Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Host a State of the Union Viewing Party

Via Tea Party Patriots:
As discussed on the call last week, citizens from around the nation are encouraged to host their own "State of the Union Viewing and Citizen Response". Host the event at your home, church, restaurant, or other facility, and invite you friends, neighbors, and your local media/press. After the President finished his State of the Union speech, and the GOP response is given, please choose a diplomatic spokesperson to give your collective response, calling for free enterprise, tax relief, fiscal conservatism, and freedom. Afterward, please tune into http://tvtownhall.com/ and watch Herman Cain as he, and representatives of several conservative organizations including Tea Party Patriots and FreedomWorks, give their reponse to the President's speech.

Please be prepared, be factual,and be diplomatic.

Please contact Julianne Thompson for details at georgiateapartypatriots@gmail.com
or 404-798-4663.

Sounds fun to me!

Election results, good food, and friends

Want to join other conservatives to watch the election results? Join many tea party activists and conservatives at McCoy's Firehouse in Pioneer Square from 3:00 p.m. onwards.

McCoy's Firehouse
173 South Washington
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 652-5797

(If you're a negative nelly that only wants to spew gloom and doom, go down to McCoy's and talk to some folks and you'll see that Brown getting elected is a special case, and that the movement will only grow stronger, without getting co-opted.)

Immediate Action Needed to Save Initiative 960!!!

From Evergreen Freedom Foundation's Citizen Action Network:

Today we learned that the majority party has gathered enough support to gut Initiative 960 very soon.

This paves the way for tax increases and removes citizens' ability to track the cost of proposed tax hikes. Passed by voters in November 2007, I-960 sets a two-thirds threshold for the Legislature to raise taxes and requires the Office of Financial Management to calculate the 10-year cost of every revenue-raising bill introduced.

If legislators suspend I-960, the Freedom Foundation's Hey! Big Spender publication will disappear, much to the delight of some chagrined legislators, as we will no longer have the information necessary to compile the list.

Since it’s a pretty big deal to undo the will of the people, we think legislators should go on record. If they have to be public about it, some legislators may re-think their position. Please contact your legislator in the next 48 hours and send us their response (at CAN@EFFWA.ORG) to the following two questions:

1) Do you support informing taxpayers about the cost of proposed legislation, and if so, will you vote to uphold I-960’s transparency provisions?
2) Do you agree with I-960 that two-thirds of the Legislature should agree before passing tax and fee increases?

We will record their answers and post them for the public to see.

Six legislators have already answered the Evergreen Freedom Foundation by saying “yes” publicly to both questions: Sen. Jerome Delvin, Sen. Jim Honeyford, Sen. Bob McCaslin, Rep. Larry Haler, Rep. Mike Hope and Rep. Ed Orcutt.

You can also battle the big spenders in Olympia by signing the Freedom Foundation’s petition against new taxes here. We’re attempting to gather at least 20,000 signatures by January 24. This will help combat Rebuilding Our Economic Future, a coalition of more than 80 state and national left-of-center groups, which has already collected 20,000 signatures in favor of raising taxes. Help us beat their numbers!

Sign the Petition!

Please call your state Reps. and Sen. to ask them these questions, send their responses to Evergreen Freedom Foundation, and sign the petition. Much of the focus is at the national level, but we must remember our very own cesspool in Olympia! The forces that are pushing to raise taxes here in WA are very strong and very well connected. Let's get out there and fight them!

MSM reporter nods in agreement with Pelosi in video, over and over. Oopsies!

Hahahaahaha ahahahahah ahahahahahahahahahahaha. Ahhh. Ha.

Check out this video of Pelosi trying to save some face on the eve before Obama's agenda gets stuffed.

Note: the best part is not Pelosi, but the female news reporter with the shaggy dark brown hair holding a mic in Pelosi's face. Watch her nod in approval to Queen P's proclamations. I don't think the reporter even realizes that she's doing it!

Mainstream Biased Media: 1
Objectivity: 0

Scott Brown, Explained

Michelle Malkin has a great analysis of Scott Brown on her blog, and I thought everyone should see it. She also admits that he's not 100% perfect, but she does a good job of explaining why he deserves our support. Lastly, I don't know any tea partiers or conservatives that think Brown is perfect. We all know this, but acknowledge his importance at this point in time.

If the people who have talked about the precinct process could actually write something up for me (besides just the date) I will post the information. I'm talking about the actual step-by-step process for tea partiers to get involved via the precinct caucus route. I am not knowledgeable in that area as I have never been involved that way before. So, if you can help with this, it would be much appreciated.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Player Haters

This is a quick message to all of the incredibly pessimistic people that keep leaving comments here.

1. If you are so worried that the members of the tea party movement will not work hard enough in the trenches, i.e. at the precinct caucuses, taking over the Republican party from the inside, etc., then I ask you, what are you doing to help? If you are knowledgeable about the process, why are you not getting out there to educate all the tea partiers on how to be effective agents of change within the GOP? If the members of the movement are unaware of the process and you are aware and you keep this knowledge to yourself, and then have the nerve to complain about it, then you are part of the problem.

So take your pessimism and either keep it to yourself if you are not willing to help the movement, or get your butt out there and teach people. Type up an informative sheet with the steps we'd need to take to really make a difference, print out hundreds of them, and bring them to every tea party event to hand out. Offer to teach a class at the library and I, and others, will advertise it for you. Basically, if you can't be part of the solution, then you are a part of the problem. And sadly, for you pessimists, I am a natural optimist. I will never stop fighting progressivism within and without. Your discouraging words will not make me, or others, hesitate to keep working and fighting, so if that is your ultimate goal, then sorry, you lose.

If you can help, then help. Otherwise, zip it.

2. The whole "Scott Brown isn't really a conservative so tea partiers shouldn't help him" issue - let's talk about this. One, he has campaigned solely on the promise to kill ObamaCare, which seems to be a popular stance to take, even in Massachusetts. Two, one of the core tenets of conservatism is federalism, i.e. each state is free to be the kind of state they want to be (within the limits of the Constitution of course). Senator Jim DeMint, a conservative through and through, would never, ever, get elected in Massachusetts - at least not yet. Federalism allows each state to elect people that represent them, which is the basis of our form of representative democracy. So just as you would resent Massachusetts' liberals forcing you to elect a too-liberal candidate, don't you think Massachusetts voters would resent us forcing them to elect a too-conservative candidate?

HOWEVER, and here is the very, very important point I want to make: Republicans, tea partiers, conservatives, etc. should demand one thing of their candidates and elected officials: federalism. This means that candidates like Scott Brown could be more liberal as long as he doesn't try to impose his views on other states. So he may have supported the Massachusetts health care plan way back when, but he seems to believe it is a state issue and therefore will not vote for any comprehensive health care deform at the federal level. Does the chance exist that he will disappoint? Yes. But there is also the chance that he may not, especially if the tea party movement is there every step of the way, reminding him about federalism.

I don't believe in forcing voters of other states to elect the people that I support, but I do expect that anyone with an (R) behind his or her name will abide by the powers mandated to them in the Constitution. So even if Scott Brown is more liberal, as most of his constituents are, but he refuses to impose those beliefs on other states, then he is more than acceptable in my book. I believe that if we demand all Republican politicians (and Democrats for that matter) abide by that one basic rule, then most of our troubles would melt away. The residents of each state could craft their state to their own satisfaction. I think it would be a beautiful thing.

Of course this will require the tea partiers to keep the politicians' feet to the fire regardless of party affiliation. And that is something I think we will do from now on.