The state run media, for the most part ignored the TEA Party movement on July 4th. Take into consideration that we had between 125 and 150 in the park in downtown Barre on Independence day and that there were 5 other simultaneous events happening all over the state. With all of the traditions, activities and family responsibilitiesthat go with the holiday, I think it was a tremendous turnout and event.
We have been extremely supportive of the movement on the show and I have been honored to speak at a couple of events. It is empowering to see that people are waking up but, I think its time that the TEA parties stop reaching for symbolic dates. Tax day, July 4th ect.
The truth is that this is all new to conservatives. We have jobs, we have lives and we have families. Most of the people I have met at the TEA party movements are new to the whole idea of protest.
Case in point: Krisitn Solstrom from Barre. She organized the Barre City TEA party on July 4th. She did a fantastic job having never done anything of the sort before. She is just a mom who has become really disturbed about the direction that our state and country are moving.
I would rather have 100 Kristin Solstrom’s than 1000 Acorn activists. Why, because 100 Kristin Solstrom’s have decided for themselves that enough is enough. Contrast to; 1,000 Acorn activists whom have been given a red t-shirt and told how to think and what to do! The TEA party protesters are not bussed in or payed to stand and hold a sign. The left can continue to say that the movement is being funded by Fox News or the GOP! All of these claims are a smokescreen aimed at discrediting real Americans who have become reluctant participants.
It really is time for the TEA Party Patriots to organize an event that happens on a average Saturday that has no symbolic significance. Organizers should allow 6 to 8 weeks to promote it. This will allow the Average Joe or Jane to participate without having to compete with work or family responsibilities and holiday traditions.
The next big date on the schedule is 09-12-09. I believe is perfect, It is symbolic, but not on a holiday and happens to be a Saturday! Be rest assured you will see me there!
Many of you are aware of Glenn Beck’s 9-12 project. If you are not more details are available at the www.the912project.com.
I humbly submit these ideas and at the same time would like to share with you the latest plans and info from the Vermont TEA Party. If you are interested in joining the movement or helping in anyway, more info is available at www.vermontteaparty.com
John Wallace writes:
A heartfelt thank you to those who joined us in body as well as in spirit for the July 4th rallies in St. Albans, Burlington, Barre, Rutland, Manchester & Mount Independence. They were a great success. The intensity & sense of urgency for change in the political direction of our state & country was like static crackling in the air…the thunder & lightening helped emphasize the point!
Also, a great thanks to those who came out for our HR3200/Health Care Bill Protest at Vermont’s Congressional Delegation’s offices in Burlington, St. Johnsbury & Montpelier on the 17th…they can run, but they cannot hide. As truth raises its head, people are dismissing the lies! Our ranks are filling & our momentum grows! Don’t keep the patriot’s faith, share it!
Points of Note, FYI’s & Future Dates
We will be holding Tea Party Organizing Meetings to help “Organize the Organization” within the next two weeks. Please contact your city’s/town organizer(s) for details on date, time & place. We need your participation…. Info will be posted on www.vermontteaparty.com
(Each city’s organizer’s emails addresses located at end of email)
We are organizing 9/12 Bus Trip(s) to Washington DC for the “American Patriot’s Mass March” on Sat. Sept 12, 2009. We need people to help organize this. Info: www.vermontteaparty.com
We are organizing statewide events for 9/12 for those people who do not want to go to DC (looking to expand into the eastern counties/Connecticut River Valley & Northeast Kingdom, the southern counties- Windham/Bennington—If you would like to help organize, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org) info: www.vermontteaparty.com
We are starting a Vermont Tea Party Patriot Newsletter—starting off monthly with monthly editions…contributions/articles are welcome–events, parades, fairs, meetings, articles of interest…Please make the contribution concise, with correct punctuation/spelling etc… reply to email@example.com
Important Point to Remember: We are asking everyone to dedicate just 10 minutes per day to “political pursuits.” When accomplished, the total of all your energies, will be far greater than the sum of the individual parts. This movement is not about “I the person”, it is about “We the People”…there is strength only with numbers, and each one of you can contribute in some way, no matter how large or small. That is how we affect Real Change! In 1775, we had the Minute Man Militia, today we are asking you to be the 10 Minute Man & Woman Tea Party Activist.
Possible 10 Minute Political Activist Activities :
Volunteer to help Tea Party Movement(!),
Call a/or write Senator a/or Congressman, State Legislator, [VTPE—Voice, Telephone, Pen, Email]
Read Washington Times Article, or other non-mainstream media source,
Speak to a friend about issues, invite them to join Tea Party Movement,
Write a “letter to the editor” of local newspaper,
Search on-line a/or read local “main stream media & print out/cut out article if it contains info that can be used for TP Movement
Search bill tracking sites to learn about various bills that are moving through Washington or Montpelier
Keep informed by going to www.vermontteaparty.com (if you are a website designer…looking for help with website!)
Create your politically Active Community of Tea Party Activists—invite friends over for “Tea” (coffee or cocktails) and specifically talk about issues…then follow up with what can be done as political activists.
Just voting is not enough! No Whine & Cheese Parties
Read politically relevant books, David Horowitz, Mark Levin, Dick Morris, Glenn Beck, Ann Coulter, Ann Duncan, Bernie Goldberg, Kevin Jackson etc)…maybe start a “book club” discussion with friends. (We will be posting a Tea Party Booklist on the website, please email suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org)
Listen & call Talk Radio Shows:
National Talk Shows on 1450 WSNO
Glenn Beck M-F 9-12N;Rush Limbaugh M-F 12-3pm; Sean Hannity M-F 3-6pm.
Local: The TJ Michaels Show, Sat 7-9 am 802-479-3256—TJ is a very big supporter of the Tea Party Movement, and deserves your support as well!
Join Vermont Tea Party Google Group for discussion of issues… the following address is for general Vermont Tea Party Discussion: http://groups.google.com/group/vermont-tea-party-patriot-group?hl=en&lnk=gcimh(to join this group, you will need to reply to invitation, which will follow soon or click onto above link to receive invite) New topic specific Google Groups will be added as needed.
The “opposition” has already begun organizing for the next legislative session. They are conspiring, creating the argument that “all the state government cuts have been made that can be made, therefore the state budget will have to increase again.” We know this is bunk. This is the audacity of arrogance that is dismissive of your fiscally frugal voice. WE ask everyone to start gathering information, (press, email, TV/radio news etc.)…we will utilize the information that it collected by all of you. We know which State Legislators, regardless of political party vote to increase your taxes, fees & mandates. You, all of us, WE, must hold them accountable on their record not their rhetoric…their lies, deflections & red herrings will not be accepted nor tolerated.
Nationally…The Administration/Congress is quickly pushing for the government run HR3200 (“Universal” Health Care Bill.) Your calls to Senators and Representatives are working, keeping the Bill from moving through committees…please, don’t stop calling! We can and will stop this bill that will bankrupt the country. This has been referred to as the “Kill Grandma Bill,” as it effectively is war upon elderly, little children, and those who have serious health issues…all those who need health care the most. This bill will limit access to health care as well as reduce the quality of health care…Period. There are many blatant lies being stated by our ex-Gov., the Pres., Congress, especially our Congressional Delegation.
Calls from you are the best, faxes are better than emails—they have to record faxes. (This is why when you are burning up the fax lines, they turn off their fax lines!) Good Going. Contact info below! (AS of 7-24-09..focus on House of Reps, vote will be soon, Senate may be delayed…will keep you posted)
Sen. Leahy—Sen- VT
202-224-4242 DC Ph202-224-3479 Faxsenator_leahy@leahy.senate.gov
Sen. Sanders –Sen-Vt
202-224-5141 DC ph202-228-0776 Faxhttp://www.sanders.senate.gov/comments/
Rep Peter Welch D-VT
202-225-4115 ph202-225-6790 faxhttp://www.house.gov/formwelch/issue_subscribe.htm
Democrat Blue Dog List: (Blue Dogs are the swing vote…keep calling these people and support them in opposing the Health Care Bill–HR3200
House Members: http://www.house.gov/house/MemberWWW_by_State.shtml#ga
Cap & Trade/HR2454 (now called ACES-American Clean Energy & Strategy ) is still in play. The Administration/Congress is looking to pass this in Sept., so we will keep you informed as the Bill moves. Call/faxes/emails can still be made on this bill to keep up pressure.
Sat & Sunday July 25 &26 Mount Independence, Orwell, Vt.
Soldiers Atop the Mount– Revolutionary War Reenactment
Sat & Sun Start at 10:00 am
(for info call 802-948-2000 www.historicvermont.org/sites)
Please support the re-enactors.They keep the flame of our true history alive, versus the revisionist history that is taught in schools. Also, make sure that you sign the petition to keep the Hubbardton Battlefield open. When History Exits, Despotism Enters.
The government is putting the Hubbardton Battlefield on a list of possibilities to close. Vermont has a ratio of 22:1000 (state employees to 1000 people); the national state average is 14/1000. It is not responsible to close a historical site, which brings tourist dollars into the state, especially when the state’s largest employer is tourism…convoluted logic!
Tea Party Organizational Meetings/Email addresses (for TBA, please contact organizer at email)
Barre 8-1-09 9 to 11 pm Location: TBD email@example.com
Manchester TBA firstname.lastname@example.org
Burlington TBA email@example.com
Rutland TBA firstname.lastname@example.org
St Albans TBA email@example.com
keep an eye on our website for info
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The Art Department has created a show logo! what do you think?
Some of you may know my story and some may not. The Cliff Notes version is that after 20 years or so of doing music radio, I wanted a new challenge. Listen, I love music and on the radio I’ve played it all and pretty much done it all. But in September of this past year I watched the wheels starting come off our country.
The Bear Stearns debacle was my pivot point. I have always been extremely interested in American history and politics. Yes it’s why my wife loves me so much…actually she thinks I’m a huge geek, I digress.
The more crazy things got the more determined I was to talk about things that are truly important to people. Suddenly, all of the music and useless trivia I had crammed my brain with over the years seemed silly. What seemed really important was what was happening in our country.
I have always been a talk radio junky. I remember riding down the road in my dad’s pick up truck after being picked up from school with Dad listening to the final minutes of this new guy on the radio,” Rush Limbaugh.”
In September, I went through a transformation. I have been remade and am now wide awake!
Don’t get me wrong, I still love music radio and I still do music radio everyday. But, I almost can’t wait each week for Saturday morning to get here! This part-time weekend show has become a passion for me and I can’t tell you how much enjoy doing it!
Part of the reason that I am awake is because of my reading regiment. I can’t get enough. In the last 8 months…I’ve read the following:
Atlas Shrug by Ayn Rand, The Real Thomas Jefferson by Andrew M. Allison, An Inconvenient Book by Glenn Beck , Liberty & Tyranny by Mark Leivn, Liberal Fascism by Jonah Goldberg, Bias by Bernard Goldberg, Deliver Us From Evil by Sean Hannity, Culture Warrior By Bill O’Reilly, Absolute Power by David Limbaugh and the most important…Glenn Beck’s Common Sense: The Case Against an Out of Control Government.
This book is incredible! If you are awake in America it is a must read. It is also, as Glenn suggests a book that needs to be passed on to others to help them wake up too!
With all of this reading, from time to time I like to check and see how the books are selling.
From the Bestsellers list of books at Amazon.com;
1. “Culture of Corruption: Obama and His Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks, and Cronies” by Michelle Malkin.
3. “Glenn Beck’s Common Sense: The Case Against an Out-of-Control Government, Inspired by Thomas Paine” by Glenn Beck.
9. “Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto” by Mark R. Levin.
13. “Catastrophe” by Dick Morris.
I don’t see a liberal best seller. Unless you consider “Rush Limbaugh Is a Big Fat Idiot” by Al Franken a legitimate book!
I don’t think liberals read!
North America Approaches 3,000 Record Low High Temperatures!
We’ve done it! Without Cap and Trade, without the Kyoto Treaty, we’ve saved the planet from the certain destruction of global warming!
Let’s take a moment to thank all of those folks who sacrificed themselves to public ridicule for driving the ugliest car on the planet the Toyota Prius! All in the name of saving Mother Earth! Congratulations you’ve done it.
Electric bills are going down because North America (home to the evil American conservative capitalist pigs bent on destroying the environment) has chilled out this summer
Jesse Ferrell of AccuWeather reports: “1,044 daily record low temperatures have been broken this month nationwide according to NCDC — count record ‘low highs’ and the number increases to 2,925, surely to pass 3,000 before the end of the month.”
Ferrell also says: “The period of July 17-20 was the worst, with over 1,600 stations breaking records. It’s worth noting that these stats include all records across the nation.”
And: “The lowest temperatures of the month are also impressive, with 50s in every state and 40s in most, some 30s. Normally temperatures are peaking in July.”
Might this be why envirowackos have changed the terminology on us? Yes its time to re-brand Al Gore’s absolute science. It’s now dubbed Global Climate Change. If at first you don’t succeed…change the rules!
I think the Politicians should leave the Science…to the Scientists!
Now keep in mind that the” Hug The World Crew” won’t let facts get in the way!
Get ready for a new mantra from Al Gore and Co.:
The polar bears are now freezing in the Arctic!
Have you seen the photo of Henry Louis Gates Jr. taken by a neighbor? Gates of course is the director of Harvard University’s W.E.B. Dubois Institute for African and African American Research. He was arrested at his home in Cambridge, Mass. Police say they were called to the home of Gates after a woman reported seeing a man try to pry open the front door. As we all know, it turned out to be him breaking into his own house because he had lost his keys. President Obama was asked about it during the press conference on Wednesday night and he said the police acted stupidly…. You know we worried about how experienced this man was before he became president and Obama showed he’s a not a ready for prime time player.
Maybe it is me, but if I were trying to sell the nation on a plan to take over a $2.4 trillion a year healthcare system, I would have avoided getting into a he said/he said battle between Police Sgt. James Crowley and Professor Gates — or Skip, as the president calls him.
President Obama ended his fourth prime-time press conference in his first 6 months by saying, in answer to a question from his hometown reporter Lynn Sweet:
“I don’t know, not having been there and not seeing all the facts, what role race played in that [Gates case]. But I think it’s fair to say, number one, any of us would be pretty angry; number two, that the Cambridge police acted stupidly in arresting somebody when there was already proof that they were in their own home; and, number three, what I think we know separate and apart from this incident is that there’s a long history in this country of African-Americans and Latinos being stopped by law enforcement disproportionately. That’s just a fact.”
Ok follow me here…The Man is The President of The United States of America, should he be commenting on an incident, as he said, not being there and not knowing all of the facts? Who does that? Who makes a comment accusing an officer and police department of being stupid and suggests that it was racially motivated, without knowing the facts? Does this sound like a President of the United States? It doesn’t!….Bill Cosby sounded more like an American President than Barrack Obama when he said on a Boston radio station this week: “This is a road we need not go down.”
What was pitched to the media as a six month report card on his job performance really was a press conference on healthcare. President Obama wanted to turn big public opposition to his plan and get the message out on health care.
Way to shout down your own message, Mr. President.
For his part, Sgt. Crowley defended himself but did not knock the President.
Where did this question during the press conference come from? Someone broke the rule and asked a non-healthcare question! That person was Lynn Sweet, a very savvy Chicago political reporter who knows Obama’s sensitivities from his Illinois state Senate days when he worked on racial profiling issues, asked the president, seemingly strangely, about a recent disorderly conduct arrest in Cambridge, Mass. On the surface that issue would not seem to merit attention as one of only 11 questions at a nationally-televised White House news conference with the president of the United States.
However, as Sweet well knew, the arrestee was black…a respected academic. Also — here’s the key — a friend of Obama’s. The officer was white. It was late at night. Apparently a neighbor saw someone in a T-shirt breaking into a nearby home. It happened to be the key-less owner himself, but who knew then?
A softball that Obama swung at and hit into foul territory.
Let’s see, Sarah Palin… Joe the Plumber… clinging to guns… clinging to religion… now, Sgt. Crowley.
Is it just me, or is there a pattern here?
Then again, Barack Obama spent 3 years in Cambridge when he was in law school, so maybe he knows something I don’t. But, speaking of acting stupidly, wading into this controversy was not a very brilliant move.
Finally on Friday, President Obama apologized. Did you notice how reluctant it was? The political heat became too hot! No one was talking about healthcare. Everyone was talking about a decorated police officer from Cambridge who was doing his job and following protocol yet, the President Of The United States Of America called him Stupid…
It’s not that stupid is a harsh word or that stupid is dramatically hurtful. It’s that this is the President of The United States calling one of America’s finest Stupid! My liberal friends loved to use the words “Bush League”, when W made a gaffe or did not speak well…this is so far beyond “Bush League,” it’s off the charts bad!
I cannot believe that there is not more outrage over the President calling one of America’s finest…Stupid.
A beer at the Whitehouse will now apparently fix the whole problem. If I were Sgt. Crowley I would’ve said; “Apology accepted, however on the invite…thanks, but no thanks!”