Florida Field Coordinator for Turning Point USA
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This Blog Is Not for You
By Charles Robertson, Co-founder of Broward Tea Party
This Blog may not be for you, but don’t stop reading. Let’s first figure out if you’re on the Intended Readers List. If you’ve ever read one of my blogs or one of the blogs from the Broward Tea Party, then you’re probably not on the Intended Readers List. Likewise, if you attend a Tea Party or similar political action group, you’re most likely one of the engaged, aware, civically responsible citizens and I salute you. I don’t need to reach you; you already get it. But please keep reading, because I’ll need you to help me get this to this those for whom it is intended – those who would never read a blog relating to politics. You see I’m tired of preaching to the choir. It’s time to spread the message to those who need it most. I’m also skipping my normal, catch more bees with honey approach. This is an in your face, I’m calling you out, guilt trip… whatever works.
To determine where you stand in terms of civic awareness and responsibility, I’ve devised the following three tier rating:
Level 1 – Firefighting 101
The first requirement is a basic understanding of our system of government. Our system is under assault, burning at multiple sources. Yet, most are apathetic and among those who aren’t there remains a large portion that lacks the knowledge of history and government necessary to fight back.
“Liberty cannot be preserved without general knowledge among the people.”
~ John Adams
“The only sure bulwark of continuing liberty is a government strong enough to protect the interests of the people, and a people strong enough and well enough informed to maintain its sovereign control over the government.”
~ Franklin D. Roosevelt
Since “knowledge is power,” let’s test your knowledge to see if you’ve passed this level. Following are the top 10 questions on the U.S. Citizenship test:
1. What is the supreme law of the land?
2. What does the Constitution do?
3. The idea of self-government in the first words of the Constitution, What are these words?
4. What is an amendment?
5. What do we call the first ten amendments to the Constitution?
6. What is one right or freedom from the First Amendment?
7. How many amendments does the Constitution have?
8. What did the Declaration of Independence do?
9. What are two rights in the Declaration of Independence?
10. What is freedom of religion?
7. Twenty-seven (27)
8. Announced our independence (from Great Britain) / Declared our independence (from Great Britain) / Said that the United States is free (from Great Britain)
9. • Life • Liberty • Pursuit of happiness
10. You can practice any religion, or not practice a religion.
If you answered 8 – 10 correctly, congratulations, you passed the same test that is required of immigrants seeking citizenship. If you fell in the range of 6-7 correct answers then you need to brush up on your government. Citizenship may be your birthright but civic responsibility requires a basic understanding of our system. If you answered 5 or less correctly then you’re a pinhead. You’re part of an embarrassingly large portion of our society who is content to be clueless, undeserving of the freedoms you’ve inherited. You can rise above this. Please, read on.
Level 2 – Find the Fire
Pick a fire, any fire. Out of control debt, IRS scandal, Benghazi, unemployment, immigration; the list goes on and on. Once you have a good understanding of our government and our history, you’re ready to engage current events. You have the foundation to speak with authority and the wisdom to provide analysis. At this level, you’re armed with knowledge, prepared to set the record straight. The only thing holding you back is your reluctance to take on the leadership role. You can change minds and set the record straight in conversations, but you’d probably prefer to avoid that. Your country needs you to move out of your comfort zone, to use your knowledge to wake up and persuade others to take action. You can’t fix everything, but if you focus on one issue you can make a difference. Pick any of those fires and make it your personal cause, join a group, move yourself to level 3.
Level 3 – Join the Firefighters
Those who reach the highest level, who fulfill their civic duty, take on the role of activist. “For God and Country” is an interesting phrase and a rallying call. In four short words, it sets both a priority and a challenge. Throughout our country and in communities everywhere, people set aside time to worship God every week. So let’s put church service and all the related activities under the category of “For
God”. That leaves “For Country”. ‘What are you doing in this category?” If you’re like most people the answer is precious little! Many will say, “I vote”, as though that alone is all that’s required. Anyone can cast a ballot, some liberals cast many. What’s needed is to study the candidates and issues and make informed votes at every election, especially the small local ones. Fulfilling your civic duty is your obligation; we all share the responsibility to defend freedom. This requires more than just voting. Give your country a fraction of the time you give to God. While I’d love to suggest the Tea Party as a great means to get involved, the truth is we are one of many great organizations offering similar opportunities. Pick one, any one.
“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”
~ Edmund Burke
Now that you’ve been called out you have 3 choices. First, you can do nothing which makes you a civic deadbeat. At least you can’t unread this message. May the guilt of your apathy fester inside you until the day you become involved. Secondly, you can forward this blog to others. This is passing the buck but at least you might create results via proxy. Lastly, you can join the firefighters at level 3. “Ding, ding, ding!”, we have a winner – you’re one in a hundred, or 500; who knows. I do know that those who heed the call are rare, the salt of the earth, and our reason to remain optimistic.
“The Good, the Bad, and the Silly Putty”
Blog Entry # 11, “Eyes Wide Open” by Kristin Matheny, Co-Leader of the Broward Tea Party
I have two sons. My oldest, who is three and a half, is starting to really “come into his own”, he’s starting to ask really good questions. He’s just beginning to grasp concepts like “telling the truth” and “expressing emotions”, concepts that were completely foreign to him just four or five months ago.
Of course, when you are raising boys, you have to tread delicately when it comes to emotions. As a woman raised in a home where the girls outnumbered the boys (well…”boy” being my father), it’s been a learning process. Most of my friends growing up were boys and I always thought that I understood how boys “worked”. Girls, though I was surrounded by them, seemed to be an enigma to me. Their emotions were intense and often aggravating. As a result, I learned to be the type of person who “sucked it up”, who barely let my feelings show.
When I eventually got married and had two sons of my own, I found myself saying things to them like “tough it out” when they fell and scraped their knees, or “you’re okay, walk it off” if they bumped their heads. It wasn’t that I didn’t want to hold them and rock them back and forth. I did. But it seemed to me that it just wasn’t in my nature, and therefore not in their natures, to allow them to cry.
The other night my oldest son, who might as well be a carbon “boy version” copy of me, asked me about being afraid. He’s been having bad dreams lately, and when he wakes up he’s not sure how to react.
“Well, if you wake up, and you see that everything is okay, and that you are safe in your bed, you can roll over and go to sleep. Or call for us and Daddy and I will make sure you are safe.”
He looked at me. “What if I cry?”
I was stunned. I realized that I’d told him to “suck it up” for so long that he wasn’t even sure when he was supposed to cry. “What IF you start crying?” I asked him.
He was quiet. “Sometimes I just cry when I’m scared.” He almost seemed penitent. I certainly never got mad at him when he cried. When a child cries, we try to soothe them, we try to make them stop. I hate seeing anyone cry, and I especially hate seeing my boys cry. But I instinctively tell them to “relax” and I tell them that “it’s okay”. Most of us do that, we walk a fine line between raising gentlemen and raising “pansies”.
I started really thinking about emotions after that, on a deeper level. I started thinking about all of the times that I’ve seen that infamous “emotional appeal” used against people like us, conservative people. It can be used to trick, deceive, and coerce. In that sense, as a society, we are emotional, vulnerable pansies. The Left has capitalized on that. We’ve become a country so emotionally dedicated to the messages that politicians deliver to us in these tightly-designed packages, wrought with irrational emotion, that the Left managed to takeover the government at almost every level. You could argue this began around 2006, but I would say it began much earlier. You’d better believe this was all smoke-and-mirrors. It didn’t matter what they actually DID about these heart-wrenching social issues, as long as the message was emotional enough to appeal to the hearts of those who were too angry, sad, or upset to understand the facts.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, I see Republicans who are so afraid to be authentic with their emotions, who are so driven by the desire to capture precious votes from Democrats, that they’ve become laughing stocks. The ideas of Democrats are worthless and illogical, but at least they stick to their modes and their opinions don’t change. There is nothing but pure nonsense and foolishness…but there is consistency.
In an effort to “combat” the power that the Democrats have wielded over the last decade or so, the Republicans have become a party of ‘silly putty politicians”, willing to mold, bend, and stretch however necessary to get some votes and perhaps a moment or two of positive attention. Now, it seems, we’ve been left with a huge, mushy mess.
I had an acquaintance from college who I knew from the College Republicans Executive Board, whose name I won’t mention. He was a few years younger than me. He was very loud, very opinionated, somewhat immature. He certainly wasn’t popular, but he was defiantly conservative, and socially conservative. He often scolded more “Libertarian-leaning” Republicans like me for our differing views, never once seeing that we could work together, truly believing that his conservative views were the “only true conservative views”. He discussed his desire to run for office one day. (We all subsequently rolled our eyes.)
Fast forward ten or eleven years…he is a state representative. He lost a few elections in the beginning, but continuously moved around his home state until he found a district with an octogenarian state rep with health issues who was running unopposed. He barely eked out a win and he’s now up at the state capitol.
Here’s the issue, though. He’s switched his party several times, eventually deciding to run as a Democrat in order to “capture” the district he eventually won (which is heavily Democratic). When I tell you that this guy was a huge proponent of small government and the Constitution right up until he ran in this district, I mean it. He quickly buried those ideals (though he does claim to secretly support them in legislation). He played down his church affiliation and his Catholicism to appease those who may not favor his faith. And here’s the worst part: He was openly gay, came out after college. He’s completely hidden this fact and even went so far as to recently vote down a huge piece of legislation that would have made for LGBT housing allowances. His district, steeped in biblical rhetoric, would not have liked if he’d voted otherwise.
This guy is everything that makes me angry about politicians. He is everything I despise about so many RINOs and Republicans running for office.
Where the hell did our backbones go? Have we suppressed the truth and emotion SO much to counter the Left that we’ve become dishonest and crumbling shells of who we once were?
The Left stops at nothing to vilify politicians who have their hearts clear and their backbones very much intact. These are Conservatives who are not afraid to counter irrational Leftist emotional rhetoric with honest, straightforward ideas. They did let emotion seep into their words, and because of that, they’ve become our last (and perhaps our only) line of defense against the likes of Debbie Wasserman-Schultz and Hillary Clinton.
What I find frustrating is that these wishy-washy, “silly putty” Republicans are equally quick to point and laugh at people like Ted Cruz and Rand Paul, people who allowed their frustration to speak clearly through their actions. Their emotions are not devices used to appeal to vulnerable, empty-headed young people who voted for Democrats because they just couldn’t see through the haze, their emotions are real, and these emotions have made them vulnerable…even to members of their own party who lack the “cojones” to do the same.
We’ve managed to help the Democrats bring down many men and women who had such gumption. Sarah Palin. Herman Cain. Even in the media…how many outspoken Conservatives have been chased off of networks and radio stations? How many have been ostracized in Hollywood? Labelled as “crazy” (oh, what an easy and effective label to give someone who simply speaks the truth), Republicans instead force good politicians to “bend” and “sway” with the hope of gaining votes (see: Marco Rubio, Chris Christie). Even not-so-good, but powerful Republicans have just danced to the fiddles while “Rome burned around them”, or jumped ship like my old college buddy for self-promoting purposes, poster-children for gutlessness (see: Charlie Crist). How many times did we hear after the 2012 Election that “if Mitt Romney had just displayed the fire and frustration he had in a handful of candid interviews and in that very first glorious debate”, we could’ve been victorious? Instead, he was admittedly told by his handlers to “tone things down”, to “say what people wanted to hear”. To “be electable”.
Electable means “suppressed”. “Suppressed” brings you nothing. Who said that we weren’t angry too? Who thought that his repressed, hidden anger (which bubbled to the surface occasionally, but too rarely) wasn’t something that MOST Americans would’ve latched onto?
I’ve come to the conclusion that suppressing and hiding emotion does no good. If it’s used to pursue bad things, or to coerce or gain, it’s not authentic. But if one is honest with himself or herself, and one is angry or upset or frustrated- and their heart is clear, and their logic is solid- there is no stopping that person. That’s a person with a backbone. That’s a man or a woman I would vote for a million times over one who will say what will get him or her elected.
Who knows if either or my sons will run for office one day. Maybe so. Maybe not. But I’ll never tell them to “suck it up” again. If they are hurt, angry, or aggravated with something, no matter how trivial, I will demand that they express it in a healthy way. Anger and aggravation are powerful, powerful tools, and they can be used to promote action, positivity, and perhaps most importantly, HONESTY. It’s the only way to remain strong and formidable in the face of liberals. My sons should never express satisfaction with something that is truly unsatisfying. If they see wrong or harm in the world, they should take action to correct it, to make their world better.
I should do the same. Our politicians, too.
Perhaps we all should.
Ten Things I Hate About Liberals
By: Charles Robertson, Co-founder of Broward Tea Party
Liberal – “Somebody who wants you to be free as long as you choose from the approved list of freedoms, then fill out the corresponding paperwork and pay the appropriate fee.”
I should have known better since I’ve made this same mistake time and time again. It was a dinner party at my house which included one of my ultra-liberal friends. Countless times my friend and I have engaged in heated discussions over politics, yet once again I went plunging headfirst as though now, finally I might enlighten her. I would’ve had better luck talking to the drywall; at least the drywall would absorb the sound. In her case, my voice waves simply bounced off her hard head because she didn’t want to hear what I had to say. Verifiable facts are hard to deal with when they conflict with your ideology. The whole ordeal reminded me of the many things I hate about Liberals. For the sake of brevity, I’ll only list my top 10.
6. An inconvenient document – our Constitution. I heard Liberals have rewritten history. Our Founding Fathers were racist, sexist, misguided authors who crafted an imperfect Constitution requiring liberal translation to function properly. This document was not a foundation for democracy but rather a “living, breathing document”. If you listen carefully, you’ll hear a wheezing sound emanating from Washington D.C. That’s the sound of our Constitution gasping for breath after taking countless hits. What type of abuse you ask? Well it’s been attacked, ignored, circumvented, twisted, ridiculed, and devalued. If it were a child, it would be in protective custody. A recent op-ed by Louis Michael Seidman, a professor of constitutional law at Georgetown University, actually advocated that we give up this “vile” thing called the Constitution. God bless the Tea Party and other true conservatives who proudly defend our Constitution from liberals, who are no longer afraid to publicly bash the fundamentals that guided our great nation.
10. Liberal Logic, the definition of oxymoron. One of the most frustrating aspects in dealing with Liberals is trying to follow their logic. Don’t try, your head will explode. Compare with conservatives: When arguing a point, your average conservative mind compiles evidence from credible, verifiable sources, building logical supporting arguments. Liberals on the contrary, start with a conviction, accept whatever nonsense is aligned with their point then tie together unrelated points, including the victim story to support their conclusion. Look up Liberal Logic 101 for amusing examples. The following are some of my favorite examples from Conservapedia:
• Claiming that increasing taxes must increase government revenue, when often people just work less and revenues decline.
• Failing to respect and sometimes utterly disrespecting (such as in flag desecration) the United States of America in general, they
continue their residency and actively demand the benefits and liberties that come with being a citizen.
Cherry-picking Democracy: Liberals will laud the wisdom of the people when democracy produces a liberal result,
but when it produces a conservative result, liberals will complain about Mobocracy and demand judicial activism.
Feel free to add your own examples to the list. I’ll include your comments in the next blog.
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OBAMA CARE – A Picture is worth a thousand words.
This is what happens when an ideological-driven agenda outweighs intelligent forthought, as in the mis-named “Affordable Care Act”. Unintended consequences!
Obama Care is designed to control 1/6th of the American Economy. If what we have seen of it fortells our future, folks …we are in deep do-do!
The ACA cost already exceeds $1,000,000 per person in the country. Goodness, why not just give each person that money and call it a day! We’ll go find our own health insurance. The competition between companies for our business will make it really affordable!
With apologies to CALVIN and artist creator Bill Watterson. Thanks Bill.
Rose Marie Rauschkolb
Obama Keeps Promises
Five days before becoming President, Obama promised he would “Fundamentally Change America”.
A tsunami of new rules issued by the White House will soon hit the economy and affect your private life. The Obama administration’s socialist agenda is destined to control every aspect of your life from an all-powerful centralized federal government.
And how does that affect me, you say?
Washington’s regulatory excess is running wild. During the last week of Nov., 2013, Seventy-seven (77) new final regulations were published in the Federal Register and then followed quickly and quietly by ninety-five (95) more during the first week of December. That’s a new regulation every 1 hour and 46 minutes! And, he has 3 more years in office.
The Environmental Protection Agency alone will be responsible for 134 new rules issued by the White House in its late 2013 “regulatory dump”.
Obama promised to stop coal-fired power plants and replace with higher cost so-called green energy sources. In 2014 more emission regulations are to be put on existing fossil-fueled power plants. This will eventually drive them out of business. Obama promised higher energy bills for you.
Ah, but not all this regulatory push is just for wicked burners of fossil fuel. If you have property where water puddles in a hard rain… the EPA might want to talk to you.
The EPA is pushing for a rule that would expand the definition of “waters of the U.S”. This could be the largest expansion of EPA regulatory authority ever. If enacted, the EPA would be free to regulate virtually every body of water in the U.S., including private and public lakes, ponds and streams… as on grazing, farming, recreational, virtually on any land.
The Competitive Enterprise Institute, with its long history of highlighting Washington’s regulatory excesses, estimates that the Government regulatory machine already costs the private economy 1.8 trillion dollars a year (yep… that ‘s TRILLION) .
What is the dollar figure that can be placed on the loss of private land if this definition of “waters of the U.S.” is expanded by this federal regulatory apparatus that has long been out of control, killing growth and jobs. What will become of private property… no longer private property? Share the wealth. Another Obama promise kept?
The 2014 and 2016 elections are critical to the direction of our beloved U.S.A. Talk to everyone you meet … start a conversation, tell a story, briefly… start their mind thinking. Don’t be Silent. ___________________________________________________________________________________
Rose Marie Rauschkolb
December 13, 2013
Clowns of the Republican Party
Send in the clowns! Pull the rug from under him and watch him fall… how hilarious! Ha, ha, ha.
Well that’s what the Republican Party did to Republican Tea Party candidate Ken Cuccinelli in the Virginia Governor’s race. The GOP pulled the funding rug from under Cuccinelli and now the Democrats are laughing all the way to the Virginia Governor’s mansion!
Cuccinelli was steadily soaring ahead by pounding on the miserable ObamaCare law and had closed a 10-point gap despite little funding and an Obama-funded fake Libertarian candidate that took away some Republican votes.
Democrat candidate Terry McAuliffe, his polls falling, had called in the campaigner-in-chief, Obama. Together they heaped scorn on Cuccinelli for being part of the “extreme faction” of the GOP and for supporting GOP Sen. Ted Cruz’s attempt to defund ObamaCare, which shut down the Government. Virginia was hit hard by the shutdown. However, despite association with the Tea Party or government shutdown… none of this seemed to deter the voters from Cuccinelli… he was gaining fast, on a roll, in the zone!
On Oct. 1 the GOP “establishment”, embarrassed by media criticism over the government shutdown (?), pulled the funding “rug” on Cuccinelli. Ironically, that was the day of the miserably failed ObamaCare website launch! Plus it was just as Virginia voters began to get cancellation notices in the mail from their health care companies. Perfect storm for a Republican victory!
After Cuccinelli lost his GOP funding, in the crucial final weeks, Democrats ran TV ads against Cuccinelli 10 to 1. Cuccinelli had little time left to raise enough money on his own to fight back. He lost by only 2 points.
This is not funny for the people of Virginia. However, the Democrats are laughing… Ha, ha, ha… all the way to the Virginia Governor’s mansion!
Rose Marie Rauschkolb
The Mattress and ObamaCare: A teachable moment
It was time, so off to Sears hubby and I went to purchase a new mattress. We wanted to apply a credit to the purchase and this took the expertise of several clerks to work out on the computer. During this process, they remarked that each had had their hours cut and would not be in the store on certain days.
I asked, “Was that because of the ObamaCare law? “
“Oh, I don’t think so. I don’t think that ObamaCare health thing passed.” one Clerk replied.
Then I said, “Oh yes, it did pass! The Democrats passed it when no one was looking… at 11 o’clock on Christmas Eve 2010, first year Obama was in office … before the Republicans took over the House of Representatives the following year. It’s been the law of the land since 2010 and just now being implemented.”
The Clerks looked at each other and back at us. “I didn’t know that,” “said one. “Neither did I,” said the other. They stopped still.
YIKES… two ‘un-informed’ voters! They looked like deer in the headlights. Whack!
I continued, “Well, a lot has happened since Obama got elected and we are just starting to see the results of his big-government policies of ‘Change’.
“Huh,” muttered one. “Yeah,” murmured the other.
To wrap up the lesson and get on with the mattress purchase, I wistfully and slowly said, “Ah yes… elections are important… they do have consequences. “
It was a teachable moment.
You too can help wake up the apathetic and un-informed voters… one by one, day by day! Take advantage of small teachable moments at the grocery store, the post office, restaurant, exercise club, hairdresser, neighbors, etc., etc.
How? Gently and with a kind and polite voice drop one ‘thought’ into their heads. Then leave it. Don’t overdo it… avoid the soap box. Just leave them with one thing to think about… to start their mind motor moving. Yes, you can make a difference in the 2014 elections… one little conversation at a time.
The question is… will you help? Please don’t be silent. Silence is consent.
Rose Marie Rauschkolb – November 7, 2013