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Uncle Bill
01-01-2012, 04:27 PM
Hope we can recruit many more to our cause...for the Nation's sake, and the sake of our children that will be left with what we can't correct.

UB


Tonight as we celebrate New Year’s Eve, take a few moments to look back on what you have learned through the tea party movement since February, 2009.

You have mobilized your fellow citizens time after time to make your voices heard about the out of control federal government spending. You have gathered either locally or in single locations with total crowd sizes going well beyond 1 million patriots who are as concerned about the future of our country as you. You know how to organize quickly to get a message out through traditional media and using new media as well.
While we did not prevent the government from taking over our health care, you successfully educated Americans on the effects of the legislation. You have done that so well that even last week, 53% of Americans want the law repealed.
While you were educating Americans about the effects of the health care and other legislation, you also learned about how Congress works. You learned about tricks called “Deem and Pass,” how many votes it takes to reach cloture, you learned about Senate Rules, you learned the House reestablishes their rules at the beginning of each session (every 2 years).
We learned that even the majority of Republicans who “pledged” to cut $100 billion this year are unwilling to keep their promises. They are addicted to spending our money. We learned very quickly in 2011 that our premise is correct, the Republicans cannot be trusted to cut spending without us holding their feet to the fire any more than the Democrats can.
We saw a historic number of freshmen sworn into office in January, 2011 because we paved the path with our 3 core values for them. They campaigned on fiscal responsibility, constitutionally limited government, and free markets. Before March, we learned which ones would keep their promises and which ones cannot be trusted.
The US Senate has not passed a budget in nearly 1,000 days. That is the height of fiscal irresponsibility and goes against everything we, as Tea Party Patriots, have been fighting.
The US debt reached 100% of the Gross Domestic Product in 2011. The debt is currently at $15.17 trillion and continues to increase by the second. While we fought tooth and nail to prevent our government from continuing to borrow money, the effects of the “debt ceiling deal” could not have been more obvious this week when the President asked for another $1.2 trillion increase; and he will get it because Congress has now said he can have the increase as long as both the Senate and House do not vote to disallow it. We know now more than ever that we have to make changes and restore fiscal responsibility to our government!We have learned a lot of tough lessons. We have grown in size. We have learned how to work with and around the media. We have pulled back the curtain on Washington, DC and now see how the show is being run.

As we go into 2012, our job is going to be to continue to do what we have done well:

Spread the message of our core values far and wide: fiscal responsibility, constitutionally limited government, and free markets. The more American voters who understand what we stand for and why it is so important, the better off our country will be.
Continue to fight legislation based on our core values to pass at the federal, state, and local levels. We must continue to hold their feet to the fire.
Ensure our fellow American voters, regardless of party, understand the importance of electing candidates who have a fiscally responsible plan to address the out of control government spending and to return to a constitutionally limited government.It has taken decades for us to get into this predicament and it will take time to get out of it, but we must keep our focus. We must continue to make our voices heard to those who represent us and to the American people.

Tea Party Patriots will be here to help you do these things. Thank you for your commitment to our country. Together we can and will restore fiscal responsibility to our government and together we can and will restore our Constitution!

Thank you!

Debbie Dooley, Jenny Beth Martin, Mark Meckler, Sally Oljar, Diana Reimer, Dawn Wildman and the Tea Party Patriots Support Team.

Uncle Bill
01-03-2012, 01:00 PM
Vote Like Your Future Depends On It
Because it Does
2012 is finally upon us and while many are making resolutions for personal ambitions, there is one task that we should all resolve to do in the new year: vote like our future depends on it, because the truth is it does. For far too long, we as Americans had given in to the status quo and we had come to accept the lack-luster representation we were receiving from our elected officials. In 2009, the tea party movement sparked a wave across the country that opened the eyes of many Americans. We finally began to speak up against cronyism, corruption, and irresponsibility. 2012 will be no different. As one of the most important election years in American history begins, we wanted to share with you what some local tea party activists are looking for in their elected officials as we prepare to go to the polls over the course of the new year.

Jim Bratten - Evansville, IN
Indiana State Coordinator

"The "qualities" I look for in an ideal presidential candidate are very simple, very straight forward. The first of these is that he or she must be conservative. By this I don't mean the popular press' idea that this term describes an ideology, because it isn't. Conservatism is a way of life, a way of thinking about the world and how it works; a set of beliefs and values. You don't just "become" a conservative because you need to move right to win an election. Conservatives have principles.

Conservatives are moral people. Everyone is prone to human error and makes mistakes; conservatives admit their errors and take responsibility for their actions. They believe in a "right" and a "wrong", and therefore, absolutes. They are honest, charitable, look for the substance in people (not surface impressions). Because they are "conservative", they believe in this country as founded. The conservative believes in individual liberty, rights endowed by our Creator, and responsibility to one's creed and country. They also believe in the natural order of things: God, family and country. After that comes everything else: career, party and whatever etceteras exist.

In a nutshell, it all starts with qualities."

Marianne Gasiecki - Mansfield, OH
Ohio State Co-Coordinator
"Each Presidential candidate has something to offer and, some more than others, are a desperately needed change from Barack Obama. As a conservative, there are certain character qualities and basic understandings that are important for me to see in a candidate, even more so than answers to specific policy questions. It's these basic understandings and quality of character that determine a person's response to policy questions:

Consistently conservative values in opinion and lifestyle, both public and private.
A clear understanding of the free market system and it's importance in a growth economy.
Faith in liberty, and the opportunities and sense of responsibility that liberty will provide in a truly free society.
A clear understanding of the threats to our liberties and the need to address them, both here and abroad.
True leadership skills-the ability to make tough decisions in tough times with integrity and clarity.
A clear understanding of the limits, and the responsibilities, of the Federal government.
A belief in the greatness of our country, and the principles that made it great.
I could continue, but a basic understanding we must all have is that there is no such thing as the perfect human being, nor the perfect candidate, only the best. As Americans, we must always set the bar high, strive for the best and choose a President, Senator, State Rep. etc., that reflects that American spirit."

Mark Herr - Mephis, TN
Tennessee State Coordinator
"This individual clearly articulates a vision for rediscovering, owning, and preserving the American Dream of a Self Governing society. This person is governed by and governs with the self-governing principles of a limited, constitutionally instituted, fiscally responsible executive branch that preserves individual liberty and free markets, thus honoring the consent of the governed. He or she compromises only when doing so does not undermine or is not counter-intuitive to his or her governing principles. The President of the United States is not a ‘me’ player, but a team player; they realize they cannot fulfill their chief duty to preserve and defend the U.S. Constitution without the People on their team. Their undying commitment to preserve and defend the American Dream of a Self Governing Society will become the hallmark and legacy of their service on behalf of the People of the United States of America."

We hope that you will take some time to really think about what qualities a candidate needs to possess as we embark on this very important year. We will continue to fight for our core values of Fiscal Responsibility, Constitutionally Limited Government, and Free Markets. We hope that you will continue this fight with us. Our future depends on it!





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Debbie Dooley, Jenny Beth Martin, Mark Meckler, Sally Oljar, Diana Reimer, Dawn Wildman and the Tea Party Patriots Support Team