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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.


Photoblog of "Faces of the Tea Party" here: http://photoblog.nbcnews.com/faces-of-the-tea-party

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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!


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!




(TeaParty.org)The Democrats have slandered and degraded the legacy of America’s combat veterans by hijacking this country’s moral values for the sake of their totally anti-American agenda.

In a letter penned by thirteen Democrat-affiliated national security officials and sent to the highest four Congressional leaders, they begged them to quickly pass the ‘Dream Act’ amnesty. At the end of that letter, the Democrats urged Congress to extend the military’s policy of “leave noone behind” to the 3.6 million illegal immigrants and 690,000 DACA beneficiaries in a demand for unconditional amnesty, Breitbart reports.

The original transcript of the letter:

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With every day that passes, these Dreamers are getting closer to the reality of deportation. We urge you to pass the Dream Act of 2017 as quickly as possible to provide permanent protection for Dreamers and relieve this deserving group of the uncertainty created by the President’s decision to rescind DACA. We should leave no man or women behind. Let that be our guiding principle.
The Democrats have finally revealed their true intent for the United States of America. The rhetoric weaponized in this letter reveals how liberals actually view illegal aliens – as foot soldiers meant to conquer American territory and overthrow the Constitution.

Immediately after this letter was made available to the public, the actual veterans of America’s wars threw up an outrage.

The phrase “Leave No One Behind” is one of the most important values of military culture, signifying the unwavering brotherhood of soldiers in the face of impossible odds, and their commitment to one another for victory even after death.

Ira Mehlman, a spokesman for the Federation for American Immigration Reform, has called this letter a moral hijacking of America’s values. “It is an insult to the people who have gone out there and earned their moral authority by doing something for the country … those people earned it by self-sacrifice and the illegal-aliens want amnesty for their self-interest… that does not entitle them to amnesty.”

A quick look at the Center for Immigration Studies’ findings on the Dreamers, however, shows that the reality of these people contradicts what the Democrats would have us believe about them:

73 percent of DACA recipients he surveyed live in a low-income household (defined as qualifying for free lunch in high school);
22 percent have earned a degree from a four-year college or university;
20 percent have dropped out of high school;*
20 percent have no education beyond high school and no plans to attend college;
59 percent obtained a new job with a DACA work permit, but only 45 percent increased their overall earnings; and
36 percent have a parent who holds a bachelor’s degree.

These sad statistics prove that the vast majority of these DACA “kids,” who are actually full-grown men in their 20s and 30s, are parasitic lowlifes who want nothing to do with our way of life or even our language. Nothing even remotely like the men and women in America’s Armed Forces who sacrifice their well-being and lives to keep other countries from taking over and occupying us.

But if the Democrats succeed, and Congress grants this barbarian horde the right to amnesty, then everything the true American veterans fought for will be lost – we will be de facto occupied by foreign invaders, and they will carve up our land and government for themselves, just like the Aztecs, Mongols, and Muslims of old.

The pure fact that liberals think they can compare the men and women who fought, killed, were wounded, and died to keep our nation and freedom safe … to hordes of foreigners who have done virtually nothing for our country, who will most likely squat on our territory and feed off of taxpayer-provided cradle-to-grave services, is such an outrageous and insulting comparison, any Democrat who utters such sentiment should be instantly punished for treason and have their positions revoked.

Immigrants – legal and illegal – overwhelmingly uses the Democrats’ social services and vote for them. No doubt in their minds that liberals see them as a constant flow of reinforcements in their battle against law-abiding, natural American citizens. They are the Democrats’ soldiers for dismantling Western values, Christianity, secularism, capitalism, and freedom. Without these foreigners pouring into the United States from third world, socialist hellholes, the Democrats would never have survived this long.


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