Tea Party Patriot’s 40-year plan to “take back our country”

The Tea Party Patriots, led by local Mark Meckler, held a rally at the Elk’s Lodge in Grass Valley last night outlining the 40-year plan that has been leaked on the Internet.

The plan is far reaching. “Meckler suggested it would tackle four areas: educational, judicial, political and cultural, infusing them with traditional values by supporting conservative teachers, judges, politicians and musicians,” according to the Internet reports. The Tea Party also will target voter fraud.

“In a weird mix of religious language and Madison Avenue jargon, TPP’s 40-year-plan states that its goal isn’t necessarily to take over Congress or elect any candidates. (It’s a nonprofit and can’t endorse anyway.) Instead, the tea partiers are looking to convert people. They write, ‘Tea Party Patriots plans to convert sixty percent or more of the population to support our core values of fiscal responsibility, constitutionally limited government, and free markets,'” as Mother Jones writes.

This will cost millions and millions of dollars. “TPP has other ideas for drumming up with funding, too, namely running ads on Rush Limbaugh’s radio show and the Drudge Report, which they’ve already started doing. According to TPP, these ads will help with its ‘brand awareness, donation requests and issue-driven buys,'” as Mother Jones said.

Can we expect it here? You bet. Mark Meckler lives in our county and Tom McClintock and Dan Logue — both tea party supporters — are our elected representatives. One goal is to elect like-minded candidates in local politics, including the supposedly “nonpartisan” posts.

We’ve already had a taste of it here in July and November. We’ve already seen the ballot handling in Truckee questioned in November by tea party supporters.

Why isn’t the local media writing about the tea party’s plans? Our local population needs to be better informed.

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for 12 years, and he was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News for eight years, among other positions. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing, swimming, and trout fishing in the Sierra.

51 thoughts on “Tea Party Patriot’s 40-year plan to “take back our country””

  1. I see little difference between tunnel vision zealots, regardless of which sub-culture, or God they believe is, “the one true God.” They basically are so insecure in their own belief system they want everyone else to back it, OR, they are so secure they feel their God will justify the actions they take, from simple shunning (killing with boycotting, if you will, no money earned from economy, no reproduction of next generations) to outright of extermination, of non-believers.

    See, “A Boy and His Dog,” and you get a glimpse of what would be pleasing to the TPP.

    I will fight any such mono-culture maniacs to my dying day.

  2. Doug, I really like that term – tunnel vision zealots – TVZ – man that really covers it. Slow economies really bring out the crazies. If dollars are pegged to oil, and if we’re past the peak of world production, then we can only expect this stuff to accelerate.

    Seig Heil!

  3. I see little difference between tunnel vision zealots, regardless of which sub-culture, or God they believe is, “the one true God.” They basically are so insecure in their own belief system they want everyone else to back it, OR, they are so secure they feel their God will justify the actions they take, from simple shunning (killing with boycotting, if you will, no money earned from economy, no reproduction of next generations) to outright of extermination, of non-believers.

    See, “A Boy and His Dog,” and you get a glimpse of what would be pleasing to the TPP.

    I will fight any such mono-culture maniacs to my dying day.

    In case it is not clear what I am talking about, please Google:

    “Tea Party Patriots” constitution Christian

    Notice that there are nearly 1,000,000 hits. This number has been increasing steadily, and is of concern. You apparently cannot talk about TPP and the Constitution without also talking Christian.

    This is true in over one third of the post about:

    “Tea Party Patriots” constitution

    where there are 2,800,000 hits.

    Mormons 200,000

    Islam 1,200,000

    religion 1,000,000

    Religion, and which one, figures very prominently as the 4th estate or principle of the Tea Party Patriots.

    And the message is, “my way or the highway, bring back the 10 Commandments and prayer in schools, a woman’s rights end where our interpretation of the Bible begins.”

    1. Douglas,

      At least now we know that it is the Christians that you are afraid of!

      Let me ask a simply question: If you did come to know the one-true God do you think it would be good to share that bit of information? Seems like it might be important to everyone else.


      1. I thought I had made myself very clear. I am a Hopeful Agnostic. I see three possibilities after death that are knowable now.




        The worse includes non existence, or punishment for not figuring out the one true God from the 1,300 or so religions on the planet.

        same, could include reincarnation, other scenarios beyond number.

        better, fast pass to the front of the line, for figuring out that the one true God simply expected everybody to be patient and wait until after death to go on to the next level. His response to all the “one true believers” for accepting everybody and giving preference to Hopeful Agnostics ?

        “So Sue Me!”

        If there is a God, he must have a great sense of humor.

        I have absolutely no problems with any members of any religions, except when they decide they want to trample on my ways and possibly my very existence as a mortal, in any of the myraid ways they’ve come up with.

  4. Meckler and McClintock live and politic in our county. They remind me of a guy who frequented our family saloon: he used to come in and tell us that L. Ron Hubbard gave him subliminal messages about his birth and also taking over the world, followed by radar implanted in his head to read his mind. He once invited me to his house for an anti “NWO” meeting at his house with a secret password and a picture of a large rock “signaling” his house. Boys will play I guess…free masons? Illuminati…needless to say I was busy. With real life and uh, sanity. Nodding politely helped a lot…Kate Hancock

  5. In the 2008 election, 120 million Americans voted for a congressional candidate. In 2010, only 75 million Americans did so.

    That’s 45 million voters who decided to skip it. Demographic studies suggest that most of these were young people who were relatively new voters in 2008.

    Anecdotally, my two early-20s sons did not vote this time around, despite my cajoling and harping. To paraphrase their reasoning, “the American system is broken and we don’t want to give it any encouragement.”

    Newsflash old people! The young have moved on! None of the old 20th century political/economic/social systems are working for them. They are willing to let the village burn in order to save it.

    Will these disaffecteds return to the polling booths in 2012? My guess is “no” unless they are given a compelling reason to do so. And 20th century “logic” will only push them further away.

    1. I wonder what the percentage of service people voting in Iraq and Afghanistan compares?

      Letting the country “burn” is amazingly stupid. Those from abroad will take over after they put out the fires.

  6. My best guess as to why THE UNION is not covering the TEA PEOPLE FOURTY YEAR PLAN is simple – The Union Publisher and/or staff assigned to cover Tea People has not gotten marching orders from the local Tea People “powers that be” or their communication person. 😉

    Heck, once they do I “BETCHA” The Union will feature it front page, above the fold.

  7. Hey, maybe the tea party and Mehckler should start all this hooey in Kentucky. I hear a man ate his own beard there…it seems they’ll swallow anything there. After all they elected Rand Paul…Kate Hancock

  8. Jeff, you can get one of the “snake flags” cheap, here:


    I have a small one in my pencil cup that I bought at Valley Forge in 2002, long before it was co-opted by the Tea Party. It is both funny and strange that it seems to have taken on a whole new meaning in such a short time.

    As to the Forty Year Plan, the TPP are currently preaching to the choir with ads in Limbaugh and Drudge. If they want to win hearts and minds they will have to look beyond their own horizons.

    Come to think of it maybe my little Gadsen Flag just took on a new personal meaning for me. Don’t tread on ME, TPP.

  9. How sad that the true meaning of the Gadsen Flag will probably be confused with the Tea People (love that Doug) movement for the next decade or so.

    In reality, the flag symbolizes the need for the colonies to band together and act in unity to defend themselves from invasion during the French and Indian war; then came to represent the need to stay unified in opposition to the excesses of the British crown; and finally, after the revolution, the flag was used to represent the need to unify, first under the Articles of Confederation, then the Constitution.

    The Gadsen Flag actually symbolizes the pride of states unified to from a common federal government that one can have pride in.

    We, the American people, all of them, own this history.

    1. Steve,

      Isn’t the point of the Tea Party movement that the states and people have to band together to protect themselves from the excesses of the current federal government?


  10. John, the excesses of the tea people (love that) in rhetoric, resentments, faux religiosity and temper tantrums makes them look, to the rest of us tax paying, flag waving, God fearing (or not) american citizens, like whiny, spoiled, petulant children. They would like to have the gravitas of pioneers or our frontiersmen and women…but its really all pompous, furry, mad, slick merchandising…an immature televised approximation…brought to you by Dancing With the Stars, reverse mortgage hawkers and Gold line…Kate Hancock

  11. Good of Meckler and the Tea Party to tell us what they hope to do, instead of going about their plans by deceit and subterfuge, as has been common to their tactics previously, and hope this does not involve any more raucous behavior, bringing guns to public events, “bend over” signs and other such nastiness at patriotic parades. Thus far in Nevada County, at least in the two non-partisan races they have been involved in, they aren’t doing too well in their attempt to take over government. They didn’t do too well with the Nevada woman who wants to abolish social security, or the witchy one back east either. Don’t think they will have any more luck with takeover of public schools (many of them homeschool or send the kids to private schools where they won’t be contaminated by liberal ideas), parents are jealous of their kids and wary of those wanting to get to and propagandize them, or of the judiciary, though until one of the Supreme Court majority kicks off they have that one sewed up anyway. So saying, if any Tea Party representative has something to contribute other than the old saws and platitudes they have put forth so far, glad to listen so long as they can say it without jumping up and down and screaming, though I will want to know where their money comes from and check out anything said for truthfulness.

      1. Steve,

        You all can’t have your cake and eat it too: If the Tea Party folks talk about the God-given rights that our nation was founded on you will accuse them of being the new religious right.

        IF on the other hand, we see no proper foundation to what they are calling for then yes indeed it could sound very much like what we heard from Germany in the early 1930’s. Again I would suggest anyone who is interested watch the Nazi propaganda film, The Triumph of the Will” to understand what this means. They were not talking about going to war or killing Jews, they were talking about national pride, hard work and good hygiene.


  12. In a nation of 300 million people, nobody can claim it’s “their” country. The Progressives tried it, the McCarthyites tried it, the McGovernites, Reaganites, and on and on. I suspect in forty years one side or the other will still be making such goofy claims, and they’ll still be fighting over it. It’s what we Americans do best.

  13. Bob, I would love it if you could cite any trusted historical source that says the Progressives (by that I am assuming you mean the progressive movement within the Republican and Democratic parties between 1880 and 1920 that called for reform and attempted to thread the needle between the conservative capitalist class and the rising anarchist and socialist movements), or the “McGovernites”, claimed America as “their” country to the exclusion of any other group.

    By this I do not mean to imply that you are not a good source, I respect you very much. But as an avid reader of American history I am just not aware of any widespread exclusionary thread running through Progressivism or mid-20th century liberalism.

  14. Steve, doesn’t every movement have as it’s ultimate goal the transforming of society? Perhaps the Teapublicans are more blatant (deluded?) by announcing their preposterous plan, but the endgame has always been the same.

    When I was growing up in the sixties, we were ALWAYS talking about how we were going to change the world and throw out the outdated morals and prejudices of our parents. That movement started with Gene McCarthy and peaked with the nomination of McGovern. It didn’t turn out the way we planned it.

    Since I live in the town I grew up in, I still run into many of my classmates who were radical back then. Most of them are Republicans today. Real life changes the way people look at politics. The Tea Party vision of the future will no doubt go through the same mutation over time. I’m not too worried.

  15. I think we are agreeing, just not on the same semantic page. I completely agree that the Tea People will get bored, moderate, and go back to NASCAR when they lose their taste for politics.

    Having “the transforming of society” as the goal of a movement is not the same as claiming it is “their” country. The Tea People are claiming that they want “their” (or “my”) country back. That implies 1) that is is their country, and 2) that they lost it somewhere. By using the possessive they are saying it is not someone else’s.

    That is what I object to the most. If I read you right I think you are objecting to that use of the possessive as well.

    Progressive’s and McGovernites never claimed possession, they sought inclusion. Big difference.

  16. Where can I see the new Tea People manifesto? What I see above is a vague reference to reforming the “educational, judicial, political and cultural” mores, but nowhere can I find any detail.

    I hear talk of looking into voter fraud; while claiming “Merkowski” should not be accepted for “Murkowski” in an election with only one Murkowski running.

    I suspect that the area where we share agreement is the need to reduce the debt. I am willing to talk about that. When I talk about it I am willing to do so in substance.

    Where is Mr. Meckler’s substance? Where is any of the Tea Party movements substance? If you are going to claim to be a legitimate political movement you better have a platform to stand on–and be ready to state it. Running on emotion, fear, and vague promises of a better future, are demagoguery.

    That’s is what I see when I watch the Triumph of the Will”; demagoguery.

    1. reducing debt good. I think there’s a lot more widespread agreement on that point than what you could tell from all these comments.

      So, what I’m curious about is why did the ‘deficit reduction plan’ not have mention of cutting oil subsidies? 31 billion a year at the most unambiguous level, and maybe up to 600 billion worldwide when other ‘externalities’ are included like health care costs to the taxpayer etc… that does NOT include Iraq. So, if we cut those, it would be a $31+ billion economic stimulus package ‘for free’ every year in perpetuity. We could just put that towards reducing the debt. Yet, the right is afraid to back an idea like this. Why would that be??

      1. I agree, if we are going to cut subsidies to agriculture, or restructure subsidies to agriculture, we should be willing to do the same with energy. The 31 billion number I have seen meticulously documented does not include the $10-$15 billion per year subsidy on transporting coal–all other rail freight in the US and thus our consumer goods pay for a reduced rate for coal.

        But the big mama is defense—if we are going to raise the social security age, tax incomes between $106K & $176K, and eliminate mortgage deductions, we should cut at least $200-$300 billion per year from defense.

      2. Did you know about cotton? Seems the Brazilians felt they could make a good case in the world court for such things, that the USA subsidized the USA farmers?

        So Brazil struck back by informing other exporters of stuff to Brazil of their impending case, and the tariffs Brazil would impose.

        Net result?

        The USA now pays Brazilian cotton farmers too, 150 million per year.

      3. Steve,

        As I have consistently said, there should be NO subsidies: Let all the energy sources rise and fall according to supply and demand in the market place!

        This would of course include stopping the “subsides” for the trial lawyers and putting all these companies under strict liability for any damages they cause. Even the nuclear industry should have to pay for the insurance against their risks.


      4. Great John, let me know when I can bill Peabody Coal and Chevron for a 30% higher rate of respiratory disease.

  17. If you go back to the first line of my original comment, I think you’ll see that’s what I was saying. The two parties and their allies have been trying to mold us into their idea of the “right way of thinking” for most of the 20th century. In California, we are constantly bombarded with social legislation, yet a good part of the state is still Republican. In Texas, the right wing has dominated politics for several decades, but Austin is still a swinging town.

    My point is that neither side can ever hope to control everything all the time, thanks to the Constitution, a diverse population, and a hell of a lot of independent voters.

  18. Here here, R.L., to the multi generational, multi hued, multi cultural crayon box that is America. Besides, like Bob Dole said about the Senate once…trying to control all of us would be like “herding cats”. I mean, go on tea people with your bad selves and all…Kate Hancock

  19. Here’s a little ditty from Yahoo News….God I hope
    its not accurate

    ” Former President George W. Bush says he doesn’t miss much about the White House, just the pampering. Bush told more than 3,000 people at a sprawling central Florida retirement community on Saturday that he misses the convenience of Air Force One and never waiting in traffic jams. The 43rd president said, most of all, he misses being commander in chief of the U.S. military.”

    I just can’t imagine having the opportunity to substantively change the world, the country, the power to do good, and miss not waiting in traffic. Or the comfort on Air Force One.

    I hope Yahoo News is wrong….

    1. I heard that George was telling this story a bit tongue-in-cheek.

      But you know what that means. It’s probably fairly close to the truth.

  20. That the TPP — or for that matter any actual (as opposed to faux) third party — should have a 40 year plan is unhistorical.

    I like the following reassuring quote by Richard Hofstadter (from his book, The Age of Reform: From Bryan to F.D.R. (1955):

    “Major parties have lived more for patronage than for principles; their goal has been to bind together a sufficiently large coalition of diverse interests to get into power; and once in power, to arrange sufficiently satisfactory compromises of interests to remain there. Minor parties have been attached to some special idea or interest, and they have generally expressed their positions through firm and identifiable programs and principles. Their function has not been to win or govern, but to agitate, educate, generate new ideas, and supply the dynamic element in our political life. When a third party’s demands become popular enough, they are appropriated by one or both of the major parties and the third party disappears. Third parties are like bees: once they have stung, they die.”

  21. Have to love a man who still reads Richard Hofstadter…..this quote could not be more appropriate. The Tea People will be assimilated, over time, and devoured, and pieces of their message will become a part of the Republican orthodoxy.

  22. ” The Tea Party also will target voter fraud.”
    Voter fraud? Not an issue – simply a tactic to intimidate voters – KVMR ran a great peice on this non-issue – approximately 0.0007% or 80+ convictions. . …

    Using a fear based agenda – just like bibble thumpers – it doesn’t work too well.

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