After Todd Akin's remarks about "legeitmate rape" and "shutting the whole thing down," the pro-life movement lost steam and the number of people identifying themselves as "pro-choice" is near record highs.Read More
You have a choice. You can drive that change, or you can be swallowed by it. In a free society, people have liberty to do anything except a few prohibited things.
In a totalitarian society, people have liberty to do nothing except a few permitted things.
In a free society, the people have a black list of things they must not do, and government has a white of a few things it may do.
In Barack Obama’s America, the government has the black list and the people live by a short white list.
You have a choice. You can live in a society where a few things are prohibited but everything else is up to you. Or you can live in a society where you must get permission to do anything.
Yes, the choice is that stark. It's up to you whether your society is free or controlled.
And voting is not enough. If you want a free society, you must bring others like you to the polls.
We can help you do that.
Saturday, Sunday, and Monday St. Louis Tea Party’s Liberty HQ is open all day. We can provide everything you need to sustain the free society, including a walk list—paper or smartphone—so you can call out others to vote for freedom with you.
Come to 9966 Lin Ferry Dr, St. Louis, MO 63123, at Lindbergh and Tesson Ferry, to control your destiny.
You are not alone. But you will be if you don’t act.
- Obama Shuts Down Another Small Business (hennessysview.com)
- Turns Out The Guy Dumping On The Middle Class Is Joe Biden (hennessysview.com)
- US government proposes law making it illegal for them to kill you (sovereignman.com)
- How to Write Yourself Into the Great American Novel (hennessysview.com)
- What might a Barack Obama Business District look like? (legalinsurrection.com)
A couple weeks ago, Joe Biden made the news by declaring that the middle class in America has been getting dumped on ever since he and Obama took their oaths of office. The statement marked the first time Biden got something right since that day. What Uncle Joe failed to mention was that he has been in charge of the White House’s Middle Class Task Force since January 30, 2009.
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I clipped the press release from whitehouse.gov in case it gets disappeared before Biden’s date with Paul Ryan on Thursday.
This was Joe’s charter, straight from the release:
Washington, DC- President Barack Obama today announced the creation of a White House Task Force on Middle Class Working Families to be chaired by Vice President Joe Biden. The Task Force is a major initiative targeted at raising the living standards of middle-class, working families in America. It is comprised of top-level administration policy makers, and in addition to regular meetings, it will conduct outreach sessions with representatives of labor, business, and the advocacy communities.
[Join me at St. Louis Tea Party GOTV HQ for the VP Debate Watch Party, Thursday at 7:30 pm. Address is 9966 Lin Ferry Dr., St. Louis, MO 63123]
Obama has destroyed the middle class in America, and Joe Biden apparently managed its demise. Check out this devastating chart from WSJ.com:
Why am I surprised? The Obama administration also promised to focus on poverty, and it succeeding in increasing that horrific measure to its highest level since President Johnson launched the War on Poverty. Whatever Obama looks at seems to increase, which tells me he doesn’t really look at jobs.
But you can do something about the middle class’s decline. Get involved in STLTPC’s efforts to get out the vote in 2012 for candidates who know how to lead, including Ed Martin for Attorney General and Todd Akin for US Senate.
- Biden: Middle Class 'Has Been Buried the Last Four Years' (tarpon.wordpress.com)
- The Uncharitable Joe Biden: Better at Giving Away Your Money Than His (canadafreepress.com)
- Introducing the Joe Biden Gaffe-o-Meter (washingtonpost.com)
- Bungling Biden gets it right: Middle class "buried the last 4 years" (seeingredaz.wordpress.com)
Ed Martin’s new TV commercial is excellent for many fundamental marketing reasons. Ed’s energy, commitment, and love of people shines through. [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jzJS2bqIlyY]
Still, the commercial is a waste of time and money unless people see it.
And there’s more you can do. Get involved in GOTV projects. Visit the Victory Fieldhouse in Valley Park (141 at I-44), the AFP Field office in St. Peters, MO, or the St. Louis Tea Party-Madison Project Liberty HQ in South County.
- Put bumper stickers on all your cars, front and back
- Put up yard signs for Ed Martin, Todd Akin, and other great candidates
- Call some of the 1.2 million Missouri conservatives who don’t vote consistently
- Go door-to-door to get out the vote of people who believe what you believe but don’t always vote
- Donate to conservative candidates who don’t get big checks from billionaires
If you weren’t the kind of people who work hard to keep America strong, I wouldn’t bother asking.
St. Louis Tea Party’s HQ is open Noon to 8 pm Monday-Friday and Noon to 3 Saturday.
See you there!
- Ignoramus Rex (hennessysview.com)
- Rick Perry In Missouri To Support Ed Martin (fox2now.com)
- GOP Leaders Help Campaign in Missouri for Ed Martin (stlouis.cbslocal.com)
A couple years ago, a lot of folks believed that victory in 2010 would be a cakewalk. Led by Tea Party activists, the GOP picked up over 800 legislative seats, state and federal, in the 2010 off-year election. Rumors of the Republican Party's death had been greatly exaggerated.
Or so it seemed.
Novels and action movies involve a hero's quest. The main character hopes to accomplish something. Dorothy wants to return to Kansas. King Arthur seeks the Holy Grail. Dirty Harry hunts the psychopath Scorpio.
But in every plot, something goes wrong. The protagonist adjusts. Something else goes wrong. Then something seems to go wrong, but really doesn't. Then something really big goes horribly wrong. Then the protagonist rallies and seems sure to achieve the quest. And just when everything seems fine, the monster comes back to life, the ex-wife shows up with a million-dollar lawyer, the hero's father dies and leaves everything to the evil twin.
This biggest setback always comes just when victory was so close, when the hero has nothing left in the tank, when the last bullet's been fired, when the sidekick's dead.
Does the hero fold?
Never. The hero finds a second wind, a super energy pill, or a powerful new ally. Sure,the monster came back to life, but its bullet-proof shell is compromised. The sidekick we thought was dead was only stunned. The hero took a bullet for the ex-wife's lawyer in Afghanistan in 2002, and the lawyer withdraws. Dad's will is a forgery.
The hero and his team get a new life and they make it count. They put down the monster for the last time.
Writers don't create a long series of setbacks and recoveries to meet some arbitrary word count requirement. They do it because that's how life works. They do it to keep us reading, because stories without conflict and resolution, setback and recovery, disaster and resilience, are boring. The story is in the resurgence. The victory is sweeter for its enormous costs.
Todd Akin's "six seconds of foolishness," as Newt Gingrich says, was such a setback. It was a setback for Todd, of course, but also a setback for conservatives, for the Tea Party movement, for the heroes of this tale.
We improvise, adjust, and overcome.
When Romney says something crazy or a judge suspends a voter ID law, we brace ourselves and soldier on.
Dorothy didn't give up her quest to get back to Kansas. Arthur didn't give up his quest for the Holy Grail. And Dirty Harry didn't give up on his quest to bring Scorpio to justice.
We wouldn't have watched the movies if there'd been no resistance, no setbacks, and no anguishing, desperate moments. Americans live for the challenge, the fight, the hard-won victories.
In 2012, we have the chance to craft an epic novel. We have worthy, ordinary heroes, a vicious and committed foe, and noble quest.
Our quest is restoring the republic. Our foe is Barack Obama and his Committee of Evil Czars. Our heroes are . . . well, one of them is reading this blog post right now.
With only a few weeks to go before the election of our lives, let's pick up the plot in this novel. The big monster hasn't shown himself yet. The really bad thing hasn't hit us. But it's coming soon. And we're ready.
Want your character to play a role in the climax and celebrate in the denouement?
You can write yourself into the action:
Chapter 1: Grand Opening of St. Louis Tea Party/Madison Project GOTV HQ, 9966 Lin Ferry Rd., St. Louis, MO 63123 on Saturday, September 29.
Chapter 2: Canvassing for Conservatives any evening or Saturday. Stop by the GOTV HQ to get started between noon and 8 p.m. Monday-Saturday.
Chapter 3: Dialing for Voters. You can do this from home with a phone and computer, but we need you to first stop by the GOTV HQ to get started.
Chapter 4: The After Party, October 18 at 7 p.m. at Pio's in St. Charles. Guest speakers is one of the HOTTEST social media conservatives in America, Raz Shafer.
Chapter 5: Election Day. We will need to help people get to the polls.
Chapter 6: Election Night Watch Party--more to follow.
P.S. Like the Freddy Kruger movies, the monster always returns. So does the hero. Our mission doesn't end on November 6, only this quest. There will be more.
- Gingrich: Other Republicans Will Return Support for Akin (stlouis.cbslocal.com)
- Akin rebuilding Mo. Senate bid after rape remark (news.yahoo.com)
- Todd Akin Bets He Still Has A Chance (npr.org)
When I read about Todd Akin's unfortunate comments to Charles Jaco, my first thought was uncharitable. "I could just kill him."
"I could kill him," is an idiom. Its cousins include "wring his neck" and "poke his eyes out." Idioms hyperbolize our emotional reaction to an event.
I was angry because Todd Akin gave the left a great talking point in the infamous interview. I like Todd Akin. I voted for him. I want him to beat Claire McCaskill, and, if not him, someone. So his hideous PR failure Pissed. Me. Off. In fact, I'm still feeling a bit uncharitable, but that's my problem at this point.
Karl Rove attacked Akin almost immediately.
Karl Rove, who directs a lot of campaign money through Crossroads GPS, vilified Akin. Rove promised to pull Crossroads funding from Missouri. He predicted that Akin would lose his race against Claire McCaskill for the US Senate by largest margin in modern history.
All fair and good. Akin put a safe Republican Senate pick-up at risk by his failure to check his tongue. Akin's error put at risk four years of hard work by millions of Americans and jeopardized Todd's favorite causes, including pro-life.
Rove Gone Wild
But at the Republican National Convention, Karl Rove drove right off the rhetorical Chappaquiddick Bridge.
"We should sink Todd Akin. If he's found mysteriously murdered, don't look for my whereabouts!"
Roves comment was not an idiom. It was an original thought. He said "murder," not "kill," indicating intent and planning.
Even more malevolent, "we should," which Rove said, is not "we could." Could implies ability; should implies duty. Karl Rove essentially said, "We are obliged to murder Todd Akin." Or at least to defeat him in November. (Todd Akin has since accepted Rove's apology, for which I tip my cap to both men.)
So much for Karl's sanctimonious excoriation of Todd Akin.
But he was joking of course.
Or was he?
In charity, we assume Rove isn't plotting Akin's physical assassination. But he might be plotting Akin's political assassination.
Rove implied he prefers Claire McCaskill to Todd Akin. That's fine. He's entitled to support whoever he wants for the US Senate.
What irritates me most about Rove's comment, though, is exactly what irritated me about Akin's. In a world where Republicans are held to a God-like standard by the media, saying idiotic things in public hurts the cause.
Rove committed precisely Akin's sin.
He said something stupid that reached public ears.
For that, Rove deserves the same excoriation he's advocated against Akin. My guess is, though, Karl's wealthy friends will protect him.
- Karl Rove Jokingly Suggests Someone Should Murder Todd Akin; Senate Candidate Not Pleased (thehollywoodgossip.com)
- Newt slams Karl Rove for Akin murder joke (politico.com)
- Karl Rove: I Should Kill Todd Akin (joemygod.blogspot.com)
- Rove Apologizes for Joking About Killing Todd Akin (happolatismiscellany.wordpress.com)
- Phyllis Schlafly calls for Rove resignation over Akin 'murder' remarks (rawstory.com)
- Akin camp says Rove apologized for murder joke (politico.com)
The story Isaac is about tests of faith. God commanded Abraham to sacrifice Isaac, his only son, born after Abraham and Sarah had given up hope of conceiving.
Once Isaac was bound and placed on the altar, God stayed Abraham's hand. "Now I know you fear God."
You know the rest.
It just struck me this morning, listening to the weather during Jamie Allman's show, that Isaac now threatens the GOP convention, dangling above Tampa like Abraham's dagger.
Then there's the Akin matter, half a continent away.
I know the mind sometimes sees patterns where none exists. But sometimes we're allowed to see patterns that hold the secret to something big.
A lot of us are willing to sacrifice everything to prove our faith--our faith in grassroots, our faith in God, our faith in country. Steadfastness in the face of danger, rushing toward the gunfire, are qualities we all honor.
I can't help wonder, though, if God is yelling to us and Todd, "Now I know you fear God," and we're not hearing it.
Had Abraham missed God's word, Israel would not have been born.
Before we get too far down the Akin rally road, let's get some solid advice to Mr. Akin.
His principles, his spine, his grassroots do no good if Missouri turns blue. He cannot advance his causes from his house in Wildwood. Failure to take the Senate makes Obamacare permanent, at least in our lives.
Todd Akin, wonderful man he is, has a lot of responsibility. As a candidate, he needs to grow and fast. Particularly following news that he trails Claire McCaskill by 10 percentage points according to Rasmussen.
He hasn't helped himself in the aftermath. He has no message except "I'm sorry." He is letting the RNC drive the narrative. He's blaming the "liberal media," but that institution seems happy to let the GOP tear him apart.
If he's content to spend his last half million and then next 10 days apologizing, then he might as well quit now.
Here's what he has to do:
1. Get out of his bubble and deal with the reality he faces. He's shut himself off from the messages he doesn't want to hear. That's human nature. But to win, he has fight his own inclinations to cocoon. He has to hear from people who love him but think he should drop. He needs to hear from people who hate him but think he should fight on. He needs to hear from writers, marketers, and artists who know how to hit the brain beneath the prefrontal cortex. He needs GOOD COUNSEL, not just "amen."
2. If he will leave the cocoon he's in, he needs to hear this: as long as the message is about rape and abortion, he's toast. If he stays on THIS message and stays in the race, he will lose, most of the Missouri GOP statewide candidates will lose, and MIssouri may go blue. Drop the apology.
3. He needs to bring on people he's NOT comfortable with. People who will challenge. Brilliant strategists and wordsmiths who can craft an argument.
4. He needs to know his 3 points for every press interaction and stick to them.
5. He needs to STOP EVANGELIZING and start CONNECTING with the people who don't already agree with him on everything. They have to agree with him on ONE thing. That's it.
6. He needs to memorize this: "I am pro-life without exception." That's the end of the pro-life message. Every additional word he utters loses 10,000 votes.
7. He needs to memorize this response to every question about abortion: "Every child conceived should be born into an America that has room for him or her to grow into a loving family, a good home, effective schools, and a lucrative career of their choice." That's it. Nothing more. It sets up the case of the economy
8. Every answer to every question must get back to the economy and the economic wreck advanced by Barack Obama with the enthusiastic support of Claire McCaskill.
9. He must PROSECUTE this campaign the way a great general prosecutes a battle. Survival's not enough.
10. He must ignore winnability. That's our job. His job is to make people like him, trust him, vote for him, or stay home.
Every big name in the GOP has called for him drop out. Until he leads, the calls will continue. I know he's shown great spine, but spine is not leadership. If he leads, they will follow.
He can put people on their heels without being a jerk. He has it in him. Apologizing isn't leadership. Leaders lead. His rival is Claire McCaskill. She is remarkably unpopular. His nemesis is Barack Obama. He is loathed in Missouri.
Get the message back on track. Be a leader. Win.
There's one question I ask every politician who asks for my support: why do you want this job? The answers reveal tons about the person. Right now, his answer seems to be "because I made a mistake, and I'm sorry." That's weak. It's a loser's answer.
I can't feed him HIS answer. But I can tell him the one's he's got ain't working. Even among some of his staunchest supporters.
- New path for Akin campaign (stltoday.com)
- Why Claire McCaskill wants Todd Akin to stay in Missouri race (csmonitor.com)
- McCaskill avoids direct hit on Akin over abortion remarks (firstread.nbcnews.com)
What is Todd's real crime?
He's a damaged candidate, sure, but he is not a damaged man.
He was wrong, but he erred on the side of life.
It says something about a society and political mood where a man can be disqualified for loving life and God, but another man celebrated for enabling the slaughter of living children with surgical scissors through the base of their skulls.
No, Todd Akin isn't perfect, nor perfectly informed. Neither are the 100 Senators seated. The last candidate sold to us as perfect is the son of a bitch occupying the White House right now.
Did I want Todd to drop? Yes. But my wish wasn't for some high political or moral reasons; it was the easiest result for me. It was convenient for me. It was the default, selfish choice for me. For me, for Romney, for Marco Rubio, for the GOP, Todd Akin's candidacy is an inconvenient pregnancy we're all too willing to surrender to the political abortionist's vacuum.
Yes, Todd Akin was wrong. Scientifically and rhetorically wrong. He erred on the side of life. He loves life to a flaw, and he's not ashamed to say it out loud.
If that's the worst candidate for Senate we can produce, then the republic is in fine shape.
Part 1 of 3 | Read Part 2 | Read Part 3 I think it's smart to have a plan in case Todd Akin drops. The GOP central committee is working on a plan. If you wait until after a vacancy occurs, your preferences will be meaningless.
That said, if you should decide to plot a contingency to influence the selection of a candidate to fill a vacancy that might occur, consider this: the MOGOP central committee is not tea-party-ish. They will a choose a candidate the Republican way: "Whose turn is it?"
We can dig our heels in and demand the perfect tea-party-ish libertarian-conservative with a perfect a National Right to Life Committee score--and be ignored. Or we can promote someone who a) can win and b) won't drive large factions to launch a write-in campaign or sit out this crucial election cycle.
My suggestion of a contingency, made after personal reflection, some standard game theory strategy, conversations with trusted friends, and gin, was posted about 2 a.m. Tuesday: Wagner to Senate, Jim Lembke to MO-02. But that's just my opinion, and it assumed that Akin would leave the campaign before 5 p.m Tuesday.
Akin didn't drop by the deadline. His dropping now or later might make my contingency moot. And judicial approval for Akin to drop might not be automatic. (It goes against the system in place, which is the primary system. Akin has done nothing to make his resignation a compelling state interest, only a Republican party interest.) Would Ann Wanger (or Tom Schweich, or JoAnn Emerson or any other substitute) have time to organize a campaign starting next week? And how would the scramble to replace Akin affect RNC convention coverage. (My guess is that coverage would be about abortion, rape, and the crazy Republicans who believe in neither.) There are now 76 days to the election--and a typical senate race takes two years, not two months.
The best case scenario as of now might be that Akin stay in the race and that he make himself the best possible candidate. About which more in my next missive.
But I'll say it again: if we want to have an influence on the candidate, we might want to voice our opinions now, and in a forum where Lloyd Smith and the other central committee members, consultants, and office holders can hear.
A few weeks ago, I blogged about loyalty to people and loyalty to principles. Both are important. Loyalty to people is an honorable principle. Sometimes, the ideal is paramount. In 2012, we simply must take the US Senate. We must put Claire McCaskill out of office. And we must send a strong conservative to the US House of Representatives from Missouri’s 2nd Congressional district.
Missouri’s 2nd Congressional District has been well served by Todd Akin. Representative Akin is one of the most decent men I’ve ever met, in or out of politics. He was greeting voters at my polling place on primary day two weeks ago. I shook his hand and told him I was here to vote for him.
Last week, I saw Todd, again, at the Victory Field House, where all of Missouri’s Republican statewide candidates spoke. I caught Todd’s attention and told him we should meet again on November 7, because our election day meetings might be good luck. That meeting seems so long ago, now.
Like many conservatives, I cringed when I read his comments about rape on the Jaco Report. I knew he couldn’t possibly have meant what it sounded like he said. And while I say that, I still have no idea what he meant to say that might conform to known reproductive science.
Looking ahead and reasoning backwards, I tried to anticipate the possible outcomes. Congressman Akin can stay in the race and fight. Or he can step aside.
If he stays in the race and loses to Claire McCaskill, many other Republicans on the Missouri ballot will lose, too. Ed Martin, Dave Spence, Cole McNary, Shane Schoeller are all in danger. The state with some of the most effective and vibrant tea parties could see the Democrats sweep.
That cannot happen.
How in God’s name could we lose our state to the party that has as its convention’s keynote speaker an accused rapist, a disbarred lawyer, a serial groper who may well have committed the very crime of which Todd Akin misspoke?
Todd Akin is the victim of a sickening and repulsive double-standard that exonerates Democrats who sexually assault women, who drown women at Chappaquiddick, who avoid impeachment by quibbling over the definition of “is.”
The Tea Party movement has many noble and lofty goals. We exist to restore the balance of power between the government and the individual described in the Declaration and codified in the Constitution. We are adamant about devotion to those principles. We have lost friends over the qualifications and convictions of candidates who, to the uninitiated masses, look pretty much the same. We nit-pick over tiny policy differences because we know those tiny differences blow up into horrible, liberty-destroying legislation and Supreme Court rulings.
But the Tea Party is wise enough to understand America’s peril.
We stand at a crossroads of history in 2012. One path leads to difficult times and sacrifice for a greater future. The other leads to serfdom for generations. Our decision is now, and we must choose the path of sacrifice for a brighter future.
I cannot speak for the Tea Party on this matter; I can speak only for myself.
If Representative Akin steps aside, here’s the best possible outcome I can envision:
- The Missouri Republican central committee asks Ambassador Ann Wagner to step into the vacated US Senate candidacy. I believe Ann is Missouri’s best chance—America’s best chance—of regaining the Senate. If Ann chooses to make the jump, she will leave a race in which she is all but certain to win, to take on the biggest challenge of her life. She will need all of our support, and she will have all of mine.
- Missouri’s Republican 2nd District Committee asks State Senator Jim Lembke to fill the vacancy Ann would leave in Missouri’s 2nd Congressional race. Jim Lembke risked his political life by speaking at the very first St. Louis Tea Party on the steps of the Arch, February 27, 2009. Jim Lembke has been THE go-to Senator for grassroots conservatives in Missouri for years. He would honorably and faithfully fill the seat so well served by Todd Akin and Jim Talent. More importantly, anyone with less conservative street cred than Jim Lembke might drive Tea Partiers to the sidelines in November.
Friends may feel differently about how this plays out, as Reboot Congress does. But this isn't about rewards for Ann Wagner or JimLembke; it's about giving America its best chance of survival in a Senate race that's suddenly up in the air.
I know that many Tea Partiers find this hard to swallow. Our nature is to fight, fight, FIGHT for every inch. But this year, this race, requires a strategy to stanch liberty’s hemorrhage. If Todd Akin exits this race and we don't rally around his relief, we will take it to our graves.
I have no idea how the next 77 days will play out, but I hope we all choose the struggle of liberty over the comfort of serfdom. History is watching.
Even though Congress is winding down, there are dangerous bills on the desk. I used Heritage Action’s Popvox program to tell Congressman (and future Senator) Todd Akin I oppose the FARM bill that does less for farmers and more for wasteful government statism.
Here’s the whole slate of bills you should write to Congress about:
Heritage Action does a great job of highlighting the greatest threats to liberty and good government before Congress. Bookmark the sight and visit regularly. Plus, our own Ben Evans is the regional coordinator. If you’d like Ben’s help in coordinating action, or you’d like him to tell your organization about Heritage Action, here’s his complete contact information:
- POPVOX Translates the Voice of the People Into the Language of Congress (prweb.com)
- Opponents of SOPA Most Active This Week: Anti-Piracy Bill Prompts Most Messages to Congress (prweb.com)
- Cybersecurity: President Threatens to Override Congress (heritage.org)
- Marci Harris is Changing How We Talk to Congress (blogher.com)
Choosing Paul Ryan as his running mate was a great Romney move. Looking ahead, Romney sees movement conservatives working hard right up to the election—even if he or his advisors continues to say stupid things. That was necessary.
SCROLL DOWN FOR TWO IMPORTANT EVENTS THIS WEEK
But it wasn’t enough to win the election and unseat America’s first anti-American president. To do that, we must find a way to win over the selfish middle. (I know, writing things like “selfish middle” doesn’t help, but I hate lying to them.)
Here’s the reality: the Electoral College, which once favored Republicans, is now the exclusive property of the DNC. That’s because “moderates,” who vote for candidates promising to give them stuff, have moved into formerly conservative states. In the map above, Obama needs only 33 electoral votes to win.
Now, take out all the toss-ups by giving the gray states to the candidate currently with the lead in polls in that state:
If the election were held today, America would be screwed.
It’s possible, perhaps likely, that Romney could win a sizable popular majority and STILL lose an Electoral landslide.
Here’s what we need to do if we don’t want to be the generation that lost America:
- Shore up Romney’s lead in the red states like Missouri
- Sweep statewide races in red states like Missouri
- Ensure a Republican Congress (both houses)
- Adopt a toss-up state to work
Here are the toss-up states (electoral votes):
- Colorado (9)
- Florida (29)
- Iowa (6)
- Nevada (6)
- New Hampshire (4)
- North Carolina (15)
- Ohio (18)
- Virginia (13)
- Wisconsin (10)
By “adopting,” here's what I mean:
- Choose only ONE state to adopt so you can focus your energy
- Lobby friends and relatives who live in the state
- Donate to state candidates in your adopted states hoping they have coattails
- Comment on newspapers and blogs that focus on your adopted state, even if not directly political
- Call radio talk shows in your adopted state, using their internet broadcast to listen in
Quite honestly, the Electoral College is stacked heavily against Romney. That means it’s stacked against America’s future, as well. A landslide for Romney in Missouri won’t help Romney in Florida or Virginia.
Yet we still need to elect Ed Martin, Todd Akin, Shane Scholler, Cole McNary, Peter Kinder and the other Missouri candidates. We need to elect a solid House delegation. And we need to prevail on statewide and regional referenda.
That’s a lot to do. And only about 90 days to do it.
TWO IMPORTANT EVENTS THIS WEEK
You can get involved beginning this Wednesday, August 4, at 4:00 p.m. in Valley Park at the Victory Bus Tour Rally. All statewide and local candidates will be at the Victory Fieldhouse. They will making a stop on the Victory Bus Tour and with this being the statewide HQ, it needs to be full! Please forward this on to everyone you can.
Victory Bus Tour Rally – ALL Statewide and Local Candidates
Wednesday August 15th – 3:45 – 5 pm Victory Fieldhouse 932A Meramec Station Rd Fenton, MO 63088
If you’d like to discuss this further, come out to Sky Music Lounge this Thursday, August 16, at 7:00 pm, for the next St. Louis Tea Party After Party. The scheduled topic is Voter Fraud, but we’ll be talking a lot of election strategy, too.
Finally, I need say this: in 2012, yelling at people, telling them they’re wrong, won’t work. Sitting the election out because your favorite candidate didn’t win would be like surrendering to the Soviets. Your children and grandchildren deserve to live as free men and women. If we lose freedom now, it won’t come back in their lifetimes. Winning this election might not keep you from the chains of slavery to government, but losing will weld the shackles shut.
- Romney's choice of Ryan sets contours for campaign (cnsnews.com)
- Rasmussen: Ryan favorability 39/25, 52/29 among ... seniors (hotair.com)
Todd Akin need doesn’t to build tea party street cred. He thumps primary and general election opponents in biennial blowouts for Missouri’s Second District. Todd is also a legitimate, committed member of the US House Tea Party Caucus. Todd Akin is the last politician who needs to prove his tea party cred. We trust him.
Akin Lives the Message
So when Todd Akin dashed from Springfield to Jefferson City to address the "Restore Common Sense” rally on the south steps of the Missouri Capitol, he didn’t do it to “prove” anything. He did it because Todd Akin believes what we believe: that governments and unions for government workers are bankrupting our futures.
Todd Akin didn’t need the message embodied by the tea party—Todd Akin lives and breathes the spirit of the tea party.
We need more Todd Akins in every level of government.
What You Can Do
When our politicians do the right thing, we need to be as loud in support as we are in dissent when they stray. Let’s begin by sending Todd Akin a thank you note for making the 5-hour round trip to Jefferson City today.
Click this link to thank Todd Akin for living the spirit of the tea party.
More on today’s events on Reboot Congress.
Over at Ensuring Liberty, we held our first Congressional Virtual Town Hall on Tuesday, May 11. In case you missed it, Reps Michele Bachmann and Steve King discussed Senator Dodd’s proposed financial takeover bill with thousands of Americans.
Segment 1 of May 11 Ensuring Liberty Town Hall
Ensuring Liberty plans to team up with Bachmann, King, and many other conservative House members throughout 2010 and beyond. We want to bring your voices to their ears—again, and again.
When you expand this Liberty Caucus on November 3, this forum will be just one way you and Ensuring Liberty can hold our representatives accountable. You can keep these town halls coming by joining Ensuring Liberty today.
Here’s the rest of the segments from Tuesday’s Town Hall:
Special thanks to Steve McQueen for his outstanding technical work in putting this event together.
Want to have a St. Louis Watch Party for a future event? Maybe we can even get Todd Akin to join the Congressional panel. [poll Id=8]
Hey, one of our favorite members of Congress, and a true gentleman, Todd Akin (R-MO), has made the front page of BigGovernment.com.
The Obama Justice Department is quietly investigating the lawyers associated with the John Adams Project who may have violated a number of laws in place to protect our covert operatives and their families. But so far, with few exceptions, the media and their friends on Capitol Hill haven’t found this case nearly as interesting as Valerie Plame. Could it have anything to do with the ideological bent of the perpetrators?
Great piece, Mr. Akin, and welcome to Big Government.