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Selling the Tea Party, By Charles Robertson, co-founder Broward Tea party

When we collected votes for our Broward Tea Party’s 10 Must Read Books for Conservatives, the list was impressive.  There were over 40 suggestions covering all the expected, well-known authors.  As I reviewed the list I couldn’t help but think that there was one book missing, for me it should lead the list.  Most people would be surprised to find this book on such a list.  The thing is, most conservatives have read a variety of the top books and already have a good understanding of conservatism.  They know the history, the when, where and whys of how we arrived at our current condition.  What most are lacking is the individual knowledge and skill to effect change in others.  This is where my book comes in.

It was over 20 years ago when my older brother, who had become a very successful salesman, told me to read, How to Master the Art of Selling by Tom Hopkins.  At the time, I wasn’t involved in sales or so I thought, but I foresaw the need to improve this skill.  This would be one of those books that you pick up and can’t put down.  I learned very quickly that everyone is in sales.  It doesn’t matter if you’re selling ideas to your kids, your friends, your co-workers or your boss, the fact is we’re selling things every day, and most of us don’t know how to do it effectively.

How to Master the Art of Selling is a well-named title as selling is indeed an art and a skill like any other that can be learned and perfected.  To watch a master salesperson at work is to witness a psychologist, a counselor, a teacher, and a motivator all rolled into one.  In the hands of such an expert most people aren’t even aware that they’re being “sold” anything.  The beauty of a sales transaction being done by a pro is that the salesperson directs the process in a smooth, friendly, helpful manner that makes the buyer feel like a winner in the end.  Getting to that point requires preparation, practice, patience, persistence, and more p-words than I can think of. 

At every Tea Party meeting I see the same exchanges taking place, members discussing their pet issue or candidate or concern.  Someone is always trying to persuade (selling) someone else or others.  Listening to these exchanges, where most of the sales rules are being broken, causes me concern that our important message is likewise not being sold to those who need to hear it most.  My first concern is that our members are not pushing our message hard enough.  They’re avoiding opportunities to connect to others, missing teachable moments.  My second concern is that when they are reaching out to share our message they’re not effective.  It’s not as simple as laying out facts, and making your best arguments; there is a method to selling and it’s quite different from what most people think of the sales process.

Before I get to the sales process, the first thing we need to understand is what we’re selling and that’s easy; we’re selling our three core valuesFiscal responsibility, constitutionally limited government, and free markets are the answer to a whole host of current problems.  When you overhear someone talking about high gas prices that’s the opportunity to sell Tea Party core values.  Sound fiscal policy would limit speculation and reduce exports; limited government could open up pipelines and allow refinery growth, all of which would reduce gas prices.  Very soon everyone will be complaining about the income tax they’re paying.  BINGO! That’s our cue to sell Tea Party core values.  On that issue we have more ammunition than the Army.  Now about that sales process.

Everyone knows that word-of-mouth is the most effective means of advertising.  Street rallies, debates, emails, and other forms of advertising all raise awareness, but nothing works as well as a direct conversation.  These opportunities are where we will not just educate but hopefully motivate others to take action.  The goal in our encounters is to not to sell the whole enchilada in one shot.  Hitting a home run in these encounters is getting someone to attend a Tea Party meeting.  The meetings are where the sales transaction is “closed.”  This is where they will get a more complete understanding of our current crisis and thus become motivated to get involved in the solution.   

To get others to give up a weeknight to attend a meeting hosted by a group they’ve heard God knows what about, is not an easy sale. Those of us who think we can “talk” our way into this sale don’t understand the process.  The process involves mostly listening, questioning, and providing feedback.  The listening aspect disarms the “buyer” and provides you the information you need to ask the right questions.  The questions identify the problem or need.  Let’s say you’ve established that the problem is the high level of income tax.  The next step is the action step which makes the powerless taxpayer feel empowered.  The action is to join others at a meeting, to unite and be part a larger powerful force fighting tax injustice. 

I realize that there’s far more to this sales process than what I’ve just touched on.  This deserves a deeper look into the tools at our disposal, so let’s consider this blog, part #1 of #2.  In part #2, I’ll provide a sample dialogue that shows you what to say, how to lead the conversation and how to close the sale.  The techniques you’ll acquire will prove valuable beyond just recruiting for our cause.  If you’re looking forward to part #2 then you’ve already learned one of the techniques; sell the benefit, build anticipation, and keep them wanting more.

Broward Tea Party March, 2012 Newsletter

“UNLESS someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not” 

                                                                                                                                                              – Dr. Seuss

March 7th  “One Year Anniversary” Meeting Recap


Co-Founder Charles Robertson:

Our nation’s fiscal policy is heading in the wrong direction. As citizens, we need to wake up and redirect our actions, arming ourselves with knowledge and talking points to share with others and help turn things around!

State of the Broward Tea Party – 1st Anniversary

First meeting, March 2011, 30 people came ; 25 are still actively involved. We now list 117 members on Facebook, 1123 followers on Twitter, 87 members on FreedomWorks, 1046 followers on Word Press, and 261 members on the BTP roster.

In the first year, BTP has hosted Senate and Congressional candidates, radio talk show hosts, local politicians, a political comedian/author, professors of economics and the Constitution, and a Constitutional lawyer/author.

We’ve held to our 3 Core Values: Fiscal Responsibility, Constitutionally Limited Government, and Free Markets by taking on the responsibility to “stand for what’s right” and educating ourselves and others on the issues that affect our nation.

Guest Speaker: Karen Harrington, Candidate U. S. Congress, FL CD 20/23.  www.karenforcongress.com

 Karen was the guest speaker at BTP’s first meeting March, 2011. “Thank you, Karen, for supporting us!”

Karen leads by example as a business owner, cancer survivor, conservative and friend of the Tea Party. She motivates people to get involved and to participate in the process of “taking our country back”.

Karen’s family all live in South Florida. They own and manage three Rickey’s restaurants in the local area. Karen’s mom keeps a “Bucket List” as follows: Keep God in everything * Obama is gone * Borders closed * Language ” English only” * Constitution strong * Drug free and screening for welfare recipients * No “freebies” to non-citizens . Conservative values are a family affair!

Karen’s opponent, DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, has never held a job in the private sector. She does not understand how business is affected by the over-regulation, higher taxes from unemployment and healthcare caused by this administration.

Karen’s platform includes: The need to reform the tax rates – a tax rate of 28% with write-offs for healthcare costs , deductions for mortgage, charity, and higher education.  An anti-poverty tax break for low income wage earners would also be included. Government needs to encourage growth in business and to celebrate businesses bringing jobs back home. “This is the most important election of our lifetime – we are at a tipping point!”

Defense: Karen attended the recent AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) Policy Conference in Washington, D.C. 13,000 Christians and Jews attended to support Israel, an ally and democracy of free speech, religion, and respect for women. ” The US and Israel have a shared vision!” The $3 billion per year in aid is returned 75 % back to us in technology and business.

Karen is placing her “heart and head” into defeating Debbie Wasserman Schultz and President Obama; “We need to “FIRE” Debbie and the President!” Karen garnered 40% of the vote in the 2010 election against Wasserman Schultz; “This time I’ll win –  We are powerful and strong with the ‘right’ message.”  The August 14th primary will determine the candidate to run opposite Rep. Wasserman Schultz.

Q & A

Q– Redistricting ?                  

A– Helped change FL 20 (now FL 23) to a +3 R district.

Q– 1/2 of Americans don’t pay taxes and workers are overburdened?

A– Flat tax rate of 28%      *poverty level or below will be given a deduction.

Q– Paul Ryan’s Budget?

A– Supports and has signed the “Cut, Cap, and Balance” pledge.

Q– Fabric of society (religion) is under attack?

A– We must fight to keep our values and faith; We must be “One Nation Under God”.

Q– Role of federal government in education?                             

A– Dissolve DOE – return control of education to the States.

Q– Obamacare ?                                           

A– Should be repealed! The Supreme court starts deliberations in June on the Constitutionality of this legislation.

Committee Reports

Speaker Committee, Lee Levin:

April 4th meeting: Guest speaker will be – Marielena Stuart, US Senate candidate, will discuss Agenda 21.

May 2nd meeting: Guest speaker will be – Elizabeth Price Foley of the Institute for Justice, Chair in Constitutional Litigation and Professor of Law at FIU (Florida International University), will discuss her new book: “The Tea Party : 3 Principles”

Future speakers: Broward County Sheriff Al Lamberti and Bob Levy from the Cato institute.

Glenn Beck/Mercury One Restoring Love Event, Dallas, Texas, July 26th, 27th, and 28th, 2012. BTP has pre-registered for 50 tickets. The main event cost $10. Interested members contact:  mailto:lee@thebrowardteaparty.com       Further info on the event planning will be forthcoming; Stay tuned! http://mercuryone.org/restoring-love

“Monumental The Movie”  one night only viewing March 27th. www.monumentalmovie.com/

 

                **** “Happy Birthday Wishes to Lee’s parents, members Stan and Sandy Levin.”

Planning Committee, Kristin Matheny:

Street Rally: “Send ‘Em Packing”

-Saturday, April, 14 (tax weekend) 11am to 1pm, in front of Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s office at the SW corner of Palm Ave./Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines. “Let’s send Barack Obama and Debbie WassermanSchultz Packing!” Theme ties into tax and election issues. We will have volunteer sign-ups at the April 4th BTP Monthly Meeting, for: 1. Set-up & Logistics 2. Food 3. Merchandise 4. Handing info out to cars 5. Set break down (tents, speaker podium, etc.) 6. coolers, pop-up tents/canopies, lawn/folding chairs, tape (masking & electrical). **We will be publishing a “Rules of Engagement” prior to the event (we will use the MLK rally guidelines).

Fundraising Committee, Berta Medina:

We depend on donations from our sponsors and members to pay for BTP expenses and activities. Thank you to the following: Total Wine & More, Title Professionals of South Florida, and Pan American Marble & Stone Company.  “We support those who support us!” To sponsor BTP or advertise on our website www.TheBrowardTeaParty.com  Contact: Lee Levin via email at: mailto:lee@thebrowardteaparty.com

Communications, Judith Welker:

Button links to our Twitter, Facebook, FreedomWorks, and LibertyLinked sites are found on our website: www.TheBrowardTeaParty.com Our blog/events/newsletter site is: https://thebrowardteaparty.wordpress.com

” Link, enjoy, then share!”

Preparation / Survival Series:  Matt Forsythe – Financial Crisis

In 1970, the government moved the US from the gold standard and made money elastic by printing US Treasury Bills (fiat money with no value that is regulated ” as must use.” The Federal Reserve is controlled by 7 people that manage the money supply of the US. The T-bills are printed then sold on the open market. Article 1 Section 10 of the Constitution states that our monetary system must be based on gold or silver; the system since 1970 is unconstitutional. The “Fed” creates paper money of no intrinsic value, to sell. The government spends all they want by increasing the national debt without raising taxes. This causes inflation and devalues the dollar. This has caused the housing market collapse and 2 world wars. “They create money out of thin air!”

The IMF, International Monetary Fund, for which the Federal Reserve is a member, speculates and creates teaser interest rates which cause inflation and a tax on the American people; we are responsible for 20% of the IMF debt! The IMF and Federal Reserve are the #1 threat to the US, along with the “open checkbook” of the U.S. Congress. *$15 1/2T , our national debt, is held by other countries. They drop our debt…we go down!

Please read, educate, and prepare yourselves!

Each month the BTP newsletter will offer information on websites and materials to help you to educate and prepare for possible events “out of your control”; natural disasters, economic downturn, civil unrest, etc.

**Anyone with knowledge of preparation sources, can contribute by sending info and links to: [jwelk52@aol.com]. Also, if you would like to do a blog series on our Word Press site, contact same as above.

>Food Storage: Practical tips for preparation:  http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net

>As A Mom.org has a series on food preparation: http://asamom.org

Books: All found on  http://Amazon.com

>Emergency Food Storage & Survival Handbook – Peggy Layton

>Encyclopedia of Country Living – Carla Emery

>Where There is No Doctor – David Werner

>Where There is No Dentist – Murray Dickson

>EMT Handbook of Emergency Care – D.J. Arnson & Maureen L. Bruce

Upcoming Meetings and Events:

Friday, March 23, 2012 – Noon to 1pm: Stand Up For Religious Freedom Nationwide Rally: Defeat the HHS Mandate! Federal Building, 299 E. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, Fl. For more information, contact: Maria Lima – 954-439-6049 [mcl1270@bellsouth.net] or visit website: http://standupforreligiousfreedom.com

BREC – Broward Republican Executive Committee: Monday, March 26, 2012

Place: Sheraton Suites Cypress Creek 555 West Cypress Creek Rd., Fort Lauderdale, Fl., 33309 (West of I-95 between Cypress Creek Rd. West and Powerline Rd.)

Time: 6:00pm – 7:00pm Sign-in for Members – *Guests may attend and sign-in. 7:00pm Meeting starts promptly, doors are shut! **as a member of BREC, you become your own Precinct Captain/or Alternate.

*Info Website www.browardGOP.org

Tuesday March 27th: Monumental, The Movie: Check website for local theaters, times, and tickets: www.monumentalmovie.com

SWBRO – South-West Broward Republican Organization: Monday, April 2, 2012

One of many local Broward County Chartered Republican Clubs. We serve, primarily, the communities of Miramar, Pembroke Pines, SW Ranches and parts of several contiguous communities. Guests are welcome; Registered Republicans to join.

Place: Walter C Young “Now Playing” Community School Theater 901 N.W. 129th Ave., Pembroke Pines, Fl., 33028 (from I-75 exit East on Pines Blvd. then turn left onto 129th Ave. At first right on 129th Ave., turn in and follow SWBRO signs to parking lot and meeting.

Time: 7:00pm to 9:00pm Sign-in, Social: 7:00pm-7:30pm Meeting Begins: 7:30pm                       *Info Website: www.swbroGOP.org

Broward Tea Party Monthly Meeting: Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Special Guest Speaker: Marielena Stuart, US Senate candidate, will discuss Agenda 21

Entertainment: Lee Levin’s “new band” featuring patriotic and “politically” themed songs.

Place: **Walter C Young “Now Playing” Community School Theater 901 N.W. 129th Ave., Pembroke Pines, Fl., 33028 (From I-75 exit East on Pines Blvd. and turn left onto NW 129th Ave. At the first right, turn into school parking lot.).

Time: 7:00pm to 9:00pm Sign-in and Meet & Greet: 7:00pm to 7:15pm Meeting begins: 7:30pm

*Coffee, water, and sodas provided. Please bring a snack or treat to share…Greatly Appreciated!

BRING A FRIEND, GUESTS MOST WELCOME!

  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

– Tough Targets: When Criminals Face Armed Resistance from Citizens: http://www.cato.org/pub_display.php?pub_id=14031

– Cato Summer Seminar on Political Economy: http://us1.campaign-archive1.com/?u=98c97f42691d5de57bc944822&id=f81acbdec3&e=d985a7e4a7

– FDR, The New Deal, and The Sick Chicken Case: http://tammybruce.com/2012/02/fdr-the-new-deal-and-the-sick-chicken-case.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

– What Would Our Founders Say About Elections Today? http://blog.heritage.org/2012/03/05/what-would-our-founders-say-about-elections-today/?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=Morning%2BBell

– The 10 Terrible Provisions Of Obamacare You May Not Have Heard Of: http://blog.heritage.org/2012/03/07/the-10-terrible-provisions-of-obamacare-you-may-not-have-heard-of/?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=Morning%2BBell

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,   mailto:lee@thebrowardteaparty.com. “We support those who support us!”                                                                                                                                                                                          

                                                                                                            

 

 

 

“Eyes Wide Open”, Blog by Kristin Matheny- #4 “The Woods Are Lovely, Dark, and Deep” 3/14/2012

“Eyes Wide Open” by Kristin Matheny

“The Woods Are Lovely, Dark, and Deep”

3/14/2012

Robert Frost was a pretty amazing poet, and I think any fellow English teacher worth his or her salt would second my opinion. With that being said, I suppose it was only a matter of time before a famous poetry reference ended up in one of these blogs.

I’ll talk about Robert Frost in a minute. Right now, I’ve got to backtrack a little. I’ll get back to him soon.

In the winter of 2005, I made up my mind that I absolutely did not want to become a lawyer. I was a second year law student, and I had spent the first 21 years of my life thinking, “maybe I want to be a lawyer, I want to make a lot of money, I want to be successful and rich”…and the year and a half I’d spent in law school thinking, “what the hell am I doing?”. I really, really hated law school, and I really, really hated the people that I met there (with a few notable exceptions, one being my husband). It was one fateful day in late 2005 that I finally got the courage to leave that place and pursue another career, one that felt like a better “fit” all around.

I was sitting in my Criminal Law class. I had taken to sitting way in the back for multiple reasons, the most important being that I had become a target for many of the law professors at my school. They knew who I was, and I’m sure that they pretty much groaned when I walked into their classrooms on the first day of each semester. I had  spent a year and a half arguing with them about everything, every single nonsensical liberal ideology, every swipe they took at Justice Scalia or Justice Thomas, every time they decided to impose their own personal “social justice” agenda within lectures. I wasn’t going to let a single rude remark go by without raising my hand and calmly letting them know that the logical, conservative voice was present and ever-so-intently listening. The legal profession had been taken over by borderline-Communistic academics, most of whom had never actually practiced LAW a day in their lives, as it were.

To make a long story short, this Criminal Law class was being taught by a professor who I’d had before, the only reasonably fair professor I’d encountered. She actually heard me out, she heard everyone out…which is precisely why I took her class. The trouble was not with her, the trouble was with my classmates who, for the most part, were pretend “tiger woman” man-hating, left-wing female law students. We were reading a case about a college student who had claimed that her ex-boyfriend raped her in the dorm of her California (of course) college campus. I don’t recall the facts precisely, nor do I remember the name of the case (maybe someone out there does?), but here were the basic, undisputed facts:

Girl and Boy break up, mainly because Boy meets another girl and decides her likes her more. Girl is furious. Girl spends several (documented) weeks trying to call and contact Boy, who has moved on with the other girl. Boy changes his number and notifies the campus police (again, documented), who do nothing. Boy and Girl wind up at the same frat party. Boy and Girl both get extremely drunk. Girl insists Boy go home with her. Boy refuses and ultimately agrees to “talk things out” at her dorm. The two sit in the public lounge area, and, somehow, things become drunkenly romantic (surprise surprise…oh, and there were two passerby witnesses who attested to the “cordial nature” of the romantic rendezvous). Boy sobers up, realizes his error, and runs home. Girl, angry, pursues Boy for hours but is unable to reach him. Girl, in an angry state (also documented) alleges that Boy raped her. Chaos ensues.

Now, at trial, there was absolutely NO physical evidence. A rape kit was done but, ladies and gentlemen, what do you think they found? Other than that, it was one person’s word against another’s…or should we say, one jilted female’s “cries of rape” against a so-called angry “male oppressor”. I regret to inform you that the poor kid was actually convicted of rape- he protested the conviction wholeheartedly, as did every single witness involved.

After we discussed the facts of this case, I wanted to scream. I literally wanted to scream. THIS was a case worth studying? Maybe if we were studying how BACKWARDS the justice system can be, or how utterly clueless many California courts are. Of course I had to say something…I had no choice.

To spare some time, I’ll just tell you the outcome. My comments questioning the young college girl’s motives erupted into a battle royale, which ended in three female classmates following me angrily to my car screaming names at me (which I won’t repeat here), demanding that the professor never let me back into her class again, and telling me that I “was setting the Women’s Movement back fifty years”. Yes, this actually happened. I’ve got plenty of witnesses too.

I went home and did everything I could to try and wipe the memory from my head, but I knew I had to make a promise to myself- that I had just begun. If the message of conservativism couldn’t be realized in a law school classroom, I’d do whatever I could to ensure that the message was heard some other way, at some later time. I marched into the administrative offices the very next morning and left law school forever. I was relieved, I hadn’t been doing well anyway, I was miserable. I give those fellow conservatives who had the chutzpah to “stick it out” plenty of credit…I’d had enough. I made that promise to myself that same day, that I would not take the same, seemingly-easy path to fulfillment, and I wouldn’t settle for simply shutting my mouth in order to gain the favor of those around me and, ultimately, success.

Now, for Robert Frost.

The promise I made was not a solemn vow, necessarily, but a poem by Robert Frost. I’m sure most of you have read it or studied it at some point. It is entitled “Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening”. Here it is, to jog your memory:

 

Whose woods these are I think I know.

His house is in the village, though;

He will not see me stopping here

To watch his woods fill up with snow.

 

My little horse must think it queer

To stop without a farmhouse near

Between the woods and frozen lake

The darkest evening of the year.

 

He gives his harness bells a shake

To ask if there is some mistake.

The only other sounds the sweep

Of easy wind and downy flake.

 

The woods are lovely, dark, and deep,

But I have promises to keep,

And miles to go before I sleep,

And miles to go before I sleep.

 

It’s beautiful in its simplicity, and it has a ridiculously crisp meter and rhyme pattern…but it wasn’t Frost’s technique here that I latched onto. It was the personal meaning in the last few lines…

The woods are lovely, dark, and deep,

But I have promises to keep,

And miles to go before I sleep,

And miles to go before I sleep.

 

It was poignant and touching because it was absolutely true. The idea of a fat paycheck and the thrill of the courtroom had become my “woods”, so lovely to think about, to dream about. Wasted time. I had become so caught up in the idea of “going to law school, becoming a lawyer, making lots of money” that I had completely forgotten and neglected the most important part of myself, which had been surfacing and straining to get out for a year and a half. I pushed it down and repressed it more every time I walked into the classroom. I certainly wouldn’t say that I did “the noble thing”…I wish I’d been able to stick it out and effect some real change. But, at the time, it felt like the right decision and it still feels like I did the right thing. I had no business being there, swallowing my anger to get better grades. My responsibility was to myself, to the causes I knew were worth fighting for, even if that meant sacrificing a “posh life” as a lawyer.

For six years, I taught happily, I got married to the greatest man, I had a beautiful son. I’ve had a good life, but again I’ve become caught up in the day-to-day grind. I find myself getting mad when there’s a traffic jam, letting a teething toddler’s 3:00am wails ruin my nights, getting excited about TV shows and going to get my morning lattes. I seem to have forgotten the promise I’d made with myself six years ago. Life is captivating- it’s interesting, it can be positive, it can be negative, the day-to-day seems so important. But it isn’t everything…it isn’t the most important thing. The most important things in life are the things worth fighting for- family, friends, this country, our Constitution. I have let myself wander through the woods, which are “lovely, dark, and deep”, I’ve spent far too long dilly-dallying and not enough time fulfilling my responsibilities.

We’ve got a million causes, a million purposes to recharge, fellow patriots- not just for the 2012 elections, but beyond that. In the day-to-day, we are getting caught up, failing to see that our rights and our Founding Fathers’ goals are being trampled on. A few weeks ago, I was driving home from a play date and I actually heard the now-infamous Rush Limbaugh dialogue on the Sandra Fluke Contraception nonsense. I was with him 100%, and I was infuriated when left-wing politicos (even Nancy Pelosi herself, waving her “pink flag of femininity” and crying fake tears of pride) and media personalities railed against him for his use of strong words to describe Fluke’s motives. I heard what he was saying…it had nothing to do with social issues, but it had everything to do with the fact that the Left had gone much too far in mandating that we taxpayers should have to foot the bill for college students’ contraception! Unbelievable! They got so heated, trying to say that Limbaugh was a woman-hater, a bigot, whatever…but they missed his entire point.

Our Constitution is under attack, we taxpayers are under assault daily by this Administration and its cronies. Forced to buy unconstitutional health care, forced to pay for contraception (nevermind the fact that you could make an argument against the constitutionality of this under the “religious freedom” clause)…I could go on and on. They are trying to force us to pay for the trial, court costs, and imprisonment of people who are not guilty…in order to prove a political point, belittling the cases of real victims across the country. And the worst part is, Americans are buying into it, because it seems correct, social justice “seems” like the “right” thing to believe in, even if it’s not logical. It’s a shortcut to thinking, that’s all. Vote for Obama because it’s a “vote that will make history”. Believe in left-wing causes because “your heart tells you to”. Emotional appeal. Oldest advertising trick in the book.

All the while, what are we doing to fight it?

For a while there, I was sad to see Tea Party membership wane. I was discouraged by the lack of enthusiasm at some of my Tea Party’s meetings, the “give up” attitude that its once ardent members had. I’ve seen a shift, though…and it’s because I think people are realizing what I’m realizing. People are making their own promises to themselves, they look at their kids, their grandkids, their families, and they see how the degradation of the Constitution, of patriotism, of values is affecting the future. The prognosis is grim unless we are willing to pledge to commit ourselves to the fight, to realize our true purposes.

Yes, the woods are lovely, dark, and deep. Life can be beautiful, it can be fun, it can be aggravating…but it will not be worth anything unless we secure the future for ourselves and our loved ones. Get angry. Get motivated. There’s a battle worth fighting, and the gauntlet has been thrown. Responsibilities at home. To our kids. To our country. We’ve got promises to keep…

And miles to go before we sleep.

And miles to go before we sleep.

The Action Step: By Charles Robertson, Co-founder, Broward Tea Party

The Action Step

I have a confession to make; ever since I became a political activist my email inbox has been steadily growing and I’ve been steadily deleting more and more mail, unread.  There’s just not enough time, and I can tell from the sources, what’s inside.  Let me emphasize though, “I always read every email from our Broward Tea Party Members.”  I need to filter or I get off track.  The thing is, I’m trying to stay focused on our Tea Party Mission and that’s not easy.  Even members try to steer me and our group in different directions.  Case in point was a Facebook exchange where I was being called out for not publicly endorsing a candidate.  What he really wanted was for me to publically endorse his candidate; just another of many distractions.

Keeping our Tea Party focused on our core values is indeed somewhat like herding cats; so many among us want to tackle a multitude of pressing issues.  We try to accommodate and incorporate everyone’s agenda if it relates to our core values.  Tea Parties lose their effectiveness when they take on too much; the old axiom “divide and conquer,” comes to mind.  Countless multi-media options are the culprit; things were very different just a few decades ago.

Most of us over 50 grew up in homes with one TV and 3 network choices.  At 5:00pm and 11:00pm, we learned about world news and politics because there were no other options available.  Like it or not, we were schooled on current events.  When coverage turned to the political party conventions, everyone in the family, young and old, tuned in.  Your only choice was whether to watch on ABC, NBC, or CBS.  Amazingly, the news coverage was much the same on all three networks, real news reporting with no spin.  This environment cultivated the last generation that would grow into adulthood with a basic knowledge and appreciation for our political system.  Today, our current political condition is a product of younger voters who lack the understanding and perspective to make informed choices; sound bites and slogans rule the day.   Our plight is compounded by a negligent press.  Thomas Jefferson understood this when he said, Wherever the people are well informed they can be trusted with their own government… 

The average American today, I’m sad to say, is ill informed, uninterested, distracted, and undeserving of the liberties they enjoy.  That’s a strong statement and I stand behind every word of it!  The price of liberty is constant vigilance and a civic duty to understand and act on the issues of our times.  Tea Partiers understand this responsibility and have created this movement explicitly to foster activism. Our emergence is a reaction to the prevailing apathy, a counterweight to the dead weight that is dragging us down as a nation.  The remedy for our national malaise is for you, our Tea Party leaders to become effective promoters of our cause.  Before I joined the Tea Party, I was aware of our country’s serious financial crisis, but since joining I‘ve learned so much more.  Many outside our movement who are unaware would take action only when they were shown and understood the depth of our crisis.

To be the effective promoter that our cause requires, demands commitment and follow-through.  The Broward Tea Party was organized to provide fellow patriots the means to fight back. Our first year was all about establishing our base camp; building our forces and preparing for the action that was about to begin.  Our second year will be all about delivering results!  Tuesday, November 6, 2012, will be the day of results.  On this day, we learn what direction our country is headed; we will learn whether or not we did enough to achieve the results we wanted.  I hope and pray that this is a day of celebration for us, but that has to be earned.  To earn that celebration we have to put forth our time, our talent, and a willingness to serve.  Victory starts with our plan of action that unfolds at our meetings.  We provide the training, the funding, the plan, and the motivation.  You provide the boots on the ground effort, the commitment, and follow-through.  If enough fellow patriots answer the call, the celebration will be secured and well earned.

Charles Robertson                                                                            www.TheBrowardTeaParty.com

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