Jason Plummer Steps In It

When you’re the Republican Establishment’s candidate, you have one simple assignment: don’t screw up.

gop-elephant-deadJason Plummer, a 29-year-old lumber heir, is the GOP Establishment’s appointed candidate for US Congress in Illinois’ 12th Congressional District.  He’s facing a shockingly tough race from former police detective and former Belleville Mayor, Rodger Cook.  (Never underestimate a detective’s tenacity.)

In a debate last week, Plummer failed his one simple assignment.  Despite a nearly unlimited war chest from his family’s fortune and the Illinois GOP treasury, Plummer said something stupid.

Jason Plummer accused FamilyPAC of taking bribes. 

FamilyPAC is one of the most active conservative political action committees in Illinois. Republicans for every office look to the organization for its pro-life stamp of approval.

Plummer failed to impress FamilyPAC’s endorsement when he ran for Lieutenant Governor 2010. According to the stltoday.com, Paul Caprio, head of FamilyPAC, was unimpressed with Plummer:

“I had the feeling he was green, politically,” Caprio said. “. . . I just came to the conclusion that this young man is not ready to be running for lieutenant governor.”
Read more: http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/illinois/conservative-group-demands-apology-over-endorsements-for-cash-allegation/article_bdb4ca20-6d5c-11e1-995f-001a4bcf6878.html#ixzz1pHooDJWb

When Plummer failed to gain FamilyPAC’s nod, he went berserk according to Caprio:

“He was very irate. He was threatening, `I’m never going to forget this, I’m going to get back at you,’ ” said Caprio.

FamilyPAC appears poised to sue Jason Plummer for defamation, according to stltoday.com.

Plummer has also drawn criticism from grassroots groups for refusing to release his tax returns.  He is the only candidate who’s refused to do so.

Rodger Cook has already earned Adam Andrzejewski’s praise, in part because of Rodger’s transparency. By highlighting the Rodger Cook’s maturity and integrity, Plummer’s latest gaffe may bring on even more high-profile conservative endorsements for Cook.

RebootCongress.com has Rodger Cook’s reaction to Plummer’s latest gaffe.

The Illinois Primary is next Tuesday, March 20.  Rodger Cook and the other GOP candidates hope to replace long-time Democrate, Jerry Costello, who is retiring after this term.

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Generational Change

A man lost in thought is liable to say anything.  Anything at all. 

A guy sitting behind me at a restaurant in Lambert airport began singing along with the background music.  “Burning down the house (do do).” 

Perfect.

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November 2, American voters burned down the U.S. House.  Before the vote, estimates ranged from 45 to 70 seats switching from Democrats to Republicans. Burning down the house, indeed.  The final number was 63.

Among the states, the GOP took control of a majority of state legislatures and governorships.  That means that Republicans will determine (with help from interventionist federal judges) how Congressional districts will look for 2012 and beyond.

While Republican U.S. House and Senate candidates are, on average, slightly more conservative than usual, at the state level, candidates skew even further right.  Moreover, the state candidates tend to be young, intelligent, and determined. And the decline of the Democrat party has some of its state legislators jumping over the GOP.

Combined, this could position GOP conservatives to dominate legislative politics in America for a generation or more. Paul Curtman, a Marine who dressed down Senator Claire McCaskill in July 2009 won Missouri’s 105th House seat—a rare feat for a Republican.  Paul is just one of hundreds of highly qualified new faces in government. 

When the Tea Party movement started in February 2009, we said we'd make a difference—quickly if we could, gradually if we must.  While some of us are more patient than others, it seems we might score both short-term and long-term gains in 2010.  That would be a remarkable gift from the Tea Party to America. 

Shady City Votes and Ego-Trip Riders

Three precincts in the city of St. Louis delivered 3,800 votes for Carnahan in the last hour of counting.  Wahby’s district.  Wahby’s wife works for Mayor Francis Slay.  They waited until they knew how many votes they needed, then they manufactured them--typical Dems, in my view.

Now I ask you:  how many dead or non-existent people voted in Wahby’s precincts? 

Ed Martin won, and everyone knows it.  City Democrats have no qualms with committing felonies to steal elections.  And no one seems to care.

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In an election when America needed everyone to subdue personal ambition for the greater good, two egomaniacs ran against Ed Martin.  These selfish people put themselves and their egos above the country.  They are not American patriots; they’re weasels.

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Kudos to Ed Martin for having the brass to fight these Democrat crooks.  He will prevail.  America will prevail. 

614 Days

Six hundred fourteen days from the first Tea Parties to Election Day.  That’s 307 days in 2009 and 307 in 2010. 

In that time, we’ve met so many people.  We’ve made too many friends. (Psychologists and sociologists and anthropologists believe that a person can manage no more than 150 human relationships, so there is such a thing as too many friends.) Most of us, I’m afraid, have seen friendships end, too.  Some ended because of our politics; some for other reasons.

But we’ve seen stars emerge.  As much as many of us would like to think of ourselves as stars, there are really only  a few: those in the arena.  They’re the stars.  We asked for leaders, and we got them.  We asked for people to go to Washington and Jefferson City and Springfield and to there serve us well.

Some stepped forward.

Today we pay tribute to those who took up the challenge.  We cast our votes.  The wise and patient will ignore petty differences with this candidate or that and elect the best candidate who can win.  And we all know what that means. In some places, it means voting for a so a called third party, like Tom Tancredo of Colorado. But in most places, it’s usually the Republican. 

Tomorrow night, we’ll gather in hotels and Tea Party headquarters and watch the tally.  We’ll cheer most races. We’ll mourn a few, too. 

In the end, we’ll have made the country stronger.  The frayed friendships will, as the passions of election season wane, mend themselves, I think.  We’ll realize how much we’ve accomplished—this odd collection of people called “The Tea Party.” 

It’s been a strange and stressful 614 days, friends.  Thank you for taking me with you. 

Human Decay in the Age of Obama

In 47BC, Julius Caesar assumed dictatorial power in Rome.  He instituted “reforms” that transformed the Republic into the Empire. In the process, he became a dictator.  Rome’s decent into oblivion began. In 44BC, seeing the damage Caesar’s tyranny and reforms, three men removed Caesar from power by the method of the day.

History moves faster now than it did 2,000 years ago. A megalomaniacal leaders bent on fundamentally transforming a nation can do remarkable damage in the blink of an eye. It’s not just the economy and institutions that rot from Obama’s sort of transformation, but the people themselves.  Their souls erode, leaving hollow, bitter creatures that scratch at each others eyes.

Peggy Noonan wrote about the effects of Obama’s dreams on the small country of Greece.  She included this long quote from Michael Lewis from his article in Vanity Fair:

The Greek state was not just corrupt but also corrupting. Once you saw how it worked you could understand a phenomenon which otherwise made no sense at all: the difficulty Greek people have saying a kind word about one another. . . . Everyone is pretty sure everyone is cheating on his taxes, or bribing politicians, or taking bribes, or lying about the value of his real estate. And this total absence of faith in one another is self-reinforcing. The epidemic of lying and cheating and stealing makes any sort of civic life impossible.

Wretched. 

Yet it’s where America and Americans now aim: the shoals of soulless dissipation, turned by government handouts (stolen from us first) into angry, cynical vipers. Free isn’t free when it costs you your humanity.

November 2 is your chance to stop the erosion.  We’re at 4512 Hampton Ave. in St. Louis Hills through the election.  We’re there to stop Greece from happening in America.  We offer no guarantees except your rightful place in history.

The Candidate Who Doesn’t Want You to Know Her

Political candidates want to meet everyone. “If people would just meet me,” they say, “they’ll realize I’m a regular  . . .” guy/gal/tea partier/whatever.  This seems a good thing—willing to stand before the voters and be judged.

Missouri’s State Auditor, Susan Montee might want to keep her name, her history, and her record out of the spotlight.   That’s because Susan Montee is about as hard left as you get.

Here’ just a sample:

Questionable Ethics

Montee shocked an AP reporter by stating she intended to “front-load” audits before the election.  Apparently, Ms. Montee feels political intimidation will help her campaign against Republican Tom Schweich.  But David Lieb, the AP reporter, points out Montee’s blatant ethics problem:

Did Montee really line up audits for release in the final few weeks before the election?

No, Montee responded when asked about Friday if the public should expect a burst of audits before the Nov. 2 election in which she faces Republican Tom Schweich.

So why did she suggest she did during the Obama fundraiser?

"Why not?" she responded. "I was just saying I'm trying" to work hard in the job.

"If I could actually control it in the way that could make political sense, I'd look at it," Montee said. "But I can't actually do that."

Loves Obama

Susan Montee was Missouri first state-wide office holder to endorse Barack Obama in 2007. In fact, Montee abandoned Missouri for months campaigning for Obama against Hillary Clinton.

Montee also led the Obama Truth Squad in Missouri—a dangerous and corrupt operation in which Democrat law enforcement officers vowed to target Obama’s opponents, including private citizens, for speaking out against Obama’s plans to “fundamentally transform” American society.

Cronyism

Montee’s relatives were awarded two license fee offices.  Has she audited that transaction?

And there’s more.  But that’s enough for now.

Susan Montee is an entrenched, hard-left liberal who is willing to abuse her office to shut down opposition voices.  That’s called tyranny, and that’s what the United States was formed to prevent.

While many conservatives supported Allen Icet in the primary, the choice on November 2 is clear to me.  You have a pro-life fiscal conservative in Tom Schweich or the woman who claimed Barack Obama is the best representative of Missouri values. 

Wait . . . that’s a not a choice after all.  Tom Schweich is the only viable candidate who represents Missouri values. His qualifications for auditor are impeccable.  With billions of stimulus dollars floating around and countless Jay Nixon and Susan Montee cronies to gobble them up, don’t you want a solid Republican auditor keeping them in check?

Drowning Beauty

Someday I’ll write more – much more – on this.  But it’s important to remember what’s at stake in America, in the world, this election: beauty.

Totalitarian regimes despise beauty.  They bury it in palaces where the rulers roam, their cancerous eyes raking over someone’s masterpiece the way raw sewage pollutes a clear stream after a pipe’s failure.

Regimes, in their attempts to hoard beauty, bury it.

In free America (remember it?) high art never made it big because such beauty surrounded everything. Little country churches with their Godly whiteness graced the eye, their choirs the ear, with a love no painting or opera could equal.

But the regime wants beauty controlled, corralled, and collected in government warehouses to be doled out—distributed—like  . . . like money.

If freedom dies, beauty hibernates. 

Let freedom ring; let God’s light fill the earth. 

Vote November 2.  Vote for yourself. Vote for the people. Vote against the regime.

Let Some Things Go; Fight For Others

Here’s a passage from a fine roman a clef:

[I]f the worst were to happen and a local armed militia were to descend on me and drive me out as a Jewish alien, their offense mainly would be against the Jew, not against the landowner. And in such a case my concern would be for the U.S. Constitution, not for my investment. The rooms, the rocks, the vegetation had no hold on my vital organs. If I were to lose it, I’d live elsewhere. But if the Constitution, the legal foundation of it all, were to be destroyed, we would return to the primal chaos

-- Saul Bellow, Ravelstein

Saul Bellow and the subject of that wonderful novel, Allen Bloom, are gone.  They these days coming, it seems.  Allen Bloom’s 1987 masterpiece, The Closing of the American Mind, warned the world of the dangers posed by the modern American university.

But did we listen?

In tribute Bellow, a great American writer, and Bloom, a great American philosopher, let’s begin the hard work of turning back our descent into “primal chaos.” 

We have 28 days until the election.

Give just one hour in the next 28 days toward phone banking, lit dropping, or Constitution distributing. Generations will thank you.

Visit 4512 Hampton Avenue, St. Louis, MO, 63109 to get started. 

Time is running out.

A Different World

While we’ve been building the tea party, the world has changed.  Our world has changed.

  • Consumers consume less
  • Inflation is limited to food, fuel, and gold
  • Experiences and human connections are more important than possessions and promotions
  • Debt shifted from people and businesses to government—which means to all of us
  • The government took out a $48,000 loan in your name
  • Both major parties looked bad when we examined them

When the 112th Congress convenes, the priorities of February 27, 2009, may be irrelevant.  Be ready. Even if the old questions remain relevant, the context will have changed. 

Read Linchpin by Seth Godin before Congress convenes in January. Understand that the economy is not exactly as it was two years ago when Lehman Brothers fell. It’s not. And it won’t be.

Conservatism isn’t about hanging onto old stuff but hanging on to what’s permanent.  Wisdom means letting go of the unnecessary so you’re free to latch onto opportunity. 

We’ve asked for a chance to lead.  If we keep working hard, we’ll get it.  Be prepared. And don’t fool yourself into thinking you already have the answers. They changed all the questions.

The Power and the Glory

"For over a thousand years Roman conquerors returning from the wars enjoyed the honor of triumph, a tumultuous parade. In the procession came trumpeteers, musicians and strange animals from conquered territories, together with carts laden with treasure and captured armaments. The conquerors rode in a triumphal chariot, the dazed prisoners walking in chains before him. Sometimes his children robed in white stood with him in the chariot or rode the trace horses. A slave stood behind the conqueror holding a golden crown and whispering in his ear a warning: that all glory is fleeting."
- Gen. George C. Patton

In 2008, the world hailed Barack Obama. Even staunch conservatives voted for him.  I know some. They deluded themselves, of course, but they voted for Barack Obama.

Today, his supporters politely heckled him in a back yard in Ohio.

The Tea Party has effectively seized the Republican Party. Glory is not yet ours.  We need to find 38,000 new voters in the 3rd District alone. 

And even then, glory is fleeting.  Eyes will be on us.  Not just the angry eyes of our enemies, but the hopeful eyes of the unemployed. The praying eyes of the disillusioned. The proud eyes of our believers.

Glory flees regardless of what we do, but we can move from triumph to triumph, seizing new glory and  releasing the old.

We can also squeeze glory and feel it slide between our fingers and float away. That’s what Obama did. And Clinton in his first term. 

All glory is fleeting. Letting go leaves your hands free to grab the next triumph. 

Learn to let go and keep your eyes open. 

The next chance to shine is every day between now and November 2.  Come to 4512 Hampton Avenue, Monday through Saturday after 10 am. 

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The Debate’s End

Thirty minutes after the debate’s official end, pods of people remained in the Arnold Rec Center Sunday night: a circle in the vestibule, a half-moon in the center aisle, two or three amorphous clumps up front, the one I belonged to, and the loud groups around Ed Martin

“Why didn’t Russ Carnahan stay and talk to people,” a young woman asked, implying a contrast with Ed Martin’s happy conversation a few feet away.

“He did,” answered a man from our circle. “Not that many people wanted to talk to him.”

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Falling Down Again

One of the most popular and most talked about movies of 1993 was Falling Down, starring Michael Douglas, Barbara Hershey, and Robert Duval. 

Douglas played William “D-FENS” Foster, an engineer at a defense contractor who has a really bad day.  Some described the movie as “an ordinary man at war with the everyday world.”

Foster became an iconic anti-hero for the people who (stealing Bill Clinton’s line)worked hard and played by the rules, yet found themselves at the bottom of the heap in the post-Cold War era of 1993.

Foster’s wife (Hershey) had left him, and he moved back in with his mother. Making matters worse, Hershey had a court order barring Foster from visiting their young daughter, whom he clearly loved more than life itself.

On the little girl’s birthday, everything falls apart.  Foster gets laid off from the defense contractor job.  The police (Duval) remind him he’s not to go near his wife or daughter.  And in one memorable scene, a fast food chain’s rules interfere when Foster just wants breakfast:

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When I read the story of Jetblue flight attendant, Steven Slater, Falling Down  comes to mind. 

And I’m not the only one. 

According to a new Wall Street Journal/MSNBC Poll, two-thirds of Americans believe the worst is yet to come for the economy.  Democrat pollster Peter Hart sees Steven Slater as metaphor for voter sentiment.

Mr. Hart said the 2010 contest is being pulled by the sentiment associated with the JetBlue flight attendant who fled his plane via the emergency chute after an altercation with a passenger. Calling it the "JetBlue election," Mr. Hart said: "Everyone's hurling invective and they're all taking the emergency exit."

Like William Foster, Steven Slater seems to symbolize—in exaggerated form—the mood of the American people.  We’re fed up with bureaucracy and petty rules, “minute and uniform,” as Tocqueville put it,  “. . . through which the most original minds and the most energetic characters cannot penetrate, to rise above the crowd.”

Steven Slater broke through, alright.

In 1993, ordinary Americans—the Tea Party before it had that name—were ready to rumble.  After the Reagan years had restore some semblance of normalcy following the weird 1970s, Bush and Clinton conspired to impose a “new world order” that was inconsistent with our constitution, to use 18th century lingo. 

On November 6, 1994, the American voter signaled our disgust with Washington’s incompetence and encroachments. We switched controll of Congress from Democrat to Republican. In 2006, the voters reversed themselves, returning Congressional control the Democrats.  The voters wanted a change.

It worked.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average was at 12,398 when the Nancy Pelosi’s surgically enhanced hand snatched the Speaker’s gavel from Denny Hastert.  Today, the DJIA opened at 10,300 and some change.  Some change, indeed.

In 2007, the unemployment rate was 4.6 percent. Today’s it’s 9.5 percent and rising, according to Timothy Geithner.  Today, new unemployment claims unexpectedly rose by 2,000 for the second week in a row. Consumer spending slowed. The national debt has increased 21 percent since the Democrats took over Congress—and sole authority to tax and spend.

Even with all that bad news and angst, there is great news ahead. Elections offer Americans the opportunity to take control of their lives and their future. In 2010, the shift in power from Washington to the people could be  of a historic scale.

Can you see November?

On to November

The primaries are over. I honestly believe that in the St. Louis area, the rightward-most, viable candidate won each of the key votes. The people of Missouri are in a position to make historical shifts in our Washington representation. And those shifts are just the first step and restoring America’s First Principles.

Roy Blunt is a conservative.  He will be a big step up for conservatism in the Senate.  No, we wasn’t the rightward-most candidate in the race.  But he was the rightward-most, viable candidate.  He still is.  He is the only candidate to the right of Robin Carnahan who has any chance of winning.  Any chance at all. If you don’t work hard to get Roy elected, then don’t complain when Robin Carnahan is the 51st vote to put the next Elena Kagan on the Supreme Court.  This race could decide the life or death of the USA.  And Roy Blunt is the good guy in this very close race.

Ed Martin Jr. has the best chance to win the 3rd Congressional District in my lifetime.  He’s running against a weak, flawed, and frivolous empty suit named Russ Carnahan. Ed Martin is a solid conservative, an original Tea Partyer, and dedicated American patriot. Ed can reconstitute the Reagan Coalition in South St. Louis city and county and in Jefferson and Ste. Genevieve Counties.  I believe he will.  Ed is the kind of patriot, along with John and Gina Loudon and Jim Lembke, who took an enormous gamble by showing up at that first tea party in February 2009. Politicians avoid situations they don’t control, and none of those people knew me from Adam.  But Ed believed that his country needed him at that moment, just as it needed the other 1,500 people who gave up a day of work to stand for liberty, responsible government, and community. Now, Ed believes his country needs him in Washington.  I can’t think of a better person to represent the district where I grew up and where my mom and dad and sisters, nieces, nephews, and grand-nieces and nephews still live.

Tom Schweich took a lot of heat during the primary, but no one challenged his credentials for Missouri Auditor.  I was personally skeptical of Tom before I met him.  His only public service involved foreign service, working for the State Department at the UN and in Afghanistan. When we met for lunch, my doubts about his fitness for Auditor quickly disappeared. In fact, I got the sense that it was all Tom could do to restrain himself from running over to the bar and balancing the cash drawer. He has a lifetime of experience overseeing various kinds of corporate audits and criminal financial investigations. Who do you want auditing the disbursement of billions of dollars in stimulus funds?  Democrat Susan Montee?  Democrat Jay Nixon?  Turncoat Chris Koster who won’t even defend Missourians against Obama’s un-Constitutional insurance mandates? John Ashcroft doesn’t endorse RINOs, and Ashcroft has endorsed Schweich.

I was thrilled to see that Paul Curtman, running for Missouri’s 105th House seat received almost twice as many primary votes as his Democrat opponent.  But Paul has a lot of work to do before November, and he’ll need a lot of help.  If you want a viable strict Constitutionalist candidate for the US House or Senate down the road, you better be working for Paul Curtman this year.  He is the future.

Likewise, Gary Fuhr’s win in the Republican primary for MO 97 makes me happy, although a couple of other fantastic candidates were in that race.  Gary will make a great leader in Jefferson City if his friends and neighbors and primary opponents put him there.  He and Paul will make a great team.

There’s a lot more to cover, but I have work to do around the house.  And we’re all busy with preparations for the Biggest Tea Party St. Louis Ever Saw on 9-12 Under the Arch.  If you haven’t already done so, please RSVP on Facebook and invite your friends and family from anywhere to spend a patriotic weekend in St. Louis.  Our local economy can use the visitors.

I know that the passions of the primary are still with us, but we can’t sit around licking wounds or celebrating much longer.  We have thousands of doors to knock, dozens of rallies to attend, tens of thousands phone calls to make.  The Tea Party movement launched to change America’s future through a revolution at the ballot box.  I don’t give hoot in hell who gets the credit, just so there’s a lot of credit to give.

And just to end with a cliché, let’s get out there and win one for the Gipper.

Latest Missouri US Senate Race Poll

Rasmussen Report has the latest numbers from the Missouri Senate race.

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The poll does not include any mention of Republican candidate Chuck Purgason. Purgason seems to be enjoying something of a surge. He’s doffed his toupee and traded the Bolo tie for a regular one. And Purgason’s released a radio commercial in key areas around the state.

Rasmussen finds strong support for Roy Blunt among those who consider themselves tea partyers:

Blunt has the support of 85% of Tea Party members and 50% of those who are not sure. Carnahan gets 61% of the vote from those who are not members.

And a very large plurality of Missouri voters support the Tea Party movement.

Overall, 43% of Missouri voters say the Tea Party movement is good for the country, while 27% view it as a bad thing.

Twenty-two percent (22%) of Missouri voters consider themselves members of the Tea Party movement, compared to 16% nationwide. Fifty-four percent (54%) say they are not members, but 24% aren’t sure.

Of the 24 percent who “aren’t sure” whether their members of the tea party movement, I wonder what evidence they need to make up their minds

When it comes to the general election, Rasmussen pits Blunt against Secretary of State Robin Carnahan. Blunt leads Carnahan 48 to 43 percent. 

Need Primary Poll

It would be nice if a national pollster would check on Blunt vs. Purgason. The last poll of that primary race was in March and Blunt led 48 to 18 percent.  Again, though, Purgason seems to have caught a bit of a tailwind in recent weeks, at least in the St. Louis area.

When we look at issues, it’s a stark reminder of Robin Carnahan’s hard left liberalism. One example: 81 percent of those who oppose Arizona’s new immigration law support Robin Carnahan. 

How to Avoid Overconfidence

Do you worry that conservative grassroots might get overconfident and blow our chance to stop the advance of socialism in America?

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I do.  I am concerned that we keep repeating the same tactics to the same audiences until both the audience and the actors become  . . . well, bored.

When I read stories like this one, that GOP sentiment is at an all-time high, I worry that some on our side might decide they can go back to their regularly scheduled programming. 

We can’t sit back, folks. 

The Block Captain and Liberty Evangelism project is intended to swell our ranks, not get us fired up.  We’re already fired up.  But we need to reach out.

Reach to whom?  Well, about twelve percent of us say we’ve participated in a tea party-type event in the past year.  But 58 percent want government to be smaller and less expensive.  We need to make sure that the 46 percent who want smaller government but who are not tea partyers are registered and ready to vote this year.

To do that, we need to get out and meet people. That doesn’t mean reading blogs and talking to other outspoken critics of big government.  That’s entertainment, not action.  Action requires a little bit more of us.  All of us.

When was the last time you handed someone a Constitution and said, “this is a gift. Please read it and decide for yourself whether we’re living into to these documents.” 

Who was the last new voter you registered?

When was the last time you asked a friend or loved one to join you in the Liberty Evangelism program?

I can tell you that it’s been over a week since I handed out a Constitution (except to new Block Captains), and I haven’t handed out a voter registration form in two weeks. I’m behind. (And I need to grab more Constitutions fast.)

There’s a temptation to wait for big rallies. There’s a temptation keep doing the same actions over and over again—writing on facebook, tweeting pithy comments, calling Claire McCaskill’s office. 

Each of these actions is worthy, but they’re not enough. In fact, most of those tactics have lost some value because we’ve done them so often for so long.  I mean, do you really think McCaskill’s office is shocked that so many constituents oppose cap and trade? 

I’m not saying stop calling or writing or rallying.  I’m saying swell our ranks. 

Polls tell us more Americans have decided, “You know what? I can live my life better than Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi can.” Every day our opportunity to create a sea change in history increases. In other words, people have heard and agreed with our message of smaller government, fiscal responsibility, lower taxes, and renewed federalism.

But we will prevail in November only if we convert those frustrated people into passionate voters.

That means we have to engage them, invite them, befriend them, court them, and register them.  Then we have to remind them to vote.  We should identify those who will take the extra step of engaging and recruiting others.

This is how we grow the base.  And we must.

Can you spare two hours this week to talk to the 58 percent who want to vote for smaller, cheaper government

4 Steps to Launch Conservative Revolution

Thirty-two years ago this month, the modern conservative movement was born. The movement began with a local issue in a single state.  Howard Jarvis of California succeeded in rolling back that state’s property taxes. Voters ignored Governor Jerry Brown’s apocalyptic predictions and captured the imaginations of a nation. After decades of government growth, the people of America’s largest state said, “Enough!”

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As economist Stephen Moore wrote on cato.org a dozen years ago:

Proposition 13 was a political earthquake whose jolt was felt not just in Sacramento but all across the nation, including Washington, D.C. Jarvis's initiative to cut California's notoriously high property taxes by 30 percent and then cap the rate of increase in the future was the prelude to the Reagan income tax cuts in 1981. It also incited a nationwide tax revolt at the state and local levels. Within five years of Proposition 13's passage, nearly half the states strapped a similar straitjacket on politicians' tax-raising capabilities. Almost all of those tax limitation measures remain the law of the land today.

In 2010, Missouri voters have the chance to become the epicenter of the next conservative wave. On August 3, Missouri holds the nation’s first binding referendum on ObamaCare.  How we vote, what we say to the nation, will help determine whether the government in Washington continues to swallow up human freedom in America, or whether we move into the future that was promised by our founding.

Let’s leap ahead to the day after the August 3 primary. I see the Drudge headline now:

Show Me State Has Seen Enough: Rejects ObamaCare.

And the left weighs in:

The New York Times:  Missouri voters set dangerous precedence with angry vote.

Frank Rich:  Missouri Secedes from the Union.

Washington Post:  White House Downplays Missouri Vote.

Huffington Post: Was Serena Wearing Panties, or Not?

Across the country, proponents of similar state measures—either legislation or Constitutional amendments—seize the moment to hold press conferences extolling our courage and tenacity. Arizona, Texas, South Carolina . . . all states eager to officially reject Washington’s illegal power grab.

To make that vision a reality, though, we have work to do.  If you want to ruin Frank Rich’s day on August 3, here’s a 4-step plan to victory:

1.  Are you registered to vote?  If not, do it now.  The deadline to register for August 3 primary is less than four weeks away.  You have no time to waste.

2.  Is everyone in your family registered?  Make them.  Go to them personally, with a registration form in hand, and ask them to register for you.

3.  Have you talked to all of your friends, family, neighbors, fishing buddies, golf partners, softball team mates, and book club members?  Have you told them, “This issue is really, really important to me, and I want you to vote for the Healthcare Freedom Act on August 3. If you won’t do it for yourself and your kids, please do it for me.”

4.  Have you formed Buddy Teams for all of your friends?  This means every person you know will take responsibility for getting one other person to the polls on August 3. Just as a buddy helps you quit smoking or makes sure you get to the gym, the buddy system makes sure nothing stops any of us from voting.  John Burns is my buddy.  Who’s yours?

This is old fashioned, retail politics.  It’s community building, not mere organizing.  It’s a foundation for a better human network to replace the failing federal government. It’s also the basis of our Block Captain program.

In the coming days, we’ll provide more information on the HCFA and ways you can help bring about a big victory for freedom and federalism on August 3.