Are You a Superhero?

This is a challenge.

I want you to grab a pen and paper (or open your favorite note app). Now write down a list of characteristic you’d expect a superhero to display. Write as many or as few as you’d like. 

Don’t continue until you’ve written down the characteristics of a superhero.

Superhero You

Welcome back.

Here’s the next step. I want you to look over your list of superhero traits. As you do, think about the amount of that trait you have in you.

Make 0 through 5 scale, if you’d like, and give yourself a grade for each trait.  (Use a zero-based scale if you do, though.  You probably don’t have x-ray vision or eyeballs on your fingertips. Those traits would be zero on any scale.)

I’ll bet you have at least some level of one or more superhero traits, don’t you?

That means you can be a superhero.  A real superhero.  They’ll make a movie about you someday.

But they won’t make a movie unless you use your superpower for good. 

So you have one more task.

Write down how you will use your superpower today to help preserve our republic.  Write down only one, measurable, certain action you will do today that involves your superpower.

Then go do it. 

That’s it.

BONUS:  Tell us what your superpower is and how you used it today in the comments below

10 Days Until 3rd Anniversary Tea Party

Are you armed with tickets?

If not, get them today.

Here’s the details:

Join St. Louis Tea Party Coalition's 3rd Anniversary Tea Party Weekend

It's time to prepare for the new Tea Party Revolution. 2012 will be the most important election of our lifetime. We must make sure we are doing everything we can to stop this Administration. Join us February 24th and 25th to learn the MUST know for this election cycle.
This will be two days of speakers, activist training and a complete, end-to-end, mock caucus. This isthe absolute cannot miss event of the season.
Check out the details of this exciting event:
Friday Night: Doors Open 6:30
Dr. Schweikart 7:00, "7 Events That Made America America"
Heavy Hors D'oeuvres plus drink ticket included.
Mingle, meet Dr. Schweikart and enjoy a cash bar and music after the presentation.
Enjoy "7 Events That Made America America" presented by the author and former rocker, Dr. Larry Schweikart. Dr. Schweikart will take us through 7 lessor known events in American history that made this country great.
Early Bird Special: First 50 tickets include DVD of Dr. Schweikart's documentary Rockin' the Wall.
To the real work all day Saturday.
Saturday: Doors open 7:30, training starts at 8:30
This is a Super Training Event-start with an end goal and an empty action plan, then spend the day filling it out. We will put you to work doing the things that need doing to get out the vote in November. Bring your favorite technology-you'll need it!
We will also have favorite St. Louis speaker Bill Federer for our lunch keynote! Bill will entrance you with his knowledge of history and religion. He is one of the most in demand speakers in St. Louis and across the nation.
Our training offering includes several activist tracts-from the beginning to the advanced-you will not be disappointed. We will not only give you the training but we are going to put you to work that day.

Jim Hoft, the GatewayPundit will lead our advanced blogging class, "Take your blog to the next level"
If you want to learn to use Twitter, you will begin using it immediately and you will develop an effective action plan for using it through November to drive opinion.
If you have always wanted to blog-you will start a blog, learn basic design and find out how build your following.
If you want to become a Precinct Captain and learn how to effectively knock on doors and influence voters-you will learn everything you need to know now.
Plus a full Mock Caucus from beginning to end so you are prepared to influence the Caucus process in March.
These are just a few examples of the things we will teach you in one very intense day of activist training.
Breakfast and lunch are included.
It's been 3 years since we all met for the first time on the steps of the Arch. We've become a major force in politics, and perhaps the most powerful faction in the Republican party. This weekend is all about winning! Friday night is fascinating evening with one of America's foremost historians, Dr. Larry Schweikart. Saturday you get a full day of serious activist training plus breakfast and lunch, amazing speakers and trainers. This final push toward the election is what our movement is all about. Join us. If you can't join us, please consider sponsoring someone else.
When & Where
Crowne Plaza Hotel--Clayton, MO 7750 Carondolet Ave Clayton, MO 63105

Friday, February 24, 2012 at 6:30 PM (CT)

Why We Must Win

Think about what’s at stake:

  • The Supreme Court is one liberal away from imposing a radical, unwritten constitution on the United States
  • The President has shredded the Constitution by seizing the power to declare when the Senate is or is not in session
  • The United States has fallen many notches in world prestige
  • We can no longer fight wars on two fronts
  • The White House and Democrats in the Senate block every attempt at increasing domestic energy production
  • Our debt is approaching Greece’s catastrophic levels
  • The economy, after nearly four years, is flat on its back
  • America is losing ground on every front
  • And Obama made it worse

Only you can prevent the collapse of the United States.

And I’m proud that St. Louis Tea Party Coalition is there to help us get started.

In commemoration of the third anniversary of the Tea Party movement, St. Louis is joining dozens of Tea Party organizations around the country in kicking off a year of getting out the vote and getting better people in office.

In St. Louis, February 24 and 25 kick off our year of winning.

Friday, February 24

Dr. Larry Schweikart will discuss 7 Events That Made America America.  Dr. Schweikart is the New York Times Bestselling author of Glenn Beck’s favorite history book, A Patriot’s History of the United States

He’s also a documentarian who documented rock and roll’s role in bringing down the Berlin Wall and breaking up the Evil Empire. 

For the price of a good book, you’ll get to meet Dr. Schweikart, hear his fabulous and entertaining message, and enjoy a free drink (plus cash bar) and heavy hors d’oeuvres.  We’ll hang around and party as late as you want to go after Dr. Schweikart.

Get Tickets Today

Saturday, February 25

It’s all learning and training.  By 5:00 Saturday night, you’ll be armed, eager, and enabled to carry out the fight for the United States’ future.  You’ll be an elite warrior for liberty.

We’ll have speakers discussing social media campaigning, canvassing, the psychology of voting (you’d be surprised how powerful one person can be), how dominate in the upcoming Missouri Presidential Caucus, and more.

Saturday’s events include breakfast and lunch. We’re asking for a $50 donation for Saturday to help pay for some of the training, transportation for out-of-town speakers, and meals. Bill Federer, one of St. Louis’s finest conservative speakers and political experts, will entertain and inform at lunch.  And Dr. Schweikart will be available, too. If you don’t know Bill, check out his American Minute radio show.

And, if she’s willing, we’ve invited Debbie Wasserman-Schultz to debate the US Constitution on Saturday.  I’d personally love to see what Bill Federer and Dr. Schweikart would make of her . .  . “intellect.” 

Your best bet is to get the whole weekend—Friday and Saturday—for $65. 

Register for 3rd Anniversary Tea Party PLUS7 Events That Made America America with Dr. Larry Schweikart in Clayton, MO  on Eventbrite


The location is the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Clayton—where we kicked off The After Party on September 15.

This Is Why We Started This Thing

When we first gathered at the Arch on February 27, 2009, we didn’t know where it go. We faithfully followed the path that emerged before us.  We took on healthcare, we took on cap and trade, we took on the SEIU and universities and media. 

We made some mistakes, and we shined like the sun at times.

In 2010, we made a difference.  Not enough of a difference, but a difference.

Now we’ve reached the crossroads of our civilization's existence.  Down one path lies the hard work for restoring sound government, fiscal responsibility, and free markets. 

Down the other path lies the harder work of living in a jungle of tyrannical lords amidst a broader social chaos.

Either way, there’s hard work to be done.  If you join the 300 on February 24 and 25, you’ll choose the hard work of restoring a better society.  The other choice will seem easier . . . until the barbarians knock.

Space is limited.  Get your tickets early.

Register for 3rd Anniversary Tea Party PLUS
7 Events That Made America America with Dr. Larry Schweikart in Clayton, MO  on Eventbrite

What Scrooge Teaches Millennials

This is the fourth in a series. If you haven’t, please read part 1, part 2, and part 3 Because so many school systems have driven great English literature out of students’ hands and minds, it’s possible that some kids never read Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol.  If you’ve never read this classic, please do so now.  You need it.


Back?  Good. Fascinating stuff, isn’t it?  And so much more accessible than David Copperfield, which was my introduction to Dickens.

So now you know that Scrooge was a miser who treated the whole world and all of its inhabitants with a cruel contempt.  Scrooge loved money and nothing else.

But during the course of the story, a series of spirits massage Scrooge’s conscience. They begin with his own happy youth, when Scrooge still enjoyed the presence of other people.  They proceed through Scrooges present and into his future.

Somewhere along the way, Scrooge changes.  He has a conversion. He learns to love others as himself.

If I were a Millennial—those born between 1983 and about 2002—I’d ask myself, “why?”

The spirits didn’t argue politics or morality with Scrooge.  They didn’t tell him his taxes were too low, and they didn’t send bureaucrats to audit his books and extract fines.

Instead, they made it personal.  They showed him his real life—past, present, and future—in living color and 3D.  They simply held up a mirror and provided him clear evidence of what his future would be if remained on the path he’d taken.

Scrooge reformed because he knew a lonely, unhappy death awaited him. He knew that people would mock his memory.

Millennials should take a hard look at our national debt. Not just where it stands, but the direction it’s going.

Look at the amount of debt that Gen X, Boomers, and WWII have saddled you with.  It’s about $50,000 and going up every day.

What did you get for that money?  Not a damn thing, really.  Most of that debt went to pay for people who are already retired. In other words, your grandparents are borrowing money, spending it, and passing the bill onto you.

I know you’re a generous group. You want to help. You believe in this country, and you’re willing to sacrifice to make it stronger.

We all are.  That’s a common trait of Americans.

But how much can you bear?  How much of a debt burden can your generation really handle?

On top of Washington’s $15 trillion in debt and $60 trillion in unfunded liabilities, most states hold hundreds of billions or more in combined debt and future pension obligations.  Those aren’t your pensions, but the pensions of people in older generations.

Well, you weren’t asking for all that debt. Now you’re stuck with it.

Again, how much more can you and our society handle? And does it really help anyone for the government to make promises it can’t keep?

Scrooge looked at “Christmas Yet To Come” and saw his horrible death. Unless he changed.

When I look at America’s future, I see the same.

The spirits gave Scrooge the chance to reform, and he took it.

Will you?

Want to Know What Real Change Looks Like?

Have you known anyone who turned his life around? I was in New York last week. Every day I was there, I passed hundreds of people. Each day, I met a dozen new friends.  Everyone in New York, it seems, is ready to smile and have a conversation.

I thought about some of these people-- the young couple holding hands, the young man with a hoodie a dozen tattoos, the two models (I was in that part of town) sitting in the hotel lobby talking on their cell phones. I thought about their lives, their secrets, the stuff they wish the whole world knew about them, and the stuff they'd just as soon forget.

I thought about redemption.  About how many people we meet have overcome their own weaknesses.  We're lucky to have them among us.

I also though about the people who life has kicked in the gut, but they get up and move on.  From them, we learn a lot.

The redeemed.  The survivors.  They make our society stronger. That WWII generation was great because it was full of people who overcame a lot and kept on growing.

Imagine if we could somehow help a whole community to overcome the nasty hand its been dealt, or its self-inflicted wounds. Wouldn't it be great to see a desolate neighborhood, a broken city, a dangerous street turned around?

Imagine how powerful, how much hope and strength and joy, would come from a whole community surging toward relative peace and prosperity after decades of decline.

What if we could unleash an upward spiral of positivity for thousands of people at once?

We Can

In 2012, one man has the chance to begin that change.  Martin D. Baker, candidate for U.S. House of Representatives from Missouri's 1st District knows his district, its people, and its problems.

He also knows that doing more of what's been done for the past 60 years won't make the 1st District any better.  Martin has the courage to make a change.

I believe that Martin's district needs a new direction. I know that Martin Baker combines rare strength, courage, and commitment to begin that change.

I urge you to visit this website today.  Visit every day and pray.  Ask for discernment.  Ask for help. Don't be afraid.

If you can, invest in our future.  Help Martin Baker overcome the decades of damage wrought by Lacy and Bill Clay. Help restore our community.


If not us, who?

If not now, when?

Note: These views do not necessarily reflect the views of St. Louis Tea Party Coalition. But they should. ;-)

Why Can't the Establishment Fix America's Problems?

America has but one political party capable of winning races on a scale large enough to change government practices: the Republican Party. When the GOP takes Washington (or Jefferson City), things don't seem to get better. Wonder why?

Let's take a little stroll down memory lane.

"To secure the nomination, the Dewey forces spent money and made deals and promises that Taft would never make. Offers were made of Federal jobs that Delegates could not resist. Mississippi's delegation was headed by a Taft man, but his Delegates voted the other way. After the vote, one Delegate ran for a train and died of a heart attack on it. He had $1,500 in fresh money on him and the other Delegates claimed it should be divided among them."                                    --Phyllis Schafly, A Choice, Not an Echo

Little has changed since 1948, the year Mrs. Schlafly described above.

In 2012, the Republican machine, in races all across America, will nominate candidates chosen by the Kingmakers.  This year, those kingmakers are making their investments.  Wisely.  They're buying just the right people with just the right promises and just right access to just the right celebrities.

The Grassroots Problem

Kingmakers laugh at grassroots candidates and activists.  We amuse them with our principles and idealism, our willingness to work for free, knocking on doors, sweating in the summer, shivering in the winter.

Kingmakers don't deign to knock doors and meet ordinary people--they have deals to cut. They have staff to do the dirty work of meeting voters.

But the grassroots stress the kingmakers, nonetheless. When a big movement like the tea party rises up and dares to challenge the established powers, the kingmakers scowl. They understand that enough tea partiers with enough time and enough energy and the right candidates could--just might--upset their plans. And then what?

What if another Reagan reached the White House?  Another Taft in the Senate?  Imagine the horror of another Rand Paul or  Paul Ryan stirring up the rabble. What if someone actually ended crony capitalism?

So the Mr. Potters of the GOP crawl into their cobwebby dens and spin their plans. And their plans begin and end with money.

Money Is the Problem

Establishment Republicans operate on a single principle: government is money.  For that matter, Democrats operate on the same principle.  Both parties use government precisely the same way.  They borrow against future generations to buy more power from contemporary friends.

When it comes to Constitutional limits and fiscal responsibility, the only real difference between Democrats and establishment Republicans is who gets the spoils.

Money--and the establishment view of money--is the reason things won't get better just because a Republican wins an election.  The kingmakers don't want fiscal responsibility in Washington.  They just want the debt laundered through their banks and spent on their businesses.

The GOP establishment doesn't want to cut regulations; it wants regulations that favor their donors' businesses.

The GOP establishment doesn't to strengthen America's image in the world, but to make more money overseas.

In 2011, the established Republican Party works overtime to regain the Senate and the White House. If it does, it will reward its friends with our grand-children's fortunes as surely as the Democrats have rewarded their friends.

In short, the establishment can't fix our problems, because the establishment is the problem.

But there is another way.

Anti-Establishment Candidates

In almost every race in America, voters have a choice. A real choice, like the ones Phyllis Schlafly wrote about in 1964.

Candidates like Ed Martin and Todd Akin in Missouri, Richard Mourdock in Indiana, and Rodger Cook in Illinois. These candidates don't have money with which to buy allies. They don't get invitations to royal balls.  Instead, they rely on ordinary men and women to walk neighborhoods, banging doors, and asking relatives to vote.

If these  conservatives are to win their primaries, though, the grassroots must remain strong against the seductions of the establishment.  In tough economic times, those seductions--almost always monetary--will be strong.

But the tea party that carried Rand Paul and Marco Rubio to the Senate can surely win one more for the Gipper, can't we?

Mrs. Schlafly told us how the grassroots prevailed in 1964 against establishment tactics of smears, intimidation, and bribes:

These tactics were not successful because in 1964 the majority of Convention Delegates were independent citizens elected in their districts who sought — not personal advancement or political jobs — but only the nomination and election of a candidate who would end the America Last policies of the past 30 years.

Amen, sister. Amen.

If we're to reverse America's drift toward socialism, away from the Constitution, we must rekindle the spirit of '64 and the Reagan Revolution of 1980.

In both of those years, "independent citizens" rose up and slapped down the Republican establishment.  They said "no" to the jobs and the bailouts the kingmakers offered.  The Goldwater and Reagan delegates stood by their principles, putting America's future before their own egos and wealth.

Yes, Goldwater lost. But Reagan won. And Reagan's victory owed much to the lessons conservatives learned in 1964.

For history to judge us well, we tea partiers must drive a stake through the heart of the establishment.

If not us, who?

If not now, when?

 Note: These views do not necessarily reflect the views of St. Louis Tea Party Coalition. But they should. ;-)

Why Did I Do an Internet Radio Program?

A couple of years ago, I stopped doing internet radio. I had several reasons for my decisions, and I stuck to them. When Mark Gillar of Tea Party Power Hour asked me to come onto his show, I broke my rule. Here's why.

First, Mark Gillar's professionalism and sincerity are spectacular.  His show is his mission to advance liberty and good government.

Second, Tea Party Power Hour has hosted some amazing guests--folks I'm very honored and very humbled to follow.

Finally, though, I appeared on the Power Hour because I'm so proud of what you've done in the St. Louis area. I wanted to spread the word around the nation: St. Louis hearts pump the life blood of this movement.

Please take a little break this weekend and listen to the Tea Party Power Hour.  And tell the world you're listening on Facebook and Twitter.

Then, get the Tea Party S.O.B. Brigade T-Shirts.

Don't Commit the 7 Deadly Sins of Movements

Maybe you scoffed at the headline.  Maybe you didn't see it.  Maybe you're in denial.  Or maybe you just don't care what other people think.

If you want to stop the slide  into irrelevancy (and the Tea Party movement is far down that path), then pay attention.

If, however, you like the screaming in wilderness, stop reading now.  This post is for those who want to continue the mission set forth in February 2009.

The Headline

The headline I referred to in the opening paragraph?  It was this one from Rasmussen on August 30, 2011:

43% Now View 'Tea Party' Label As A Negative

It gets worse.  In a head-to-head match-up against the "progressive" label, Tea Party loses 31% to 29%.

The poll is packed with bad news.  Let's look at the causes and the fixes.  What are the Seven Deadly Sins of Movements that we've committed since last election?

7 Deadly Sins of Movements

Personality Cult:  A sustained movement demands constant refreshing. That means new blood, new ideas, and, most importantly, new energy.  Building a cult around charismatic individuals is tempting, but it's deadly. Cult figures can inspire.  They also disappoint and demoralize.  They demand control. They loathe delegation. *

Anarchy:  Still, movements require some sort of figure head. Sorry, they do.  Someone must take the lead. Someone must rent the park and send the press releases.  Someone must be willing to take the first step, just as the signers of the Declaration did. The idea of a "leaderless organization" is wonderful, but the human brain won't organize around a clot of individuals.  Leaders who arise naturally because of their drive to push the movement forward are indispensable.  Leaders can be distinguished from cult figures over time: leaders focus on the prize while cult figures focus on who's following them.

Zealotry:   Also known as "fanaticism." The press promotes Tea Party fanatics as the core of the movement, confusing the Unknowing Believers.  Don't know who the fanatics are? They don't care about winning minds and hearts; they seem to want immediate economic collapse. Zealots believe that people will rally to their side once the calamity has struck. They predict a meltdown and hope to say "I told you so" among the smoldering remnants of society.

Despair: Some in the movement believe that the United States--and, more consequentially, the rights of man--are doomed. They expected the 2010 elections to reverse 70 years of government growth. When it did not, they gave up.  The Wall Street Journal made a Houston man the poster child for Tea Party despair.  If you find yourself saying "it's hopeless," do something.  Take some action. Action is the best antidote to depression and despair.

Vainglory:  This is despair's opposite. Vainglory in a movement is the belief that, if one's motives are noble, then one's ideas will prevail. It's an idiotic, lazy belief.  The good people in Germany believed that their own goodness would spare them the horrors of Nazism. They were wrong.  If you think that being right is enough, think again.

Acedia:  Those guilty of acedia show up at big rallies.  And that's it.  They see the Tea Party as an entertainment troupe.  Sometimes they vote. They seem oblivious to the fact that the progressives work hard every day to take away liberty and property.  They let others take care of things for them. We all need to take a break now an then. But if the breaks exceed the work, the balance is wrong.

Wrath: This is the one that really kills center-right movements. Rage and anger  get old really fast.  People want to be happy, and rage and anger don't seem like the path to joy. Yes, we get angry when government tramples our rights. But we can't live our lives in anger and rage.  If we do, we'll die young and lonely. If you find yourself feeling wrathful, smile.  Smile and hold that smile for 30 seconds.

Make The Next Poll Better

The After Party is one way to reverse the trend in polling.

I believe that the Tea Party movement--even if under a different name--is the last, best hope for human rights.  As such, we who believe in liberty have a moral obligation to advance this cause.

I feel the tug of these sins every day, and I give in occasionally.  When I do, it helps no one.

As we prepare for the After Party beginning Thursday, September 15 at 7:00 pm, please remember that we need more than 29 percent on our side to win.  And we can't afford to have a majority working against us.

With a smile and dedicated service to our ideals, we will win this thing--eventually. was never supposed to happen co-founder Christopher ArpsThis weekend, held its first conference. The location was the Crowne Plaza Hotel at the airport. The event launched the Sherman T. Parker Scholarship for African-American Political Science students. But that’s not the big story.

The big story is this: has cheated history.

Why “cheated?” Because the past 50 years of American liberal history has prepared American blacks for one purpose: compliance.

Using victimhood, welfare, crime, destructive education, and programs designed to destroy families, American liberals from Ted Kennedy to Barack Obama chained African-Americans to “Uncle Sam’s Plantation,” as Star Parker so aptly puts it.

The entire statist system, in fact, was designed to prevent blacks from ever realizing their personal or community potential. 

But this weekend in St. Louis, a network of African-American conservatives threw off the chains of government limitation.  Fighting through a barrage of racial smears—Uncle Tom, Sambo, self-haters—these champions of human dignity cheated history, defied their Democrat Party masters, and planted their flag in the heart of dying Civil Right Industry, Inc. ™

Adding insult to statist injuries, Martin D. Baker—a Navy veteran and conservative warrior—announced his intention to unseat 1st District overlord, Lacy Clay.  Here’s the announcement.

I could not be more proud than I am to have witnessed history change. Congratulations to Chris Arps, Martin Baker, Stephanie Rubach, Andre Harper, Stacy Washington, and everyone else, including attendees, who have begun restoration of the American promise.

Breitbart Cooks Lefties for Lunch at's Luncheon

"I will die fighting this Democrat-Media Complex, and I will fight alongside you." That's Andrew Breitbart's commitment to African-American conservatives meeting at the Crowne Plaza Hotel at the airport in St. Louis, Missouri, yesterday.

The three-day "Meet Me in the 'Lou" conference is the work of the remarkable people at  Today's day two, and Breitbart is the luncheon speaker. represents the people that the Civil Rights Industry never wants you to meet: black conservatives, escapees from what Star Parker calls "Uncle Sam's Plantation."  (Star Parker was the headline speaker at the evening's Sherman Thompson Parker Scholarship Banquet.)

What frightens the left about is their independence.  Real independence.  The independence that exists only in educated minds that refuse to bow down to their racial overlords.

"How will you feel," said Shelby Emmett, "when you're children or grandchildren ask, 'Mom, tell me what it was like when we were

Shelby Emmett

free.'" Shelby, a Detroit native now working in Maryland, won a roomful of fans and a mountain of respect at her morning breakout session. I follow her blog about the Constitution in the 21st Century.

Brietbart continues.  "They don't care what happens in the inner city . . . as long as you vote Democrat."


Stacy Swimp

Stacy Swimp, president of The Frederick Douglass Society of Michigan (soon going national) also spoke in a morning breakout. His personal tale mirrors the hopes of  With the help of a strong Christian faith, he pulled himself out of the bogs of statist limitations and victimology.  He refused to live as a slave to a decaying social norm. Stacy adopted Frederick Douglass's determination to "go as a man and not as a slave."

Other remarkable speakers included Cherylyn Harley LeBon on immigration policy and Kenneth McClenton of American Conservative Party.

Cherylyn Harley LeBon

Kenneth McClenton

After Breitbart's luncheon speech, which ended with a 3 minute standing ovation, we met some local lefties in the lobby for conversation.   But that's a story for later . . .

More Coverage of Conference:

Reboot Congress photo essay

KTVI Fox 2 News



Sharp Elbows meets Democrat Party tracker



80 Percent of Americans Read This Blog Every Day

I’ll be honest with you: I’ve lied. Usually out of desperation. I’ve lied to those closest to me—those most willing to forgive the thing I lied about. 

I’ve also told the truth to my own detriment.  In the long run, the latter works best. In fact, telling the truth works best in the short run, too.

So maybe Obama’s desperate. Maybe he knows that the debt ceiling debate is the beginning of the unraveling of Americum Sovieticum, his life-long dream. In desperation, then, he’s simply making stuff up.

How do I know Obama’s lying?

obama_big_lie-505x378The last time 80 percent of America agreed on something, the question was whether or not to get baby Jessica McClure out of the well. So when I hear that 80 percent of Americans support something, I assume it involves human life.

But somewhere, somehow, Barack Obama has found data revealing that 80 percent of Americans want—demand—a tax increase.

For the life of me, I cannot find these people.

I can find this Rasmussen poll indicating that 55 percent oppose a tax increase as part of a debt ceiling package.

I can also find a Gallup poll that finds only 32 percent would agree to tax increases as part of a deal.

Maybe the President saw this Quinnipiac University poll – with a questioned designed to elicit a particular response.  The question enticed 62 percent of 2,311 registered voters to accept some taxes on the wealthiest Americans. 

So, perhaps, Obama merely took that 62 and round up to the nearest . . . 80?

But there’s also the media defensive panic.

When conservative presidents are caught lying or being morons, conservatives tend to admit, well, maybe he shouldn’t have said “mission accomplished.” 

When leftists find their leftist president being a deceitful dolt, they obfuscate.  Huffington Post, New York Times—all the usual suspects—have scrubbed their sites of references to the President’s lie. (At least, my searches found nothing.  Then, again, I try to not to spend too much time on those sites.)

Instead, the left talks about this being the time to bring taxes into the equation.

Two people who get it . . . clearly:  Mark Steyn and Charles Krauthammer. 

Steyn, as usual, picks apart the stupid in “No Bargaining With Obluffer.”

Krauthammer destroys Obama’s credibility by pointing to Obama’s long and recent history of demanding more debt at any cost.

How about last December, when he ignored his own debt commission's recommendations? How about February, when he presented a budget that increases debt by $10 trillion over the next decade? How about April, when he sought a debt-ceiling increase with zero debt reduction attached?

All of a sudden he's a born-again budget balancer prepared to bravely take on his own party by making deep cuts in entitlements. Really? Name one.

So I lied again.  Eighty percent of Americans don’t read Hennessy’s View every day.  Not yet, anyway.

Blame Machines

Even though they became ubiquitous when he was an undergrad, Obama just now discovered that ATMs reduce foot traffic in banks.  Then again, they probably didn't have the machines in the Kremlin where he spent his semester abroad.

But the twits are sure having a blast with the news (me included).

Exit question: you think ATMs and airport kiosks are preventing people from finding work?  Seriously?

Answer in the comments.

Don’t Look for Quick Fixes

According to a book by historians Neil Howe and William Strauss, history follows a fairly predictable pattern, rotating in cycles equal to a long human life. The book, The Fourth Turning, was written in 1997. Read it.

If Howe and Strauss are right—and so far, they’re dead on—then we recently entered a Fourth Turning in the current saeculum which they named “millennium.”

What is a Fourth Turning?

The Fourth Turning is a Crisis, a decisive era of secular upheaval, when the values regime propels the replacement of the old civic order with a new one.

We’re not talking about an election cycle; we’re talking about an entirely reformulated society.

So far, America has experienced three significant turnings.  (Four, really, but the first was long before the Revolution.)

The Revolution, when the colonies declared independence from Great Britain and formed a democratic republic under the Constitution.

The Civil War, when we established the impossibility of secession and ended slavery.

The Depression-WWII, when we effectively abolished Constitutional government and re-ordered the entire world for increased security.

With the exception of the Civil War, each of these saecula lasted the length of a long human life—80 to 100 years.  That’s also about four generations.

Fourth Turnings—Crisis turnings—begin not because of chronology, but because of generational attitudes.  Fourth Turnings begin when the Boom children from the last Crisis reach Elderhood.

Think Bill  Clinton as elder statesman.

Behind that Boom generation is a generation of Nomads—the Gen Xers in this saecula.  My generation.  Reality Bites people.  Wild risk-takers. Generals George Patton and George Washington were the Generation Xers of their days.  So was Francis Marion.

Next, ready to do battle, is a Hero generation. These were the foot soldiers and Marines and sailors of WWII.  They’re also the kids fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq today. They’re the Millennials whom we too easily dismiss. But they’ll receive our ticker-tape parades someday. They’ll be the next Greatest Generation, if Howe and Strauss are correct.

Those born after about 2002?  They’re the next generation of artists.  The last generation of Artists were the Silent Generation who came of age just after WWII. They were too young to fight, but too old for Vietnam.  This generation is great at following orders.  It is the only American generation never to produce a President.  (We skipped from the GI generation of George H.W. Bush to the Boomers with Bill Clinton, George W., and Obama.)

So the stars—and the players—seemed aligned for a Fourth Turning: 20 to 25 years of total upheaval and, possibly,  total war. Those who think the worst is over, as I’ve said repeatedly, have another thought coming.  The debt problem that caused the 2008 crisis was not solved; it was papered over and compounded. February’s deficit was 40 percent bigger than the entire deficit for 2007.  The March deficit will be larger still.

I know some people believe that we can end the crisis with a single election—2010.  That’s beyond wishful thinking.  It’s irresponsible thinking.  Our troubles go deeper than an election cycle.  Or even two.

That doesn’t mean we don’t start now, though.  In fact, the Tea Party movement was really a recognition of the Crisis, though I didn’t know it at the time.  (Maybe some of you did.)

With spiraling debt, rising international tensions, Japan melting down, and public sector unions demanding the power to take even more away from the producers, we’re just beginning a long generation of turmoil.

Read The Fourth Turning this week.  Learn your role and the risks we face.  Then, we might as well get started.


To My Commenters

I love getting lots of comments, and I encourage you to comment more.  (Just say “hello” if that’s all you can think of.)  But I want to clear up some misunderstandings about the way comments work.

Over the weekend, a commenter got quite upset at me because her words didn’t appear on my blog 30 seconds after she his Submit.

That’s by design.

My comments are moderated.  Believe it or not, I attract lunatic-fringe commenters who like to describe the shape and smell of the bullet they intend to use on me.  That stuff doesn’t belong on the site, and the only way to keep it off is to moderate comments. 

Frequent, acceptable commenters I might white-list so that their comments appear immediately.

Those who know me know that I have a more-than-full-time job, a family, and other obligations.  Therefore,  comments may sit in queue for up to a day. And I reserve the right to block any comment. 

Thanks for your understanding.

Why I Support the Board of Police Commissioners

The battle over the St. Louis Board of Police Commissioners is coming to a head in Jefferson City.  Others (see www.24thstate. com)  have documented the board’s odd history and surprising success. I’ve pointed out that the Constitution is silent on the matter. With legislation coming to a vote, I’ll state my personal position flat out.

I believe that abolishing the Board would be a setback, not just for St. Louis Police Officers, not just for the city of St. Louis, but for entire region. 

First, St. Louis City government is a wreck.  Decades of one-party rule has driven away people and businesses.  The St. Louis Public Schools had to be seized by  the state because of perpetual incompetence.  The last thing this city needs is a police department as corrupt and ineffective as the rest of City Hall.

Second, the most prominent opponents of the board, like Rep. Jamila Nasheed, represent the most radical elements of Missouri politics.  Nasheed is closely allied with the New Black Panther Party

Third, the St. Louis Police Department, despite its many challenges, has been and remains one of the premier metropolitan forces in the country.  That’s due in part to the oversight from the governor-appointed board.  Without that board, every police officer will work at the pleasure of the mayor of St. Louis. 

Fourth, I question the measures taken to get this legislation through the Missouri House.  I don’t have anything against Rex Sinquefield, but I would like to know what his end-game is.  Sinquefield, who opposes the state-appointed board, invested $200,000 in Steve Tilley’s uncontested race for the Missouri House.  Tilley subsequently used his position as speaker to drive this legislation through. 

Tilley’s extraordinary efforts include appointing a radical member of the House as chairwoman of the Urban Affairs committee, assigning HB71—the bill to abolish the Board of Police Commissioners—to that committee, and, regrettably, to resort to smearing opponents of his legislation as race-baiters.  (I will discuss this more in a later post.)

It’s 1978 All Over Again **UPDATE: Thaddeus McCotter Agrees With Me**

The news might seem unimportant to us in the USA:

Day after day they marched, tens of thousands strong, defiant chanting demonstrators surging through the streets of Cairo, a capital unaccustomed to the shouts and echoes of dissent. The subject of their protest was the policies of Egypt’s supreme ruler, Hosni Mubarak. Some carried signs demanding his ouster. Others called for a return of long denied civil and political liberties and the enforcement of Islamic laws.

Except I changed a few words.  I replaced “Tehran” with “Cairo”, “Iran” with “Egypt”, and “Mohammed Reza Pahlavi” with “Hosni Mubarak.”  The paragraph above is from Time Magazine’s cover story on turmoil in Tehran from September, 1978. Read more:,9171,916373,00.html#ixzz1CN3AbsVh

The Obama White House response to anti-government turmoil in Egypt today parallels Jimmy Carter’s vacillating and indecisive response to Iran 33 years ago. Carter, who praised the Shah in 1977, seem lost for a response to turmoil in 1978, and joined the world in criticizing the Shah after the fall.

That’s courage.

Here’s how events unfolded as the Shah—a bulwark against both Soviet domination and radical Islam in Southwest Asia—faced exile or death:

Even by late 1978 few people in the Carter administration, including the American embassy staff in Teheran,20 seemed to know much about the leaders or directions of the revolution. Khomeini’s violent ideas and extraordinarily anti-American, anti-Zionist views apparently had not yet registered. U.S. policy appears to have straddled both sides. For example:

—Shortly after the Shah declared martial law, President Carter called him to voice support.

—Yet in October, after weeks of daily reports sent back to Washington on events in Iran, Ambassador William H. Sullivan "could detect neither high-level concern nor any comprehensive attitude toward the events that were in progress."

—On 4 November 1978, as rioters spread fires across Teheran, destroying banks, theatres, and the British embassy, security advisor Brzezinski called the Shah from the Iranian embassy in Washington to express his assurance that the United States would "back him to the hilt."

—Concurrently, certain high-level State Department officials evidently had concluded that the Shah was the major problem in Iran and that he had to go regardless of who replaced him.

—Energy Secretary James Schlesinger (a previous Defense Secretary in the Ford administration) argued that the Shah had to be saved, and proposed a U.S. show of force in the Indian Ocean.

—Late in December President Carter seems to have agreed, dispatching the aircraft carrier Constellation to the Indian Ocean. Then, possibly out of concern over risk to the carrier, the President countermanded his own order.21

Thus, as time ran out for the Shah and for Washington, the Carter administration split between supporting the monarch, dumping him, or riding out the storm. Events, not policy, now determined American responses in Southwest Asia.

Last week, White House spokesman Gibbs refused to support Mubarak publically.

Today, a world long caught up in economic turmoil turned its attention to turmoil in Cairo. We should be scared, because the Obama Administration has no plan. The White House, we learned, has not contacted Mubarak since the crisis began.

It’s as if Obama had no idea there was an Egypt.

If Egypt falls to radicals, the Suez Canal will close.  Israel will face extinction. Oil and gasoline prices will soar, possibly to $200 a bbl and $8.00 a gallon, respectively.  The nascent and weak recovery would quickly turn to economic depression.

**UPDATATE** US Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (one of my favorites) issued a statement tonight to that begins brilliantly:

The Egyptian demonstrations are not the equivalent of Iran's 2009 Green Revolution.  The Egyptian demonstrations are the reprise of Iran's 1979 radical revolution.  Thus, America must stand with her ally Egypt to preserve an imperfect government capable of reform; and prevent a tyrannical government capable of harm.

Yeah, yeah, you bleeding hearts will criticize Mubarak.  But if Mubarak falls, you will see horrors that have been hitherto unimaginable.

And still this idiot in the White House is incapable of formulating a policy.  As was said of Carter's dealings with Iran in 1978, events, not policy, will determine American response to what happens in Egypt.

Don't say I didn't warn you.

***UPDATE II*** Michelle Malkin has another angle: the people must be heard. True, but these protests seem eerily like Tehran 1978.  Don't assume this will end well--for the oppresses liberals in Egypt or for the world.

Got Your Back

Seth Godin’s daily blogs are amazingly timely. Today Seth talked about having someone’s back.  He explained that the time we need to feel that someone has our back is when things are tough, not when they’re going well.

No, if you want her to go all in, if you want her to take the risk and brave the fear, then it sure helps if you're there too, no matter what. There's a cost to that, a pain and risk that comes from that sort of trust. After all, it might not work. Failure (or worse! embarrassment) might ensue. That's precisely why it's worth so much. Because it's difficult and scarce.

If you’re wondering why so many tea partiers responded so forcefully to the left’s cynical and exploitive attempt to politicize the Tucson tragedy, this is why: we’ve got each other’s backs.

Whether I like it or not, there are people—good people—who are Tea Partiers because I opened my mouth.  That’s not to say I’m some sort of hero.  It’s to say that I incurred an obligation to those who followed my lead.

When cretins in the media libel good men and women whose only crime is showing up at events I helped organized, I get really, really unhappy.  When a county sheriff who neglected his duties for years blames me for a horrendous crime perpetrated on his watch, I respond. I know no other way.

That’s why we preempted the NAACP’s vile bigotry. That’s why we relentlessly attack the left’s stream of bile over Tucson.

It’s not because we’re particularly brave or heroic, but because we seem to have an inherent understanding of duty.  Speaking for myself, it’s how I was raised. It’s what the Navy and Dominican Sisters taught me, reinforcing lessons from home.  I only wish that I were as loyal and fearless as my friends.  I’m not.

I suspect that our motives won’t make sense to leftists. I’m not sure progressives have the capacity to understand sacrifice for others.

To contrast that tiny cadre of progressives with our side, I’ll let you in on a little secret: some tea partiers who don’t like me.  Some of us on the right don’t get along.  Some of us like each other but don’t work well together.  And yet . . .

And yet, when the chips are down, when our “movement” faces its greatest challenges, when we have every opportunity and reason to save ourselves and forget our comrades, we seems to rise to the occasion. In crisis, conservatives lift their game, and liberals descend into the abyss.

I know others have my back . . . I don’t even have to look.

The vast majority of Americans now see the left’s callous exploitation for what it was. So do some honest liberals, like Jon Stewart.

Cowardly, Leftist Punks Go Silent

The tragedy in Tucson exposed America’s leading leftists for what they are.

Andrew Breitbart points out on Twitter that his cowardly leftist accusors, including Markos Moulitsas and Eric Boehlert, quieted down on their libelous attacks on Breitbart, Palin, Bush, and Tea Party. 

These leftist cowards shut up only after it became undeniably clear that the evil bastard who shot Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and 11 others is not a tea partier, but a deranged socialist.  Whatever Jarod Lee Loughner’s politics are, they seem a lot closer to Moulitsas and Boelhert and Chris Matthews and Matt Yglesias than to Breitbart or me.

Am I saying that those leftist cowards are responsible for the horror in Tucson?  No.  I’m saying they are cowards who use murder and misery to advance their collectivist politics by libelously blaming those who stand for liberty. 

Breitbart has more about journalism’s disgraceful behavior on Big Journalism. Gateway Pundit on the shooter Jared Lee Loughner (not a tea partier). My previous posts on Hennessy’s View.  Continuing coverage on Big Government

Please feel free to post your feelings about these leftist cowardly bastards right here.

A Remarkable Discussion

If you’ve never heard of The Discussion Club, listen up.

Since 1955, The Discussion Club has brought to St. Louis the heavyweights of the time.

  • Milton Friedman
  • Dr. Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn
  • Henry Regner
  • M. Stanton Evans
  • Dr. George C. Roche
  • Dr. Friedrich A. Von Haye (are you freakin’ kidding me?)
  • Dr. Russell Kirk (the father of American conservatism)
  • Arthur Laffer
    And that’s just the 70s and 80s.  The list of past speakers reads like the history of National Review. 

On January 13, 2011, I have the distinct and rather frightening opportunity to follow this remarkable list of speakers. 

If you’d like to attend (and I’d like you to), just call 314-416-7722 no later than January 11th.  (But do it today, just so you don’t forget.)  The price is only $37 per person includes a fantastic dinner at the Hilton Frontenac at Lindbergh and Highway 40.  Plan to arrive by 6:30 p.m. for pre-game conversation.   

Believe it or not, I plan to talk about the future of the Tea Party movement in America.  You should be ready to talk, too. It’s The Discussion Club, not the Speech Club.  Think of me as the conversation starter, like a gigantic cigarette lighter or a bowl of freshly picked leaves.  Here’s how the evening progresses:

The Discussion Club meets at the Hilton Frontenac. Meetings begin with an informal mixer at 6:30 p.m. that provides an excellent opportunity to make new friends. At 7:00 p.m. dinner is served. Speakers normally speak from about 8:00 p.m. to 8:45 p.m., and then we open the floor for comments and questions. In addition to asking the speaker questions about his/her speech, audience members also comment on earlier questions or comments made by other audience members. After approximately 30 minutes the Q&A period ends and the meeting is officially over, but people often chat for long after that with the speaker and with each other.

I am honored by the invitation, and I would be doubly honored by your presence.