Friday, June 26, 2009

Grieving, with a Couple of Ideas...

Today was so hard. I feel like I got beat up. Well, I actually did verbally by Norm Dicks' staffer, over the phone. It was a really upsetting day, I'm not going to lie. To see our House of Representatives become a cesspool and three ring circus, to watch good men rot in front of our eyes, to find out that it doesn't matter what the people want, to see liars and crooks stand at the microphone only to moralize and wag their fingers at us... it did make me feel small and helpless. Sigh.

However...

We can't give up. That is exactly what they want. They want us to feel helpless and lost and overwhelmed so that we give everything up to them. They want us to think that our movement means nothing and that we will never have an effect, so we will just give up. DON'T! Allow yourself to feel the grief about today, but never, ever give up. People throughout history have faced much tougher challenges and much fiercer tyrants than we do today. It is going to be difficult and it is going to hurt, but nothing worth fighting for is easy or painless. 

It is going to take every single last one of us to fight these thieves and tyrants, just like it did during the Revolution. We must not be content with activity every so often. No. This calls for everyone to be pounding the pavement, even today, to get petitions signed, to get information out into the homes of your neighbors, to change minds. Print out some talking points from any number of organizations like American Solutions, Tea Party Patriots, Americans for Prosperity, The Heritage Foundation, etc. on any number of issues, cap-and-trade, healthcare, etc., and go around your neighborhood to have a conversation with people. Work to oust the traitors like Dave Reichert with every ounce of effort you possess. 

One way to get started is to send your "personal health care story" to Patty Murray, who is apparently asking for them, I'm sure in the hopes of receiving some sob stories she can use as fodder for supporting nationalized health care. Well, if she wants our stories, let's give 'em to her! Share your side of the story with Patty Murray here.

The other idea that was shared with me is something called a Tea Party Circle of Five, described below:
Five people who each agree to contact at least one federal, state, or local elected official every week. For example, one week the group might decide to contact their local school board representative demanding a policy prohibiting teachers from indoctrinating students with left-wing propaganda, such as man-made global warming theory. The next week, each person would contact his or her Representatives in Congress about the President's proposals for government-run health care, and so on. The only rule for a Circle of Five group is a "no excuses" mutual covenant among its members that short of a personal emergency, no member would break the circle by reneging on the commitment to contact at least one elected official each week.
I love it. I'm going to get my Circle of Five started tomorrow. And maybe I'll try to get a Circle of Ten started too. Who knows?

Don't forget to attend our Tea Party in Olympia, WA tomorrow from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Heritage Park (330 5th Ave SW). Guest speakers go on around 11:00 a.m. and end around 1:30 p.m. Bring a picnic and enjoy the company of like-minded folks.

Never give up.


8 comments:

  1. Tomorrow I can not be there but I hope people Remember Atlanta, the story of the Simon group getting the Tea Party canceled there keeps getting more infuriating.
    Beck has picked up on it too!

    Here is a link from RightKlick http://tr.im/pVGk and here is the story at Eastsideteapartyhttp://eastsideteaparty.wordpress.com/2009/06/24/remember-atlanta/

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  2. I was extremely disappointed today. The vote was so close and if we didn't have the 8 traitor Republicans that voted Yes, the cap and trade would have been defeated today.

    I supported Reichert because he voted against the stimulus bill. I expected McDermott to vote Yes since he's so far left, it's not even funny. But I was shocked to hear Reichert voted Yes on cap and trade. He WAS on my twitter list but I just removed him.

    Liberty is right. DON'T GIVE UP. If you do, then don't complain when we lose our freedoms.

    I'm trying to get together a group to go down to Olympia now and visit Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray and put pressure on both of them to vote NO on this cap and trade bill.

    I hope each of you do something too. Even getting a group together to spend a couple of hours at a shopping mall on a weekend when it's busy and hand out flyers on key talking points about what cap and trade will really mean for them and urge them to pressure their Senators now to vote no.

    We were so close to having this bill defeated.

    Congressman John Boehner of Ohio is not our representative but this guy is awesome. He spent an hour today on the floor reading from portions of the bill and pointing out how bad it was. He spoke for an hour today, irritating Waxman, hah!

    Even though Congressman Boehner is not from our state (he represents Ohio), if any of you feel so inclined, please call his office on Monday and let him know that we appreciate what he did today to try and defeat this bill. His office numbers are:

    West Chester, OH - (513) 779-5400

    Troy, OH - (937) 339-1524

    Washington, DC - (202) 225-6205

    And if you haven't heard his hour long speech yet, you can probably find it in the energy bill speech on cspan. If he posts that video clip on his website, I'll post it here. It's really worth listening to.

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  3. I filled out Patty Murray's health care survey.
    I told her to lift the cap on the incentive money that companies can give to their employees for healthy behaviors.
    I told her to implement real malpractice lawsuit reform.
    And we need to find a way to train doctors so that they don't need 5 or 10 different expensive tests done to figure out what is wrong with their patients. You would think with all their education they would be able to figure things out without all those useless tests. But then again they usually have a stake in the "testing" centers. We really won't be able to get a handle on health care until we get some doctors with integrity.

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  4. We must keep up the fight! Good ideas and good luck in Olympia tomorrow.

    Sent Murray my "sob story" about my employer-provided health care I've had for over 15 years, and my most recent experience in ER which lasted only 2.5 hours, including an ultrasound. Sob stories my arse!

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  5. Below is the Republican “Cap and Traitor” list from our "Round 1" loss yesterday against the AGWCC (Anthropogenic Global Warming Climate Change) “sting.”

    Bono Mack CA
    Castle DE
    Kirk IL
    Lance NJ
    LoBiondo NJ
    McHugh NY
    * Reichert WA
    Smith NJ

    * Our very own local “cap and traitor” How nice.

    Be like the elephant. Have a long memory. Don't forget what these ignorant self-serving reps did to America yesterday. They were the deciding votes in favor of slavery. When they come begging us for a “contract extension” in 2010, fire them all!

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  6. Moderates are facts of life. We just have to deal with them, assuming that they are in moderate to blue areas. If we can win with true conservatives, let's do it, but in the case of Reichert, let's face it, without him we'd be talking about Congresswoman Burner. Better a guy with a 50% conservative rating (0% = Liberal and 100% = Conservative) than someone with 25% or less.

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  7. Liberty Belle,

    Sharon Hanek spoke of this at several events and I have been given some opportunities also.

    On April 13, 2009, ESSB 5808 was signed into law to address the annexation of fire districts into towns and cities. The law was presented as a way to help fire district employees retain their benefits packages, but it had other harmful effects to taxpayers of that area.

    This law creates a new right for cities and towns to expand their boundaries without any input or vote from the residents and property owners that will be affected.

    Signing Referendum 72 will bring back the vote to the people.

    Do you want to have decisions about your land being made without your knowledge? NO? Then sign and gather signatures for Referendum 72 and help others become aware of this vital voting rights issue!

    Several gatherings of people are taking place all over the state and we do not have the resources to be at all of them.

    This is a volunteer, grass roots effort and we need a lot of signatures in a short period of time. 120,577 Valid signatures need to be submitted before July 25.

    I am sponsor of www.Referendum72.org and would like to contact you about getting some help in putting it on the ballot. We need as many people as possible to gather signatures.

    Rather than say that it can not be done, let's say that it WILL be done! Adopt that attitude and we will make it happen!

    Respectfully,

    Jerry Galland
    www.referendum72.org

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  8. My Republican Congressman says Cap and Trade will be good for America.

    And, he caught the Green River Killer.

    Did you catch the Green River Killer?

    No, no you didn’t.

    You can hear his interview here.

    http://www.mynorthwest.com/?nid=194&sid=184941

    Dave Reichert SPEAKS: says Cap and Trade will be good for America

    He argued that the expense would not be what the Heartland Institute, Heritage Foundation, and Wall Street Journal were predicting. He argued that it would cost around $.48 per day and that we would have better national security, more nuclear, coal and refining capabilities, and a cleaner environment with the bill. He argued that the conservative arguments against were mistaken, and that Washington specifically would be better off even though the bill was imperfect.

    And, he caught the Green River Killer.

    Yeah, it took him a couple of decades, but better late than never.

    I hear Fox was thinking about making the Series 24 about Reichert. But instead of showing 24 hours in a day they would have to make each episode a year.

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