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Is one man, rock star, glib tongued politician, an “Obama”, hope? NO! What is really hope, this:
Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul.
And sings the tune
Without the words,
and never stops at all.

Emily Dickinson US poet (1830 – 1886)

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Is it Time For an Official national Tea Party day?
by Attorney Rees Lloyd
December 16, 2010, marked the 237th anniversary of the first American “Tea Party” on December 16, 1773. However, while the Boston Tea Party is an iconic milestone of American liberty, it has not yet been officially recognized as “National Tea Party Day” by Act of Congress. But it ought to be, by Act of the incoming 112th Congress, now commonly referred to as the “Tea Party Congress,” since so many of those elected owe their elections to the grass-roots efforts of Tea Party Patriots……
http://www.newswithviews.com/Lloyd/rees112.htm
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Who is more dangerous: The Left or The Tea Party?
 December 15th, 2010 |  Author: fortpatriot

Rioters Clash With Police in Athens During Rally

Riots in the Streets of London

FL School Board Shooter Posted Suicide Note Railing Against the Rich, Linking to Media Matters

Soros-Funded Group’s Political Director Calls for Subversive Activity During Christmas Masses

‘F*** the Rich’: Cape Cod Arsonist Targets Homes of the Wealthy

Greedy and Evil? Business Owner Gives Away 150 Free Christmas Trees 

Thank God For Rich People

Weird – I couldn’t fine any violence from the Tea Party this week – huh (they must have a job and are working this week – somebody’s got to pay for all the government programs )

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Media Wants A Brawl Between Libertarians And Christian Conservatives In Tea Party

Posted by Dana Loesch Dec 2nd 2010

I’ve been saying this for months: appeal to the egos of any coalition and exploit the cracks. People always choose self-preservation over the greater good, most of the time, with the belief that self-preservation is the greater good.

Newsweek provides yet another piece on this topic, one of a long succession of MSM articles breathlessly seal-clapping in anticipation of the catalyst which accomplishes this.

Blah blah blah – it was this that prompted me to write:

“Most evangelical Christian conservatives I know would at least be uneasy about the prospect of the government leaving the poor to their own devices and having churches pick up the slack,” he says.

Wrong. Heinously, irresponsibly, embarrassingly wrong. This from Barry Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State. His sound bites are all about stoking libertarians to feel like disenfranchised underdogs with the goal of rousing them to lash out at the big bully Christian conservatives.

What’s wrong with his statement above? Aside from this giant “rift” to which he alludes and desires? Most evangelical Christian conservatives I know would at least be uneasy about the prospect of the government picking up the slack of caring for the poor due to Christians’ abdication of their role in society as dictated by Scripture.

Lynn should perhaps study the faith before he attempts to try to emotionally blackmail the faithful. That’s precisely what should happen: churches should be doing more, people of faith should be doing more and want to do more because big government is an attempt to remove action from faith thus making the faith less viable. When taxes go up, tithing goes down. When the government assumes the role of the shepherd, the power of churches is diminished. It’s another way to attack religion and for the state to eradicate it from society. A society without a viable faith, a society that doesn’t recognize what it meant for our Founding Fathers to write:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with inherent and inalienable rights; that among these, are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; that to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed; that whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.” [my emphasis]

… is a society that will allow man to play God and remove the untouchable nature of our basic rights. That’s exactly the goal.

Leave no hole for government to exploit. People of faith have themselves contributed to this problem by not standing up more.

Coalitions between different groups who have various beliefs in common are instrumental to success. We can’t disrespect, by way discounting or misunderstanding our different sticking points, the beliefs of the various groups comprising the tea party movement, but we all have more in common with each other than we do with factions on the left: the communists, the socialists, the say-their-anarchists-but-are-actually-socialists. We know that the only way to securing increased civil liberties comes by way of our alliance and we must continue to hold the line and work together.

The groups on the right have accomplished so much by working together and I’m very much looking forward to seeing what all else we can accomplish, Newsweek be damned.

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The Tea Party is Back

Two hundred and thirty-seven years ago last night, a group of colonists disguised as Indians boarded British merchant ships and dumped an estimated £10,000 worth of tea into Boston Harbor. This Boston Tea Party, which John Adams described as the “grandest event which has ever yet happened since the controversy with Britain opened,” was not just a protest about taxation. Our forefathers did not destroy tea because of a simple tax dispute. The 1773 Tea Party were protesting the process by which the British government taxed them. They were fundamentally rejecting the way the British were governing them.

Last night, the spirit of the Tea Party won another major victory when Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D–NV) was forced to drop his $1.27 trillion, 1,924-page omnibus spending bill. The problem with Reid’s omnibus spending bill was not just its size—although our federal government does spend far too much of other people’s money—but the way it was drafted and forced on the American people. For far too long our Congress has amassed more and more spending power into fewer and fewer legislative acts while waiting until the last possible minute to consider them. Lobbyists have made an entire business model out of identifying must-pass appropriations and tax bills and then getting pliant Members of Congress to insert their special breaks, loopholes, and giveaways. The omnibus collapse was a complete rejection of that way of doing business in Washington. Senator John McCain (R–AZ) told National Review: “I know this is a seminal moment, because for the first time since I’ve been here, we stood up and said ‘enough.’”

Last night’s victory could not have happened without the Tea Party. Earlier in the day, Tea Party–defeated outgoing- Senator Robert Bennett (R–UT) was working “actively to round up as many as nine potential Republican votes” for the omnibus bill stuffed with 6,000 earmarks worth $8 billion. But then Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R–KY) worked the phones all day twisting the arms of those nine Republicans, many of them members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, to drop their support for the bill. It was not an easy sell. Senator Thad Cochran (R–MS), the ranking member of the Appropriations Committee, had 281 earmarks worth $561 million in the bill. McConnell himself had 48 earmarks worth $113 million. But wisely, these lawmakers eventually saw the light. McConnell told National Review afterward: “We decided that we’re not going to pass a 2,000-page bill that nobody has seen since yesterday. That’s not the way to operate and that’s not the message from the November elections.”

Tea Party activists across the country should take a moment to celebrate this victory. But only a moment. Not all of the 111th Congress has gotten the message of the November elections. Too many on Capitol Hill seem to be operating under the belief that the American people voted in November to have President Barack Obama’s agenda shoved down their throats in December. The Hill reports: “Democrats will move instead to two high priorities on their legislative agenda: the DREAM Act, which would grant permanent legal residency to illegal immigrants under a certain age, and a repeal of the military’s ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy.” And let’s not forget the Boxer–Reid Land Grab and New START.

None of these issues demands resolution by a Congress that was “shellacked” at the polls last month. According to Gallup, the American people dislike this 111th Congress more than any other Congress in history. Specifically, a full 83 percent of Americans disapprove of the way Congress is handling its job, while only 13 percent approve. That is the worst approval rating in more than 30 years of tracking congressional job performance. Last night Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D–CA) House voted to prevent a massive tax hike on the American people. It now looks like Congress will pass a simple bill that freezes spending through February of next year. The 111th Congress has no mandate; they must go home and let the Tea Party Congress govern.

 
 

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Make Your Voices Heard Today

On Dec. 16, 1773, the Boston Tea Party took place as American colonists boarded a British ship and dumped more than 300 chests of tea into Boston Harbor to protest against a government unrepresentative of the people.  Today, as the Congress rushes towards a vote to thrust us deeper into debt and burden us with earmarks and pork barrel spending, we hope they’ll think about the Boston Tea Party and all of its implications.  Whether Congress remembers the country’s history or not, Tea Party Patriots do, and we are watching them. Today, we are asking you to celebrate our heritage and history and make calls to your Congressman and your 2 Senators protesting the Obama Tax Compromise and the Omnibus bill.  Will you do that to commemorate the Boston Tea Party?   You are apart of this movement because you, like our Founding Fathers, are fed up with out of control government and you, like our Founding Fathers, want to do something about it.   Let’s continue to work hard over the next few days to make our voices known and let these Congressmen and Senators (both current and the incoming freshmen) know that we are serious about restoring fiscal responsibility and our Constitution to this great country of ours!

A message to all members of Tea Party Nation

In the dark days of December, with the lame duck congress trying to do as much damage to this country as it can, one Republican has stood up, stood his ground and is fighting back.  Senator Jim DeMint.

 What is he doing?  (GOP will paralyze Senate floor with reading of omnibus. Republicans will paralyze the Senate floor for 50 hours by forcing clerks to read every single paragraph of the 1,924-page, $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill.)
 
What do we need to be calling congress about today?  Read about it here, on Tea Party Nation.


 FROM YESTERDAY’S EMAIL

There are 3 bills that need to be defeated and it is coming down to the line on these bills.  They are

1.  Dream Act

2.  The Obama Tax Compromise

3.  The Omnibus Spending Bill

We are loading this email down with information for you, which you can read below. But, for those who prefer brevity and for us to cut to the chase, here is is what you need to do.
 

The sad fact of the matter is that the phone calls and faxes alone are not working.  We need more action and we need it now! If you are truly committed to our core values and you truly do not want to see even more out of control spending in DC, we need you to sacrifice more of your time. So, continue making phone calls, get your friends and neighbors involved, and then do as many of the following as you possibly can

So, here is what is needed the very most:
 

1.  Go to your Congressman’s local district office.  Tell them in person that you do not want these bills to pass.  Leave a note, hand write it on the back of your Christmas shopping list if you have to, to tell them you are serious about not passing these bills.

2.  Now, go to both of your Senators’ local district offices.  Again, tell the staff at each office that you do not want these bills to pass. Leave a note at each of these offices. 

3.  Go online to your local newspaper’s website.  Find the articles about these bills and leave your comments about why your Congressman and Senators (use their names) should not vote for these bills.  As unbelievable as it may seem, their staff gives this as much if not more credence than your personal phone calls and office visits.  (Go figure!!)

4.  Stage an impromptu protest. If you have the time to stay at one of the district offices and protest with signs do so.  If someone honks in favor of what you are doing, wave them into the parking lot. Call the media and let them know what you are doing and why.  Be sure to list this as an event on TPP’s site so others will be able to find it. Sign into our website and then goto: https://teapartypatriots.org/Members/TeaPartyCreate.aspx to add the event.

For those who are unfamiliar with those of us who were at the first round of nationwide tea parties on February 27, 2009, many (if not most) of us thought we’d be the only ones out there making our voices heard.  Instead there were 35,000 people across the country. It took a handful to begin planing and it spread like wildfire. That handful of people took a leap of faith to know that what we were doing we believed enough in doing even if it meant we were out there alone. 

If you have never done this before, we will have a TPP Support Team Member or TPP State Coordinator help you through the process. Email us at support@teapartypatriots.org with the words I’ll Stage a Protest Need Help in Subject line and we will get someone back to you as quickly as we can.   

If you cannot go to one of these offices because of your work schedule or you are simply unable to drive, we understand. At the very least do the following and encourage everyone you know to do the following as well:

1.  Call both of your Senators and tell them to vote NO on these bills. Tell them to support filibustering the bills to prevent them from a final floor vote.

2.  Call your US House of Representative and tell them to vote NO on these bills.  Tell them the elections were a mandate for fiscal responsibility and a yes vote on these bills is a yes vote for fiscal irresponsibility.

3.  Call Sen. Mitch McConnell and Speaker Designate John Boehner and tell them to have their caucuses vote no. Remind Speaker Elect Boehner that he ignored the will of the tea party when he appointed the “House Leadership” so now we hold him accountable for all of the upcoming votes.

4.  Sign our NoTaxCompromise.com petition.

5.  Change your facebook status and ask all of your virtual tea party to do what you have done. 

Once you have done these things, please let TPP know that you have. We need to have an idea of how many calls, office visits, protests, and newspaper posts are being made so that we can report it to the national media when asked.  You can use this form to report back to us

PORK FILLED OMNIBUS BILL
It has become clear that the current Senate leadership and some Senate Republicans may be hearing impaired.  They completely ignored the results of the November 2nd election by creating a pork fest with the Omnibus spending bill.  It is very important that you call your Senator and ask them to oppose this Omnibus bill.  The contact information is listed in a link below.The Republican leadership is very strongly opposing this bill, but some Republicans are leaning toward supporting this bill and have even added earmarks to the bill.  Please call Sen. McConnell and thank him for opposing this bill and encourage him to continue. I have listed the Republicans that are leaning toward supporting this bill below.  If you are in their state, please call or visit their local offices and ask them to oppose the bill. Republicans leaning toward supporting the Omnibus pork fest as reported by several news outlets: (Remind these Republicans the omnibus includes $1.25 billion to start implementing Obamacare and that if they voted against Obamacare, they cannot in good faith vote for the omnibus)Richard C. Shelby of AlabamaRobert F. Bennett of Utah

Lisa Murkowski of Alaska 

Thad Cochran of Mississippi 

Susan Collins of Maine

Kit Bond of Missouri

Olympia Snowe of Maine

George Voinovich (OH)

Sen. John McCain has indentified over 6,488 earmarks worth 8 billion dollars in the Omnibus bill.  According to FoxNews,

“Sen. John McCaintweeted the top 10 earmarks in the spending bill, including $247,000 for virus free wine grapes in Washington State, $413,000 for peanut research inAlabama, $235,000 for noxious weed management in Nevada and $400,000 for solar parking canopies and plug-in electric stations in Kansas. 

McCain expressed disbelief about the projects. 

“Are we tone deaf? Are we stricken with amnesia?” he said, adding that voters made it clear in last month’s midterm elections that they’re tired of business as usual in Washington.” 

If these things are not enough to tell how bad the bill is, realize this: the FDA power grab bill is inserted into the omnibus bill. That bill didn’t pass before and needs to stand on its own. Again, those GOPers that voted against the FDA bill cannot in good faith vote for the spending bill.
 

Senators Tom Coburn  and Jim DeMint  are expected to make the Clerk of the Senate read the  1,924 page bill before a vote is taken.  Please call and thank them and encourage them to do so.

Congressional Contacts

Earmark Database

If you are in one of these states, please make sure you let these Democrat Senators know we appreciate that they are leaning to a no vote and ask them to hold firm:

Claire McCaskill (MO)

Evan Bayh (IN)

Russ Feingold (WI)

Dream Act Details
We are working with different groups to help defeat the “Dream Act”.  Chad MacDonald, with “Immigration Action Report”, has been providing us with daily, and sometimes hourly, updates on the “Dream Act”.  The Senate will vote on the House version of the “Dream Act” either this weekend or early next week. Please make calls to the targeted Senators, even if you don’t live in their state.Update from Chad: GOP Confirmed TodayGraham will vote NO on the DREAM Act. He is with us on this one.Scott Brown is a NO, he says the DREAM ACT is a backdoor amnesty.

Kirk is a NO. Good with us. 

We are counting that Lugar will vote YES, he will cross the GOP because he is a sponsor of the  DREAM Act bill.

Democrats Leaning toward No

Ben Nelson will vote NO on the DREAM Act and anything that does not improve the economy, create jobs, or reduce debt.

Pryor from  Arkansas is a NO on the DREAM Act as well.  He is with us.

Baucus is leaning NO. He needs to hear from people in Montana only. He’s not listening to out-of-state from either side.

 We are hoping Manchin will vote NO, will be a major vote for him, and he is just getting settled.

PROBLEMS

Here is the deal, they need to get to 60 and they are not there yet.  We need all 42 GOP to stick together and hold a handful of Democrats to beat this thing.  All fire power needs to be focused on the swing vote Republicans!

Target Republicans: Collins, Murkowski, Voinovich, Snowe, LeMieux

Target:  Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine)   

 DC Office:  (202) 224-2523  State Office:  (207) 945-0417 Bangor

Email:  http://collins.senate.gov/public/continue.cfm?FuseAction=ContactSenatorCollins.EmailIssue

Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/susancollins

Twitter:  http://twitter.com/SenatorCollins   Target:  Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska)  

DC Office:  (202) 224-6665   Email:  http://murkowski.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=EMailLisa

Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/SenLisaMurkowski 

Target:  Sen. George Voinovich (R-Ohio) 

DC Office:  (202) 224-3353  State Office:  (216) 522-7095 Cleveland

Email:  http://voinovich.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact.ContactForm

Target:  Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) 

DC Office:  (202) 224-5344  State Office:  (800) 432-1599 toll free in Maine

Email:  http://snowe.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=ContactSenatorSnowe.Email

Target:  Sen. George LeMieux (R-Florida)

DC Office:  (202) 224-3041  State Office:  (866) 630-7106 toll free in Florida

Email:  http://lemieux.senate.gov/public/?p=EmailSenatorLeMieux 

Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/pages/George-LeMieux/153771371660

Twitter:  http://twitter.com/George_LeMieux

Tax Compromise & Republican Pledge

Attacks from right take toll on Obama’s tax plan Following are excerpts of Tea Party Patriots NoTaxCompromise petition:·         Do not let Congress compromise with President Obama. “The Compromise” is against everything the House Republican Leadership agreed to in the “Pledge to America.” This type of behind closed door politics is not what “We the People” voted for in November.·         “The Deal” was forged in secret, without consultation with the scores of new representatives and senators who campaigned on a much different agenda.

·         “The Deal” like Obamacare, isn’t reduced to writing even now. Like Obamacare, we are being told we will have to pass the bill to find out what is in it.

·         “The Deal” revives the death tax, an immoral “vampire tax” that sucks the blood from the dead, ruins family businesses and double taxes savings that were accumulated over a lifetime.

·         “The Deal” spends billions and billions of dollars that the country does not have in order to prevent a tax hike that the country voted against…the GOP bribed the president to follow the will of the people.

·         There are at least five provisions of the Pledge that are violated by “The Deal.” 

Click here for the full petition.

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What You Can Do for Your Country
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 ALERT – MORE PORK AND MORE BILLS WE DO NOT WANTJust tell them HELL NO!Congress is back at it today.  We need to tell them the only thing they need to do in this session is fund the government until January and let the new Congress deal with these issues.Fights we are going to have starting today.The Congress will be taking up the extension of the Bush Tax Cuts.   HR 4853 is the House Bill.  It is not just an extension of the Bush tax cuts; it is a massive pork laden bill.  This will swell the deficit by trillions.   

The issue of tax cuts needs to be left until January.  There is no urgency.  Tax cuts can be made RETROACTIVE. 

S.510, the food bill, is hidden in the continuing resolution that will fund the government until September.  This is another bill the Senate must be told to stop.  According to Senator Coburn, this bill funds Obamacare through September. 

NO! NO! NO!  We voted conservatives in to stop Obamacare.  The GOP in the Senate needs to stand firm and filibuster anything that comes down, other than funding the government until January.

The Senate is going to take up the START treaty tomorrow.  This is a bad treaty for America.  We must tell our Senators to vote no on this treaty. 

Finally, the DREAM Act is still lurking out there.  Whether this will come back to life or not remains to be seen.   We are not safe until congress is adjourned. 

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Media Wants A Brawl Between Libertarians And Christian Conservatives In Tea Party

Posted by Dana Loesch Dec 2nd 2010 at 2:00 pm in Christianity, Featured Story, Mainstream Media, Newsweek, Tea Parties, conservatives

I’ve been saying this for months: appeal to the egos of any coalition and exploit the cracks. People always choose self-preservation over the greater good, most of the time, with the belief that self-preservation is the greater good.

Newsweek provides yet another piece on this topic, one of a long succession of MSM articles breathlessly seal-clapping in anticipation of the catalyst which accomplishes this.

Blah blah blah – it was this that prompted me to write:

“Most evangelical Christian conservatives I know would at least be uneasy about the prospect of the government leaving the poor to their own devices and having churches pick up the slack,” he says.

Wrong. Heinously, irresponsibly, embarrassingly wrong. This from Barry Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State. His sound bites are all about stoking libertarians to feel like disenfranchised underdogs with the goal of rousing them to lash out at the big bully Christian conservatives.

What’s wrong with his statement above? Aside from this giant “rift” to which he alludes and desires? Most evangelical Christian conservatives I know would at least be uneasy about the prospect of the government picking up the slack of caring for the poor due to Christians’ abdication of their role in society as dictated by Scripture.

Lynn should perhaps study the faith before he attempts to try to emotionally blackmail the faithful. That’s precisely what should happen: churches should be doing more, people of faith should be doing more and want to do more because big government is an attempt to remove action from faith thus making the faith less viable. When taxes go up, tithing goes down. When the government assumes the role of the shepherd, the power of churches is diminished. It’s another way to attack religion and for the state to eradicate it from society. A society without a viable faith, a society that doesn’t recognize what it meant for our Founding Fathers to write:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with inherent and inalienable rights; that among these, are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; that to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed; that whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.” [my emphasis]

… is a society that will allow man to play God and remove the untouchable nature of our basic rights. That’s exactly the goal.

Leave no hole for government to exploit. People of faith have themselves contributed to this problem by not standing up more.

Coalitions between different groups who have various beliefs in common are instrumental to success. We can’t disrespect, by way discounting or misunderstanding our different sticking points, the beliefs of the various groups comprising the tea party movement, but we all have more in common with each other than we do with factions on the left: the communists, the socialists, the say-their-anarchists-but-are-actually-socialists. We know that the only way to securing increased civil liberties comes by way of our alliance and we must continue to hold the line and work together.

The groups on the right have accomplished so much by working together and I’m very much looking forward to seeing what all else we can accomplish, Newsweek be damned.

 

Next RNC Chair Could Be A Tea Drinking Female

by Dan Riehl

Yesterday, FreedomWorks and the Conservative Steering Committee brought together four top contenders to potentially replace Michael Steele as head of a cash-strapped RNC.

While the race is presumably wide-open and the event may have little bearing on how it ultimately turns out, there are two very good reasons to suggest the next RNC Chair could be female and the fact that Tea Party activists figured so prominently in yesterday’s event indicates the movement will likely continue to be a player in Republican politics going forward.

“I was encouraged by the responses from some of the candidates yesterday who seemed to understand that the Tea Party movement is not here to be an arm of the GOP, but can function best as an outside force to keep the party on the right track. Today was further validation that the movement is having an impact, and will continue to be a powerful force in the political landscape,” said FreedomWorks president and CEO Matt Kibbe.

As NRO’s Jim Geraghty point out, with more via the Campaign Spot, the RNC’s 168 members, each with their own concerns, will ultimately decide who heads the RNC going into 2012, not some consensus from yesterday’s event. However, the stagecraft around a January election is beginning to shape up. It doesn’t look good for current chair, Michael Steele, though yesterday’s participants were mostly careful to avoid any harsh, direct criticism. Steele seems to genuinely remain well-liked, if perhaps considered not ideally suited for the job.

The discussion on Wednesday suggested a group of GOP leaders who have largely moved beyond questions of identity. They seemed more interested in the actions of the Obama administration and the reaction of the Tea Party. The GOP, as this crop of candidates sees it, is the tool to channel Tea Partiers’ objections, a process that began in 2009, continued and intensified in 2010, and, they hope, will reach full fruition in 2012.

As (Ann) Wagner said, “When my mother could explain the stimulus package and the economic costs of cap-and-trade to me, I knew we were in a world that had been transformed.”

Of the four participants, Wagner seemed to stand out by hitting all the right notes. It was a melody of serving up red meat to the mostly conservative audience, while also displaying the type of experience, polish and sophistication it will take to manage a seemingly struggling RNC, along with an ability to pry big dollars from the types of major donors upon which the RNC traditionally relies. It appeared only Wagner had a coordinated team of supporters working the room throughout the event, ensuring that all participants received a small packet touting her experience and credentials.

If presentation and organization count, Wagner appeared to have at least a slight edge, yesterday. Wagner and the well publicized entry of Maria Cino are two reasons why any next RNC chair could be a woman, though that’s far from a prediction. What is certain is that there’s a race going on, while Steele remains silent. What was heard at yesterday’s event, were the voices of Tea Party-aligned activists either present at the event, or following it closely online.

(Former RNC chair Mike) Duncan shared the stage with three rivals: Ann Wagner, chair of the Missouri GOP and former co-chair of the RNC; Gentry Collins, a former Iowa state-party executive director and, until recently, political director of the RNC under Steele; and Saul Anuzis, a former state-party chair in Michigan who continued to work with the RNC through the past cycle. Twenty RNC members, all aligned with the Republican National Conservative Caucus, were in the audience.

 

Tea Party’s Next Wave Rising from Alaska to Colorado

Saturday, 03 Jul 2010 11:58 AM

Rifle through a stack of tea party candidate resumes, and Joe Miller’s will stand out.

The man who wants to turn a fellow Republican, Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, out of office is a graduate of Yale Law School and West Point, a decorated combat veteran and former judge. Many tea partiers share his disdain for Washington, its political gridlock and mounting debt, but not his credentials.

The message he conveys, though, is straight from the tea party script: He fears the nation is veering toward socialism and insolvency. He says Murkowski is too liberal.

To Miller, Alaska’s senior senator is complicit in the ballooning U.S. debt and spending and has a voting record that would make a Democrat proud. His agenda envisions a federal government with reduced limits. He would cut off federal dollars for the United Nations, gradually privatize Medicare and Social Security and disband federal departments that aren’t spelled out in the Constitution, including the Environmental Protection Agency and the Education Department.

“The problem,” he says, “is incumbency.”

In an election year marked by tea party activism, Miller is part of the next wave of Republican primary candidates counting on a public weary of Washington and the stale economy, and eager for fresh faces. In more than a dozen primaries in the months ahead — among them Oklahoma, Kansas, Tennessee, Colorado, Arizona, Washington state and Florida — tea party candidates are determined to upend the status quo and capture GOP nominations.

Could Miller be the next Rand Paul or Sharron Angle — tea party-backed candidates who stunned GOP powerbrokers in Kentucky and Nevada?

Murkowski, a moderate and the first woman elected to Congress from Alaska, “is pretty safe but you never know,” says Judy Eledge, president of the Anchorage chapter of the Alaska Federation of Republican Women.

Eledge, who is not aligned with either candidate, says Murkowski’s biggest challenge will be reassuring conservatives. On Friday, the senator announced her opposition to President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, Elena Kagan.

As a state legislator, Murkowski voted to raise alcohol taxes and against a bill to restrict publicly funded abortions. As a member of the GOP Senate leadership, she has displayed a centrist streak. Independents who make up more than half Alaska’s registered voters can vote in the Aug. 24 primary, which analysts say will benefit the incumbent.

Miller has gotten a boost from endorsements from Sarah Palin, the Tea Party Express and local tea party groups. But Murkowski has $2 million in the bank and has a familiar name in Alaska politics. Her father, Frank Murkowski, was a governor and senator. As governor, he appointed his daughter in 2002 to the Senate seat he had held.

Former Alaska lawmaker Andrew Halcro, a friend and supporter of Lisa Murkowski, says her moderate brand of politics fits well in a state where most voters don’t belong to any party. But the prevailing sour mood in the U.S. poses a threat.

“Like a lot of states, you have an angry populace” in Alaska, Halcro says. “If I’m Lisa, I am worried because these guys have an appealing message — down with government, down with incumbents.”

Surprises are the norm this year.

Three-term Republican Sen. Bob Bennett of Utah was ousted by tea partiers at the state GOP convention in May. Tea party darling Angle engineered a come-from-behind victory in Nevada over an establishment-preferred candidate and will challenge Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in November. Rand pulled off a surprise win in Kentucky’s Senate race over a party favorite. Florida Gov. Charlie Crist was forced out of the GOP by tea party-backed Marco Rubio and is running as an independent. In South Carolina, Palin’s support and tea party activists helped GOP state Rep. Nikki Haley emerge from a crowded field to capture the GOP nod for governor.

In Colorado, the GOP Senate nomination appeared destined for a former lieutenant governor, Jane Norton. But Republican prosecutor Ken Buck has emerged as a rising tea party star by blending grass-roots organizing, a message of ideological purity and a folksy appeal he shares with candidates such as Angle.

In Tennessee, a tea party Republican seeking a congressional seat in a crowded field has made headlines by opposing construction of a suburban Nashville mosque. Candidate Lou Ann Zelenik says the “Islamic training center” is part of a political movement “designed to fracture the moral and political foundation of Middle Tennessee.”

“Until the American Muslim community finds it in their hearts to separate themselves from their evil, radical counterparts, to condemn those who want to destroy our civilization … we are not obligated to open our society to any of them,” Zelenik says. She hopes to replace Democratic Rep. Bart Gordon, who is retiring after 13 terms.

In Washington state, former professional football player Clint Didier is questioning the Republican credentials of party-recruited candidate Dino Rossi in the scramble to take on three-term Democratic Sen. Patty Murray.

The true test of the tea party candidates is whether they can attract moderate and independent voters to win in November.

Republican Ron Johnson, the owner of a Wisconsin-based company that makes plastic packaging materials, has called for reducing the size of the government, opposes amnesty for illegal immigrants and cap-and-trade legislation, and advocates repealing the health care overhaul law. He’s also said man-made global warming hasn’t been proved and he questioned how Social Security is different from a Ponzi scheme.

Johnson is willing to spend as much as $15 million of his money to unseat three-term Democratic Sen. Russ Feingold.

Alaska, which fared better than most states in the recession and where every fourth worker holds a government job, has not been a center of tea party unrest. Nonetheless, in advance of the primary, Murkowski appears to be moving defensively to the political right. Her first campaign ad depicts her a strong conservative who wants to shrink government and taxes. A snapshot on her website shows her with a shotgun on her shoulder. She’s calling for repeal of the health care overhaul.

Miller has criticized Murkowski for the growth of Washington spending on her watch and her vote for 2008 bank bailouts, issues that bedeviled Bennett in Utah. His website features a point-by-point breakdown of Murkowski’s votes on issues from abortion to energy policy, contrasted with his own.

As Washington considers capping carbon emissions, Murkowski’s moves are being shadowed by Miller, who believes the science behind climate change is inconclusive.

“I have smoke that comes out of my chimney. You are going to tell me the federal government has a right to regulate that? Somehow it’s affecting interstate trade? Or somehow that smoke is going to impact a resident of the state of Washington?” Miller asks. “I just don’t buy off on that.”

“Ultimately, much of what the federal government does today needs to be transferred over to the states,” he says.

Tea Partyers Used Fourth for Studying Founding Principles

Monday, 05 Jul 2010 03:33 PM

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BEALETON, VA. – Tea party groups across the nation combined the celebration of Independence Day with study and discussions on the principles of democracy in an effort to better organize for the upcoming election.

The festivals and other gatherings focused on the Constitution — and how to use it for political victories in November, organizers told The Washington Post. The trend reflects a growing effort among conservatives to teach supporters how to do political battle using an inviolable weapon: the nation’s founding documents.

“The rallies were a start, but the goal now is to get people to stop and really think about things,” said Kerry Scott, an organizer of the Alexandria Tea Party, one of several hundred conservative activists who attended “An American Event,” a Fourth of July festival for “God and country” staged by a local farmer on rolling farmland in the foothills of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains this weekend.

Amid Civil War reenactors, a reading of the Declaration of Independence and booths selling Native American artwork, Scott handed out strips of white paper, each printed with quotations from such American luminaries as Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and George Washington.

“With knowledge, there is power,” she said. “And having an understanding of the Constitution can lead to electing people who will uphold it.”

Read the entire story at The Washington Post.

Taking Back America

June 7, 2010 in AARs, Lloyd Marcus organized a grassroots benefit for America’s Might Warriors!

Project Shining City was there to take part!

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    June 2, 2010 in AARs, Afghanistan, Tea Party, Vote Victory with Leave a Comment

    Yesterday was a great day for New York and for America!

    Gary Berntsen, a man who is unafraid to take on seemingly impossible missions against daunting odds and achieve victory, has been selected by the Republican Party of New York to run against the rock of statism in our congressional delegation, Chuck Schumer.

    AAR: West Point Graduation 2010

    May 23, 2010 in AARs, Home Front, Tea Party with Leave a Comment

    Moonbats try to mount a huge protest against U.S. policy.  Epic Fail.

    Despite their claims that they would turn out in massive numbers, they managed only a few dozen of the usual lefty suspects.

    The GOE and Tea Party patriots were there to insure that the families of our graduates got the positive message that America supports their sons and daughters.

    The Town of Highland Falls was perfectly clear in its sentiments as well!

      More pictures here.

    News coverage here.  More here and here and a lefty blog report here.

    Meanwhile at the commencement, the President was being his usual feckless self.

    Tea Party Contributes To GOE Laptops for Wounded Warriors

    May 13, 2010 in AARs, Briefings, Tea Party, War News with 1 Comment

    The Albany Tea Party chose the Gathering of Eagles Laptops for Wounded Warriors project to receive a generous donation for its mission.

    The Tea Party group, left with a surplus of funds from the successful April 17th Tax Day “America Rising” event in Albany, NY, decided to donate those funds to five separate charities.  The GOE Laptops project was chosen for its commitment to support of our wounded warriors  in their convalescence and reintegration into society.

    Vietnam Veteran George Samek, who runs the program, is thrilled that a tea party group chose to exhibit its patriotism in this way.

    All of us at the Gathering of Eagles thank all of those groups and individuals who helped make this possible!

    AAR: Poughkeepsie Troop Rally on May Day

    May 3, 2010 in AARs, War News with 1 Comment

    On May Day, that traditional holiday for the far left, the Poughkeepsie Troop Rally was joined by the Red Knights MC and one of our favorite Blue Star Moms, Chrissy, who memorialized the day in a video:

    Pete Seeger, the darling of the left wingers on the opposite corner, decided to make an appearance and debate our side. Continue Reading »

    AAR: PGR Mission – Sgt. Jason A. Santora

    May 3, 2010 in AARs, Afghanistan, General, Home Front, patriot guard riders with 1 Comment
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    We were proud to stand with our Patriot Guard Riders family in memory of Army Ranger Sgt. Jason A. Santora last night.

    Sgt. Santora and Sgt. Ronald A. Kubik, of New Jersey, were both killed in action in Afghanistan.  Sgt. Santora was on his fourth deployment in support of the War on Terror.  ShadowSpear has more.

    The Patriot Guard Riders have been involved in every phase of this memorial, from escorting the remains of Sgt. Santora from Dover, Delaware, to Long Island, to standing in his honor during memorial services, to escorting him to his final resting place at Calverton National Cemetery.

    Among the many memorable moments during this mission were the personal thanks given to each PGR member by Sgt. Santora’s mother, Theresa Santora, and spontaneous expressions of grief by passersby:

    Mrs. Santora thanked us for honoring her son.  We think her son honored us and we are merely returning the sentiment.

    God Bless the brave men and women of our armed forces.

    Tax day April 2010 Tea party

    Here’s an excellent video of the New York event by Project Shining City: Tea Party 365, KT McFarland, Andrew Wilcow.

    Southern Tier Tea Party Protests on Tax Day

    By Laura Gray

    Story Published: Apr 15, 2010 at 7:02 PM EDT

    Story Updated: Apr 15, 2010 at 7:02 PM EDT

    WKBW (Mayville) — Southern Tier tea party members took over the front steps of the Chautauqua County Courthouse to voice their support of the constitution. They are also voicing their lack of support for President Obama’s policies, and today’s state and federal tax policies.

    The tea party movement has had major support through out the country — and some major successes. The tea party is credited with helping Republican Scott Brown take Ted Kennedy’s Massachusetts Senate seat. Today’s tea party focus in Mayville was replacing Democratic Congressman Brian Higgins.

    A front runner in the race for Governor of New York Sate, however, is not so clear. Republican Gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino has the Buffalo tea party’s support, according to Rus Thompson. But in the Southern Tier, few tea party supporters are familiar with the controversial developer or his current email scandal.

    Tea party supporters tell us the bi-partisan tea party supporters act independently, so it’s still anybody’s race.

    watch coverage here: http://www.wkbw.com/news/local/90986464.html

     

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    Trenton, N.J. (AP) – A New Jersey appeals court is allowing a conservative tea party group to proceed with an effort to throw a Democratic U.S. senator out of office.
     
    The three-judge panel Tuesday ordered the secretary of state to accept the group’s petition seeking to recall Sen. Robert Menendez. That allows the tea party activists to begin collecting the 1.3 million voter signatures they need to get a recall on the ballot.
     
    The court set aside the larger question of whether voters have a constitutional right to recall a federal lawmaker.
     
    New Jersey is among 18 states that allow recalls of statewide elected officials. There is no right to recall congressmen and senators under the U.S. Constitution.
     
    The court says it would take up that question if the petition drive succeeds.

    Tea Party, MoveOn to Do Battle at Health Summit

    Wednesday, 24 Feb 2010 07:18 PM
    By: David A. Patten

    Forces on both sides of the political aisle are squaring off for a battle royal at President Barack Obama’s healthcare summit Thursday.

    Activists on both the left and the right are gearing up for major protests and demonstrations, all part of an ongoing tug-of-war to influence the outcome of the summit.

    more……http://newsmax.com/Newsfront/obama-healthcare-summit-tea/2010/02/24/id/350850
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    CLINTON PLANNING TEA PARTY COUNTERATTACK

    What an arrogant twit. One has to wonder, do thay all have this narcissistic sociopathic behavior?

    The left just doesn’t understand the tea party movement, so they dismiss them. When that doesn’t work, they defile them. When that doesn’t work, they attack them. When those didn’t work, apparently Bill Clinton and James Carville are planning a counter offensive.

    Now that the tea party movement is making a difference, the threat of attack is obvious. One year ago, tea partiers started making their presence known, after Obama rammed through the Porkulus Bill. This ‘process’ made “spread the wealth around” a reality, and Rick Santelli of CSPAN spoke those infamous words, including “Are you listening, Mr. President?”

    Boom! The movement was born, and it has been growing by leaps and bounds ever since. Every time Obama strips the country of another freedom, thousands more join, and one year later, the CPAC conference is singing the praises of this great movement. Remember the Rush Limbaugh speech? Wow, that rocked the nation, and Glenn Beck has a tough act to follow.

    The Tea Party Patriots have launched a counter to their counter attack. Check out the one minute video of SPARTACUS for a shot in the arm.

    BigGovernment.com uncovered the story on the Clinton-Carville attack:

    Clinton Planning Tea Party Counterattack
    by Capitol Confidential, February 19, 2010

    Last week, former President Clinton was rushed to the hospital in New York for an emergency heart operation. Medical experts said the procedure was “relatively routine” and predicted Clinton would make a full recovery and be back to his regular schedule soon. To the public, at least, that schedule revolves chiefly around earthquake relief efforts in Haiti. In fact, some Clinton associates cited the work in Haiti as exacerbating his heart condition. Clinton money man, Terry MacAuliffe, even noted that Clinton’s Haiti work continued right up until the operation:

    Democrat colleague Terry McAuliffe said Mr Clinton had participated in a conference call on earthquake relief efforts as he was wheeled into the operating theatre.

    We’ll take Terry’s word on that. But, Big Government has learned of at least one other conference call/meeting around this time. A meeting of former Clintonistas and senior Democrat political operatives to coordinate a push-back to the burgeoning tea party movement. Consider it a Democrat party relief effort.

    When tea party, 9/12 and townhall protests and rallies first erupted on the national scene, they were derided by national politicos as astroturf or a small fringe movement. Lefty journalists at MSNBC, CNN and elsewhere laughed away the movement with derogatory, pornographic references.

    Then, Scott Brown won election to the U.S. Senate from Massachusetts. No one is laughing anymore. In fact, Democrats are facing political annihilation this November. Not only do Democrats face the possibility of losing their congressional majorities, massive losses in state house races could jeopardize redistricting next year and set back the progressive agenda for at least a decade.

    So, the Clinton Empire is planning to strike back.

    Big Government has learned that Clintonistas are plotting a “push/pull” strategy. They plan to identify 7-8 national figures active in the tea party movement and engage in deep opposition research on them. If possible, they will identify one or two they can perhaps ‘turn’, either with money or threats, to create a mole in the movement. The others will be subjected to a full-on smear campaign. (Has MSNBC already been notified?)

    Big Government has also learned that James Carville will head up the effort.

    Obviously, there is no love lost between Obama and the Clinton machine. It may at first seem odd that Clinton would rush to Obama’s defense, but the tea party movement poses a threat far beyond the immediate goals of the Obama Administration.

    The tea party movement could evolve into a new political realignment, one founded on a belief in limited government and less government interference in the economy. The Progressive agenda, which has been painstakingly built up over the last three decades, could be left in tatters.

    As the Clinton’s know, “politics ain’t beanbag.” Expect the counterattack soon. Don’t say you haven’t been warned.http://uslibertyjournal.blogspot.com

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    Feb. 15, 2010 – 1:41 p.m.
    ‘Tea Party’ Movement to Star at Conservative Conference
    By Jackie Kucinich, CQ-Roll Call

    The populist “tea party” movement, which many Republicans believe will give them the momentum they need to take control of the House and Senate in 2010, will play a central role at the Conservative Political Action Conference that kicks off in Washington, D.C., Thursday.

    Senate candidate and tea party movement star former Florida Speaker Marco Rubio, a Republican running for Senate, will be the first of many featured speakers in the main ballroom at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park.

    Former House Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-Texas), chairman of FreedomWorks — a major financial engine of the tea party movement — will also address the meeting on Thursday.

    GOP Reps. Michele Bachmann (Minn.) and Steve King (Iowa), who have championed the movement from inside the House, also have prominent speaking roles during the three-day conference.

    But the focus on the tea party movement is not the only change. For the past several years, CPAC was held at the Omni Shoreham hotel, but CPAC Director Lisa De Pasquale said the group chose to move to the Marriott because of its larger lobby and ballrooms.

    Even though the 2010 event falls during a recess week when members are traditionally out of town, several members of Congress are scheduled to attend the conference.

    Republican lawmakers slated to give keynote addresses or lead seminars throughout the event include Minority Leader John A. Boehner (Ohio); Republican Conference Chairman Mike Pence (Ind.); Minority Whip Eric Cantor (Va.); Policy Committee Chairman Thaddeus McCotter (Mich.); Republican Study Committee Chairman Tom Price (Ga.); and Reps. Darrell Issa (Calif.), Jason Chaffetz (Utah), Marsha Blackburn (Tenn.) and former presidential candidate Ron Paul (Texas).

    Only two members of the Senate — Sens. Jim DeMint (S.C.) and David Vitter (La.) — are expected at CPAC, according to a copy of the event schedule.

    The list of seminars shows a concerted effort by organizers to reach out to young people and Hispanics. Two seminars that highlight the outreach efforts are scheduled.

    But these sessions, titled “Immigration: The Defining Issue for the Republican Party” and “The Rise of Latino Conservatism” are still buffered by other events that highlight the problems of illegal immigration. For example, former Rep. J.D. Hayworth (Ariz.) will introduce a film titled “Border War: The Battle Over Illegal Immigration” the same day as the “The Rise of the Latino Conservatism” seminar is scheduled to take place.

    The conference will also allow provide an opportunity for potential 2012 contenders to brandish their conservative credentials. Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney are both scheduled to speak at the conference. Romney defeated nine contenders last year in the conference’s presidential straw poll, winning by 20 percent.

    A CPAC favorite, former Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) — who often creates presidential buzz among the conservative set — is also expected to speak at the conference.

    While former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is not scheduled to attend CPAC, she is well represented. A forum called “Going Rogue: Women Changing the Face of Conservatism” will feature several female pundits, including Phyllis Schlafly and Kate Obenshain.

    Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R), whose election last fall was seen as an early sign of Democratic electoral weakness heading into 2010, and who gave the GOP response to the State of Union Address just days after his swearing in, will not make his scheduled CPAC appearance. McDonnell was scheduled to speak to at the conference on Saturday, but backed out because the state’s House and Senate release their budgets this week, spokeswoman Stacey Johnson told CQ Politics.

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  • POLL: Would you support JD Hayworth against John McCain?

    The last few days have yielded a ton of email coming in from tea party activists wanting to know if we’ll get involved in the GOP Primary battle for John McCain’s U.S. Senate seat. Much to our surprise, there appears to be an overwhelming amount of support for Hayworth within the movement. A lot of activists are looking to oppose John McCain in some way, shape or form, and those who are…

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    A Key Issue in 2010 Elections – Health Care Reform Revived

    In an interview with CBS News anchor Katie Couric just hours before the Super Bowl; President Barack Obama invited the Republicans to bring their best ideas on Healthcare Reform to a televised bipartisan meeting February 25th. Democrats hope the meeting will restart the stalled healthcare and get it moving again. The bill has been on hold since the Democrats lost their crucial 60th Senate vote last…

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    The Patriot Caucus

    A few months ago, we announced the formation of The Patriot Caucus. We thought there might be some excitement, but we had no idea it would get as wild as it did, as fast as it did. It grew so quick, in fact, that we had to lock down and freeze our initial planning wiki because we couldn’t keep up with everything that was happening. This is a good problem to have, and it suggests to us that activists…

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    Tea Party Profiteers

    During the past few weeks, far left funded smear campaigns have fueled a very ugly media blitz against the tea party movement. The effort is in place in an attempt to discredit the movement, and tear it down piece by piece. The problem, of course, is that the movement has no head. There isn’t a national organization that can claim ownership over the movement, nor can any group claim to be leading the…

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    Who is Behind “The Tea Party is Over”?

    By now, many of us have been exposed to The Tea Party Is Over web site. There are many liberals and progressives (some RINOs included) who would like to see the Tea Party movement come to an end, because frankly, we stand in the way of their agenda. The Tea Party is Over states that it’s “mission” is “To prevent the Tea Party’s dangerous ideas from gaining legislative…

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    The Patriot Caucus

    Tax Day Tea Party

    The Tax Day Tea Party is a national collaborative grassroots effort originally organized by the DontGo Movement (the original/primary sponsor, which is now the American Liberty Alliance), Smart Girl Politics, Top Conservatives on Twitter and many other online groups/coalitions.

    The Tea Party protests, in their current form, began in early 2009 when Rick Santelli, the On Air Editor for CNBC, set out on a rant to expose the bankrupt liberal agenda of the White House Administration and Congress. Specifically, the flawed “Stimulus Bill” and pork filled budget.

    During Rick’s rant, he called for a “Chicago tea Party” where advocates of the free-market system could join in a protest against out of control government spending.

    A few days later, grassroots activists and average Joe Americans began organizing what would soon become the Nationwide Chicago Tea Party effort.

    On February 27th, an estimated 30,000 Americans took to the street in 40+ cities accross the country in the first nationwide “Tea Party” protest.

    Organizers of the February 27th events pledged to continue on with an even bigger and better protest to follow the first. With April 15th being “Tax Day”, it was decided to schedule the second round of Tea Party protests to ride alongside the tax deadline.

    And with that, the “Tax Day Tea Party”, the second round of the Nationwide Tea Party protests, moved into reality.

    The Tea Party Movement

    In the weeks leading up to the 2009, April 15th Tax Day Tea Party, we began experiencing the birth of a fresh grassroots movement. Following the April 15th effort, groups like the American Liberty Alliance, 9/12 Coalition, ResistNet, Smart Girl Politics, Tea Party Coalition, Tea Party Patriots, Oath Keepers and many others witnessed record growth in membership.

    During the summer of 2009, these groups worked countless hours and dedicated themselves to putting out information about deadly legislation and townhall events where it was being debated. It’s our belief that the Tea Party Movement played a critical role in stopping, or at least slowing down, several pieces of legislation that are dangerous to our country.

    An element of the Tea Party Movement that beltway insiders get red faced about is its self driven, true grassroots foundation. The Movement cannot be controlled, driven, directed, or even calculated. It’s an animal unlike any other in politics, and the typical players of the free-market movement haven’t grasped the nature of the activism behind it.

    Many pundits and media heads have claimed the movement has lost its relevancy. We believe we’re just getting started. And in 2010… we intend to prove it.

    Political Action

    TaxDayTeaParty.com and a handful of the original tea party organizers behind the effort have joined together to create a committee aimed at backing candidates who oppose big government incumbents. The new political action committee is called “Liberty First PAC,” and is helping us transition our efforts in online organizing into offline political action.

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    POLL: Would you support JD Hayworth against John McCain?

    The last few days have yielded a ton of email coming in from tea party activists wanting to know if we’ll get involved in the GOP Primary battle for John McCain’s U.S. Senate seat. Much to our surprise, there appears to be an overwhelming amount of support for Hayworth within the movement. A lot of activists are looking to oppose John McCain in some way, shape or form, and those who are…

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    In an interview with CBS News anchor Katie Couric just hours before the Super Bowl; President Barack Obama invited the Republicans to bring their best ideas on Healthcare Reform to a televised bipartisan meeting February 25th. Democrats hope the meeting will restart the stalled healthcare and get it moving again. The bill has been on hold since the Democrats lost their crucial 60th Senate vote last…

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    Eric Odom

    The Patriot Caucus

    A few months ago, we announced the formation of The Patriot Caucus. We thought there might be some excitement, but we had no idea it would get as wild as it did, as fast as it did. It grew so quick, in fact, that we had to lock down and freeze our initial planning wiki because we couldn’t keep up with everything that was happening. This is a good problem to have, and it suggests to us that activists…

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    Eric Odom

    Tea Party Profiteers

    During the past few weeks, far left funded smear campaigns have fueled a very ugly media blitz against the tea party movement. The effort is in place in an attempt to discredit the movement, and tear it down piece by piece. The problem, of course, is that the movement has no head. There isn’t a national organization that can claim ownership over the movement, nor can any group claim to be leading the…

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    teablogger

    Who is Behind “The Tea Party is Over”?

    By now, many of us have been exposed to The Tea Party Is Over web site. There are many liberals and progressives (some RINOs included) who would like to see the Tea Party movement come to an end, because frankly, we stand in the way of their agenda. The Tea Party is Over states that it’s “mission” is “To prevent the Tea Party’s dangerous ideas from gaining legislative…

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    Everybody’s Talking about the Contract From America

    We would like to introduce you to the Contract From America website, our new initiative, where you can join your fellow Americans in a collaborative grassroots effort to create a document that offers real change in Washington, D.C. and the state capitols. Click here to go to the Contract From America homepage now.

    This website provides you with the opportunity to offer your innovative free market, limited government solutions to our nation’s pressing problems and to vote and comment on the ideas of others. We believe that the result of this grassroots-generated marketplace of ideas will be a document that not only represents the will of the American people, but promotes unique ideas that will breathe new life into the economic conservative movement.

    We will have a Contract From America for which we are all responsible and in which we feel a sense of ownership. And politicians will have a stark choice: accept and therefore be held accountable to the terms of the Contract From America, or face loss of their seat in 2010. Please take part early and often in our new initiative, where you can make a major impact in American politics from the comfort of your computer chair. Click here to go to the Contract From America homepage now.

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    VA considers healthcare mandate unconstitutional
    Jim Brown – OneNewsNow – 3/9/2010 7:00:00 AM

    Bob Marshall (VA Delegate)VirginiaVirginia is poised to pass a law that says residents cannot be compelled to purchase health insurance they don’t want.

    A bill that has been passed by Virginia’s Senate and House of Delegates is designed to challenge President Obama’s national healthcare reform plan. It states that mandates should not be imposed on people for health insurance.

    The chief sponsor of the measure, Delegate Bob Marshall, notes that Congress has never required individuals or businesses to directly purchase any good or service, and he believes it is unconstitutional to force every legal resident of the U.S. to purchase health insurance.

    “They’re not doing this after they examine the Constitution and history.  They’re reaching this conclusion because they need that to happen to fund their program,” Marshall contends. “So this is a way of proceeding completely backwards.  The idea here is you’re doing nothing, but they’re going to have to hold that that constitutes economic activity that substantially affects interstate commerce.  That’s like saying, ‘Because I’m not giving my kidney to someone who needs a kidney, I am personally causing them to have ill health or maybe even die.’  This is bizarre reasoning.”

    According to the state lawmaker, President Obama is trying to “shift from a government by social compact to a government where the leaders tell the subjects what to do.”  Marshall adds that “it’s no wonder Obama has so many czars running around DC because he’s acting like a Russian czar before the Russian revolution.”

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    The Tea Party one year on: Federalism and nationalism

    Wednesday, April 14, 2010, 9:08:54 AM | mlaws@thehill.com (Bernie Quigley)

    If the nascent Tea Party Movement can be hobbled because Barney Frank and John Lewis claim someone in an anonymous crowd called them a name, consider the American spirit spent.

    Awakening always brings the dark with the light; it is the dual nature of Creation. People my age will recall the ’60s, a moment of enlightenment in many ways unparalleled, in my opinion, but with scuds like Jerry Rubin, who later guided the Clinton generation to Wall Street, advising his peers to go home and kill their parents. Or Bill Ayers and his murderous colleagues. Or Jean Genet at the Chicago riots of 1968, advising the crowd of tens of thousands to find joy in life: Have sex with a goat. This was the common daily squalor that was the ’60s.

    President Obama is nothing if not a clever operator. He accepts $994,795 in campaign contributions from Goldman Sachs—then turns around when it’s convenient and uses them as a model for why we need to heavily regulate the financial sector.
     
    He accepts the support of the gay community during the election cycle—then turns around and delays the implementation of “don’t ask, don’t tell” for as long as humanly possible. He accepts the support of the Jewish community—then turns around and attempts to force Israel to surrender to Iran and her terrorist allies.
     
    Some people would call this two-faced. Chicagoans call this business as usual.
     
    For the first time, however, President Obama is facing the wrath of a growing majority of Americans who aren’t part of his favored constituency groups. It’s one thing for him to tamp down the anger of financial backers or gays or Jews. It’s quite another for him to quell the rage of Americans who despise his destructive agenda.
     
    The tea party embodies that rage, and Obama isn’t quite sure what to do about it. He tried to co-opt it, suggesting that tea partiers were truly the same disaffected Americans who had elected him: “The same thing that swept Scott Brown into office swept me into office. People are angry and they’re frustrated.”
     
    Americans didn’t buy that, largely because it’s moronic. So Obama tried another tactic—he had his lackeys label the tea partiers as a bunch of violent racists. First, he had black congressmen state, without any evidence to back them up, that tea partiers called them the n-word. Then he had the media pick up that meme and supplement it with the lie that tea partiers are violent criminals.
     
    MSNBC has been the most vocal Obama brown-noser on this point, running segment after segment asking whether tea partiers are more or less morally bankrupt than Nazis. Matthew Perry (in the early “Friends” years) look-alike Rachel Maddow suggested that tea partiers wore “white hoods.” Keith Olbermann, the slightly less masculine version of Maddow, called tea partiers “Tea Klux Klan” (because Tea sounds so much like Ku, get it? … well, at least Keith’s cats thought that was funny).
     
    It’s not just MSNBC. Joe Klein of Time magazine says that Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin are “seditious.” Bill Clinton—a man who thought it was more important to nail Monica in the Oval Office than to nail Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan—says that tea partiers are just like Timothy McVeigh. 
     
    There’s only one problem: this isn’t working either. So President Obama has come up with a third strategy. This one is far more insidious and far more brilliant than the first two tired manipulations. This one plays on the latent ideological weakness of the Republican Party.
     
    So far, the tea partiers and the Republican Party have been almost universally on the same side. Republican leaders have done their best to get out in front of the tea party movement, suggesting that their principles are the same as the tea party’s, and that they stand united against the socialist Obama agenda.
     
    That may be true for many Republicans. It’s certainly not true for all of them. And that’s how Obama plans to win.
     
    He plans to push legislation that will receive a small base of support from liberal Republicans, incentivizing the tea partiers to abandon the GOP come November. He’s looking for another McCain Effect, when conservatives were so disaffected by their nominee that they stayed home and allowed Obama to be elected.
     
    Obama’s plan starts with cap and trade and immigration.
     
    Many pundits are scratching their heads that President Obama seems to want to push two unpopular bills through the Senate, even in the midst of an economic downturn. The reason is simple: He wants to show tea partiers that their interests do not align with those of the GOP. He wants to dispirit us.
     
    And he might well succeed. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) is a backer of both. Few other elected Republicans back cap and trade, but many back immigration reform. If they do, tea partiers will walk away from them the way so many have already walked away from the Republican National Committee.
     
    Here’s what the GOP needs to do: All congressional Republicans must sign an open letter to Graham and any other wavering Republican demanding that they embrace the conservative movement. At the very least, this will disassociate conservative Republicans from non-conservative Republicans. At the most, it will convince the liberal Republicans to get in line. It’s time for Republicans to stand together on conservatism, not based on party label. United they stand—divided they fall.
     
    And here’s what we need to do: Hold Obama’s feet to the fire by holding the GOP’s feet to the fire. Anything less, and Obama will have his victory.

     


    Michael Fell of Culver City, Calif., holds up a sign reading ‘STOP SPENDING MONEY’ as he speaks at a tea party rally in Irvine, Calif., Thursday, April 15, 2010. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
    (CNSNews.com) – A tea party umbrella group is urging politicians to sign onto a “Contract From America” — a list of conservative agenda items intended to advance free market principles, limited government, and individual liberty.
     
    The ten agenda items — debated in recent months by hundreds of thousands of Americans – include: protecting the Constitution, rejecting cap and trade legislation, demanding a balanced budget, enacting fundamental tax reform, restoring fiscal responsibility and constitutionally limited government in Washington, ending runaway government spending, Defunding, repealing and replacing government-run health care, passing an ‘all-of-the-above’ energy policy, stopping the pork, and stopping tax hikes.
     
    The Contract From America — reminiscent of conservative Republicans’ 1994 Contract With America — was read aloud at Tea Party rallies in Washington and around the country on Thursday, April 15.
     
    Tea party organizers describe the contract as a “grassroots-generated, crowd-sourced, bottom-up call for real economic conservative and good governance reform in Congress.”
    House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) praised the contract, saying it “captures the American people’s frustration with a government that has grown too big, too costly, and too arrogant.”

    The contract, he said, “is culled directly from the voices of Americans who have said ‘enough’ to permanent bailouts, ‘enough’ to government takeovers, and ‘enough’ to wasteful Washington spending.”

    Boehner said the Tea Party movement has done the nation a great service by giving Americans a platform that transcends party and ideology. “Republican elected officials must continue to listen to them, stand with them, and walk among them.”
     
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    DeMint: A Conservative Kingmaker Upends GOP Order

    Tuesday, 11 May 2010 07:27 AM
     

    Jim DeMint is becoming something of a tea party hero, even a potential conservative kingmaker, a status that is not making the freshman senator many friends among fellow Republicans in Congress.

    A backbencher known for his eagerness to challenge the Republican establishment, DeMint is becoming one of the most influential voices of the conservative rebellion that’s shaking up GOP primaries. Tapping an anti-incumbent fervor, the South Carolina lawmaker is a coveted — and feared — endorsement, funneling money and grass-roots energy to long-shot candidates who threaten Washington’s GOP favorites.

    His efforts, highly unusual for a freshman, have upset senators on Capitol Hill, where he’s viewed by many as an ideologue willing to purge centrist veterans.

    “I feel a sense of urgency that some of my colleagues don’t,” he said in an interview. “The Republican Party, at least a segment of it within Washington, has increasingly joined the big-government, big-spending, earmarking ranks.”

    DeMint, 58, has demonstrated an ability to read the conservative electorate. Twice in the past two years he’s opposed leading Republicans only to see them abandon the party. His underdog picks in a handful of other races are waging surprisingly strong challenges to mainstream candidates viewed by party leaders as more electable.

    His Senate Conservatives Fund so far has steered $622,911 to a half-dozen candidates, both through direct contributions and by bundling collections from its 200,000 members.

    DeMint, who says he’d rather stand with a committed minority than a big-tent majority, insists he’s not trying to pick fights. But his political radar often seems sharper than his diplomacy. His Conservatives Fund ranks sitting senators, for example, and gives Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky a grade of 79 out of 100 — a “C” — while DeMint gets a perfect score.

    Sen. John Cornyn, chairman of the Senate committee to get Republicans elected, said DeMint may be hurting the party’s ability to regain power in Washington.

    “My goal is simply to build our numbers so we can provide checks and balances to single-party power here in Washington,” Cornyn said. “I think he has a different goal, which is to try to move the Republican conference in a more conservative direction. If that were possible and we were able to win elections all around the country I would be all for it, but I think as a pragmatic matter we’ve got to nominate Republicans who can get elected in their states.”

    DeMint’s combative style is perhaps not what his mother had in mind when she ran the DeMint Academy of Dance and Decorum out of his childhood home after his parents divorced. It’s been welcomed, however, by several conservative candidates.

    In Florida, DeMint was the first national Republican to back Marco Rubio in the state’s GOP Senate primary against Republican Gov. Charlie Crist, who was considered a shoo-in at the time. DeMint’s support and fundraising for Rubio, a tea party favorite, helped spark a bitter internal fight that ultimately pushed Crist to leave the party last month and run as an independent.

    “It kept us alive,” Rubio said of DeMint’s support, including nearly $350,000 in contributions. “Especially early on, it was one of a couple of things that allowed us to survive when very few people thought we had a chance.”

    Polls in Florida now find a wide-open race, giving Democrats a legitimate shot at winning.

    DeMint also was ahead of his party last year in opposing Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, just before the veteran Republican, facing threats from the right, switched to become a Democrat.

    Last week, DeMint broke with McConnell in the Republican leader’s backyard to support tea party favorite Rand Paul in the Kentucky Senate primary. McConnell and other party leaders have backed GOP Secretary of State Trey Grayson. The primary is May 18.

    In other cases, DeMint’s silence has been telling. He pointedly refused to aid once-popular Republican Bob Bennett, a three-term senator who was defeated Saturday by conservative voters in Utah’s GOP convention. After Bennett’s loss, DeMint immediately endorsed Mike Lee, one of the two Republicans in a runoff.

    DeMint also has declined to endorse Sen. John McCain, the party’s 2008 presidential nominee, who faces a challenge from the right and gets a 77 out of 100 from DeMint’s group despite the Arizona lawmaker’s fight against the pet-project spending known as earmarks.

    DeMint, who worked in marketing and served three House terms before being elected to the Senate in 2004, has long been known as a stubborn conservative.

    He has supported partially privatizing Social Security and eliminating income taxes in favor of a flat sales tax, and he once suggested that gays and unwed pregnant women should not teach in public schools. He sometimes criticized former President George W. Bush as too soft — calling Bush’s immigration proposal amnesty and seeking to eliminate his $50 billion proposal for global AIDS programs.

    DeMint, who rejects suggestions that he wants to challenge McConnell as party leader, argues that Republicans will succeed if they stand by their principles. Although some of his endorsed candidates have faltered — state Sen. Marlin Stutzman lost the Indiana primary last week — most are faring well in polls.

    “We’re gonna find out in November,” he said. “I don’t know that I’m always going to be right, but I do know this: I’m not going to sit on the sidelines again. When we tell people we’re the conservative party … I want to make sure we have people sitting in those seats who really mean it.”

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