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Mt. Pleasant Michigan Grassroots Powwow 2014

This was my second Powwow and I loved it, even better than my first, which was hard to top! When you are in the tea party movement there is nothing better than getting around 400 activist that are just as passionate as you are.
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I am going to be posting on this event for weeks to come. The speakers were inspiring and it was encouraging to see individual groups from across the state of Michigan forming relationships.

Progressives...Rewriting History since 1933

Progressives…Rewriting History since 1933

I mean where else can you find a Constitution Quest Game distributor, wearing a shirt about progressives rewriting history? If you have pictures of this event please email them to meetmeundertherlibertytree@yahoo.com I would love to post them!


What is so “Grand” about the… “Grand Old Party” Today?

Originally posted on Bain Report

Guest Report by Tim Bos: Conservative Activist and Grassroots Leader

I ask this question in all seriousness, and with hope that my conclusions are right – but only temporarily: “What is grand about the Grand Old Party?”

When you consider that, you naturally start thinking about what they stand for, as well as what they don’t stand for.
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I’m trying real hard to come up with something, anything, and so far, the best I’ve got is that they stand for not being Democrats, so I guess that means that they stand for themselves, or maybe more accurately – it stands for itself.

But honestly, I can’t say – with any certainty or conviction, anything of substance that the Grand Old Party stands for.

When I think back 35 or 40 years to when I was a natural-born Conservative, all the while apolitical while observant and aware in my pursuit of happiness as a young American, I thought I knew what the Democrats stood for and still stand for. They were liberal then, and they’re liberal now. No trying to hide it, if ya don’t like it, don’t bother with them or vote for them and theirs – and I never did.

But when I think about all the things I thought the Grand Old Party stood for, represented, supported or promoted, I can’t say the party is known for any of them now.

Some of it’s members and supporters still represent those old fashioned ideas like limited government, having the freedom, ability and fearlessness to do it your way – right or wrong, responsible and respectful use of low and reasonable tax demands, as well as the position that our American bedrock of traditional values are worthy and irreplaceable because they have remained the best after the test, of brutally-honest time.

But that was then, and now is…………disappointing, to say the least. The generic, now all -inclusive word “conservative” springs to mind when thinking about that party, but when I think about what it is they seem to be conserving, I once again come up with NOTHING. In regards to a conservative standing on social issues, they’re still pretty well represented there, but even those defenders are taking very unfriendly fire from the party regularly – and more openly.

Yet, when I think about our Constitution, our Founding Principles, and that whole Grand collective “why?” for America’s version of government, today’s Grand Old Party is nowhere, NOWHERE, to be found.

I think about the only thing the Grand Old Party is really trying to conserve is its place in a 2 party system. And sadly, their approach to that mission is, if you don’t like the Democrats so much, you should be a Republican – because they’re not Democrats (read: progressive), at least, not near as much. For me, that’s about as appealing as the Prevent Defense in football – think: November 2012. Perhaps that explains their growing ability to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

From where I’m standing, I don’t see a whole lot of Grand going on.

If the party was a man, I’d be telling him to give his Man Card back. But the Grand Old Party isn’t a man, and it’s not so Grand anymore either.

I think it’s time to drop the façade of being Grand, quit trying to cash in on the reputation that precedes it, and just be upfront about what it really is, by design – the Old Party.

Thank you Bain Report for Permission to share.



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Growing Up in the Shadow of JFK…

Written by my friend Robert, thank you for permission to share!

I was too young to fully understand what had happened, but at the same time, it was one of the formative moments in my life, really. I would grow up in the shadow of JFK’s martyred memory. Although he was gone, he was not forgotten or irrelevant at all for the next 10 to 15 years or so.

My parents had saved an issue of Life Magazine commemorating the President’s funeral and I would look at it in awe even before I knew how to read. Later I would watch documentaries, read books, and seek out old newspapers and magazines. The first book I checked out of the library at Pasteur Elementary was “Meet John F. Kennedy”, a children’s book about the late president.

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I remember when Bobby Kennedy entered the presidential race in 1968. I remember when Lyndon Johnson decided not to run for re-election. I remember the campaign between Bobby Kennedy and Eugene McCarthy, and I remember confusing Eugene McCarthy with Joe McCarthy. I remember that Bobby was behind and that everything was riding on the winner take all California Primary. I remember hearing that Bobby had won and then going to sleep, and I remember my parents waking me up early in the morning on June 5, 1968 to tell me that Bobby Kennedy had been shot.

One of my most treasured books that my parents bought me shortly thereafter was “Fighters For a New World” a book about JFK, RFK, and Martin Luther King. The book had pictures and quotes from various speeches of all of these men. It was inspirational. My dad bought me another book, “Johnny We Hardly Knew Ye”, about JFK, and another thin blue book about Bobby Kennedy, the name of which I’ve long since forgotten.

I remember the excitement of the space race and wanting to be an astronaut. I remember the pride we all felt when Neil Armstrong planted an American flag on the moon. I remember that moonshot itself was very much a tribute to JFK.

From a very young age, almost as far back as I can remember at all, I believed in the ideas of liberty and justice for all, freedom and equality under the law, and that the rights of man do not come from the generosity of the state, but are ours at birth, and that at its core, America stands for those ideals, and because it stands for those ideals, it is the greatest country in the history of the world.

I believe those things as strongly today as I ever have. Rest in peace, JFK.

Robert



We Need Some Brawlers…

Someone shared on facebook a great clip from the Rush Limbaugh Radio Show.

I completely agree with Rush, we need strong principled candidates. When we see one, support them. If we see a weak mushy establishment that is endangering the government we want, we need to primary them. If the establishment preaches at us for challenging mushy republicans, remember they are doing the same with conservative candidates.

The gloves are off folks we are now fighting for the soul of the Republican party. If you don’t pick a side and fight with all your heart, than kiss your country goodbye.

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They’re doing this now, in the midst of what is an absolute debacle and failure.  The Republican donors just can’t seem to bring themselves to oppose Obama on anything.  By extension, it seems like the Republican establishment has a tough time opposing Obama on anything, so they gotta go after their own.  Here’s the article on TheHill.com.  “Amash is among a rebel bloc of House Republicans who pushed Speaker John Boehner to make a stand on Obamacare in the fight over the government shutdown and the debt ceiling.”

See, in the world I live in, those are resume enhancers.

In the world I live in, Justin Amash and these guys get a standing ovation.  In the world I live in, we need everybody in the House being like this.  We need some brawlers. We need some people who are not afraid to do battle with the Democrats to save the country.  You know, that’s what it comes down to.  In addition to everything else going on, the Republican donor class, the consultant class, the Republican establishment, they don’t think there’s any emergency.

Obamacare’s not an emergency, just the latest Democrat legislation.

There is no debt crisis.

It’s not any big deal.

The country isn’t threatened. Our way of life’s not being upset. There’s nothing upset here. Everything’s fine. “It’s just the Democrats are in power, and that’s what we gotta fix. We’ve gotta put ourselves back in power so that we’re in charge of it money and not them,” but they don’t think there’s a crisis.  They’re not concerned that their kids or grandkids are gonna have nothing when they grow up. They’re not concerned about the jobs and the economy and any of that.

It doesn’t appear.  They don’t think there’s a crisis.  That really is the dividing line between the Tea Party and the establishment.  The Tea Party thinks if something isn’t done, the country as founded will not exist.  Those guys don’t think that.  The Republican establishment thinks that’s hooey.  The donors class says, “What do you mean, the country’s not gonna exist as founded?  What the hell are you talking about?”  That’s kook talk, they think.  They just don’t believe it, and that is the dividing line.

There are couple others, too, but that is the big line of demarcation, of difference.  No, they don’t see what’s happening.  They don’t think it’s a harbinger that the country is under assault and they don’t see the Democrats as trying to “re-found” the country, if you will. They don’t see the Democrats as anything other than the current officeholders.  They don’t think that there’s any crisis.  They really don’t.

Plus, donors are like anybody. They want to be close to power. They wants cronyism, not ideology.  They want crony.  They want to get close to power so that a Republican president will do nice things for their business, in pay off or donations like it’s happening with Obama.  They’re not ideologues. and they think with the Tea Party out there the Republicans are never gonna win anything and they’re never gonna be close to power, so their problem is the Tea Party.

The way the donors and the establishment look at it, the Tea Party is what’s gonna prevent them from ever regaining power, not the Democrats.  It’s the Tea Party — and if you don’t understand that, nothing will make sense about any of this.

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Congressman Mike Rogers’ opening statement on Health Care reform…

Congressman Mike Rogers’ opening statement on Health Care reform. Great video, worth the 4 minutes it will take. Thank you for standing up Mike Rogers! Thank you for properly defining America!


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Stand Strong Mike Rowe!

Mike Rowe started an outstanding program, to encourage the youth in America to work hard and make something of themselves. In it he praises work ethic, read more about his S.W.E.A.T. program. After appearing on the Glenn Beck Program Mike Rowe was criticized through social media. Here is Mike’s Response to a critic…

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Well, hi there, Shannon – and a pleasant good morning to you too!

If you want a detailed answer to your question, please take a moment to read my earlier reply to Bob Reidel, another crestfallen soul who couldn’t reconcile my association with a TV host that he personally despised. As you read it (out loud, if possible, and in a public place), kindly replace the words “Bob Reidel” with “Shannon K. Walsh,” and “Bill Maher” with “Glenn Beck.” But prepare yourself – you might be forced to conclude that my true objective here has little to do with winning or losing your approval.As for your personal characterization of Glenn Beck, I can only assume you have information not available to me. In my time with him, I saw nothing “horrible, psychotic, hateful, or nasty.” I smelled no burning sulphur, no smoldering brimstone, and saw no sign of cloven hooves.To the contrary, I found a very passionate guy who employs about 300 people, works his butt off, and puts his money where his mouth is. Do we agree on everything? Of course not. Am I “disappointed” by that fact? Not at all. The real question, Shannon, is … why are you?

To be clear, I’m not here to tell you what to think or whom to hate. Like everyone else, you’re free to pick your devils, choose your angels, and attach the horns and halos accordingly.

But the guts of your question – even without all the name-calling and acrimony – reveal the essence of what’s broken in our country. You want to know “how I can associate” with someone you don’t like? The short answer is, how can I not? How are we ever going to accomplish anything in this incredibly divisive time if we associate only with people that we don’t disagree with?

Mike

Mike’s explains the letter on the Glenn Beck Radio program
Here is Mike’s site on the program The Sweat pledge is awesome, if I was still in school, I would have signed it in a second.


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Mount Pleasant Tea Party Meeting…

This past Saturday, 300 tea party/campaign for liberty leaders, gathered at the soaring eagle in Mount Pleasant, MI. The attendees represented over 50 grassroots groups from across the state of Michigan.
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You could feel the liberty movement throughout the room.

Taking the field

The entire day was packed with speakers covering many facets of the movement. Youth liberty groups shared their growth over the past year, in high schools and college campuses. Speakers encouraged participation in precinct delegate positions and outlined how to be effective in the role of activism.

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Over ten tea party Michigan members stepped up and are running as candidates in the upcoming 2014 elections. It was exciting to hear the passion and enthusiasm they had for returning this country to its founding principles.

All speakers brought hope and optimism. They gave leaders perspective on how far the movement has come and how close the liberty movement is to obtaining their objectives.

The favorite speaker of the day, had to be, the keynote speaker, Emery W. McClendon. He reminded us that we are fighting more than politics, but also the darkness of a socialist agenda. He energized the crowd by challenging them to take the field and win our country back!

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I strongly encourage you to attend a tea party event. I left refreshed and optimistic. I could feel how alive the movement in Michigan is and how close we are to changing the face politics. I was reminded that I am not the only one who is working to restore this great country. Please become a precinct delegate, you have a chance to be a part of history!

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#1MVetMarch

Vets carring the barricades to the White house. Must Watch!!!



Funny I have been watching Fox news since I got out of church and I have YET to see ANYTHING on this march… Update…Reporter from Fox.


Wish I was there to witness this!

 

Wow!!! When I look at these pictures and posts I get goosebumps!!! Thank you Veterans once again for standing up for the American people!!! #MVetMarch Barrycades



 


 

 


 






trucks going to DC

Webcam for traffic Watching to see what will happen this weekend…From their website..The American people are sick and tired of the corruption that is destroying America! We therefore declare a GENERAL STRIKE on the weekend of October 11-13, 2013! Truck drivers will not haul freight! Americans can strike in solidarity with truck drivers!

http://washington.cbslocal.com/2013/10/11/truck-convoy-protest-causing-traffic-problems-on-capital-beltway/

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/10/11/dozens-not-thousands-show-up-for-dc-trucker-protest/

No Sports for Our Troops Overseas…

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It is hard not to see this administration’s priorities. With the government shutdown this administration used extra resources to fence up and put guards around the open air WWII memorial, they have told park officials to make the shutdown noticeable. Then to top it all off the American Forces Network, announced it is not broadcasting sports for our troops overseas, due to the government shutdown. On a purely unrelated note, Camp David is open; who’s entertainment is more important?

More on this…

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