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.


Tuesday, June 23, 2009

ACTION ALERT! CAP-AND-TRADE!! Updated!

BILL PASSES 219 -212: Reichert votes YES. Shame on Reichert. The other eight Republicans that voted yes below, via Michelle Malkin. Apparently they made the difference. FIRE THEM.
Bono, Mack, Castle, Kirk, Lance, LoBiondo, McHugh, Reichert, Smith (NJ)
Update IV:
Norm Dick's is voting YES!! I phoned his D.C. office and the man who answered the phone was SO SO RUDE! He was yelling at me, and attacking me personally. I couldn't believe it.He said that Congressman Dicks thinks it's the right thing to do so to hell with his constituents.

Update III:
Go HERE for another updated list on who is leaning which way - Michelle Malkin is liveblogging the circus in D.C. CALL BABY CALL !

Update II:
Alert Washingtonians! Dave Reichert is on the LEANING YES list!!! You MUST call him TODAY!!! Norm Dicks is on the UNDECIDED list!!! Call him as well!!
Dave Reichert: (202) 225 7761, (202) 225-4282 (fax)
Norm Dicks: (202) 225-5916, (202) 226-1176 (fax)

Update:
Of the Blue Dog Dems, the list of those that have said they will vote NO tomorrow (if you have more info, please leave a comment):

Parker Griffith (D - Alabama)
Marion Berry (D - Arkansas)
Mike Ross - (D - Arkansas)
Herb Kohl (D-WI)
Todd Platts (R-PA)

Here we go! Melt the phones! The cap-and-trade bill, HR 2454, is out of committee and the House plans to vote on or by Friday! This is the bill that not only ties the knot in the noose of business and liberty, but will also raise energy costs by approximately $3,900 a year per household! Just what we need: another immense and intrusive government program run by politicians and bureaucrats who don't actually give a damn and who don't have any deep knowledge of these fields. More info here.


From the Tea Party Patriots:


We must call ALL the Blue Dog Democrats and ALL of our Congressional Representatives. Call all their offices and leave the same message.


Simple statement, simple script.
Hi my name is _______________from YOUR TOWN AND ZIP CODE. I am a Tea Party Patriot. I am calling to day to tell Congressman/woman to vote NO on HR 2454. I cannot afford any more taxes. Don't tax me for the air I breath.

To link to the facts and talking points for HR 2454 click here: http://www.csa-1776.org/2454.HTM

Call ALL of the Blue Dog Democrats:
alphabetized by state

A & B
Congressman Parker Griffith Alabama, 5th District Phone: (202)225-4801
Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords Arizona, 8th District Phone: (202)225-2542
Congressman Marion Berry Arkansas, 1st District Phone: (202) 225-4076
Congressman Mike Ross Arkansas, 4th District Phone: (202) 225-3772
Begich, Mark - (D - AR) (2 02) 224-3004 Arkansas
Lincoln, Blanche L. - (D - AR) (202) 224-4843 Arkansas
Pryor, Mark L. - (D - AR) (202) 224-2353 Arkansas


C
Congressman Joe Baca California, 43rd District Phone: (202) 225-6161
Congressman Dennis Cardoza California, 18th District Phone: (202)225-6131
Congressman Jim Costa California, 20th District Phone: (202) 225-3341
Congresswoman Jane Harman California, 36th District Phone: (202)225-8220
Congressman Adam Schiff California, 29th District Phone: (202)225-4176
Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez California, 47th District Phone: (202)225-2965
Congressman Mike Thompson California, 1st District Phone:(202) 225-3311
Congressman John Salazar Colorado, 3rd District Phone: (202) 225-4761
Udall, Mark - (D - CO) (202) 224-5941 Colorado
Lieberman, Joseph I. - (ID - CT) (202) 224-4041 Connecticut


D
Carper, Thomas R. - (D - DE) (202) 224-2441 Delaware


F
Congressman Allen Boyd** Florida, 2nd District Phone: (202) 225-5235
Nelson, Bill - (D - FL)(202) 224-5274 Florida


G
Congressman John Barrow Georgia, 12th District Phone: (202) 225-2823
Congressman Sanford Bishop Georgia, 2nd District Phone: (202) 225-3631
Congressman David Scott Georgia, 13th District Phone: (202) 225-2939
Congressman Jim Marshall Georgia, 8th District Phone: (202) 225-6531


I
Congresswoman Melissa Bean Illinois, 8th District Phone: (202)225-3711
Congressman Joe Donnelly Indiana, 2nd District Phone: (202) 225-3915
Congressman Brad Ellsworth Indiana, 8th District Phone: (202) 225-4636
Congressman Baron Hill Indiana, 9th District Phone: (202) 225-5315
Bayh, Evan - (D - IN) (202) 224-5623 Indiana
Congressman Leonard Boswell Iowa, 3rd District Phone: (202) 225-3806


K
Congressman Ben Chandler Kentucky, 6th District Phone: (202) 225-4706
Congressman Dennis Moore Kansas, 3rd District Phone: (202) 225-2865
LCongressman Charlie Melancon ** Louisiana, 3rd District Phone: (202) 225-4031
Landrieu, Mary L. - (D - LA) (202) 224-5824 Louisiana


M
Congressman Mike Michaud Maine, 2nd District Phone: (202) 225-6306
Congressman Collin Peterson Minnesota, 7th District Phone: (202)225-2165
Congressman Gene Taylor Mississippi, 4th District Phone: (202)225-5772
McCaskill, Claire - (D - MO) (202) 224-6154 Missouri


N
Nelson, Ben - (D - NE) (202) 224-6551 ** Nebraska
Shaheen, Jeanne - (D - NH) (202) 224-2841 New Hampshire
Congressman Mike Arcuri New York, 24th District Phone: (202) 225-3665
Congressman Mike McIntyre North Carolina, 7th District Phone: Phone:(202) 225-2731
Congressman Heath Shuler North Carolina, 11th District Phone: (202) 225-6401
Hagan, Kay R. - (D - NC) (202) 224-6342 North Carolina
Congressman Earl Pomeroy North Dakota, At-Large Phone: (202) 225-2611


O
Congressman Dan Boren Oklahoma, 2nd District Phone: (202) 225-2701
Congressman Zack Space Ohio, 18th District Phone: (202) 225-6265
Congressman Charlie Wilson Ohio, 6th District Phone: (202) 225-5705


P
Congressman Chris Carney Pennsylvania, 10th District Phone: (202) 225-3731
Congressman Patrick Murphy Pennsylvania, 8th District Phone: (202) 225-4276
Congressman Tim Holden Pennsylvania, 17th District Phone: (202) 225-5546


S
Congresswoman Stephanie Herseth Sandlin South Dakota, At-Large (202) 225-2801


T
Congressman Jim Cooper Tennessee, 5th District Phone: (202) 225-4311
Congressman Lincoln Davis Tennessee, 4th District Phone: (202) 225-6831
Congressman Bart Gordon Tennessee, 6th District Phone: (202) 225-4231
Congressman John Tanner Tennessee, 8th District Phone: (202) 225-4714


U
Congressman Jim Matheson Utah, 2nd District Phone: (202) 225-3011


V
Warner, Mark R. - (D - VA) (202) 224-2023 ** Virginia


W
Kohl, Herb - (D - WI) (202) 224-5653 Wisconsin

Citizens in every state should call ALL of their Congressional Representatives as well.

ADDITIONAL NOTE: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Energy and Commerce Committee chairman Henry Waxman are reaching out to the following House Republicans for their support on Waxman-Markey, according to Carbon Control News:

Tim Johnson (IL)
Vernon Ehlers (MI)
Todd Platts (PA)Jim Gerlach (PA)
Mary Bono Mack (CA)
Mike Castle (DE)
Frank LoBiondo (NJ)
Tom Petri (WI)
Peter King (NY)
Mark Kirk (IL)
Leonard Lance (NJ)

If you are represented by one of these congressmen, contact the memberand tell him/her to oppose Waxman-Markey. The preferred contact method is visiting/calling/writing/e-mailing the member’s local office.

June 27th Tea Party and Thomas Paine!

Just a reminder to everyone to pack your picnic lunch and get on down to Heritage Park in Olympia this Saturday, June 27th. The festivities start at 10:00 a.m.

Remember that YouTube sensation, the Thomas Paine impersonator? Well guess what! His name is Bob Basso and he is speaking at our Tea Party on Saturday!! Bring your family and friends and get ready to party. Bob Basso will speak at 1:00 p.m. while other speakers will begin at 11:00 a.m. Please join us and spread the word far and wide. Here is Mr. Paine's latest video.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Mr. President, I Am Not a Special Interest

Have you noticed that President Obama tries to use the term "special interest" to describe all of the people who oppose his policies like universal health care, or cap-and-trade? I think it is a slimy tactic meant to reduce his opposition in the eyes of the undecided and possibly uninformed electorate. He claims that the only dissenting opinions are coming from big, scary groups like insurance companies, lobbyists, and the terminally generic "special interest groups." I'm guessing his theory is that by saying this enough he can convince everyone that it is true. So this is my response to those spurious accusations. Enjoy and pass it around a lot.