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Seriously, this was a necessary move. Let's see how much traction this move takes. Will there be a backlash? Will people come to defend Williams? If so, this could be the beginning of the end of the Tea Party.
Here's the problem. The Tea Party has tried as much as possible to run like a Quaker organization. No leaders, no followers, just participants and some who participate more than others. The problem with an organization like this is that when a major schizm occurs, there isn't a clearly defined leadership to say, "this person is no longer a member of the Purple Underwear Revolutionary Party."
The Tea Party did come about to forming a "federation," which is something. But the words "Tea Party" cannot be copyrighted, I'm sure. And all that Williams has to do is tart a "Real Tea Party" and then you have a split.
Part of the problem with the Tea Party is that, for some reason, its policies (or maybe just its social pull) attract people who are likely to have xenophobic and racists bents to their thinking.
To some degree, Mr. Williams has a good point. I, too, grow tired of noticing that a large portion of the African-American population who take welfare treat it as an entitlement. I, too, grow tired of hearing voices like Jesse Jackson recall slavery, even though we have our first African-American President (and, love him or hate him [I'm kinda ambivalent], you have to admit he's accomplishing a lot). I feel that there are too many voices crying excuses, and not enough voices crying encouragement. We all know that portion of the community exists, including African-Americans. (I'm not saying anything here that Bill Cosby hasn't said.)
But there are ways to say it and there are ways to say it. Using racially charged language that lumps the entire community into one is one way, but probably not the best.