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December 15, 2009 / J. Shaw

Tea Party Conservatives Set to Launch New Political Surge

By David A. Patten, NEWSMAX

Call it Party Patriots version 2.0: The grassroots conservative movement that helped put the brakes on Democratic healthcare reform is gearing up for an exponential increase in tea party marches, rallies and other events leading up to the 2010 midterm elections.

The first event will kick off on Tuesday, as thousands of protesters are expected to hold a “die-in” on Capitol Hill, where they will gather to present an image of desperately ill patients waiting in long lines for treatment at government-controlled healthcare facilities. It’s another in a series of Tea Party efforts designed to boost the momentum against Democratic healthcare reform.

In an exclusive Newsmax interview, movement leaders say they’re also planning a Tea Party surge in the weeks and months ahead to keep the pressure on Congress.

“We know Congress can hear us. They’re just ignoring us, and not listening,” Jenny Beth Martin, national Tea Party Patriots coordinator, tells Newsmax.TV’s Ashley Martella. “So we’re going to keep the pressure on.”

Martin tells Newsmax that the organization will have “hundreds, probably over a thousand” rallies next year throughout the country, in coordination with next year’s April 15 Tea Party march on Washington, D.C.

Former House Majority Leader Dick Armey, the chairman of the activist FreedomWorks organization that in some ways has been a midwife to the Tea Party coalition, tells Newsmax that some members of Congress appear to still be in a state of denial over the rising political influence of grassroots Americans frustrated by the rapid expansion of the federal government.

“Right now we still deal with people in Washington who haven’t had the ears to hear,” Armey tells Newsmax. “They’re trying to tell themselves this is not a real movement. That’s why it’s so important to continue. We will have grassroots demonstrations of our concerns for this country’s well being today, tomorrow, next week.



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