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Co-opting the Civil Rights Movement for Monetary Gain

In Tea Party, Unions on March 25, 2011 at 9:56 am

It sort of irritates me when bloggers apologize for not posting. Either write or don’t, but don’t write about not writing ’cause that’s writing and now you sound goofy for saying that you’re not writing when, obviously, you are. So… I won’t do any of that but I will say that helping to start a Tea Party group, an activity that I am currently engaged in, is… time-consuming.

So, in lieu of my usually detailed and insightful fare, I offer this morsel (after the jump) from the Washington State Labor Council as a fresh target for your chagrin and mockery: Read the rest of this entry »

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On Wisconsin!

In Tea Party on February 17, 2011 at 5:09 pm

Wisconsin is poised to pass legislation that will strip the collective bargaining rights of public employees unions and require public employees to pay a greater share of their pension and health care costs (which will still be half of what workers in the private sector pay). As a delay tactic, WI State Senators fled the capital. I’m guessing that’s to allow more time for Organizing For America and other union supporters to bus protesters in to the capital. Under Wisconsin’s state constitution, legislators can be compelled to come to work so… these guys fled to Illinois.

Video related:

h/t Big Government for the video.

Dear G.O.P.

In Conservative, Republican, Tea Party on December 30, 2010 at 12:16 pm

Dear Republican Party,

If you nominate Mike Huckabee or Mitt Romney in 2012 I will officially disown you. I will disregard all warnings against supporting a third party. I will throw all the weight I have behind the most conservative, probably Libertarian, candidate that I can find and I’ll drag as many voters with me as I can muster. I can assure you that I won’t be the only one to do this.

If I may offer one bit of advice, it is this: Do not assume that the Tea Parties were your midterm lackeys, a mere stepping-stone in your re-ascent to power. It won’t work that way this time. You, as a party, will be accountable for the victory that we’ve handed you. Yes, we gave it to you. Do not squander the gift and the trust that it implies. You have had two years to gather your agenda items and we’ve made it clear what we want:

  • Repeal Obamacare
  • Allow interstate competition in health insurance
  • Tort reform
  • Secure borders
  • Enforce existing immigration laws

It’s best, dear G.O.P., that you consider 2011 and 2012 a probationary period. Behave accordingly.

Delaware GOP Files FEC Complaint Against O’Donnell

In Republican, Senate, Tea Party on September 9, 2010 at 4:58 pm

Dirty, dirty pool by establishment Republican Mike Castle.

From Roll Call:

The Republican Party of Delaware has filed a formal complaint with the Federal Election Commission, accusing one of its own Senate candidates of illegally collaborating with the Tea Party Express.

Attorneys for the state party asked the FEC to launch an immediate and thorough investigation into conservative GOP candidate Christine O’Donnell “to remedy the alleged violations and to ensure that these violations immediately cease and do not reoccur,” according to the complaint filed Thursday.

O’Donnell, a solidly conservative Republican candidate in comparison to her opponent Mike Castle, is a favorite of Tea Party groups and was today endorsed by Sarah Palin. Castle, on the other hand, is a career politician who supports Cap and Trade and is widely considered a RINO.

The FEC complaint alleges that:

  • O’Donnell has knowingly accepted excessive contributions from the Tea Party Express that were directly solicited on behalf of the O’Donnell campaign, according to the filing.
  • O’Donnell has accepted illegal excessive contributions from the Tea Party Express by engaging in a statewide coordinated communications effort in support of her campaign. This means, according to the complaint, that every advertisement that is being run by the Tea Party Express in support of O’Donnell is a violation of federal law.

Federal Election Commission guidelines do not place limits on independent expenditures, which is where Tea Party Express’ ads in support of O’Donnell fall. The hitch in independent expenditures is that the efforts from an independent group cannot be coordinated with the candidate. At this point, there is no evidence that such coordination took place.

An FEC Spokesperson has stated that it is “highly unlikely” that this case can be expedited before the September 14 primary.

A Gathering on The Mall is Not Going to Change Government

In Conservative, Elections, Republican, Tea Party on September 8, 2010 at 11:22 am


As inspiring as the sight of hundreds of thousands of people gathered on the Washington Mall during the Restoring Honor rally is, and as inspiring as the gathering of even greater numbers during the 9/12 rally will be, neither of these can or will change anything in our government. In fact, President Obama “didn’t pay much attention” to the Restoring Honor rally.

That’s not to say that these rallies are unimportant. On the contrary, the gathering of people with a common purpose is hugely important in that it energizes both those who attend and those who observe. But what good is an energized battery if that charge isn’t used to do work?

Ron Robinson at RedState lays out five steps that will lead to real change and real hope. Neither of which can be handed to us by a popular leader. As it was with our founding, hope and change comes from getting off of our asses and taking control of our own governance from the ground up. That, my friends is grass-roots. To wit:

1. Get Out The Vote
Learn how to develop a functioning precinct organization in your neighborhood that can turn out the vote and educate your neighbors on crucial issues. This does not mean you walk the precinct by yourself. It means that you identify and use your willing neighbors to help you do it.  Take that walk in the sunshine.

Really  owning our precincts would mean that the votes that the Democrats purchased with big media buys for $10 million in 2008 would cost them $15 million in 2010 and $20 million in 2012 – to buy the same number of votes.   Once established a precinct operation neutralizes big money.   Elections can’t be bought in the media if the electorate is serviced (registration, permanent absentee ballot registration, knowing who’s turning 18 next month, etc.) and owned at the grassroots level.  A good precinct operation also neutralizes efforts at electoral fraud.

This will prepare you for the next Task.

2. Become a Precinct Committeeman
It’s different in every state, but you should endeavor to have a vote on your county party (GOP) Central Committee. In LA where I live, it’s called being a member of the Central Committee for the county. It means you have a vote in county party policy and officers. State party committee members are usually chosen from among the ranks of the county party officials. RNC committee members are usually chosen from among the ranks of the state parties. The only way to change the policy and direction of our party is to be involved in the governance of that party.  Read everything RedStater guru Cold Warrior has written on the topic.

Once you have been seated on your local county GOP committee, you will find that a lot of the seats around you are vacant.  Help fill them with your friends.  Most county bylaws allow for appointments to fill vacant seats and alternate appointments to allow for absences of the primary voting member (in LA, an alternate can vote if his/her primary is absent – my own current status until I am seated in my own right in Dec.).  Get one of these appointments if you have to!   The hard workers will be quickly identified and will be drafted upwards to work on the state party committee.  Starting to get the idea?  Get to work on it.  An online resource will be available soon to help you understand how to become a precinct committeeman in your own state.

This will prepare you for the next Task.

3.  Stay Beyond November
Our government is overwhelmed with deeply entrenched liberals because we went to sleep (or went on autopilot) for 40 years while the liberals took over.   What is the next election in your area after Nov 2, 2010?  Don’t know?  Proves my point.  The democrats know, and that’s why they are safely ensconced on every sewer commission, water commission, city council, and county commission in the country.  It’s why you and I tend to think of every government employee as a part of the liberal machine.  Because they are.  So we don’t get to hang it up in Nov and relax until 2012.  We need to use the precinct machine we built in Task 1 and the party connections we built in Task 2 to fill those small local offices with our people.  Then we change the government culture everywhere to conservative and genuine public servants.

This will prepare you for the next Task.

4.  Donate Often and Wisely
I’ve posted so little here lately because  I joined the staff of John Colbert, R candidate in CA for CD29 to toss out D incumbent Adam Schiff.  I have to answer emails from voters.  I’m getting a real education.  One voter wrote recently and wanted my candidate to change this and that (you fill it in, you already know…) about the GOP.  I wanted to hit him.  I thought, ‘you want a candidate who is trying to get everything he can from the party to get elected to change the party for you??!!??’  This voter threatened to withhold his contribution unless my candidate could promise changes in the party.

Well – that’s just the way to guarantee that the party never changes.

You should open your checkbook now to help assure that when my candidate is offered that ‘Young Guns’ money, he’s well-funded enough to turn it down!  That is how you start to change the party.  If the party has to come to the candidates for money instead of the other way around, the party will follow quickly.

In short, if you sit back and bitch about the country, if you sit on your butt and bitch about what’s become of the Republican Party then I have news for you:You are the problem. Knock it off.

Dear Lisa Murkowski…

In Elections, Senate, Tea Party on August 28, 2010 at 2:22 pm

Senator Murkowski calls for primary "do-overs."

Senator, I’m interested in taking our country back from the progressives who have taken it so far off course. By your record I, and apparently many Alaskans, see that you are not.

There is a special kind of contempt that the public has for the likes of Al Gore and Al Franken for their electoral childishness. Senator, by your actions in this primary you are on the verge of reserving yourself a spot at that same table.

If you are indeed considering making a switch to run in the General Election as a Libertarian candidate then I have to question what that means for your beliefs and priorities. If choosing a party is a matter not of convictions but political expediency then I daresay you, Senator Murkowski, are a part of the problem in Washington D.C. and the Tea Party is right in looking to replace you.

It’s time to concede, Senator. The race was close and hard-fought but it’s done. Further tantrums on your part may succeed only in handing the General Election to your Democrat opponent.

Tea Party Rally Draws Thousands In Support of Washington State AG

In health care, Tea Party on March 28, 2010 at 1:03 pm

Tea Party crowd gathers in Olympia in support of Attorney General Rob McKenna (photo: South Sound Tea Party)

Washington State Tea Parties, on two day’s notice, drew thousands to the capital building in Olympia on Saturday to show support for Washington State Attorney General, Rob McKenna. According to South Sound Tea Party, Washington State Patrol personnel on scene estimate attendance at two to three thousand. Speakers at the rally included Washington State Senators Mike Carrell and Val Stevens, state Representative Tom Campbell, Washington 3rd District candidate David Castillo as well as McKenna himself.

McKenna, a Republican, has joined a group of fourteen state attorney’s general filing suit over unconstitutional insurance mandates in the Obama health care law. Washington State’s Democrat governor, Christine Gregoire, and Democrat state legislators have expressed vehement opposition to McKenna’s decision and have vowed to fight the move by restricting McKenna’s budget. In an interview with Seattle’s King 5 News, Gregoire states that “He did not call and consult me, I don’t know who he represents. He does not represent me.”

Blogger It’s Only Words has a take on Gregoire’s “I don’t know who he represents” statement:

The staggering arrogance of that statement leaves me (nearly) speechless and I assure you, I am rarely at a loss for words. I am wondering why Gregoire feels that the job of the Attorney General is specifically to represent her personal interests?

Gregoire, having been elected to three terms as Washington State’s attorney general before running for governor in 2004, should have no confusion as to who the attorney general represents. It was during her less than illustrious tenure as AG that the people of Washington State lost over $40 million dollars in two separate lawsuits due to missed deadlines, botched jury instructions and mismanagement of her department.

CNN Reports ‘Dozens’ Attend Tea Party Rally in Searchlight, NV

In Media, Tea Party on March 28, 2010 at 10:19 am

Dozens, I tell ya!

"At least dozens" estimates CNN

The Other McCain has on the scene coverage:

What was my own estimate of the crowd size? Well, Bob Engstrom of Human Events had told me that the organizers had figured they could accommodate about 6,000 in the main area in front of the stage, while law enforcement was concerned that a crowd of 10,000 might completely overwhelm their traffic-control efforts.

Colbert I. King Has No Respect for Civil Rights Pioneers

In Racism, Tea Party on March 27, 2010 at 3:41 pm

The angry faces at Tea Party rallies are eerily familiar. They resemble faces of protesters lining the street at the University of Alabama in 1956 as Autherine Lucy, the school’s first black student, bravely tried to walk to class.

So begins Colbert I. King’s op-ed piece in the Washington Post. King continues to gather all the indignities suffered by civil rights pioneers, men and women who put their very lives on the line for their cause, into a giant spit-ball and hurls it at those protesting health care reform. The trouble with King’s association is that there is no real link. It is disappointing that King would abuse the righteous cause of the civil rights movement to serve his own petty political ends.

But… ad hominem attacks like King’s can be fun. Let’s play with them a little:

The angry faces at Tea Party rallies are eerily familiar. They resemble faces of protesters lining the street outside of Coca-Cola’s corporate headquarters in 1985 as Bob Woodruff, the company’s CEO, bravely tried to walk to his office after announcing “New Coke”.

Or, how about:

The angry faces at the Copenhagen Climate Summit protests are eerily familiar. They resemble faces of protesters lining the street at the University of Alabama in 1956 as Autherine Lucy, the school’s first black student, bravely tried to walk to class.

Racially motivated Climate Change protesters

This one might work:

The angry faces at anti-free speech rallies in Canada are eerily familiar. They resemble faces of protesters lining the street at the University of Alabama in 1956 as Autherine Lucy, the school’s first black student, bravely tried to walk to class.

Students protest free speech in Canada

Oops! I guess that one doesn’t fit. But, maybe King’s analogy doesn’t fit so well, either:

Racist Tea Party protesters

Dan Riehl sums up King’s baseless playing of the race-card, which American Spectator calls “disgraceful“:

It is truly sad to see an allegedly free man squander so much of his life and thinking invested in so much racism, hate and non-existent victimization.

Fake “Tea Party Candidate” May Qualify For a Cabinet Position

In Senate, Tea Party on March 27, 2010 at 4:35 am

The Clark County, Nevada District Attorney’s office plans to seek an arrest warrant for Scott Ashjian, a candidate running for Harry Reid’s Senate seat from the freshly minted “Tea Party of Nevada”. Ashjian is accused of bouncing a $5000 business check last year.

Since February, other Tea Party groups have declared Tea Party of Nevada a liberal front group and a fake from its inception, even going so far as to say Tea Party of Nevada is a liberal ploy to siphon votes away from a Republican candidate. Twenty Nevada tea party groups have issued a joint statement denouncing Tea Party of Nevada (TPN) and rejecting the notion of a third party candidate:

-o The TPN is not a conservative party who speaks for grassroots and tea party activists in Nevada.
-o The TPN is not now, has never been, and will never be affiliated with grassroots efforts in Nevada.
-o The term “Tea Party Candidate” will no longer be used to indicate grassroots support for a candidate or candidates.
-o The TPN will not be invited to or allowed to represent themselves at conservative grassroots events and functions across Nevada.

In addition to the warrant for the bad check (a felony theft charge), Ashjian recently lost his contractor’s license for failing to appear before a disciplinary board in a matter of another bad check to a supplier. Mr. Ashjian has also faced foreclosure on more than a million dollars in home loans and, among other debts, reportedly owes the IRS $200,000.

A conviction on the felony theft charge will disqualify Ashjian from elected office but, combined with the rest of his reported transgressions, he’s a shoo-in as an Obama appointee. Perhaps he could serve as Obama’s “Opponent Marginalization” Czar.

H/T Dan Riehl