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'Tea Party' Tour Star Puts Movement To Song

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'Tea Party' Tour Star Puts Movement To Song

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And now to one person who's part of an organized effort of conservative activists opposing a health care overhaul, among many other things. His name is Lloyd Marcus. You can find him this summer on the Tea Party Express, a bus tour across the U.S.

NPR's Jeff Brady has this profile of an unlikely and musical conservative.

JEFF BRADY: Lloyd Marcus begins every performance on the Tea Party Express bus tour the same way.

(Soundbite of applause)

Mr. LLOYD MARCUS (Musician): Hello, my fellow patriots.

Unidentified Group: Hello.

(Soundbite of cheering and applause)

Mr. MARCUS: I am not an African-American.

(Soundbite of laughter)

Mr. MARCUS: I am Lloyd Marcus, American.

Unidentified Group: Yeah.

(Soundbite of cheering and applause)

BRADY: A few seconds later, he introduces the theme song he wrote for the Tea Party Movement last spring. It starts with a nice finger snap and right off the bat calls President Obama's stimulus plan a, quote, �socialistic scheme.�

(Soundbite of song, �American Tea Party Anthem�)

Mr. MARCUS: (Singing) You want to take from achievers. Somehow you think that's fair and redistribute to those folks who won't get out of their easy chair. We're having a tea party across this land. Yes, we are. If you love this...

BRADY: Marcus says he's known since he was 10 years old that he's a conservative after his family moved into a new apartment in the Baltimore projects. He watched as the buildings became havens for crime and drug use. And Marcus says he took away this lesson.

Mr. MARCUS: Self-esteem does not come from people giving you stuff. You know, self-esteem comes from getting an education, getting a job and going your own way.

BRADY: Marcus says he made that lesson the center of his political philosophy.

Mr. MARCUS: When I hear politicians pander to the poor, it turns my stomach because I know how it stifles people. It kills their spirit and it keeps them down. And that's why I'm conservative. And that's why I have a hostile attitude against a lot of these do-gooder liberals, that they do things to make themselves feel good, but they don't really help people.

BRADY: What's surprising about Marcus is that while he can be a little pointed sometimes, he also appears to have a lot of fun.

(Soundbite of music)

Mr. MARCUS: Okay, ladies.

BRADY: At one point in every rally, he invites women from the audience up on stage to form an impromptu chorus line. He pulls up his best Sinatra voice...

(Soundbite of song, �New York, New York�)

Mr. MARCUS: (Singing) Start spreading the news. I'm telling you today...

BRADY: And Marcus shows the women which way to kick. But in short order, his strong political views are back.

(Soundbite of cheering)

(Soundbite of music)

Mr. MARCUS: (Singing) This socialist nightmare must come to an end because we're going to vote them out. Yes, we are in 2010.

(Soundbite of screaming)

BRADY: Marcus says the rest of his family voted for Barack Obama. But he relishes being different. Marcus knows what he believes and he's sticking with it.

Jeff Brady, NPR News.

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