Farewell to the Mecklers

We all have a different impression of the past, and here’s a classic example. George Rebene writes on his blog:

“Earlier today Jo Ann and I attended a farewell party for our friends Stan and Elaine Meckler. They are the latest Californians who see no reason to stay in this state of galloping socialism, rapacious taxes, and a badly fractured society with dysfunctional values and no identifiable culture. After the 2008 election we worked with the senior and junior Mecklers and a few other Nevada County families to found the Tea Party. In the following years, their son Mark Meckler became the recognized co-founder and prominent national voice of the Tea Party. Jo Ann and I are sad to see another family of friends disappear over the horizon to greener pastures.”

Here’s what I remember:

•Meckler seeking to join The Union’s editorial board: “You’ve got to kick them sometimes, but they will publish it,” is here.

•Mark Meckler and the tea party’s 40-year plan is here.

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

•Meckler pleads guilty, gets fined $250 in gun-on-airplane case is here.

•How Mark Meckler divides the GOP is here.

•How we are home to “wing nuts” in the Golden State is here.

•Mother Jones investigates Mark Meckler and the tea party is here.

•Is Mark Meckler good p.r. for our county is here.

•Local Tea-Party leader Freedle: once led during a “bitterly divided” political scene is here.

•County Tea Party meeting with Tom McClintock posted on You Tube is here.

•The tea party’s “action plan” for schools for Constitution Day is here.

•How tea party message became toxic is here.

•A tea party assault on the Rood Center and supervisors is here.

•No apology for the local tea party or “Tea Party Gazette” for bashing KVMR is here.

•Tea Party values in a coloring book for kids? is here.

•Why couldn’t the tea party hand out candy, not bumper stickers is here.

•Tea “pottymouth” at July Fourth parade in GV is here.

•The Union gushes on Tea Party, while a supporter calls for “hanging” Democratic senator is here.

•Is our “rednecky” culture a growth strategy is here.

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.

7 thoughts on “Farewell to the Mecklers”

    1. I think Tom Lehrer (in a satirical song) or Tom Wolfe (in an essay) could have done a good job describing the Nevada County Tea Party “scene” at its pinnacle — if it wasn’t so gosh darn podunk. BTW, did the TPP “liberty bench” ever show up in Western Gateway Park?

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