Archive for ‘Tea Party’

August 8, 2009

Zappa to Tea Parties

by Smitty

Frank had a potty mouth, so I put it up over at effing conservatives, but it’s a nice reggae groove that seems to be a prescient note about the SEIU to the Tea Parties: “We’ve got to stick together”.

July 26, 2009

Richmond Tea Party Report: Liberty 101

Among the Virginians I met at Saturday’s “Liberty 101” event in Richmond was the charming Kayrn McDermott who files a report today at the Examiner:

[Richmond talk-radio czar] Doc Thompson . . . told the assembled throng how his political views were formulated after reading Ayn Rand’s tome ‘Atlas Shrugged’ whilst in his twenties. Thompson then went on to introduce over ten speakers . . .

. . . including some guy who gave “a fiery yet humorous address,” so read the whole thing.

You meet the most fascinating people at these Tea Party events. The temperature was more than 90 degrees Saturday, so I went searching for ice water amid the vendor tents at the shade-deficient Chesterfield County Fairgrounds.

This thirsty quest led to a conversation with Patrick McSweeney of Restore the Founders’ Vision, a Virginia-based grassroots organization, and Ben Marchi, Virginia state director of Americans For Prosperity.

Of course, my feelings were still sore that AFP’s Erik Telford insulted me by leaving me out of next month’s RightOnline National Conference in Pittsburgh with Michelle Malkin. When I mentioned Erik’s name, Ben reminded me that Telford recently made No. 2 on Keith Olbermann’s “Worst Person in the World” list. As usual, Olbermann gets the facts wrong — Telford’s No. 1.

That surge of registrations for RightOnline the past two days was caused by my friends signing up for a seminar Telford left off the Pittsburgh conference agenda: “I’ve Got T-Shirts Older Than You, Punk: Stacy McCain Explains Why He Just Beat the Crap Out of Erik Telford in the Sheraton Lobby.” But I digress . . .

Among the folks attending the Richmond event was John Berlau, director of CEI’s Center for Investors and Entrepreneurs and author of Eco-Freak: Environmentalism Is Hazardous to Your Health. Yesterday’s blazing July sun was a health hazard, so John had slathered his face in sunscreen, but I told him, “Why bother with that stuff? If you get skin cancer, ObamaCare’s got you covered!”

Gadsden Flags abounded at the event and the Second Amendment Sisters were out in force. Nothing like a woman packing heat to get a fellow’s attention. And, yes, I finally got some ice water at the Protest Warrior tent, where I met the famous Concrete Bob of Free Republic.

Alas, as Pink Elephant Pundit Tabitha Hale informed me, At The Point of a Gun‘s Dave C. had a family emergency, so I didn’t get a chance to meet him.

Glenn Reynolds has more on the Richmond “Liberty 101” event and other Tea Party events. Hey, professor, want to come up to Pittsburgh for the RightOnline conference? I noticed Telford left you off the schedule, too. If that punk’s still conscious after I get through pounding on him, Jimmie Bise has called dibs on seconds, but you can have a shot if there’s anything left when Jimmie gets done. Which isn’t likely, but still possible.

July 24, 2009

Practical advice for killing ObamaCare

No vote in Congress is a win for America,” says HotMES, who makes some useful suggestions:

We can’t stop him for three and a half more years . . . but we can stop members of Congress by letting them know the votes won’t be there the next time around if they vote yes on bills that will break our country economically.
Can I declare August official Tea Party month? . . . Find every event they are doing in your state and be there. August recess is our time to take the power back!

Excellent suggestion. And Saturday, I’ll be speaking to the Virginia Tea Party Patriots at their Liberty 101 conference in Richmond.

Ordinary Americans need to realize how much power they really have, if only they’ll use it. Last week, I was in a senator’s office on Capitol Hill, waiting in the lobby to meet somebody, and the phones were ringing off the hook with callers demanding that the senator vote against Judge Sotomayor.

How the senator will vote, I’m not sure, but when the calls are running 3-to-1 on a certain issue, that makes a difference. When the calls are running 5-to-1, it makes an even bigger difference. And when John Cornyn gets booed in Texas . . . well, betcha that got his attention, huh?

The title of my speech Saturday is, “Don’t Get Angry, Get Organized.” I could sum it up in four words: Politics is about lists. If you’ve ever seen a political operation that knows how to put that principle into action, it’s an amazing thing to watch.

Bill Clinton famously built his political base in Arkansas by keeping a file of 5×7 index cards with names of his contacts and information about them. He built up that file, and worked his contacts, so as to have a network of supporters who knew him personally.

People were always amazed at the way they’d run into Clinton at a reception and he’d say, “Oh, Fred! Yes, I remember back in ’81 when I met you at . . .”

That’s not a talent, it’s a skill, and the only way you develop that kind of skill is by hard work. Whatever you say about Bill Clinton, he was a man who dedicated himself at an early age to developing the basic skills of political organizing.

If conservatives lose, we ought not to lose because of sheer laziness. What a shame to let liberals out-work us!

July 22, 2009

Saturday in Richmond: Liberty 101

Got an e-mail this afternoon from Mickey White of the Virginia Tea Party Patriots, with details of Saturday’s “Liberty 101” event at the Chesterfield County Fairgrounds, where I’ll be speaking on the main stage, along with Edward Cline, Tito “The Builder” Munoz, Pat Webb, John Taylor, Jamie Radtke, Tabitha Hale, Benjamin Marchi, Dr. John Lewis and Adnan Barqawi.

There will also be educational seminars featuring Philip Van Cleave, Jeff Horgan, Ned Ryun, Donna Holt, John Taylor, Roger Pogge and Paul Saunders.

Don’t miss this one, folks — RSVP!

July 5, 2009

Do you have 12Sep plans?

by Smitty (h/t Protein Wisdom)

Where have you gone, Ron Wilson Reagan
Our nation turns its lonely eyes to you…

I’m hearing a few hundred thousand people givin’ this one a workout.
Details here.

May 12, 2009

Fortune Favors the Bold

Inspired by the musings of a new-minted ex-Democrat at The American Thinker, I wrote a little bit for the American Spectator blog:

A projected federal deficit of $1.8 trillion, borrowing 46 cents for every dollar they spend. The Secretary of Heath and Human Services announces she’ll save $2 trillion in health care costs, but the numbers don’t add up. It’s mere “political theater,” as Megan McArdle says. The “Underpants Gnome” approach. There are only two things standing in the way of health care reform, says Cato’s Michael F. Cannon: Math and politics. Obama and the Democrats may have the political power, but they can’t overcome the math problem.

Everybody on the Right nowadays is talking about how to fix the problems of the conservative movement and the Republican Party. The problem with a lot of this talk is that most people on the Right have been Republican all their lives. They don’t have the experience of becoming an ex-Democrat, so they don’t understand what kind of messages cause such conversions, and they get it all wrong.

The GOP’s problem is not that it is too “extreme” or “mean-spirited.” There is no need to yield ground on social issues, global warming, health care or anything else. The Republican Party elected as president George W. Bush who, as Bruce Bartlett extensively documented, was never really a conservative. The GOP then nominated John McCain — short, old, grumpy and bald — who was even less of a conservative than Bush.

Yet when this abandonment of sturdy principle yielded the inevitable electoral disaster, what did the likes of David Brooks tell you? “Blame conservatives!” But what did I tell you?

Conservatives who sought to prevent McCain’s nomination cannot be blamed for his defeat. And it is his defeat, not yours.
Ideologues tend to see election results in ideological terms. Right now, “progressives” are congratulating themselves on the triumph of progressivism. But Obama will be the next president because millions of non-ideological “swing” voters — those I call the Ordinary Americans — saw him as the superior candidate. A vote for him was not, in the eyes of those key voters, an endorsement of any ideology. . . .
Good candidates win elections, and bad candidates lose. John McCain was a bad candidate and he lost. Those who try to put an ideological spin on this election will miss that basic point.

With the GOP “brand” at low ebb, reaping the harvest of ex-Democrats is crucial now. And that harvest will not be reaped by fearful, defensive RINO squishes peddling an apologetic message of moderation: “We’re Republicans, but we’re not really so bad. Please don’t hate us, OK?”

That wasn’t the message that made me an ex-Democrat in the 1990s. It was the economics, stupid. Whatever the spark that causes someone to become disaffected with the Democrats (and most Democrats are Democrats because, like me, they inherited their parents’ partisan loyalties), the ultimate weakness of the Democratic Party is that its agenda flunks the test of basic economics.

This bold truth is why Meltdown is a bestseller, why sales of Atlas Shrugged are soaring and why you’re hearing a lot more people talking about Ludwig von Mises and Friedrich Hayek. The Democrats are in charge, the numbers don’t add up, we’re heading toward a stagflation trap, people are starting to figure out that It Won’t Work, and they’re seeking answers.

The answer is not those “new ideas” that people keep telling us the Republican Party needs. No, what the GOP needs is some very old ideas: Limited government and economic freedom.

The GOP also needs something else: Courage. Without the courage to speak boldly in favor of solid political and economic principles, all else is in vain.

The pathetic whining of a spoiled brat like Meghan McCain, the intellectual elitism of Ross Douthat — these are of no use to the conservative cause in this crisis. We need to “cowboy up,” mustering the courage to speak plain truth, in the confidence that there are still enough Americans with the good sense to prefer truth to lies.

Nothing succeeds like success. The Tea Party movement succeeded in bringing hundreds of thousands together on April 15, and plans to bring that success to the nation’s capital on Sept. 12 for the Taxpayer March On Washington. That’s 120 days from today. What are you doing to make it a success?

Let the elitists and the moderates keep wringing their hands and whining. Conservatives need the courage to speak the truth, and speak it boldly, because fortune favors the bold.

UPDATE: In reaction to the talk of Gary Sinise as a GOP leader, Michelle Malkin says:

Mimicking the Left’s idolatry isn’t the path to GOP salvation. It’s the path to permanent ruin.
The rebranders have it ass-backwards. The key isn’t rebranding the GOP. It’s rebranding Obama.

Not to argue with The Boss, but:

  • A) It is important in politics to have attractive, articulate candidates.
  • B) I’ve heard very good things about Sinise from Andrew Breitbart.

That doesn’t mean Sinise is The Real Deal, or that Nicolle Wallace has a freaking clue. And MM is certainly right that the “rebranders” are strategically mistaken about the nature of the GOP’s problem. But having sharp candidates doesn’t hurt. I’m thinking Marco Rubio is looking pretty sharp right now.

3/21: Patterico: ‘The final word’?
2/28: Tea Parties, Defeatism and Wolverines
2/23: Rick Moran takes counsel of his fears

April 22, 2009

Saturday, 25April DC Tea Party

by Smitty

For all those so afraid of a drop of rain that they headed South (do shots get any cheaper?) there is a follow-up Tea Party this Saturday.
Protest early, protest often, say I.

beginning at 11:00 in the morning and dispersing by 1:00pm. Just a couple of hours out of a beautiful spring day.

April 21, 2009

4th of July Tea Party? Make plans now!

Given the rousing success of the April 15 Tax Day Tea Party, activists are already starting to make plans for another wave of Tea Parties on July 4.

Stephen Gordon and I have discussed the possibility of coordinating an Alabama event with my traditional Fourth of July fireworks spectacular at Camp FUBAR on Lake Weiss. Here’s video of last year’s show:

If y’all want to have a big shindig out by the lake, the more the merrier, but start hitting the tip jar now, so I can afford to buy a big supply of fireworks wholesale soon. Ask anyone who was there last year, it’s an incredible show. And if we get enough contributions, I might be able to make it as big as my legendary 2005 finale:

April 20, 2009

Axelrod doesn’t get Tea Party concept

Dishonest or ignorant? You decide:

Senior White House adviser David Axelrod on Sunday suggested the “Tea Party” movement is an “unhealthy” reaction to the tough economic climate facing the country. . . .
“I think any time you have severe economic conditions there is always an element of disaffection that can mutate into something that’s unhealthy,” Axelrod said. . . .
“The thing that bewilders me is that this president just cut taxes for 95 percent of the American people,” Axelrod argued.

Let me explain something to you, David Axelrod: Obama and the Democrats didn’t “cut taxes” in a way that will stimulate economic growth. They didn’t reduce or eliminate the capital gains tax. They didn’t reduce or eliminate the corporate tax. Most of all, they didn’t reduce the top marginal rate.

The stupid “targeted tax cuts” approach that Democrats have been pushing for the past 15 years — check this box on your 1040 and add an extra few hundred bucks to your refund — does nothing meaningful to stimulate growth. The fact that most of that money is going to people who don’t pay income taxes anyway means that it is, in fact, a welfare giveaway, not a tax cut.

What you, David Axelrod, don’t understand is that those of us who support a growth-oriented economic policy aren’t in favor of tax cuts on a “more-money-for-me” basis. It’s not about who gets what, it’s about increasing prosperity by expanding liberty. But Democrats are so narrow-minded that they don’t even grasp the concept.


No surprise that the master of astroturfing would find a true grassroots movement distasteful.

Via Donald Douglas, here is CNN’s John King calling the Tea Party movement “ginned up”:

UPDATE: Linked at RCP Best of the Blogs.

April 18, 2009

Greetings from Georgia!

(BUMPED; UPDATED) The 2009 Tea Party Rabble Rouser Tour continues today as I speak at the Georgia Libertarian Party state convention at the Hilton Atlanta Northeast in beautiful Norcross. Just talked to Libertarian blog legend Jason Pye, and everyone is awaiting the arrival of Stephen Gordon of the Liberty Papers.

Right now, my opening act, Bob Barr, is warming up the crowd for me. Remember: Don’t Blame Me, I Voted for Bob Barr!

UPDATE: We’re now a Memeorandum thread. Also got a link from Pundette. There’s nothing like the smell of rabble in the morning! Smells like . . . victory!

UPDATE II: More linky-love (and some Rule 5 action) from Donald Douglas at American Sexist Right-Wing Extremist Power.

UPDATE III: This place is crawling with right-wing extremists!

Right-wing extremist Benjamin Franklin enjoys an authentic revolutionary 18th-century Camel Light.

Right-wing extremist Bob Barr shares top-secret plans with Georgia Libertarians.

Right-wing extremist Rule 5 with Stephen Gordon’s long-suffering wife Deb and Georgia Libertarian Party “Hottie of the Year” Ashley Petty.