by Ray McBerry
The Tea Party movement has taken the nation by storm, in spite of attempts by the media and establishment to first ignore it, then dismiss it and now use all the tools in their Alinsky toolbox against it. Initially protesting high taxes, spending and bailouts, it is maturing into a political movement that advocates a return to a constitutional republic, fiscal prudence and restoration of liberties.
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by Ray McBerry
THE VIEW FROM RIGHT OF CENTER
ENGAGE, TEA PARTY PATRIOTS
An Essay by, Doug Crosse
SHAME ON ME
I guess you could call me a recycled activist. I share the blame that so many Tea Party folks and good Americans have in common. Back in the early seventies I started a small business. At first I became involved in local issues and politics in order to protect my business, right some wrongs and change an anti-business climate in town. As that climate and my business improved, I remained involved because it was good for business and a way to give back to the community. Not to mention it became almost a hobby, often fun and rewarding.
In 1999 I became an owner of a very labor-intensive business with the office in another area. At first I used the time demands and distance from home as an excuse for no longer being involved. Sure I always voted, but for local offices I hardly knew who the candidates were. Then the economy dumped in ‘08, which required I dedicate even more time to business; just another poor excuse for not being involved. Finally in 2010 I found myself Obamanomically retired. Finding suitable let alone any employment or good opportunities proved almost impossible.
Then an old close friend asked me to help on his campaign for Mayor. Bang!; Right back in the thick of it. He won. Since I already believed in the Patriot mission, that’s when I seriously looked at becoming a Tea Party Guy, not to mention my observation of my Republican party shooting themselves in the foot so often. It’s my forth E in Glenn Beck’s E-4 message. Entrepreneurship.
I HAVE SEEN THE ENEMY AND HE IS US
Here’s my point. As the comic character Pogo implied. We only have ourselves to blame. If you’re not part of the solution you’re part of the problem. During a discussion awhile back, that ranged from the economy, deficit, decline of our country, loss of freedoms and values plus more. My daughter asked me “Dad how did things get so bad?” My only answer was it’s our own fault for not paying attention.
It’s quite understandable why so many boomers haven’t paid attention. Too busy with work, family and having a life. Plus for at least the first three quarters of life things were good. The economy, peace in the word, possessions and achieving the American dream; all were almost too easy and really caused us to not pay attention. The 30 to 40 something’s enjoyed the end of the good times. Both age groups were quite simply bought off.
It’s human nature to allow ourselves not to pay attention when things are going well. Its termed Normalcy Bias. We naturally cling to what we perceive as normal and comfortable. It’s the reason occupants of the Word Trade Center turned around in the hallways after the attacks to grab their coats and turn off their computers. Doing that was no less irrational than our not paying attention for so long.
Then the bust came and now lots of us are finally becoming engaged, involved activists; trying to rescue America and return to the representative democracy, small honest government and values we trusted we had all along.
IT’S NOT TOO LATE
So is it too late to solve all of the horrific problems, right the wrongs and save America? I pray not! And I honestly believe in that same entrepreneurial spirit that made America great can indeed once again prevail; but only if we stay focused and engaged. But time IS running short.
While TEA party candidates did extremely well nationally in 2010. Our values shone, unfortunately here on the left coast and in New York, to borrow a phrase, we took a shellacking. I just love using that phrase and so enjoyed hearing Obama say it. This is hard to swallow after so much hard work, but totally understandable when you realize just how entrenched left wing progressive “values” are in California and NY.
I believe that we have a ton of hard work ahead if we hope to make any real progress in our state. This work will require a concrete strategic plan. To mimic a proven strategy from anarchists Richard Cloward and Frances Fox Piven, only to a noble end. It must be both top down and bottom up. And we must become even stronger, more vocal, visible and well-focused if we ever hope to succeed. So refresh reload and get busy! 2012 is just around the corner.
Top down involves identifying and supporting elect-able candidates who embody our values on both the state and national levels. It also involves holding the newly elected Tea Party official’s feet to the fire. We must insure they keep their campaign promises and don’t compromise their values. They need to know they are very much unelectable if they do. Hold them accountable and insure they aren’t polluted by the go along to get along nature of governance or become corrupted by power, as is so often the case. They must honestly believe in representative democracy; the will of the people is paramount. Absolutely most importantly they must honor that it’s not their money it’s ours; that at most they’ve been granted stewardship. Stay vigilant and hold our elected representatives accountable for real, substantial, permanent deficit reductions, spending cuts and a genuine balanced budget.
Bottom up is especially important in California. We must identify attract and groom candidates for local office, especially young ones. From dog catcher, to park districts, to school board to planning commission, city councils, county supervisors and state assemblypersons; even Neighborhood councils and your own homeowners associations. These are the folks who will eventually climb the political ladder of power and be in a position to make the positive change we desire. And we MUST grow our Tea Party ranks. Again, with young patriots as us boomers are aging and will have to pass the torch very soon.
THE PLOT AGAINST US
A good man came back from the recent Tea Party Summit II with a lot of good information that he shared. But two things stood out in my mind. The leftist, liberal progressives consider the Tea Party only a minor inconvenience. That group is committed, well organized; very well funded and has been working for a long time. They are entrenched. Progressivism goes back at least to Woodrow Wilson who was the father of the progressive movement. Some even say our core problems started with Abe Lincoln. He was less interested in freeing slaves; which really was just a minor appeasement to some states, than he was committed to building and strengthening the federal government at the expense of states rights, and thus our rights.
IT’S THE PIGS THAT ARE EVIL
Remember George Orwell’s Animal Farm? The pig’s totalitarian communist plot was insidious it’s true. But there would have been no malevolent plan without the pigs. So it’s more important we identify, understand, fear and fight the planners even more than we do their evil plots. These plots often come wrapped in the most innocuous phrases. To consider a few, like Social Justice, now that’s warm and fuzzy at first glance; as is sustainable development and of course change. But as social justice is defined by Obama crony & avowed communist Van Jones. “We wont achieve social justice in this country until everyone can toss their lives in a hat, then pick out another’s and be satisfied with the outcome.” Un-American or what? It by necessity takes away all incentive to work hard, better ones self and achieve something. Sustainable development (Agenda 21), is not development at all, unless you consider turning us all into government controlled, mindless sheep thinking and acting alike, with no desire or incentive to achieve, wearing hemp clothing, riding bicycles and forced to live in small urban housing while marching to the beat of the socialist mantra as progress. Then there’s change, obviously very few asked “Change what?” And “Why?” Most Obama voters just wanted any change from W. or at a minimum positive change. But what we got was a huge negative costly change toward European style socialism. Few expected these huge, obvious, intentional changes away from democracy and free enterprise capitalism.
WHO THE HELL ARE THOSE GUYS?
To borrow a phrase from the 1969 film Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid; "So who the hell are those guys?" Barack Hussein Obama is no fool. He is not incompetent. To the contrary, he is brilliant. He knows exactly what he's doing. He is purposely overwhelming the U.S. economy to create systemic failure, economic crisis and social chaos -- thereby destroying capitalism and our country from within. Eco-terrorist Steven Lerner of SEIU and George Soros of media Matters/ IMF want a global currency and to bring down the American economy. Weather Underground’s Bill Ayers and revolutionary planner Saul Alinski advocate a radical violent revolution in the streets, as does sweet Grandma Francis Fox Piven and her cohort Richard Cloward. The United Nations and the foreign “leaders” (most of whom are not our friends and many that are our worst enemies) who wrote the “Sustainable Development” manifesto also want one world governance and economics. Nation of Islam’s Louis Farrakhan Muhammad, Sr., al-Quida’s Osama bin Laden, Ayan Al-Zawahiri, Iran’s Mahmud Ahmadi-Nejad and renowned Muslim “scholar” Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi- Who recently said it all for the Muslim radicals worldwide when he preached that, “Jihad is much needed in this era and especially for those Muslim minorities living in Europe and America.” These are just a few of who those guys are.
I don’t have enough paper to even start on a complete list that are entrenched right here in the good old USA, but I’ll mention just a few. There’s the unconstitutional Federal Reserve Bank that manipulates our economy, based on bogus economic theory. Crony Capitalism as displayed by GE’s Chairman Jeffrey Immelt who’s company made billions, paid no taxes, shipped 600,000 to China and then has the audacity to chair Obama’s jobs council and tell us how to create jobs. Plain old greed. That’s what really caused the economic meltdown. From the individuals who borrowed knowing full well they weren’t qualified and couldn’t repay; the government that encouraged this and manipulators who took advantage of the opportunity. The bankers, investment firms, mortgage companies and Wall Street and again us for letting it happen were all to blame. True capitalism is not greedy. It is ethical and does not participate in schemes or scams, immoral speculation, manipulation or deal in toxic investments just because it can. Real American capitalism is good. It’s based in hard work, productivity, invention, entrepreneurship, fulfillment of demand and enjoys honest profit as its reward. I believe democracy requires capitalism and visa versa in order to work.
THE VIEW FROM RIGHT OF CENTER
ENGAGE, TEA PARTY PATRIOTS
THE ENEMY WITHIN
So who is it here we should fear? After accepting our own share of the blame for not paying attention it’s primarily our own elected officials on the state and federal levels. The good old boys on both sides of the aisle. The progressive tax and spenders; pork barrel, big government, we know better for you than you know for yourselves guys. They believe in taking away our money, redistributing wealth and only sometimes giving a small percentage back with strings attached and only after they keep their bureaucratic cut. 2010 brought only a few new leaders who thus far are keeping their Tea Party promises, they are the vast minority and we must elect lots more good citizen soldiers before anything is really going to be fixed. Folks who truly believe they shouldn’t take more of our money than is constitutionally necessary, and leave the social welfare, often bogus entitlements, environmental decisions to the states, communities and private concerns.
Of all the federal problems our national debt is of greatest concern. I can’t even grasp the concept of a trillion dollars, let alone $14.7 trillion. When Reagan was in office it was “only” $1 trillion. So without a doubt every administration and elected official since is to blame. This latest smoke and mirror, highly touted $38 billion budget compromise is B.S. We borrowed more while it was being negotiated than was cut. Plus it wasn’t a budget cut at all it was only a deduction from what Obama wanted to spend. We didn’t have a 2011 approved budget. Both sides are claiming victory in the deal. No one won especially us. If any one came away with a small victory it was Obama, as none of his pet projects were cut. The $38 billion was as much smoke and mirror accounting as it was anything. So it’s our good conservative Republicans who really caved.
Constitutionally only Congress can approve spending. Though most recent Presidents have ignored that fact. Supposedly the President prepares his budget proposal, and then it goes to Congress if approved or altered then to the Senate again approved or altered, then back to the President. Follow the bouncing ball back and forth ad on infinitum. This is all should be completed well in advance of our fiscal year. The only way to stop the madness is for the Congress to refuse to raise the debt ceiling. If The Congress stands it’s ground it will stop right there. It won’t go to the Senate or the President. We will have no choice but to live within our means. But what the good old boys in the Congress will probably do is agree to riders and unenforceable spending caps and add the trillion dollars to the President’s credit card. The Senate will approve and Obama will sign it with that snide, I fooled you again grin on his face.
Economics 101 teaches that you cannot borrow your way out of debt. At home or in business income has to exceed expenses. When you spend more than you take in you will fail. The gloom and doomers say we must borrow more than the $47,000 plus interest that every man woman and child currently owes, or we will go down and the world’s economy will tank. Hogwash! We must live within our means and pay our debts no matter how painful. We must fight the global economy concept. Stop printing money just because we can and value our currency based on our country’s legitimate economic condition and productivity, just like every other nation in the world has to. That’s the backing of “full faith and trust” that will save us. Our real significant exposure is if China and others call in our Treasury bond debt and if a global currency replaces the dollar as the world’s standard. That’s really what can kill us.
BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU ASK FOR
Make no mistake fixing our financial problems will be painful; so at least consider the results of demanding substantive changes to the way we’ve been doing business. Real cuts will be agonizing to lots of good Americans. Many will be hurt, but with good planning and reasoned need assessment it can be accomplished without jeopardizing our national security or hurting the most disadvantaged and challenged. Social Security and Medicare are an example. These Ponzi scheme un-funded entitlements can be set strait by reducing the benefits and increasing the eligibility age gradually so as not to shaft us baby boomers who have paid in and relied on the promise for so long. Gradual change that’s fair will give our younger workers time to plan and do their own saving privately. As to our welfare state and other entitlements that simply encourage unproductively and fraud, a speedier good bye is just. In the end most should go away which will allow private enterprise and the charitable community to step in, as we know they will.
IS THIS ALL A CONSPIRACY?
No, probably not. But there is a commonality, often hard to understand, but what’s shared among them all is that they want to hurt us. They create their change trough creating chaos, and then coming forward with a plan to “save” us. They share the lust to dominate. Most want power and the wealth that comes with it, the need to dominate. Muslim Jihadists are the easiest to understand, they just want us dead. They are however united in the globalization of all that is not freedom, democracy or American, especially capitalism and the dream to prosper.
WE CANT PICK THE BATTLEFIELDS, ONLY OUR BATTLES
Good military leaders know that they rarely can choose their battlefields;
but can often decide what battles to engage in. Usually the ones that can be won take priority, and so should we. Prioritize our efforts based on the severity of the level of threat and the chance of success. Our founding fathers chose our battlefield for us when they designed this experiment in freedom. Our battlefield, like it or not is politics. Only through the voting booth can we truly effect positive change. We can meet, protest, rally, picket, publicize and complain, which at best may get their attention. Electing them and when necessary un-electing them is what really counts long term. What must be done can be done. It will take winning lots of small battles. And it may take years to defeat the progressives, one-world’ers. The Tea party is not capable of defeating al-Quida, and we are not going to stop Agenda 21 anytime soon. We can’t balance state or national budgets, cut deficits or lower taxes; but we can support and help elect those who can and will over time. Shorter term we should start locally on the things that are more immediate. Our City Councils, Park Districts, Planning Commissions, School Boards and County Offices; and address important issues at these levels. Lord knows there are many important ones, perhaps most critical is fixing our schools. That may also be the most challenging and time consuming, with a bottom up approach being the most effective strategy.
ONE NATION UNDER GOD
I’m not at all embarrassed by this concept. Nor should we be afraid to stand up for it regardless of our individual beliefs or religion. The Founding Fathers understood that our rights are God given, not government permitted. The solemn duty of our Union is to protect them.
When I served on the School Board there was a huge issue of separation of Church and State over my work to incorporate the teaching of morals and ethics as a cross curriculum thread in every course. The first point is that the US Constitution only prevents Congress from establishing an official national religion and the Bill of Rights protects the freedom of religion. Second, history reveals that much of what we value as morals and ethics, although strongly founded in the Ten Commandments and Judeo-Christian beliefs, have been shared by nearly every successful long-lasting great civilization. It’s not by coincidence that most of the world’s religions embrace these same values. None of these cultures ate each other. Lying, cheating, stealing, murder, dishonesty were not tolerated; most valued family and their elders. Honor was important and the rule of law reflected these ideals. So this is not just a religious issue it’s a civics lesson. “If we ever forget we are one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under.”, Ronald Reagan.
Our American government is supposed to honor this morality as well. And to protect our right to worship or not to, as we please. Tragically, as secularism has permeated America our government and our schools, these values are diminished and often absent. Regardless of our personal beliefs part of being a good citizen, resident or immigrant requires that we honor these things. As Tea Party activists it is crucial that we lead the way. Many place at least a part of the blame on the clergy for not strongly delivering this message. It’s time that religious leaders too, put aside their fear of offending anyone and the erroneous belief that these things are political and thus off limits. As we patriots stand up and be heard, we should encourage our clergy to do so as well.
BUT CAN WE REALLY WIN?
Again I pray it’s no too late. Engagement and being pro active are the key ingredients to success. Roman Philosopher Seneca observed, “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” Let’s be prepared with a strategic plan, because the opportunity to implement our fine Tea Party goals couldn’t be better than right now. A majority of good Americans are indeed Mad As Hell And Not Going To Take It Anymore.
I’m cautiously optimistic and encouraged by what I see in the movement. Expanding our numbers, success at the polls, more local involvement-bottom up, networking, educating, holding officials accountable on all levels and the great work of the Tea Party Observers. (Who are dedicated to following local government agendas, attending meetings, reporting what they observe of concern, speaking up when it’s needed and publicizing the issues and our positions in the press, on line in emails and blogs.) We need to be light on our feet, agile able to shift gears quickly and direct our efforts decisively toward the most important of the ever-changing challenges that confront us.
So refresh and re-load, we have lots to do.
Democracy only works if you participate. Stop bitching and do something!
“WE WERE FREE UNTILL WE STOPPED FIGHTING. NOW NO ONE HAS FREEDOM.”
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by Sam Blumenfeld
Avoid Being Manipulated by Left Wing Experts
Have you ever wondered what goes on in those left-wing, politically correct “leadership seminars” in which individuals learn how to become “leaders”? Who and what are they trying to lead? According to Beverly Eakman, America’s best writer on the subject of psychological warfare, these so-called leaders are professionally trained to manipulate you in going along with a group that promotes an idea, or a program, or a policy which you may at first not agree with, but in the end find yourself unable to resist.Ms. Eakman’s enlightening book, How to Counter Group Manipulation Tactics, is a must read for those who will be involved in such group meetings. When you become aware of the unethical techniques used by these consensus-building community leaders, you become immune to their methods and your individualism reasserts itself.
As an employee in a federal agency, Ms. Eakman was required to attend a sexual harassment-AIDS awareness workshop in order to adopt the politically correct mindset regarding such ideas as “homophobia” or “intolerance.” It was a not-so-subtle form of values clarification, a form of Psych-War.
She writes: “Today, be it the workplace, a community forum, airport security, or the PTA, team spirit (the old Marxists called it “collective spirit”) is valued above individual conscience and over unique ideas.… Schoolchildren … can encounter similar problems in the classroom. It’s all Marxist tactics, just dressed differently.”
It’s all based on the psychologically known fact that “it‘s easier to control a group than it is to control a single individual.” That is why leftists prefer to deal with groups than individuals. If a community organizer, like Barack Obama, “can generate a mob mentality, and get it to work for him, control of the agenda is usually assured.”
That’s what Obama learned as a provocateur and community organizer in Chicago, how to manipulate a group of citizens to adopt his left-wing, pro-socialist agenda.
Ms. Eakman delves into Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals, the handbook which Obama read in order to apply these manipulative techniques to his work at a community organizer and later as a political candidate. His ability to speak before huge crowds of adoring supporters permitted him to stroke their fragile egos “to make them believe they were more ‘aware’ than they really were.” Such techniques have been used by every demagogue in history.
But the danger of such a dishonest strategy is that when some of those individuals wake up and discover that they’ve been manipulated by a clever liar, you cannot fool them again. Of course, we are reminded of Abraham Lincoln’s famous saying, “You can fool all of the people some of the time, and you can fool some of the people all of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time.”
But apparently, there are enough Obama fans who can be fooled all of the time.
Ms. Eakman goes into great detail exposing the Delphi Technique, which is used in groups to achieve a deceptive consensus on a controversial topic. She writes: “A consensus is essentially a collective opinion that isn’t necessarily reflective of anybody’s private view. Manipulators get away with this because the collective good (or “team”) trumps the individual — a socialist concept.”
She writes further: “Provocateurs, or agitators, often call themselves ’facilitators’ because that sounds neutral. But what these pros really do is to work the group over to ensure a predetermined outcome which they call a ’consensus.’ ”
If you work in a company or profession where you are required to attend such consensus-building meetings, you may want to use some of the techniques Eakman herself has developed to trump the facilitator. She teaches you how to take apart the arguments of the politically correct robots. Of course, you will become known as a resister, whom they will try to ridicule and ostracize. But that’s the price we all must pay when we go against the politically correct consensus. But you will also attract those in the group who secretly agree with you.
In this valuable book you will learn to understand the principles of psych-war, how to turn the tables on the facilitators, master the art of argument, and control the environment of thought. A very useful manual on how to maintain your sanity and individuality in a climate of cultural confusion and chaos.
A Tea Party for Education!
by Alex Foster
Who knew there was a Tea for Education?
K-12 public education in America is in a condition of decline and failure. This can no longer be ignored. Though we spend more than other countries per student, our students now rank behind those of other developed nations. The drop-out rate in urban schools approximates 50 percent. The failure in our urban public schools contributes to many other social issues. By 2020, in this high tech world, America's need for skilled, educated workers will approximate 120 million. Our present education system will be able to supply only 50 million.
Though billions of American tax dollars have been thrown into education reform, those dollars have produced results of negative consequence. Consider the dramatic increase in public school employment compared to student enrollment. The reason for failure is not complicated. Throughout most of America, teachers own and operate the education system. The teachers' interest should be focused on the children's success. Sadly, the focus is on money and political power. With the unions enjoying an annual income approximating 1 1/2 billion dollars per year, their financial impact on America's political institutions has been overwhelming. The teachers unions have become the center of the left-wing socialist secular movement.
Improving our children's education can be accomplished effectively and quickly through the school choice movement. Parents have the right to select the school appropriate to their child's needs and probable opportunities for a better life.
Submitted for your approval…the idea and the reality that The People of the Tea Party, Declaration of Independence and Constitution Americans, are the Center, the center of sociopolitical America. Not the right wing, not the extreme, not that which is constantly being described by Chuck Schumer and others as being “outside the mainstream.” The Tea Party and other Americans of like mind are the Standard, the Normal, and, most importantly, the smack-dab- in- the-middle Centrists of the United States of America. They represent that which America ought to be, that which the Founding Fathers and the Framers of the Constitution meant America to be.
Conversely, those, like Obama , the Democrat Party and the Mainstream Media, who claim to be centrist or “inside the mainstream” are not even near the Center of what, originally, the United States was created for, and they are all, every last one of them, Left, Far Left, and Far Gone Left. Laughable, it is, when the actually marginal people (the Progressive Left and the Progressive Right) try to marginalize or ridicule the Center (the Tea Party and others who hold to the Constitution).
W.B. Yeats’s poem “The Second Coming” begins:
Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.
The “centre,” if it is the center (or mainstream) claimed by persons of the Left, will never hold. It cannot hold because it is infected from the very beginning, infected with its own built-in failure. The idea that human beings are not individual women and men but are, instead, collective masses to be engineered, manipulated, and stripped of all ability to pursue happiness and to experience human suffering while doing so is not only preposterous and unnatural but is also spiritually deadly. It leads to a Culture of Death. The false center, the confabulated Leftist Progressivist Center will never hold.
The true Center, the Center based on JudeoChristian Tradition , the Declaration of Independence, and the Constitution will hold. It will hold because The People know and understand that their liberties and rights are given to them by their Creator, not by men. But, without eternal vigilance these liberties and rights are lost for a time or forever. We have been losing our liberties and rights for over a hundred years. Why? Because there is a belief or perception that the false Center, Progressivism, is the mainstream. It is not the mainstream and it is not the Center. The Tea Party and those of like mind and spirit are the Center, the Mainstream of America. At Gettysburg, Abraham Lincoln said these words:
“…this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”
And this Nation will have a new birth, today, because The People are now wide awake and the words of the Declaration of Independence are alive in their hearts, minds, and spirits:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
NOTE ON THE SO-CALLED (PROGRESSIVE) “MAINSTREAM” – from Malcolm Muggeridge’s autobiographical Conversion: a Spiritual Journey (1988):
The Great Liberal Death Wish
The process of death wishing, in the guise of liberalism, has been eroding the civilization of the West for a century and more, and now would seem to be about to reach its apogee. The Liberal mind, effective everywhere, whether in power or in opposition, has provided the perfect instrument. Systematically, stage by stage, dismantling our Western way of life, depreciating and deprecating all its values so that the whole social structure is now tumbling down, dethroning its God, undermining all its certainties. And all this, wonderfully enough, in the name of the health, wealth and happiness of all mankind. Previous civilizations have been overthrown from without by the incursion of barbarian hordes; ours has dreamed up its own dissolution in the minds of its own intellectual elite. Not Bolshevism, which Stalin liquidated along with all the old Bolsheviks; not Nazism, which perished with Hitler in his Berlin bunker; not Fascism, which was left hanging upside down from a lamp-post along with Mussolini and his mistress—none of these, history will record, was responsible for bringing down the darkness on our civilization, but Liberalism. A solvent rather than a precipitate, a sedative rather than a stimulant, a slough rather than a precipice; blurring the edges of truth, the definition of virtue, the shape of beauty; a cracked bell, a mist, a death wish…
agree or disagree?
Memo: Government Goes To Those Who Show Up
August action information from www.freedomworks.org
some talking points
I hope the Tea Party organizations from coast to coast are gearing up to let their voices be heard in 2012. The start that occurred in 2010 must be continued in 2012 to add more patriots to both Houses.
Our Country needs this voice of conservatism and personal responsibility to be heard far and wide. We need more representatives willing to go to Washington and serve the needs of We The People.