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The Fence-Sitter: By Charles Robertson, Co-founder Broward Tea Party

The Fence-Sitter

By: Charles Robertson, co-founder of Broward Tea Party

He looked up from the counter and noticed my Broward Tea Party tee-shirt; that opened the conversation.  He said he was fed up with both parties and not excited with either choice for president.  As the conversation covered past presidents, it seemed he leaned “liberal”, though he did like Reagan.  Here was the opportunity that I’ve prepared for, I didn’t miss a beat.

My first question was simple, “which way are you leaning?”  He said, he might favor Obama but he wasn’t happy with the state of our economy.  I agreed with his assessment of the economy because it was certainly true and I also wanted to establish agreement.  At that point, we were just two disgruntled citizens sharing the same concerns.  I knew the answer to my next question, but it was the follow-up that I wanted to get to.  So I asked, “Did you vote for Obama?” The answer was “yes.”  I then asked, “What led you to vote for him?”  His answer was typical, he thought Obama would bring change;  I think he dropped the hope, and other reasons that we’ve all heard.  This was the point in the conversation when most conservatives talk themselves out of the sales opportunity.  This is where most conservatives list statistics, ideological differences, and a slew of anti-Obama objections.  That misstep would only put my target on the defensive, defending his choice and provoking a counter attack on Romney.  Instead I put myself in his shoes;  I agreed that many people sought this change but that things hadn’t worked out so well in the past 4 years, and he agreed!   I said, “you wanted to give Obama a chance and that’s understandable but since he hasn’t delivered, I think it makes sense to give someone else a chance.”  It’s the same simple argument that Clint Eastwood made – “if you can’t do the job then we have to let you go.”

After leaving that thought with our fence-sitter, I quickly changed the subject.  Another mistake that conservatives make is that they keep hammering the same nail.  I could have made numerous points but I only needed one good one; less is more in this case.  Leaving someone with a good question to which the only logical answer points them in the right direction, is the best approach.  I shifted the conversation to our Tea Party mentioning our common interests (lower taxes, limited government). I made sure to mention that we have many Democrat members.  I left him our business card/meeting info in the hopes that he’ll come to our meeting, where I’m sure we’d finish the sale in case he was still on the fence.

Everywhere we turn, we hear the same common complaint…people unhappy with both parties.  They have a right to be upset.  Both parties have pandered, blamed the other, and contributed to the stalemate and inaction that has brought us to where we are.  As conservatives, we like to think that liberals are solely responsible, yet, it was a joint effort that brought us a debt ceiling increase and an unconstitutional super committee.  Unfortunately, our federal government’s low approval ratings have given cover to those who neglect their civic responsibility.  The pervasive attitude is my vote isn’t going to make much difference.  We hear, “nothing ever changes… they are not working for us.”  While there’s some truth to that, this is mostly an excuse for inaction and there’s an answer for this.

Unlike the sales opportunity that requires thoughtful, strategic persuasion, when it comes to voting, I tend to take the blunt, in your face approach.  A certain friend of mine expressed that common refrain of, “I’m sick of politics, they’re all the same, blah, blah, blah, I’m not voting!”  When he finished, I hit back with both barrels.  My response went like this, “You have more than a duty to vote, you have an obligation!”  Thousands have given their life defending our freedom and your right to vote, if you don’t care about a certain political race then don’t vote in that race, but what about the others.  There are senators, representatives, judges, and local issues that are all important.   There’s no excuse for not voting, it’s your duty and the least you should do.  If you don’t vote then you belong in a country where you can’t vote.  I told him that he needed to spend a little time studying the candidates and issues, so he might discover the importance of voting.  My lecture concluded by mentioning the commission candidate who lives on our block; she lost her election by 12 votes.  In midterm elections, local candidates often win or lose by the slimmest of margins.  “Don’t tell me your vote doesn’t count and you can’t make a difference.”

There are so many fence-sitters that need a push off the fence, but we’re not pushing them.  Ironically, we hear fellow conservatives frustrated with Romney because he hasn’t come out swinging at Obama, yet these same people will shy away from engaging the fence-sitters or liberal loudmouths.  For them, it’s his fight not theirs.  Our wannabe political strategists are quick to point out what the campaign should be doing, but what are they doing?  Generally, nothing!  Most of the same conservatives that decry the fact that half of America pays no income tax are the same conservatives who offer no effort to change this.  As a Tea Party leader, I frequently receive suggestions on what we should be doing.  If the idea is good, I have a standard reply, “That would be great, why don’t you head that up and we’ll help support your plan.”  At that point, it’s like the Roadrunner cartoon; there’s a cloud of dust as they zip off to the horizon.  Talk is cheap…action takes real work and sacrifice.

So how do you know if you’re doing your share in the effort?  My guide is simple; it’s like exercise, go until it hurts.  If you’ve fought the good fight, if you’ve given your time, talent, or financial support, then come November 7th, win or lose, you’ve honored those who’ve sacrificed to build this great country.  You’ve earned the title of patriot, a defender of freedom and liberty.  You’re a huge part of what makes this country great.

Broward Tea Party Events for Saturday, September 15, 2012

Broward Tea Party AGENDA 21 Seminar/Presentation

Saturday, September 15, 2012 10am – 4pm


$10 includes a light breakfast, Chick-fil-A lunch, and drinks. REGISTER ONLINE

*If you wish to pay cash or check at the door, for meal count purposes, you MUST notify us via email by Thursday, September 13th:


TOTAL WINE & MORE:  15980 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines, FL.

**Please, Park on the West side of  TOTAL WINE & MORE!

AGENDA 21 Discussion Will Include:

Loss of property rights, taxation, global governance, invasion of privacy, assault on personal liberty.


>Bob Knox: ICLEI

>Dave Miller: Job Loss & Trade Agreements

>Diane Kepus: The Effect of AGENDA 21 on Education

>Jesse Philips:  Judicial Reform

>Karen Schoen: The 4 E’s of UN AGENDA 21

>Stephen Hunter:  Educating Your Elected Officials

>Karen Runge: Smart Meters


SWBRO: Southwest Broward Republican Organization


Saturday, September 15, 2012



*Easy walks… you are asking a 3 question poll, takes about 2 hours.


15980 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines, Fl.

(between I-75 & DYKES RD. on South side of Pines Blvd.)

**Get materials in parking lot on far west side of  TOTAL WINE & MORE




Receive all materials, instructions, cold water and a walk partner.


It’ll be fun…bring a friend

After the walk, we provide you food & drink!




The lines are clearly drawn for this upcoming November Election.


Walks are sponsored by Republican Party of Florida working with Southwest Broward Republican Organization

Questions… Call – Jay Narang 954-985-6650 x202  or  Rose Rauschkolb 954-447-1899

“Twenty-Five Reasons I Will Not Vote for Barack Obama in November”

“Eyes Wide Open” by Kristin Matheny


“Twenty-Five Reasons I Will Not Vote for Barack Obama in November”

1. I believe in thinking with my brain and loving with my heart…not the other way around.

2. I believe that this election is about two issues: the economy and Obama’s performance. Any other issues that are brought into the forefront are ridiculous distractions, and anyone that falls for this silly ruse is equally ridiculous.

3. I believe I see right through rhetoric.

4. I believe in expecting action from the people we elect to office.

5. I believe that “Women’s Issues” are the same issues that affect every American at any given time: the economy, jobs, education, private sector growth, taxes, health care. Assuming that all I care about are my reproductive organs is purely offensive. I am not a walking uterus, and the fact that liberals believe that this is what I should care about infuriates me.

6. In these times, I believe the role of government is to step aside.

7. I believe the less hands that touch the money, the better.

8. I believe that saying that Republicans are declaring a “War on Women” is hilariously hypocritical considering that the Obama campaign has accepted $1 million from Bill Maher, one of the most misogynistic people in the public eye.

9. I believe that standing up for any group means that you stand up for all members of that group. Declaring that you are a party “for women” and then systematically offending and dismissing stay-at-home moms as “not working women” time and time again is beyond irresponsible. So is saying you’re a party “of tolerance” and then excluding and bashing people of religions who may not squarely fit into your agenda (Catholics, Christians, Jews, I could go on and on).

10. I believe that you cannot say you’re a “friend of Israel’s” and then advocate for weakening Israel’s borders, refuse to get involved with Israel’s conflicts, deny defense aid to Israel, and promote peace with Israel’s enemies- who do not even recognize Israel’s right to exist. Doing so makes you a hypocrite.

11. I believe that the problems in our schools are because of government, mismanagement, and unions…not because of the children or the programs. (I’ve seen this firsthand, as a veteran public high school teacher.)

12. I believe that it is a parent’s role to parent. Whoever in a child’s life that is given the role of “parent” should take it more seriously than any other job he or she has. It does not take a village.

13. I believe in hard work.

14. I believe in the American Dream. I believe that anyone who believes in the American Dream and perseveres to achieve it through honest means will be successfully rewarded.

15. I don’t believe in changing America, I believe in strengthening and restoring America.

16. I truly believe in equality, of race, religion, background, gender, or opinion. I don’t subscribe to the Animal Farm-esque belief that “some are more equal than others”, nor do I subscribe to the liberal notion that “we are open-minded…unless you disagree with us”. I listen to all sides. I like hearing new perspectives, even if they only serve to strengthen my arguments.

17. I believe that spending like there is no deficit is the most illogical thing any politician could do right now.

18. I believe that any President, Representative, or Senator who sat by for three and a half years and failed to produce, vote for, or advocate for a budget should’ve lost their job long, long ago. Any President who has watched the unemployment rate skyrocket to 8.3% under his watch and has failed to meet with his Jobs Council in six months plus should be ashamed of himself.

19. I believe that this nation was founded by immigrants, and that immigrants are an exceptionally important group of people that greatly enhance the economy and diversity of America. Illegal immigrants are a different story, especially considering the dire financial straits we are in and the unbelievable burden they place on taxpaying citizens- including the legal immigrants.

20. I believe that taxing the rich to pay for the poor is Anti-Colonialism. It has never worked. It has only achieved soaring inflation, stagflation, and loss of jobs. It has always resulted in crippling instability.

21. I believe that everyone should pay taxes. There should be a flat tax rate, across the board. No one can argue that this isn’t fair, and no one can argue that this doesn’t work.

22. I believe that government programs and assistance are there for people who truly need and deserve them. They are not there to be abused, looted, or expanded upon to enable (or gain votes).

23. I believe that the bigger government gets, the weaker our voices become.

24. I believe that the Constitution is not a “living document” or an “artifact”. It is a legal document. It is the framework of our Union. Its importance should never, ever be diminished.

25. I believe in a prosperous, free future for my family, for my son. The thought of anything less than that terrifies me.

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