WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO?
by Lee Levin
Just before starting the meeting, a few months back, one of our members pulled me aside and said, “What are we going to do?” She was clearly concerned, but I wanted to clarify exactly what was worrying her. I replied, “Do about what?” She said, “About everything.” Her statement was exactly what I was feeling. “What are we going to do about everything”?
After she rattled off a myriad of issues, too daunting to even nibble at in the 3 minutes before we started, I looked at her and gave her the best answer I could. “We’re doing it”.
We are gathering together, adding 10 or more new people at every meeting, like-minded folks, who see this country going down a path far removed from what our Founder’s envisioned. We gather to listen to a variety of speakers address us about issues that are important to us all. We gather to educate ourselves about the Constitution, Economics, or suspicious land grabs. We gather to hear our own members report on both State and National Tea Party news. We gather to hear hopeful candidates address us.
We are a tough crowd. Tough, but fair. Educated, informed, and cautious. Driven by a deep love for Our Country, and the notion that we need to leave it in better shape for our children.
“We are doing it! Together…that is the best answer, because it is up to us”.
Recently however, I have seen a disturbing trend. I have witnessed some exchanges on our Facebook page that are very negative. Personal attacks on other members, in regard to their candidate choice, or attacks on other religions, etc… There is no room for that in this organization. If we are going to get our country going on the right path, we have to do it together. I am all for Freedom of Speech, but with that essential right, we need to exercise personal responsibility. Some members have even started to question what we stand for as a group. We are truly grassroots, so there are going to be some differing answers to that question. In the end, we all want the same basic American ideals to continue even if we have different paths on how to accomplish it.
If I had to choose one word to best describe the Tea Party, it would be Respect. Respect for our country, our leaders, our family members, and our neighbors, including respect for the law, the military, the opinions of others, property, and religion. As a large group, we leave the Total Wine meeting room cleaner than when we show up, out of respect. It’s all in our Founding Documents. It didn’t start there, but those concepts helped to build the greatest country the world has ever known.
I try to teach respect to my son every day by example. It is the cornerstone of my marriage. We need to practice it a little more in our exchanges with each other. I do not want to police the Facebook page or form some “super committee” to decide what is acceptable to post or say to one another. “We are all grown-ups…. who know better”.
The next 11 months and beyond, are going to be a tumultuous period in American history. Whether you believe that we can navigate our way through these rough waters, or there will be a “reset button” after an economic or global catastrophe, it doesn’t really matter. Politicians won’t be the ones who can fix our problems. “It will be us, together….with respect for one another”.
“So what are we going to do”?
TEN ACTIONS TO ENCOURAGE TEA PARTY PARTICIPATION
by Charles Robertson
1. Bring a friend or neighbor with you to a BTP meeting.
2. Forward our group e-mails with an invite, to your friends.
3. Distribute the BTP business cards, ie: on public message boards and under the windshield- wiper blade of a car displaying a “like-minded” bumper sticker.
4. Purchase a BTP t-shirt and cap. Wear them to the meetings and events.
5. Display the BTP sticker in your windshield.
6. Distribute BTP posters in your neighborhood announcing the next meeting / event.
7. Make calls into a radio programs, as a BTP member; talk about what the group is doing. Write letters to the editor of local newspapers.
8. Join BTP committees…. become involved in the group activities!
9. Host an event, and invite new people to come to a meeting/activity.
10. Hang “door-flyers/ door-hangers” announcing BTP meetings/events.
In the coming New Year, 2012, both Groundhog Day and the
State of the Union address will occur on the same day. This is an
ironic juxtaposition of events.
One involves a meaningless ritual in which we look to an
insignificant creature of little intelligence for prognostication.
The other involves a groundhog.”
DECEMBER 7 BTP MEETING RECAP
> Ryann Greenberg, resident of Southwest Ranches, spoke about the proposed CCA Detention Center in her community. Residents are concerned about the negative effects, that the construction of this facility, will bring to their community. For information visit: www.noprisonswr.com
> Activist, Michael Warrens, known on radio as “Michael the Black Man”, spoke about the need for conservatives to show “UNITY” in their stand against President Obama’s re-election. He believes, the Tea Party and 9-12 groups, whether Black, White, or Latin, need to work together to “stop the race card game”, being played by the left. “The Tea Party is not racist”, he stated, and “losing is not an option!”. Michael was actively involved in Senator Rubio’s, Representative Allen West’s, and Governor Rick Scott’s 2010 campaigns, and preformed in New York and Washington, D.C., on their behalf.
> Featured guest speaker, Luis Locay, Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Miami. Professor Locay, who at the age of seven immigrated from Cuba, gave a detailed comparison of the differences between Keynesian / Hayek Economics. A Keynesian Economy, is one that pushes government spending,” stimulus” , to make up for the lack of spending in the private sector due to a recessionary environment. “It is not, what the stimulus is spent on – it’s just that it is spent”. In other words, “Central Planning”, and it always fails. Hayek’s Economy, uses concrete information ( knowledge of time and place) to pit “real world economics versus theory”. The price systems are a product of human action, but not human design; to solve the real-world problems in a way that permits decentralized – decision – making to work. ” Less government control/ intervention-the better the economy”.
> January 4, 2012 – Monthly Meeting: 7 pm to 9 pm: http://connect.freedomworks.org/node/204436
TOTAL WINE & MORE 15980 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines, Florida 33027.
** Guest Speaker: Ozzie de Faria, US Congressional candidate, Florida District 20
** January is National School Choice Month
** 7pm to 7:15pm – Sign-in and Meet & Greet. 7:30pm - Meeting begins, promptly.
Water, soda, and coffee provided; please bring a snack or treat to share.”Greatly appreciated”!
February 1, 2012 – Monthly Meeting: 7 pm to 9 pm: http://connect.freedomworks.org/node/205644 TOTAL WINE & MORE 15980 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines, Florida 33027.
** Guest Speaker: Gary Gershman, J.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor of Humanities (Holocaust Studies, American History, and Constitutional Law) at Nova Southeastern University.
** 7pm to 7:15pm – Sign-in and Meet & Greet. 7:30pm - Meeting begins, promptly.
Water, soda, and coffee provided; please bring a snack or treat to share.
10am to 5pm TOTAL WINE & MORE 15980 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines, Florida 33027.
** Constitutional Lawyer / Author, Kris Anne Hall, will present her renown Constitution/ Bill of Rights Seminar. Cost : $25 / person – lunch included. Checks made payable to: Broward Tea Party, Inc. Sign up for the seminar at the January 4,and February 1, BTP meetings. * NOTICE will be given when capacity has been reached and sign-up, closed. Questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
Links of Interest:
Supervisor of Elections, Broward County, Fl.: www.browardsoe.org
Palm Beach County, Fl. Election Info: www.pbcelections.org
Miami Dade County, Fl. Election Info: www.miamidade.gov/elections
Information and Registration for CPAC 2012 (Thurs., February 9, 2012 - Sat., February 11, 2012, in Washington, D.C.: www.CPAC2012.org
Income-Inequality-and-the-Founding-Fathers: Heritage.org: http://blog.heritage.org/2011/11/15/income-inequality-and-the-founding-fathers/?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Email&utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=Morning%2BBell
Economic Freedom & Quality of Life, episode #1: http://youtu.be/v1U1Jzdghjk
The Secret of the Wizard of Oz- 2010 Best Documentary Award: http://youtu.be/swkq2E8mswI
Find Out How to Combat Election Fraud: http://www.truethevote.org/
Congress’ Holiday Gimmicks: Heritage.org: http://heritageaction.com/2011/12/congress%E2%80%99s-holiday-gimmicks/?UA-16902633-1&utm_source=heritageaction&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=wwf-xmas
Repairing the Broken Budget Process-Rep. Paul Ryan: http://budget.house.gov/News/DocumentSingle.aspx?DocumentID=271552
Where does the Federal Government get its Revenue? Heritage.org: http://blog.heritage.org/2011/12/11/chart-of-the-week-where-does-the-federal-government-get-its-revenue/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+the_foundry_scribe+%28Scribe%3A+Heritage+Reports%29
So You Think You Know Your Rights:Heritage.org: http://links.heritage.org/hostedemail/email.htm?CID=10607869499&ch=52D2C867EA1DE5EBF7213E2C55ED4011&h=9411d41bd2546c0cb495fdfdf7d3638b&ei=WKO4pOTNX
University of WV Armed Forces Tribute: http://youtu.be/MjPmmCtHmfE
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