Hundreds of thousands of Americans are expected to gather this week for another round of flag-waving, fist-shaking, sign-carrying "tea party" protests, demanding less government, lower taxes and more freedom.
But as they celebrate the first birthday of what they now proudly call a movement, tea partiers concede they face a crucial challenge:
What do you do after the tea is dumped in the harbor?
"You really can have only a couple of these rallies before people are like, 'All right, now why are these angry people just out demonstrating?' " said Andrea Plunkett, an organizer of last years Kansas City tea party at the Liberty Memorial. We can have these fun events where the pictures look good or we can get to work.
Defining the tea party movement is difficult. There are thousands of tea partiers and hundreds of tea party groups — dozens in Missouri and Kansas alone — many with different goals and approaches to changing the government.
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