Who writes the bills? Who is the Apollo Alliance? A high school student asks Congressman Steve Buyer – if HR 3200 passes, and salaries for physicians are capped, what motivation does he have to enter med school?
May 11, 2009
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Earlier, Chuck gave his perspective on the TEA Party he helped organize [in seven days] in Ripley, Mississippi. Here is the video of the rally, with speaker Les Riley.
April 28, 2009
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The government has gotten too much control away from the people — we are fast becoming an oligarchy and we don’t even know it. When they speak of right-wing groups being dangerous because we want states’ rights, they may be correct. But it is not because we are wrong, but because we are right. The only thing that has kept the federal government at bay this long is that our states were more independent. Now, our states’ rights are being eroded on a daily basis, and no one seems to be noticing or caring — and the people who do care are now being labeled dangerous conspirators. We are not dangerous to the government created and restrained by the Constitution, but rather to the government that has thrown off the restraints of the Constitution, which serve to keep us a free people — free not from outside enemies, but from inside enemies, and from the government itself.
We have forgotten the famous (and truthful) quotes of past leaders — “That government is best which governs least”; “America is great because she is good. When America ceases to be good, she will cease to be great”; “Power corrupts; and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” We are fast heading towards a government with absolute power, and it is guaranteed to be absolutely corrupt. May God have mercy on this country.
April 20, 2009
Hi Jeff and readers…
I have been thinking about Jeff’s request for everyone to share their Tea Party thoughts, and I have found myself at a loss of words (which those of you who know me, know this is very rare)! So, after allowing the event a few days to soak in, I’ve decided to attempt writing about it. My view is unlike the others that have been posted so far, primarily because I have been intimately involved with the Tea Party process and planning from the beginning. My journey started with me showing up late (what’s new) to a meeting Laura and Richard hosted when they decided to start planning the Indy Tea Party, and it has grown to be one of my life’s most meaningful experiences.
This may come as a complete shock to those of you who have worked with me on this project (if it doesn’t, just pretend for my sake), but I felt COMPLETELY unequipped for my mission and had no idea what I was doing much of the time. I volunteered to lead the Sign Committee because I thought it was something I could do with my children if I needed to have them with me; I later learned this was not the case because a large number of Sharpies working at the same time can cause quite a buzz (ask anyone at the sign making parties)!
After our first meeting I felt like I had failed the group because it didn’t seem as though much was accomplished. It wasn’t until our first sign making party, when we had 30+ volunteers show up to help make signs that I realized we were on the right track. People worked feverishly, but more importantly, they connected. That’s when the light bulb came on for me…we are not putting on a protest, we are giving people a way to connect and engage in solving the problems of our country! From that point on, I didn’t care what I had to give-up for this moment in time; I was dedicated to the event and to getting people together to make signs because I knew if they got together they would get energized to take action.
I was latter asked to be the “Stage Coordinator” (aka: bossy lady up front) and again was totally clueless until the day of the event. I knew it had something to do with the “ENOUGH” letters, making the stage area look good for viewers, and keeping people off Laura and Richard. I did not know it would entail re-arranging the band for national TV viewing purposes after they had already set everything up (thanks again, guys…I still owe you donuts), locating seemingly lost speakers 5 minutes before show time, or arguing with the “handler” of a strange man in a chicken suit supposedly hiding from the law…yeah, weird. Anyway, the audience members that sat on the stairs were fantastic helpers and such good sports! You deserve a round- of- applause for sitting there so politely for such a long time without complaint, and working with me willingly as I replaced some of your signs and put huge letters in front of your faces. THANK YOU!
I have learned a lot, gained a ton of experience, and had some well-earned mistakes, but more than anything, I feel as though I have grown as a person. I have had the greatest privilege to become intimate friends with the Behneys; I have been fed enlightenment by the man and legend, Dr. Bob Basso himself; and have grown to love my fellow committee members as part of my family. Seeing the crowds show-up for me was of secondary thought on Wednesday, my first priority was seeing all the efforts of the people I care for come to fruition in the most complete way possible, I am so proud of you guys!
All of my involvement and ability to make a difference with this amazing group would not have been possible without the unwavering support of my beloved husband, Pat, who has knowingly sacrificed his time, attention, and efforts to ensure I could stay connected where my skills were needed most. I want to publically thank all of the spouses and family members who have sacrificed time with their loved ones to allow them an opportunity to work with the organizers; you are a critical part of the team!
Like others have already stated, Wednesday was just the beginning! I do not know where this journey is going to lead all of us, but I am certain of this, my family and I pledge our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor to the cause of Freedom. May God be merciful on us all!
April 17, 2009
Richard, Laura, et.al. – I just wanted to say THANK YOU for all the hard work you invested into this. IT WAS WORTH IT. Satan often wants to poke us and accuse of not making a difference and even of displeasing God, but I can offer encouragement to you. Look up Hebrews 6:10. It says that God is not going to overlook the work and the sacrifice you’ve shown to others. He rewards that. And even though I haven’t met you two face to face, I can tell you with full throat that your sacrifice was a real blessing to an untold number of people yesterday. I know it was a blessing for me.
Now, just a few things about the ‘party’:
I was galvanized in my conviction yesterday. I had been fearing that my cynical jaded nature would take over and provoke me to no action. But, as the Lord often does in my life, He adjusted my attitude. Instead of being overwhelmed by cynicism, I was buoyed by a resounding joy that what we were doing was the RIGHT thing to do. Ultimately, the idea that this is, was, and will be forever a significant moment in the history of United States is something that I had not previously considered. I am excited now to carry this past the standing with a sign stage, and moving toward the true CHANGE stage. The two party system has betrayed we the people. The dictatorship that has ruled over us, if we’re honest, for the last 12 years at least has seen its final days. The apt reference to the Japanese admiral’s quote:, “I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve” is absolutely appropriate. After yesterday, I want to let you know I have been filled with a ‘terrible resolve’ to do what’s right. To accomplish the improbable and to realize the impossible.
This United States of America deserves a better chance at survival than to have its mission choked out by the greedy hands of social activists superficially morphed into policy makers. Our great God responded to the oppressed prophet Habakkuk’s question (How long, O Lord?) with these words bursting with finality and promise: “Look among the nations, and see; wonder and be astounded. For I am doing a work in your days that you would not believe if told.” One of the men speaking yesterday mentioned being on the edge of the precipice of history. I believe, yesterday, with your collective efforts, history will recognize that we, the people crossed a great yawning chasm of apathy and inaction into REAL and TRUE government for, by, and of the people.
God bless you all.
Greg Pilcher, Westfield, IN