Dear Readers: I just finished talking with Sarah Bond, a key organizer for the Southern California Tax Revolt Coalition, who has in interesting update on the status of the Obama administration’s healthcare proposals. “Two of our inside-the-beltway sources shave told us that Blue Dog Democrats are caving,” Sarah reports. “Pelosi will have the votes before or by next Thursday; as soon as Pelosi has these votes, she will immediately call for the vote on the House Floor.”
To that end, our group and many other citizen action organizations around the country will be joining rallies slated for noon next Tuesday, March 16th. Fellow Americans and Californians can check our group, So-Cal-TRC, or Tea Party Patriots for details on local activities. Our band of agitators are planning to assemble at the local offices of congressional representatives Bob Filner and Susan Davis.
CONGRESSMAN BOB FILNER
333 F Street, Suite A
Chula Vista, CA 91910
MAP (click HERE).
CONGRESSWOMAN SUSAN DAVIS
4305 University Avenue, Suite 515
San Diego, CA 92105
MAP (click HERE)
Sarah sends a few helpful hints:
1) This building houses medical offices, so it is VERY IMPORTANT that no one engages the staff or patients that are walking on the sidewalk to their appointments. Security at this building is very strict and the police will be called if we create the appearance of harassing anyone who is not a part of our protest effort.
2) There is NO SMOKING along the front of the building. Smoking can be done across the street or around the corner at the red benches.
3) The INSIDE of the sidewalk is PRIVATE PROPERTY…it is very important that we hug the street side of the sidewalk and not block foot traffic.
4) Congregating in front of the main entrance is strictly forbidden by security and will result in police involvement
5) Lets be sure to line BOTH sides of the street this time for maximum impact.
6) Please do not lean on any of the parked cars…again security will be watching!
7) If security or counter protesters become an issue, please move to the opposite side of the street so that patients can access the building without interference (it is the more visible side of the street anyway).
As a Democrat, I want to point out that there are quite a number of us who are opposed to the sweeping changes proposed by Pelosi, Reid and Obama. In fact, a Rasmussen Report indicates that nearly 30% of us Dems are not down with this plan.
“I am really concerned that there is enormous potential for power abuse, fraud, and waste under these proposals,” Sarah noted. “It seems even Pelosi doesn’t know what is currently in the bill — indicating that it must be passed so that we can learn what is in it. I don’t think this is what the Founding Fathers had in mind for a constitutional legislative process.”
I trust the Obama-Reid-Pelosi Team as much as the House Democrats trust the ones on the Senate. I think they are using Americans’ sense of compassion as a tool for growing their power, influence, and wealth — and as most Americans do too! A majority want Congress to scrap this plan and start over with items that truly focus on enhancing healthcare choices.
The Tea Party Patriots has this note…urging absolutely as many people to go to Washington DC as is possible:
The absolute most effective thing that you can do is to go to the office of the Congressmen who are on the fence and still undecided on this government takeover of health care bill. Let the Undecided Congressmen see the live faces of the people who do not want this health care bill shoved down our throats. Make them look in your eyes.
Next week, we need absolutely as many people as can possibly go to DC to be in DC visiting the Congressional offices. If you are in the Congressional office in DC, it is much more difficult for the Congressmen to ignore you and they get to see the feedback first hand rather than filter through their staff.
Sarah spoke briefly about the real nature of Tea Party activism today on N.P.R.’s radio show “These Days”. She magnificently explained that it was free-enterprise and fiscal issues that were the core of our groups activities — despite the fact that some callers would make it seem it was all our protests focused on Obama and race. Richard Rider, a man I admire tremendously for his work and patriotism and who has vast experience in promoting taxpayer causes, also eloquently spoke about the true fiscal/political nature of the Tea Party Movement. All the opposing panel could do is worry about what the movement could “devolve” into. If I can locate a podcast, I will share it — it was illuminating to hear the descriptions offered by opponents who had obviously never been to a Tea Party and were clueless how diverse we are in all meaningful ways.
One other note: I can safely say that I have seen a greater racial mix at any of our Tea Party events …
…than I have ever seen from our opposition:
MUT News and Views:
I have been partially chronicling the saga of the Meg Whitman Gubernatorial campaign, longing for an effective, centrist, Blue-Dog to challenge her big-money campaign. Therefore, I read with amusement (and must note that this item is now well circulated among Tea Party participants), this new tale. HOW TO HOLD A PRESS CONFERENCE AND NOT TALK TO THE PRESS.
As a Democrat willing to offer an olive branch of peace to a Republican, let me give Meg some cheap advice that is easy to follow: YOU ARE TOO EARLY IN YOUR POLITICAL CAREER FOR THIS BEHAVIOR. YOU MUST WAIT UNTIL YOU ARE POTUS. Then you may even self-videotape and choreograph your media as much as you wish.