The Jefferson Area Tea Party has been officially banned from the area around Congressman Tom Perriello’s office. The landlord of the building where Perriello’s office is located, Lisa Murphy, has convince the local officials that recent protests outside the office is negatively affecting the other tenants in the building. continued
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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.
If anyone has been following the news of late they cannot have missed the examples of government efficiency. I am of course speaking of the cash for clunkers program and the wonderful job the VA has done in taking care of our veterans.
Let us take a quick look at the cash for clunkers program. The government in all its wisdom decided it would be a good idea to offer people from $3500 to $4500 for their old “clunkers” as trade-ins on new more fuel efficient vehicles, cars that would get a whopping 5 miles more per gallon. To start off, the federal government had to come up with regulations for the program a 136 page book; nothing is ever simple when it comes to bureaucrats. Then once a dealer has gotten the rules down a 60 plus page form had to be filled out to get their money, again bureaucracy at its best.
Now the thinking behind this program was to accomplish two goals. The first goal was to stimulate the economy by selling cars. To me this appears to be another bailout of the auto industry and their respective unions, but that is a subject for another day. The question to ask is was the economy stimulated? I would answer no it was not and I say this for several reasons. First, car sales did spike during this period but I would wager that most of these sales would have taken place eventually and people just bought cars now as opposed to later in order to take advantage of the government’s largess. Secondly eight out of the top ten cars sold were foreign made thus benefiting other countries as much as our own. Of course as usual when it comes to government programs there are always unforeseen circumstances. In this case there were projected to be about 750,000 clunkers turned in, of those about 60% or 450,000 would have been sold to used car dealerships, typically mom and pop businesses. Destroying these operable vehicles will adversely affect these small used car dealers as well as the people who cannot afford new cars and rely on cheaper used autos for transportation.
The second goal that this administration wanted to accomplish was to reduce pollution, in particular CO2 emissions (they call it a pollutant). According to figures the 5 miles per gallon increase in mileage for all trade-ins would mean a yearly reduction in CO2 emissions of 365,000 metric tons. Sounds like a lot but the estimated yearly output of CO2 worldwide is 29.1 billion metric tons. In other words CO2 would be reduced by about one tenth of one percent. Of course this figure does not take into consideration the amount of CO2 generated in the production of these new cars which in some cases were not needed and this does not take into account the carbon dioxide generated in the destruction of the clunkers. Therefore goal number two was a failure as well.
Since health care has been a big issue in the news lately and our Congressman Tom Perriello points to the Veterans Administration as good example of a government run healthcare program, I was shocked, yes shocked to hear the news about the current VA problems. It seems that this well run example of government efficiency sent out over 1200 “death notices” to Gulf War veterans. They were notified that they had ALS, Lou Gehrig’s Disease, a neuro-muscular disease that usually kills within five years. I think that these war heroes have been through enough without terrorizing them at home with medical malpractice.
These past few years have not been banner times for VA Hospitals. Just this past month the VA Medical Center in Philadelphia revealed that 98 cancer patients were given incorrect radiation doses. This spring an investigation into botched colonoscopies which may have exposed over 10,000 veterans to HIV and other infections was begun. Then of course there was the Washington Post expose in 2007 describing the terrible conditions at Walter Reed and other VA hospitals. I agree with Perriello that our veterans deserve the best treatment available but they are not getting it, and yet this Congressman wants the same for all Americans?
These are just two examples of government “efficiency”, a clunkers program that runs out of money the first week of a three month program and a VA health care system that is failing. It would take a book to mention all the other government programs that are out of control. Are these the people that you really expect to fix our health care? To quote Barney Frank: “What planet are you from?”
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
I came away from Tuesday night’s town hall with mixed feelings. I was pleased to see so many people taking advantage of their right to petition but was saddened by assaults on my rights.
The afternoon started off with myself being verbally assaulted by two people, who were there separately but felt the need to pull a tag team on me while I was being interviewed by a reporter from NPR. Now I don’t know what the liberals view is about listening in on private conversations or interrupting them but I was taught it was rude behavior. Now this has not been an isolated incident, this past spring while having lunch with my wife in a local restaurant a similar episode occurred. We happened to be discussing Bill Ayers and the person sitting at a booth behind us decided that she had a right to not only listen in on our private conversation but to contribute her views. Then to top off the moment a second individual at a another table decided that it was proper for her to also contribute her liberal views to our private conversation. What is it about tag teams in C’ville? I guess when it comes to privacy in this town if you are conservative you better be alone in a locked room if you don’t what an opinionated, rude left winger to interrupt you.
Back to Tuesday night, after the verbal assault I was able to have other conversations without being interrupted. This could be due to the fact that I responded quite strongly to the two rude libs, letting them know very loudly so everyone around could hear that I did not appreciate their obnoxious behavior. However not long after my right to privacy was violated the same thing happened to my right to free speech.
The next incident occurred inside the center. I like others on both sides had brought a couple of posters to be displayed reflecting my beliefs. I put one sign up on the stage next to posters of opposing points of view. I made sure not to block the other signs. That same right was not afforded my poster. Shortly after I had walked away someone placed there sign so as to block mine, too scattered applause of the many fist amendment critics in the audience. I went up to move the poster which was blocking mine and the owner got upset because I touched it, once again only certain people have rights. After this little dispute was settled I placed another poster up on the stage, again careful not to obstruct the views of preciously placed signs. Within three minutes someone actually placed there poster leaning up against mine in order to block it. One last time I was forced to go up and excert my first amendment rights. I very vocally let the crowd in the front row know what I thought of their assault on those rights.
These incidents and the speeches in support of government run health care that I heard during the town hall last night proved one thing to me. There are too many people on the left that are only concerned with their rights and could care less about the rights of others.