"We are there to say the last people we want influencing our veterans are these people who don't uphold the constitution," Price said. The Oath Keepers -- which she described as "this great organization" -- are exactly the kind of people Price and her friends do want influencing vets, namely by keeping them on the right side of things when the government call for repression comes.
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"When you have people in power who will not abide by the law, we believe we are heading toward tyranny," Price said, referring to Miller, McNerney and Garamendi, incumbent Dems from relatively safe districts. She said that events like tomorrow's protest are part of her side-project to keep those tyrannical leaders from gaining the control over military forces and police they need to mount their bloodthirsty dictatorial power grab. Whenever Price sees a veteran or an active-duty member of the military and police, she steers them toward the group that calls on cops and servicemembers to refuse any orders that they think violate the constitution.
"I turn them toward the Oath Keepers," she said. "If you study history, you see that governments who have turned on the people have needed the police and military on their side to get to tyranny. We need to make sure those people stay on our side."
Despite her benevolent intentions, Price recognizes that some people -- even fellow tea partiers -- think that standing outside a gathering of women veterans protesting tyranny could appear a little, well, unseemly. That's why Price says she's done all she can to allay the concerns of nervous tea partiers in Contra Costa, sending multiple emails to her group's listserv reminding people that she realizes it might look like she's protesting the military.
But in the end, facts are facts -- and tyranny must be met with the protestations of an angry populace, Price says.
"Anytime I hear of a Congressman or woman coming out, I'm there," she says. "Sometimes there are 30 people, and sometimes there are just five of us. But every time I hear people are coming out, I show up."