Tuscaloosa News staff writer Wayne Grayson covered Wednesday’s Tea Party protest:
Robert Stacy McCain, a former Washington Times assistant national editor and contributor to American Spectator magazine, was one of several speakers at the event. McCain discussed an April 7 report published by the Department of Homeland Security that addressed the threat of “right-wing extremism.” In the manner of comedian Jeff Foxworthy, McCain told the crowd how they could tell if they are right-wing extremists. “If you believe that you know how to run your life better than some Washington politician, you might be right-wing extremist,” McCain said as many in the crowd laughed and applauded. McCain noted the nationwide participation in other tea parties. He said Pittsburgh and Austin, Texas, had thousands turn out to protest. In Alabama, Montgomery had more than 1,000 people and Mobile had several hundred. He told protesters to remain calm if others call them crazy. He said the key was to organize. “You’ve got to be positive and get organized,” McCain said. “If you’re going to sit around and whine, you’re never going to win. Bear Bryant would have told you that.”
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