Who is the Tea Party in Oklahoma?
Posted: // May 12, 2010 2:59 PM CDT Wednesday, May 12, 2010 3:59 PM EST Updated: // May 13, 2010 10:27 PM CDT Thursday, May 13, 2010 11:27 PM EST
// By Amy Lester, The Oklahoma Impact Team
OKLAHOMA CITY — They’re frustrated, they’re protesting and they’re part of the Tea Party movement in Oklahoma.
“The federal government has vastly, vastly overstepped its boundaries,” said Greg Ingle, Tea Party participant.
“Our founding fathers envisioned a country that had a federal government that was strong but, it was held in check by the states. We’ve lost that completely,” said Al Gerhart, founder of the Sooner Tea Party.
There are around 50 Tea Party organizations in Oklahoma with thousands of members.
“It’s the culmination of the American people’s disgust, disgust with the process,” said Mike Gossett, Tea Party participant.
Tea Party participants want lower taxes, limited government and states’ rights. Many call themselves constitutional conservatives.
“I really think our founding fathers would roll over in their graves if they saw what the federal government has become,” said Joseph Miner, Tea Party participant.
According to a new poll, 13 percent of American voters said they’re part of the Tea Party. A majority of them are women.
Dee Dobson is one of them.
“If you’re standing next to me, you’re talking about what’s going on in this country,” said Dobson, Tea Party participant.
Dobson is a stay at home mom who runs a Conservative t-shirt business.
“If we are out there educating and we’re active and we look at the politicians that are running for office and we find out what they’re about and we check their votes, then we should be able to make some good decisions,” Dobson said.
Dobson wants more Conservative people in office. It’s a desire other women in the movement share with her.
“I want a Conservative, conservative values. I want to get that back in our country,” said Angela Benner, Tea Party participant.
Many Oklahomans agree. According to a survey done by SoonerPoll, nearly 43 percent of Oklahomans have a favorable opinion of the Tea Party.