In late August, Kim spoke with Phillip Dennis, head of the Dallas Tea Party, about his aspirations for the group. This is what he told her:
I believe in what we're doing. I believe in this movement. I think this really is the beginning of the second revolution of America. It's going to be peaceful. I think this is the first time since the original Tea Party itself that you've seen middle class tax-paying people take to the streets and become active like we have. No one's ever seen this before.
Perhaps that is why National Public Radio's Robert Siegel spent a week down here with the Dallas Tea Party for a piece scheduled to air tomorrow on All Things Considered, of which Siegel is, of course, the host. NPR's Emerson Brown sends word that it'll be a lengthy story accompanied online by all manner of charts and photos:
In a 12-minute report airing tomorrow ... Siegel follows the group to try and find out how a person's daily life and experiences bring them to conclude that the direction of the country must change. He talks to members of the organization and spends some time with them and their families to understand the economic, cultural and communication links they have to the issues of the day.
He speaks with three members about their beliefs and how they were formed, and how they are now harnessing them to create a grassroots network local candidates have to give their attention.
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ATC, of course, airs locally on KERA-FM (90.1) beginning at 4 p.m.