Dear Readers: Some key updates I want to share with the SOCAL TAX REVOLT COALITION – SAN DIEGO TEA PARTY PATRIOTS.
Some of our Tea Party peeps have been busy changing their party registrations. Dawn Wildman, President of the SOCAL TAX REVOLT COALITION – SAN DIEGO TEA PARTY PATRIOTS,was once a very engaged member of the local Republican Party. Recently, she has changed her registration to Independent. Her reasons are well explained in her recent blog post: WHAT I LEARNED FROM THE TEA PARTY.(MUT note: I have highlighted a few key sentences).
I have realized that we were nine months into the tea party rallies and activities and not only did I not know the political parties people who attended rallies belong to, but they didn’t know mine. I suddenly realized that this no longer mattered, that what truly mattered were the principles and values that built this Nation into the best country in the world. All the events and everything we do in our tea party groups, locally and nationally is non-partisan, as it should be. Over the past 2 ½ years I have come to recognize the good representatives from the not so good. A few of those really good, fiscally conservative elected are actually Democrats, Blue Dog Democrats. Although this is a dying breed in Washington it still exists and Jason Altmire is a good example of a man who weighs the consequences fiscally before voting.
Frankly, I like that. When we first started this movement I was looking for any reason to still believe in the political Party I had joined many, many years before, the Republican Party. I wanted so much to believe that if we got “good” Republicans elected we could really change things in American and get back to our conservative roots. I honestly believed that the Republican Party in my city would embrace the tea party as the cavalry come to the rescue. What I actually lived was a Party that keeps going further into its addiction of spending and the everlasting grab for power. If there was ever a doubt, the lateral move of John Boehner becoming Speaker of the House has further shown us all that spending and un-kept promises cuts both ways through both parties. I have seen tea parties battling the Republican Party to remain autonomous from San Diego to Cincinnati. I have seen those that espouse true conservatism publicly while, privately plot against a citizenry that comes to lend a hand.
Actually registering to be a non-partisan voter was very liberating. I asked myself if this were a company I worked at and I saw the kinds of back room deals and blatant disregard for the workers voices to be heard would I stay. I said “probably not”. If this were a club I belonged to and I saw the intolerance for the other club members and even incidents of sabotage of those members would I stay a member of that club? Again,“No way”. So why do I stay a member of a political party that is in fact doing these things to its members? Well, I then had my answer, “I am not!”. I believe if we can get people to see that it truly is “Principle over Party” than we could have great debate about the issues we agree on such as fiscal stability. If we look for good, competent people who think outside the lines of weighed down political power and extremism we could actually build an even more solid form of government for the people, by the people. We have been brain washed to believe that those in government somehow know better than us and can therefore they can spend our money more efficiently. This simply is not true and as soon as they gain the position and they are then “taught” by the ruling elite on how they should use their office as per the powers that be. So we keep creating the same thing over and over again….they go along to get along. And then we are surprised nothing has changed.
Richard Rider, coordinator of the San Diego Tax Fighters,has changed his registration from Libertarian to Republican (hat-tip to B-daddy for this chestnut). Richard explains that he will personally be more effective in promoting fiscal conservatism as a Republican in the comment sections of this San Diego Rostra piece:
It is indeed true. I’ll be much like libertarian Republican Fred Schnaubelt, working on the issues important to me. And I’m not a blind team player — I’ll call ‘em as I see ‘em when it comes to RINO’s.
I’ll write more on this later. One important thing to realize. With California’s new “top two” elections, after 2012 most or all of the third parties in CA will lose their ballot status. To remain ballot qualified, a third party must get at least 2% in a statewide election (not counting federal offices). With only the top two candidates in each race making it to the general election, no third party candidate will even have a CHANCE to get the 2% vote.
Only the dormant American Independent Party with its large registration (80% of the people registering AIP think they are registering “independent”) will likely remain on the ballot (they meed the inflated registration requirements).
Myself? I remain a registered Democrat. I am quite underwhelmed by the effectiveness and genuineness of the politically-connected, establishment-oriented, California Republican Party. For example, I finally located the Larry Elder Show podcast page. While catching-up with what has happened since he left AM 790, it seems that dynamic talk show host Larry Elder — who has judicial experience as well — was willing to run as the candidate for US Senate against Babs Boxer. The state GOP turned him down to run political novice and questionably competent HP executive Carly Fiorina.
Don’t get me wrong: The elites in the Democratic Party are execrable. It’s just that they are competent in getting themselves elected. Therefore, it is my opinion that California will remain a one-party state for the foreseeable future. I have concluded I will be more effective as a Tea Party activists in encouraging as many Blue Dogs as possible to challenge the incumbents and get involved at the grassroots level.
Better JFK than Pelosi.
As a Democrat, I am able to dialog with other Democrats in ways not possible for my Republican friends. Recently, I got two to admit to me that if they had to do their 2008 vote over again, they would be voting for McCain. One of them will not be voting for Obama — the other may sit out the election. THEREFORE, DO NOT TELL ME THAT OBAMA IS UNBEATABLE.
In the midst of all the primary punditry, I am sometimes asked: MUT, who are you going to vote for during your Presidential primary? Unless Hillary Clinton or another Democrat braves the Chicago thugocracy, I will be writing in a name — sending a clear message to those who count the vote that this is one Democrat who will be coming back in November and voting for someone NOT OBAMA. I plan to encourage others to do the same.
Who will I write? Currently, Joe Biden. At least he is a dumba$$ who loves his country.
MUT News and Views, and SLOB Stuff:
ROFLMAO: If fellow Palinistas want a chuckle today, read this CBS whine dressed up as a report and entitled “Sarah Palin’s Bus Tour Treats Reporters as Paparazzi” I was going to the site to comment that the “Tour” is doing no such thing, that the reporters were acting like idiots all by themselves. However, the comments already there about the lack of anything resembling professional journalism at CBS were priceless, and heartening to see. And many were hilarious.
SCARED TO DEATH: W.C. Varones sends a chilling piece: Yastrow: “We Are on the Verge of a Great, Great Depression” .
B-Daddy has some great stuff on GOP-Presidential hopeful Gary Johnson — who I also think has been underserved by the elite media and Republican Beltway politicos. Check it out.
Charles Caesar has more media stuff, including this money quote: Even my most left wing friends and family currently question what they are being told and are seeking new sources of information. The internet has spurious information, but at least the full story is to be found.
Left Coast Rebel has stuff on Weiner’s stuff.