Dear Readers: Via Glenn Reynolds, the always savvy Instapundit, I sometimes take a peak at the posts of Ann Althouse — a witty, luminous pundit who actually voted for Obama in the last Presidential election. Today, I feel compelled to dissuade her — directly — of this opinion in her piece: What will happen to Obama and the Democrats in the polls now?
I tend to think people will get used to the change and stop paying attention, and the polls will move back to equilibrium between the parties. People will never be giddy and dreamy about Obama again, but so what? (Note to Althouse haters: “So what?” is a serious question.) We shouldn’t be so optimistic about government. That’s why we resisted the reform. We didn’t trust it. Now that it’s happened, won’t most people get bored with looking at the government and turn back to their immediate lives?
To start with, I am a Democrat. I am joined by other Democrats, who recently posted the following piece offering suggestions that my team of citizen activists at the Southern California Tax Revolt Coalition will implement: Your mission is to drive every Leftist from power, to defund the DNC, and to repeal what was done yesterday.
I am a Democrat who is co-founder of a Tea Party group. Granted, I was one of the first to join, but I note — with much joy, that my piece entitled “On Being a Democrat at a Tea Party” routinely gets traffic. In the last three days, the traffic on that one piece as gone from 3 hits a day to 30-50 hits a day — a significant jump for a humble little website like The Shrine.
I have just made an appointment to see my Republican congressional representative, Duncan Hunter Jr. CA-52. I will be meeting with him in person — the first time I have ever sought out my federal representative. I will be asking him to fight using all legal and constitutional means to delay, divert, and destroy the monstrosity that was rammed through the Senate on Christmas eve, then jammed through the House of Representatives via bribes and threats. I will be discussing the Tea Party attitudes toward Cap&Trade, amnesty, and the rest of the progressive agenda as well.
I will be, via the several forums in which I opine, asking my fellow citizens to take the Townhalls to their Senators and Congressmen/women. Please follow my example.
I had a discussion with the co-founder of another large area Tea Party group today, Dr. Gonzalves of Stop Taxing Us. He has reported a tremendous uptick in phonecalls and interest in participation from Independents and independent Democrats.
“People may join us because they are angry now,” explained Dr. Gonsalves. “However, they will stay engaged because the actual underlying emotion they are feeling is a deep concern about the direction the country, our government, is headed. This is not an emotion that will dissipate.”
Sarah Bond, one of the leading lights of SoCal-TRC, concurs and adds: “Instead of shrinking away in defeat, taxpayers are angered and more energized since I’ve seen them since the townhalls of last summer. They are clamoring for a way to get involved in repealing the legislation or to support the campaigns of YES-vote-rivals. Obamacare supporters have NO idea what is coming in November…none. And if they even try to pass Amnesty it will only be worse for them. Let them think we’ll get bored…nothing better than an unsuspecting opponent.”
(9-12 crowds in Washgton DC in 2009; hat-tip 9-12 project)
Just to give you a flavor of what is in store, through to November, which will sustain us:
* STATES’ RIGHTS: We will be supporting the individual states’ lawsuits to stop the most toxic aspects of Obamacare: State Attorneys General Agree To File Constitutional Challenge To Obamacare Immediately. This includes publicizing and funding Mark Levin’s efforts via Landmark Legal Foundation.
* INDEPENDENCE DAY ACTIVITIES: Inclusive of those focused on the Constitution, such as the event recently held by the North County Conservatives.
* MARCH ON D.C. SEPT. 9-12: If you think last year’s turnout was impressive, then be prepared to be amazed on the number of citizens that will come to the 2010 rally this year –weeks before the November election. United We Stand is one of the organizing entities, and they are keen on keeping the message non-partisan and focused on smaller government and sensible fiscal policy. CLICK HERE FOR INFORMATION ON UNTIED WE STAND.
* LOCAL ENGAGEMENT: Sarah Bond points out that the Tea Party groups through California are coalescing to, during the next election cycle, directly oppose Central Valley blue-dog Democratic congressmen Dennis Cardoza and Jim Costa, who sold their support for the president’s reforms for the price of 1/4 of the water needed to revive their constituent’s area.
CONGRESSMAN CARDOZA – CA
(202) 225-6131 Fax: 225-0819
(209) 383-4455 Fax: 726-1065
(209) 527-1914 Fax: 527-5748
(209) 946-0361 Fax: 946-0347
CONGRESSMAN COSTA – CA 20th
202-225-3341 Fax: 202-225-9308
Also, we are now asking our Attorney General to file a lawsuit and follow other States’ Attorney Generals in suing over the Constitutionality of the mandates. Our Attorney General, Jerry Brown, is also running for Governor so this helps two fold. If he doesn’t seek to file on behalf of the state which is bankrupt now and can’t afford these mandates we will be able to show this as he makes his run for Governor.
Brown was elected to protect the state of California.
Attorney General’s Office California Department of Justice
Attn: Public Inquiry Unit
P.O. Box 944255
Sacramento, CA 94244-2550
Public Inquiry Unit
Voice: (916) 322-3360 or
(Toll-free in California) (800) 952-5225
Fax: (916) 323-5341
I do not intend to roll over, give up, or “get used” to any of this at anytime. I am not the only one. Some of my readers may not be California, so I wanted to get the opinion of the Chief Coordinator for nation-wide group, Tea Party Patriots, Mark Meckler.
“I think the majority of people are completely outraged, and anyone who thinks that they will “get used to this” doesn’t understand the tea party tidal wave that is sweeping across the nation,” said Mark. “We are about to experience a constitutional renaissance that will help to bring the nation back to its founding principles. Politicians can either get with it and ride the wave to smaller and less intrusive government, or they will be swept away.”
Doesn’t sound like Mark is going to “get used” to it either.
Finally, I would like to note that I was a Democrat who DID NOT vote for Obama, because after hearing his “spread the wealth” comment to Joe-the-Plumber, I did not buy the “moderate, centrist” pap being spread by the elite media. That means I have been more correct on important public matters than Althouse in one instance – as she voted for Obama and is now less than impressed. Should we NOT have sweeping electoral change in November, I promise I will eat crow.
UPDATE: My Admired Patroness, the Anchoress, has an innovative idea that could use some guidance from the legally-experienced among us. She wants to create “blogging scholarships” to replace funds gutted by Obama&Co. for D.C. kids: Please help me thumb my nose at Obama!
But I have been so angry, for so long, at Barack Obama and the Democrats for dismantling the DC School Voucher program, which was an excellent school-choice solution that gave parents and students a real means of escape from the atrocious schools in Washington DC, that I have been itching for months to do something about this, that is completely outside of the government.
I want to do something to thumb my nose at the government, right now, and at the same time benefit someone else!….
Here is what I want to do:
…My blog may be small, but it has the best and most generous readers around; wouldn’t it be great if we could establish an “Anchoress Scholarship Fund for DC,” where we raise enough each year to purchase a voucher for one student? And other bloggers could do the same thing! I could imagine a Glenn Reynolds Scholarship Fund, and Althouse-Meade Scholarship Fund, the First Things First Fund for DC, the HotAir DC Scholarship Fund, the Small Dead Animals Fund, the Blogs Lucianne Loves Fund for Scholarships, the Deacon’s Bench DC Fund and Little Miss Attila Fund for Student-Warriors (the recipient might be required to identify Attila…).
Then I realized that a million bloggers creating a million funds might end up -like messy big government- being too sprawling and disorganized to be effective, accountable and measurable.
So, why not streamline the effort? Why can’t we take a page from the Soldier’s Angels and Project Valor, whereby bloggers and their readers are encouraged to fund-raise and donate to the scholarship fund under the aegis of their favorite site. The Anchoress, being a smaller site, might only be able to send one kid to a better school, while a huge site like HotAir or Malkin or Gateway Pundit might be able to help dozens.
It doesn’t seem like the Anchoress is going to roll over any time soon, either.