TEA Party

I got a very nice surprise today when I discovered that Walter Hudson of News Real Blog had ranked the ‘bot as #7 in his list of Top 10 TEA Party Bloggers You Need To Read.

This was totally unexpected and greatly humbling. Thanks Mr. Hudson. I’m grateful for the acknowledgement. It’s good to know these pixellated pages are read, much less appreciated.

Another big plus is, I’ve been introduced to some unknown-to-me blogs I obviously need to visit. Out of the ten, I was familiar with only one blog listed, my new friend The Conservative Pup. Congratulations, Pupster!

Be sure to check out Walter Hudson’s piece and all of the worthy blogs he has honored.

Thanks again, Sir.

Walter Hudson also blogs at Fightin’ Words.

Yes. For some reason, it seems we need to.

The coming 2012 election should not be framed in ideology of Right versus Left, Republican vs. Democrat or Libertarian/Conservative vs. Liberal.

The main issue of this election is whether we the people of this country choose to enslave our neighbors using the machinery of mob rule democracy or reclaim our lost liberties and return to the original intent of our Constitutional Republic. That is the issue.

Either you are an asset to society or you are a burden on it.

The 2012 election should be framed in light of the government’s unbridled over-expansion. Today, the US government in engaged in an unhinged, un-American mission to encourage sloth and preach entitlement theology, enabled and encouraged by the uninformed citizen and the educated elitist alike while funding the assault on the backs of the very people they prostitute but claim to protect: the everyday American.

This is but one example from The Heritage Foundation 2011 Budget Chart Book

The world the Statists would establish is one of dependency on government as a patriarch who makes even the most mundane decisions for us and therefore, as a child of government, we will have no rights or property except what illusion they would allow.

This election is about American versus un-American.

It’s about Freedom versus Slavery.

I’ve been thinking along these lines for a while. After all, what is governmental redistribution of wealth but slavery? But the possibility that there may be more people in this country who are against America as founded than are for it really hit home when I saw this retweeted from Pat Dollard last week:

@MerlePearl Merle

Scary, but true. RT @PatDollard If Obama wins the next election, then there aren’t enough Americans left for it to be America anymore.

To which I replied:

Too true. Unfortunate as well is, that knowledge could serve to energize either base.

Have too many Americans forgotten what it means to be uniquely American?

It’s a bit terrifying to me that we’ve come this far down the road to Socialism, Communism or Statism. Call it what you will, but the America we thought we knew is teetering on the precipice of a debt cliff caused by overspending on unearned entitlements. If it is not reversed, America simply can not survive. No country can, or ever has when using the economic model being employed.

It’s as if there is some genetic defect that keeps mutating every generation, eating away at our Self Reliance Gene. Everywhere you look, before acting, (pod) people stop and ask themselves what kind of government subsidy can they get for doing A, B or C or what entity they need approval from to do X, Y or Z, or boast to a co-worker about how much Uncle Sam gave him for his clunker or how much they received from some other such government incentive program. Where do you think that money comes from?

It is through slow, methodical, generational training that you feel these things are normal.

Once upon a glorious free country, you needed only the approval of your heart and a fearless ambition to pursue whatever you set in your mind to. As long as no-one else or their property was harmed, then by all means, go ahead. You were free to succeed and free also to fail. Now, that freedom to act at will has been taken from us. We must get a permit to do just about anything. Someone or some entity must approve of your plans before you can break ground on a homestead, start a business or attempt to market your latest invention, all under the guise of government knowing better than you. Slowly, generation by generation, the evil that is an unrestrained government has eaten away at the American foundation of self reliance.

Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.

C. S. Lewis
English essayist & juvenile novelist (1898 – 1963)

Make no mistake folks, this election is about the survival of America as she was founded.

It will be the single most important election in which you ever will cast a vote. America lives or dies in 2012. This election is about defining what it means to be an American. The true definition of an American has been gerrymandered and perverted by the media, in legislation and regulation and in the halls of “higher education.”

“Concentrated power is not rendered harmless by the good intentions of those who create it.”
Milton Friedman

The true definition of an American has been diluted by diversity and diffused by political correctness. Our defining characteristic, what makes us Americans, has in some cases been stolen along with our dignity. We must reclaim our pride in our American heritage and reassert our love of liberty by standing up to the detractors, the apologists, the America haters and the would be en-slavers.

This election is about American self reliance versus forced servitude. It is also about framing the question as such.

The good news is that, according to the Obama administration, the rich will pay for everything. The bad news is that, according to the Obama administration, you’re rich.
P. J. O’Rourke

It is un-American to take from your neighbor so that you may have what he doesn’t.

It is also un-American to take from someone who works so that you don’t have to. Right now there are working class people who toil away at their jobs under threat of losing their livelihood if they show up late, fail a drug test, are insubordinate to their employer or any number of prerequisites for employment while at the same time, the people who benefit from those stolen monies are not required to adhere to any such standards. That is un-American to its core. It is also thievery.

In America today one can’t get a decent job without background checks and drug tests and aptitude tests and any number of requirements for employment. It’s a circus of flaming hoops, but we do it because we love our families, we still have our pride and we need to make money to survive. What pride the takers once had, they exchanged for a welfare check or a stack of food stamps and a cell phone at the behest of a ‘benevolent’ government. Without renouncing their selfish attitude, is there any question to what they will vote for? They will vote for more of your money and they will do so because of generational training.

These people are our brothers and sisters. They are our fellow Americans. They don’t desire our pity, nor would we grant them any. They have simply lost their feeling of self worth and may not even be aware of it. I believe some of them deep down, know or suspect the wrong they are doing, the harm they inflict on their own country, but peer pressure and the entitlement culture beckon them to stay in the fold. Sadly, the ultimate irony is, the problem was created by the very bureaucrats they vote to keep in office, urged to do so by demagogue leaders willing to sell them down the road to maintain their own minor pedestals of power. It is a fact that inequity exists in the American system, truly, it exists in all governments to some degree, but one cannot legislate equality of outcome, only equality of opportunity. That is the promise of America’s Constitution.

That some achieve great success, is proof to all that others can achieve it as well.
Abraham Lincoln

When the politicians and political hypochondriacs scream that some true libertarian/conservative wants to end Social Security or that the TEA Party wants to kill grandma or end some so-called entitlement, they are selling all Americans into slavery, plain and simple.

We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.
Abraham Lincoln

It’s time for Americans to re-claim what it means to be a true American.

Instead of thinking “What is government going to give me?” (What can I take from my neighbor?), we need to think about what we can do for our neighbors.

Like the Founders before us, we can give them freedom. It’s up to all of us to keep it.

That is what it means to be a true American.

A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have.

Gerald Ford

Further Reading:

Change, Intervention, and Dependency

Individual Rights Vs. The Collective

Man Under a Totalitarian State Functions Differently than a Man Under Liberty

UPDATE: Graciously linked at The Other McCain, Caught Him With A Corndog & Adrienne’s Corner. Thanks!

UPDATE II: The Lonely Conservative links in.

UPDATE III: Doug Ross links.

UPDATE IV: The Troglopundit links in from his Wisconsin cave dwellings.

UPDATE V: Linked by A Conservative Pup. Arf!

UPDATE VI: Linked at NoOneOfAnyImport, The Classic Liberal and The Camp of the Saints. – Thanks!

UPDATE VII: Peace or Freedom throw us some linkage. TYVM

UPDATE VIII: Linked at Wyblog. – Thanks!

From the TEA Party Patriots website:

Continuing Revolution RallyCR Rally
When: Thursday, March 31, 2011 at 12pm

Where
Robert A. Taft Memorial, Washington, DC (North West of the Capitol Building, Directly West of Upper Senate Park). Click on map to go to Google for directions.

 

Why
Patriots across the nation spoke loudly last November.  You voted for change.  You voted for real fiscal leadership.

Unfortunately Washington doesn’t get it.  President Obama and the Reid Senate continue to ignore the fiscal crisis while the House dithers around the edges of spending cuts.  We need bold leadership and we need it now.  IT’S TIME TO ACT.  Join us on the National Mall this week to turn up the heat on entrenched Washington politicians.

Tell them:

  • You want the full $100 billion in cuts they promised
  • You want $105 billion for Obamacare implementation cut now.
  • You expect the courage to lead us out of the financial hole Washington has dug.

Join the Tea Party Patriots Continuing Revolution Rally on the National Mall this Thursday.

While American families have been forced to pair back their budgets President Obama doubles down on costly programs like Obamacare and high speed trains we can’t afford.  This week Harry Reid will participate in a rally to protect entitlements.  That’s not leadership.  That’s just plain irresponsible governing.

We can’t kick this can down the road again.  It’s time to make a stand and put the screws to the Washington establishment.  Join the Continuing Revolution this week.

Confirmed Speakers:
Tea Party Patriots Co-Founder Jenny Beth Martin,Rep Mike Pence (IN), Rep. Michele Bachmann (MN), Rep. Steve King (IA), Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX), Rep. Raul Labrador (ID), Rep. Joe Walsh (IL), Rep. Ted Poe (TX), Rep. Allen West (FL) Rep. Jim Jordan (OH), Rep. Tom Graves (GA), Andrew Langer, President of The Institute for Liberty, Colin Hanna, Founder of Let Freedom Ring, NY Times Best Selling Author and Commentator Dick Morris


UPDATE:

It appears the livestream is encountering some difficulty.

Watch Live On C-SPAN. <— UPDATE rally is archived at the link.

UPDATE II:

Photo’s from the event.

I hope everyone has called or faxed or emailed their Senators to urge them to oppose the DREAM Act, which just yesterday passed the House of Representatives and heads to the Senate today, and the Forced Unionization bill now under debate, soon to be voted on in both houses of Congress.

As I told my Senator yesterday evening in a short email, it would be better to have these issues and other such major legislation discussed after the newly elected congress is installed. In fact, I think any Lame Duck congress should be limited to legislation which deals with funding the military or the operation of our government only.

Of course, the Democraps currently seated don’t see it that way. They think since they are on the way out, why waste the opportunity to whack you once or twice more with additional laws we’ll have to fight for repeal of, thus enabling, in the case of the DREAM nightmare, further painting of anyone against the DREAM Act as racist and against the poor starving under-privileged immigrants who are here lawfully (only once the amnesty bill passes). They know that once a law is in place it will be almost impossible to repeal, especially after 2 years of implementation. The same holds true for the misleadingly named “Public Safety Employer-Employee Cooperation Act.” The TEA Party Republicans will have a lot on their plate to repeal in 2013. Do we need, or can we stand to pile more on that already heaping shingle? I think not.

Republicans have a lousy track record when it comes to repealing bad legislation. In fact, I can’t think of very many times it has happened. Republicans by their nature are less active in dealing with repeal of bad laws. Most will just learn to live with it or in the case of the RINO’s (read Progressive Republicans) be active in the enactment of such laws.

TEA Partiers, Americans, our job did not finish with this election. We just got started. We must be ever vigilant over this monster of a government that wishes US to be more and more like the failed model of Europe. If you love your country and would like to see her returned to her former glory as the beacon of freedom to the world, join with the rest your sane neighbors and call your Senators and Congresmen to oppose these destructive bills.

Congress.org has a list of who represents you.

That is all.

Did Harry Reid steal the Nevada election from Sharron Angle?

This may be one instance where George Soros’ Secretary of State Project worked as planned.

From Right Pundits:

[Secretary of State Ross] Miller is a life-long partisan Democrat operative in the state, the legacy son of former Democratic governor Bob Miller. He interned in the Clinton White House after obtaining a law degree from Loyola Marymount University. At age 30 he is also the youngest Secretary of State in Nevada’s history and apparently in way over his head.None of that would matter if he would only take an active role in voter fraud claims by Republicans, but instead Miller appears to be hiding behind his own bureaucracy.

Despite these widespread reports in the news about Nevada voting machines miraculously selecting Harry Reid’s name in a case of divine intervention, Miller’s response to the explosive Nevada election fraud allegations is that nobody bothered to file a formal complaint with the election’s division so he is not going to investigate it! He seems offended that a resident would instead take her case to the news media. Miller knows, of course, that pretty much nobody knows how to file election fraud complaints in a state. The voters are doing the natural thing by talking to the media.

The allegations of voter fraud, tampering and intimidation by Harry Reid’s campaign continue to pile up. So strange was Reid’s comeback after early voting showed a GOP advantage, The Christian Science Monitor labeled his victory a Houdini act.

This robot is absolutely *blsht* positive that the Senator did everything within his *hack*  power to keep his staffers and his son, Rory Reid, who is the *crrpt* Clarke County Commissioner where the vote stealing allegations took place, on the straight and *ahem* narrow, but the questions remain and accumulate, unanswered.

Strange: Election night, an as yet unexplained power outage occurred at one Las Vegas polling location. How convenient.

Side note: Also in question to me is the timing of Obama’s highly overrated, exorbitantly expensive, overseas trip in the wake of this election. Could it possibly be a bit of distraction from the possibility of voter fraud? The three-card-monte is always in play, it seems, with these people.

In another article, Elizabeth Crum, reporting for the National Review Online unearthed “disturbing” evidence of “collusion,” coercion and harassment of Harrah’s employees to conjure votes for embattled Senator Reid against the TEA Party candidate Sharron Angle. (H/T Am-Pow)

The accusations stem from a series of emails and spreadsheets that NRO obtained which offer damning evidence against Harry Reid’s staff, and possibly point to Reid’s personal  involvement in the scandal, with some in Harrah’s upper management being willing accomplices to the stealing of the election through voter/employee intimidation.

Reports Crum:

The stepped-up effort began Wednesday when a Reid staffer sent an email pleading for help to Harrah’s top lobbyist, Jan Jones. Soon after, Marybel Batjer, Harrah’s vice president of public policy and communications, distributed that plea via email to executives throughout the company.

Later in the article, the employee who forwarded the emails said:

“We were asked to talk to people individually to find out why they had not yet voted and to fill in these spreadsheets explaining why,” the employee said. “I did not feel comfortable doing that.”

“It put me in a very awkward position,” the employee added, saying the level of coordination between Harrah’s upper management, the culinary union, and the Reid campaign was “disgusting.”

A spokesman with the Federal Election Commission declined to comment on the case, but encourages anyone who feels that an election-law violation has occurred to file a complaint with the commission.

I wonder how many complaints have been filed already.

BigFurHat @ iOTW simply states: Harry Reid Broke The Law – Plain and Simple.

Here’s hoping someone with enough power to combat the Reid machine can get to the bottom of these serious anti-American accusations. One thing’s for sure, Eric Holder and the Federal justice system are going to turn a blind eye unless more evidence surfaces.

Previously:

Election Night 2010 – Begin the Begin

O’Donnell Censored by Local Television?

2010 Voter Fraud?

From the O’Donnell campaign:

Wilmington, DE – An Election Eve television outreach by Delaware Republican Senate nominee Christine O’Donnell was not aired as scheduled, even though the campaign paid for the advertising last week. O’Donnell campaign spokesman Doug Sachtleben offered the following statement:

“It’s still unclear as to why the local cable channel failed to air the half-hour long special. Our hope is that this is not another case of the liberal media or political dirty tricks trying to silence Christine’s message to the voters of Delaware.

“Christine announced the broadcast during yesterday’s rally in Wilmington, and it was scheduled to run at 11:30 p.m. Sunday and again at 10 a.m. today. But, the channel did not air the powerful ad at either scheduled time. We are very disappointed that an ad, which the campaign paid for last week, was not aired as scheduled.”

Washington Post article:  O’Donnell has trouble airing 30-minute TV ad in Delaware

Here is the ad:

We the People of the First State from Friends of Christine O'Donnell on Vimeo.

I’ve been at a loss lately for some topic for an essay. Maybe not so much at a loss as much as experiencing a bit of burn out. Here’s a stream-of-consciousness piece I wrote trying to break the blockage:

Writer’s block party!

Everyone is invited, of course. I’ll let you guys start the conversation since lately I’m kind of at a loss with what to discuss.

Well, since you ask; the way I see it, you can only say Obama sucks in so many ways. Besides, if you haven’t chosen a side by now, in this political climate, you are purposefully ignoring the gravity of the situation here in America. And if you are still on the leftist side, there’s nothing I can say to you that will change your mind. Lefties are a lost cause as far as I’m concerned. The evidence is there. Ample evidence. You lefties just choose to ignore it or worse, actually want to tear this country apart at the seams, which, in either case makes you an enemy of freedom and a traitor to this country. Aiding and abetting the destruction of my country  is not something I take lightly.

I recon I’m going to lose a few friends in the near future but lines have been drawn long ago that must be beaten back. We can quibble all day long about libertarian versus conservative. Hell, even old school liberal versus republican, but when push comes to shove, if a person today sides with the Democraps, they are an enemy of the Constitution and by inference, the people of this country.

Come November 3rd, we will have a new kind of country, one in which a goodly number of people have awakened. The new electorate will have yet to be sworn in and I wonder on the rashness and brashness of the existing aristocracy and how much damage they have yet to do. Once, I made an Automotivator that stated making Obama and his congress a lame duck  would be the best that could happen. I have to retract that statement in this case. Pelosi, Reid, Obama, Greyson and their ilk have proven time and again they have no shame and will stop at nothing to wrest control of the country from the people. I worry that they will, after a sweeping Conservative victory this November, get vindictive over their coming loss of power and push through more destruction of our Constitution. Worse yet, is the possibility of stolen elections. I don’t hear much of that in the sources I keep up with but I put nothing past these criminals.

Yep, we’ve got a lot of work to do. We really have yet to get started. It’s like watching a bad contractor tear up your house only, in this case, we have to wait until their contract is up until we can fire them. Why is that? Why can’t we at least expunge these bastards right after the election. At least in a contractor’s case you could fire them and get them off of your property before they can do more damage. It would be nice to tie their hands so they could cause no more damage is all. I know what I speak of is not allowed in the constitution, just wishful thinking and impatience on my part.

That’s my rant for the day. I feel better. How about you?

I’ve got a football game in my near future and a baseball game this evening as well, so…

If you have a notion, stop by Wyblog, my Jersey buddy Chris Wysocki’s place, and congratulate him for getting picked by PJTV’s  Vodkapundit, Stephen Green, for the number 4 spot on blog headline of the week!

Way to go Chris!

As a bonus to the ‘bot, Chris was recently kind enough to put the Socia.list graphic up there top, front and left on his blog. Now that graphic has been seen by ten’s of thousands or millions! You keep on keepin’ on, Chris. I’ll take your stragglers any day.

If you recall, Chris was also recently picked as a contributor to Right Wing News. The hits, as they say, just keep comin’ for Chris. We’re proud of you buddy. Keep up the great work!

Lately, we bloggers have been focused on the national elections in our attempts to reclaim and restore our Constitutional Republic. The people who belong to the Progressive States Network are working against that goal at all levels, including the State Legislatures.

As noted in the previous post, 1000 Progressives in State Governments,

The PSN is a network of Progressive organizations that share Obama’s goal of the ‘fundamental transformation of America’

and as noted on the new Socia.list page, the members of the PSN Board of Directors include a bonafide “who’s-who” of Progressive/Socialist/Communist thought.

The Socia.list is depressingly long.

It shows just how much work we have to do to vote these people out and restore sanity to our Republic, but it can be done. Here’s how, as I see it:

1. Make note of who your representatives are along with their opponents.

2. Get that list to your TEA Party and Republican Party leaders for distribution.

3. Get out the vote!

4. Watch the Progressives lose office on Nov. 2.

5. Rest a bit.

6. Get back to work!

There are still some Progressives left, but we will have hopefully ousted enough to make the rest fear for their jobs. Go forth and strengthen the organizations you’ve joined and or started. Two years remain before we can truly turn the ship of state in the right direction, towards a restoration of our Founding Principles and a Constitutional Republic.

The new Socia.list page can be found at the top of the blog, just under the masthead and to the right of the Shoppe tab.

More info on the PSN from a few of my blogging brethren:

Getting To Know Your Michigan Candidates

The Progressive States Network: What you need to know

Progressive States Network – Immigration

Progressive States Network: Distorting the Electoral Process?

The Progressive States Network: Undermining Liberty one State at a Time

The Progressive States Network: Exploiting the Crisis that Progressives Caused?

Progressive States Network: National Popular Vote

Popular Vote: By the Numbers

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Thanks to Steve from Texas Pixel Magic and Libertarian Buddha for the Socia.list graphics.

With thanks to Right Klik:

Ten Buck Fridays congratulates Dale Glading on his victory in this week’s TBF poll.

Here’s a little background information on Mr. Glading:

Dale Glading, 50, is the Founder and Executive Director of The Saints Prison Ministry. Headquartered in Moorestown, New Jersey, “The Saints” is the largest athletic prison ministry in the country with branch offices in Charlotte, NC, and Colorado Springs, CO…

A lifetime resident of South Jersey, Dale earned a Bachelor of Science degree with summa cum laude honors in Community Recreation from Temple University in 1981. He served as Recreation Director at the Wiley Christian Retirement Community for 10 years before entering full-time ministry with The Saints in 1994. During his years at Wiley, Dale developed a deep empathy for seniors and an understanding of the issues that concern them most…

Dale Glading on the issues: (excerpts)

It is time that the career politicians in Washington stopped trying to buy votes with taxpayers’ money and learned to live within their means instead. That is why I support Rep. Mike Pence’s proposed Balanced Budget Amendment that limits government spending to 20% of the GDP. I have also endorsed Rep. Todd Tiahrt’s bill to place a moratorium on all federal earmarks…

When I think about education, I consider two very important factors. The first is that our children are our most precious treasures as well as the greatest “natural resource” that America has. Second, competition breeds excellence in every area of life, including education.

That’s why I strongly support the idea of school choice. Failing schools shouldn’t be rewarded with a locked-in clientele, and children suffering in underperforming schools shouldn’t be relegated to receiving a substandard education simply because of where they live…

…how about lowering the corporate tax rate which is currently the second highest in the world? That would make American companies more competitive internationally and provide business owners with the capital they need to expand and hire more workers.

And while we’re at it, how about lowering the income tax rates for ALL Americans so we have more disposable income to better care for our families and better fuel the economy. The bottom line is that we all work hard for our money and as such, we should all be able to keep more of it…

More information on Dale Glading at his website.

More: Glading rides TEA Party surge, Andrews ignores him.

Donate to the Dale Glading campaign here.

What is the TEA Party all about?
Here’s the opening video from the march on Washington today.

I’m still looking for streaming video of the march. It appears that C-SPAN is ignoring it.

From Right Klik:

Ten Buck Fridays is proud to announce that Stephen Broden is the winner of this week’s TBF poll. Broden demonstrates a profound understanding of the compelling issues that are at stake in the upcoming election.

Pastor Broden in 2009:

I’ve just made my donation to Stephen Broden’s campaign for Congress. Please join with me and the over 80 TBF blogs and patriots in support of conservative candidates who will fight for us in the halls of Congress.

Mr. Broden’s donation page is here.

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