Momentum

momentum-script

Momentum is the mass and velocity of an object.

The object is the American ideology.

The impetus is the conservative grassroots.

The velocity is medium.

The direction is right.

The tactics and tools to keep the dominos falling to the right might change, but the energy and ideals don’t.  What brought you out to the tea parties, to the street parties, to the lit drops, and to the door knocking and phone banking parties must carry you forward in 2011 and 2012.

The dominos are falling to the right. 

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Cincinnati Tea Party HUGE

Michelle Malkin has impressive photos from the Cincinnati Tea Party.  Thousands upon thousands of angry tax payers. Perhaps they were spurred on by Barack Obama's accusation that anyone who has done well financially in the past 8 years is a criminal who will be punished.  Directly from his budget, page 5:

While middle-class families have been playing by the rules, living up to their responsibilities as neighbors and citizens, those at the commanding heights of our economy have not.

That's one huge indictment from a many who's appointed more tax cheats to cabinet posts than any president living or dead.

His cure for this risk-taking he so despises is to prevent risk-takers from realizing rewards.  Taking risks is fundamental to growth.  Under Mr. Obama, there will be no growth, apparently.

Consider these:

~ Cap and Trade is $700 billion a year tax increase to be paid by consumers.  At least that's what Obama told the San Francisco Chronicle.

~ Individuals making over $250,000 a year will be punished for their productivity under tax increases and deduction limitations.

~ Judges will be permitted to rewrite home mortgages, reducing any sane bank's willingness to create new home loans.

I could go on all night.  But there's more.

The federal government has quadrupled last year's massive deficit in just 2 months since Obama's inauguration. The enormity of US debt has China, our leading lender, balking at buying more US Treasuries.  This will eventually unleash inflation that could be significantly higher than in the 1970s.  That's according to Obama-voter Warren Buffet.

My prediction:  Things will look good for the next 4-6 weeks.  What Obama described as the worst economic calamity since the Great Depression only last week is now over, according the same Barack Obama.  The stock market is taking on some cash that's burning holes in people's pockets.

Then the first quarter numbers on GDP, business activity, productivity, and unemployment will hit.  Interest rates will have crept up rather nastily as China cools its Treasuries buying and institutions shift from bonds to stocks.   The high cost of capital will create a teeter-totter effect:  even banks willing to lend will have to do so at interest rates that frighten away borrowers.  The prosperity that Obama now sees just around the corner will turn out to be a mirage.

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Get Your Tax Day Tea Party Apparel and Stickers

366529887v0_350x350_Front_Color-BlackWhite The St. Louis Tax Day Tea Party store is open! Proceeds will keep the movement going forward.

This is a 10-round fight that will bring about a truly conservative House of Representatives in 2010. You've already done much just by visiting this site and attending the rallies. Now, show the whole world that you're fed up with an irresponsible, tax-and-spend government that has grown beyond the consent of the governed.

High quality shirts, stickers, and mugs that remind everyone you meet that we are a Republic and we intend to keep it!

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Tell the World You Support the Tea Party Movement

Cafe Press has dozens of shirts, stickers, and mugs that let you tell the world you belong to the Tea Party Movement.

The lefties proudly wear their Che t-shirts and those idiotic coexist bumper stickers.  Conservatives shy away from Public Displays of Protest. 

NO LONGER!

While we're brewing up some St. Louis-flavored Tea Party logos, grab the generics now.  You're kids will thank you some day. 

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Post-Dispatch Out of Touch (no matter what Eric Mink says)

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch was once a powerful, respected cornerstone of the Pulitzer publishing company.  Today, it's little more than a community newspaper.  Some near-tomorrow, it will go the way of Rocky Mountain News.  Its demise can be traced in large measure to the arrogance of its editorial board.

Take Eric Mink.  This is a man who rose through the organization by leveling unfair, nearly libelous attacks on anyone who deviated from Mink's party line.  In the early 1980s, when Mink was already over his head writing about television, he launched an attack against Douglas Leonard, then head of programming for KETC Channel 9.  Mr. Leonard's crime was preempting a Nova episode of KGB, anti-Reagan propaganda. 

This week, Mink's thin skin exposed itself in his editorial, "St. Louis Is Not Conservative."  Mr. Mink's sole criterion for measuring conservatism is, of course, election results.  In Mink's little mind, conservatives vote Republican, and liberals vote Democrat.  To "prove" his point, Mink gerrymandered a statistical lie, weaving together 12 counties in the Southern Illinois-Eastern Missouri region which, added together, voted Democrat in their presidential votes in 2000, 2004, and 2008. 

Also this week, the Post attacked the thousand-plus people who attended the Tea Party Protest at the Arch.  An unnamed editorial the people who gathered to preserve and defend our Republic of selfishness.  Editorial board member, Eddie Roth, went even further in his denunciation of our protests.  First, Roth extended the paper's accusation of pure greed against those who protested on February 27.  Then Roth proclaimed that we protesters are imposters to the conservative creed:

I also think that true conservatives recognize the dissonance of staging a rally in these times in which the chant, essentially, is “me, me, me, me.”

We shall see.  Mr. Roth, it seems, subscribes to the sick and twisted notion that only government can save us now.   He ignores the fact that every step the government takes makes matters worse.  Did the Wall Street bailout in September prevent a 6.2 percent GDP contraction in October through December? No.  Did the stimulus pork stop the stock market from falling another 20 percent?  No.  Did Obama's socialist budget stop the market from reaching mid-1990s levels?  No.  Has the government arrested the acceleration in joblessness?  No.

Mr. Roth may pray on bended knee before the alter of Big Government until his pants rot; I will march alongside my fellow patriots and conservatives and small business owners until Washington Repeals the Pork and its authors Retire from public life.

With great assistance from Ed Martin, I have submitted a response to that editorial and to Mr. Roth's little tantrum.  

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Obama's Approval in Free Fall

Obama's Free Fall Barack Obama is now less popular than George W. Bush at the same point in their respective presidencies according to Rasmussen.

The poll also indicates that deficits are more important to Americans than anything else.  This could be the result of the Tea Party movement which drew more than 30,000 people in 40 cities to take to the streets over the weekend.

At this rate, Obama's overall popularity will turn net negative this time next week.

Look for more Democrat defections, as Obama's popularity is no longer a safeguard against voter backlash for members of Congress.

The Nationwide Tea Party movement plans major events on April 15 and July 4.  The messages are:  

  • Repeal the Pork, and Cut Taxes
  • Repeal the Pork, and Learn the Constitution

Let the Constitution education begin with the Tenth Amendment.

Tax Day Tea Party and other news

**UPDATE:  NOTHING TENTATIVE ABOUT IT** Repeal the Pork and Cut Taxes

The next Tea Party event is April 15:  Tax Day.  Learn more at Tax Day Tea Party.  Register for the St. Louis event on FaceBook today.  Tell your friends.  Possible locations include the Old Courthouse in St. Louis, the Federal Reserve Building, and several others. 

LOCATION:  KIENER PLAZA, St. Louis, MO 63101

Repeal the Pork and Learn the Constitution

Start planning for an enormous protest on July 4, 2009.  While this is a ways off, it's already late for planning and gaining commitments from friends, neighbors, co-workers, small business owners, and the community.  For one year, do the noble work of preserving the Republic on this holiday.  

I Hate to Ask, but . . .

To keep up with everything, I've incurred some unplanned expenses.  If you would like to help defray some of these costs, please use the donation tool in the right sidebar.  All donation will go toward past or future event and movement related expenses.

Obama's Budget Threatens American Sovereignty *update*

The immediacy of our challenge in defending the Republic against Barack Obama's socialist,one-world ambitions reached new levels over the weekend. *UPDATE:  The eminent domain story appears to be a hoax.  My apologies.  I found it on several blogs that are generally reliable, so I assume the hoaxter is good at his craft*

Eminent Domain Rights to China*

First, as Hennessy's View has predicted for months, the rate and size of US borrowing has reduced Uncle Sam's credit worthiness.  China will no longer finance American overspending on America's word and has demanded collateral.  The President of the United States offered eminent domain rights as collateral.

If the United States is unable meet the terms of its bonds, China will take over American land

*CAUTION:  I should have read more carefully.  This is an unnamed source.  There's been no named corroboration since story first appeared on 2/28. Repeat with caution.

Eliminating Private Charity

Second, following Saul Alinsky's manifesto for turning the US into a communist country, Obama's budget begins the process of eliminating private charities in the United States.  The budget calls for limiting the deductibility of charitable donation for the top 5 percent of income earners. 

Top earners fuel America's churches and charities.

This should not have surprised me.  Leftist think tanks, like the Stanford Social Innovation Project, have pushed for elimination of private charities for years.   Theses veiled communist front groups believe that only government--and only government by those of their ilk--can properly allocate money.  The fact that the government is six-times less efficient than private charity at getting money to the needy notwithstanding.

According to Generous Giving, a foundation that tracks philanthropy trends, households with incomes above $300,000 annually give 4.4 percent of their income to charity, while those below give just 2.3 percent.  This disparity is exacerbated by the the fact that 4.4 percent of $400,000 is a lot more than 2.3 percent of, say, $150,000.  Moreover, the vast majority, about 70 percent, of all charitable donations come from individuals and families.  By capping donations from the wealthy, Obama hopes to wipe our religious and other private charities, leaving government as the sole provider of relief.

Obama's Aim is Socialism

Ceding American soil to Red China and eliminating private charities are only two of Obama's long list of tactics in his war against our republic.  But they are chilling and powerful reminders of the urgency of our quest to keep America free. 

Patriots who believe that governments are instituted among men and derive their just powers from the consent of the governed should take a deep breath and prepare to fight, to sacrifice, to face scorn and ridicule.  The American left will come after you.  But the voices of the men and women who died and suffered to bring to life this grand experiment in self-government will haunt the weak and the timid who choose comfort over truth.

Let's begin with an 80 percent turnover in the House of Representatives in 2010.  The next Tea Party rallies will be April 15.  Give up that one day for your country.  Do it in the names of those who gave up all their remaining days for your freedom.  Do it in the names of our children and future generations who deserve to breathe the fresh air of the American republic.  Do it for your church and your family. 

Just do it.

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Video of St. Louis Event--Almost as Good as Being There *update*

My hat's off to Bob Anders and the crew from Creative Video Services for this 3-part series of the St. Louis Nationwide Chicago Tea Party protest held February 27, 2009. If you need videography, you can't go wrong with Creative Video. Part I: http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=3408578&server=vimeo.com&show_title=1&show_byline=1&show_portrait=0&color=&fullscreen=1 St. Louis Tea Party (Part 1) from CR8VDO on Vimeo.

Click here for Parts 2 and 3.

Dana has lots of great links.  

*UPDATES*

1.  It was a 3-part, not 4-part video. Sorry, my math.

2.  The STL Tea Party made Drudge!!!!  How flippin' cool is that?

 

St. Louis Tea Party Makes Drudge

Kansas City: 200+ Marching in the Snow

More than 200 hearty patriots marched through driving snow and 20 degree temps in Kansas City today as part of the ongoing Tea Party Protest. Congratulations to the organizers and demonstrators.  You're simple act of rebellion against Obama's socialist power-grab is a noble statement of your intent to preserve and defend our Republic.

 

Snow wont stop the patriots in Kansas City.

 

 

I will post photos as soon as they are uploaded.

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Flow-Thru Afterglow

Dangerous Thoughts Standing in the Wings

Why are you here? I thought.

I was standing on the steps of the Arch fully aware that my fingers were painfully cold when the wrong thought crossed my mind.  By "wrong thought," I mean that one thought that will subconsciously sabotage the important or dangerous thing you are about to attempt.  Like thinking, "what if the front wheel just fell off?" as you're cruising down a winding road on a motorcycle, or "what if I forget my lines?"  just before stepping onto the stage.

100_0795 Before and behind me stood 1,500 people, most of whom I'd never seen before.  They had traveled from as far away as Cincinnati, Ohio, Scottsdale, Arizona, Rolla and Kansas City, Missouri, to St. Louis on one to three days notice on a cold workday with snow flurries spitting on their heads.  Winds gust to 30 miles per hour, slapping the the tea bags they'd taped to their signs. 

But why were they here? Why would they sacrifice to attend a rally called by some blogger they'd never heard of and a conservative radio talk host?

Answers Emerge

Jackie Smith, the hall of fame tight end, took the megaphone and asked, "How many of you are at a protest for the first time in your live?" 

Ninety percent raised their hands and hollered.

A Voice, For Once

A small business owner provided the answer to my question:  we've been afraid to say anything for years.

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Political correctness--a Nazi-like, liberal speech suppression technique begun in the 90s--cowed average Americans into keeping their mouths shut for 20 years.  Not since the early days of the Reagan administration have conservatives felt free to say, "I love this country because we're free."  The truth is, if we're not free even to speak our minds, then there is now "America" to love.  There is only a European socialist quasi-dictatorship a little too far west. 

The Next One

The Tea Party was only the first step in a march that ends with a Congress that understands that America is not a land, it's an idea. That idea is that human beings are the best judges of what will achieve happiness.  Free to follow that judgment, some will fail, but more will exceed their wildest expectations.

On February 27 in cities from coast to coast, a few hundred people pretended we still have the freedom to pursue our own dreams.  We ignored the shackles of political correctness and a semi-fascist president.  We hoped to draw out 50 to 100 like-minded souls to begin a movement.

Our humble expectations were exceeded by a factor of 15. 

And, as the Gipper might say, you ain't seen nothin' yet.

Claire McCaskill?  Freshen up your resume.

Other Reactions:

Side Notes:

  • I finally met Gateway Pundit in person.  It was an honor, much like meeting Dana Loesch and Jackie Smith.  
  • Dana Loesch and I met for the first on Friday at about 10:00 a.m.  What better testimony to the power of new tools like Twitter and Facebook and email that two perfect strangers would coordinate, split duties, and manage an event for 1,500 people in 4 days. 
  • The next even will be different, bigger, and far more threatening to the left and the national medial.  Not violently threatening; politically threatening.  They will not be able to bury the story, nor will they escape the consequences.  But they will try to prevent it.  In other words, this story will have legs.

 

 

St. Louis Tea Party Turnout Rocks!

Thanks to the 1,000+ patriots who stood in the snow at the Arch, Dana "The Energizer" Loesch, Doug Saur, the speakers, Michelle Moore and Jeff who managed the fairgrounds, Desiree' the Poster Party Lady, and the true leaders at #TCOT who held my hand after I stumbled into this event.   St.Louis 1000 Conservatives in 4 daysToday at the Arch in St. Louis was simple patriotic magic.  I have to do some wrapping up of the event, but I'll say this:

America's future is not in the White House; it was on the steps of the Gateway Arch and dozens of other Tea Party locations today.

This was not an event; it was step in a march that ends with Repealing Pork by Retiring socialists.

The scene was simply unbelievable.  Dana Loesch electified the crowd, and Hall of Famer Jackie Smith had them roaring.  In between, American Issues Project President Ed Martin, conservative blogger Shamed Dogan, responsible mother and former candidate for State Senate Gina Loudon, and State Senator Lemke (sp?)  sent a clear message that the 1,000+ adored. 

The Republic will be in great hands. . . soon.  

Thank you all.

If you were at the St. Louis, event, upload photos and videos to Photobucket.com.  See you Facebook messages for details.

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Keep this movement growing; going isn't enough.  Tell your friends to watch the news feeds, read the blogs, monitor #tcot.  Don't stop.  This wave won't crest until we have a conservative Congress, President, and SCOTUS.

How to Change the World with Twitter

My light blogging owes to our efforts to change the world in a week.  My role is, appropriately, miniscule.

When Congress listens, it will repeal the trillions of waste, fraud, and abuse it has produced over the past 4 months, it will stop proposed borrowing and bailouts, it will stop rewarding bad behavior in corporations and citizens, or it will retire.  This time, there are no two ways.

image Using tools like Twitter, email, and Facebook, TCOT has provided at least 163 patriots a forum to voice its discontent on Friday, February 27 at 11:00 a.m. at the foot of the Arch steps in St. Louis.

These citizens are coming out to tell Congress that we utterly reject its notion of borrowing its way out of debt, paying people and companies for failure, and building debt that must be paid through high taxes or high inflation.  

In the past 24 hours, the House has spent $410 billion and President Obama has requested hundred of billions more for healthcare.  When will it stop?

The stop starts on Friday.  Join us. 

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Matt Sczesny Rocks, and other Tea Party News

Great coverage of the St. Louis Tea Party on KMOV Channel 4 by reporter Matt Sczesny.   Channel 4 has not posted the video (that I can find).  I'll link or embed it as soon as it's available.

Please say "thanks" to Matt and KMOV for a fair report.

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Amy at Top Conservatives on Twitter has put together a convenient list of the Tea Parties across the country.  This list is NOT exhaustive, as not all cities have a Facebook Event page.  

If you have friends and family in other cities, please encourage them to attend their local rally.  And remember, this is an exhibition, not a competition; please, no wagering.  (h/t Letterman)

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For our local St. Louis theme, I really, really like the Red:  the blood of the patriots.  We represent that vast stretch of land filled with strong, working people who rush to the shores when our Republic is threatened.  We stand tall against enemies foreign and domestic.  We bandage our wounds and march on, ever forward, ever humble, yet ever certain of our purpose.  

Red-stained guaze around our heads, red sweaters on our chests, the river at our backs, the Great Frontier before us.  St. Louis was the far side of the America's Rubicon.  All who travel there on Friday will set themselves on the trail to a future under the torch of our brilliant past.   

When Ben Franklin left Consitution Hall after the delegates had finally ratified the document that forever changed man's relationship to government, a citizen shouted, "Dr. Franklin, what have wrought us?"  

Franklin replied simply, "A Republic . . . if you can keep it." 

To hear our President doubt our steel, question our resolve, and deny our ability to right ourselves and help our neighbor without some immense government to guide us is to hear that Philadelphia citizen shout back at Franklin, "Can you keep it for us?" 

Our red shirts tell Franklin, "Just watch."

See Dana's Channel 5 Interview

Go Dana.  How 'bout a little equal time?  Why does the WU prof get 80 percent of the time? DELETED VIDEO EMBED

I detest videos that start automatically.  

You can see the report on KSDK's web site.  Not the best coverage, certainly not fair, but publicity is publicity.  So thanks to Rebecca for visiting with Dana and selecting 7 seconds of the interview to air ahead of 30 minutes of some college professor who wrote a book in his spare time.  (I wrote mine while I was in the Navy.)

Live Blogging Barry's Crappy Reagan Imitation

The future is ours. Your disgust with the borrowing and spending, your noble desire to restore the republic the founders wrought, those are the real protests. The tea party is in our hearts and souls--the events are just the physical manifestations.  But now, the President: Ninety percent of live blog posts suck.  So I did my blog readers a big favor:  I tested my quips on Twitter.  Here I present my instant reactions that were good enough to get retweeted.  (You're welcome.)

  • I wish he'd ask "the Democrat majority to ramrod one-sided legislation through Congress" just once.
  • BHO's funnier if you don't look at him, but Biden makes me laugh. What do I do?
  • socialized medicine! Reminds me--my license plates expire this week
  • If I'm ever prez, remind me to cure a bad disease in every speech
  • I miss the suspense of W sneaking up on "kazakishtan" 
  • When will he thank China for making all this "investment" possible?
  • Read the 10th Amendment, Barry
  • When the hell did borrowing become the lifeblood of the economy?

And the winner . . . 

  • We need to produce more solar power? I'm NOT financing a new Sun!

On Friday, we get our turn to tell the world how it is.

Uncle Barry’s Adding Machine Stimulator Regulation Gimmick

A few weeks ago, shortly after his inauguration, Barry “The President” Obama panicked:  the Republicans might talk the people out of the stimulus bill.

Barry moved quickly.  But Barry is an organizer, not an engineer.  He’s the cheerleader, not the quarterback.  He moves mobs, not nations.  And when panicked, he fell apart.

Barry decided to announce that life as we know it would economically end the Day After The Stimulus Bill Is Defeated.  The “greatest economic crisis since the Great Depression,” was a convenient bludgeon for Barry to use as a candidate against the two men least responsible for it:  Bush and McCain.  Now, that crisis was his to fix.

“A crisis into a catastrophe"

His words.  If Congress failed to pass a near-trillion dollar spending spree, then financial ruin would be upon us.

Congress passed it. The economic slide into depression accelerated.

Thanks, Barry.  Even Robert J. Samuelson – who was our Krugman when I was in college – is kind of appalled at the whole unseemly creation of this Frankenstienian spendfest.

Judged by his own standards, President Obama's $787 billion economic stimulus program is deeply disappointing.

Samuelson has more bad news for those who that the trillion dollars would do anything before the next election cycle. 

His [Obama’s] politics compromise the program's economics. Look at the numbers . . . At his news conference, Obama argued (inaccurately) that the two goals don't conflict. Consider, he said, the retrofitting of federal buildings to make them more energy efficient. "We're creating jobs immediately," he said.

Yes -- but not many. The stimulus package includes $5.5 billion for overhauling federal buildings. The CBO estimates that only 23 percent of that would be spent in 2009 and 2010.

Politics Over Principle

Were Samuelson not on the left, one imagines, his critique of Barry’s first major act as president would be scathing. 

By using the stimulus for unrelated policy goals, spending will be delayed and diluted. There's another downside: "Temporary" spending increases for specific programs, as opposed to block grants, will be harder to undo, worsening the long-term budget outlook.

The reason so many are vowing to attend Tea Parties to protest wasteful spending, skyrocketing debt, transfer of wealth, and creeping socialism is because we cherish freedom, not because we’re greedy.  Most of the people at the rallies have a net worth that dwarfed by Obama’s cabinet’s daily checking account balances.  We know the value of a dollar, and we to keep the few we earn. 

It’s Socialism, Stupid

Obama is an old-time socialist with new-fangled toys what whir and sizzle.  But the magic is getting old fast. 

What a tiny, tiny honeymoon for Uncle Barry’s Adding Machine Stimulator Regulation Gimmick.  Got my cynicism early, wouldn’t you?