A new social media outlet designed specifically for the Tea Party has hit the internet. The website, TeaPartyCommunity.com, launched in November. It is practically a carbon copy of Facebook, but exclusive to conservatives. The site has already surpassed 18,000 members, according to a stat counter on the administrator’s page. The creators’ purpose is to unite the Tea Party.
“This is sort of an umbrella. I don’t care if you’re Tea Party Patriot or Tea Party Express or whatever,” said Winterset native Ken Crow, co-founder of TeaPartyCommunity.com. “The problem that we faced in this last election, and you saw here in Iowa, is the tea parties are so fragmented, that Mitt Romney came within a couple dozen votes of winning.”
Ken Crow believes that since the Tea Party support was split behind several different candidates, that division helped the moderate Romney capture the GOP nomination. Crow is convinced that there are enough conservatives in the country who align with the Tea Party and it’s principles, that if they were somehow united, they could create a dominant political coalition.
“Had the Tea Party led the way and come together, we would have captured the White House in November. There’s no doubt in my mind,” Crow said.
Ken Crow received some nationwide publicity in 2011 when he was one of the organizer’s for Sarah Palin’s heavily hyped trip to Iowa on Labor Day weekend. There were some scheduling mistakes and other errors, for which Crow publicly accepted much of the blame. He admits to not being a professional political operative or organizer, but Crow has a lofty goal. He wants to return the U.S. to its constitutional roots.
Crow says TeaPartyCommunity.com is growing at a rate of approximately 1,000 new members per day. This article is the first media publicity the website has received. So far, it’s rapid rate of growth has been entirely from its members. Ken Crow hopes the website helps build a strong enough organization that could effect issues like the current “fiscal cliff” debate in Congress.
“I wish this was six months down the road and we had 5 million members, because if we had that, what I would do is very simply is walk into Mr. Boehner’s office and I would tell him, if you do this and roll over and allow this guy to bankrupt this nation, you’re going to be out of a job in two years,” Crow said. “We’re going to move the Republican Party to the right.”
The website’s designers created individual pages for all 50 states, as well as Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico. They hope the state pages will serve as organizing hubs. As of Wednesday evening, there were 29 members on the Iowa page. TeaPartyCommunity.com has three basic rules for its members:
(1) Do not call for an armed revolution against the government. (Crow says they have already banned a few people that were telling others to “take up arms” against Muslims.)
(2) Do not post any pornography.
(3) Do not attack another member with foul language. They want discussions on the site to remain civil.
“The Republican hierarchy have been so corrupted by moderates, that now the people are rising up. These people are angry,” Crow said. “The Tea Party as a whole has not dwindled. It’s growing. What you’re seeing now is organization taking place.”
Ken Crow says he has no interest in being the leader of the Tea Party or creating a new one. He simply wants those people who believe in the Tea Party’s principles of less spending and smaller government to work together to affect change in the U.S.
“We’re not trying to start a new Tea Party,” Crow said. “All we’re doing is giving them a place to gather. We’ll throw out the trolls, we’ll throw out the liberals. And we’ll hopefully unite behind a conservative candidate in 2016 that will help us take this country back. It might be a Rick Santorum or a Rand Paul, somebody like that. They’ll get behind him. And when they do, they’ll have a groundforce numbering in the millions signing up to help. That’s our goal, that’s our dream. I hope it’s going to happen. I think it will.”
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