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Principle. Not Party.

Who would have ever thought that high noon would take place in Oswego, NY?  Who would have ever thought that in a place known as the New York 23rd Congressional District – which borders Vermont, Canada and Lake Ontario, that includes such big cities as Potsdam, Watertown, and Plattsburgh – the true story of tea parties would be told,  Americans would realize their undeniable power and politics as we know it in America would be knocked on its ear.

The backstory is simple.  The NY-23rd is a Republican stronghold, and has been for a number of years.  The previous US congressman, John McHugh, resigned in September to be come the new Secretary of the Army, and a special election is scheduled for November 3rd.  Two weeks before the election, in this highly Republican district, the Democrat, Bill Owens, has 33 percent of the vote.  Why is it that a Democrat is leading the way?  Well, that is a question for the GOP in the NY-23rd.  Their candidate, Dede Scozzafava, has 29 percent of the vote.

Enter Doug Hoffman.  He’s an accountant.  He’s running on the Conservative ticket.  Two weeks out, he has 23 percent of the vote.  And over the past week, he’s been endorsed by former Congressman Dick Armey, Steve Forbes, Congresswoman Michelle Bachman (R-MN), former Senator and presidental candidate Fred Thompson (R-TN), Governor Tim Pawlenty (R-MN) and former Governor Sarah Palin (R-AK).

Republicans not endorsing the Republican candidate?  Strange?  Odd?  A total collapse of GOP politics in the US?  No.  It’s very simple:

Principle.  Not Party.

The concept of “Principle.  Not Party.,” has been a central tenet of the Tea Party movement.  It requires us to view all candidates for elected office based on their words, their plans and their values.  No longer are Americans going to be dependent on an (R) or a (D) in front of the candidates name, nor will we feel any pangs of guilt or anguish for voting “third party.”  The Tea Party movement has emboldened, and enabled, every American to take serious stock of their candidates, and to vote for those who best represent their ideals.

The concept has confused as many as it has enamored.  Those who live with their head in the sand, in a politics as usual world, are shell-shocked – like the GOP in the NY-23rd.  They believed, through a veil of ignorance, and navel-gazing ego, that they could nominate anyone, and the vote was assured.  It didn’t matter that, like in the case of Scozzafava, the candidate has ties with ACORN through a group called the Working Families Party (she sought their endorsement in 2004 as Assemblywoman,) and is rumored to have discussed switching parties for this special election.

What mattered to the GOP is that they nominated a Republican, and that everyone will fall in line to vote for her.  Ignorantly, they paraded like The Queen in “Snow White”, claiming their candidate to be the fairest of them all.  None of them, however, dare look into the mirror.  They are victims of an ego driven past, worrying not about the voter, but rather their ill-timed sense of “getting along.”  So, they nominate a terrible candidate, and then sit back, believing that their base will once again do what they are told.  After all, what are you going to do – vote for the Democrat?

Principle.  Not Party.

However, those who have been aware, and awake, are not surprised at all.  They recognized that the GOP in the NY-23rd was playing in the realm of politics as usual, and reminded them that these are not politics as usual times.  The surging that  followed by the Conservative candidate Hoffman is not something of a miracle.  It is something of sheer will, total common sense and an undeniable reality, inspired by the power of the Tea Party Movement.  So undeniable, that it will forever shape the landscape of the GOP – and politics for all parties in the United States.  The American people are done with politics as usual, and the Tea Parties are the sole catalyst for this change.  A change that started in February of 2009, continued to April 15th, 2009, through the Town Hall Summer of 2009 and has continued since the march on DC on 9/12, the West Coast rally of 912West and the hundreds of Tea Parties throughout America since that first one in February.

This change is quantifiable, as opposed to simply a catchy slogan.  The Tea Parties demand an observance of (what I refer to as) The Four Basics:  The Constitution, Capitalism, Fiscal Responsibility and Smaller Government.  When a voter within the Tea Party movement looks at a candidate, they first look to those four basic principles.  If the candidate follows The Four Basics, then they are acceptable (but, by no means is a vote assured!)  From there, we look at other factors, and other candidates who also follow The Four Basics.  Candidates, elected officials and current “party” leaders who fail to recognize, and accept this as the new reality, will be tomorrow’s footnote.

One week out from the vote in the NY-23rd, the Conservative Hoffman is in the lead with 34% of the vote.  The Democrat Owens has 29% of the vote.  The Republican Scozzafava has 14% of the vote.  The reality is deafening, as the American voter is screaming.

Principle.  Not Party.

Antelope Valley Tea Party

The Antelope Valley Tea Party was a huge success.  Not for having a crowd like the big tea party in DC, or the event in LA on September 12th, but for actually putting it together.  For taking it upon themselves to reach out to their community, and bring people together to talk, learn, listen and recognize that they are not alone, they are not defenseless, they are not helpless.

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This is audio of my speech at the Tea Party.  It is a conversation about the power of Tea Parties, Capitalism and the responsibility we all have to ourselves.  Much thanks to Beverly Huffman, for organizing the event, and to Jimmy Z. for getting a great audio recording of the speeches.

I’m Hosting…and going country!

I’m honored to have been asked, and thrilled to be hosting the first annual Republican Roundup in Los Angeles on Saturday, October 10th.  It is a great chance to meet elected officials, and those running for office, throughout Los Angeles County.  Show up, ask questions and get answers!  Let your elected officials, and those who want your vote, know the issues you find important.  This is a great opportunity to let your voice be heard.

You’ll also have the chance to meet up with people from all over the LA area.  I hope to see you there.  You can click on the poster below to get more information, and buy your tickets.

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My Interview with Socal.com

I was able to speak with Ed Maguire of Socal.com at 912West. We talked about how anyone can start host a Tea Party – then just have to do it. He interviewed so many people, and the videos are starting to appear on You Tube, and socal.com. Visit the site to see more about 912West.org.

More from 912 West

My opening remarks at 912 West on September 12th, 2009. Much thanks to RJ Thomas of Deek Media for making this video.

You are not alone.

The Past Is Talking To Us

An incredible short cartoon, called “Make Mine Freedom.” It was made in 1948 by a filmmaker named John Sutherland, who (from some basic research) created over one hundred cartoons from the 40’s to the 60’s.

There is a magnificent comparison to the cartoon, and how millions of Americans feel right now – that they are being sold a magic potion that promises to save them, but will only destroy them. It also does a wonderful job of defending Capitalism, which is – to date – the greatest system for creating the opportunities for wealth and prosperity, and enabling freedom and liberty, on planet Earth.

Enjoy.

From 912West

I was thrilled to be an organizer, and host, of 912West in Los Angeles, CA on September 12th.  I will be posting pictures from the event, as well as video.  Here is a great video that was made by RJ Thomas of Deek Media.  It features Sonja Schmidt, Basil Hoffman, Bill Whittle, Evan Sayet and myself.  The sentiments in this video are the reasons that Tea Parties happen at all.

Join me on 9/12 in Los Angeles

I am proud to be an organizer, and the host, of  912West – A Tea Party for the West Coast.  Join us, along with thousands of other like-minded Americans, on September 12th from 3pm to 5pm in Los Angeles.  The Tea Party Movement has only just begun to take hold in America, attracting hundreds of thousands of Americans to it’s core principles of:

  • Following the Constitution
  • Smaller Government
  • Free Markets with as little regulation as possible
  • Fiscal Responsibility

The event is non-partisan.  Tea Parties are not about Republican vs. Democrat, or conservative vs. liberal.  The Tea Parties are about Principle, Not Party.  Everyone, regardless of their political affiliation, is welcome to join us.  There is also no cost to attend.  For more information, visit 912West.org.

The Ignorance of NBC

NBC is ignorant.

It is obvious, to anyone willing to pay any type of attention at all, that NBC is nothing more than a mouth-piece for the Obama administration, and, moreover, the Democrat Party.  The resignation of Green Jobs Czar Van Jones, who was brought to the light of day by Glenn Beck, and a host of incredible bloggers and researchers, including Michelle Malkin, shows just how strong the will of the American people is.  Once we learned about who Van Jones was, and is now, once we learned about what he has said in the past, and in the past 8 months, once we saw what kind of people President Obama was placing in high-level positions outside the purview of Senate approval, we – the American people – said no.

The removal of Van Jones was about finding information, and disseminating that information.  Twitter, Facebook, blogs, emails and a dose of Fox News – that’s what it took to get the word out on Van Jones.  The removal of Van Jones shows the new “force-to-be-reckoned-with” in the United States – We The People.  The Obama Administration never prepared for this.  They probably don’t event understand how it’s possible.  They thought that they alone controlled the American people.  Obviously, they don’t quite yet know what Charles Krauthammer explained to all of us in a column just today.  Obama is mortal.  He is not superior….he’s just a man.  Maybe now they understand that the American people will not be controlled.  They will not be servants to the President, no matter what celebrity shows up in a video.

After the stunning resignation of Van Jones, NBC Washington ran this story with the following headline:

“Obama Aide Van Jones Resigns After GOP Attacks”

What are they talking about?  What GOP attacks?  Who do they think they are fooling? It is now obvious, to anyone willing to pay any type of attention at all, that NBC is beyond just a mouth-piece for the administration.  NBC is ignorant.  They are attempting to spin the resignation as the work of GOP, in order to show the Obama administration as under attack, under siege, in need of pity, in need of support against the big, bad enemy that does not control the House, the Senate or the White House. NBC has given up the ghost of any type of journalism, and instead have resigned themselves to be ignorant shills for the administration, and for the Democrat party.

It’s not enough to explain them as just ignorant, (and they are) it is also important to understand that, with this resignation, and subsequent headline, that they are irrelevant.  NBC, with daily cheerleading of Brian Williams, subsequent cheering from Chuck Todd and Andrea Mitchell, and the “flights of fancy” that attempt to pass themselves off as journalists on MSNBC (Schultz, Matthews, Olbermann, Maddow), was no match for the American people.  NBC spends their days and nights defending the White House, defending Obama, defending the Democrat party.  They use their money, influence, and control, to spin every message they can to distort the reality on the ground.  Want proof?  I refer you to the headline posted above.

Van Jones didn’t resign because of GOP attacks.  (And, so we can be clear, it was Van Jones who has the history of attacking the GOP!!)  Van Jones resigned because the American people demanded it.  The American people were made aware of who he is, what he thinks and what he believes.  They did their own research, and they found out even more.  They spoke up, they spoke loud, they shared information, and they got more people to speak up, and be loud.

Van Jones resigned because NBC and MSNBC are no match for the American people. Yet, NBC thinks Van Jones resigned because of GOP attacks.

NBC is ignorant….and irrelevant.

What Did He Say?

Van Jones, the Green Jobs “Czar” and special advisor to President Obama, from a talk he gave in February of 2009. What is surprising is not what he called Republicans, although, saying it three times in 30 seconds is excessive, and at least in poor taste for that kind of forum. What is surprising comes at the very end…

At the very end, Van Jones states, “…and, some of us, who are not Barack Hussein Obama, are gonna have to start getting a little bit uppity.”

A little bit uppity?  Uppity?  I thought that term was a racial term; one that could bring scorn, a powerful backlash, or even financial crippling to the user of the term.  Where are the “PC” police when you need them?  Where are the standards in the “PC” community?  He’s lucky he didn’t refer to anything as a black hole.

For more on Van Jones, I refer you to Glenn Beck’s website.

***UPDATE***

On Saturday night (PDT) Van Jones resigned as Green Jobs Czar.  I wonder if it was about what we now know, or what we don’t yet know.