“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances”.
Words. Simple and direct. No society on Earth had ever heard their like before… they were truly as revolutionary as the revolution that spawned them. It was the beginning of the evolution of the freest, most open and dynamic nation/state in history. Cobbled together from a handful of often cantankerous and contrarily independent colonies. How, then, were these wildly disparate groups of peoples forged into the instrument for truth and freedom that is the United States of America?
We know that we stand on the shoulders of giants. Even a cursory glance through our founding documents reveals them to be the inspired works of thoughtful, highly educated (most of them were reading Homer in the original Greek by the time they were 12 or 13 and doing trigonometry and calculus as well) men who risked everything to birth this nation of free men, against odds that reason said were impossible.
Information was passed from person to person. The papers of the period were mostly one page ‘broadsheets’ which could often be found plastered to the wall of the local tavern. Political views and opinions were often printed in pamphlets which were circulated through the towns and villages. There were no ‘professional’ journalists… only individual Americans speaking their minds and hearts. read more »
King Solomon put it best when he said “there is nothing new under the sun”. And so it is with politics.
Even now, political history is repeating itself. We have a Democrat in the White House giving speeches about how America is losing its spirit in the midst of a recession and high unemployment – just like Jimmy Carter in his “Malaise speech” in 1979. And we have polls indicating that what Americans are really getting tired of is the President. Again, just like with Carter.
According to the latest Gallup poll, only 42% of the public approve of Obama’s job performance – fewer than any other president at this point in office since the dawn of polling. And the opinions are pretty strong.
According to pollster Scott Rasmussen, only 23% “strongly approve”, while 38% “strongly disapprove”, leaving Obama fifteen points in the hole when it comes to those who have any passion to their opinions. Further, 3/4ths of voters think that the nation is on the “wrong track”, and over half of the country still opposes his biggest legislative success, ObamaCare, and want to see it repealed.
Of course none of this bodes well for re-election, which explains Obama’s reach for another historical retread – class warfare.
For decades, liberal political strategy has been built around buying large segments of the electorate with government largesse and, more often than not, doing it with borrowed money. Obama’s problem is that his administration comes at a time when most everyone has realized that the national credit card is maxed out, and that the bank won’t increase the limit. read more »
Soon the federal government will reach its current legal debt limit of 14.3 trillion dollars, and the only way it can stay open is if Congress raises that limit.
Currently, many conservative members of Congress, such as Senators Jim DeMint, Marco Rubio, Rand Paul and Mike Lee, are demanding that Congress approve a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution before any extension of the debt limit.
They need our support!
In order to pass a Constitutional Amendment, it must pass BOTH houses of Congress by a 2/3's vote before it is sent on to the states for ratification.
There is little doubt that the states would approve such an amendment - but it has to get past Congress first! read more »
The lamestream has proclaimed the genius of Barack Obama’s apparent shift to the right. There may be some brain-addled conservatives who have taken Barry’s recent outreach to Republicans to heart. In fact though, I don’t think you’ll find many conservatives out here at all that would trust the ‘new’ Obama, who is once again pretending to be the centrist he ran on in 2008.
We saw how long that lasted. This apparent move to the right is every bit as ephemeral as Obama’s middle class tax-cuts and just about as sincere. Obama will never stray very far from his radical communist upbringing. It’s deeply ingrained in his psyche. It shows in his every move, in his every utterance. It’s apparent in every association he has.
With the Conservative Republican revolution coming down around his ears, Obama doesn’t have much choice but to appear willing to work with Republicans. Even as our young Mr. Obama was making nice with the new Congress, he was scheming away some more of your freedom.
Obama is now creating policy by presidential fiat. In this case, he has signed a presidential directive enabling regulatory agencies to write their own regulations without congressional oversight… as a matter of fact, without any oversight at all. read more »
There is no great mystery about how to be effective politically. But there are some time tested basics to successfully impacting the system.
Generally speaking, there are three keys to grassroots political success:
1. Identify and organize your supporters
2. Inform them
3. Mobilize them
Without identified people that are willing to help, you have no organization.
Without information, people will not know how to proceed, let alone when, where or why.
And without mobilization towards a given objective, an organization lacks a reason to exist and will quickly fade away.
These three simple steps constitute the fundamentals of successful grassroots politics at every level and can help you build a successful local organization from the ground up. Embrace them and you’ll be on the path to achieving your goals.
So how do you get started?
Your first order of business is to identify a small core group of people who share your views and a vision for what you want to do.
Think of it as a sort of “steering committee”. When small groups come together and direct their energies in pursuit of a common goal, leverage and synergies are achieved. They begin to feed from one another and keep each other enthused.
Get together and discuss the different areas each of you would like to focus on and what you believe is important. Develop a consensus and then decide who will do what.
Then pool your resources.
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Budgets do not come from the White House. They come from Congress, and the party that controlled Congress since January 2007 is the Democrat Party. They controlled the budget process for FY 2008 and FY 2009, as well as FY 2010 and FY 2011. In that first year, they had to contend with George Bush, which caused them to compromise on spending, when Bush somewhat belatedly got tough on spending increases. For FY 2009 though,Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid bypassed George Bush entirely, passing continuing resolutions to keep government running until Barack Obama could take office. At that time, they passed a massive omnibus spending bill to complete the FY 2009 budgets. And where was Barack Obama during this time? He was a member of that very Congress that passed all of these massive spending bills, and he signed the omnibus bill as President to complete FY 2009. Let's remember what the deficits looked like during that period:
If the Democrats inherited any deficit, it was the FY 2007 deficit, the last of the Republican budgets. That deficit was the lowest in five years, and the fourth straight decline in deficit spending. After that, Democrats in Congress took control of spending, and that includes Barack Obama, who voted for the budgets. If Obama inherited anything, he inherited it from himself. In a nutshell, what Obama should saying is: “I inherited a deficit that I voted for and then I voted to expand that deficit four-fold since January 20th”. read more »
Senator Arlen Specter was a registered Democrat in Pennsylvania from the age of 21 to 35. Like any sensible person, he became a Republican in his 30s, even though he switched parties not so much to suit his changing political philosophy as to be able to challenge an incumbent Democrat for the job of district attorney in Philadelphia in 1965.
A funny thing happened when Senator Specter turned 79 last year: he decided that his 21- to 35-year-old political self had been wiser than his 35- to 79-year-old self. (Given his voting record for most of his Senate career, it’s hard to quibble with this point.)
Arlen Spectacle (as Mark Levin calls him) categorically stated in March 2009, “To eliminate any doubt, I am a Republican, and I am running for reelection in 2010 as a Republican on the Republican ticket.” A month later, after genuine conservative Pat Toomey had thrown his hat into the ring for the Republican nomination, Specter announced that, to eliminate any doubt, he was a Democrat, and was running for reelection in 2010 as a Democrat on the Democratic ticket.
Specter inarguably changed parties to avoid a repeat of his close race in 2004 with Toomey, whom Specter beat with a measly 51% of the vote, despite the advantages of incumbency and overwhelming support from the national and state party establishments, including President George W. Bush and fellow Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum. As early as April 2009, just three months into Obama’s presidency, Specter must have sensed that the burgeoning anti-incumbent mood would smother him by the time of the 2010 primaries, and so he deserted the GOP. read more »
It’s still the Republican party… but it behaves with the energy of a movement… it has momentum and is self-aware. It hums and buzzes, stretches and grows with huge infusions of like-minded Patriotic Americans who are answering the summons. It’s freedom calling and once again Americans are reaching for and grasping their own part of this historical movement.
There is a concerted effort out there in Marxville to discredit the Patriot Movements, trying to tie us to extremist groups. It’s the entire gamut of DeMarxist statist press with the usual low character of their reporting as their hallmark. There have also been some communications leaked, outlining intentions of infiltrating Conservative Tea Party groups for the purpose of disruption. It’s pretty much what I expected the Democrats to do. Remember all those Democrat crossover votes in open primaries that gave us John McCain as a candidate in 2008?
Watching this magnificent movement burgeon and grow has a sense of history to it. We have advocated new leadership and a clean stable in the Republican party. I’ve been gratified by seeing the sheer numbers of smart, sharp young guns making themselves heard out there in local, County and State government level. Starting soon, the attention will be focused like a laser on November and the Senate and House races. read more »
The public speaks
So who's closer to your own views on politics, the President of the United States (AKA "The One) or some anonymous member of the Tea Party movement?
For 48% of American voters the answer is the Tea Party. The One clocks in at 44%. That's according to the latest numbers from the Rasmussen poll.
On major issues, 48% of voters say that the average Tea Party member is closer to their views than President Barack Obama. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that 44% hold the opposite view and believe the president’s views are closer to their own.
Not surprisingly, Republicans overwhelmingly feel closer to the Tea Party and most Democrats say that their views are more like Obama’s. Among voters not affiliated with either major political party, 50% say they’re closer to the Tea Party while 38% side with the President. ...
Keep in mind that this poll comes AFTER Obama, the Democrat leadership and the media have spent a great deal of time trying to portray the folks in the Tea Party movement as radicals, etremists, or (in some cases) "birthers" and/or outright racists.
And STILL, more Americans identify with them than Obama...which points to what should be a pretty good November for conservatives. read more »
I feel like I’m living a mystery spy thriller. The more I learn the harder it is to wrap my brain around the fact that it is real and it is happening here in this country right now. There is a real sense of what I’m talking about around the country, as American Patriots band together in angry protest to what is now obviously not just the usual political high jinks from Washington that we have all become accustomed to. It has manifested itself in myriad alarming ways that have not gone unnoticed or unmarked, thanks to the new media allowing the American people to bypass the statist-controlled leftist press.
With his much haggled, much bribed, many times offered health care fiasco in dire straits, and all of Obama’s, Reid’s and Pelosi’s machinations notwithstanding, looking very anemic and close to being on life support, it’s time to start asking some questions about some other things that have been flying under the radar.
Balkanization. While we slept… Ka Lahui is the Hawaiian native separatist movement with sinister implications far beyond its mild-seeming kumbaya framework.
The House passed HR 2314 on Feb 23, 2010. The chief proponent of this bill was Democrat Representative Neil Abercrombie, and supported strongly by… who else? Barack Hussein Obama. This man favors any legislation which weakens this country, its Constitution or its people. The most obvious implication of this legislation, should it pass, opens the door for any disaffected group of people to set up what would be an independent and sovereign ‘group’, basically outside the laws of the country. Anyone for sharia? No wonder Obama favors it. read more »