Tea Partier Uses Army Email Address To Call For “Civil Disobedience”

October 23, 2009 12:31 p.m.

A Tea Party activist today used a U.S. military email address to call for “civil disobedience” in opposition to the policies of the Obama administration.

In a message sent this morning to fellow members of the Tea Party Patriots, who had been discussing movement strategy, Richard A. Correa Sr., who identifies himself as a retired sergeant, wrote:

Civil disobedience is the next logical step.

Correa’s email, which was obtained by TPMmuckraker, was sent using a U.S. army address.

The email may in fact have been an effort to tone down the fervor among Tea Partiers. It appears to have been a response to a fellow activist, Carol Dietz, who, in her own email sent to the Tea Party group on Wednesday, had argued that the group needed to become more aggressive in its effort to resist the administration. Dietz compared the Tea Partiers to Jews in Nazi Germany, who, she said, “went like sheep quietly to their slaughter.”

“The jews KNEW that they were the target of Hitler–this didn’t happen over night, they had PLENTY of warning–and they didn’t DO anything,” Dietz wrote. “They went like sheep quietly to their slaughter–they did not fight.” Dietz concluded: “WE NEED A REVOLUTION.”

The rallying calls form Dietz and Correa seemed to inspire a third Tea Partier, Brian Bertha, who wrote:

I will not go quietly into the night I will stand and I will fight.

A post from July on a Tea Party website, under the byline Richard A. Correa Sr., calls for the creation of a third party movement, and slams Republican and Democratic officeholders for “stealing all the wealth of the nation to line their own pockets.”

Correa did not immediately respond to a request for comment from TPMmuckraker, sent to his military email address.

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