Dear Readers: Galaxies of electrons have been devoted to describing the US Senate’s treacherous ram-rod of health care reform though the system, ever since the 1 AM cloture vote this past Sunday morning. I cannot contribute anything new to the discussion, except to outline how this vote is likely to impact the merry band of agitators who comprise the Southern California Tax Revolt Coalition and Tea Party Patriots.
As you can tell by the post title, we are not planning to roll over and go quietly home. Yesterday, I had a heart-to-heart talk with Sarah Bond, President of the Southern California Tax Revolt. We both agreed that we knew that the battle for sensible spending and against big-government-powergrabs was to be a long one.
“We will spend the next several days enjoying the Christmas season, and reflecting on our blessings,” she said. “Then, on December 26th, we are going to come back refreshed and engaged.”
Sarah noted that in addition to wrapping presents, many citizens were spending the holiday READING THE BILL. When our Senators and Congressmen come back to their respective home states and districts, they are going to find a very “warm” welcome from informed and engaged Americans.
In fact, let’s recall the tender reception that Senator Specter was given at an August townhall. It is shocking how little the Democrat representatives understood about their constituents’ lack of enthusiasm for healthcare reform — and the August approval numbers were glowing compared to the opinion data now coming back from more recent polls.
I have been kindly invited to join David Asman on Fox Business Network’s America’s Nightly Scoreboard for Christmas Eve (7 pm ET, 4 pm PT). My guess is that he will want to discuss the state of the Tea Party movement. I hope I am able to convey the sense of commitment and passion that everyone I know in all the various Tea Party groups have. To give everyone a sense of the short-and-long range plans, here is our abbreviated “To Do” List:
* There is talk about organizing another March on Washington DC for the State of the Dis-Union Speech (January 20th).
* Tea Party members include several constitutional lawyers, who are planning court challenges to healthcare reform’s insurance mandate provisionsif need be.
* Californian’s will attempt to “Unplug the Political Machine” : Before we can fix our schools, get spending back under control, and reform how Sacramento operates, FIRST we have to level the political playing field. It’s time to unplug the Public Employee Unions from automatic payroll deductions that fund political activity. They need to fundraise the way everyone else does. It’s time to put tax payers on an equal footing of influence with lawmakers again. State Tea Party patriots are working toward getting the first Tea Party Proposition on the ballot — and we have had a lot of help from people in other states. For example, the 1000th official member of the “Citizen Power Campaign” group was from Pennsylvania.
* Repealing California’s Cap-and-Trade legislation (AB-32): Despite the fact that Man-made Global Warming Data is fraudulent, the power-hunger politicos still want to enforce draconian environmental measures. California is already reeling from over-regulation, so its citizen activists are also poised to have a proposition repealing this legislative monstrosity. As an additional bonus, we will be trying to get water to our Central Valley farmers, too!
I think the list demonstrates that we have many citizens, who have a wide array of talents, interests, and concerns. Over the course of the past year, we have learned to team up with others to convey information, offer assistance, and lend support to push-back on nanny-state government policies at all levels. We have had many successes, including voting down California tax extensions in May’s special election and getting more conservative leadership in key national spots this November. The fact that we have delayed the rush to healthcare reform until ELECTION YEAR 2010 — AND KILLED FEDERAL CAP&TRADE, I think underscores how successful America’s citizens are when they choose to fight back.
In a related vein, and because I love Celtic music and history, I direct everyone to the wittiest group of writers on the blogosphere: Hillbuzz. Today’s post highlights their action-items for victory: Question of the Day: What can you do to drive the Liberals from Congress like snakes from Ireland?Their recipe for success:
* TECHNICAL SKILLS
This all ties into something I stated when the Tea Party movements first started in February: We all need to be citizen journalists.
Sarah said it best: “We will enjoy the next few days, counting our blessings and focusing on the family. After the presents are put away, and the last turkey sandwich is eaten, the politicians will discover the citizen activists are still very active”.
In this spirit of the title of this post, and the season, I would like to turn to my patroness — The Anchoress. She is devoting much of her writings to reflection this week: Wrapping our heads around the world at Christmas.
So praise the Lord:
And pass the Tea Party ammunition:
P.S. Part of the inspiration for today’s post came from Tammy Bruce, who suggested the disheartened watch the movie Private Ryan for inspiration and calm their nerves with some of her Tammy-Army-Member’s holiday concoctions (available via membership podcasts).