Tuesday, April 14, 2009

I Was Born To Tea Party!! (Why I joined the Movement)

On the eve of the birth of a what I believe could be the start of a new American Revolution, I thought I might share a little with you about why I joined the Tea Party Movement. For me I think I've always been a 'Tea Party Patriot', I just didn't know it. You see long before I ever entered the big bad world of Blogging, I would sit around and annoy my friends with political conversations, which often ended up with me first explaining the topic, as most of my friends pay about as much attention to the "News" as I pay to NBA standings...

My sister and I on the other hand can go on for hours on either Politics or Football, and long ago dicussed that the only way to get any attention to your cause was to "Tie yourself to something", we were inspired by some Toon who had chained themselves to a Strip Club door in Daytona Beach. We of course found out about said Toon, because it was covered on Three cable news stations...

The subject came up again later when the much maligned Car Tax was left in place, by then Full Time Governor Tim Kaine, using the stock campaign line retraction, "Oh what I said about the Repealling the Car Tax? Yea, that's not going to happen." We in the Commonwealth are Taxed To Death, and yet we can't even get a small reprieve on an annual Tax on the "Blue Book Value" of your car. Every year that you own the car, and sometimes in years that you don't, but that is a story for another day..

..as I was saying, Protests came up again, This time we were trying to figure out a way to Toss a Car in the James River without causing the Enviromentalists to Hunt us down and kill us. We were unable to come up with a viable solution, but the thought behind it remained the same. You have to do something different, Newsworthy to get any attention to your cause, and to do so requires some Personal sacrifice and motivation, something most of us are just to busy or too afraid to do.

Almost two years ago now, one of my patient friends that is primarily a-political but humors me, suggested that I start a blog. He indicated I clearly had something to say. I just assumed he was trying to end the conversation, until the next day, when he e-mailed me the link to Blogspot.com. I thought, I might as well check it out. That day I wrote my very first Blog, called it "Spectator Nation"

Some Excerpts and some proof that I was born to Tea Party:

This nation was founded on the principle that the congress was to represent the will of the people, not as is happening now that the people were to conform to the wills of the congress...

....Part of the problem clearly lies in the lap of the American people. We used to be a people with willing to question authority, educate ourselves on the issues...

As long as we continue to sit on the sidelines, can we really complain that no one is getting the job done?

You can read the entire blog here.

I wrote this on September 18, 2007. (So take that, all you, "Hey where were you during the last eight years?", crowd!)

It was another full year before I ever logged into Blogspot again, but I had taken the first tiny step. That's kind of what tomorrow is about everyone taking a tiny step, but taking it together. The journey of a 1000 miles begins with one step Right? Well we've got 11 Trillion "Miles" to go and counting, so it's time we Get to Steppin'.

Which is what I did next. I started blogging fairly regularing and participated in the On-line Tea Party. Something stirred in me, and I knew it was time to step out from behind the computer, into real life action. When the idea was suggested that Tax Day was a perfect date for a Tea party, I couldn't wait to get involved. A Tax Payers Revolt over Wasteful Goverment Spending, Where do I sign Up?! (I know some of you might think that last line is a joke, I assure you it is not.) After just a few e-mails I had joined up with a handful of like-minded individuals and we started planning the Richmond Tea Party.

At first there were four of us, then five, then six and it just kept growing. We held our 'meetings' via e-mail, assigning tasks and responsiblities. We did eventually meet face to face a few weeks ago, and it was great to see and in some cases hear these folks for the first time. This was the most "political" thing any of us had ever done, so I don't think any of us knew exactly what to expect.

As the saying goes go, Where there is a Will, There is a Way, and the one thing our little rag tag group was not lacking it was Will. After working with these individuals and talking with many others from across the country, my heart swells with Pride that all is Not lost: There are still Americans who understand the responsiblity, that We The People have to each other and to future generations.

I hope that the events being held throughout the country tomorrow, will be seen as a kick off, not a culminating event. My greatest wish is that all who attend Tea Parties, will leave as inspired as I have become. It is my prayer for our Nation, that those attending will head home with a plan to get more involved in their Goverment on the local, state and national level. The Tea Party Movement is a reminder that we are still a Government of The People, by The People, and We The People are Tired of being a "Spectator Nation", We The People are getting into the Game. Tomorrow we take that first tiny step, and We Take it Together.

And I'll leave you with a quote from a Facebook friend, "Make a Plan, Not Excuses", go the Tea Party near you, and Let Your Voice Be Heard.

Find a Tea Party in Your Area at TaxDayTeaparty.com

If you are in My area...See you there!

The Richmond Tax Day Tea Party

April 15th at 6pm at Kanawha Plaza in the shadow of the Federal Reserve Building

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Another One of Obama's Lunatic Ideas

You know it's bad when I start using a Taliban spokesman as a point of reference. Let me explain, I've been rolling ideas around in my head for a couple of days, it has been awhile since my last entry, (Thanks to everyone for their condolences and prayers over the past few weeks) and I wanted to get back at the keyboard again but I was struggling for inspiration. Then like a bolt of Lightening it came through my e-mail...

The headline on Yahoo News: U.S. reconciliation offer "lunatic": Taliban spokesman

From Reuters via Yahoo News!

"This matter was also raised in the past," said Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid, referring to comments last month by Obama, who spoke of reaching out to moderate Taliban.

"They have to go and find the moderate Taliban, their leader and speak to them. This is a lunatic idea," Mujahid said by telephone from an unknown location.

Mujahid is one of two spokesman authorized to speak for the Taliban leadership council, headed by Mullah Mohammad Omar.

Look it is a rare occasion that I will find myself agreeing with the leaders of the Taliban, but if President Obama wants his administration to "find the Moderate Taliban", then I'm with the guy who wants to kill us on this one. The Moderate Taliban? The Taliban by definition is an extremist sect of the Muslim faith, so I'm guessing there aren't a lot of fence sitters at the meetings.

But why I am surprised at the Obama administrations response to the growing Taliban in Afghanistan? I shouldn't be, this is just another of Obama's "lunatic ideas"...The man has only been in office for a little over two months and he's already signed the Largest spending bills in the history of our Country.

Now that Obama has bought the Auto Industry, with Our Money, he's decided who should run it as well, so he basically fired GM CEO Rick Wagoner last week.

Politico reported:
The Obama administration asked Rick Wagoner, the chairman and CEO of General Motors, to step down and he agreed, a White House official said.

I'm not certain, I'm sure someone knows the answer... if you do help me out... Has the President of the United States ever fired an employee of Private Company before? Sounds like another Historical Moment in the Barack H. Obama Presidency...

After hearing about Obama's successful power grab, Barney Frank (D-MA) made a grab of his own and passed a bill through his committee that would allow the government to set the salaries of all employees of companies receiving federal funds. And when I say Government, I mean Turbo-Tax Tim Geithner. I bet those secretaries and single moms who work at AIG were Really overpaid, so I'm sure they'll still be "Well to Do".

It's not surprising then that the Tea Party Movement has gained so much momentum in the last month, as Americans watch the News only to find out that those in Power in Washington are spending our money faster than we can earn it on. Now They want to tell You How Much money you will be Allowed to Make as well. Only a Lunatic would support a plan like that.