Why You Should Come to St. Louis If You Can’t Drive to the Beach

Yes, there are three major Tea Party events on 9-12:  Washington, Sacramento, and St. Louis. But if you can’t see the Atlantic or the Pacific from your window, why don’t you make the trip to the middle of the country, to the “Gateway to November” Tea Party under the Arch?

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I’m hearing from groups in Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, Texas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Iowa, and many from Illinois and Kansas who CANNOT WAIT for the 9-12 "Gateway to November" Tea Party in St. Louis. They’re ready to roll, to recycle, and to repeal.  Are you?

Thanks to the K&N Patriots who volunteered to serve as Ambassadors to the bus groups coming into town.  If you need their assistance or have any questions in putting your bus trip together please call 314-266-1775 and leave a message.  We’ll get back to you as quickly as possible.  You may also email admin@stlouisteaparty.com.  Please include 9-12 Groups in the Subject line of the email.

Now, some people want to know why we’re having a Tea Party on 9-12, and why is always the most important question. 

We’re having a 9-12 Tea Party because believing in a vision is the key to making it real.

If people do not believe that we can accomplish what we hope to accomplish, they will not help us. If they do believe we can change history, they will join the fight. 

Leftist, liberal, and Democrat organizations hire their protesters, their audiences, and their grassroots activists.  That’s because liberalism is funded by billionaires and big corporations, like GE. 

Conservatives, on the other hand, must earn our support. That requires not just being right, but also being creative, offering novelty and reward, to those who come out to events.  The bar rises when you ask volunteers to knock on doors, distribute literature on street corners, or make phone calls. 

One way we attract and energize activists is with big events, like the 9-12 Tea Party in St. Louis. 

On Sunday, September 12, 2010, St. Louis will host the Midwest’s 9-12 Tea Party. This event, billed as the “Gateway to November,” will attract new volunteers and energize veterans. That’s the purpose of all big rallies, and it’s why media attention matters. 

Large crowds of true believers serve as social proof to others who already agree with our view of government and philosophy, but doubt our dedication and our clout.  When they see hundreds of thousands in DC or ten thousand in St. Louis, they begin to believe in our vision as well as in our reading of history.

We need to attract those who believe what we believe—limited government, fiscal responsibility, low taxes, national security, and federalism.  And we must help them believe that, together, we can change things.

If everyone who believes what we believe votes in November 2010, in the primaries and general elections of 2012 and beyond, then we cannot fail to restore the republic.  But if we only talk among ourselves, if we pretend that twenty people in a public library meeting room is enough to change the world, we will forever lash out at and blame bogeymen for our own failures.

Spread the word. 

Build the energy.

Share the vision. 

Grow the movement. 

Win the election.

Repeat in 2012. 

That’s why a Tea Party. And that’s why we need you in St. Louis  on the steps of the Arch on September 12 at High Noon. 

Live Your Why

As we approach the anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” speech, it seems we should both honor Rev. King and learn from that speech. 

I can think of no better way to accomplish both goals than to liberally borrow from Simon Sinek’s fantastic blog post about that speech and the importance of living your “why.”

On August 28, 1963, 250,000 people from across the country descended on the Mall in Washington, D.C., to hear Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. give his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. The organizers didn’t send out 250,000 invitations and there was no Web site to check the date. How did they get a quarter of a million people to show up on the right day at the right time?

Dr. King was not the only person alive during that time who knew what had to change to bring about civil rights in America. He had many ideas about what needed to happen, but so did others. And not all of his ideas were good. He was not a perfect man; he had his complexities.

When I first watched Simon’s TED Talk about the importance of why, I knew immediately I had found the man who understands the Tea Party.  We are different from so many conservative “movements” because of our why.  Though not everyone has articulated that why, we all share it.

But Dr. King was absolute in his conviction. He knew change had to happen in America. His clarity of WHY, his sense of purpose, gave him the strength and energy to continue his fight against often seemingly insurmountable odds. There were others like him who shared his vision of America, but many of them gave up after too many defeats. Defeat is painful. And the ability to continue head-on, day after day, takes something more than knowing what legislation needs to be passed. For civil rights to truly take hold in the country, its organizers had to rally everyone. They may have been able to pass legislation, but they needed more than that, they needed to change a country. Only if they could rally a nation to join the cause, not because they had to, but because they wanted to, could any significant change endure. But no one person can effect lasting change alone. It would take others who believed what King believed.

When Glenn Beck announced that he would be at the Lincoln Memorial to commemorate that speech, I was skeptical like many others.  But then I heard Glenn explain his why and I was moved. 

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Back to Simon Sinek and Martin Luther King:

People heard his beliefs and his words touched them deep inside. Those who believed what he believed took that cause and made it their own. And they told people what they believed. And those people told others what they believed. Some organized to get that belief out more efficiently.

And in the summer of 1963, a quarter of a million people showed up to hear Dr. King deliver his “I Have a Dream” speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

But how many people showed up for Dr. King?

Zero.

They showed up for themselves. It was what they believed. It was what they saw as an opportunity to help America become a better version of itself. It was they who wanted to live in a country that reflected their own values and beliefs that inspired them to get on a bus to travel for eight hours to stand in the Washington sun in the middle of August to hear Dr. King speak. Being in Washington was simply one of the things they did to prove what they believed. Showing up that day was one of the WHATs to their own WHY. This was a cause and it was their cause.

Ultimately, that’s why people come to Tea Parties.  They don’t come for the hosts or for Martin Luther King or for Thomas Jefferson.  They come because they honor themselves.  They come because they believe they are worthy of liberty and the pursuit of happiness. They come because they believe their children should be free of our debt and of Washington’s onerous regulations.

As you look over your calendars, please set aside two important dates:

August 28: Honor America and yourself by watching Glenn Beck or attending his program on the Mall in Washington, DC.

On September 12: Honor America and yourself by attending a Tea Party in St. Louis or Washington or Sacramento

The why is so important, far more important than the tactics.  I know I can get all caught up in minutiae. I worry about dates and admin and paperwork and marketing and locations and images.  That’s fine—someone must.  But when those details drive a wedge between us and our why, they do us no good.  If we don’t project our why in everything we do, then we quickly become cranks who worry more about being busy than about doing good. 

Tea Parties and events like Restoring Honor remind us of why.  It’s important to reflect. 

3rd Time, No Regrets

On September 12, we make our third trip to the Arch Steps to rally our spirits and inform our neighbors.

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On February 27, 2009, we met for the for first time.  It started a revolution. It disrupted lives.  It promises to change the course of history, the way the great New Madrid Earthquake forever altered the course of the Mississippi River.

Over the past 18 months, we’ve come a long way. We’ve had a few setbacks.  We’ve stumbled. We’ve grown.

In recent weeks, I’ve sensed a renewed sense of optimism and determination as we emerge from The Dip that inevitably hampers an organization’s rise.

Every time I’ve asked, you’ve responded. So I will ask you one more time, perhaps for the last time:

  • Will you stand with me on the Arch grounds on Sunday, September 12?
  • Will you wear Red, White, or Blue to symbolize your love of liberty, your acceptance of duty, and your faith in the American Ideal?
  • Will you come with a full voice and happy, expectant heart, confident that our communion will lead to victory for First Principles in November?
  • And will you bring you kids and five friends so that they might one day say, “I was there when the American people stood up to tyranny and turned back despotism with power of our faith.”

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Beyond The Dip

I received a couple of phone calls this morning. Maybe because of the primary election in Missouri. Or is the stifling, stale heat of August that drove the calls?  Either way, I believe the calls represent very good news. 

We survived The Dip (Godin, 2007).

Back in April, I sensed a dip in the burgeoning grassroots movement.  By June 1, my suspicions were confirmed and I blogged about The Dip.

The Dip is resistance, according to writer Steven Pressfield.  If you quit now, no one can criticize you. You won’t be embarrassed.  Hell, after the past fifteen months, walking away from grassroots stuff will give you more time than you’ve ever imagined.  You can fix up your house, take a long vacation, read that stack of books that you’ve assembled but haven’t cracked.  You’ll be able to learn a new language and grow your own organic vegetables.  Maybe you’ll take up knitting or quilting to scrap-booking.

I was hoping that the cooler weather of September and the massive Tea Party in St. Louis on 9-12 would pull us out of The Dip.  I still hope that. But we seem to be pulling out already.

Those calls I received today should give you great hope. They came from folks who were very active in 2009, but who wandered back to their own lives in 2010. As I said in my original blog, no one can blame them.  We barely had time to breathe before this tea party thing started. 

But they’re back.  The patriots who needed a breather are refreshed and are returning to the battle.  They’re tanned, rested, and ready. They’re here to soldier on with us, to their energy when ours fades.  They are indispensible, and we should thank them for recharging.

More importantly, they will provide some of the 1,000+ Block Captains and Liberty Evangelists we are calling on now for the largest conservative voter drive in St. Louis history.  From St. Charles to St. Genevieve, we’ll channel our energy to overwhelming Congress on November 2.

That will be the peak of our post-Dip surge, the election on November 2.

So if you hear new names in the coming months—if you recognize old friends from Tea Parties of 2009—warmly welcome them back. And thank them for bringing us fresh energy.

We’re climbing the hill to the summit, now, and that’s a tough climb.  But it’s a climb.  The graph slopes up to the right.  Our ALICE packs are heavy, but our neighbors will help us.

Nothing can stop us now.

We survived The Dip.

Are You Ready to Tea Party?????????

The weekend of September 12, 2010, will be The St. Louis Tea Party Weekend. 

We have the Arch steps.

We have the Overlook Stage.

We have the streets.

We have the people.

We have the hunger.

We have the voice.

We have the people.

We have the stars.

We have the plan.

We have the people.

We have the cause.

We have the dedication.

We have the people.

We have the sound.

We have the music.

We have the people.

Details to follow. 

If you have out of town relatives who Tea Party, invite them in for the weekend. This St. Louis’s chance to shine, to inspire the nation to Win this Election for the People, for the States, for the Fallen, for our Children.

This is the FINAL TEA PARTY before November 2.  MAKE IT COUNT!

This is for you, St. Louis. For the people who fought for Healthcare Freedom, trekking to Jefferson City throughout the winter, handing out flyers on hundred degree days. 

This is for the people with mouths taped, unable to speak to the President cum overlord.

This is for the campaign workers who’ve shivered and sweated through a year of dedicated service to candidates, causes, and country.

This is for the noble warriors who stepped in to the Arena, to stand before God and man and have their lives examined for fitness for office.

This is for the candidates who side with their former opponents on August 4th to face down the deadly evil of tyranny.

This is for the family from deep southern Missouri who borrowed the church van to come to St. Louis for the April 15 2009 Tea Party, ferrying two other families with them.

This is for Moose McArthur and all the other heroes recovering from wounds sustained defending us.

This is For The Win.

This is For America.

This is For You.