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Oct
2010
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James Cheng / msnbc.com

Emery McClendon, 59, speaks at the "Stand Up Indiana - Stop Obamacare" rally in Indianapolis, Ind. on Oct. 16, 2010. McClendon, a veteran and a Fed-Ex driver was a key speaker at the rally.

Faces of the Tea Party - 'We are not the KKK'

Emery McClendon is a husband, father, Air Force retiree, Christian, a FedEx driver, amateur radio guy and photographer. In general, his race is beside the point.

But this series is about the Tea Party, a movement that struggles to persuade some observers that it is not merely a racist reaction to a black president. The 59-year-old McClendon, as can clearly be seen in James Cheng’s photo, is a black man. He is also a prominent voice in the Tea Party movement.

McClendon was among the highlighted speakers at a recent rally in administration against the health-care package, adding his voice to the chorus with this message: the Tea Party movement has nothing to do with race.

“We are not the KKK,” he boomed with rhetorical flourish. “We are patriots.”

McClendon was raised at a time when the black population was overwhelmingly Democratic. It wasn’t easy to “come out” as a conservative Republican.

“I grew up in a household where they would break your neck if you voted any other way,” says McClendon. “But they were very conservative. My parents really didn’t know how conservative they were.”

The Fort Wayne native served in the Air Force for four years then joined the Indiana Air Guard. His 23 years as a FedEx driver paid the bills while he and his wife, Queenie, raised their three sons.

Over time McClendon decided that his views on abortion, limited government and taxation - principles he says he learned from his parents - just didn’t match liberal views.

“I ended up thinking I wasn’t a Democrat or a Republican, but more of a Reagan conservative,” he says, and he has voted accordingly since the election of George H.W. Bush.

By the time McClendon established the local Tea Party chapter last year, he had a network of conservative friends. At the group’s first rally in front of the Fort Wayne courthouse, former conservative presidential candidate Alan Keyes delivered the keynote address.

Since then, McClendon has frequently been invited to speak at Tea Party events in Indiana and elsewhere. Public speaking comes easily to him, he says, because as a child he used to travel with his uncle, a bishop for the Church of God in Christ, listening to preachers and talking morals and values.

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AMEN!!!  

I'm sure glad McClendon is with us, we're in need of leaders like him. 

Tea Party, first in battle to save the Republic !

Emery, you said it perfectly: “I ended up thinking I wasn’t a Democrat or a Republican, but more of a Reagan conservative,” that's exactly what many of us are.

We love our country and the principles that made it the greatest place on earth.  Those of us who have served in the military and traveled overseas, have seen how good our country is.  Many of those "civilizations" pre-date ours by over a thousand years.  You have to ask yourselves: how was it that America could evolve into a place where much of the world wants to live in only a few hundred years?  The answer is the dignity of it's citizens exercising their personal liberty granted by GOD, not a government.

Yes, there have been rough spots, there have been mistakes, there have even been human atrocities along the way, but our country has pursued the ideal that we are all endowed by our creator with certain unalienable rights.  No other country protects the unalienable rights of its citizens like we do.  Even the most "civilized", "advanced" cultures/countries are dependent on a government, a monarch, a dictaor, etc. to "grant" them their rights.

Let's all vow to resist tyranny and keep building on the promise of America!

Tea Party is the only hope of changing the Country and stopping the Communist agenda from the left. I pray more people join and help us fight the sickness spreading in our Coubtry. I also urge everyone to speak out loud and clear !

Next we will be accused of being members of The American Nazi Party!

THSTS RIGHT ! WE ARE PATRIOTS OF EVERY ETHNIC BACKGROUND AND RELIGIONS . WE ATE PATRIOTS NOT BIGOTS .

Mmmmm delicious patriots. :) Sorry. Been reading through links at liberal websites and needed some comic relief. Thanks for the setup.

Don't know how much more Obama I can stomach today... but the research must be done.

Grayson's true colors. Beware of wolf in sheep's clothing.

We The People have a fraud and usurper sitting in the White House going by the name of barack hussein obama using a stolen social security number , forged birth certificate and forged selective service registration card to prove he is a legal sitting US President .

We The People demand that the US Congress honor their oath to the US Constitution and remove this fraud and usurper barack hussein obama from office under Article ll Section 1 Clause 5 of the US Constitution .

The fraud and usurper barack hussein obama can not be impeached because he is not a legal sitting US President . The removal of this fraud and usurper barack hussein obama from office must come under US Constitutional law Article ll Section 1 Clause 5

US Constitutional law must be enforced if We The People are to remain a free and constitutional republic .

I'd like to share a few points i have come to realize about our young. I have three children is their 30's. I have talked to them about racism, or what the left calls raciest. what I found was their social mind set that was not to speak or discuss race issues. I say race issues I'm talking about race issues which involve Blacks. I'd like to add all of my kids consider themselves to be conservatives. Our young have been PC neutered! I have engaged them with this conversation and will continue to open their brains and their minds. How can you fix a problem that you can't even discuss?

Just keep talking out loud for they can hear and will listen. Express your thoughts, give them lots of detailed information even if you have to read it to them. They can not sit on the fence! Theymust have truthful information to make decisions and influence their children. We are all in this together one for all and all for one but definitely not for democrats.

The only "hyphenation" we need is for Great-American!

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Refugee Complains:
‘Too Many Laws’ In Western World

 During a recent interview with local media in Australia, a Sudanese refugee and mother of six suggested that the Australian government deserves the blame for her eldest son’s propensity for crime.

According to Nine News, Asha Awya’s eldest son is an unemployed gang member who has spent time in prison. Instead of pinning the blame for her son’s actions on him, however, Awya feels the Australian government deserves it for passing “too many laws.”

She said so during an appearance last week on the Australian program “A Current Affair,” where she also appeared to slam actual Australians for allegedly not making it easy for refugees to assimilate.

“They (her kids) came from a very traumatized environment, and coming to Australia, trying to fit in with the religion and the friends around them at school, is very challenging,” she said. “We have all these laws, so it’s just very confusing, and I feel sorry for the kids because they don’t know how to deal with this.”

But that’s not all. Awya also complained that the government provides her with too little money.

“The Centrelink money is not enough,” she said, referencing a welfare program operated by the Australian government’s Department of Human Services.

“Sometimes I cut some of their entertainment,” she added, saying in effect that she sometimes stops handing out allowances so as to reduce her costs.

And this, she believes, only serves to incentivize her son’s desire to commit crime.

“If mum always not giving me money, there’s no pocket money, then maybe I have to find a way of stealing and get my own money,” she said, articulating what she believes goes through her son’s mind.

So even though the Australian government graciously (and perhaps naively) allowed this Sundanese woman to migrate to the country, she basically resents this same government because it refuses to lavishly provide for her and her family’s every single need, including their desire for entertainment.

Behold the perfect example of a spoiled-rotten, ungrateful refugees, ladies and gentlemen.

You know, the media often accuse those who criticize their respective governments for allowing refugees to flood their neighborhoods of harboring racist views. If only it were that simple.

Many Westerners, including your truly — a citizen whose family immigrated to the West from India over three decades ago — take issue with the behavior of refugees.

Besides making nary an effort to assimilate, many refugees wind up on welfare, eschewing hard work and effort for a life of government subsistence and oftentimes a life of crime as well.

Now, consider what Awya told “A Current Affair” and answer me this: Is it really “racist” that Westerners such as yours truly prefer that migrants such as her remain in their own country instead of being allowed to migrate to ours?

Please share this story on Facebook and Twitter and let us know what you think about this Sudanese refugee’s disgusting lack of gratitude.

What do you think about this migrant trying to blame her son’s behavior on the Australian government? Scroll down to comment below!

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