From the discussion group:
“What do you guys think about the idea of giving citizens the right to force controversial bills to a public vote? i.e. if the legislature introduced a law like the gay marriage law in Maryland right now we could force a public vote.”
From the discussion group:
I just read this article by Tony Blankley, and he expresses some great insight to the recent Labor Day activities and comments:
“In the last few weeks, leading Democrats in Congress have called Tea Party constituents terrorists, said they should go to hell and accused them of wanting to lynch black people. Last weekend, at an event attended by President Obama, the head of the Teamsters Union, Jimmy Hoffa Jr., attacked the Tea Party, screaming, “President Obama, this is your army. We are ready to march. Let’s take these son of bitches (Tea Party members) out and give America back to an America where we belong.” (Note: the president was not on the platform when Hoffa spoke.)
So far, neither the president, nor any prominent Democrat has condemned such remarks — even though the phrase “take out” is commonly used to describe an act of criminal homicide. Thus, Hoffa’s statement might rise to the level of incitement to violence.
Of course, the First Amendment protects political speech — even obnoxious and abusive language. But the Supreme Court has always recognized that some words are not protected. Thus, in Virginia v. Black (2003) the Supreme Court found that while “The First Amendment affords protection to symbolic or expressive conduct as well as to actual speech…The protections afforded by the First Amendment, however, are not absolute, and we have long recognized that the government may regulate certain categories of expression consistent with the Constitution.” Thus, for example, a state may punish those words “which by their very utterance inflict injury or tend to incite an immediate breach of the peace,” said the court in Brandenburg v. Ohio (1969).
The First Amendment also permits a state to ban a “true threat.” A true threat encompass those statements where the speaker means to communicate a serious expression of an intent to commit an act of unlawful violence to a particular individual or group of individuals. (“Political Hyperbole” is not a true threat.) The speaker need not actually intend to carry out the threat. Rather, a prohibition on true threats “protect(s) individuals from the fear of violence” and “from the disruption that fear engenders,” in addition to protecting people “from the possibility that the threatened violence will occur.”
Tea Party members could reasonably feel fear of violence from union activists after Hoffa’s call to “take out” Tea Party members. Given the history of violence associated with unions in general and the Teamsters in particular (Hoffa’s father, also president of Teamsters, is widely believed to have been murdered by fellow Teamsters.) Of course, both the Michigan attorney general and the U.S. attorney general would need to assess the specific statutes to see whether or not Hoffa’s words are criminally proscribed. (Yes, I know it is unlikely that Attorney General Eric Holder would follow this suggestion — more’s the pity.)
Whether Hoffa’s words are criminal or not, with words like “terrorist,” “lynching,” “go to hell,” and “take them out,” the emerging tone of the Democratic Party regarding the Tea Party is ominous. It is the language of murderous violence, and it is targeted at a specific group of people. Most disturbing is the failure of the Democratic Party leaders to condemn such language — including Chairman of the Democratic National Committee Debbie Wasserman Schultz — who on national television specifically and repeatedly evaded any comment on Hoffa’s statement. No president or other party leader can be held responsible for the utterances of all his political colleagues, nor can he or she be expected to respond to every intemperate word. But when the words are by other party leaders themselves and are nationally reported, a moral obligation arises to condemn such language.”
I found it interesting in Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s response to Gretchen Carlson, that the only thing she could truly come up with, was to try and say the tea party had done the same thing. As a country, we have yet to see a tea party person attack someone. However, we have seen union supporters attack tea party members:
If you notice, this Patriot did not strike back. This is the self control that the tea party needs to remember in the back of their minds in the next year and few months leading up to the 2012 election.
As Tony Blankley eloquently put it:
“… despite all our current difficulties, America has been — and remains — blessed with a nonviolent political and electoral process. We should cling to that tradition with both hands because Americans are generally a rough and ready people. That we have kept violence largely out of our political process can thus almost be seen as providential. We should not, however, rely on providence in that regard. Keeping our politics peaceful is up to each of you, and I have never seen an upcoming political season more in need of our attention to that civic duty.”
(again, emphasis mine)
This is something we all need to remember as we encounter those who might not see things the way we do. We must not give any excuse for anyone to accuse the tea party of anything negative. Remember, we are held to a higher standard! This should not deter anyone from getting involved in the election process in the next year. There is so much to accomplish, just in 2011!
I want to take this moment to be sure everyone is invited to the Constitution Day Picnic on 9/16, view this post for more information!
We’ve gotten a lot of feedback in recent days in person and by email concerning the upcoming election and which candidates are “tea party backed”. There are some misperceptions I believe happening in the media that need to be straightened out. The tea party is a movement, not a political party. The tea party, not being a political party, cannot “put forth” candidates to be on the ballot. When the media says “tea party backed”, it is not necessarily talking about a specifically designated group, or party, but, people in a certain area that identify themselves as “tea party” people, outwardly supporting a candidate.
The principles of the tea party are:
– Limited Government
– Lower Taxes
– Eliminate Wasteful Spending
– Free Markets
– Individual Responsibility
Therefore, it does not matter if a tea party group is making a lot of noise for a candidate, if a candidate is supportive of these values, this is a candidate in which a person who identifies with the tea party movement, will want to vote for.
When the Tea Party Express got involved in Delaware, it was in a primary where the GOP was outwardly favoring a less than favorable candidate than the one who best stood for the tea party values as stated above. The North Carolina primary was in May. At this point in North Carolina, the tea party people, that’s you- can show your strength by getting involved with LOCAL campaigns, that is, on the state and county level, and help the candidates who will serve you on the state and county level, get elected. THEY need your help. Lets not get swept away with the emotion that is all over the TV on the national level that we let what truly matters in THIS state most, that we get a conservative majority in Raleigh this November for the FIRST time in 100 years.
As we stated in earlier posts, NC TEA Party is not endorsing candidates, we are asking the citizens of North Carolina to endorse their candidates. It’s the citizens of this state that represent the NC TEA Party pulse, not the people behind this website and organization. We’ve been under fire via email for not providing lists for people to be able to look up candidates in their area. North Carolina has 100 counties. That means there’s a minimum of 100 school boards, the NC House is represented by 120 members, and the NC Senate is represented by 50 members. Why should the responsibility of vetting candidates for each district be put upon the tea party’s shoulders? Not just us, but ANY tea party? Are we still in a political environment where you vote for someone because someone else told you to vote for them, and not because you know for a fact you believe that person is the best person for the job? If we are advocating for individual responsibility, we must be the first to exhibit that trait, and be responsible for our own votes.
This year, conservatives need not only to be able to say WHO they are voting for, but WHY they are voting for that person, AND- encouraging minimally FIVE other people to do the same thing.
As of right now, our endorsement post has 11 responses. Election day is LESS than a month away. This is a conversation that MUST be had with each other- WHO we are voting for, and WHY? We need to be EXCITED about our candidates. I’m excited about mine! The more engaged I have been with my candidate of choice’s campaign, I’ve come to the conclusion if he was any brighter he’d blind us all. As far as I’m concerned, we need 170 of him in Raleigh. Even my Democrat family members are voting for him this year! We ALL need to be excited about our candidates.
If you are in a district that your House and/or Senate Representative is not being challenged, find the next one nearest to you, and DONATE to their campaign. Get involved. Make calls from your home. Do SOMETHING. It is in YOUR best interest that THEY get elected, too. A rising tide lifts ALL ships.
As for lists, here is how you find who is running in your area: Go to the State Board of Elections website here, enter your information, click on SAMPLE BALLOT, and those are the people who are running to represent YOU this fall. From there, google their names and positions they are running for, and learn more about them. DONATE to their campaign, it’s NOT too late. There are non-conservative incumbents who have hundreds of thousands of dollars in their battle chest ready and waiting to spend it. Our state candidates have already made a GREAT sacrifice in running to begin with- we OWE it to them to give what we can to help them make it to the finish line with 51%+ the evening of November 2nd.
As for school boards, the school board (and judicial) races are non partisan this year. Find out who the conservatives are on the ballot, and from there do your research. Do NOT skip over this part of the ballot! Even if you do not have children, it is up to conservatives to make sure our school children are being given the proper opportunities to learn in the best way possible, including school choice, which is at stake in some counties this year.
The judicial races are equally important!
Once you find who you are voting for, come back and join the conversation. Share who your choices are for all the races. There might be others in your area who are looking for people to support!
I’ve been pondering a lot about the Christine O’Donnell victory this week. I used to think endorsements were a big thing. I still do, but, in a way I’m thinking differently. It took the TEA Parties in ’09 to rile people up. It gave those who were paying attention a way to find their voice. That’s fine, it was the first TEA Party in my area that got me involved in my local party. After the TEA parties I started paying closer attention. I started doing my homework. No one had to tell me who the better of the candidates were in this year’s primaries, I found that out for myself. There were no big endorsements for our primaries around here, yet, I was still comfortable with my choice for candidates. Did anyone else in Forsyth County have a hard time picking their candidates last primary season?
I’ll admit, being here in North Carolina, I do not pay that much attention to Delaware politics. It surprised me the other day, however, after a few days of chatter over Castle and his “RINO” tendencies, and putting his qualities beside O’Donnell’s qualities, the answer was pretty obvious to me. Why was O’Donnell running remotely behind? It was such an obvious choice! Then one day I happened to be listening to Hannity on the radio and he was talking to Sarah Palin about O’Donnell. She was going on and on about how good of a conservative Christine was, and Sean asked about some tweet she made concerning the candidate. Sarah flat out endorsed O’Donnell, right there on the radio. There was no mistaking that endorsement. Did you hear that conversation?
Then the next day it was like a whirlwind, and before you could blink O’Donnell went on to win the primary what- less than a week later? A week later? Does anyone else see what is potentially wrong with this picture? WHY did it take a national figure, a political “rock star” to get people engaged in the process? Was it not important BEFORE Palin endorsed O’Donnell, that fiscal conservatism make a return back to Delaware representation? Was it not important BEFORE Palin endorsed O’Donnell, to have a candidate that would block cap and trade, and repeal Obamacare? Truly, is it actually NECESSARY for this country’s conservatives that a “rock star” be brought into a campaign before they will go out and vote?
Why is it required a big name to fill county GOP meetings? If we TEA Party people are serious about taking our country back, we are going to HAVE to become engaged! We must take our PARTY back! Our state can potentially make history this year with the potential flip of the General Assembly- why is it that only when big names, or “popular” people are involved in an event, that the majority of conservatives show up? Why is it that state level candidates are HURTING for volunteer help? Why does it appear that North Carolina’s conservatives are failing their conservative candidates? All my growing up, all I ever heard was “Well, you have to be rich to be able to run for office”, and I thought that for a very long time. Then I thought, maybe the problem with politics is that … rich people are making decisions for poor people. No, that’s truly not the problem.
Do you know why it takes “rich people” to win elections? Because people are NOT ENGAGED!! It takes approximately $37,000 to reach registered REPUBLICANS in Forsyth County. What candidate, what MIDDLE CLASS candidate, has $37,000 to do ONE mailing, in the hopes that that piece of paper does not get tossed in the trash? What middle class, honest to goodness, PERFECT candidate (well, no one is “perfect”), a person you would WANT to represent you in Raleigh, (even Washington!), has that kind of money? If every registered republican in Forsyth County would give our, say 20 local candidates (school board, commissioner, etc..don’t think there’s twenty, but ..) ONE DOLLAR. ONE … DOLLAR. a hundred pennies. Each candidate would have $74,000 in their pocket. Instead, we have a state level candidate that has raised oh, $3000.
But you let Sarah Palin get in the game, and it changes everything. Why SHOULD it change everything, just because a political “rock star” gets involved in a race? O’Donnell has raised almost a million dollars in three days- because she was all of a sudden the candidate to support … because of a big endorsement. You know what? Sarah Palin has the same amount of votes available on election day that you have. One. This is our country. People should WANT to be involved. They should WANT to know who to support- not because someone tells them who to support, but because they were responsible enough with their own vote to do the research themselves, to know WHY they voted for someone. Not just because they had a popular endorsement. Not even because they see a name on a TEA Party website.
Disclaimer: I love Sarah Palin, but I cannot raise enough money to get her to North Carolina to endorse my state candidate of choice, and it upsets me to think that more North Carolinians would be involved in my candidate’s race IF she uttered his name.
I challenge every person who reads this: do you know who your state candidates are? If so, give them a shout out in the comment’s section.
(Recent Virginia Church Service – Stimulus Sermon)
I love this message from a Pastor in Virginia. Take a moment and read over this short and powerful sermon.
Good morning, brothers and sisters; it’s always a delight to see the pews crowded on Sunday morning, and so eager to get into God’s Word. Turn with me in your Bibles, if you will to the 47th chapter of Genesis, we’ll begin our reading at verse 13, and go through verse 27. Brother Ray, would you stand and read that great passage for us? ….(reading)…
Thank you for that fine reading, Brother Ray… So we see that economic hard times fell upon Egypt , and the people turned to the government of Pharaoh to deal with this for them. And Pharaoh nationalized the grain harvest, and placed the grain in great storehouses that he had built. So the people brought their money to Pharaoh, like a great tax increase, and gave it all to him willingly in return for grain. And this went on until their money ran out, and they were hungry again.
So when they went to Pharaoh after that, they brought their livestock -their cattle, their horses, their sheep, and their donkey – to barter for grain, and verse 17 says that only took them through the end of that year..
But the famine wasn’t over, was it? So the next year, the people came before Pharaoh and admitted they had nothing left, except their land and their own lives. “There is nothing left in the sight of my lord but our bodies and our land. Why should we die before your eyes, both we and our land? Buy us and our land for food, and we with our land will be servants to Pharaoh.”
So they surrendered their homes, their land, and their real estate to
Pharaoh’s government, and then sold themselves into slavery to him, in return for grain. What can we learn from this, brothers and sisters?
That turning to the government instead of to God to be our provider
in hard times only leads to slavery? Yes.. That the only reason government wants to be our provider is to also become our master? Yes.
But look how that passage ends, brothers and sisters! Thus Israel
settled in the land of Egypt , in the land of Goshen .. And they gained
possessions in it, and were fruitful and multiplied greatly.” God provided for His people, just as He always has! They didn’t end up giving all their possessions to government, no, it says they gained possessions!
But I also tell you a great truth today, and an ominous one. We see the same thing happening today – the government today wants to “share the wealth “once again, to take it from us and redistribute it back to us. It wants to take control of healthcare, just as it has taken control of education, and ration it back to us, and when government rations it, then government decides who gets it, and how much, and what kind. And if we go along with it, and do it willingly, then we will wind up no differently than the people of Egypt did four thousand years ago – as slaves to the government, and as slaves to our leaders.
What Mr. Obama’s government is doing now is no different from what Pharaoh’s government did then, and it will end the same. And a lot of people like to call Mr. Obama a “Messiah,” don’t they? Is he a Messiah? A savior? Didn’t the Egyptians say, after Pharaoh made them his slaves, ”You have saved our lives; may it please my lord, we will be servants to Pharaoh”?
Well, I tell you this – I know the Messiah; the Messiah is a friend of mine; and Mr. Obama is no Messiah! No, brothers and sisters, if Mr. Obama is a character from the Bible, then he is Pharaoh. Bow with me in prayer, if you will.
Lord, You alone are worthy to be served, and we rely on You, and You alone. We confess that the government is not our deliverer, and never rightly will be. We read in the eighth chapter of 1 Samuel, when Samuel warned the people of what a ruler would do, where it says “And in that day you will cry out because of your king, whom you have chosen for yourselves, but the LORD will not answer you in that day.” And Lord, we acknowledge that day has come. We cry out to you because of the ruler that we have chosen for ourselves as a nation. Lord, we pray for this nation. We pray for revival, and we pray for deliverance from those who would be our masters. Give us hearts to seek You and hands to serve You, and protect Your people from the atrocities of Pharaoh’s government.
In God We Trust…
Thanks goes to FoxieNews for the heads up on this sermon.