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Broward Tea Party Newsletter December 2011

Co-Founder’s Corner 

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.

 

“Somehow the truth hurts, and this may be it.

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”.

 Upcoming Events:

> 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

** Sign up for the February 4, 2012 Kris Anne Hall Constitution Seminar:        http://connect.freedomworks.org/node/203123,    www.info@thebrowardteaparty.com

** 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.

** Sign up for the February 4, 2012 Kris Anne Hall Constitution Seminar:  http://connect.freedomworks.org/node/203123,   www.info@thebrowardteaparty.com

** 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.

February 4 ,2012 (Saturday) – Kris Anne Hall Constitution Seminar:   http://connect.freedomworks.org/node/203123,  www.info@thebrowardteaparty.com

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:  www.info@thebrowardteaparty.com

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

2012-Primary-Debate-Schedule: http://resourcelibrary.patriotactionnetwork.com/2012-primary-debate-schedule/

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

Meet Ben Franklin:  http://t.co/A0c2Zita via @youtube

Major Libertarian Thinkers: http://www.libertarianism.org/people?utm_source=Libertarianism.org&utm_campaign=198819a7b6-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email

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

Broward Tea Party Contact Info:

Go to:  www.thebrowardteaparty.com for links to our Facebook, Twitter, Freedomconnector, and LibertyLinked group sites and to see our local advertisers. If you would like to advertise your business on our website,

contact: Lee Levin, at  lee@thebrowardteaparty.com . We support those who support us!

“Eyes Wide Open”, #1- “The Ultimate Weapon of Choice”, Blog by Kristin Matheny

12/10/11

Recently, I had a conversation with a friend of mine. He’s not a Tea Partier, and he’s most definitely not a conservative. He voted for Obama, in fact, though he doesn’t really remember why. He, admittedly, says that he now realizes that he voted for Obama in 2008 because it was “cool”. He’s a smart guy, which is why I’ve questioned his decision for three years. I guess he never saw his bad decision as a “bad one” until now. Anyway, he was asking me about my involvement in the Tea Party, which is tough to explain to someone who has clearly lost his way politically. I was struggling for words, trying to frame my beliefs in a way that seemed both true and palatable, which is quite a task. Then, it hit me.

I patted my purse with the palm of my hand. “You know that I carry multiple weapons in here, right?”

He gave me a strange look. “I know that you carry a gun, yes, Kristin.” His eyes rolled.

“Well, obviously, I carry a gun. I have good reason to carry a gun. This world has become a scary place, and I have every right to defend myself and my family.” I anticipated the inevitable scowl, one of the “leftover reactions” from my friend’s days as an unabashed liberal.

“What else is in there,” he asked, half-smiling and craning his neck to see what was in my purse. “A machine gun? A semi-automatic? A grenade?” He laughed. “You crazy conservatives, I swear…”

I looked him square in the eye. “What I have in here is a million times as fierce as any machine gun around, pal.”

I wasn’t kidding. But I’ll get to my weapons of mass destruction later.

Talking about guns, I’m prompted to talk about this election. I view elections as “fights”. I know it’s not so politically correct, or kind, and it’s certainly not the marshmallow-fluff-and-rainbows view of elections that the lefties want you to believe that they believe in (“both sides of the aisle need to come together”, blah blah blah). I’m sorry, this election is all-out Armageddon to me, as I’m sure it is to most of you!

Now, not to overuse a played-out, antiquated cliché that I used to hear my (very conservative, gun-toting, God-fearing) father use constantly, but, in 2008, we Republicans “brought a knife to a gun fight”. I say “we” because, at that time, I was still a steadfast Republican. I saw the cards those lefties were bringing to the table, and their “ace in the hole” was a shiny, new toy for the media to play with, a celebrity candidate named Barack Obama. I saw the bulk of my own generation drool, twenty-somethings falling all over themselves to proudly plaster those ugly blue “Obama” bumper stickers all over their Honda Civics, right next to their college alumni license plate holders. Ohhhhh, they had a field day, didn’t they? Starry-eyed grad students and entry-level employees, driving to work, sipping their $5.00 lattes, yapping on their brand new Blackberries about how Obama was going to change the world. Obama Fever swept the media…swept the country…nobody bothering to look at his experience (“private sector, what’s that??”) or his alliances (Reverend Jeremiah Wright, anyone?) or his actual ideas (“ideas, he needs actual ideas beyond campaigning?”). Some of us saw the writing on the wall, some of us knew exactly where this was going. It was looking ugly, it was looking like…dare I say it…a real fight! The lefties were bringing out the big guns, big shiny guns with a lot of firepower. So what do we do?

We bring a knife to a gun fight. A dull, rusty butterknife, to be exact…by the name of John McCain.

So I, like so many of you, gritted my teeth as I marked my vote for the man I knew would never be the President of our country. I stood in line on Election Day in 2008, wearing my not-so-subtle NRA t-shirt, listening to people jabbering on about “ObamaObamaObamaObama” without any idea of why they were about to cast their votes for him. “He’ll make everything better.” “He’ll give us money.” “He’s the man.” I hated John McCain, I hated his waffling ways, his establishment ties, his unflinching support of so many programs I despised. He was barely conservative enough to land the “R” next to his name on the ballot…yet, he was the better man.

A butterknife, barely fit to cut through my one year old son’s soft-cooked carrots. Well, their shiny guns dominated our sad little butterknife and the gun fight was over.

For two years, I really let this eat away at me. I hadn’t voted for John McCain in the primary, and yet, I felt partly responsible for this choice. Could anyone in the race have beaten the Juggernaut of Clueless Politics? Probably not. But I stewed and simmered in my anger because I knew that I hadn’t done anything to stop it. I became interested in the Tea Party, I drifted from my GOP roots, I was determined to do my part to ensure that, the next time around, we’d “meet their guns” with even bigger guns…guns that had superior strength and deadly accuracy. The 2010 Elections only bolstered my hope in the fact that most Americans felt the way I did, and that many had “come to their senses” once the “Obama Ether” had worn off (seriously, I’m convinced that a drug company needs to come up with a placebo pill that does nothing, market it as a complete “panacea” of all ailments, and call it “Obama-prin”).

Then, Election 2012 draws near. We, as conservatives, are met with a revolving door of candidates, “one for every personality”…much like a Shoney’s buffet or something. Like social conservatives who like to pepper their speeches with subtle  religious rhetoric? Vote for Santorum! Like Texans (or Texans who are quite “Texan-y”…and you know exactly what I mean…)? Vote for Perry!  Like relative outsiders? Vote for Cain (or Huntsman)! It looked so great, so appetizing! As I pushed my little tray down the buffet line, I eyed each candidate. They all looked enticing for a moment, but as the race has gone on, many have lost their appeal. They’ve said troubling things…or they’ve remained silent on issues that they should have addressed. Some have become embroiled in scandal. Some have been heralded as “competition for Obama”, some have been labeled “media fodder”, even by members of their own party.

I did support Herman Cain. I really believed that his executive experience coupled with strong management skills and seeming resilience in the face of unfriendly lines of questioning would prove effective against the Golden Teleprompter himself, who would deflect tough questions and struggle to defend programs that proved to be utter failures (Obamacare, the invisible “Jobs Plan”, I could go on and on). Then, Cain floundered on international relations. Then, he flubbed questions in his last two debates about issues that I thought he knew a lot about. Then, the “death knell” as it were: The media latched onto these alleged claims of infidelity. Boom. Done. Gone the way of Gary Hart and other disgraced politicos that were never heard from again.

So, here I am, back at Square One. I’m confused. I’m determined. But now, I admit that my hope and eagerness to jump onboard a candidate’s “train to victory” had been overshadowed by intense fear. I know that there are things I really like and respect about each of the remaining candidates, but I cannot reconcile this sense of doom that I have. Is this going to be 2008 all over again? Will I feel how I felt the morning after the election? Will it be ten times worse? I look at my son and I can’t help but think that the game has changed now, it’s become far more serious. I wish I could believe in a candidate, but I can’t.

Three years later, my friend sat in front of me, asking me why I’m a Tea Party member. “I’m a Tea Party member…because I’m scared. And I’m a realist. And I’m pissed off.”

He took a sip of his $5.00 latte. “That’s it, Kristin? That’s all you’ve got?”

“Well…” I said, reaching into my purse, “I’m a Tea Partier because I carry multiple weapons with me.”

He jumped, “oh God, please don’t pull your gun out at Starbucks!”

I smiled and threw my tattered and well-worn pocket copy of the U.S. Constitution on the table. I’d ordered it from the Heritage Foundation years ago, and I’d read it hundreds of times. “THIS. This is the deadliest weapon I’ve got. Deadlier than the 9mm. Way deadlier than any pepper spray.”

He shook his head in disbelief. “I can’t say I disagree with you there.”

Looking back, those words ring with absolute truth. What were we thinking? In 2008, we brought a butterknife to a gun fight. We’re looking for guns to go to battle with in 2012. We’re looking in vain, people.

I’ve got the weapon we need to be going to the gun fight with. I’m just trying to decide which candidate sees it that way, too.

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