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  • Obama: The Core of Tea Party Movement are Birthers and People Who Think He's A Socialist

    03/30/2010 7:45:23 AM PDT · by Shellybenoit · 89 replies · 2,006+ views
    The Lid/MSNBC ^ | 3/30/2010 | The Lid
    Sporting his brand new tattoo, Today Show Co-Host Matt Lauer interviewed President Obama on his show this morning. Typical of the president he blame much of the disagreement over his programs on the Media (especially cable and the blogs) and Republicans for not telling the entire truth about the benefits of his plans. The President reserved his harshest passive/aggressive criticism for the American People in the form of the Grass Roots Tea Party movement. While he said many of the people in the Tea Party movement had legitimate concerns, he said over and over at its core the Tea Party...
  • DeMint Before Dinner

    03/08/2010 4:18:47 AM PST · by Scanian · 4 replies · 57+ views
    The American Spectator ^ | March 8, 2010 | Larry Thornberry
    TAMPA -- A fairly good writer once said: There is a tide in the affairs of men which, taken at the flood, leads, God knows where. Or words to that effect. The tide in 2010, in Florida and across the nation, appears to be a conservative reaction to the leftward lurch in Washington. We see this among Republicans, independents, even among a limited number of sentient Democrats. The late enchantment with the little hustler from Chicago appears to have largely dissipated. Buyers' remorse has set in. Considering the prevailing mood, when the Hillsborough County (Tampa) Republican Executive Committee was looking...
  • On The Air (Obama Sets Up Website To Flood Talk Radio With Seminar Callers

    02/25/2010 4:43:01 PM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 50 replies · 1,879+ views
    It's time to get on the air. 1.) Listen then call the show (Dial the number listed below 2.) Add your voice (Use the discussion points below 3.) Report your call (Tell us how it went ...
  • Valerie Jarrett: Americans are Idiots, Obama Too Intelligent For Words

    02/23/2010 9:26:04 AM PST · by Shellybenoit · 95 replies · 2,320+ views
    The Lid/Naked Emperor News ^ | 2/23/2010 | The Lid
    Valerie Jarrett is a senior adviser and assistant to the president for Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs for the Obama administration. Ms. Jarrett, is one of the President and First Lady's closest and longest held friends. In 1991 she was Deputy Chief of Staff to Mayor Richard Daley, and hired Michelle Robinson for an opening in the mayor’s office. Ms. Robinson asked for time to think and also asked Jarrett to meet her fiancé, Barack Obama. The three ended up meeting for dinner. After the dinner, Michelle took the job with the mayor's office, and Valerie Jarrett reportedly took the...
  • When Astroturf is really Astroturf: Phony Grassroots PAC Reveals Massive Covert 527 Network

    02/15/2010 3:53:12 AM PST · by RightSideNews · 24 replies · 2,205+ views
    Right Side News ^ | February 15, 2010 | Jim Simpson
    Tea Party groups have been called everything by our illustrious leaders in Washington: "fringe," "wingnuts," "lunatics" and famously, "Astroturf" by none other than Queen "Stretch" Pelosi Herself. But the true astroturfers are all on the Democrat side of the ledger, from Obama advisor David Axelrod, who became synonymous with Astroturfing as a prominent PR executive, to their busloads of "paid volunteer" Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and ACORN flunkies storming Tea Party rallies. But the latest in the Democrat's increasingly transparent Astroturf campaign is an organization which personifies the word: http://www.theteapartyisover.org/. Presenting itself as a group whose mission is to...
  • Red army galvanizing in our bluest towns

    02/13/2010 9:56:28 PM PST · by GOPsterinMA · 30 replies · 597+ views
    www.bostonherald.com ^ | Sunday, February 14, 2010 | Jessica Fargen
    The state’s loneliest Republicans - those who languish in the navy blue regions from Northampton to Nantucket - are shaking off their years-long malaise and rebuilding a political machine in the land of Birkenstocks and Priuses. “People are coming out of the woodwork saying, ‘We’ve been Republicans in hiding and now we want to be out and help,’ ” said Jeffrey Hopkins, chairman of the City Republican Committee in the old Democratic union stronghold of Fall River. In the wake of Scott Brown’s victory in his Senate campaign versus Martha Coakley, a surge in interest in the GOP has come...
  • Temecula Tea Party & Anti-Tax Rally on Saturday, February 27, 2010 in Temecula, California

    02/07/2010 1:27:42 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 8 replies · 782+ views
    Temecula Valley Tea Party Patriots ^ | February 7, 2010 | DogByte6RER
    Temecula Tea Party & Anti-Tax Rally (One Year Anniversary Event) To commemorate the one year anniversary of the first nationwide tea party rallies in 2009, the Temecula Tea Party Patriots is hosting this event in Temecula, California. DATE: Saturday, February 27th, 2010 TIME: 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM (or until the last patriot turns out the lantern) LOCATION: The Duck Pond in Temecula, at the corner of Ynez Road and Rancho California Road. Rancho California Road is located directly off of Interstate 15, approximately one hour's drive north of downtown San Diego. Be sure to stop by the Gazebo to...
  • TeaPartiers:Becoming politically relevant through civic duty and the Precinct Committeeman Strategy.

    02/05/2010 5:18:31 PM PST · by grey_whiskers · 9 replies · 290+ views
    RedState ^ | Feb. 02, 2010 | ColdWarrior
    <p>A few months ago, the East Valley Tea Party group did not exist. On Saturday, January 30, 2010, they held a “Superbowl of Conservative Candidates” at a high school in Mesa, Arizona from noon to 8 p.m. Any candidate for elective office professing to be a conservative was given the opportunity to spend the day in a class room fielding questions from interested citizens. Many, many candidates were there, including former Rep. J.D. Hayworth, who is running to unseat John McCain in the primary. There were hundreds of citizens there. Lots of campaign signs were posted around the parking lot. Volunteers helped direct attendees to available parking spots. It was a well-run affair.</p>
  • Tea Party group unveils political arm

    02/05/2010 3:56:35 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 51 replies · 794+ views
    Politico.com ^ | 2/5/10 | Kenneth P. Vogel
    NASHVILLE — The organizers of the National Tea Party Convention on Friday unveiled plans for a July conference and a political group that they ambitiously predict will raise $10 million to help conservative candidates around the country dedicated to the small-government ideals of the tea party movement. The group, Ensuring Liberty Corp., is a nonprofit that will do direct marketing and organizing and will eventually be accompanied by a political action committee arm of the same name that will contribute directly to candidates. Its group’s president, Mark Skoda, presented it, during a news conference jam-packed with national and international press,...
  • Immigration reform risky for Dems

    02/04/2010 9:19:53 AM PST · by Wolf13 · 8 replies · 356+ views
    Politico ^ | 2-4-10 | Gary Bauer
    Immigration reform may seem a distant priority for a ruling party that’s made the increasingly elusive goals of job creation and health care reform its primary focus in 2010. Nevertheless, President Barack Obama and top congressional Democrats have signaled that, as Obama said in his State of the Union address, “fixing our broken immigration system” remains at the top of their legislative To Do list before the midterm elections. But Democrats push immigration reform legislation, which would include amnesty for illegal residents, at their own peril. With employment persisting at 10 percent, addressing immigration risks reviving the grass-roots backlashes that...
  • The Revolution Will Be Photographed

    01/23/2010 12:11:12 PM PST · by Stoutcat · 12 replies · 492+ views
    Grand Rants ^ | 01-23-10 | Stoutcat
    est assured, Massachusetts (and by extension, America) is not resting on its laurels. Flushed with victory, the grassroots movement has learned its power and is ready to flex its muscles. Give us more good candidates and we will support them in every way we can. It’s not just a Massachusetts thing. By November, perhaps President Obama will get the message: “…this man doesn’t really understand what the public is telling him. He just thinks we’re “angry.” He’s wrong – we’re furious and we’re furious because he blames everyone but himself and seems psychologically incapable of taking responsibility. How on earth...
  • Missouri: State-level pubs and dems trying to make ballot initiatives harder

    01/23/2010 10:21:47 AM PST · by clyde_m · 1 replies · 202+ views
    The Patriot Room ^ | January 23, 2010 | Clyde Middleton
    (h/t Ballot Access News) One republican and two democrats have introduced three separate bills all designed to make it more difficult to get ballot initiatives in front of the voters. Let's put this succinctly: What is wrong with you clowns?
  • Lessons of the Mass. revolt: Feel the anger

    01/21/2010 3:34:43 AM PST · by Scanian · 8 replies · 495+ views
    NY Post ^ | January 21, 2010 | PATRICK RUFFINI
    Scott Brown's historic vic tory in the Massachusetts special election might signal huge Republican victories and massive Democratic bloodletting up and down the ballot in November. But the operative word is might. No two elections are the same, and GOP candidates who try to achieve Brown's results without actually learning what he did right might find that Massachusetts magic elusive. What Tuesday showed is that Republicans can win victories in the unlikeliest places by fusing 1) conservative resistance to the Obama/big-government agenda and 2) rising independent frustration with Washington's failure to "change" as promised. Some of that anger comes from...
  • Tea Party: A movement has no leaders makes an impact on U.S. political scene

    01/20/2010 5:16:26 PM PST · by mdittmar · 24 replies · 1,072+ views
    National Post ^ | January 20, 2010 | Charles Lewis
    The Tea Party movement started with a rant by a U.S. television personality against bailouts. Then 11 months later, almost by magic, it helped elect a Republican as a senator in Massachusetts.On Tuesday, Scott Brown came from behind to defeat his Democratic opponent, taking the seat held by liberal Democratic icon Ted Kennedy for decades before he died last year.It was the first tangible sign a national movement -- without headquarters, offices, membership cards, newsletters, monthly dues or even a phone number -- was gaining momentum and clout."It's a true grass-roots movement," said Dennis Hale, a political science professor at...
  • Obama political arm under fire (grass-roots network 'Organizing for America' on defense)

    01/13/2010 7:22:15 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 721+ views
    Politico.com on Yahoo ^ | 1/13/10 | Alex Isenstadt, Ben Smith
    Barack Obama came to town a year ago to change the way politics worked, and Organizing for America was to be his instrument. The successor to his campaign organization, with the largest e-mail list in America, was poised — many observers thought at the time — to bring the campaign’s movement fervor and Web-centric tactics to pushing Obama’s legislative agenda through Congress. A year later, politics is working pretty much as it always did, and it’s Organizing for America that’s on defense. With little public profile and a difficulty in pointing to concrete accomplishments, OFA, as it’s known, has faced...
  • Virginia GOP again ignores grassroots

    01/08/2010 12:02:40 PM PST · by ToughLove · 3 replies · 340+ views
    Virginia Tea Party Patriots ^ | Dec 8, 2010 | Virginia Tea Party Patriots
    Another Republican mistake in Virginia's 5th Congressional District. The first mistake happened in December when six of the seven candidates for the GOP nomination were in support of a Convention and so were the grassroots, but GOP Establishment went against the will of all concerned to give a favorable and preferred Primary process to Senator Hurt, even though the Virginia State Budget is $4 billion in the hole and local government will now be burdened to fund this election.
  • From Bayh to Quayle to Bayh to Hostettler

    12/15/2009 6:08:04 AM PST · by mshoffner · 14 replies · 542+ views
    Huntington Political Examiner ^ | 12/15/2009 | Mark Shoffner
    Evansville native, John Hostettler, is seeking to have his name put on the Indiana ballot in a campaign against incumbent Senator Evan Bayh. This engineer has been a member of Congress for Indiana, District 8, as a member of the House of Representatives from 1995-2007. His positions within Congressional committees include: the House Committee on Agriculture (1995-2001), the House Committee on Armed Services (1995-2007) and the House Committee on The Judiciary (2001-2007).
  • GrassRootsNation is Back...as a Conservative Site

    11/16/2009 12:16:36 PM PST · by pb929 · 9 replies · 518+ views
    GrassRoots Nation ^ | 11/16/2009 | self
    Many of you will remember the rabid liberal outbursts and boycott of Sinclair Broadcasting back in 2004 over the airing of the Stolen Honor documentary which told the true story of John Kerry's service record. One of the key tools of this liberal effort was a site called GrassRootsNation which hosted a page used to send letters to Sinclair's advertisers. http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1247019/postsWell things have come full circle. Last year the owners of the grassrootsnation domain let it lapse so I picked it up and turned it into a conservative site. I am attempting to build a database of the many (thousands)...
  • "It's a Matter of Trust!"

    Will the man who questioned Sen. Arlen Specter and Health and Human Services Secretary, Kathleen Sebelius...run for Congress? Rob Mitchell, seen in this video posed this question...Rob, a grass-roots, concerned citizen, Air Force ROTC, served in the Air Force, small-business owner and former military medical law attorney wants to run for Congress to unseat Patrick Murphy, a self-proclaimed, Blue Dog Democrat who takes marching orders from Nancy Pelosi. http://www.rob4congress.com/
  • Tea Parties: Misunderstood and Vastly Underrated

    11/12/2009 2:55:16 AM PST · by Scanian · 16 replies · 895+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | November 12, 2009 | Kyle-Anne Shiver
    Elected officials of every political stripe ought to be shaking down to their Gucci loafers and pumps. History is forming and firming up harder than the proverbial brick wall right outside their congressional glass house. Yet they seem utterly oblivious. Since last April, I've written a few columns on the Tea Parties, but I had never actually attended one in person. I harbored a few misconceptions, formed at a distance through the media's drive-by lens. Being a woman who tends to cower in crowds and who loves the security and solitude of my little office-cloister, I had been content to...
  • Call to Arms: Citizens Unite to take back our nation!

    11/10/2009 1:53:41 PM PST · by honestabe010 · 11 replies · 896+ views
    The Woodward Report ^ | November 10, 2009
    Why should we leave the law of the land to be decided by votes from Congress of whom which most its members have and/or were not allowed the sufficient amount of time to read the bill? In addition many of them lack the ability to understand the language within the document. Why can they not understand their own bills? Because they do not even write these bills themselves. They have others who specialize in legal jargon originate such paper work. So why does so much power lie in the hands of those who are apparently not intelligent enough to write...
  • After the Tea Party

    11/10/2009 4:24:48 AM PST · by Walter Scott Hudson · 2 replies · 219+ views
    Fightin Words ^ | November 10, 2009 | Walter Scott Hudson
    The Tea Party movement has aroused a lot of energy, accelerated by continual disregard by our elected officials for the will of the people, the Rule of Law, and those principles upon which our nation was founded. Can this energy be focused in an effective manner to actually effect change? Many believe so. But there is disagreement as to how. Fightin Words welcomes Minnesota libertarian activist and budding politician Gregory Laney to discuss the flaws in the current two-party system and whether it can be fixed or circumvented.
  • The Grass Roots Keep Growing

    11/05/2009 6:05:07 PM PST · by Abakumov · 18 replies · 857+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | November 6, 2009 | Editorial
    Tens of thousands of people from across the country made a "House call" on the west side of the Capitol yesterday. These Americans traveled to Washington to register their objections to the mammoth government health care bill that Democrats are rushing through Congress. The size and spirit of the rally were a testament to the explosion in grass-roots activism opposed to the expansion of government under President Obama's and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's watch. The silent majority is silent no longer.
  • Republican gangs of New York wage civil war (NY-23)

    11/01/2009 3:47:43 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 72 replies · 2,881+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 10/31/09
    Republican gangs of New York wage civil war Attempts by Republicans to go "Obama-lite" have backfired disastrously, says Toby Harnden in Washington Published: 6:54PM GMT 31 Oct 2009 New York state’s 23rd District, which juts into Canada and is bordered by the People’s Republic of Vermont, is an unlikely place to send a message to the Republican party about how to defeat President Barack Obama in 2012. It is, however, home to the United States Army’s 10th Mountain Division, which has distinguished itself in Afghanistan, and the shot it has just fired by forcing the withdrawal of the party's official...
  • Yahoo AP Invents Silent Majority, Rallies for Obamacare

    10/08/2009 5:21:56 AM PDT · by mbarker12474 · 9 replies · 852+ views
    AP Associated Press via Yahoo ^ | Wed Oct 7, 7:05 pm ET | Beth Fouhy, AP, Associated Press
    This is an AP story so I will chop up an excerpted quote. Note that the organizers of this so-called grass-roots phenomenon are handing out copies of Saul Alinsky's Rules for Radicals. Fired up? ... Obama's grass-roots supporters ... drowned out.... communities ... Obama organizers ... "silent majority," ... a government run plan to compete with private insurers.... opponents of ... health care revamp ... controlled the image war ... rowdy town halls ... Obama supporters ... mobilizing.... erroneous "death panel" accusations.... Organizer Geoff Berman.... Howard Dean.... tea party protests largely organized by FreedomWorks.... Spokesman Adam Brandon said all staffers...
  • Taking the Republican Party

    10/04/2009 4:01:24 PM PDT · by Doug Loss · 152 replies · 2,738+ views
    Vanity ^ | 10/04/2009 | Doug Loss
    We've all seen calls for a third party (which would be disastrous I think, given the lack of success third parties have had since 1860) and countering calls for taking control of the Republican Party. But what has been distinctly missing is any idea of how to do either of these things. I'm not going to bother about how to form a third party, as I think it would be at best a waste of time. Instead, I'm going to present an idea and a website that gives concrete instructions on how to start to take control of the Republican...
  • Understanding 'Angry Mobs'

    09/15/2009 3:38:14 AM PDT · by Scanian · 12 replies · 1,022+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | September 15, 2009 | Mike Grady
    Liberals are having difficulty understanding the grass roots opposition to President Obama's plans for the government takeover of the health care industry, as well as the President's loss of support since his election. Equally disconcerting to liberals was the massive turnout on September 12th to protest a Federal government that is too big, too intrusive, and far too corrupt. As one who attended the September 12th rally at the Capitol, let me offer liberals the following explanation for what is happening. Legendary football coach Vince Lombardi said, "Fatigue makes cowards out of all of us." And what are the American...
  • What do you mean, "Where is Sarah?"

    09/14/2009 8:47:44 PM PDT · by Josh Painter · 15 replies · 1,202+ views
    Texas for Sarah Palin ^ | Monday, September 14, 2009 at 9:20 PM | Josh Painter
    We've been seeing so many great posts at American Thinker and praising them lately that it was inevitable that Thomas Lifson's great site would publish something with which we would disagree. And so it has with George Joyce's "Where's Sarah?" which was posted to AT's blog late Monday afternoon. Joyce, it seems, is so bummed by Mark Steyn's conjecture -- in an NRO op-ed that ObamaCare will probably get pushed through eventually -- that he's gettin' mighty nervous. Joyce wants Sarah Palin, warrior princess, to ride in on a white steed and save the day: In light of this remarkable...
  • Fund-raising battle over Joe Wilson seat

    09/12/2009 9:07:51 PM PDT · by Scanian · 30 replies · 1,552+ views
    The American Thinker Blog ^ | September 12, 2009 | Mark J. Fitzgibbons
    Currently, leftists have reportedly generated $1 million in donations for Rep. Joe Wilson's opponent last time, Rob Miller. Wilson, for his part has reaped about $750k. But there is a big difference beneath the surface: : Kos and DCCC immediately organized fundraising against Wilson. Wilson's $ is based on his own appeal and spontaneous contributors. From Paul Kane of the WaPo:
  • NY Rep. Tim Bishop Bishop Tries to Pack Town Hall With Union Thugs, Fails!

    08/28/2009 6:27:15 PM PDT · by WhiteCastle · 16 replies · 1,597+ views
    Gathering Of Eagles: NY ^ | August 28, 2009 | Staff
    NY Congressman Tim Bishop tried to pack his town hall with unions on the ‘take’ for nationalized healthcare. The people of his district erupt in open rebellion when one of the union goons tries to speak! Union members, many from outside the district, were snuck into the hall beforehand in an effort to stack the deck with a friendly audience. The last straw came when one of the union leaders from outside the district was asked to speak. The citizens erupted in open revolt which almost led to violence from the union goons.
  • BUSSED IN UNION GOON BOOED OUT of NY Rep. Tim Bishop's Town Hall Meeting

    08/28/2009 5:36:15 PM PDT · by WhiteCastle · 11 replies · 1,396+ views
    Gateway Pundit ^ | August 28, 2009 | Staff
    A local union leader was booed out of Rep. Tim Bishop's town hall meeting last night in New York.Like they tried to do here in St. Louis, union members, many from outside the district, were snuck into the hall in an effort to stack the deck with a friendly audience. There are reports that as many as three busloads were brought in.Things boiled over when Mr. Mitchell, head of the Long Island Federation of Labor, steps up to the podium and announces that he in fact does not reside within the borders of NY's First Congressional District.
  • NY. Rep. Tim Bishop's Farmingville Town Hall Meeting On Health Care Turns Raucous

    08/28/2009 6:10:22 PM PDT · by WhiteCastle · 4 replies · 819+ views
    Newsday.com ^ | August 28, 2009 | Staff
    More than 900 residents met U.S. Rep. Tim Bishop's promise to approve only a health care bill that "improves on a status quo that is unacceptable" with a mix of cheers and boos at a packed town hall meeting in Farmingville Thursday night.
  • Video: A Little Union Astroturfing in New York (Rep. Tim Bishop's Healthcare Town Hakll)

    08/29/2009 2:45:27 PM PDT · by WhiteCastle · 2 replies · 587+ views
    HotAir.com ^ | August 29, 2009 | Ed Morrissey
    Via Gateway Pundit, although I’m certain there’s an alternative explanation. Maybe the leader of the Long Island Federation of Labor couldn’t make it to the town-hall forum in his own district, or perhaps his Representative was busy hiding, like many House Democrats this August. His attempt to pander to the actual constituents of Rep. Tim Bishop results in catcalls and a full minute of disruption. Jim also reports that the Magical Mystery Bus Tour continued for this meeting, with unions sending three busloads of people to the event. Even so, the angry constituents shout them down fairly effectively … or...
  • Dems Should Pass Health Care Reform Now!

    08/28/2009 5:27:29 AM PDT · by Patriot1259 · 6 replies · 576+ views
    TheCypressTimes.com ^ | 08/28/2009 | John G. Winder
    n just a weeks time the 111th Congress will reconvene and Democrats in the House and Senate should stand up and pass health care reform. They should make it their first order of business. They should do it immediately. Once passed Obama should sign it into law immediately. Why not? The timing is perfect. Obama wants it, nay demands it before the end of the year. The far-left wing of the party (you know the one’s running the show now) want it and have wanted it for decades and they’re in control. They control the Senate to a point that...
  • Why Unions Are “Astroturfing” Health-Care Town Halls

    08/24/2009 1:26:29 PM PDT · by WhiteCastle · 15 replies · 1,604+ views
    HotAir.com ^ | August 24, 2009 | Ed Morrissey
    After enraged constituents started showing up at Congressional town-hall forums to oppose ObamaCare, the unions acted quickly to counterdemonstrate on behalf of the Democratic agenda item. In at least one case, union representatives used violence to intimidate and harrass ObamaCare opponents. The same union, which represents a large percentage of government workers and would be presumably immune from any health-care reform action, issued memos demanding volunteers to “drown out” opposition to ObamaCare. But why? This report from the Detroit Free Press explains that the unions....
  • Conservatives Take a Page From Left's Online Playbook (paybacks are hell)

    08/19/2009 6:34:24 AM PDT · by St. Louis Conservative · 18 replies · 1,182+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | August 19, 2009 | Jake Sherman
    PITTSBURGH -- A group of Republicans, looking to recoup the party's clout, is borrowing a page from liberal Democrats by beefing up Internet efforts to energize the grass roots. The conservative Americans for Prosperity has further embraced Internet activism to energize its 700,000 members and point them to dozens of town-hall meetings with lawmakers over the past weeks, leaving Democrats on the defensive on a signature issue: overhauling health care. Americans for Prosperity held their conference Right Online here last weekend. It centered on ramping up the use of Facebook, Twitter and other online megaphones to rally conservative opposition to...
  • Is Ron Paul the last relevant Republican in Washington?

    08/13/2009 10:23:25 PM PDT · by BGHater · 80 replies · 1,842+ views
    Examiner ^ | 13 Aug 2009 | Thomas Eddlem
    The question sounds facetious, since Texas Congressman Ron Paul failed to make any traction among GOP primary voters last year.Throughout the 2008 presidential primaries, Rep. Paul railed against the Federal Reserve Bank and the coming economic crash. And all the other GOP candidates seemed to look at him like he had just crawled out of the grassy knoll. So did most voters, except for a coterie of highly-motivated and mostly young primary voters he organized. Then economic reality happened, and the establishment GOP's economic model crashed along with the party's election hopes. Everything changed.Ron Paul's “rEVOLution” (revolution with “love” spelled...
  • Grassroots vs. Astroturf

    08/09/2009 3:34:29 AM PDT · by Scanian · 35 replies · 1,730+ views
    The American Spectator ^ | August 8, 2009 | Philip Klein
    Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and the White House have called opposition to Democratic health care plans "Astroturf," while organizing their own "authentic" pro-Obamacare rallies at the same time. But there's one important question I have, checking out these protest photos from Denver, taken by Looking at the Left (link via Holy Coast). If opponents of Obamacare are Astroturf, then how come all of their signs are homemade, with all sorts of different shapes and sizes and colors and stuff... And how come all of the pro-Obamacare demonstrators have official-looking and uniform, pre-printed, signs?
  • Geezers With Pitchforks Vs. The AARP

    08/07/2009 6:08:35 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 86 replies · 3,707+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | August 7, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    IBD Exclusive Series: Government-Run Healthcare: A Prescription For Failure Discourse: At a town hall last week in Dallas, an elderly "mob" with "manufactured" outrage questioned AARP's support for nationalized health care, asking: "Do you work for us or do we work for you?"There were no swastika-wearing grannies at Tuesday's meeting, as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi might claim. Nor were they "taking their cues from talk show hosts, Internet rumor-mongers . . . and insurance rackets," as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has said. But they were mad as hell at the perception that AARP was selling them out in the...
  • 5 Freedoms You'll Lose Under Obamacare (FREE FLYER IMAGES; PHOTOCOPY AND DISTRIBUTE!)

    08/08/2009 5:21:51 PM PDT · by Recovering_Democrat · 49 replies · 5,415+ views
    Tiny Pic ^ | 08/08/09 | Recovering_Democrat
  • For Sarah Palin, timing is everything

    08/07/2009 7:12:41 PM PDT · by Josh Painter · 7 replies · 964+ views
    Texas for Sarah Palin ^ | Friday, August 7, 2009 at 8:01 PM | Josh Painter
    Our friend Bill at Governor Palin for President 2012 says that the citizen uprising that we are seeing reflected in the recent town hall meetings shows the wisdom in Sarah Palin's decision to resign: "So, what do these everyday Americans pushing back against socialist policies tell us? That there is real buyer's remorse going on. They bought the product because of the fancy packaging, but didn't read the fine print. They want to 'change' it back." We are struck by the timing of all of this. It could just be coincidence, but we believe that Sarah Palin sensed the growing...
  • White House Floor Covered With Grassroots!

    08/07/2009 1:00:42 PM PDT · by sdkruiser · 3 replies · 365+ views
    Stephen Kruiser ^ | 08/07/09 | Stephen Kruiser
    Remember kids, it's the health care protesters who are being organized in a top-down manner. Because whatever Team Lightbringer says during their afternoon unicorn rides must be true. To recap: anyone who protests at a health care pimping rally is is part of a well-funded, super organized mob, according to our friends on the left. (You can practically feel the hopenandchange permeating the entire process now, right?) And on the other side...it's just a sincere, merry band of innocents. Top White House officials counseled Democratic senators Thursday on coping with disruptions at public events on health care this summer, officials...
  • Of Town Halls, Health Care & The Unglued American Left

    08/06/2009 3:50:03 PM PDT · by sdkruiser · 12 replies · 455+ views
    Stephen Kruiser ^ | 08/06/09 | Stephen Kruiser
    You almost have to feel sorry for the progressives, this was all supposed to be so easy for them. Last year, they got the candidate they wanted, a guy so far left that he bumps into Fidel Castro any time he moves to the right. He easily dispatches the most formidable candidate in the primaries. Then the GOP hands him a candidate who wimped out and did everything but hide in Aruba during the general election. To make things run smoother than chocolate through a Rottweiler, the economy tanked before the general election under a Republican president's watch. By then...
  • See Rebellion at Grass Roots ( Townhall Meetings )

    08/02/2009 6:29:35 AM PDT · by kellynla · 20 replies · 1,300+ views
    wnd.com ^ | August 01, 2009 | staff
    WASHINGTON – Call it the tea party that never ends. A rebellion is brewing in home congressional districts of incumbent Democrats evidenced by the reaction at several town hall meetings. Members are being forced to suspend meetings with their constituents, screaming protesters are being dragged out of events by police and officials are being greeted by protest signs and chants. Rep. Tim Bishop, D-N.Y., has called off further events. "I had felt they would be pointless," he said. "There is no point in meeting with my constituents and [to] listen to them and have them listen to you if what...
  • What can I do?

    07/25/2009 9:05:30 PM PDT · by D. Brian Carter · 11 replies · 339+ views
    What can I do? I’ve written and called my representatives, and get a form letter, a stock answer or an argument. I’ve worked on campaigns. I’ve marched in Washington, and joined various groups. I’ve made my voice clear, and appear to be part of this overwhelming majority who have done the same in vain, constantly ignored, berated, pandered to, condescended, and held in contempt. When one set of bums is thrown out after the people have had enough, it seems another set of bums replace them; often it makes little difference which party they belong to other than the degree...
  • Strong Grassroots Support For Palin&#8217;s SarahPAC

    07/14/2009 12:27:28 AM PDT · by AKSurprise · 11 replies · 1,326+ views
    Congressional Quarterly ^ | 07/13/09 | Rachel Kapochunas
    The political action committee associated with Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin , SarahPAC, reported strong support from small donors in its mid-year report. SarahPAC reported $733,000 in total receipts through June 30, of which $420,000 was “unitemized” or from donors who contributed $200 or less. The PAC was established in January of this year with a stated goal of supporting Palin’s plans to improve the country as well as candidates who support her ideals. Palin announced July 3 she will resign as governor later this month and left the door open to possible plans to seek the presidency in 2012. Palin’s...
  • Don't Allow Turf Wars or Pettiness to Side Track Tea Party Movement

    06/25/2009 12:42:43 PM PDT · by Lloyd Marcus · 12 replies · 732+ views
    LloydMarcus.com ^ | 6-25-09 | Lloyd Marcus
    A concerned patriot wrote me the following. “...our Tea Party efforts are taking a weird turn. As you know the April 15th nationwide rallies were a BIG success! The issues were Runaway Federal Spending and lack of primarily, the Federal Government doing what is best for the people. ...we are receiving direction to turn our focus to the Local Cities, Counties, and School Boards and not to focus on National issues. This is not what started the Tea Parties and in my opinion is not where we should be going as a "Grassroots" group.” The following is my reply. There...
  • Revolution

    05/19/2009 11:44:49 PM PDT · by plsjr · 120 replies · 3,384+ views
    American Thinker ^ | May 20, 2009 | Herbert E. Meyer
    During the last 30 years we Americans have been so politically divided that some of us have called this left-right, liberal-conservative split a "culture war" or even a "second Civil War." These descriptions are no longer accurate. The precise, technical word for what is happening in the United States today is revolution. Because of our country's history, we tend to think of revolutions as military conflicts, and of the revolutionaries as the good guys; the image of Minutemen fighting valiantly against the British forces at Lexington and Concord lies deep within our DNA. But sometimes -- quite often, actually --...
  • Tea Parties Just the Beginning

    05/16/2009 8:17:51 PM PDT · by JSDude1 · 39 replies · 2,008+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | May 15, 2009 | Donald Lambro
    WASHINGTON -- Last month's nationwide "Tea Party" demonstrations -- protesting massive government spending increases and rising taxes -- were minimalized by the national news media. Liberal big-government groups dismissed them as the work of right-wing advocacy organizations in Washington and claimed that the events were so dispersed, most of them in small cities and towns, no one could be sure how many had actually turned out to attend them. More than 600,000 people in nearly 600 localities -- from Bakersfield, Calif., to Atlanta, Ga. -- turned out to vent their anger over the Democrats' massive-spending levels. And a rally-by-rally account...
  • GOP govs plan Tea Party sequel (Perry & Sanford)

    05/12/2009 4:10:03 PM PDT · by St. Louis Conservative · 5 replies · 454+ views
    The Politico ^ | May 12, 2009 | Andy Barr
    Hoping to recapture the grassroots energy of last month’s “tea parties,” Republican Govs. Mark Sanford of South Carolina and Rick Perry of Texas will host a tele-town hall Thursday that’s being dubbed “Tea Party 2.0.” The Republican Governors Association said it is expecting 30,000 people to participate in the town hall, which will take place roughly one month after the much-publicized anti-tax tea party rallies held in hundreds of locations across the country on April 15, the tax filing deadline. Sanford and Perry will each speak for several minutes before opening up the town hall to up to an hour-long...