THE VIEW FROM RIGHT OF CENTER
ENGAGE, TEA PARTY PATRIOTS
An Essay, by Doug Crosse
Due to its length, this essay will be released in two parts on 4/26 & 5/1
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.
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