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Immediate Response Needed For Orlando FReeper Convention
March 24, 2009

Posted on 03/24/2009 1:57:53 PM PDT by Roos_Girl

Hey y'all,

I am in the process of negotiating with the Gaylord Palms hotel to hold our Freeper Convention there on April 25. We can get a rate of $99 per night (which is a great rate for this really nice hotel) and the convention room will be complimentary.

For that rate they are asking for us to block a minimum of 40 rooms; if some people are staying both Friday and Saturday nights that would count as 2 rooms. The contract will be written such that if all 40 rooms are not picked up we would have to pay the difference. So, for example, if only 10 rooms were actually reserved the person signing the contract (me) would owe them $2970. I told them those terms were not acceptable, but they seem to be willing to work out some other terms if I can get them a firm number on how many guest rooms will be reserved.

Please mail me by Friday, 3/27/09, and let me know if you will be staying at the hotel and for how many nights. Without getting committments from you I feel uncomfortable agreeing to even 10 rooms, though I hope we have a better showing than that!

The convention will be on April 25, a Saturday, from 8am to 6pm. Room reservations for Friday and Saturday will count towards our minimum number required.


TOPICS: Activism/Chapters; Announcements; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: florida; freeperconvention; meetup; orlando; regionalconvention
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1 posted on 03/24/2009 1:57:53 PM PDT by Roos_Girl
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To: Rome2000; 7mmMag@LeftCoast; rodguy911; GILTN1stborn; manc; wymck; ghost26; STD; PJammers; myuval; ..

Ping


2 posted on 03/24/2009 1:58:45 PM PDT by Roos_Girl (This country is being run like it's a love-in)
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To: Roos_Girl

3 posted on 03/24/2009 2:05:12 PM PDT by unixfox (The 13th Amendment Abolished Slavery, The 16th Amendment Reinstated It !)
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To: Roos_Girl

I am in the area so I will probably will not stay over but if needed you can count me in for one night.


4 posted on 03/24/2009 2:09:48 PM PDT by surfer
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To: Roos_Girl

Damn... I wish it were closer to VA. Would love to be there.


5 posted on 03/24/2009 2:20:25 PM PDT by ScottinVA (Christian and armed)
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To: Roos_Girl

I live here so won’t need a room but would be willing to cover you for one night if necessary. bttt


6 posted on 03/24/2009 2:31:23 PM PDT by Matchett-PI (The brush fire's lit - the revolution has begun! Lead, follow, or get the hell outta the way!)
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To: Joe Brower

Please ping your list!


7 posted on 03/24/2009 2:32:48 PM PDT by Matchett-PI (The brush fire's lit - the revolution has begun! Lead, follow, or get the hell outta the way!)
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To: Roos_Girl
I'm in the area too....I'll talk to hubby about staying a night though.

FWIW, The Gaylord Palms is gorgeous and HUGE!....all the amenities one could want, you would never need to leave the place!!...It's a small country!

We need to link to the Gaylord site so folks will see what is being offered.

8 posted on 03/24/2009 2:42:22 PM PDT by Guenevere ("He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep, to gain that which he cannot lose")
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To: Roos_Girl

Your link didn’t work for me ?


9 posted on 03/24/2009 2:43:34 PM PDT by Guenevere ("He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep, to gain that which he cannot lose")
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To: Roos_Girl

What’s this about a Freeper Convention? Is this for real, or is this simply a get-together? I’m down in Sarasota, so I’d be willing to come up for a couple of nights if there’s anything to meet about.


10 posted on 03/24/2009 3:03:04 PM PDT by Mike Evers
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To: Roos_Girl
I also am a Gaylord Palms local regular visitor, so won't be rooming there. But if the Jeep is running by then, I'll probably visit both days. You know how to pick'm that's for sure! What a venue. Here's hoping your Tampa contingent will see that as sufficient cause to join in, en masse. The above link will get you there...
11 posted on 03/24/2009 3:03:22 PM PDT by CRBDeuce (here, while the internet is still free of the Fairness Doctrine)
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To: Mike Evers
“What’s this about a Freeper Convention? Is this for real, or is this simply a get-together? I’m down in Sarasota, so I’d be willing to come up for a couple of nights if there’s anything to meet about.”

Yes, it is for real and a real convention! We Florida Freepers need to organize and set goals for 2010 and beyond concerning both state and national elections. There will be lots to talk about plus we get to meet so many other Florida Freepers!

Hubby and I will be there for Friday and Saturday nights!:)

12 posted on 03/24/2009 3:13:24 PM PDT by seekthetruth
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To: seekthetruth; MinuteGal; mcmuffin; 4integrity

Ping


13 posted on 03/24/2009 3:17:42 PM PDT by seekthetruth
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To: Roos_Girl

Thank you for your service, you are doing a great job!


14 posted on 03/24/2009 3:46:25 PM PDT by DanielRedfoot (What a fool believes, No wise man has the power to reason away)
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To: seekthetruth; Roos_Girl
I'm in. I think we should try to decide which will be the MAIN night for get-togethers and adult beverages..for those who can only come for one night. I suspect it will be Saturday evening.

BTW, if anyone wants to share a room, to help with costs, I'm happy to do so

15 posted on 03/24/2009 3:48:20 PM PDT by ken5050 (Recession: neighbor loses job; Depression: you loses yours; RECOVERY: When Obama loses his!!!)
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To: Mike Evers

Yep, like SeekTheTruth said, this is not just a get together. We’re setting an agenda and starting to lay down some real goals for the coming months and years. I believe we need to focus on the local 2010 elections, particularly the Senate seat that Martinez is vacating. And I think we need to talk about ways to network with other grassroots groups and like-minded politicians to see if we can undo some of this nonsense that’s going on.

I had asked people to contribute the top 5 goals they think we need to accomplish and to refer to Jim Rob’s guidelines when he posted the original idea of having local Freeper conventions. I’m not sure too many people have done that; SeekTheTruth is the keeper of that list though if you’d like to contribute.

We’re hoping to get at least one guest speaker within our range of topics, perhaps a conservative candidate who would be running against Charlie Crist for that Senate seat.


16 posted on 03/24/2009 4:52:00 PM PDT by Roos_Girl (This country is being run like it's a love-in)
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To: CRBDeuce

Thanks for posting the correct link to the hotel. It’s a beautiful venue and I think well worth the super reduced price their trying to work for us on the room cost.


17 posted on 03/24/2009 4:53:20 PM PDT by Roos_Girl (This country is being run like it's a love-in)
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To: ken5050

I would like to see it be Saturday night.


18 posted on 03/24/2009 4:54:12 PM PDT by Roos_Girl (This country is being run like it's a love-in)
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To: ScottinVA

Come on down, it’ll be a fantastic time!


19 posted on 03/24/2009 4:55:25 PM PDT by Roos_Girl (This country is being run like it's a love-in)
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To: Roos_Girl

Amen to that Roos Girl...I’ll definitely be there.

BTW, who is the ‘head’ of the Florida Freepers, anyone? The guy that heads up Reagan Club for Orange County (was at the tea party) wants to get together with our group and align our goals. He wants to get in touch with whoever heads up FLA if there is such a person.


20 posted on 03/24/2009 5:00:46 PM PDT by spacejunkie01
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To: spacejunkie01; Matchett-PI; MinuteGal
Amen to that Roos Girl...I’ll definitely be there.

Does that mean I can count you in a room? One or two nights?

BTW, who is the ‘head’ of the Florida Freepers, anyone? The guy that heads up Reagan Club for Orange County (was at the tea party) wants to get together with our group and align our goals. He wants to get in touch with whoever heads up FLA if there is such a person.

I probably need to defer to Matchett-PI and MinuteGal to answer this question, but I'll do my best for what I understand. There are technically 3 Florida chapters. Matchett-PI is head of the central Florida chapter, I don't recall who is head of the other two (South & North Florida).

Networking with other like-minded groups I think should be one of our main goals and I'm glad to hear about the Reagan Club. Unless Matchett or someone else wants to do it, I don't mind contacting the guy and explaining to him what we're doing at the convention.

21 posted on 03/24/2009 5:06:26 PM PDT by Roos_Girl (This country is being run like it's a love-in)
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To: Roos_Girl

I could drive over from Indialantic, but would gladly come, stay and share a room with another FREEPER. 1 or 2 nights.


22 posted on 03/24/2009 5:10:25 PM PDT by 3D-JOY
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To: 3D-JOY

If you’re interested in sharing a room with someone, might I kindly suggest that in your post you tell us what sex you’d like to share a room with, or should I say, what sex would be willing to share a room with you? Sometimes it’s hard to tell from our login names whether we are male or female. :)


23 posted on 03/24/2009 5:15:27 PM PDT by Roos_Girl (This country is being run like it's a love-in)
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To: Roos_Girl

Just be advised that a room rate of $99 is deceptive. I just called the property and confirmed a $13 parking fee for self-park, valet is $21. $17 resort fee too.

So really $130 per night, plus taxes


24 posted on 03/24/2009 5:21:00 PM PDT by George from New England (escaped CT 2006; now living north of Tampa Bay)
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To: George from New England

Thanks for the info. I will verify with the sales person I’m working with whether these fees would apply for our group.


25 posted on 03/24/2009 5:22:58 PM PDT by Roos_Girl (This country is being run like it's a love-in)
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To: Roos_Girl; 3D-JOY

Joy is a she :)


26 posted on 03/24/2009 5:32:45 PM PDT by Guenevere ("He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep, to gain that which he cannot lose")
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To: George from New England
Hey George, look what I went by.
Look familiar?


27 posted on 03/24/2009 5:35:20 PM PDT by ThreePuttinDude (o) ..junior senator... add fertilizer ... wait awhile... up sprouts a Jr. President..(o)
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To: Guenevere

Yes, a she, but now you have taken all the fun out of the stay??? LOL


28 posted on 03/24/2009 5:36:53 PM PDT by 3D-JOY
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To: Guenevere

LOL, sorry !


29 posted on 03/24/2009 5:41:11 PM PDT by Guenevere ("He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep, to gain that which he cannot lose")
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To: spacejunkie01; Roos_Girl; Matchett-PI; seekthetruth; saminfl; Jacvin
Florida is divided into three chapters because of the length and breadth of the state.

The leader of the Northern Chapter is Saminfl......Central Chapter is Matchett P-I......leader of the Southern Chapter is Jacvin.

I would advise two things to assist your friend who heads the Reagan Club for Orange County. First, he should register here on FR and bookmark our convention thread. That way he will know everything we're planning and who we are as the weeks go along. Maybe you can give him a hand in navigating FR.

Second, your conservative friend may want to drop in at the convention and meet with freepers over a meal or in the lounge in the off-meeting hours. This convention is about networking and he is certainly welcome to stop by and meet with any or all of our leaders and committee members.

The organization of a convention is very intricate and time-consuming and everyone here will now be so tied up that I suggest the best time for the networking will be at the convention itself.

Can't wait to see you there, Space! Your name reminds me of Space Mountain in Disney.....and experience I'll never forget! Oh, brother......

Leni/MinuteGal

30 posted on 03/24/2009 5:53:10 PM PDT by MinuteGal (Florida Freepers: Do U Know We Have a State Forum All Our Own? Freepmail me for Details!)
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To: Roos_Girl

Orlando is a bit too far for me to attend. Maybe the North Florida Freepers can get together soon.

Thanks for all you are doing.


31 posted on 03/24/2009 6:23:02 PM PDT by jch10
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To: Roos_Girl; seekthetruth; Matchett-PI
Great thread, Roos! The hotel looks terrific. I can't wait!

All the facilities for a convention at our fingertips....and at a good price, also.

Freepers, why not look at this as not only a convention with like-minded freepers but as a getaway from life's sturm und drang in a beautiful and interesting (and warm!) Florida city as well.

Why not treat yourself to two nights at our convention combined with a day at Sea World or MGM or wherever.....and go home inspired, refreshed and unwound!

Roos, put me down for a definite reservation for two nights. I'll be there late Friday afternoon greeting early arrivals....both old and new freeper friends.

Folks, make a committment just as soon as you can. After a lot of work, Roos has found a great place for us to convene. Let's make her job easier and less nerve-wracking by getting our reservations in right away. And please honor your reservations so no one is left holding the bag after the ball is over.

Remember, Obommie's a Commie, but Orlandy is Dandy!

Leni/MinuteGal

32 posted on 03/24/2009 6:24:49 PM PDT by MinuteGal (Florida Freepers: Do U Know We Have a State Forum All Our Own? Freepmail me for Details!)
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To: Roos_Girl; MinuteGal; Matchett-PI; All
“I had asked people to contribute the top 5 goals they think we need to accomplish and to refer to Jim Rob’s guidelines when he posted the original idea of having local Freeper conventions. I’m not sure too many people have done that; SeekTheTruth is the keeper of that list though if you’d like to contribute.”

Yes, I have the list saved and will add additional input when received. We were rather busy planning for the Orlando Tea Party event, so kind of slacked off on thinking about the convention. Now we can think about goals and discussion ideas for the convention on April 25th. :)

33 posted on 03/24/2009 6:26:50 PM PDT by seekthetruth
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FREE REPUBLIC @ ALABAMA

Keeping the people of Alabama informed!

FReepmail Ultra Sonic 007 to get on or off this ping list.

To the FReepers of Alabama, I've received word of a regional FReeper Convention in April; an actual regional convention to plan for the 2010 elections and so on, in Orlando on April 25! Pinging to those who may be interested!

34 posted on 03/24/2009 6:27:06 PM PDT by Ultra Sonic 007 (To view the FR@Alabama ping list, click on my profile!)
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To: Roos_Girl

oops...sorry I didn’t make that clear. I live in Winter Park so I won’t need a room but I’ll attend as much as possible.

thanks for all the other info. I’ll sort through it tomorrow and make any contacts I need to.

I’ll private email you with his nme and #.


35 posted on 03/24/2009 6:29:46 PM PDT by spacejunkie01
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To: Roos_Girl

If you guys have some ideas on how we can improve this convention with some things available on mobile let me know...all ideas welcome.

We are thinking about putting a welcome keyword for when you arrive so we know you are there.

You will get the convention agenda and other location information delivered right to your mobile.


36 posted on 03/24/2009 6:30:36 PM PDT by surfer
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To: George from New England

FYI...

I saw a special this morning on negotiating hotel rates, etc. They said hotels don’t want to come off their room rates, generally, BUT...they WILL waive incidental costs, if you ask, like parking and stuff.

So, call them back and try to get a parking pass.


37 posted on 03/24/2009 6:32:25 PM PDT by spacejunkie01
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To: MinuteGal

great info Leni!

Sometimes I feel like I’m ON space mountain when I watch what this gov’t is doing to us!


38 posted on 03/24/2009 6:34:21 PM PDT by spacejunkie01
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To: spacejunkie01
By your screen name, I assume you ARE a space junkie. Could and did you see the last two space shots from wherever you live? Pretty spectacular here from my perch in New Port Richey!

Leni/MinutGal

39 posted on 03/24/2009 6:41:45 PM PDT by MinuteGal (Florida Freepers: Do U Know We Have a State Forum All Our Own? Freepmail me for Details!)
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To: spacejunkie01; George from New England

I would request that you let me do the negotiating on price and any costs they’re willing to drop. I don’t want everyone that’s planning on coming calling the hotel and complicating things. I will let everyone know what I find out.

Thanks!


40 posted on 03/24/2009 6:54:51 PM PDT by Roos_Girl (This country is being run like it's a love-in)
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To: Ultra Sonic 007

Thanks...:-)


41 posted on 03/24/2009 7:15:43 PM PDT by LadyPilgrim ((Lifted up was He to die; It is finished was His cry; Hallelujah what a Savior!!!!!! ))
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To: 3D-JOY

ping


42 posted on 03/24/2009 7:23:42 PM PDT by trooprally (Never Give Up - Never Give In - Remember Our Troops)
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To: Roos_Girl

I don’t think I’ll be able to take a room (my schedule is very constrained, revolving around giving pills at certain times to my cat, who was recently diagnosed with a serious cancer), but if at all possible, I will be driving over to participate in the meetings. The hotel looks very nice — great choice!


43 posted on 03/24/2009 10:15:37 PM PDT by TrueKnightGalahad (When you're racing...it's life. Anything that happens before or after is just waiting.)
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To: Roos_Girl; Bob J
Cool. Another Freeper convention. Been to one myself, and guess what? It and the other street activism has done NOTHING to keep us from turning into a socialist nation.

Spend all the time and money you want. It will have NO impact on the obami/reid/pelosi triad and their Marxist beliefs and actions.

We are way beyond "conventions" and "Tea Partys", and this is from one of the original street activists on this board.

DC is NOT listening! It's time for something more substantial. Think outside the box, or maintain a "holding pattern", as I am. Think about what I've said here. I appreciate your efforts, but they will be of no avail. No one cares.

44 posted on 03/25/2009 12:50:57 AM PDT by A Navy Vet (An Oath is Forever.)
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To: A Navy Vet
Instead of being negative about what we're trying to do and telling us to think outside the box, why don't you try offering some positive alternatives. Anybody can complain. Perhaps you could offer some of your "outside the box" constructive advice that could be a part of what we do, since we have a month left to plan.

If you're just going to complain, no one wants to hear it.

45 posted on 03/25/2009 3:25:17 AM PDT by Roos_Girl (This country is being run like it's a love-in)
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To: Roos_Girl
Hi Roos, we're rock solid for two nights at the $99 rate. Are the dates cast in concrete? What do we need to tell he reservation clerk to make sure the convention gets the credit for two nights?

NOTE TO ALL FLORIDA FREEPERS
If you've checked out the resort hotel you'll see that this is going to be quite an event, and $99 is a real bargain. Roos_Girl is putting a lot into this, but needs US to make some commitments to pull this off. I'm jumping in with both feet here, and hope to see others do so as well.

Heck, even without the convention it's a world-class two day summer vacation ... join us!

46 posted on 03/25/2009 4:47:31 AM PDT by The Duke (I have met the enemy, and he is named 'Apathy'!)
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To: The Duke
Reading above I see that some additional fees (parking, etc) may bump us over the $99 daily rate. That's no big problem (we'll just make a couple of trade-offs on the trip).

Navy Vet thinks that previous Freeper conventions have not made a difference - but I must disagree. How can any person know where we would be right now were it not for conservative activism? Maybe we could have done better in the past, and maybe we can take lessons from previous experiences to do better in the future. Maybe it's even a losing battle and the question is simply whether or not we "go down swinging".

We *do* need to work hard to get some real value out of this convention. And, taking some value from Navy Vet's feedback, we should already be starting to think "outside the box".

47 posted on 03/25/2009 5:08:04 AM PDT by The Duke (I have met the enemy, and he is named 'Apathy'!)
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To: JulieRNR21; kinganamort; katherineisgreat; floriduh voter; summer; Goldwater Girl; windchime; ...

Florida Freeper


48 posted on 03/25/2009 6:54:48 AM PDT by Joe Brower (Sheep have three speeds: "graze", "stampede" and "cower".)
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To: A Navy Vet
If your kind of thinking (maintaining a defeatist holding pattern) is typical of other so-called conservative "thinkers" in your state, no wonder California is hurtling down the abyss.

Our Orlando convention hours will be spent looking toward the future and how to deal effectively with the present. All positive-thinking freepers invited!

Leni

49 posted on 03/25/2009 7:29:14 AM PDT by MinuteGal (Florida Freepers: Do U Know We Have a State Forum All Our Own? Freepmail me for Details!)
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To: A Navy Vet; MinuteGal; Roos_Girl

I don’t think A Navy Vet is being negative about this at all. I have known A Navy Vet since the very early days of FR and he only wants the best for our country and for FR.

His point is clearly about that we as a nation are beyond the point of talk and demonstrations. In fact since he is in CA he sees clearly what is happening to our country only his perspective is magnified because of where he lives.

But we should all be clear that what is happening in CA, MA, etc is going to happen to all of us.

A Navy Vet understands that we are dealing with an unprecedented level of corruption within our government and organizations like ACORN are no different than organized crime organizations.

So I think if I may take what A Navy Vet is saying and rework it a little. We ALL need to understand where ALL of this is going. We are ALL going to need to stand together and be prepared for WHATEVER comes our way that may force us to ALL make difficult decisions. This may NOT be countered just with speeches, rallys, etc... it just may not be enough. We need to think with a lot more creativity to surround the socialist forces and defeat them.

We need to wake up, prepare our families and prepare for the worst - that isn’t being negative that is just having our eyes wide open and understanding what is taking place. If the worst comes then at least we were smart about it and our families will stand a better chance.

We may see the late 1700’s again...we are on the fast track to tyranny and we all need to make that fundamental decision on whether we will stand and fight for liberty or will we just be led to slaughter.

So for our convention we will need a serious agenda to discuss everything that should be considered and where do we turn to get the help that we need.

I am not trying to start a flame thread here...I just think we need to carefully consider what A Navy Vet is saying and focus on the point of his message not that he intended it to be negative...he is as frustrated as the rest of us. A Navy Vet I hope you don’t think I spoke out of turn.


50 posted on 03/25/2009 7:42:58 AM PDT by surfer
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