Tea Partiers Meet to Rally for the Future

This convention schedule shows the range of ideas here...everything from a seminar on technology to a speech on the "correlations between the current administration and Marxist dictators of Latin America," to a speech about "Where the Tea Party Movement Goes From Here."

Many of the people here are not your usual activists. Jim and Julie Dam of Avon, Ind., drove 300 miles just to participate. "We're not really political people," said Jim. "We just vote like everybody else. But now, the way this administration is going, the way this country is going, it's getting a little scary."

"We do not want the government in our health care," added Julie Dam. "We do not want the government taxing us to death."

Tania Ash, a housewife from Florida, brought a big picture of the convention's keynote speaker, former Alaska governor Sarah Palin. The picture is covered in signatures from fellow activists that Ash has met at the eight Tea Party events she has attended this past year.

Ash's husband lost his job a year ago and as a result, they have no health insurance. "I would love to have free health care coverage," she said. "I don't have any right now. But nothing is free. We [as a country] can't afford it."

"The Tea Party movement is going through a growing phrase," said Republican strategist Kevin Madden. "It is very early for a political movement. One of the things that they have to do is kind of recorrect the caricature."

One of the goals of the convention is to turn this movement into a political force. The question is, does some of the hard rhetoric keep them on the fringe?

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