The Tea Party seems to be gaining attention, and by the looks of it, it is having a larger impact than some would like. I smell political fear in the air. This may be seen in The Democrat & Chronicle, in which an article entitled "Tea Party wants to form a militia in Okla." was published in their Tues, Apr. 13, 2010, paper. I couldn't find a link to the article on the D&C website, but I would like to share two thoughts: (1) Many of the reports surrounding the Tea Party's support of militias are a bit sensationalized. In the D&C article, it is clearly stated that the Tea Party says "the [militia] unit would not resemble militia groups that have been raided for allegedly plotting attacks on law enforcement officers," but rather would be backed by the state. In my experience, few people realize the National Guard is not the same as the militia. Moreover, fewer people realize that some states (e.g., New York State), do have a state-supported militia. The militia in NYS is a voluntary, self-supported organization (i.e., they do not receive any state funding) and may be called upon by the governor at any time. I do not endorse a militia rebellion, but I think every state should have a militia for emergency situations within the state, and, God forbid, for protection of the state (including its sovereignty) should the need ever arise. (2) Political liberals apparently feel VERY threatened by the Tea Party. The D&C article states that "opponents of the fiscally conservative Tea Party movement say they plan to infiltrate and dismantle the political group by trying to make its members appear racist, homophobic, and moronic." Sean Murphy of the Associated Press, who wrote the article, continues, "Jason Levin, creator of www.crashtheteaparty.org, said Monday the group has 65 leaders across the country who are trying to recruit members to infiltrate Tea Party events for April 15--tax filing day, when Tea Party groups across the country are planning to gather and protest high taxes" (page 2A).