Skip to comments.Is There an OWS Branch of the Tea Party?
Posted on 02/24/2013 1:07:35 PM PST by 6ft2inhighheelshoes
What's All This About a Grassroots Cruise? Despite "OWS" Backlash, Still Better to Lead than Lose
February 24, 2013
When the idea for this 7-day conference first began to stir among a small group of independent organizers, the first suggestion was to convene at a resort somewhere, like CPAC does. But a little research quickly revealed that an upscale Caribbean cruise was actually more economical, and probably more fun. With three volunteers, and plans for a social media campaign to get the word out, Freedom on the Sea was born.
Since 2009, activists have grabbed training any way they can to improve their ability to effect change in the political arena. The Leadership Institute, Franklin Center, American Majority and Americans for Prosperity are just a few of the groups that offer fine training and networking opportunities through classes and online interactions, but none last a whole week. For many, it can be hard to digest a lot of information in just an afternoon or weekend.
Freedom on the Sea offers innovative ideas, advanced training, and extensive contact with celebrities who are eager for interactive sessions and opportunities to talk one-on-one with participants. After the disappointments of 2012, sensible conservatives realize that the movement has to reconnect and revitalize in order to chart a course for victory.
Is it possible to pull together all the Tea Party groups with their different agendas, and find common ground with conservatives, libertarians, independents, and republicans? Can we learn how to tell the story of a conservative future, and communicate the left's attempt to recycle their past failures? Are we just waiting for a great leader, or will we challenge ourselves to lead?
One of the disappointments in promoting this event was the appearance of a hitherto unknown OWS branch of the Tea Party family tree. We've had Facebook comments that bely class warfare; Why don't you plan an event we can ALL afford, it shouldn't just be for the rich! Calls for further division; It's not a conservative cruise unless it's Christian-based! And just plain paranoid; Seems like a cruise ship full of conservatives would be a good target for government bombs-just sayin'!
Leaders don't undercut honest efforts to improve circumstances, but losers are perfectly happy to kick each other down. Yes, cruises cost money, but it is by far the cheapest conservative cruise out there. Freedom on the Sea was created for intelligent activists who recognize failure, and are willing to shift strategy and tackle challenges in order to win. It's designed for leaders, not losers.
Really like the idea....however, there are many of us on the west coast would find it much easier to make a cruise starting from west coast and cruising to Alaska, Hawaii, Mexico, or the Pacific Coast.
I have taken seven cruises and always look for the best prices and most of the time end up with a balcony or suite at much less of a price the Holland America is showing for this cruise.
Wish you much luck for the Caribbean cruise and hope a west coast departure can also be arranged soon....
So.. you're looking for the Butthurt form?
The vast majority of the tea party minded people don’t have that kind of money to blow on frivolous crap.
No, because the Tea Party doesn’t disrupt commerce or peaceable travel.
That could well be. I was just offering an alternative.
I find regular cruises really boring, but after experiencing the National Review Cruise, which is a huge elaborate event that takes place within a cruise, I decided to try the same thing for activists. With all these themed cruises you have to figure out a way to pay for the transportation costs of the celebrities, which is why it cost more than the discounted price. The price also includes taxes, fees and TIPS, which is not included in discounted cruises. Also, no speaker is paid a fee, and they work very hard all week. Amazingly, Freedom on the Sea can be cheaper than CPAC on a nightly basis.
I would love to try an Alaskan cruise next time, though.
Alaska is a great place to cruise and has beautiful scenery and quiet times which are great for introspection.
I always try to find cruises where taxes, tips, etc. are included.
Please consider me for assistance in putting together one for Alaska in the future if the first goes well....thanks.
Great idea and food for you
I am really puzzled by the critical comments.
PEOPLE this is only ONE idea and of course not everyone who belongs to a Tea party or agrees with the principles can attend.
is there any one event every person who thinks of themselves as a tea partier can attend?
OF COURSE NOT
so plan your own on the west coast
or plan something in your hometown that is free
Thanks! I will.
Just remember to take a 5 gallon bucket with you with a hole cut in the lid and some feline pine litter in it. Also take a supply of beef jerky, bottled water and a solar car fan in case the cruise ship breaks down.
The only type of cruise that would interest me is a great lakes cruise. In fact it would be a great way to hold tea party events in some of the midwest port cities kind of like tea party express tours.
Its still too rich for my blood at this point but its an idea.
C’mon, piasa, I don’t make silly jokes about avoiding car travel just because someone’s jalopy broke down in the middle of a desert-
We thought about a Great Lakes cruise, but the Caribbean is more economical, and more welcome in November. It take a whole year to plan one of these things, and we wanted to do it as quickly as possible too.
We thought about a Great Lakes cruise, but the Caribbean is more economical, and more welcome in November. It take a whole year to plan one of these things, and we wanted to do it as quickly as possible too. Maybe someone will plan one for the summer months~
I am 5 ft. 18 in. BAREFOOT
There is nothing frivolous about this cruise. I met lots of Tea Party leaders on the National Review Cruise, and I’m surprised to see that someone here actually claims to speak for “tea party minded people”. I’ve strongly supported the Tea Party, defended it, taken hits for it, and even been shoved around in a union riot because of it. I never claim to speak for the Tea party or the individuals who support it. For conservative activists who are involved in the Tea Party and otherwise, I offer an alternative training experience that has an added opportunity to interact with some very smart and interesting celebrities. I never said it was an event for everybody
Ha! Finally someone I can dance with!
There have been a couple of FReeper cruises, and we had a great time. The first was on Royal Caribbean, the second on Carnival and I think that killed it. Lesson: If you’re going to use a cruise for a meet-up and workshops, cheapness will kill you. Get a decent boat.
Thank you! Actually, We’re sailing on the Nieuw Amsterdam, the newest vessel in the Holland America Line. It is the ship National Review sailed on last November, and it is really nice, the food is great too. We’re keeping the cost down by not taking salaries, and working during the cruise.
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