Sunday. At this point, xxxxx and I had already befriended and were backing Brogdon
for Governor. We were discouraged and told repeatedly that we were not to discuss candidates
within the group as it was a non-political group, unlike the "other tea party group." I'm guessing she
meant your organization.

While still with OKC Tea Party, I was asked to design a logo for the organization, which I did with
input from several of the organization members, but zero response from Margie, who had
supposedly taken charge of the group but was mostly absentee. When I came up with a final
version, I did not get a yes, no or kiss my ass acknowledgement, but was sent a flyer with their new
logo that someone else had designed. I was insulted, angry and frustrated to have been asked to
donate my time ( for logos I usually charge a minimum of $55 an hour, 4 hour minimum) and then
to be dismissed without even a comment or "thanks but no thanks." From that point on, we have
ignored the organization. We would occasionally continue to get emails from various members,
usually announcing their resignation from the group.

At one point, the OKC Tea Party intended to join the OKC912Project group, but within a short
period of time was sent packing and there are obviously ill feeling there. You might ask Mike
Lindsey or Matt DeToy for their input.”



Another founder speaks:

“Hi Al,

It's good to hear from you. We met at the State Capital a few weeks ago in front of Charles Key's
office.

 I almost immediately lost interest in being involved with the TEA Party leadership group due to
their lack of interest in, (and outright opposition to,) addressing Constitutional aspects of our
situation. I was constantly reminded that they intended to stay focused on the "Taxed Enough
Already" theme and absolutely did not wish to stray from protesting "the stimulus" and the idea of
being "Taxed Enough." I still managed to get a few signs into the protest to show support for the
10th Amendment, and to "end central banking." The core leadership at the time, (in reality -founder
Alan Webb's mother,) found me "radical," and tried constantly to quiet and dismiss my views
during group discussion. My instincts lead me to feel that there were underlying motives involved
at some level of the original group, to possibly push it in a less than effective direction, and the
impending control struggles were already evident.

On the other hand, I have much respect for Tim O'Kelley and Dan Ward.

 I don't actually know anything about Margie Dresher. At the time of our involvement with the
group, she was appointed as a sort of "secretary" to handle administrative tasks for the group, and
stayed fairly quiet and observant. (I don't know the details of "the situation that happened prior to
the July 4th Tea Party and how Margie was involved," but my curiosity has been killing me, because
I knew something happened, but didn't know what, if anyone would care to shed a bit of light.)”
End quoted emails:



Sooner Tea Party’s stance on the Oklahoma City Tea Party:


As I said, part of this reaching out to the former leaders that sent us the remarks above was due to a
request for the OKC TP to join the OCA, which I founded and led. Here is my response to one of the
other group leaders that sets out our requirements for bringing OKC TP into the group. I think you
will find the requirements quite reasonable given the sabotage in the past. The letter is in response
to Margie moving her event from the night of April 15th to the night before our event. Our intention
was to get people into the capitol, then feed them right around the capitol to attend Margie’s event.
We were willing to do the work, they would be the entertainment and encouragement. I did edit
out the name of the person that was attempting to bring the two sides together. Not also that our
requirements had changed somewhat, we started off saying that Margie couldn’t be in a leadership
position and modified that to having a board that could control her should she consider attempting
additional sabotage.

Quoting my email:



“Yes, Margie picked up the permit for the night of the 14th to try to draw people away from the
capitol lobbying Tea Party on April 15th, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm on the South Plaza. Her initial event
was scheduled April 15th starting at 4:30 pm. I thought it would work well, they were on the North
side, we were on the South, we ended before they began, they would entertain those that could only
come late, we would get the early ones into the capitol to lobby their legislators.


The permit on April 15th is for the OCA, not Sooner Tea Party. My group is going to organize the
event but we wanted the OCA to get credit for the event. Margie is likely going to lose some support
if she does this, bucking the over 30 groups of the OCA is something that Mark Shannon said
couldn't happen, he said there must be one Tea Party and that they had no choice but to go with the
OCA.

Xxxxxx is trying to get me to allow Margie into the OCA, but her sabotage of last year's July 4th Tea
Party is too well known. My own group voted to never work with her as we could never trust her.
OKC Tea Party has been approaching us for about four months trying to join the OCA, and our only
condition is that Margie can't hold a leadership position if they come in. xxxxxxx emailed just a
few days ago, talking about forgiveness and reconciliation, but even he understands that that is only
possible once the problem is removed or the culprit has confessed and begun making amends.
Margie continues to claim she didn't call Atomic Tee or the sound system company.

We will see what happens this week. xxxxxxx has asked me to meet with a member of the OKC TP
board on Wednesday night that is exploring the possibility of pushing Margie out. If they gain
control, we can work with them on April 15th as long as they get Margie out and keep our
information away from her. “

End my quoted email:
What have current leaders in the Oklahoma Tea Party said about the situation?

Here is from a another current leader of the OKC Tea Party, who’s identity I am going to try to
suppress to protect them from retaliation as this person is a current leader of the organization:

“In the beginning, I was unaware of the disagreements that had occurred between various members
of the tea party and am only now learning how much division there has been. When Dallas was
asked to leave the tea party, I was surprised and began trying to figure out what is happening. I
must say that it is quite confusing to me. When Dallas asked if I would be interested in meeting
with you, him, and Mark Shannon I said that I would. I am looking forward to our meeting
tomorrow night and I'm planning on being at OCPAC tomorrow to hear you speak. But, I do have a
request of you.


Last night we had our first tea party leadership meeting since Dallas was asked to leave. I wanted
to attend and see what the atmosphere would be like. Toby Pedford said that he intends to attend
OCPAC and hear you speak also. I believe Toby plans to visit with you to see if he can arrange a
meeting with you, him, and possibly me to determine how to keep the OKC Tea Party and the
Sooner Tea Party from stepping on each other's toes Quite honestly, I don't know what to do, but
I'm certain it wouldn't be good for Toby to learn of the meeting planned for tomorrow evening with
you, Dallas, Mark Shannon, and myself. .

If it's not too bold, I would like to ask you not to say anything to Toby about our meeting tomorrow
night. I fear that if he learns of our meeting it will jeopardize any good I may be able to do. It is my
hope that after our meeting tomorrow night, I'll have a better idea of what I need to do. Right now I
don't know whether to stick with the OKC tea party or to consider being part of the Sooner effort on
Apr 15. I certainly don't want to straddle the fence but I want to do what is best. My strongest gift
that I bring to the effort is my speaking ability - what little there is of it. “


Another OKC Tea Party insider that was trying to clean up the OKC Tea Party mess:
“Al,

Please realize that xxxxx hasn't made a break from Margie, and is waiting for God to lead him in
the correct direction. His gut seems to be telling him to leave, but it's not a done deal yet. Please
don't mention that I spoke to you about xxxxxxx to anyone other than xxxxxx. You can use my
email at any point & in any way that you would like, and I won't tell anyone that I sent it to you,
until you want me to. I will stand behind that email to anyone that you want. Like I said, my life
is an open book, and I am brutally honest. But I must respect the privacy of others. xxxxx knows
that I have spoken to you about him, and he trusts my judgment on what information that I share
with you, and my judgment of any person that I speak to. I look forward to working with you.
Here is a series of emails that was sent to us by OKC Tea Party leadership members during a power
struggle last year. I did copy and past the individual emails so that you can read from the first
email and follow the exchanges in order. ( Note that in the preceding paragraph of this document,
the sender of the emails had given permission for me to use the emails “in any way you want”. I
didn’t correct the spelling either, many of us are doing all we can, spell check sometimes doesn’t get
done!):


From: Toby Pedford [mailto:tobypedford@gmail.com]
Sent: Wednesday, January 20, 2010 7:42 PM
To: Brenda Bernhardt; Margie Drescher; Mark Shannon; Zeke; ChazInez; Dan Fisher; Laurel
Eaton; Jim Moody
Subject: Orginazational Changes



I am sitting here with Margie and Brenda, and we felt it was good idea to send a quick
communication to everyone. We have heard from the group, to the executive committe that
there was a mandate for clearer communication of rules, mission, vision and strong leadership.
In an effort to facilitate teamwork, communication and group cohesiveness we have made some
orginzational changes effictive immediately that will be disscussed at the next meeting. With the
victory of Scott Brown in Massachusetts last night it is clear that the success of the Tea Party
movement is more important than any one person or personality. Let us all strive to give
Oklahoma the Tea Party she deserves!



Reminder: the next meeting is Tuesday the 26th, 7pm here at my office.

--
Toby Pedford
Chief Operations Officer
Legacy Wealth Strategies
4801 Classen Suite 204
Oklahoma city , Ok 73118
Office 405-242-5032
Mobile 405-821-7564 (texting)

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From: Jim Moody <jamesm7@cox.net>
To: Toby Pedford; Brenda Bernhardt; Margie Drescher; Mark Shannon; Zeke; ChazInez; Dan
Fisher; Laurel Eaton; Dallas Richardson
Sent: Wed, January 20, 2010 11:39:55 PM
Subject: RE: Orginazational Changes
        If “Questioning with boldness” is not an attribute you are seeking and transparency is
only good for our government officials but not for the organization that seeks to hold them
accountable, then I’m probably not the kind of person that you are looking for to make up your
executive committee. I am new to activism but I’m not new to organizational politics. I was
invited to participate by a person that has just been disinvited to participate. There are always
two sides to every story but from my perspective a decision was made because decisions were
questioned.

         If asking questions and having an opposing view and being willing to express it is not
allowed then I can’t justify devoting anymore time with this particular organization. As many of
you know the Tea Party Movement is under constant attack by the left. They fear it. I am an
outspoken conservative that is willing to share my opinions and try to defend the Tea Party
Movement whenever it is smeared by those that wish to characterize it as nothing more than a
hate group. I will continue to do that. I am taking myself out of the game of, my way or the hi
way group dynamics. I will still support the Tea Party Movement and the OKC Tea Party as well
as all other Tea Party chapters in the spirit it was intended where people speak their mind when
they see government not acting in the best interest of the people. I will not accept a tyrannical
leadership that mirrors the very thing that we are fighting to defeat.


        Jim


On Thu, Jan 21, 2010 at 12:43 AM, Dallas Richardson <dallasra1@yahoo.com> wrote:
Thanks Jim.

Just so that everyone knows, today I was removed from the OKC Tea Party organizing
committee by the "executive committee" (Margie, Toby, Brenda, and Margie's husband). I never
even knew of this committee, but I was informed tonight that it has been intact since the
beginning. Less than a week before the fundraiser event, I was informed on a couple of key
decisions that were made by (what I now know as) the executive committee, and I voiced
opposition, and was then accused of attacking Margie. As I told her on the phone,
I wasn't attacking her, I just disagreed with these decisions, and wanted to know how decisions
were made in this organization. If decisions were made by a majority, I doubted that these
decisions would have been approved. If the leader made all of the decisions, then we should
all be aware of this policy. Shining the light on the "make up the rules as you go" policy
landed my butt out the door. I am still very concerned about nobody (not even you
organizers) knowing how much money we have raised, and where the money is spent. I
hope that this policy changes. I know that your hearts are in the right place, but as I stated in my
other opposition, appearance is very important.

I am very motivated to do my part to help this movement succeed, and to see our country return
back to our founding fathers intentions, not to mention seeing to it that our elected officials
adhere to the Constitution. Tuesday was a great step towards that end. I hope that the OKC Tea
Party is successful in doing it's part, and I will do nothing to stand in it's way. I will probably get
involved with another Tea Party organization. If any of you have questions, please contact me.
It's been an honor, and I've enjoyed working with all of you. Even the executive committee
members until recently.

Thanks,
Dallas


From: Toby Pedford tobypedford@gmail.com
To: Brenda Bernhardt; Margie Drescher; Mark Shannon; Zeke; ChazInez; Dan Fisher; Laurel
Eaton; Jim Moody
Sent: Thu, January 21, 2010 8:37:44 PM
Subject: Re: Orginazational Changes

I want to respond as a concerned member who did the most of the talking at that meeting.

First: I would encourage everyone who wasn't at the meeting with Dallas to withhold judgment
and hear both sides of a story before sending our cowardly emails making pronouncements and
calling names.

Second: If this group is not for you obviously you are not being forced to participate.

Third: I refuse to rebut or debate Dallas' email via email. We met with Dallas with the intent of
keeping him from being publicly shamed. He obviously does not share this same respect.

Fourth: Even with that being the case if ANY of you would like to find out more about this
decision feel free to come by my office ANYTIME I AM AVAILABLE I would be more than
happy to explain it to you since Dallas has decided to make this a public affair. Call my assistant
Kim (405-242-5032) and she will be sure to schedule you an hour or more to talk with me about
it. I hold no ill will toward anyone in the group and if understanding this decision is what is
necessary for you to move forward by all means come and talk to me FACE TO FACE don't sit
as a coward would behind the courageous facade of email.

Fifth: Dallas was the ONLY PAID MEMBER of the planning board, and he is still hitting us up
for more money.
No matter what he would have been asked to leave it due to conflicts of interest, he only helped
that along with a lack of teamwork.

Sixth: We have a Job to do. That is to help Oklahoma and her citezens fight back againt not only
collectivist tyrrany but the idiocy that comes from the lack of investigation and the lack of
critical thought. We can either follow our friends into the gas chambers or fight our way to
freedom. The only way we will do this is if we hold fast and keep our eyes on the prize. The
prize of liberty is more important to me than any one person, more important even than any one
patriot. The goal must be reached, the public must be awakened, and the torch must be passed
both for my children and for yours. Fight on friends, lest this hurdle be your gravesite. The
opposition knows no boundary and the enemy holds no fears.

Fight on,
-Toby


----- Forwarded Message ----
From: Dallas Richardson <dallasra1@yahoo.com>
To: Toby Pedford; Brenda Bernhardt; Margie Drescher; Mark Shannon; Zeke; ChazInez; Dan Fisher;
Laurel Eaton; Dallas Richardson
Sent: Thu, January 21, 2010 10:37:38 PM
Subject: Re: Orginazational Changes

OK Toby,

A reply to your following points.

First: I haven't seen anyone calling names. Until you called (I guess Jim) a "coward". Jim is NOT
a coward. I have seen Jim stand toe to toe with many, and didn't back down. And, he doesn't
have to have 2 or 3 drinks before getting the courage to speak to anyone, a crowd, or me.

Third: Let's be honost, the reason that you didn't have all of the organizers at the meeting was
because you felt that the majority of the others would disagree with my removal. The 3 of you
thought you could gang up on me, and that I would be the "coward", but as you experienced, I
didn't back down, but still maintained civility.


 Fifth: "ONLY PAID MEMBER"                                         For everyone who doesn't know.
Production for an event like this runs around $2,000 to $3,000 dollars. I did it for $300. I spent
$180 in fuel. Not to mention all of the prep work, having 5 meetings total to get a schedule
written, etc... I spent 3 days setting up, and 2 days to load out. Margie assured me that she would
provide me with however many stage hands as was needed to load out. This is a function that
promoters provide for all big events. I told her that I could get by with 2 stage hands for the load
out. I emailed her & copied all other organizers when I would need them. No one showed up to
help. I believe that she didn't ask anyone to help me, and did this on purpose because of my
raising questions the week before. After I was fired from the organizing comittee, I asked for
compensation for the stage hands that were not provided. It took me an extra day of work, and all
I asked for was $100. I know that several of the organizers would be happy to pay me out of their
pockets, but it is the principle of it that matters. The OKC Tea Party raised probably $8,000 at
this event, that I came up with the idea for, got the room, ticketing, and the band each below half
price, got the lighting director, spot light operator, and monitor engineer for free, called in
several favors, etc... I think that the Tea Party can afford to reimburse me $100. If not, I will
wear it as a badge of honor.

Thank you, and good night,
Dallas
Al,

Here are the emails that circulated.

I called Jim Moody to inform him of what had happened while on my way home from the
meeting in which I was dissmissed. He recieved the email at the bottom of the page while I was
on the phone with him. (Note: Since I reversed the order of the emails to make reading easier,
that email is at the top of this exchange. Al )

Please start reading the bottom email 1st, then move up to get the correct sequence of the emails.

Let me know what you think.

Thanks,
Dallas




End forwarded emails from current and past Oklahoma City Tea Party leaders:


As you can see, there have been a lot of attacks on the Sooner Tea Party from day one. We have
always followed the practice of keeping this quiet unless we were required to answer attacks on
our group. I personally find it amazing that Margie has the nerve to continue these attacks
given her culpability in past problems; I would want this to go away if I were in her shoes.
However, the latest email attack on us the night before the April 15th event is the last straw, we
must put an end to this by airing out the facts.


Below are a bunch of emails from the OKC Tea Party founders that documents the outrage when
Margie and Dan Ward stole the group from the other 19 founders. It makes clear that Margie
could not afford for any other group to put on a successful rally and still retain control of her
group. What amazes me after reading these emails for the first time today was that the other
founders pitched into our group without making a fuss that they weren’t in charge of the effort.
It speaks volumes of their true interest, cleaning up our country, and their integrity and character.


Al


First is an email that shows the beginning of what would be called the Sooner Tea Party.
From: Wendy Leisher-Miner [ ]
Sent: Wednesday, June 17, 2009 9:53 AM
To: Tim OKelley; Nancy Blalock
Subject: July 4 Tea Party




I don't know if you are still interested in a tea party or if you follow the discussion forum at OKC912project,
but I thought I'd pass this along to you. Check out Chad Williams comments on June 16. Seems there
are some people who are interested in putting on a tea party.




W




http://okc912project.com/cgi-bin/p/awtp-q-posts-list.cgi?d=okc-912-project&forum=2740&thread=1051




    Fosferus         OKC Tea Party Redux
 reg'd 4/5/2009      Sunday, June 7, 09:05:19, 2009
     2 posts


                     Many of you have no doubt received the news that this 4th of July's Tea
                     Party has been cancelled due to financial/red tape complications. If your
                     reaction was anything like mine, you are sorely dissappionted. I fear that
                     the Thought Police Media may have succeeded in smothering the Tea
                     Party movement with two parts apathy and one part derision.

                     Being the tax paying, lay abiding radical that I am, I have an idea.

                     The April 15th Tea Party was half Pep Rally for us and half Photo Op for
                     the Purveyors of Misinformation. It didn't reach the unaware, the
                     undecided or the teachable unmotivated. It was just Us making our
                     distaste know to Them.

                     Getting 7,000 like minded Constitution loving individuals in one spot for
                     Speeches and Tea would be fun, but not very constructive in the end.
                     We'd still be just 7 Grand worth of Patriots, no more.

                     As a side note, I love crazy street people.

                     You know the ones I'm talking about. They stand on the corner and
                     fearlessly shout to the world and its taxis warnings of Thing to Come.
                 They are very passionate about their message and are so convinced of its
                 truthfullness that they are compelled to share it with every Joe and Jane
                 Pedestrian that comes their way.

                 I had the City mail me an Application for an Activity Permit just to see
                 how involved something had to be before it needed paperwork and a fee
                 to compensate them for the annoyance.

                 There were rules about blocking traffic, posting signs, barricades, loud
                 speakers and so forth. But nothing about numbers, how many people
                 standing in one place for the same reason constitute a Recognized
                 Activity?

                 As I said, I have an idea.

                 We need to be Crazy Street Patriots. In groups no larger than 4 we could
                 stake out a street corner with a sign or two. These small groups would
                 not constitute an Activity. As long as they were polite and not
                 obstructing the sidewalk, they would be left alone.

                 7,000 people divided into groups of 4 could cover most of downtown
                 OKC. It would definitely be be more visible than the last Tea Party. It
                 would also allow for 'missionary work.' We need to expand our numbers,
                 this country runs on popular consent, popular is good.

                 So that's my idea - 4th of July Crazy Street Patriots.

                 i would love some feedback on this idea. Yea? Nay? "Are you out of
                 your %^$& mind?"

                 Steve
  Fosferus       OKC Tea Party Redux
reg'd 4/5/2009   Sunday, June 7, 09:06:00, 2009
    2 posts


                 bump
Eddie Choffin    OKC Tea Party Redux
reg'd 3/28/2009 Thursday, June 11, 21:45:32, 2009
    68 posts
                I like the idea. Personally, I think that our silence will be defeaning if we
                do not do something. I was very dismayed that the 4th's party had been
                cancelled. But, what do I know, I'm just a truck driver.



                "All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to
                remain silent." (Thomas Jefferson)
    kitkat      OKC Tea Party Redux
reg'd 3/28/2009 Sunday, June 14, 10:12:36, 2009
     3 posts


                If we want to be missionaries for OKC912Project maybe we could
                handout information at parks where many picnic and enjoy family
                gatherings and the fireworks later.
Paul Hawkins    OKC Tea Party Redux
reg'd 4/16/2009 Sunday, June 14, 17:21:03, 2009
     9 posts


                What was the financial cost, exactly? Acquiring a permit? I can't believe
                it was that.

                I was disappointed over a lack of details of why it was cancelled. I wish
                someone would clear up the picture. Did someone sue someone over
                something?



                http://www.phawkins.com
      Al        OKC Tea Party Redux
reg'd 6/14/2009 Sunday, June 14, 19:21:20, 2009
     2 posts


                Why don't we all just show up anyway?

                What impressed the media and the politicians wasn't who organized the
                event or what the speakers said. It was the number of people who took
                 time to show up.

                 How about this. We all show up at an apointed hour, have a picnic lunch,
                 then do a convoy that passes through all the T.V. stations and radio
                 stations.

                 Did someone repeal our right of assembly? If the leaders of this
                 movement aren't willing to lead, we need new leaders.
Chad Williams OKC Tea Party Redux

reg'd 4/7/2009   Tuesday, June 16, 21:35:28, 2009
    8 posts


                 I was dismayed when I heard that the OKC 4 July Tea Party had been
                 canceled. I am the current lead for the Moore / Norman 9/12 Chapter and
                 several of our members are quite upset. We plan to meet this Thursday
                 for our regular meeting. I would like to talk about what happened and
                 what other options we have for building the movement during our
                 nation's Independence day.

                 The meeting will be at 6:00PM at Earles Rib Palace in Moore, OK on
                 Thursday 18 June 2009.
      Al         OKC Tea Party Redux
reg'd 6/14/2009 Tuesday, June 16, 22:07:49, 2009
     2 posts


                 Chad,

                 We will see you Thursday night.

                 Al
                 OKC Tea Party Redux

                 Wednesday, June 17, 06:34:34, 2009


Mike Lindsey
                 I have spoken with Diane, Margie and Dan at our 912 meetings. There is
reg'd 4/4/2009   a whole lot more work that goes on behind the scenes to put on a tea
   43 posts      party. They had put out the call for help, but there was little or no
                  support.

                  Now that the event has been canceled, everyone is crying out why. There
                  are a lot of people that should look in the mirror when asking that
                  question.

                  That was one of many reason they chose to ally with the OKC912 group,
                  there would be more hard working people to share in the work.

                  The other side of the problem is legal. They were extremely lucky no
                  one tripped on a speaker cable or something silly like that, fell down the
                  steps at the capital and sued the organizers of the event. That might
                  sound ridiculous, but look at our litigious society, I understand
                  completely. Would you risk your family business, you livelihood, your
                  families future? Both organizations will operate under one corporate vale
                  and share in that protection. Event insurance is another thing that can be
                  difficult to acquire. There will be more OKC Tea Parties, just not on July
                  4th.




 Next is an email from one of the founders of the OKC Tea Party, Diane Web. This is the email
that had one of their founders talking about the treatise on why a bumble bee can’t fly. The
formatting is a bit screwed up from the forwarding so there are some strange symbols and
numbers in places. From reading the email, you would think that they would be excited that an
new group had formed to take up the ball and run with it. There is some evidence of paranoia
when she talks of the “vetting” needed.


-----Original Message-----
From: Dianne Webb [mailto:okcteaparty~2h33@wiggiomail.com]
Sent: Wednesday, May 27, 2009 10:10 AM
To: OKC Tea Party
Subject: [ OKC Tea Party] Change in direction...

Hi everyone,

Well, one thing I%u2019ve learned in the last few months is to be
flexible and open to changing directions%u2026.ha! There%u2019s been a
major change in direction in the group, and I%u2019m writing to let
you know about it. Margie has to drive to Holdenville this morning,
and she called and asked me to relay to you all the latest so
you%u2019d be aware of the changes.

The OKC Tea Party is not going to hold a July 4 rally (please keep
that between all of us until we announce it publicly on our website).
It's just all become way too complicated. Here is the tip of the
iceberg in complicating factors:

1. Perhaps the most important reason, which we've only recently begun
to realize after trying unsuccessfully to more completely define who
we are and what we should do from here....is that the OKC Tea Party
was an event, not a group. It's like trying to fit a square peg into
a round hole every time we try to organize/manage as a group. That's
because it's not intended to be an ongoing group...it was only
intended from the beginning to be an event. Dan Ward found this out
when he tried to write up a document explaining who we are, after that
meeting I told you about between Dan, Margie, me, Alan and Matt DeToy
(representing the 912 groups).

In fact, it was only intended to be a one-time event...February 27.
Thankfully we had an additional event on April 15 due to the
unexpected turnout on February 27, because by April 15 tea party
rallies all across the nation were at least identifiable enough to
make national headlines and cause politicians to take notice. OKC can
be very proud to have been among that number of attention-getting
rallies across the nation on tax day.

That's where we should have stopped. Job done. Because
simultaneously around that time, all sorts of conservative working
groups in Oklahoma were springing up...Conservative Coffees, 912
Projects, etc. Ideally, the attendees of the April 15 rally were
inspired to go home and join one (or start) one of those working
groups. And many people did and continue to do so. That's where the
work gets done. That's where citizens roll up their sleeves and tackle
issues.

Those conservative working groups are off to a great start. It%u2019s
very exciting. But they need more people, more worker bees. They will
undergo a lot of changes in the coming months. But this is the perfect
time for everyone who was inspired on February 27 and April 15 to roll
up their sleeves, join one of those groups, and change the face of
American politics.


Unfortunately, some people will be disappointed that the OKC Tea Party
rally didn't evolve into a political action group of some sort and
change the world. But the thing is, it was never designed to, or
capable of, doing such a thing. Only individual citizens banding
together in meetings and activities at the local level can make the
necessary difference. True, some tea parties in other places are
actually becoming PACs and such%u2026and there%u2019s always the
potential for someone to do that here in OKC%u2026but because of our
determination not to sponsor a political party or politician %u2013
and because of the resources necessary for such a thing %u2013
that%u2019s not a direction that the leadership of the OKC Tea Party
decided to go.
2. It's going to cost 3K for a sound system. So far the offered
donations are small, not nearly enough. If we don't raise the 3K
someone has to fork that money over...who will that be? (If we raise
more than 3K, we have to do something with that money.) If we raise
any money, we have to account for every dollar, meaning tons of
administrative time and energy spent. We%u2019d have to open a
checking account. Who%u2019s going to take the time to do that, and
pay for it? And a Post Office Box. Who%u2019s going to take the time
to do that, and pay for it, and check it often? Who%u2019s going to
reply to queries received there? (And then there is the task of
responding to emails as we get closer to the rally date, a task we
found surprisingly time-consuming last time.)

3. Per advice by a pro bono attorney, we need to become a 501 legal
entity before any more rallies, otherwise we're putting ourselves at
legal risk if someone sues for some reason. Becoming a legal entity
is no small matter.

4. Delegating tasks sounds easy enough, as if that's the solution to
getting things done. However, we've discovered that there is a
substantial amount of time and energy and tracking involved in
delegation, not to mention going through several people before finding
someone to delegate to, then dealing with the half-finished task when
that person cannot finish due to unexpected situations in his/her
life. It always falls back on the delegator. And it always takes more
time (and often more money) than anyone expected. Everyone has very
good intentions and works very hard when taking on a task. But as
you and I both know, life gets in the way%u2026professional and
personal responsibilities must take priority in each of our lives, and
something%u2019s always coming up in each of our lives that leaves us
thinking of that old line%u2026the best-laid plans%u2026.ha!

5. Although a whole lot of people have emailed through the weeks
offering to volunteer, there's no way to know who's a good volunteer,
who will require extensive supervision, who has their own agenda,
who's truly capable and will represent the group accurately, etc.,
unless there's a thorough vetting process. Again, we don't have the
resources for that type of vetting and volunteer coordination. That
takes hours of planning and coordination. In fact, that%u2019s why
non-profits usually hire a full-time %u201Cvolunteer coordinator.
%u201D

The OKC Tea Party leaders and Planning Committee can be very proud of
what was accomplished on February 27 and April 15. Very proud! Many
of the attendees of the rallies confessed that they had been apathetic
up to then, either ignoring what was going on in the country, or
counting on someone else to do the hard work of getting our country
back on track. The two events far surpassed all expectations and
inspired literally thousands. But it would be a mistake for those
thousands to think that it is up to the OKC Tea Party to be a Moses-
figure to lead us out of this wilderness of political mayhem. In
fact, they must realize that no one person or group or event is going
to be the answer. It's going to take regular efforts on a small scale
by each individual citizen. Yet he will know he is not alone, because
of what he witnessed on April 15. Thankfully there are groups such
as 912 Project groups, and others, which he can join and work with in
order to achieve our common goals.

Margie has put together a last-minute meeting this week between Dan
Ward, Margie, Alan and me with Matt DeToy, from the 912ers, to
discuss with him the possibility of becoming an %u201Carm%u201D or
%u201Cworking group%u201D of the 912ers%u2026and who knows, the 912ers
may want to take charge of putting on a July 4 rally after all.
Hopefully we%u2019ll have information about them and what they%u2019re
wanting/willing to do when we meet with you all this Saturday. We'll
meet at IHOP Restaurant, "across the street from" the Quail Springs
Mall (2624 W Memorial Rd., OKC.) at 5:00-6:00 this Saturday, May 30.

We'll discuss whatever the results are from our meeting with the
912ers, and hopefully there will be lots of exciting ways for those of
us who wish to, to continue our involvement by working with that group
in ways that they need assistance. I know that for me personally,
I%u2019ve reached the end of my available time and energy. However,
eventually on down the road I hope to get involved in some aspect of
the 912ers efforts where perhaps I can be useful.

Those of us who have attempted to lead various aspects of the
group%u2019s work can't begin to thank all of you enough for all your
hard work over the last few months. We hope it has been as satisfying
to you as it has been inspiring to everyone who attended the rallies.
You can feel proud of what you've accomplished...you've inspired
thousands of people to pay closer attention to their government and
become involved! And on a personal note, a wonderful side benefit has
been that we've all made some good friends in the process...it's been
such a pleasure to get to know each other in this effort.

Thanks%u2026.
Dianne




From: Julie Henry [mailto:grumred@cox.net]
Sent: Saturday, June 13, 2009 9:10 AM
To: Restlessroamer@aol.com; warddaniel@sbcglobal.net; robblakely@sbcglobal.net;
brenda70001@yahoo.com; bparker15@cox.net; charles.henry@cox.net; teapartynews@gmail.com;
emmalee.mattern@student.oc.edu; gclaunts@wildblue.net; nblalock@airosurf.com;
okcteaparty@yahoo.com; 52Transamrunner@cox.net; teapartymomx2@yahoo.com
Subject: Re: Am I alone?
You guys are beating a dead horse. Admission has already been made that the group was not informed
that they (the leaders) no longer wished to lead, but to join 912 without consulting the rest of the group.
It's a moot point as it's already been done. The fact remains that the others cannot use the name OKC
Tea Party without some ramifications as it was their intent to dissolve the group without giving anyone an
opportunity to step in as leaders of the Tea Party.




It happens in companies all the time. As opposed to a hostile take over, this was merely a sellout where
the "employees" are left to wonder if they have a job or if they are willing to transfer to the new company.
Get over it. You have basically three choices...you join the new company and try to make a go of that,
form a new company, or go on unemployment until some other opportunity presents itself. I hope you all
realize this is an analogy.




The key here is to realize we all still believe in the same things, we are all still willing to fight for our
freedoms and we all still love this country enough to make sacrifices to bring Her back to the great nation
She once was...regardless of what organization we join or don't join. It's not a competition and it's not
about who get recognition...it's about attitude. We can grumble and bitch all we want about the fact that
we don't like the way things were done, but it does not change the reality nor does it create any
productive action.




Alan never intended for his little protest rally to become a movement...he just wanted to make his
statement and invite others to join him. We became an organization in spite of that. I also understand
their choice to protect the name OKC Tea Party as it had their association with it and could be damaging
if some whack job came in and became the leader...better to let it go than suffer the repercussions in that
event.




The positive thing to do would be for Alan, Margie and Dan to go on Mark Shannon and make a public
announcement that the group has been dissolved or melded into the OKC 912 Project as there is greater
impact with larger numbers of people and that the logistics of having a 4th of July rally were not feasible
for lack of funding...proving, once again, that we were just regular folks doing a amazing thing on our
own. The web page should be made to redirect to the 912 website with an explanation as well, if it hasn't
already.




We do more damage to the cause by all the in-fighting and negative attitudes.




Personally, I will check out the 912 group and see if it is something that suits me. If so, I will do whatever
jobs I am assigned within reason and ability to assist the cause. I don't care who runs it as long as the
mission is compatable with my beliefs. Kind of like looking for a church to belong to and checking out the
preacher. If it doesn't suit me, I'll bide my time and find whatever God has chosen for me to do. It always
presents itself.
I wish you all well and if you do join another group or form one, please let me know if I can be of
assistance.




Regards,

Julie Henry

----- Original Message -----

From: Restlessroamer@aol.com

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Sent: Saturday, June 13, 2009 8:07 AM

Subject: Re: Am I alone?




Dan you miss the point. The leadership hat was passed without input from the group. Now the decision to
join the 912 group has been made without input from the group. No one,NO ONE asked for our help with
things. Maybe if you had, we would not have been talking about joining the 912 group. I've offered my
services to the 912 group and have received 0 responses. If that's how they feel about us as individuals,
do they really want our help, or are they just trying to eliminate the competition. I feel we as a separate
group can do more then as a committee of the 912 group. There where ways to raise funds suggested
and turned down. Was that because the decision to join the 912 group was already made.




In a message dated 6/12/2009 10:18:43 A.M. Central Daylight Time, warddaniel@sbcglobal.net writes:

O.K. Let me take off my Co-leader or whatever hat and put on my buck private hat (which is very hard
being a former Lieutenant Colonel):




First, appears to me -- uh, ya know -- all of the below was getting ready to be accomplished with aligning
to the OKC 912 Project (except the part about going out and doing something immediately by our little
individual selves, which we could individually already do time permitting for our families, jobs, etc. and not
bringing disrepute on the group).




Second, as to, quote, One thing brought up was how when the ENEMY wants to destroy your group they
send one of their own to infiltrate the group and climb the leadership. There they can ultimately collapse
the the new group., unquote. Uh, I would say there seems to be, maybe ya know, a strong implication
there that -- uh -- maybe this has already occured; like maybe somewhere close. Like maybe REAL close.
So like when an ENEMY is, like, already in the camp we call him or her, like, er, uh, a Spy or an Agent
Provocatuer or a Subversive. And when a division occurs, we just might come to the conclusion that we
already have an Agent Provocatuer -- a damn Spy -- not only in our midst, but shootfire, he/she's one of
the leaders! And there may be more!!!!!!!!!!! When will it stop?




Nuff said by Private Ward.




(Just to show I do have a sense of humor; but I am sure it will not be perceived that way.)




From: Nancy Blalock <nblalock@airosurf.com>
To: Nancy Blalock <nblalock@airosurf.com>; Jason Stover <opposetyranny@gmail.com>;
restlessroamer@aol.com; Bruce Parker <bparker15@cox.net>; Tim O'Kelley
<52Transamrunner@cox.net>; Jon <jdscolam@fastmail.fm>; Gail Clants <gclaunts@wildblue.net>; Rob
Blakely <robblakely@sbcglobal.net>; Brenda Bernhardt <brenda70001@yahoo.com>; OKC Tea Party
<okcteaparty@yahoo.com>; grumred@cox.net
Cc: Emmalee Mattern <emmalee.mattern@student.oc.edu>; Margie Drescher <jasscoinc@gmail.com>;
warddaniel@sbcglobal.net; jasscoinc@gmail.com
Sent: Friday, June 12, 2009 9:38:08 AM
Subject: RE: Am I alone?

Hi everyone. These are all the responses generated from my question. Where do we go from here? We
seem to be divided evenly. Read over the mails.




One mistake I think made was thinking we could go it alone. We are a small group of grassroots citizens
(with big hearts and ideals). I was at the local (Edmond) 912 meeting last night. One thing brought up
was how when the ENEMY wants to destroy your group they send one of their own to infiltrate the group
and climb the leadership. There they can ultimately collapse the the new group. Another is the
importance of structure in the group. We need help in project management, we need to affiliate with other
Tea Party groups, 912 groups.. etc. . We need to network together having common goals and strategy.
There really is power in numbers. Bruce had an outstanding idea for the 4th ( my husband also
suggested it to me earlier, which is how I know it is outstanding!). What about dividing up and getting
permission to set up tables at as many 4th of July events as we can to put out info on how people can get
involved and issues that need action. At this point we are still one group. Please everyone weigh in and
an opinion. Lets not let our egos get in the way of doing right.
Respectfully, Nancy




 Hi TEA partiers, I have been struggling with the canceling of the 4th of July rally since it happened. I
keep having this nagging feeling that we as a group have done damage to the cause by canceling the
rally.

I heartily agree.



  I just got another call from a friend I had invited to join us on July 4th and when I told her that it had been
canceled she said "oh! I had all my (grown) kids change their plans so they could be there." I don't know
about you, but I told a lot of people who changed their plans so they could be at the rally. I so totally feel
like I personally let them down.

I heartily agree.



I have expressed my feelings to Margie. She disagrees with me. She feels that:




"I really don't think we have an obligation much less a promise to anyone to have a tea party.

True, but that misses the point. It isn‟t an obligation, it‟s an opportunity.



We have nothing to be ashamed of - quite the opposite.

True, but that misses the point. It‟s nice that we can, indeed, be proud – but the point isn‟t
feel-good, it‟s to provide a coalescing point for people to emphatically but peacefully
protest their government‟s bad actions.



…we still have issues that are not resolved - funding, legal, collecting funds, etc.

True, but that misses the point. Instead of seeing insurmountable obstacles, we have
challenges. They did not stop the 15th rally.
I am not willing to put my family’s livelihood on the line in response to a few unhappy
people. Truth be told, I made several pleas for some to step up to make this rally happen and got
little response.

If the meaning is „the money and time I have expended is more than my family can afford,
and I can‟t keep doing it just because some of the tea party group want me to‟, then I
agree. So – tell people what the issues are, and we will step up to the plate. In classic
volunteer organizations, put twice as many people on a task as it needs, and it is likely to
get done.



Most want a rally, but exceptions aside, are not willing to sacrifice their time or money to see it
through"

True. But no one asked Sharon and I for specific action* or money. We‟re not rich, but we
can contribute time and money because this cause is important enough. And we‟re not
alone.



* other than the quotes/headlines, which I am working on but did not see a deadline until late
June.



And she may be right. I am sure not willing to put her or her family at any risk. I still struggle. Is there
something else we could do? I had an idea of having a 4th picnic.




In the theory of the KISS system (Keep It Simple), We could look around for a park or ?, maybe where
fireworks are going to be, set up a few tables. On it we could have a sign up sheet for anyone interested
in the 912 project, a sheet with quotes from our founding fathers with our letterhead/ logo and web
address at the top, patriotic coloring sheets and crayons for the kids (also with our info on the sheet). We
could sell cold drinks (bottled water, soda cans) or not. We could do fun games like tug of war, balloon
toss, sack race, relay race. Things that don't take a lot of money but are always fun! We could give out
ribbons to the winners.

Better than no rally. But we can‟t involve very many people with games, and it is a step
away from what the public expects of us. They want us in the faces of our government, not
a recreation alternative.

To have a “Tea Party” presence, we should be at most area July 4th parties, else it will
appear to the thousands of people who want to be a part that we have dried up. Norman,
Edmond, Yukon, El Reno… lots of places. There is time to find the sponsors and ask if
tables are ok.




We could advertise it on both websites (912 and TEA PTY). This will bring the people who really want to
get involved and are disappointed about the rally being cancelled . It would also help in our merger by
bring the 2 groups together. At the same time we get some name recognition.

I‟m sorry to have been in Texas on the 912-dinner night. I have problems with what
appears to be the merging of our groups.

         We don‟t need name recognition. More people understand “Tea Party” than
        “912”.

         We become associated with a “Right Wing Nut” broadcaster. That‟s how many
        will see this connection, no matter how much we respect Beck and agree with him
        and the 912ers. Imagine how many conservative independents and Democrats would
        walk away if we had Rush Limbaugh as our figurehead.

           We become a subset of another group, subject to their opinions and goals.

         As I understand it, we become the „Tea Party Committee‟ of the 912. We are
        still the group who puts on the rally. Other than their 501 status, that‟s not a
        solution to our challenges.

            We get a few volunteers, but our vetting challenge is the same.

           If we were going to reschedule for 9/12, we didn‟t need to affiliate with anybody;
        the extra time was already there.



Last night I heard another idea. What if we stand in silent protest? No speakers, no group name, no one
"in charge", just people standing with their signs to show their disapproval of Washington's out of control
spending.

Interesting wrinkle. „Outside the box‟. Affordable. But the people coming would need to
have their expectations carefully set, so they aren‟t disappointed without marching bands,
floats, flyovers, etc.



What else could we do? Is there anyone else who feels like I do or am I alone?
Am I alone?

NO.



Adding Dianne’s response:



1. It is very important that anything associated with "OKC Tea Party" be done with the approval
of, and leadership of, the current co-leaders of the group...Dan Ward and Margie Drescher. Dan
and Margie were heavily involved in detailed discussions where they made agreements with each
other and the leadership of the OKC 912 Project to move the OKC Tea Party in a specific
direction. The intentions throughout the discussions were honorable, to advance the cause we're
fighting for. No one should be making decisions involving the name "OKC Tea Party," which is
outside the direct leadership of Dan and Margie. It is, quite simply, inappropriate in any group.
If you want to start a separate group -- under a different name -- you are more than welcome to.
For instance, there are Conservative Coffee groups popping up. The more conservative groups
we have, the better. Start a new one.



I don‟t recall being invited to the meeting where the baton was passed to new leaders and
thence to another group entirely. And „do what we tell you or hit the highway‟ isn‟t how we
succeeded.



2. This is NOT a party, folks...not a gathering where we feel good and have hot dogs and let the
kids have sack races. This is a political cause, one in which we are trying to affect a serious
turnaround in the direction our country is going. Yes, it felt good to be at the rally April 15. The
good feeling and comradeship is a side effect, but not the main event. The main event is political
activism. The last thing the OKC Tea Party needs is to be seen as a picnic, or worse, a poorly
put-together lesser event than what was done on April 15. THAT has potential to damage the
serious efforts we're making.

I agree - see my comments above. But one thing we have been hugely lacking is getting
together ourselves.
3. For every person who's disappointed there's no July 4 rally, there are plenty who think it's a
great idea to postpone till September 12. You may not be hearing from them, but others of us
are.

I doubt that would be the majority opinion of the 5,000+ who came on the 15th, or the
thousands who couldn‟t make it. People understand “Independence Day”. The majority get
no meaning from “9/12”.



 Besides, personal disappointment isn't the point. I am disappointed. But that doesn't matter.
What matters is what is best in the long run for the political cause we're involved in, and the
leadership of the OKC Tea Party has decided a path that they believe is best. You may disagree.
But they are the ones making the decisions at that level. And they haven't made those decisions
lightly.

This is the kind of statement I hear from Obama‟s press secretary. Input from the rest of
us is what…chopped liver?



4. At some point, everyone who attended April 15, or who wanted to attend, MUST realize that
this effort is NOT about gathering together on the capitol steps and feeling good. Yes, that is a
delicious side benefit. But the whole point of the rally was to get people doing the day-to-day,
pull-up-your-sleeves hard work that every individual citizen must do in order to get our country
back on track. When your friends tell you they're disappointed there's no fun rally or event on
July 4, tell them you'll throw a block party and have a cookout instead...whatever...but tell them
that, more importantly, they need to immediately put on their calendar the upcoming Town hall
meetings, 912 Project meetings, join a working group either within the 912 Project or one of the
many springing up across the state, call their representatives, join a conservative book club, etc.
THOSE are the things people should be doing, not whining about not having a good time on July
4.

I disagree. It IS about gathering in one spot, in the thousands, in order to make a visible
throng for the fellow attendees, the politicians, and for the news. And – I agree; just getting
together is not enough. Individual action is also crucial.

“…not whining…” ?? I don‟t see any whining about not having a good time. I see
frustration at our shriveling in the face of adversity, our chance to follow up 4/15 frittered
away, and having the fruits of our labors handed off to strangers without our input.

Bruce
-----Original Message-----
From: Nancy Blalock [mailto:nblalock@airosurf.com]
Sent: Wednesday, June 10, 2009 7:55 AM
To: Nancy Blalock; Alan Webb; daniel ward; Jason Stover; restlessroamer@aol.com; Bruce Parker; Tim
O'Kelley; Jon; Gail Clants; Rob Blakely; Brenda Bernhardt; OKC Tea Party
Cc: Emmalee Mattern; Margie Drescher
Subject: Am I alone?

     Hi TEA partiers, I have been struggling with the canceling of the 4th of July rally since it happened. I
keep having this nagging feeling that we as a group have done damage to the cause by canceling the
rally. I just got another call from a friend I had invited to join us on July 4th and when I told her that it had
been canceled she said "oh! I had all my (grown) kids change their plans so they could be there." I don't
know about you, but I told a lot of people who changed their plans so they could be at the rally. I so
totally feel like I personally let them down. I have expressed my feelings to Margie. She disagrees with
me. She feels that:




"I really don't think we have an obligation much less a promise to anyone to have a tea party.
We have nothing to be ashamed of - quite the opposite. Nancy, we still have issues that are not
resolved - funding, legal, collecting funds, etc. I am not willing to put my families livelihood on
the line in response to a few unhappy people. Truth be told, I made several pleas for some to
step up to make this rally happen and got little response. Most want a rally, but exceptions aside,
 are not willing to sacrifice their time or money to see tit through"



And she may be right. I am sure not willing to put her or her family at any risk. I still struggle. Is there
something else we could do? I had an idea of having a 4th picnic.




In the theory of the KISS system (Keep It Simple), We could look around for a park or ?, maybe where
fireworks are going to be, set up a few tables. On it we could have a sign up sheet for anyone interested
in the 912 project, a sheet with quotes from our founding fathers with our letterhead/ logo and web
address at the top, patriotic coloring sheets and crayons for the kids (also with our info on the sheet). We
could sell cold drinks (bottled water, soda cans) or not. We could do fun games like tug of war, balloon
toss, sack race, relay race. Things that don't take a lot of money but are always fun! We could give out
ribbons to the winners.




We could advertise it on both websites (912 and TEA PTY). This will bring the people who really want to
get involved and are disappointed about the rally being cancelled . It would also help in our merger by
bring the 2 groups together. At the same time we get some name recognition.




Last night I heard another idea. What if we stand in silent protest? No speakers, no group name, no one
"in charge", just people standing with their signs to show their disapproval of Washington's out of control
spending.
 What else could we do? Is there anyone else who feels like I do or am I alone?




Am I alone?




I am sure that somebody will stir up a rally on the 4Th. The unfortunate part of it is that the
message will be different. Politicians may talk, the rally might make everyone look stupid, not
sure. I know I won't be there. I will tell you a couple things Margie can't tell you. Due to my
experience (and accidentally being the moron that started this thing up in OKC), if the rally is to
be a success, I hope you have tough skin. I was surprised with the amount of idiots that come
out of the woodwork and will find the 'leader' of the rally and try to harass them into canceling
the rally. And my second point is that rallies are fun and make you feel like you are making a
difference, if you are the one going to it. If you are the one running it, it is more like you are just
a punching bag for two weeks straight.



I suggest you tell your friends what they can do. Boycott, call their politicians, get involved with
a local grassroots org. Going to a fragmented rally on the 4Th will make no difference except to
make them feel good. Doing the other stuff can make a bigger difference.



I would love the favor of not beating the dead horse anymore. If you do, though, just letting you
know what you have in store.

Alan



1. It is very important that anything associated with "OKC Tea Party" be done with the approval
of, and leadership of, the current co-leaders of the group...Dan Ward and Margie Drescher. Dan
and Margie were heavily involved in detailed discussions where they made agreements with each
other and the leadership of the OKC 912 Project to move the OKC Tea Party in a specific
direction. The intentions throughout the discussions were honorable, to advance the cause we're
fighting for. No one should be making decisions involving the name "OKC Tea Party," which is
outside the direct leadership of Dan and Margie. It is, quite simply, inappropriate in any group.
If you want to start a separate group -- under a different name -- you are more than welcome to.
For instance, there are Conservative Coffee groups popping up. The more conservative groups
we have, the better. Start a new one.



2. This is NOT a party, folks...not a gathering where we feel good and have hot dogs and let the
kids have sack races. This is a political cause, one in which we are trying to affect a serious
turnaround in the direction our country is going. Yes, it felt good to be at the rally April 15. The
good feeling and comradeship is a side effect, but not the main event. The main event is political
activism. The last thing the OKC Tea Party needs is to be seen as a picnic, or worse, a poorly
put-together lesser event than what was done on April 15. THAT has potential to damage the
serious efforts we're making.



3. For every person who's disappointed there's no July 4 rally, there are plenty who think it's a
great idea to postpone till September 12. You may not be hearing from them, but others of us
are. Besides, personal disappointment isn't the point. I am disappointed. But that doesn't matter.
What matters is what is best in the long run for the political cause we're involved in, and the
leadership of the OKC Tea Party has decided a path that they believe is best. You may disagree.
But they are the ones making the decisions at that level. And they haven't made those decisions
lightly.



4. At some point, everyone who attended April 15, or who wanted to attend, MUST realize that
this effort is NOT about gathering together on the capitol steps and feeling good. Yes, that is a
delicious side benefit. But the whole point of the rally was to get people doing the day-to-day,
pull-up-your-sleeves hard work that every individual citizen must do in order to get our country
back on track. When your friends tell you they're disappointed there's no fun rally or event on
July 4, tell them you'll throw a block party and have a cookout instead...whatever...but tell them
that, more importantly, they need to immediately put on their calendar the upcoming Townhall
meetings, 912 Project meetings, join a working group either within the 912 Project or one of the
many springing up across the state, call their representatives, join a conservative book club, etc.
THOSE are the things people should be doing, not whining about not having a good time on July
4.



~Dianne



I am sure that somebody will stir up a rally on the 4Th. The unfortunate part of it is that the
message will be different. Politicians may talk, the rally might make everyone look stupid, not
sure. I know I won't be there. I will tell you a couple things Margie can't tell you. Due to my
experience (and accidentally being the moron that started this thing up in OKC), if the rally is to
be a success, I hope you have tough skin. I was surprised with the amount of idiots that come
out of the woodwork and will find the 'leader' of the rally and try to harass them into canceling
the rally. And my second point is that rallies are fun and make you feel like you are making a
difference, if you are the one going to it. If you are the one running it, it is more like you are just
a punching bag for two weeks straight.



I suggest you tell your friends what they can do. Boycott, call their politicians, get involved with
a local grassroots org. Going to a fragmented rally on the 4Th will make no difference except to
make them feel good. Doing the other stuff can make a bigger difference.



I would love the favor of not beating the dead horse anymore. If you do, though, just letting you
know what you have in store.

Alan

You are not alone Nancy. I personally feel "let down" by the OKC Tea Party. There were many changes
and decisions made by a select few after promises had been made by the same people. These changes
made me, you, and quite a few others look like liars to those that we told about the 4th of July rally. Tim
and I have talked about the picnic idea as well. I'm not sure what to do, let's keep in contact.

Rob Blakely

You are not alone. I am still waiting to be put to work. (Richard)




Nancy you are not alone. I'm waiting to hear how the meeting went with the 912 group. I'm also waiting to
here how things are progressing on the 9'12 TEA party. I'm anxious to get plugged in and get started. So
far I've not heard anything official from the group since our last meeting in May.




Like you, my contacts are disappointed in July 4th being postponed. I haven't heard of any plans from any
other groups planning anything though. I'm looking at forming a 9 12 group here in Guthrie,but haven't
managed to raise any interest in a group yet. This would be in conjunction with the Okc 9 12 group.
(Richard)
It's clear from your comments Bruce that I am not alone in not being ready to give up our independence
as a group. It is also clear that another meeting is required to either dissolve the OKC TEA party group, or
to allow those members who desire to go their separate way to continue with the group name and
continue the work of the OKC TEA Party movement. We have a logo, we know what needs to be done to
form a non profit. We know we need to deligate task to working groups, we just need to do it. We also
need to assign these task to people we can count on. People who have the time to see that they get
done. we also need to assign a spokesperson for the group. someone who would be the point of contact
for the media and the variuos special interest groups who want access to the group. Someone who
knows how to say NO. That's my feelings on the subject. I'd like to hear from everyone else.




Richard -




We have a talented group with excellent dynamics, and when we met as a group we got excellent results.
When the activity moved to 'inner circle', the results came to a grinding halt. It is retrievable, but we will
have to drag some folks forward to do it.




Bruce

Richard -




We have a talented group with excellent dynamics, and when we met as a group we got excellent results.
When the activity moved to 'inner circle', the results came to a grinding halt. It is retrievable, but we will
have to drag some folks forward to do it.




Bruce




Bottom line? Now, we should all be confident of our new association in the OKC 912 Project. We can not
only continue to be involved in producing Tea Parties, but also be immediately involved in other activities
or functions that we wanted Tea Party attendees to eventually get involved in. Already, the OKC 912
Project has a Town Hall Scheduled for June 19th featuring Senator Randy Brogdon, Gubernatorial
Candidate from Owasso. Setting up a Town Hall for Congresswomen Mary Fallin is in progress for
perhaps August. These events will be open to the public. Various other functions have already started in
earnest (such as the Family of Families project coordinated by Matt Detoy). All toll, there are already
about six functional areas one can volunteer for. The next OKC 912 Project General Meeting is scheduled
for July 9th at the same location. (Dan)
I agree that we must make a decision as a group as to whether we want to be part of the 9-12 group and
keep the name of the OKC Tea Party or whether we are going to be absorbed into the 9-12 group as a
"working group". I have great respect for everyone involved in the Tea Party. I have never heard so
many positive comments from all kinds of people about how Great the Tax Day Tea Party was. I do
understand the problems with keeping a group going, especially since the Tax Day Tea Party was so well
received by the public and some of the state legislators, so it's tough to keep that high level of
expectations. In retrospect, it would have been nice to be kept informed of problems as they develop
since we are a resourceful group and may have been able to solve them. I have never regretted my time
with the good folks associated with the Tea Party.

Tim




So what is the status of the use of the name? If the rest of us would like to move forward and make it a
working organization with a 501 (c) (3) status, what's the problem? I understand if some folks want to bow
out, as is their perogative, but it should not hinder the group as a whole...it's not like we are a 70's rock
band. The main reason that Charlie and I bowed out is because of the lack of direction and conviction
after the event.

In order to move forward, we need to find out our strengths and weakness and use those people in the
areas that are their strengths and convictions. I had personally hoped that the Tea Party would be the
catalyst and founder of a series of candidate forums that would be held throughout the state, coordinating
with other Tea Party groups to make sure that the voters got a good look and listen to the candidates. We
could be the ones who research their voting records and supply the results to the forums in order for
voters to ask educated questions or voice their opinions. It's time to take the gloves off and make damn
sure the legislators know we aren't just playing tea party and crumpets.

As for myself, my greatest strengths lie in organizing events and obtaining funding. If the cause is right
and it speaks to their hearts, people give me money to make the thing happen or donate their services.
My greatest weakesses are that I tend to be impatient and demanding...sort of a little general. It takes a
strong hand (not literally) to temper my high spirit.

Let me know what you think and what you believe are your strengths and weaknesses for this cause.

Julie




Bottom line? Now, we should all be confident of our new association in the OKC 912 Project. We can not
only continue to be involved in producing Tea Parties, but also be immediately involved in other activities
or functions that we wanted Tea Party attendees to eventually get involved in. Already, the OKC 912
Project has a Town Hall Scheduled for June 19th featuring Senator Randy Brogdon, Gubernatorial
Candidate from Owasso. Setting up a Town Hall for Congresswomen Mary Fallin is in progress for
perhaps August. These events will be open to the public. Various other functions have already started in
earnest (such as the Family of Families project coordinated by Matt Detoy). All toll, there are already
about six functional areas one can volunteer for. The next OKC 912 Project General Meeting is scheduled
for July 9th at the same location. (Dan)




All --




This may be the second time you received the below email. If so, I apologize. It was supposed to be sent
out yesterday. However, because I did not receive a copy some glitch may have occured. But judging
from the stream of "Am I Alone" emails, it appears that its contents seem to be, well, er, uh, irrelevant
among several members or participants of the OKC Tea Party planning group. So what now?




In the last "Am I Alone" stream Richard Harris suggested that a meeting take place immediately to decide
the future of the OKC Tea Party Group. It is apparent that there is a feeling among several that there has
been improper leadership since the April 15th event. In addition, it appears that the movement of the
event under the auspices of the OKC 912 Project was done without the explicit approval of the "group".
Let me now explicitly say the following:




First, when Margie, myself and Dianne attended the first OKC 912 Leadership meeting the week before
our May 30th group meeting at the IHOP on Memorial, it was not a foregone conclusion that we
would/should join the OKC 912 Project, having the effect of bringing over the OKC Tea Party. They had to
convince us. And what we heard and saw among their leaders was very very positive. Also, the three of
us had to convince the six or so 912 leaders that doing a July 4th event was not wise for the exact
reasons we have already stated over and over again (time for planning and preparation and the closure of
the Capitol on Saturday and lack of Capitol staff and material support, money, material and service costs,
and fiduciary and liability issues). They after much urging to try and pull off a July 4th event agreed --
unwise. You know, we were very lucky that on April 15th someone did not trip over an audio chord, fall
down the stars and sue us individually and Dallas Richardson, not to mention the inordinate out of pocket
expense and time some put in, I might say, a lot more than others. Nevertheless, after the 912
Leadership meeting all three of us decided associating with the 912 Project would be a good long term
thing as they committed to address ALL of the above issues which they had contemplated for themselves
before wwe even came on the scene.




Second, after that meeting we had the May 30th meeting at IHOP and we reported on the previous
meeting with the 912 leadership and recommended formally associating with them, attending their June
4th General Meeting and being on their meeting program. And that Margie would do a five minute
presentation and we should all try to attend the event in Del City. From the May 30th meeting, Margie and
I derived (or perhaps some think "devined") that there was a consensus among those there that moving
to, around, under, over, through, about, with the OKC 912 Project should be done and our association
would begin at the June 4th General Meeting. We also derived ("devined" ???) that, while there was
disappointment with not doing July 4th, we were going swallow our disappointment and move on and do a
9-12-09 event in conjunction with a planned 912 Project March/Rally scheduled in Washington D.C.
(within the proviso of adequate funds being raised ($5-7000) and all the other legal and fiduciary
mechanisms being put in place for the OKC 912 Project as a whole).
Third, we and others of our group then attended the June 4th OKC 912 Project General meeting (see
details in the memo below written in purple). As a result of that meeting Margie and I then discussed how
we needed to begin getting ready to plan and prepare for the next event taking two things into
consideration. The first being that we needed to be very specific in what we needed from the OKC 912
Project in terms of support and we needed better mechanisms to manage and keep track of the work
required to pull off the next event. We agreed we needed to start publishing a calendar, a milestones list
(tasks associated with completion dates), reinitiating the SITREPs (Situation Reports), and having
coordination meetings which would be called In Progress Reviews IPRs). All of this was going to be
announced/proposed next Monday, with our first IPR meeting being proposed on June 27th.




Lastly, now it appears while some of us have boarded the train headed toward 9-12-09 with the OKC 912
Project, others not only want to go it alone but still do something on July 4th, ironically, in the name of
maintaining "independence". Perhaps then, our (Margie and I's) error was a misreading of a nonexistent
consensus. O.K. then. We made a mistake. Repeat. We made a mistake. But is what you wanted was to
have an elected leadership and do every meeting according to Roberts Rules of Order and have
someone take minutes (and what would constitute a quorum)? A sytem of ballots that are sent out by
email to get a majority everytime a decision needs to be made by "the group"? I don't think so. But then
again, I could be doing another "misreading". Let us remember that this whole thing started with a 28 year
old young man who -- alone -- took a bullhorn on February 27th and then had a vision of a greater thing.
And we honored that and honored him by coming through with the goods. But what he started became for
himself understandably overwhelming. Maybe not for a retired millionaire. And then that young man
passed his mantle on to Margie Drescher, and Margie asked me to help her.




Let me say now, unequivocably, it is my intent to proceed working in, with, for, about, around, in
conjunction with -- whatever -- the OKC 912 Project irregardless of whether or not the "OKC Tea Party"
occurs again. If it is insisted by some that it will be a totally independent group, then they had better go
down to the bookstore and get a copy of Roberts Rules, make a constitution and set of bylaws, etc, etc,
etc, etc,. I'm not playing. I am not here to kill Nazis -- Yet. Just try and sweep them from office, for good.
That my friends will take years.




It was my understanding that what was decided was that after the June 4th meeting we would get
together again and decide on the fate of the OKC TEA party group. Now that decision has been taken
away from us. That smacks of the very technics that we are fighting against. a meeting is necessary
before June 27th to find out who in this group wants to make the transfer to the 912 project and who
wants to stay together as a separate group and continue on their own. (Richard)
Dan, As you know I was at that 912 meeting. I like the 912ers. Our issue is, I think, That we were made
to feel that we all had a say in what happens. Then the leadership was passed to Margie, for good or bad
we had no say, yet were informed after the fact. Then the rally was cancelled, for better or worse we had
no say, we were informed after the fact. Then at the 912 mtg., where we were to "check them out for our
selves, Margie's bio. was on their hand out of leadership. Again for better or worse it appears the
decision was already made, we had no voice. I realize we are all trying to do the best we can, but I
thought we were going to get together and make a decision. Dan, you called us the " OKC Tea Party
planning group". I guess we don't feel like we have been involved in the planning.




Respectfully, Nancy



                                                                          th
Here is the original notice that OKC Tea Party was refusing to hold a July 4 2009 event:




-----Original Message-----
From: Facebook [mailto:notification+ztj0sjac@facebookmail.com]
Sent: Tuesday, June 02, 2009 11:58 AM
To: Nancy Jo Synk Blalock
Subject: "OKLAHOMA CITY Tea Party" sent you a message on
Facebook...

Emmalee Mattern sent a message to the members of OKLAHOMA CITY
Tea Party.

--------------------
Subject: Clarification

Here's a more detailed message about the exciting new direction
the tea party movement is going in Oklahoma City. Sorry about
the confusion.

"I’m writing to let you know about an exciting new direction the
OKC Tea Party is taking, a direction that will continue the
great energy we all experienced on our state capitol steps on
April 15, and in fact put it to even more effective use.

The main goal of the April 15 rally was to make heard -- to the
politicians and candidates and political parties -- the voices
of the Oklahoma citizens. We'd heard way too much from the
politicians. Now it was time for them to listen to us. We can't
tell you whether the politicians listened or not, but we suspect
they did. After all, it's pretty hard to ignore the insistent
voices of between 5000-7500 people gathered on your doorstep.
But we knew at the time that the real work was only beginning.
The next step was not just another rally. The next step was for
every single one of the attendees to roll up their sleeves and
get busy doing the grinding daily work of getting through to our
political leaders by doing things like attending Townhall
Meetings and calling them on the carpet when they try to pull
one over on us; emailing/calling/writing elected officials
consistently to get their attention to critical issues; tracking
how those elected officials vote and holding them accountable at
the polls; and educating ourselves on issues so that we are more
informed than the politicians themselves.

And that's where we stand today. Many grassroots groups have
sprung up all across Oklahoma, groups of people who roll up
their sleeves and do these critical daily tasks, tasks that will
restore our country to the vision of our founding fathers, tasks
that will get us back in line with the U.S. Constitution, and
tasks that will remind our elected officials that they work for
us and are accountable to us.

Today the OKC Tea Party is a very tiny handful of folks with a
very big email list of people interested in doing "something."
Along the way, leadership has changed. Not due to any internal
power struggle or acrimony, but rather due to the realities of
the time involved, and the demands of each person's professional
and personal life. We have no more money than we did from the
beginning. Every single thing that cost money was either
provided free of charge by one of us or someone we knew who
believed in this cause, or paid for by one of us out of our
personal finances. Contrary to some media reports, and in fact
contrary to what some leech-like people and political
organizations have claimed, we were not sponsored by any of
them. This was as grassroots as it could get.

We are pleased to announce that we have recently formed an
alliance with The OKC 912 Project. Although it too has only
recently come into existence, this grassroots group has quickly
gained strong numbers and has a wisely designed leadership
structure. They are in the right place at the right time for
thousands of Oklahomans to join them, to roll up their sleeves
and find the perfect spot to plug in and get to work.

Due to the enormous resource and legal issues involved in
continuing with our original plans to hold another rally on July
4, we have decided to postpone that rally until Saturday,
September 12. With our newly formed alliance between these two
groups, we should be able to meet our goals of creating yet
another energizing and effective rally that day where Oklahomans
can once again make their voices heard across the state and the
nation. We’re already getting lots of great ideas for that
rally, so please mark that date on your calendar!

We hope that you will continue making your voice heard to all of
your elected officials. With all of us doing this together, we
CAN make them listen.

Thank you,

Margie Drescher
Leader, OKC Tea Party"
--------------------



Read these next two from the bottom up

From: Margie Drescher [mailto:teapartynews@gmail.com]
Sent: Monday, June 08, 2009 8:33 AM
To: Nancy Blalock
Subject: Re: FW: 4TH OF JULY PICNIC




The bullies are those who want a rally but don't want to sacrifice their time or their money - they
want someone to do it for them.

On Mon, Jun 8, 2009 at 8:31 AM, Margie Drescher <teapartynews@gmail.com> wrote:

People must not read e-mail. I hardly think we can be viewed as a failure. The bully is money
and people who really want to work. How do you propose we fund this event?



On Mon, Jun 8, 2009 at 8:04 AM, Nancy Blalock <nblalock@airosurf.com> wrote:

Margie,




   I am getting mails inquiring about the tea party plans for the 4th. There are so many people who are
frustrated about the rally being cancelled (as you know) and so many more that don't know it has been
cancelled. I really think we need to do some kind of gathering or we will be viewed as a failure even
though the 15th rally was a huge success. I think some are feeling that the Tea Partiers are letting the
bullies get the better of them. I'm wondering if the OKC Tea Party needs to fulfill its obligation and
promise in doing the rally even if the 912ers are not up for it. It would be a shame to slink into their group
with our tails between our legs. I would much rather join forces proudly having accomplished all we set
out to do! Lets call another meeting of our group and see what they all want. I think our big mission in
the rallies is to show the politicians how very many people do not like what is going on. The rallies do
this. I for one would be willing to bust my a-- to see it happen!




Nancy

-----Original Message-----
From: Margie Drescher [mailto:teapartynews@gmail.com]
Sent: Friday, June 05, 2009 7:53 AM
To: Nancy Blalock
Subject: Re: FW: 4TH OF JULY PICNIC

Nancy



Did you sleep?



I like the idea. I will present it to the leadership. I wouldn't mind having a "fun" day.



Margie

On Fri, Jun 5, 2009 at 7:37 AM, Nancy Blalock <nblalock@airosurf.com> wrote:




Margie, I enjoyed visiting with you last night. I've been giving some thought about
doing a "picnic" for the 4th. I played around with a flier (see attachment). In the theory
of the KISS system (Keep It Simple), We could look around for a park or ?, maybe
where fireworks are going to be, set up a few tables. On it we could have a sign up
sheet for anyone interested in the 912 project, a sheet with quotes from our founding
fathers with our letterhead/ logo and web address at the top, patriotic coloring sheets
and crayons for the kids (also with our info on the sheet). We could sell cold drinks
(bottled water, soda cans) or not. We could do fun games like tug of war, balloon toss,
sack race, relay race. Things that don't take a lot of money but are always fun! We
could give out ribbons to the winners.
We could advertise it on both websites (912 and TEA PTY). This will bring the people
who really want to get involved and are disappointed about the rally being cancelled . It
would also help in our merger by bring the 2 groups together. At the same time we get
some name recognition.



What do you think?     Nancy

				
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