A Note on Dale Robertson, self-described “tea party leader”

Wednesday, January 6, 2010
By Felicia Cravens

In response to questions we have received regarding Dale Robertson and his involvement with HoustonTPS, and specifically in reference to his attendance at our rally on 27 Feb 2009, we would like to state that:


 1.  He is NOT a member of our Leadership team.

 2.  He owns a website with which we have never been affiliated.

 3.  He has never been a part of organizing any of the Tea Party rallies in the Houston area, or any other area that we can find.

 4.  We addressed some issues involving him back in April.  Here it is on our website, where Mr. Robertson himself comments:  http://houstontps.org/?p=318

 5.  We do not choose to associate with people that use his type of disgusting language.


A search on Google yields plenty of information about Mr. Robertson, and a search of the various leadership teams among legitimate national tea party organizations show him nowhere to be found.

36 Responses to “A Note on Dale Robertson, self-described “tea party leader””

  1. I think that was really the end of the fight even though he survived

  2. James

    That’s really niggardly of you.

  3. Felicia Cravens

    LOL James!

  4. devon

    I dosen’t matter ,anybody that belongs to the Tea Party is a idiot & scumbag.

  5. obama

    When I see a Tea Party rally on tv all I see are angry bitter white people clinging to there guns & religion Pres.Obama was write minus the white part.

  6. FooBar

    And that, in a nutshell, is why no one takes you kids seriously.

    Community organizers who organize in their community based on their dislike of a community organizer. Film at 11.

  7. Felicia Cravens

    If he had ever organized anything, that comment would make sense. He’s NOT an organizer of anything, but purports to speak for all of us. He’s just noise, and useless noise at that.

  8. Aaron Burston

    Just a quick question for you guys…

    You folks do realize, the original Boston Tea Party was not a protest against government… right?

    The reason why those colonists dumped tea into Boston Harbor was because they were rejecting the authority of the British crown to levy taxes. They were against involvement by foreign government, not anti-government.

    If anything, they were pro-government, and in favor of government expansion, at that. They wanted government of the colonies to replace the influence of the British crown in its entirety.

    …Did you folks fall asleep during history class or something?

  9. [...] sign when it was posted recently by the Washington Independent, and the Houston Tea Party group has disassociated itself from [...]

  10. Robert

    How come none of you teaba99ers cared about the deficit when Bush was in office?

  11. Robert

    Why is it that teaba99ers didn’t seem to have a problem with the massive deficits of the Bush years?

  12. PaulBegala2

    Robert, we did care about Bush’s overspending. And we complained. Loudly.

    Your pretending that we did not doesn’t make it true.

    Why do you think so many of us were willing to endure the economic turmoil of a Democratic president that we sat out voting for McCain? He was part and parcel of the problem.

    We hated it then. We hate it now that the Democrats have tripled down on what GW did.

    The Republicans, I think, have yet to truly understand their failures. While the Democrats are working hard to lose the 2010 elections, the Republicans still have not proven their small gov’t bona fides.

    Also, the Tea Party folks I know are NOT Republicans. I know this makes it easier for you to throw your oh so witty insults around, but it isn’t true.

    We are libertarians and independents.

    And we don’t give a damn what letter appears after a pol’s name so long as s/he LEAVES US ALONE and QUITS STEALING FROM OUR KIDS.

  13. I have seen Robertson on CSPAN and many other shows. He is on the radio, his website is getting hot, his “Command Center” has 1000′s of new members and he is booked at CPAC and will be a guest at TP Conventsion, so what exactly is he doing wrong here?
    I have never met the guy. I know very little about him except he is poping up everywhere.

    Please enlighten me to what’s wrong with him.

  14. Joela Cornelius

    Bob you have a good point. I never met the gentleman either but I joined his group and did I get a bunch of new friends. I was able to set up mu own little network of Tea Party members. I send a Pink Slip fax to all those jokers in Washington through his fax system and for the first time in my life my Congressman sent me a e-mail thanking me for the fax!

    Even if this Dale Robertson is a self proclaimed leader he’s doing a good job at it. America needs people who are not afraid to speak out, even if they say bad words.

  15. Edward F Stimach

    I see so much propaganda for/against the TEA party,Good/bad Dale Robertson…so just what/who has the leadership in this movement?
    Or are their several different TEA parties.I am a hard core conservative that is no longer represented by the GOP.I have a simple voting plan…vote against incumbants….either party.It is time for the conservatives to form a true conservative party,and stop these small groups that seem to be against both GOP and Democrate(Socialist) party, but seem to be pulling against eachother for the same cause.

  16. spade442

    people need to rally for the police dept. And ask them to root out their corrupted leaders. I,m amazed that this isn’t a bigger issue. They need to have our support. They need to know that we are with them and their families. They are our neighbors and friends and without total support they are alone in the wolves den. Learn who the sheriff is and if he’s a true defender of our constitution. Befor we loose every community to the communists type. These men our being told that the patriot act is for terrorists. Patriots are not terrorist. Our rights and liberties were removed by dictator #1 G.W.Bush Sept.12/01. This crumbling didn’t just start with Obama it’s been going on way befor bush. Death by a thousand cuts. Our liberty will be restored from the bottom up. The Constitution is our weapon. It won’t defend itself. And beggs to be used in every town.

  17. RcDatzme

    Hey Arron, if the liberal education in the USA today would actually reach our history You would know the real story.
    Did you fall asleep during history class or something?

    The Boston Tea Party was not a party but a raid that happened in the Boston harbor. The reason the Boston Tea Party happened was because the British government called, “The Parliament” put duties or taxes on some imported items (tea, for one) in America. The colonist had two fears about this. One: The local merchants that sold tea would be put out of business due to the tax on their tea, but the East India Company (a British trading company) would be able to sell theirs at a low price. Two: If they paid the tax on tea the British would enforce more taxes on other things. Because of their fears, the colonists planned a raid on the British ships carrying tea. On the night of December 16, 1773, almost 100 patriots dressed up as Native Americans and threw the taxed tea into the Boston harbor.

    They were against government corruption, just at the time, it was still the British Socialists Government.

    So then we revolted entirely, and threw out the Brits, and created a government of the people, by the people and for the people.
    It would work great still to this day, if some people would stop expecting otheres to take care of them.

    Freedom means FREEDOM of opportunity, to both succeed and fail without corruption from government destroying capitalism, and then blaming capitalism for the failure.

    Wake the hell up Americans, the fruits of your labor are supposed to be yours to enjoy and leave to your family when you pass.

    Too many of us are complacent. We expect our friends and neighbors to support us in too many ways.

    Remember, there is no Public sector without a Private sector funding it with their taxes.
    Demonizing success will destroy this nation.
    Is that really what you want?

  18. Felicia Cravens

    “Mr. Keefer” we hope you do support Dale. We invite you to support whatever group you choose.

  19. Dale Robertson is a carpetbagger not a Tea Party Patriot! This dude is riding a movement to either make a quick buck or to boster some deep seated need to pump up his ego. I have met Mr. Robertson personally and caught a bad vibe at once. He proved himself out when he tried to corner every variation of Tea Party and 912 / We Surround Them that he could by filing multiple DBAs with the county. I would be surprised if he wasn’t the one who purchased the website “www.ScottBrownforPresident.” The folks in the grassroots are pretty decent and after years of progressive Democrats and Republicans alike lying to us through their teeth, we can recognize BS and a scumbag readily enough.

  20. [...] January 6 — the day after the first Washington Times article appeared — the Houston tea party issued a statement explaining: “[Robertson] has never been a part of organizing any of the tea party rallies in the [...]

  21. [...] event after he brought an extremely offensive and racist sign to an event. The group then issued a press release saying: 1. He is NOT a member of our Leadership [...]

  22. C.S.

    First of all:
    >British Socialists Government.
    What? “Socialism” is a term with an actual definition, not some pejorative that you can wildly attach to anyone that you happen to dislike. Imposition of taxes on the populace of a nation does not a socialist society make.

    Aaron is correct. Either you misunderstood what he was saying, you misunderstood your own sources or both. The colonists that participated in the tea party weren’t opposed to the principal of taxation as a whole. They were opposed to being taxed /unfairly/ while simultaneously having their voices squelched by the government. The phrase is “no taxation without representation,” not “no taxation ever.” If the latter were the case, then how would you explain Article 1, Section 8, Clause 1 of the United States Constitution?

    “The Congress shall have power To lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts and excises, to pay the debts and provide for the common defence and general welfare of the United States…”

    It’s ironic that you mention “a government of the people, by the people and for the people,” because that’s the idea behind socialism, too. It’s just that the ideology behind what “for the people” means is different.

    As Wikipedia put it, “Most socialists share the view that capitalism unfairly concentrates power and wealth among a small segment of society that controls capital and derives its wealth through exploitation, creates an unequal society, does not provide equal opportunities for everyone to maximize their potential and does not utilize technology and resources to their maximum potential nor in the interests of the public.”

    You know, I agree with you that if you work hard for something, you’ve earned it and it’s yours, but at the same time, I think that you have to recognize that not everyone has the ability to fend for themselves and that the whole point of society in the first place is to help each other to accomplish things that we couldn’t do alone.

    If I took your comments at face value, I’d assume you were the kind of person who believes that donating to charity is a sin; that poor people are poor because they’re lazy; that there should be no military, fire department or postal service; and that orphaned children should be put to work instead of being allowed to mooch off of the rest of society in their slacker training camps that we call “orphanages”. Do you see what I’m getting at?

    Now that that’s out of the way, I just wanted to say how ironic I think it is that there are members of the tea party movement who are trying to distance themselves from Robertson on account of his apparent racism. Not because I think that the “teaba99ers” are necessarily racist or anything, but, well… They named themselves after a group of men who dressed up like Native Americans to disguise themselves while they broke the law. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I think it was cool that they stood up for themselves and what they believed in, but… Well, it would be analogous to, say, a bunch of white people today getting together, dressing up in blackface and setting an oil refinery ablaze in order to protest our dependence on foreign oil.

  23. Bill M

    Hey C.S.

    Nice try but you don’t get it either. They were against an over reaching government. The same as the Tea PARTY groups today.

    You’re wrong about Socialism too. It’s government control not representative government.
    Also, you can put that ba99er comment where the sun don’t shine, you pile of dog excrement.

  24. [...] in particular, is so upset at being associated with the man that they sent out the following press release: 1. He is NOT a member of our Leadership team. 2. He owns a website with which we have never been [...]

  25. JPD

    1)Socialism – An economic system in which the production and distribution of goods are controlled substantially by the government rather than by private enterprise, and in which cooperation rather than competition guides economic activity. There are many varieties of socialism. Some socialists tolerate capitalism, as long as the government maintains the dominant influence over the economy; others insist on an abolition of private enterprise. All communists are socialists, but not all socialists are communists.

    The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
    Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
    Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
    Cite This Source

    Britian, at the time of the Boston Tea party was largely an limited monarchy, which is radically differant then a socialist state. If you dont understand the differance, please read up on it before commenting.

    2)The Boston tea party was a bunch of smugglers destroying the competitions product because it a) the British East india company undercut their prices because they didn’t have to pay the tax b) they had no say on the fact of the tax because they had no represenation in parlimentc) they were so drunk they dressed up as native americans and dumped large volumes of tea into boston harbor. Its not as black and white as you make it out to be.

  26. [...] the impression in the public mind that people like Nevada’s Barry Levinson or Houston’s Dale Robertson are The Leaders Of The Movement™ — people who are not actually considered leaders, but who [...]

  27. [...] what the Houston Tea Party says and also visit Gateway Pundit on the story.  Be sure to click on the link about his supposed [...]

  28. Stephen

    The problem when you have what Dick Armey calls a leaderless movement is that a vacuum is created where anyone can jump in and claim to be a leader. For that matter, anyone can join the Republican or Democratic party and claim to represent those organizations. The Tea Party people need to draw up some kind of bylaws and platform and make clear not only what they stand for but what they repudiate. Personally, I think there are too many demagogues involved in this movement.

  29. HaHa

    It takes a real idiot to think that a kingdom ruled by King George was socialist. Incredible!

  30. [...] have gotten some credit for reaching out to the growing Tea Party movement, if only the paper had done its research. Or any research.  Or if one of the grizzled pencils toiling diligently in the layers of [...]

  31. e.g. smith

    Just a comment :Rand Paul,Ron Paul, Dale robertson, Mark Williams , tea party leaders, etc. may want to keep in mind that one’s principles are best exemplified by deeds.

  32. I’m rather shocked at all of the comment debate that this article received. He wants to claim Houston party leadership, it wouldn’t take much to see whether he is or not, simply by showing up to the next tax rally. Seems a rather hollow claim if not true.

  33. [...] on local names of organizations.  We dealt with him yet again when he started agressively billing himself as the Founder of the Tea Party.  We couldn’t create more “space” between us if we tried, and this has been [...]

  34. [...] is also wrong to say that Robertson is not a tea party member. Robertson had been criticized by some within the tea party movement for a placard he displayed at a rally in 2009. But he remains a member of a group he founded, [...]

  35. [...] at which he was holding the aforementioned sign on the very same day.  He was formally denounced in a statement released by the Houston TPS.  He was called ‘no friend’ of the Tea Party at Pajamas Media, [...]

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