Author of THE CLAPPER MEMO Visits Fort Lauderdale

Over the weekend, I had the pleasure of traveling to Florida, sharing news about my recently-released book, THE CLAPPER MEMO, and attending two events hosted by members of Tea Party Fort Lauderdale.

Cinema Paradiso FTLThe weekend began Saturday at 10 a.m. with a crowd of more than 100 people gathering at the art deco-inspired movie theater, Cinema Paradiso, for a screening of the documentary, Hating Breitbart.

Chronicling the life of the late conservative firebrand, Andrew Breitbart, the film has gained notoriety, according to film maker Andrew Marcus, for generating the most-lopsided Rotten Tomatoes numbers in history.

Hating Breitbart Rotten TomatoesAre the numbers a result of anti-conservative, Hollywood liberals stacking — or unstacking — the “Tomatometer” side of the ratings?  Of course, they are!  That, in part, is why I highly recommend you watch this film.  The other part?  It’s a film that paints an extremely-accurate portrait of Breitbart and the conservative, sometimes-libertarian movement he championed.

About an hour after the film screening ended, another TPFL-hosted event took place.

Pam Geller speaks at a Tea Party Fort Lauderdale gathering Saturday.

Flanked by a cardboard cutout of the late Navy SEAL Aaron Vaughn, Pam Geller speaks at a Tea Party Fort Lauderdale gathering Saturday.

Pam Geller, another long-time online friend who I met in person for the first time Saturday, served as the headline speaker at a mid-afternoon dinner held upstairs at Nick’s Italian Restaurant in Fort Lauderdale.  The founder of Atlas Shrugs, author of several books, and frequent guest on television and radio news-talk shows, Geller enthralled the diverse crowd of conservatives with a message imploring them to fight what she describes as “the Islamization of America.”

Yours truly flanked by Billy and Karen Vaughn.

Yours truly, Bob McCarty, flanked by Billy and Karen Vaughn.

Other notables at the event included Billy and Karen Vaughn, the parents of Aaron Carson Vaughn, a Navy SEAL and member of SEAL Team VI who was killed Aug. 6, 2011, in a helicopter crash (a.k.a., “Extortion 17″) that took the lives of 30 Americans, the majority of whom were members of the highly-skilled SEALs unit.

Since their son’s death, they’ve established a website, ForOurSon.us, dedicated to Aaron and the causes for which he fought valiantly.  In addition, they formed a non-profit foundation, Operation300.com, that’s designed to create a week-long experience for children who have lost their fathers as a result of service to our country.

Shown with yours truly are Beverly Perlson (center) and Jean Morris.

Denise Cauthen

Denise Cauthen

On the list of other people I had the opportunity to meet in person for the first time after communicating with them by email, message and phone — sometimes for years — were:  Beverly Perlson, founder of the pro-troops group, The Band of Mothers, who traveled to the event from the Chicago area; James and Jean Morris, conservative activists who came in from St. Petersburg, Fla., for the weekend; and well-known conservatives and friends of Breitbart, Katie O’Malley and Mora Flynn.

I must also mention Denise Cauthen, a South Florida local I met, because of the clever t-shirt she wore to the day’s events.  Featuring the words, “HOLD YOUR OWN” beneath an open-umbrella graphic, I immediately appreciated its intended message.  Take a look at the photo (right) and see if you “get it.”  If you need help figuring it out, click here.

Finally, hats off to Tom Trento and his crew at Trentovision TV for covering all of the day’s events.

I look forward to the opportunity to return to South Florida again soon and appreciate the hospitality extended me by Jack Gillies, Danita Kilcullen and everyone at TPFL.

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Howard Stern Interviews Reveal Much About Obama Voters

I’ve never been a fan of Howard Stern.  Today, however, I’ll step outside the box and share some interview clips the foul-mouthed shock jock shared with his radio audience.  The responses given to relatively simple questions about political candidates reveal a lot about the types of people who vote for Barack Obama.

The people showcased by Stern remind me a lot of some of the young people I interviewed as they prepared to enter the Oakley Lindsay Civic Center during President Obama‘s April 28, 2010, visit to Quincy, Ill.  See video below.

Bob McCarty is the author of “Three Days In August: A U.S. Army Special Forces Soldier’s Fight For Military Justice,” a nonfiction book that’s available in paperback and ebook via most online booksellers, including Amazon.com.  His second nonfiction book, “The CLAPPER MEMO,” is set for release this fall.

Quincy Tea Party Turns Table on City Council (Update)

In a post two years ago this week, I reported on the story of Steve McQueen, a leader of the then-fledgling Quincy (Ill.) Tea Party, who was prevented from speaking at a meeting of the local city council:

It was the last thing McQueen expected to have happen when he appeared at the meeting last night.  But it did happen.  In a 7-6 vote down party lines, members of the Quincy City Council voted to deny him his right to speak, despite the fact that he had taken all of the proper steps required of a citizen to appear on the council’s agenda.

“I actually went last night with the idea that I was going to speak about our local city budget and a water-sewer increase,” McQueen told me this morning during a telephone interview.  “I did ask to speak prior to going and I was placed n the agenda, so I went in with the idea that it was a foregone conclusion that I would speak.  When I walked in and the vote happened, I was shocked.”

Shocked, yes.  But not deterred.

A lot has changed in Quincy since then, according to Tara August, a QTP member who was at the meeting. Early this afternoon, she sent me an update about the local political situation in the Mississippi River town 130-odd miles north of St. Louis.  I share it below:

“Someone reposted your blog of 2 years ago – the article about our Quincy Tea Party leader, Steve McQueen, who was denied be able to speak at our city council meeting. I was at that meeting. Just thought you might like to know what has happened since then.

“Our 7/7 split on the city council with a Democratic mayor has turned into a 10/4 Republican majority since our election in April. Quincy Tea Party was instrumental in making this happen.  We also have two new female Republican councilwomen.

“I remember the comment the day after Steve was denied his request to speak. Someone wrote “I hope they enjoy being in hot water because they just cooked their goose”. We still have the Dem mayor but he is up for reelection in 2 years and we will get him then! Enjoyed your article.”

Thanks for the update, Tara!

Makes me wonder whether the folks who appeared in the videos below, shot during President Barack Obama’s April 28, 2010, visit to Quincy, might be having second thoughts about the man they once adored so much.

UPDATE 5/8/11 at 12:55 p.m. Central: Cross-posted at Andrew Breitbart’s BigGovernment.com.

UPDATE 4/11/2013 at 3:43 p.m. Central:  I received an update this afternoon from Tara August, one of the Quincy Tea Party folks mentioned in the article above.  Below is the good news she had to share after another round of elections was held in her city Tuesday:

“I wrote to you 2 years ago when, here in Quincy, Ill., the Republicans finally took a majority in the city council after many many years of being controlled by the liberals. Not only a majority, but a super majority. I said at the time that we will get the Mayor next time.  Well, 2 days ago Quincy elected a 32 years old Republican Mayor – first time since 1981.  He won 56% of the votes. As an interesting aside, the encumbent received about 80% of his campaign $$ from outside our country – primarily from the Chicago area. Surprise, surprise. Anyway, just thought you might want the update. You can find the story on Quincy Journal.com. By the way, we retained the super majority (10-4) in addition to adding our new Mayor.”

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Black Protest Organizers Could Be Tea Partiers

When I examined the fine print on the flyer about the National & International Day of Action & Unity, I looked for a Tea Party logo but didn’t find one.  Still, I concluded, blacks organizing these protests could, with a little direction, qualify as Tea Partiers.

The fine print appeared below an ALL-CAPS BOLDFACE declaration:  WE WILL DEMONSTRATE AGAINST WAR IN LIBYA AND THESE URGENT AND PRESSING ISSUES. Listed as the “pressing issues” were the following:

Disunity, apathy, racism, violence, self-genocide, poor health and health care, self hatred, ignorance, mis-education, white supremacy, gang warfare, military aggression, police harassment and brutality, gentrification, economic underdevelopment, corruption in government, attacks on school systems, integration, disorganization, poverty, homelessness, lack of self-responsibility, no knowledge of our history, a conspiracy to destroy Black men, abuse of Black women, inadequate land and property ownership, economic exploitation, weak self defense and military force, uncle-tomism, neo-colonialism, imperialism and Zionism, neglect of our youth, blight in our communities, political weakness, corrupt politicians, unfair budget cuts, criminal injustice system, political prisoners, and many more.

With the exception of a few obvious entries, the issues listed above can be traced back to policies and programs advocated by Democratic Party politicians, labor unions and others on the far left of society.  For starters, no one who shares my world view thinks we should be fighting a war in Libya.  And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Issues like disunity, apathy, racism, poverty and homelessness were supposed to be things of the past once President Barack Obama took office.  Read any newspaper or online news publication, and you’ll find these issues haven’t gone away.  If anything, they’ve gotten worse.

Issues like abortion, rising unemployment and increasing crime rates can be traced back to a much-earlier time, to Democrat-sponsored legislation such as Roe v. Wade, to an overabundance of Democrat-sponsored entitlement and affirmative action programs, and to a gradual dumbing-down of the nation’s public education system.

Said to be taking place in cities around the country and, according to the flyer, around the world, I fully expect tomorrow’s protests to be portrayed by the mainstream media as an indication that policies advocated by Republicans and Conservatives during the last 50 years haven’t worked.

In reality, the protests should be portrayed as a seed that launches an influx of millions of black Americans into the Tea Party Movement. Black Americans who’ve reconsidered continuing their unholy alliance with Democrats and the Far Left and decided to join other blacks from every strata of society (e.g., Herman Cain, Lloyd Marcus, Kevin Jackson, the National Black Republican Association, et al).

Though not a Tea Party “official” myself, I’m certain I can speak for them when I say the Tea Party stands willing to welcome all blacks into their ranks.

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Dick Durbin Hunting for Muslim Votes

By Paul R. Hollrah, Guest Blogger

The Democratic Party is the oldest of the two major U.S. political parties.  It was first organized in the early 1790s by anti-federalists, led by Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, as the Democratic-Republican Party.  Unlike the Democratic Party of today, it was distinguishable by its support for states’ rights and strict adherence to constitutional principles.

The modern Democratic Party was born in February 1825 following the disputed presidential election of 1824. In that election, between John Quincy Adams of Massachusetts; Henry Clay of Kentucky; William H. Crawford of Georgia; and Andrew Jackson of Tennessee, Jackson won a plurality of both the national popular vote and the electoral vote.  However, since he had failed to win a clear majority of the electoral votes, the 12th Amendment dictated that the names of the top three candidates… Adams, Crawford, and Jackson… be sent to the House of Representatives, presided over by none other than Speaker Henry Clay, for the final selection.

Clay threw his support to Adams, who became the sixth president of the United States; Jackson resigned from the Senate and launched a campaign for the party’s 1828 nomination; and Clay relinquished the Speaker’s gavel to become Secretary of State in the Adams Administration.  The Jackson faction of the party, referring to the highly-suspicious Adams-Clay alliance as a “corrupt bargain,” split off from the party and established the Democratic Party.  It was out of that “corrupt bargain” that the DNA of the modern Democratic Party was formed.

In the years between 1825 and 1860, as abolitionist sentiment gained more and more support, the Democratic Party, north and south, became the party of slavery, championing such pro-slavery laws as the Missouri Compromise, the Kansas-Nebraska Act, and the Fugitive Slave Law.  Then, after opposing Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, Democrats opposed ratification of the 13th Amendment, outlawing slavery; the 14th Amendment, granting citizenship to the freed slaves; and the 15th Amendment, which gave voting rights to the freed slaves.

Following the Civil War, in states where they held essentially one-party control, Democrats enacted Black Codes and an endless variety of Jim Crow laws.  In 1866, as a means of ensuring the Black Codes and Jim Crow laws were fully enforced, Democrats created a paramilitary auxiliary, the Ku Klux Klan.

In the remaining years of the 19th century, Democrats established an unbroken record of opposition to civil rights legislation. They opposed the Civil Rights Act of 1866, the First Reconstruction Act of 1867, the Enforcement Act of 1870, the Force Act of 1871, the Ku Klux Klan Act of 1871, and the Civil Rights Act of 1875.  Then, after regaining control of Congress and the White House in the 1890s, Democrats passed the Repeal Act of 1894, repealing much of the civil rights legislation enacted by Republicans in the decades since the Civil War.

Later, in the mid-20th century, in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision, the Civil Rights Act of 1957, the Civil Rights Act of 1960, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the Civil Rights Act of 1968, and the Equal Employment Act of 1972 became law only with strong Republican support.  All of those bills received strong opposition from Democrats in one-party states, mostly in the South.

During the 1930s, Democrats began to build a coalition of special interest groups.  With the passage of the Wagner Act in 1935, giving workers the right to organize unions and to engage in collective bargaining with employers, Democrats saw an opportunity to capture a stable and reliable voting bloc.  If they could convince working men and women that they were the sole protectors of their unique government-created “right” to hold hostage the private property of the owners of business, they would be the beneficiaries of many millions of dollars during each campaign season and tens of millions of votes on Election Day.  Since that day, Democrats have been the dutiful servants of the labor bosses.  Whatever labor has wanted, labor got… no matter how ethically or economically ill-advised the demand.

 

Rosa Parks

Then came Brown v. Board of Education, Rosa Parks and the Montgomery bus boycott, Orville Faubus and the Little Rock Central High School, Bull Connor and Lester Maddox, and suddenly everything changed. African-Americans were suddenly knocking at the door, demanding access to the American Dream, and they had every right to do so.  But they had a decision to make.  Would they be consumed by the irresistible narcotic of the welfare state, or would they recognize that the only true economic progress in America is not class progress, but individual progress, and opt for the sure rewards of education, opportunity, and hard work?

We all know what happened.  African-Americans turned their backs on the Republican Party, the party that was born out of opposition to slavery, the party whose members had shed their blood and their treasure to free their forbears from the bonds of slavery. Instead, their leaders opted for the “free lunch” promised by Democrats and they filed, en masse, into the Democratic Party where, to this day, they faithfully and blindly pull the Democrat lever on Election Day.

In more recent times, Democrats can be seen courting not only the votes of Hispanic citizens, but the votes of illegal immigrants, as well. While illegal aliens stream across our porous borders by the millions, bringing tons of drugs along with them, Democrats refuse to enforce immigration laws and offer the illegals generous taxpayer-funded education, medical, and welfare benefits.

In 1962, Rachel Carson published her book, “Silent Spring,” which attacked the use of chemical pesticides.  Her book led to a ban on DDT and other pesticides and a grassroots environmental movement was born.  Yet, in spite of the fact that scientific studies show conclusively that DDT is not a carcinogen, the EPA lists DDT as a ‘probable human carcinogen’… but only if ingested in large quantities.  Nevertheless, it was yet another opportunity for Democrats to make political capital out of a bogus public issue based on questionable science and embraced by a large and dedicated following… many of them wealthy, well-educated, and blindly idealistic.

It is of no apparent concern to Democrats that, since DDT was banned by a Democratic Congress in 1972, more than 50,000,000 people have died of malaria.  The World Health Organization reported that, in the year 2000 alone, malaria infected more than 300 million people, killing some 2,000,000… mostly in sub-Saharan Africa.  Most fatalities today are children, who die at the rate of two per minute or 3,000 per day.  Yet, so long as Democrats have their campaign coffers filled by radical environmentalists they will continue to do their bidding… no questions asked.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano talks with Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.).

In subsequent years, Democrats have embraced the agendas of numerous other special interests, all having just one thing in common: they all want something from government.  These include trial lawyers, radical feminists, abortion rights advocates, public school teachers, public employees, gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgender people.  But now it appears that Democrats are looking to add yet another loyal voting bloc to their coalition.  They’ve sent Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), their second-ranking Senate leader, on a hunting expedition to capture the American Muslim vote… both radicals and moderates.

In the wake of hearings held by U.S. Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.), chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, into charges that homegrown Muslims are being radicalized by ideologues in mosques all across the country, Senate Democrats held an “anti-King hearing,” on Tuesday, March 29, chaired by none other than Dick Durbin, himself.  It was an apparent attempt to show that the guys who took down the World Trade Center, the guys who flew a plane into the Pentagon, the guy who slaughtered 13 and wounded 29 at Fort Hood, and dozens more, were just a bunch of misunderstood eccentrics.

Unfortunately for the Democrats, a photograph has circulated in the mainstream media showing a smiling Dick Durbin at an early March gathering of Muslim clerics at the Bridgeview Mosque Foundation in Chicago. As described by Steven Emerson, executive director of the Investigative Project on Terrorism, of the eight men photographed with Durbin, six are allied with Hamas, the Palestinian terror group; five are unindicted co-conspirators in the Holy Land Foundation trial; and four of the eight have made statements calling for the killing of Jews.

Should they be successful, it will be interesting to visualize future Democratic conventions. Just picture the thugs of the AFL-CIO, ACORN, and SEIU conducting seminars for teachers and Code Pink pacifists on how to beat up little old ladies at Tea Party rallies. Picture the blacks and the Hispanics beating the tar out of each other because blacks are tired of hearing Mexicans say that blacks are too lazy and too spoiled to do stoop-labor.  But most interesting of all, picture what happens when a bunch of radical jihadists get a little high from sniffing the smoke in one of the Democrats’ smoke-filled rooms and wander into a ballroom where gays, lesbians and transvestites are enjoying a no-holds-barred meet-and-greet.  Where the jihadists come from, men are beheaded and women are stoned to death for that sort of thing, but in Democratic circles it will just be viewed as business as usual.

If Democrats are so determined to make themselves bullet-proof, politically, one wonders why they haven’t embraced the political agenda of NAMBLA, the North American Man-Boy Love Association. Could it be that pedophiles just don’t bring enough money or enough votes to the table?  Happy hunting, Dick!  Better you than us.

Hollrah is a senior fellow at the Lincoln Heritage Institute and a contributing editor for Family Security Matters and a number of online publications.  He resides in northeast Oklahoma.

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Black, Brown, White: Leftists Come in All Colors

By Paul R. Hollrah, Guest Blogger

Whether black, white, brown, red, pink, orange, green, or purple, leftists come in all colors… depending on their issue de jour. Watching the turmoil in Wisconsin in recent weeks, and seeing Democrats on the floor of the General Assembly… all decked out in their stylish orange t-shirts…  shouting childish epithets at their Republican colleagues, one is reminded of how easily and how quickly liberals, Democrats, socialists, fascists and communists adopt self-identifying uniforms.

What comes to mind are leftist movements of the past two centuries: Mussolini’s Blackshirts; Hitler’s Brownshirts; the white-hooded Knights of the Ku Klux Klan; the black-suited New Black Panthers; the pink-shirted dilettantes of Code Pink; the red-shirted thugs of Obama’s ACORN; the green-shirted radicals of the Association of Federal, State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME); and the purple-shirted goons of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).  Of these, only Hitler’s Brownshirts and Mussolini’s Blackshirts are not known to have been closely associated with the Democratic Party.

Unlike Tea Party activists, who are capable of dressing themselves and thinking for themselves, union members and other self-identified leftists, socialists and fascists are, by their very nature, like children who must have others dress them and do their thinking for them.

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Mussolini’s Blackshirts, the Fasci di Combattimenti, were established as a Fascist paramilitary force in 1919.  Far from being as brutal as Hitler’s Brownshirts, Mussolini’s Blackshirts favored tactics such as tying an opposition “non-conformist” to a tree, forcing a pint or two of castor oil down his throat, and forcing him to swallow a live toad or frog.  While not life-threatening, such punishments were enough to cause most Italians to give the Blackshirts a bit of latitude.

And while submissive adults were important to the Mussolini regime, it was the children, the fascists of the future, who were of greatest interest to Il Duce.  Like Democrats of today and like Nazis of yesteryear, a top priority of Italian fascists was control of the state’s public education system… not because of the quality of the education children might receive, but because of the opportunities it provided for filling impressionable young minds with leftist ideology.

While Italian children were taught to sing hymns of praise to Il Duce, American children are taught by unionized teachers to chant, “He said red, yellow, black, or white, all are equal in his sight.  Mmm, mmm, mmm!  Barack Hussein Obama!  Barack Hussein Obama!”

Adolph Hitler’s Brownshirts, the Sturmabteilung (SA), served as the paramilitary arm of the National Socialist German Workers’ (Nazi) Party.  It played a major role in Hitler’s rise to power during the 1920s and ’30s until being violently displaced by the Schutzstaffel (SS) in 1934.

The Hitler Youth, who wore the same brown shirts as their elders, were important to the future of the Third Reich because it was their job, not only to inform on their parents, grandparents, friends and neighbors, but to train and recruit future SA members.  And just as the Hitler Youth were taught Nazi slogans and Nazi doctrine by adult leaders, Youth for Obama children are taught to sing propaganda themes such as, “We’re gonna’ spread happiness.  We’re gonna’ spread freedom.  Obama’s gonna’ change it, Obama’s gonna’ lead ‘em, Obama’s gonna’ change it… and rearrange it.  We’re gonna’ change the world.”

The Ku Klux Klan, identifiable by their white robes and white conical hats and facemasks, was formed in 1865 as the paramilitary arm of the Democratic Party.  The primary role of the Klan was to intimidate the freed slaves, controlling every facet of their daily lives as if they had not been freed from the bonds of slavery.  Sworn testimony contained in the Congressional Record tells us that, after Republicans wrote and ratified the 15th Amendment, giving blacks the right to vote, Democrats often stood in the doorways of the polling places handing out Democratic ballots and reminding blacks that, if they failed to vote the Democrat ticket, there was a coffin waiting for them.

With that level of intimidation most blacks voted the Democrat ticket… but some did not.  Archives maintained by the Tuskegee Institute contain the names of some 4,730 men and women who refused to be intimidated.  Between 1882 and 1951, the white-clad night riders of the Klan lynched some 3,437 blacks and 1,293 whites, essentially all Republicans.  Now, in what can only be described as a mind-boggling reversal of roles, we find members of the New Black Panther Party, clad in black military style uniforms and brandishing police-style nightsticks, employing essentially the same tactics as the KKK… intimidating both black and white voters suspected of voting for Republican candidates.

The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN), whose members and staff are recognizable by their red t-shirts, was born out of the welfare rights movement of the 1950s and ’60s.  According to ACORN propaganda, the group’s priorities have included better low-income housing, higher wages for the poor, more community development investment from banks and governments, better public schools, unionization of workers and other “social justice” issues.   Putting a bit of “lipstick on a pig,” ACORN claims to have pursued these goals through public demonstrations, negotiations, lobbying and voter participation.

The truth is, in spite of the fact that hundreds of millions of dollars, much of it taxpayer funds, have flowed through the hands of 30 ACORN state chapters and hundreds of local chapters, ACORN activists have little to show for their efforts. Low-income housing has been a national disgrace; few minorities have gained middle-class status via ACORN’s efforts; pressure exerted on banks to make mortgage loans to applicants with little or no ability to repay them, has brought our nation to the brink of financial collapse; the number of high school dropouts, especially in the black community, has steadily increased while education spending has grown exponentially; more than two out of every three black babies are born to unwed mothers; and, with ACORN’s assistance, the number of black babies aborted now borders on genocide.

The only thing ACORN has done successfully is to provide the Democratic Party with many thousands of dead or fictitious voters. Numerous officials have been indicted on fraud charges and on March 22, 2010, ACORN announced it was closing all of its remaining state chapters and disbanding due to falling revenue.  Although Democrats will be forced to find a new source of fraudulent voter registrations, they’re almost certain to experience a one-time windfall from the sale of thousands of red ACORN t-shirts.

Until the shameless siege of the Wisconsin state capitol, the purple-shirted goons of the SEIU could be counted on to turn out in force… shouting, screaming, pushing, shoving and brutalizing the opposition. But now, the violence-prone goons of the AFL-CIO, AFSCME, the NEA and the AFT appear to have reclaimed their mantle as party “enforcers.”  And while decent people may view with alarm the lawless nature of those who occupied the Wisconsin capitol, threatening and terrorizing Republican members of the House and Senate, it is easy to lose track of just who those people are.

They are not just a bunch of radical Democrats and unionized public employees in someone else’s state capital.  No matter where we live, they are our family members, our neighbors; the teachers who teach our children; our fellow Wal-Mart shoppers; and, sadly, in far too many instances, they are the police officers and the firefighters in whose hands we place the safety of our families and our property.  They are, like the Wisconsin classroom teachers and other public employees, those who contribute their hard earned dollars to elect Democratic puppets in our city halls, our county courthouses, our state legislatures, and the Congress.

They are the people who refuse to condemn the author of the death threat made to Wisconsin legislators, the cowardly threat that tells Republican legislators, “Please put your things in order because you will be killed and your families will also be killed… We have all planned to assault you by arriving at your house and putting a nice little bullet in your head…” They are the leftist hoodlums who have been taught by their union overlords to chant at Republicans, “You have killed democracy,” when few of them are sufficiently educated to write a single declaratory sentence describing the difference between a democracy and a republic.

They are not the people who have, through their industry, built a great nation; they are the people who would find comfort in the smothering embrace of a European-style socialist state.  They are not builders of wealth, creators and leaders; they are the moochers, the parasites and the hangers-on of Ayn Rand’s epic work, “Atlas Shrugged.”

Now that conservatives and Republicans have been successful in attacking the power of public employee unions in Idaho, Ohio, New Jersey, Wisconsin, and elsewhere, the real battle begins.  Between now and the 2012 general election, it is up to Republicans to remind voters of why collective bargaining reform is so essential.  They must hang all of Wisconsin’s $100,000+ bus drivers, New York City’s 4,000 “rubber room” teachers and Harry Reid’s Northern Nevada Cowboy Poetry Festival tightly around the necks of Democrats.  And now that the rainbow coalition of color-coded radicals, representing less than fifteen percent of the U.S. workforce, has been foolish enough to show us their true colors, it’s up to the rest of us to make sure the voters do not forget who they are when they go to the polls in 2012.

 

Paul R. Hollrah

Hollrah is a senior fellow at the Lincoln Heritage Institute and a contributing editor for Family Security Matters and a number of online publications.  He resides in northeast Oklahoma.

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Cuomo Tries to Fool Public Into Thinking Tea Party Members Support His Budget Proposal

It appears as if a dyed-in-the-wool liberal is trying to fool the public into thinking members of the Tea Party Movement support his controversial budget proposal for the Empire State.  That politician is New York’s recently-elected Democrat governor, Andrew Cuomo.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.)

Tonight, because I suspect it won’t be the last attempt by libs like Cuomo to try and appear “Tea Party friendly,” I share the text of an e-mail, “Urgent request from Carl Paladino,” I received from a man associated with Cuomo’s most-recent election-day foe, Republican Carl Paladino:

Good afternoon everyone,

Many, if not all of you have either recieved or heard of what Michael Caputo is doing in his attempts to garner TEA Party support for Governor Cuomo’s budget. I have to say first and foremost Carl Paladino does not condone or support what Caputo is doing. He is using the master email lists for his own purpose and without permission from Carl. It is being portrayed by the media that the TEA Party is supporting Governor Cuomo’s budget proposal of a 2% property tax cap, when in reality only four groups have. Carl has been quoted in the local media as saying Caputo is way off the reservation by contacting the TEA Parties. Caputo said this morning on a local radio show that those of us that are against what he is doing and taking a wait and see attitude are just partisans. Partisans? Just because we do not support this budget proposal. Apparently he does not understand any of us.

This whole situation has sparked a huge and in many ways contentious debate between TEA Party groups across the state. In a time where we should be working together, this move has started to split our movement and it has to come to a stop. If we are ever going to have a bigger impact on the insane politics of New York state, things like this cannot happen.

What we need to do is get a statement from as many groups as possible. A simple one or two sentence statement saying your group either supports what Caputo is doing or not. He cannot be allowed to be seen as speaking for the entire TEA Party movement across the state.

Monday I sent out a statement to the media in New York over this whole situation and this is my point of view.

In a state that has a projected deficit of closer to 14 Billion dollars, a tax cap will do nothing. We have the highest local taxes in the US, 79% above the national average.  A 2% tax cap is still a tax increase. Is it a step in the right direction? That is debatable. In my opinion it is no where near enough, but each and every group has to craft their own opinion. I speak for no one but myself. From this point forward, I am speaking on behalf of TEANewYork.

I have to apologize for writing this way, I do not have the ability to reach out to the ten plus thousand that Caputo has. I can only work off a list that I have been compiling thru the campaign and do not have a email program that can be sent out to that many at one time. On this list I only have email addresses, I do not know who you are individually or what groups you represent.

Please send us a statement from your group, specify what group you are from so Carl and I can send out a statement to the entire media as soon as possible. TEA New York is Carl Paladinos home group he is the 3rd member to join. We had a rally in Buffalo announcing the creation of it in May of 2009. At that point there were only 3 of us. Me, my wife Jul and Carl Paladino, we are now over 800 strong with a combined membership of 2000 in the WNY area…

Thank you

Rus Thompson, http://TEANewYork.com

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