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Advice To Tea Party Patriots; “Change Things From The Inside-Out”

Bookmark and Share    This weekend, the largely informal Tea Party movement attempts to take a step toward becoming a formal organization. Thousands are gathering in Tennessee forthe Tea Party’s  first national convention and begin to organize innumerable numbers of citizens who are dissatisfied with the direction our government has been and is going in.

Although the Tea Party movement is new, the anti-government sentiment that motivates those in it, is not new. There has always been an anti-establishment and “they’re all alike” component that has motivated people and inspired attempts to create “third parties”. The most recent one to have come closest to, but still fall short of success, was sponsored and headed up by H. Ross Perot in 1992. In his first bid for the presidency, Perot’s near 19% of the vote earned him no electoral votes but did essentially throw the election to Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton.

Third parties do not have a good track record in the United States. That is in large part due to the fact that we have a two Party system. It is not solely a two Party system, but it essentially is. Even so, there do exist many official third parties. Take a state like New York. There in addition to Democrats and Republicans you have four other major parties. There is the Liberal Party, the Conservative Party, the Libertarian Party and the Right To Life Party.

There are even more than that, but those are the four most prominent. They often run their own candidates but more often than not, they cross endorse candidates.

For instance a Democrat may occasionally be found also running on the Conservative line. Usually, the Republican is endorsed by the Conservative Party and the Democrat is endorsed by the Liberal Party. On many occassions,  Republicans run on the Conservative and Right To Life lines. These crossed endorsed candidacies have the total vote on the Republican line added to the total votes that they get on the Right To Life and Conservative Party lines.

What this essentially does is give individuals who can’t get themselves to pull the lever for a Republican, the opportunity to vote for the Republican, but on the Conservative or Right To Life line.

This is how Rudy Giuliani became Mayor of overwhelmingly Democrat New York City.

He won the Republican nomination but there were far too many New Yorkers who refused to ever vote Republican, even if they did like Rudy. So what did he do? He got enough signatures to create a third Party line called the “Independent Fusion Party.”

It was that line that gave Rudy enough votes to win, because the total he received on the Republican line would never have been enough to elect him.

But the point to all this is that regardless of these third party entities that may exist, they more often than not, align themselves with either the Republican or the Democrat candidate. Why? Because we are essentially a two Party nation. For some of us the two Parties represent clear differences. To some of us, it is not so much Republican or Democrat as it is right or wrong. It is that clear cut. For others, both Parties are the same. These angry voters are today calling themselves Tea Party members.

And so at their convention, they are organizing.

For those who could afford the exorbitantly high priced tickets that are required for each of the events at their convention, they are being offered workshops such as “How to do Voter Registration Drives and Where to Find Conservative Votes” & “Women in Politics” or a workshop sponsored by the Young Americans for Freedom called “How to Involve the Youth in the Conservative Movement”. Training in these areas are crucial for any movement so I commend the organizers of the Tea Party convention for understanding what needs to be done to be a successful activist.

But my question to all these new activists and their newfound enthusiasm is ………Where the hell have you been??

Why did it take elected Republicans who went astray and the most left leaning, socialist admiring, wealth spreading, President in history, to wake you up and get you up off of your collective arses?

And now that you have finally woken up to the fact that we are losing our country and shredding its Constitution, what are you doing?

You’re trying to take the same historic path to failure that others who believe the grass is greener on some imaginary third side of the street took.  And that is despite the fact that you know there are only two sides to a street.

I find myself greatly frustrated by the new awakening that suddenly has millions of people saying “hey, wait a minute, that isn’t right” or “Hey, can they do that”. What “they” have been doing hasn’t been right for years, but your lack of civic responsibility allowed it to get to where it is today.

Which brings me to the direction I advise that Tea Party activists take.

Now that our government has your attetion, use the Tea Party Convention well.  Be inspired by its speakers. Absorb the organizational knowledge being provided in the truly useful workshops that the convention offers. Then take that inspiration and knowledge and do what you should have started doing a long time ago. Apply that organizational ability and activism into taking over the two Parties that exist. Make those Parties the political organization that represent what you want them to represent, not what the establishment political class wants it to stand for.

Start at the local level.

Whether you know it or not, there are elections held that elect your local Republican or Democrat Leaders. The first subset of leaders are your local committeemen. One man and one woman within small sections of your neighborhood are elected by the registered voters of the respective Parties who live in that area. They are usually called “election districts”. The people who win the election in their respective election district or precinct, then become municpal or district committeemen. At the same time, there is also usually an election for either district leaders or Municipal Chairmen. These people organize the district or municipality represented by district or precinct committeemen. In some cases these leaders are not voted on in the general election but by the town or precinct committeemen who were elected by the voters in a general election.

District Leaders or Municipal Chairs then organize their committeemen and together they select County Chairmen. This occurs at a county convention where the county committeemen elect the County Chairmen.

As we climb the organizational pyramid, at a state Party convention, County Chairmen elect a State Chairman and at national conventions, State Chairmen elect a national Chairman.

This is how the Parties, that Tea Party protestors so despise, organize.

Now if only these Tea Party Patriots participated in that process, they could be controlling the Parties and stop being controlled by the Parties.

It should also be known that in many cases, the same process that elects the Party leadership, also takes place in regards to the official endorsement process of candidates. In many cases, it is how nominees of the respective Parties are selected when local, county or state offices open up, especially in the event of seats that become vacant. In those cases, the same process that elected your district or municipal chairmen will select the nominee who will run in a special State Senate, State Assembly or City Council election.

Understanding this process is essential to any Tea Party Patriot.

By understanding the methodology involved, instead of trying to build a third side to a street, you can rebuild the existing side that you prefer and make it into what you want.

If you can get Tea Party Patriots elected to County Committeemen positions, you can put into office the Republican or Democrat Party leader of your municipality. Elect Tea Party Patriots to Municipal Chairmen positions and they can elect the Tea Party protestors that they want to be Republican or Democrat County Chairs. From there you do the same with State Chairmen and ultimately the Chairmen of the Democrat and Republican National Committees. It is also how you effect and in many cases select the candidates for state assembly, state senate, Governor, Congress, and the Senate.

If you were apart of that process, you could shape your party platform, you could also be a part of the screening process that endorses candidates and throws the full weight of the Party establishment behind those endorsed candidates. If you were a part of that process, you would be the establishment and you would be able to eventually take credit for electing people who will take this country in the direction that you want to see it go in.

So my advice to Tea Party Patriots is this. Change things from the inside out. Energize, stay angry and motivated, stay focused and become a part of the process instead of fighting the process and succumbing to the failure of all other third Parties.

Do you want to cross endorse or throw your weight behind the establishment’s candidates or do you want be the candidates that others cross endorse and help? Don’t fight with the political Parties………..


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Taxes. They Are Sure To Go Up Under The Taxman

Bookmark and Share   On the way to D.C. for the national Tea Party protest, those on my bus took advantage of its taxman1DVD player and the overhead television screens.

At first the words of Mark Levin’s Liberty & Tyranny were played. The use of his best selling book on audio came in quite handy and as we listened to the last chapter, those of us on the bus were inspired by the meaning of his words and could not help directly relating  the mission we were in the midst of,  to the one proposed by Mark Levin when he urges conservatives to become activists and steal back the mantle of leadership for the sake of stemming the tyranny of bureaucracy in place of spreading independence and liberty.

Not long after that chapter of that audio book came to its conclusion, a video came on.

No we were not plugged into MTV or VH1 or some other lamestream media outlet. It was a DVD provided by one of my fellow passengers. A gentleman whose expresses his sense of conviction by producing videos dealing with the very purpose of our journey to the Tea Party.

I would like to share one of those videos with you. It is done quite well with excellent production value and a level of superior creative quality that provide a jovial look at a serious matter …….Taxes.

Take a moment to check it out. You wont regret the three minutes spent on it but certainly will regret not taking the opportunity to see this little gem.

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Wahington, D.C. National Tea Party Protest Statement

Bookmark and Share    Today I join with my fellow Americans in a demonstration of will and show of power.  Today after a ride in a freedom picketAcaravan to Washington, D.C., I will add my voice to those from Alaska and California to New York and New Jersey.  Together, in one unified voice and one united message we will make clear to the government that Americans are tired of the oppressive regulaation, expenses, directives and lies that the politicaal class is inflicting upon Americans of all classes. 

This crowd will not be made up of Republicans or Democrats.  It will not be made up whites and blacks, christian and jews or the rich or the poor.  It will be made up of Americans.  Americans of all different backgrounds and belief.  Different kind of Americans who share one overriding concern and sentiment between them all.  Rthat sentiment is that government has become too big, too expensive, too unconstitutional and too power.

The following is the statement that I will be offering up at the National Tea Party protest in D.C..:

“The United States of America. It was once a novel concept until it became a dream and then after years of struggle, sacrifice and suffering, it became a reality.

Little more than 233 years ago America unleashed the most powerful force the world has ever known when it gave birth to freedom. 233 years later and it can no longer be denied that an American bureaucracy and big government mentality is smothering freedom and bringing it to its knees in America.

We see how our government is taking control of our businesses and industries. We see how our government isPicket_Sign_2 taking control of our homes, our pockets and our property. That is why we are here today.

We are people who do not need another 9/11 to make us appreciate our freedom and its value.

We know how precious and valuable it is and we do not want to see it abridged by an ever growing and ever increasing controlling government.

And today we are here to make sure that our government and its leader understand that we know how precious freedom is and that we will not sit idly by as bureaucrats and the political class take any more of it away from than they already have.

233 years ago American freedom fighters made the King of England understand that we would not allow him to take our freedom away and now, 233 years later we are here to make the kings and queens in Congress understand that same message. In 1776 we American freedom fighters delivered our message of independence to the English kingdom, today we deliver that same message to the American political thiefdom that is gradually stealing away our rights.

The people in that house (as I point to the White House) seem to have forgotten that freedom is ours. It is our God given , inalienable right that offers each one endless potential. It is not theirs to restrict or limit through legislation and government fiats that run against the grain of our Constitution and founding principles.

The people in that House (as I point to the House of Representatives) don’t get it but the people in houses across America do.

For a nation that was founded on our opposition to royalty, we have come a long way to reach the point in time when our own government is infatuated by the appointment of czars, unelected and unaccountable czars, political cronies, to positions of power and influence.

As modern day freedom fighters, we come here today with a list of demands. Demands that we want met today and everyday to follow. We want a government that is not in the way of freedom and independence We want one that is defending freedom and independence and paving the way for us to enjoy the two..

We do not want our wealth or lack of it, redistributed by the bureaucracy that is big government. We do not want our medical attention governed by the political class and their bureaucracy or unelected, unaccountable Czars.

This is a message similar to the one that we made the King of England once understand and it is the same one that we will make the kings and queens of Congress understand either before Election Day or on Election Day. Either way this will understood. We are not a nation defined by our government. We are a nation that defines our government and in the face of our government’s tyranny we will restore liberty. Either with the people in the White House and House of Representatives, or without them, the households of America will get done the job that they fail to.”

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