Dear Readers: A continuation of my Operation Steadfast series, which takes a look at the history of Tea Party development, provides a look at current state of national organizations, and offers direction for future citizen activism.
Here is the continuing dialog between myself and Patriot76, which is the platform for this review:
Patriot76: And people just kind of gravitated to the Tea Party events without really knowing the organizers?
Yes. And the networking that occurred at those events during the first year has fueled life-long friendships and continues to develop interpersonal connections. Americans have a love of community
and freedom that bring them together during hardship. And most of us have had hardships because of the failure of the big government approach and elite bureau-tocracy.
Our blogging group, the San Diego Local Order of Bloggers (SLOBs), stems from the friendships made during rallies and in the quest to promote news and share information on San Diego and California issues. In fact, here are some of us at our first “Beer Summit”, a meeting of minds that we now hold regularly to discuss and debate current events.
This type of thing is occurring throughout the country, as explained in this excellent piece on the current state of the Tea Party: Special report: Tea Party grassroots army readies for battle
Now, instead of rallies, citizens are being elected into local and state offices or are otherwise working to promote specific candidates or agenda items. This is the true Tea Party legacy. However, we do have some special rally plans for October 2012 — focused on the plethora of tax-raising initiatives that Brown plans to offer us.
Reviewing the history, the only logical conclusion one can draw is: A national Tea Party organization should promoting NETWORKS not POLICY.
For example, that means that a Californian like myself would like to donate to a Missouri candidate for a national position in a close race. I would trust my Missouri friends to know if their citizen candidate is worthy. So, instead of squandering my money on a losing fight in my state, I can help turn the tide in another – helping the entire country.
Speaking of networking, I want to draw your attention to two websites I want to promote this week. Mark Meckler, one of my favorite citizen activists, and a friend of the Shrine, has a great blog: Across the Fence with Mark Meckler. He has got a new post out, which caught my eye: U.S. Gun Sales Continue at Record Pace I am thinking to buy a shotgun, so I hope to chat with him regarding tips, tricks, and the adventures of gun ownership.
I want to also give a big shout out to Chris Reed’s site: Calwhine. Chris was gracious enough to have me opine regularly on his excellent radio show. As I try to follow California matters closely, this is going to be my go-to spot. Here is a gem from Chris’ collection: Sacramento pundits think voters are chumps, chapter 237.
I am going to conclude with a ratings-generation experiment proposed by fellow SLOB Beers with Demo: Featuring a photo and mention of a big name celebrity. As I have the day off from work, and the Young Prince is with his grandmother, I am going to get in touch with my horror-movie loving Romanian roots. I am going to go to watch The Underworld with Kate Beckinsale as a Vampire Warrior.