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This Blog Is Not for You: By Charles Robertson

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:

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?



  1. The Constitution
  2.  • Sets up the government • Defines the government • Protects basic rights of Americans
  3. We the People
  4.  • A change (to the Constitution) • An addition (to the Constitution)
  5. The Bill of Rights
  6. Any one of these: Speech, Religion, Assembly, Press, and Petition the government

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”- “Eyes Wide Open”, A Blog by Kristin Matheny

“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

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.

  1.  If you don’t like the message attack the messenger.  Sarah Palin is the best example of a smear strategy because she continues to be the target of liberal-mud-slingers.  Instead of honest debate over important issues, liberals resort to their time tested #1 slur – “you’re stupid”.  The leftist media minions lie in wait for that “gotcha” moment when they pounce with a fervor that exposes their biased agenda.  Remember Dan Quayle?   Then there was Joe the Plumber who asked one pointed important question, one the media should have been asking, and what was the result?  He immediately came under fire, an attempt to deflect and diminish the real issue – “why did Barack Obama want to redistribute the wealth, and was that fair?”  The bottom line here is, Conservatives debate with facts and Liberals deal in the politics of personal destruction.


  1. Facts are lost on Liberals.  Liberals actually believe that liberal policies help the needy despite evidence to the contrary. When you point out the facts, they’ll dismiss them, challenge the source and put their hands over their ears chanting, “I can’t hear you, I can’t hear you.” OK, maybe they don’t do the latter but they may as well for all the consideration they give to the other side.  Liberals are emotional. Conservatives are rational.  If you point to the unsustainable increasing national debt, Liberals will simply point to some poor victim claiming the greedy Republicans don’t care.  To that, I say as Jesus pointed out, “The poor will always be among us”…just like fact-avoiding Liberals in denial.


  1. They’re never satisfied.  The United States spends more money educating our students than any other developed nation, according to a recent report by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).  Despite that fact, the United States ranked 31st in math and 23rd in science among 15-year-old students on the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA). This supports the argument that higher spending does not equal higher test scores.  Federal education spending per pupil has nearly tripled since 1970 in real, inflation adjusted dollars — but achievement has barely budged.  So how do liberals react to this poor performance?  They cry for more money!  Like a parrot that only says “Hello”, Liberals can only say “more money”.  The reality is, we could spend billions more and they would still want more. They are a black hole of need which will never be satisfied.


  1. Their means justify their ends.  In their pursuit for a progressive utopian society, Liberals will gladly rely on dirty tricks, lies, and deceit while simultaneously claiming the moral high ground. In August 2008, Tom Mattzie, a former director of the George Soros-sponsored, proudly declared in the New York Times a witch hunt against anyone donating to Republicans.  Mattzie declared he would send “warning” letters to the top 10,000 GOP givers “hoping to create a chilling effect that will dry up contributions”.  Political warfare has escalated, masked behind a media supported marketing strategy of divert, deny, and attack.  Liberal hypocrites, who heralded a new level of transparency to change the way business is conducted in Washington, have only increased the flow of sewage spewing from the Democratic Party.


  1. Class warfare.  Divide and conquer is the longstanding liberal strategy in play.  In Liberal Land, every reference to Republicans is preceded by the word “greedy”. The wealthy are convenient targets, used to stoke the flames of resentment. It’s an effective means to recruit a growing number who feel both victimized and entitled.   I’ve yet to meet a Liberal who didn’t have a story about some poor victim suffering at the hand of a heartless Republican policy.  Let me pause here while I wipe away a tear.  The top 1%  are condemned.  Let’s face a fact here; Liberals claim to want the 1% to pay their “fair share” (translation: mafia style extortion).   We’ve done the math, which shows that even if we confiscated the entire wealth of the top 1%, it would barely make a dent in our national debt.  The truth is, Liberals want and need the 1% as their scapegoat for failed liberal policies.  They need a bad guy to rally the clueless and secure their votes.

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.


  1.  Anger Management.  One of the easiest ways to separate Liberals from Conservatives is their demeanor.  Am I the only one who feels the more liberal someone is, the more they’re close-minded, aggressive, combative, obnoxious, rude, pretentious, obtuse, and don’t forget racist.  If you’d prefer a visual comparison, just look at any Tea Party Rally versus the Occupy Wall Street chaos.  At social events, Liberals, who never heed the advice to avoid politics and religion, jump at the chance to hold court as they stand on their soapbox pontificating and attacking.  They’re evangelical in spreading their message which is ironic considering how much contempt they hold for true Evangelicals; my advice…avoid these people like they have head lice.


  1. Liberals co-op language.  Dr. Grace Vuoto summarized it best:  “Once we recognize that the liberal revolution always begins with words, we are armed to counter it. Hence, notice that killing babies in the womb is called “choice”; redistributing wealth is called “equality”; natural fluctuations in the earth’s atmosphere is called “climate change”; debauchery is sanitized as “addiction” or sanctioned as “partying”; propaganda or indoctrination is called “sensitivity training”; thought and speech control is called “political correctness”; illegal immigrants are “undocumented workers”; and corrupting the youth is called “sex education.” In addition, racism which means believing in the biological inferiority of ethnic groups is bandied about so frequently that even patriotism—national pride—is labeled “racist.” This is the ultimate in collective self-flagellation as liberals ultimately seek to destroy all ties that bind humans together organically, in preference for the controlling power of an impersonal bureaucracy.”


  1. Closet Liberals.  Like the KKK (founded by Democrats) members, who hide behind masks, most Liberals downplay their liberalism to appear more main-stream. This is an effort to distance themselves from the unabashed Liberals who burn our flag, ban our Pledge, betray our allies and root for our enemies at every turn.  This is the dark side, the team that booed God at the 2012 Democratic National Convention. While some will claim this was merely the fringe extremist portion of the Democrat Party, you’ll never hear Liberals denounce their own.  You also never heard that the 5 most recent mass murder shootings in America were carried out by progressive liberal Democrats.  Check the facts about the shooters at Fort Hood, Columbine, Virginia Tech, the Colorado movie-theater, and Newtown.  Liberals argue that guns are the problem, so let’s ban all Liberals from owning guns.  Is it any wonder why so many Liberals are closet Liberals… if only we could lock that closet.


     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:

  • No matter what happens in the weather, global-warming must have caused it.
  • If a crime is committed against a member of a predominantly Democrat group, then it’s a hate crime; if committed against a member of a mostly Republican group, then it is not.

• 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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