Posts Tagged ‘Activism’
For those who may be interested I have started a new blog entitled Virginia’s 5th District. The aim of this blog is to attempt to keep citizens of the 5th informed about what is taking place in politics on the state and national level that might affect those of us in the district.
The Jefferson Area Tea Party site will be maintained in order to keep people informed as to JATP happenings. I look forward to reading the insightful comments on these blogs both pro and con, this type of discourse is what makes our country great.
Saturday September 12, 2009 will be remembered as the day the grass roots caught fire. With over 1 million citizens congregating at our nations capital the politicians didn’t know whether to smile, spit or swallow. With people arriving from all fifty states the Republicans and especially the Democrats still do not know what to make of it.
News channels are reporting tens of thousands showed up when in actuality the numbers where in the high hundreds of thousands. Of course the left wing blogs are coming up with 50 to 70 thousand as an estimate. Anyone who was there will have to laugh at that estimate. There was at least 250 thousand gathered around the capital reflecting pool. My wife and I wandered around for hours and at times could not even make it through the crowd. The people stretched for a mile back to the Washington Monument. Freedom Plaza was so crowded that attendees gave up trying to get there for the march and went directly to the Capital.
Opponents will try to down play what happened yesterday but that is only because they are afraid that we will take our country back. The people have found their voices and the roar of freedom is once again going to be heard throughout our country. We will not let these corrupt Washington bureaucrats sell our rights to the highest bidder. The silent majority has woken and we will be heard.
Response has been great for our bus trip to DC on September 12th. We have filled up the second bus and have decided to shoot for a third one. We have room for another 45 people so tell your friends and relatives, this will be one of the largest conservative rallies to be held in the district in years and for only $35 you can be a part of it. Let your representatives know that we will not put up with out of control spending, socialization of our government and the addition of massive debt that will be left to our children and grandchildren.
The buses will be leaving from the JC Penny end of Fashion Square Mall in Charlottesville. Departure is scheduled for 7AM so plan on being there by 6:30. There will be volunteers to check you onto the buses. We ask that at least one person in your party have a cell phone, the volunteers will need that number in case we have to get in touch with you at the end of the day. Maps and additional information will be handed out upon boarding the buses.We will return by approximately 9 PM that same evening. The buses have room for storage of back packs and incidentals.
Upon arriving in DC we will be dropped off at Freedom Plaza on Pennsylvania Ave. where the march is scheduled to begin, the 9/12 Group will have volunteers along the route to assist people as needed. The route is about .8 miles long so wear comfortable walking shoes. For those who may have difficulties walking there are metro stops along the way that will take you to the Capital Building were the march ends and the rally is to take place.
At the end of the day the buses that will be taking us back to Charlottesville will pick us up at Union Station which is about 4 blocks from the Capital Building. You will need to be at the Station by 6 PM and the buses will leave at 6:30. Make sure you check in with one of the volunteers before boarding the return bus, we do not want to leave anyone behind.
For those of you who want additional information please fill out the contact form.
CONFIRMED SPEAKERS FOR SATURDAY’S RALLY:
Dick Armey – FreedomWorks
Matt Kibbe – FreedomWorks
Mason Weaver, San Diego, CA
John Tate, Campaign for Liberty
Rep. Marsha Blackburn (TN)
Jenny Beth Martin, Tea Party Patriots
Darla Dawald, Resistnet.com
Brendan Steinhauser, FreedomWorks
Steve Elliot, Grassfire
Kellen Giuda, New York City
Deneen Borelli, The National Center for Public Policy Research/Project 21
Andrew Langer, Institute for Liberty
Stephen Baldwin and Kevin McCollough, X-Treme Radio
Yaron Brook, Ayn Rand Center for Individual Rights
Lloyd Marcus, Tea Party Express
Rev. CL Bryant, Shreveport, Louisiana
Joel Aaron, Atlanta, Georgia
Phillip Dennis, Dallas, Texas
Jeff Anderer, entreprenuer
Rep. Tom Price (GA)
Rep. Michelle Bachmann (MN)
Doc Thompson, Richmond, Virginia
Mario Lopez, Hispanic Leadership Fund
Toby Marie Walker, Waco, TX
Andrew Moylan, NTU
Kelly Hoag, Austin, TX
CONFIRMED SPEAKERS FOR FREEDOM PLAZA GATHERING:
Andrew Moylan, National Taxpayers Union
Hi Caliber, Mr. Conservative (music)
Charles Lollar, Maryland
Nic Lott, Mississippi
Diana Reimer, Pennsylvania Tea Party Patriots
Phillip Dennis, Dallas Tea Party Patriots
Tom Gaitens, Florida
Debbie Dooley, Georgia
Lee Doren, Bureaucrash
Everett Wilkinson, Florida Tea Party Patriots
Toby Walker, Waco Tea Party Patriots
Matt Kibbe, FreedomWorks
The week before last I was fortunate to be able to attend two different town hall meetings with Congressman Perriello, one in Ruckersville in Greene County a rural community the other in Charlottesville, a college town. The difference between the two was significant.
The Ruckersville town hall had a much larger group of people that were not in favor of government run health care. This group was well informed and had obviously done their homework by at least reading parts of H.R.3200 something our representatives might want to consider. The questions were well posed and the statements to the congressman were well thought out, although people who made statements instead of asking questions were heckled. (For some reason those on the left seem to forget that one of our rights is the ability to petition our representatives:-)
Being from Greene County I was somewhat annoyed when an acquaintance acted surprised that the people at the Ruckersville event seemed to be so well informed. He meant this as a compliment and proceeded to compare the Ruckersville people to the Charlottesville group in which the majority of people supported government run health care. He was not quite as complementary about these people saying that the only thing they seemed able to do was whine about their situation, and folks that is the difference between the whiney Charlottesville intelligentsia and the average folks outside the town.
We have one group of people that want to be left alone to succeed or fail on their own and then there is this group of bed wetters that think it is the responsibility of others to take care of them. From the artist whose husband is an entrepreneur and can’t afford health insurance to the eighteen year old who claims to be independent but wants to know if she will have to get a job working in a cubical just to have insurance coverage. To the artist I say tough it out or go out and get a real job, it is not up to the state to provide you with medical coverage. To the young so called “independent” yes you just might have to get a job after college don’t look to your neighbor to provide for you.
The much larger liberal crowd in Charlottesville generally stayed away from facts and relied on feelings. There were so many sad stories, it was so depressing. Everyone else was to blame for their situation; doctors, insurance companies and government were at fault because they had gotten sick and did not have the money or insurance to get the proper care. This whining went on for hours with the occasional interruption by someone who actually wanted to be left alone and did not want any government help.
If we were to take this group of looters and put them in one state and leave them to their own devices how long would they last? With every one of them relying on the other person to take care of them would anyone get taken care of? Or would they at some point realize that they might have to do something on their own? It would be an interesting experiment. Lets’ give it a shot; Vermont has a lot of empty space.
From the White house: “There is a lot of disinformation about health insurance reform out there, spanning from control of personal finances to end of life care. These rumors often travel just below the surface via chain emails or through casual conversation. Since we can’t keep track of all of them here at the White House, we’re asking for your help. If you get an email or see something on the web about health insurance reform that seems fishy, send it to email@example.com.”
This is reminiscent of the House Committee on Un-American Activities from the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s and is way too similar to Orwell’s 1984 where citizens were encouraged to turn in their neighbors for the good of the “state”. By law any email sent to the White House cannot be deleted and has to be archived. So when Robert Gates says they are not collecting emails he is lying. Whether they are using them to generate a list of non-compliant Americans is anyone’s guess.
This administration and its lackeys in the Senate and House are stepping way beyond their powers and all because they don’t know how to handle dissent. During the last eighteen to twenty four months this party has had it easy with the MSM supporting them with biased coverage. Radical protests against the Bush administration were ignored or down played. Obama’s town halls in which the questioners were obvious plants are overlooked, verbal faux pas are ignored. Anything that could slightly embarrass the ruling party is discounted.
All of a sudden over the last five months the tide has begun to turn and Obama and his minions are not sure how to handle it. At first they ignored it saying this new movement was being generated by Fox News. This was because Fox was the only news outlet that was paying any attention to it. On April 15 hundreds of thousands of conservatives hit the streets to protest out of controls spending and unconstitutional practices. Here in Charlottesville in the heart of Virginia liberalism over 1500 average “Joes” came out to have their voices heard. This movement has continued to grow since.
Now that this campaign has grown and become more vocal and dares to become informed and ask questions the left has to resort to Saul Alinsky’s Rules For Radicals specifically these two:
“Rule 5: Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon. It’s hard to counterattack ridicule, and it infuriates the opposition, which then reacts to your advantage.”
“Rule 11: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, polarize it. Don’t try to attack abstract corporations or bureaucracies. Identify a responsible individual. Ignore attempts to shift or spread the blame.”
From gathering emails of opponents, to having his toadies demonize them, to using union thugs for intimidation there is nothing this administration will not do to push its socialist agenda forward. But these tactics will not deter the growing number of Americans that are willing to fight this rising flood of socialism: Obama, the Times They Are A Changing!
“Come gather ’round people wherever you roam
And admit that the waters around you have grown
And accept it that soon you’ll be drenched to the bone
If your time to you is worth saving
Then you better start swimming or you’ll sink like a stone
For them times they are a changing “ Bob Dylan
Carlisle Video’s Perriello Watch has been posted on C-Span’s Citizen Video page. Kudos to Keith Drake for his success. Check it out.
Last night a large group of American citizens showed up at the Ruckersville Elementary School to voice their opinions both for and against government run health care. What a great country we live in, a place where opposing sides of an issue can get together and peacefully discuss such an important matter.
The first thing that was quite evident was the format change. Congressman Perriello had originally planned to have only one on one meetings at these events, due I believe to demand, he ran the first hour as an open town hall style meeting (which ended up going for 1 1/2 hours) and saved the last hour for the one on ones. For the open mic portion people were asked to get in line and were allowed to ask their questions. This worked quite well with the exception of the microphone cutting out every once in a while.
The crowd was large for a Greene County event, besides county residents there were people from Earlysville, Charlottesville and Crozet. The moveon.org people were there with blue arm bands and what seemed like little patience for people who wanted to not only ask questions of the congressman but to make statements as well. Many times when a person did not start off with a question and made an opening statement they were rudely interrupted. This seemed to only happen when someone who opposed government run health care spoke.
I personally believe that these town halls are put to best use by not just asking questions but by making your beliefs heard. Our legislators are inundated with phone calls, emails and faxes, something that does not seem to catch their attention. Hence these town halls are our only real chance to be heard. To the people on the left this is known as petitioning your representatives, something guaranteed in the Constitution.
In most cases if you have been paying attention to the actions of your representatives you probably already know were they stand on many issues, these events are great for letting them know how you stand. Last night the crowd made it quite clear to Mr. Perriello that the majority of those attending did not want government interference in their health care. Out of the several hundred people at this event approximately one in eight were supporters of government health care. Of the supporters that stood to ask questions the main point that most of them brought out was that they wanted cheaper insurance. Unfortunately these people actually think that the government is going to be able to provide cheap and effective health coverage to everyone. I only have two questions for them are you new to this planet or do you know of something the government has actually done efficiently that nobody else knows about?
Were is their video attacking lawyers and demanding tort reform?