Obama’s Transparency – It’s Not Clear to Me

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

I have finally figured it out….

I have finally figured out just what President Barack Obama, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid mean by “transparency”.  Mrs. Pelosi has said repeatedly that this is the most open and transparent Congress to date.   How can she claim transparency when there are closed-door sessions where deals are cut with special interest groups and bribes for legislators?   I’ll tell you what Ms. Pelosi means.  She looks right into the eyes of the media and says, “We’re going to do this, and it’s going to be done this way, by this time, and we won’t accept any change or compromise.”   That’s pretty clear.

Harry Reid has his own version of transparency.  His transparency is that he tells people what the Senate is going to do (that’s the transparent part), then in closed-door sessions he buys a vote or two that will put his plan over, and then ultimately proclaims the success he predicted.   Come on, who cannot see what’s really happening when senators exchange their votes for millions of dollars for their states?  When Senators Nelson and Landrieu took Reid’s bribes for their healthcare votes and support, it was well publicized on conservative talk shows on radio and TV, and through conservative blogs on the web.  It became really transparent to Americans at that point that what was going on in Washington was “politics as usual” – or maybe on politics on steroids!   The audacity of the Democrats was that they believed that they can get away with such underhanded dealings  — even out in the open — because, after all, they had control in the White House, Senate, and the House of Representatives.  Who was going to stop them?   Seriously, who can expect real transparency when deals are negotiated behind closed doors, especially when only those of like-minds are invited inside and those holding opposing views are banned from participation in the sessions?   

Obama’s lack of his promised transparency has cost him in the polls, and yet he still spouts the same old rhetoric from his campaigning days, still tossing the blame for  everything on Bush, still holding closed door meetings with special interest groups and congressional leaders, and still has his czars and others with far-left political views in policy-making positions who are not confirmed by Congress or elected by voters.  Is that transparency?  Not in my book.  When Obama campaigned on transparency, the people took him at his word… And why was that?  Because that would truly be the  promised change and hope for a new way for  Washington to operate.  Who wouldn’t vote for that?  Only it hasn’t happened – and it won’t under THIS administration, for sure!

We were forewarned by deeds rather than words.  Obama certainly didn’t display any transparency during the campaign…. not about his collegiate career, college applications and transcripts; not by producing his actual birth certificate, not by explaining how he traveled about the globe as an unemployed individual of non-existent means, and other things – things that could be easily produced and would end the suspicions and speculations once and for all, assuming he really wanted to be transparent!   

How can Obama proclaim his administration is transparent when there are special considerations for individuals and certain groups, and when what should be public information is hidden from the public?  Again, what about the campaign promise of transparency, of the CSPAN-televised negotiations on healthcare reform which never materialized?  In fact, Obama has laughingly shrugged that one off as a “just one of those many campaign promises politicians make” – and as everyone knows ALL campaign promises can’t be kept, right?   At this point, it’s pretty obvious that we will never see the kind of transparency we had hoped for from this Administration or from Congress.  Rather, the type of transparency now being promoted is the transparency of some of our national secrets under the guise criminally trying enemy combatants in our federal courts – the kind of transparency that can cost us our national safety – or de-classifying important documents and publicizing interrogation techniques used on terrorists.  Just who is that transparency for?

As I’ve pointed out previously, Democrats say there is (by their own definitions) transparency in our government.  I have noticed, though, there are some differences in the “applied definition” of transparency between the Legislative and Executive branches.  The Obama White House tends toward (unintended) transparency where the various members of Obama’s staff inadvertently reveal things simply because the players can’t keep their stories in synch – or their mouths shut.  The Senate Majority Leader and Speaker of the House do their “dirty” dealings behind closed doors, usually with a group of like-minded persons, and try to come up with a more palatable way of force-feeding their “transparency” to the voters.   (Occasionally, politicians seeking the limelight will spill some beans though.   I happen to be thankful that at least this kind of transparency has occurred because it has made for a wiser American public.)  

Perhaps the differences between the White House and Congress “transparency successes” are because the Legislative branch happens to have had a lot more experience with “covert transparency” than the intellectuals and academics who are presently making up the Executive Branch and staff.  Congress is full of professional politicians.  The White House is amateurish on governing in this way, having their strength in organizing groups.  However, because of the closer scrutiny by those on the right, and even independents, who have their eyes and ears open,  both branches have come up short on executing their types of transparency. 

For instance, remember the healthcare bill and the people who went to townhall meetings to express their opposition to HR 3200 and make their concerns known?  When it came time to literally push through controversial legislation on healthcare that apparently was in direct opposition to the wishes of the majority of the American voters (you’ll recall the uproar of the summer and fall townhall meetings!), Pelosi and Reid showed a surprising lack of understanding of the tenor of the public’s sentiment and their grasp of what the bill actually contained.  But they made no bones about what they were going to do …. that’s their transparency!  They had dismissed the fact that the voters were becoming more educated on the issues and beginning to become active in the process by using their freedom of speech to contact their legislators and following the examples of other grass roots organizations to come together.   The conservative and independent voters have educated themselves on the issues as well as having gained a better understanding of  “the game” of politics.  While these newbies to politics began paying close attention to the activities of their legislators, they are also began to groom their own to rise up to replace those entrenched and out-of-touch members of Congress.   

The legislators dismissed the American people and the subsequent polling that resulted from the discontent.  However, with the strong showing in NYC 23 and with Scott Brown’s senate seat win, there is a transparent national “routing out” of those who do backroom deals or who refuse to listen to their constituents.   One only has to read the handmade placards at the rallies and look at the polls to see this is true.  Concerned Americans are being transparent in their plans to unseat those who are not listening to the people who sent them to Washington.   The people are outraged that their own legislators don’t read the bills they are voting on, or even know what was in them.  Yet the legislators will still push for a bill’s passage while the people are aggressively telling them no!  The people  have had enough.   

The biggest mistake made by the Democrats, which  will cost them dearly in the mid-term elections is that they wouldn’t consider that the emotion which was demonstrated in the townhall meetings was genuine, and that it would still rage strong or be as widespread this long.  The people, who had placed their hope in the promises of transparency and openness and of a different Washington than previous administrations, were transparent when they expressed their concern all summer and fall.  They had grown tired of Washington’s favors and bribery, and they were expressing strong opposition to the Democrats’ type of “transparency”, yet they got more of the same.

Unfortunately for the Democrats,  the polls now reflect a sharp downturn for long-time incumbents who are up for relection in 2010.   (Just as a reminder, it’s not just Democrats who will find the going rough.  Some Republicans should watch themselves as well.)  Recently, public backlash has prompted several prominent, long-term, entrenched Democrats to”called it quits” rather than run for re-election and face certain defeat, and why?  Perhaps they’ve seen the “handwriting on the wall”.  Or, as Rep. Snyder (D- AR) said, “I want to spend time more with my family”.  Perhaps they’ve come to realize that there really IS a grassroots movement —  NOT the “astroturf”, as Nancy Pelosi called it — that has taken hold and spread all across this nation and it will affect real change in our government and restore hope to American citizens.  

When people band together in groups called “tea parties” and have an announced agenda of becoming politically savvy and involved for the purpose of routing out the politicians who don’t really care about preserving the principles upon which this country was founded, but rather make a political career for themselves, I call this a type of transparency, too.  Don’t you? 

The Scott Brown win has the Democrats scrambling to “embrace” the other side of the aisle, but they’re still missing the transparency issue.  They want the Republican “participation” but they don’t want to hear Republican input!  What they all should be doing is listening to the people!  We’ll see what happens over these next few months until the next election.   At this point, though, what the Democrats are doing is  pretty clear and transparent to me – more political games, not more transparency!


Obama’s Promises to Not Raise Taxes on Middle Class – YOU LIE!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

If you were actually stupid enough to believe  what Obama promised as far as who was going to pay for all this socialist programs, you will VERY SHORTLY be feeling the full impact of your stupidity.  Why?  Because YOUR taxes are going up.  Yes, YOURS!  And you probably aren’t in the bracket of $250,000 annual income bracket.  Check this out…. and see who’s going to be financing Obama’s programs:  http://bit.ly/c4IZyk

The White House, I’m sure, didn’t want this information out.  They haven’t even constructed their political “spin” yet to “sell it to the masses.”  However, Reuters put out an article from which the information in the link above comes.  But mysteriously, the article was immediately pulled.  This is not the FIRST time that some unfavorable reporting on what’s really going on with this Administration has been squelched.  Who’s pulling the plugs on these news items – and more importantly, WHY?  It would stand to reason that it’s  probably because the Obama administration has seen what happens when concerned citizens find out the truth and share it with one another.  They get angry.  They get together.  They make a difference.  And they put the brakes on those runaway programs.  A case in point is  what happened to Obamacare. 

So, now that you have read what lies ahead for your tax situation, share that information with others and let’s see what will happen when concerned Americans take on Obama’s agenda once more.

Revisited: Stimulus, TARP, Clean Energy Act, etc. Now VAT

Sunday, October 18, 2009

This a repost because it has once again become timely.   Let me add my voice to that of others.  PAY ATTENTION!  THIS IS NOT A REPLACEMENT FOR THE INCOME TAX.  IT’S AN ADDITIONAL TAX.  THIS IS A TAX ON GOODS THAT WE PURCHASE… AND IT’S A COMPOUNDED TAX AS THE PRODUCT ADVANCES THROUGH PRODUCTION STAGES!  That will increase the cost up to 20%. 

Now, please read on.

So, you think what you don’t know won’t hurt you?  That’s what the far-left legislators want you to believe as they “fundamentally change America”.

The American people are being treated like lambs led to the slaughter – or rather, the American way of life is being pushed and shoved toward the slaughter.  And in preparation for the finality of it all, everything that has made the United States unique as a nation is being quickly and systematically stripped from it.   Concerned citizens are organizing Tea Parties, some are writing blogs, some are talking to their neighbors and friends, and all are expressing their opinions under the same rights that PETA, an ultra far-left organization, uses against the poultry and beef industries – only without smearing fake blood or red paint on things and scaring small children who only want their Happy Meals. 

Conservative Americans, both morally and fiscally, are beginning to express their concern over the future of America.  They’re holding peaceful rallies of protest, carrying banners and handmade signs, and they’re contacting their representatives about their concerns on the issues that are reshaping or restructured our country toward the leftist’s position.  These citizens are voicing  their objections to the unethical practices of their own elected officials in Washington.   Those unethical actions include, in part, pushing huge  laws (literally and conceptually) through the legislative process in the most obscure and unprecedented ways possible, and often under the cloak of darkness, with the full intent of keeping the American people ignorant while this takes place.   What happened to the very detailed promise of transparency of the Obama Administration? 

Even the majority of the legislators don’t know exactly what are in the bills because most of them refuse to read them.  For example, a bill may be called a stimulus package, but within that bill are many amendments or sections that do not pertain to stimulating economy in any way, shape, or form.  And sometimes those inserted amendments have restrictions on certain freedoms we  have enjoyed or they may impose a new tax or cost to the taxpayer, or they may send millions of tax dollars to a particular lawmaker’s state or district for special projects to garner votes and political support.

Let’s take the $787 Billion Economic Stimulus Package.  In it was money for Sen. John Murtha’s (D-PA) airport renovation, which is an abomination!  The airport was given $800,000 of stimulus money for a new cross-wind runway.  (Three passengers a day!  And all to Washington DC!   How many new jobs did that create, and just who does that benefit?)   That’s just one example of the waste and little political favors payoffs that occur!  It’s our tax money and as taxpayers we should have a say on where our money goes; after all, that’s what our representatives and senators are for – to protect our interests.   

We, the people, have sent our representatives to Washington to look out for our interests.  However, they have forgotten their campaign promises and are no longer representing their constituency.  Instead they put party interests, pet projects, political favors, and partisan politics above the best interest of the American people and do not consider themselves accountable even to the people who elected them.   They have their own personal crusade to gain power, influence, and wealth as they continue  the “Washington as usual” politics and the American Democracy is falling down around our ears.

America is at an important crossroad at this point in its history.  It’s reputation is being quickly dissolved in the opinion of other nations because there is no integrity and  no honor in our President’s words any more.  If we do nothing to change what’s happening in Washington, the great nation of the United States will be unrecognizable before the passing of  this generation.   The jury is still out until November 2010 during which time we will see if the recent voices of the American people at the town hall meetings and at Tea Party rallies have been heard.  But the pressure on our representatives needs to be maintained, because there’s still a lot of time for more wholesale slaughter between now and then  — just look at what has happened over the past year.  Think about these things:

»  The House energy and global warming bill HR2454 was passed June 26, 2009. It consisted of more than 1,400 pages and was available online only 15 hours before being vote upon.  This bill is presently before the Senate and is projected to cost taxpayers up to $200 million per year.

»  The $789 billion stimulus bill was passed Feb. 14, 2009 and had over 400 pages.  It was available online only 13 hours before debate.

»  $700 billion financial sector rescue package, known as TARP 1, was passed Oct. 3, 2008.  It has 169 pages and was available online only 29 hours before voting took place.

»  The Baucus Bill on health care reform is reported to impose  nearly $2,000 per family annually just to cover the mandated cost.  And if you don’t take out insurance, you’ll pay nearly that amount in an imposed penalty.  It is presently being re-worked to include a version of public option – and this is being done BEHIND CLOSED DOORS!  So, we won’t even see what they come up with before it goes to the House.

So, if you’re not sure how those bills that were passed in such a rush earlier this year will impact your life, you need to become aware – fully aware!  Even if the rich and the not so rich ponied up all their wealth, they wouldn’t have enough money to pay for those bills that have already passed.  And we’re still awaiting the outcome of the Clean Energy/Global Warming bill in the Senate and the Healthcare Reform Act to pass. 

If that wasn’t enough, Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, has gone on record as saying that a new tax is on the table to help America address these fiscal responsibilities.  (She is assuming that the healthcare bill will pass and that manufacturers will be required to include healthcare in their operating costs.)  Her proposal is  “a tax” called a VAT, a value added tax, to foreign manufacturing to level the playing field.   Only it doesn’t really.  The value added tax is a tax put on manufacturers at each stage of production and is based upon the amount of value another producer may add to a product.  Think about this:  most of what the US consumes is imported these days – produced elsewhere.  So those taxes on foreign companies will have costs that are directly passed on to you and to me.  The VAT on manufacturing and services will only drive up the costs on all consumer goods. Critics of VAT say that this tax disproportionately affects the middle- and low-income customers.  Whoa!  No taxes on middle class?  What happened to that promise?

Just so you know, it’s politi-speak.  That’s how they’re going to end up taking money out of your pocket even if you’re not among those who make more than $250,000.  No, it won’t be a straight forward “tax” on the individuals of the middle class, but by such taxes and restrictions on the manufacturing and producer of goods (and services) they take money straight out of your pocket at the consumer end.  It will also give the government more regulatory control over the manufacturers.

So, get ready.  You’re going to have to spend a whole lot more for goods and services – and real soon!

PolitiSpeak – Very Important to Know

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Several months ago, when I was awakened to how really bleak the future of our country had become, I felt totally helpless to do anything about it, but knew something had to be done before it was too late.  I wanted so badly to be able to make a difference, but I didn’t know where to start.  I started this blog simply as a way to “relieve” the pent up anger and angst that I was feeling with nearly every news report of TARP, Omnibus Package, Bank Bail out, AIG, GM and Chrysler.  The more I heard, the worse I felt and I had to “let it out” in some fashion.

Since I started this blog a couple months ago, I have been continually educating myself through research for my blogs and through other avenues.  I watched town hall meetings on television.  I went to a local tea party rally.  And even more intimidating to me, an apolitical person, I became a member of a new activist group who holds the same values and political views that I have, and whose members feel the same emotions.

I had not been aware that so many others had the same feelings that I was experiencing, not just in my town, but all across the country.  So now we all know that there is momentum in this conservative movement to regain the country and protect it for our children and future generations.  But we could be in danger of losing that momentum.  We have to learn that in order to get our point across, as a group or an individual, we must use words and phrases that the liberals, particularly those in government will hear.   They use their own terminology and spit out their politi-speak without ever engaging their brains.

“It’s not what you say; it’s what they hear.”  – Luntz Maslansky Strategic Research.

Nothing drove home the importance of using words and phrases that will be heard more clearly than when after enduring several grueling townhall meetings, Arlen Specter said on ABC’s This Week, “I think we have to bear in mind, that although those people need to be heard and have a right to be heard, that they are not really representative of America in my opinion.  We have to be careful here not to let those town meetings make the scene that influences what we do on health policy.”

Bless his ignorant heart!  I decided that I needed to learn about how to really be heard. So, this article will give you a few of the words and phrases that you should substitute in your way of speaking so that you will be able to get and to hold the attention of those who literally are holding your future in their hands.  These phrases are what are recommended by an expert wordsmith, Dr. Frank Luntz, in his books on this topic – Words that Work, and What America Really Wants… Really.  I recommend that you get and read these books for more information on how to communicate effectively with politicians and your liberals friends and family.  (Thank you, Dr. Luntz, for educating me to be a more effective communicator!)

These are terms that no longer are taken seriously by politicians.  They see your lips move, but because you’re using passe words, they don’t hear you.  So, by updating your terminology, you can be taken more seriously when speaking to politicians and liberals.  As an example of what Dr. Luntz says about updated terminology, here examples that were pulled from his Words that Work : 

  • A used car is now pre-owned vehicle.
  • A secretary is now an administrative assistant.
  • A stewardess is now a flight attendant.
  • Garbage removal is now sanitation services.
  • Gay marriage is now same-sex marriage.

Choose words that inspire action:

  • Instead of process, use progress.
  • Instead of strategy use step-by-step approach.

Common phrases that make a difference include the following:

  • Automobile manufacturers rather than automobile companies.
  • Fuel efficiency rather than fuel savings.

If you go to town halls or tea parties or to some other organized protest, arrive especially early and sit in the front.  If  you have the opportunity to speak or to ask a question, use terms like “as a mom” or “as a dad”, or “I regularly exercise my right to vote”, that gives validity to your position – and let children speak if they can. 

Simplicity is the most powerful way to communicate.  In fact, the more simple the better.  You will want to make your own signs.  Pre-printed ones are not taken seriously – even Nancy Pelosi and Barbara Boxer mentioned that one (but ignored the ACORN and SEIU ones!).  Keep your message positive – and not negative –  because this keeps the left from having anything to use against the movement.  You should use some of these phrases on your signs:

  • “Why?” – and if asked about your sign.  Get them to explain their position.
  • “Accountability – Why not?”
  • “I have a right to be heard.”
  • “How much will it cost?”  Stop wasting my money.
  • “Who will $ for it?”
  • “Before you sign it – READ IT.”
  • “Don’t make promises you can’t keep.”
  • “The IRS, the Post Office, Katrina… now healthcare?

So, now you are getting an idea that the old way of speaking needs to be updated because these new words and phrases are the words the politicians and their liberal supporters are using.  If you continue using the old terms, you lose your credibility with them – as Mr. Specter suggested in his comment about the town halls!

An Open Letter to US Congress

Friday, October 9, 2009

Dear Members of US Congress:

It’s obvious that you Members of Congress do watch the polls.  You may say that you don’t take any stock in them; but lately, there have been some hints in your public statements that reveal you not only pay attention to the polls, but you will go out of your way to find a poll that favors your particular political position, especially on the hot items of public interest.  That way you can spin the media reports the way you want them and give validity to your actions which are in opposition to what most polls show the majority of Americans want. 

Of course you know you were elected based upon your promises to represent your state or district in Washington and you vowed to uphold the Constitution of the United States.   In terms of legislation, though, how many of you have actually considered the constitutionality of the laws when you either wrote or voted on them?  In addition to upholding the Constitution and representing your constituents, you made pledges of reaching across the aisles and bipartisanship which have been but empty words. 

Instead of keeping the promises you made which got you to Washington, you play stupid political games and participating in hateful partisan politic.  All the while, the folks back home have blindly trusted you to do what was best for them.  They never expected that your endeavours would almost entirely comprise favors you could for another congressman in exchange for a position on a committee or their vote on particular piece of legislation or sponsorship of legislation that would promote the desires of special interest groups.   Instead of fidelity to your constituents and to your sworn duty to uphold the Constitution, you have become faithful to your “party”.  You have made a career of participating in partisan politics and political game-playing and in dealing with special interest groups.  You haven’t contributed to changing these activities.  They are just as rampant in the halls of Congress as they ever have been, and in fact, getting worse! 

But here’s a flash for you!   It’s not going to be “politics as usual” anymore.   American’s aren’t blind and they’re not stupid.  You can’t keep on playing your political games as before because the people are now wise to the corruption of Washington’s wealth and power and to your deviate ways of doing business there.  Both political parties are equally guilty of greediness and both play the same political games – with each other and with the public.  They see you talking out of both sides of your mouth, like when you stand before the media and say things out of one side of your mouth to John Q. Public and then speak out of the other side to your peers.  They see that you are making deals in backrooms that are in opposition of what you just spoke in public.  Again, it’s both parties who are equally guilty of massaging truth to fit their positions – neither side of the aisle has a monopoly on this – and both sides are guilty of exactly the same highly questionable practices.  

Since the town halls of August, Republican representatives and perhaps a few moderate Democrats have begun to talk about some of concerns that were expressed in those meetings.  However, the old Washington way of doing things (the both-sides of the mouth talk) makes it very difficult, if not impossible, to be taken seriously by the opposition or by the public.  So, when these congressmen, usually Republican,  present the legitimate concerns of the people in their committees or on the floor, it’s perceived as politics as usual – same ol’, same ol’.   Democrats considered it as just more whining because, after all, the Republicans “lost” the election and, of course, they would do or say anything to “go with the flow” of the public swell.  

Therefore, Republicans, you have heard the people and some of you are truly wanting to get the people’s concerns before the Congress.  But those stupid political games that you have played for so many, many years have to this point made the legitimate conservative voice in Congress impotent.  So, that has made you pretty useless, hasn’t it?  If you cannot be effective among your peers and your sincerity is in question, you’re done politically.  You have no value as a representative of the people. 

Democrats, you have proudly displayed a double standard and double-dealing which is turning the stomachs of more than just the conservatives.  You display your immense pride because you are riding a high wave with control in both houses.  But your partisanship has shown that you don’t want to listen to anyone but your own party and only those who agree with you.   But Americans in huge numbers are saying something different than your own personal agendas.  That is not healthy for this country and not paying attention to Americans and discounting them as “astroturf”, not giving validity to their concerns will also cost you.

Americans are clearly seeing all the hyprocisy in Congress.   They see how uncompassionate the Democrats can be when a Republican fails morally and how he’s virtually and almost immediately drummed out of Washington, but people like Rangel can remain not only in their congressional seats while it takes an eternity to begin an investigation for ethics violations, but remain as chairmen of his committee for months if not years.  And what about Congress stealing millions of dollars from the American people’s treasury for things like personal airports and eco-bridges for turtles who can’t even read the road signs?   There’s truth to the phrase there is no honor among thieves.   Might we paraphrase that into a question:  Is there no honor among Congressmen?

It used to be that people believed their representatives would bring change to Washington and some looked to their congressmen for truth and wisdom and some naively trusted them to do what was best for them and for the country.  They’d vote out the “dead wood” and just get more of the same.  So over time, Americans have become disillusioned.  Their apathy has kept lawmakers in office – far too long.  However, dear Members of Congress, your eloquent and loquacious words no longer have an effect on the people.  It’s your actions that are now being closely scrutinized (and reported on primarily through blogs) by Americans exercising their right to free speech.  The double standards of Washington have become abhorent to the people, and mainstream America is growing extremely weary of the practice of political games for personal gain.   That’s why there will be a shake up in Washington beginning in 2010. 

What is different this time is that many of those people who have always been apolitical are now becoming actively involved in organizing political groups to keep their neighbors and families informed of the shenanigans and conniving that’s going on in Washington.  This political activity it’s not only going to affect Washington; these people are starting from ground zero.  They are looking for candidates to get behind that have the same values and ideals they do.  So, those of you reading this who are in local politics, the same politics as usual will not be tolerated there either.  So, look for changes in your own towns beginning next year!

Who Is the Real Hate-monger?

Friday, September 18, 2009

It is absolutely absurd that people who oppose Obama’s plans or the plans put forth by the liberals/progressives in Congress should be labeled as dangerous or that the opposition as a group should be called violent. In fact, the drama that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) performed this week in a press conference demonstrates the level to which some people will go to make their point – even an erroneous one. There is nothing on which to base the accusations she made. Nothing at all. What will happen is that the facts will undermine the efforts of the left and instead help bring about a coalescence among Independents and Republicans around one cause – and that is to salvage what is left of the republic we were given over two centuries ago.

In an attempt to elevate Ms. Pelosi’s position in the political arena, Brent Budowsky of thehills.com pundit’s blogs today writes, “House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) correctly warns of violence and is now the most courageous standard-bearer for progressivism in America.”

Oh really, where is there any danger or violence? Where is the proof? Where is the courage? What makes Speaker Pelosi courageous?  As will be born out over time, Ms. Pelosi’s position as Speaker will be challenged, if not lost, because even her own party is failing to rally around her. Polls have her in trouble back home in her district in California. Her “mis-speaking” (nice word for false allegations, isn’t it?) on the issue of alledged CIA deception and “outright lies” to Congress, and now the “violence” from the “protesters” will continue to keep her in an unfavorable position. For her to label any opposition to what these uber-liberals are doing to take away American liberties as violent is beyond ridiculous and will only cause moderate democrats and independents to further distance themselves from the “progressives” who are pushing for such radical changes.

The danger lies with the “progressives” in that they want to create a new constitution, distribute wealth from hard workers to those who don’t work, control every aspect of American life, down to and including fining people who have garage sales if they sell something the government deems unsafe – that is a law most of you didn’t know existed! 

Therefore, here’s the real danger – governmental intrusion into our everyday lives at every level! The real proof is in what legislation is being pushed through at super-sonic speed without anyone reading it, knowing fully what is in it, and debating it. The real courage is within the American people who have chosen to take to public arenas to express their feelings. By the way, shouting to be heard, carrying hand-made signs, and singing patriotic songs does not constitute a threat of violence! When as large a crowd gets together as did in Washington on 9/12 and yields not one arrest, there is no danger. There is no violence, Ms. Pelosi!

In Ms. Pelosi’s little drama, she didn’t give one example or instance of the rhetoric she’s been hearing from the recent march or town halls that would equal the rhetoric and atmosphere of the instances in the 70s to which she referred. I rather doubt she really heard the people. But resorting to “emotional theatrics” may be her undoing. Just like when she accused the CIA of lying to Congress, she did not provide factual  information to back up her claim.

However, it is appearing more and more like she wants to create the illusion that there are nefarious things going on with the movement she called “astroturf” as she did with the CIA. And again, it seems the proof has all been on the other side. For example, when you do things in the dark of night like slipping in pork spending to sections of legislation, or rewriting parts of bills just minutes before the vote – those are nefarious acts; those are dangerous, and those things are even cowardly.

As concerned citizens, it is important that in every instance where we write or speak or appear in public forums to express opposition to these radical changes that we do it in a manner that cannot result in derogatory or libelous statements from the “progressives”/liberals. We must stay calm, peaceful, yet forceful in our message. This type of action refutes their accusations and totally dismantles the leftist’s arguments. They have no weapon to use against us, and therefore, they have no argument. They won’t be able to label us as dangerous  or violent or hate-mongers or extremists. Instead, it will be revealed, as with Ms. Pelosi’s charade this week, just who those people really are!

Tea Partiers, Protestors, “Astroturf”, Patriots – or Whatever…

Thursday, September 17, 2009

… by whatever name you know them, they are making a difference. They are being heard, regardless of the negative name-calling or condescending remarks made by the liberals in our government and in the media.

Our legislators ran into buzz-saws last month at the town halls, and they found out that the message directed to them was the same no matter what town or what state. “Listen to us! We don’t want what you are trying to force on us!” Those legislators also found out that this “mob” was not of just one party, or of some right-wing extremist group, regardless of what Harry Reid or others said. That was really eye-opening to some of those legislators, I’m sure.

One thing that struck me about the huge crowd of 9-12ers in DC this past weekend was that while some expressed that they were “angry about…”, their countenance was not of anger but of determination. They were determined to be heard, and were all the while peaceful as evidenced by the fact that there was not one single arrest at the demonstrations this weekend.

These Tea Party/”Astroturf”/9-12er protestors are quite different from the angry mobs of the last eight years where people pushed forward into opponents’ faces with spit flying as they shouted derogatory and hateful things about the President, rather than stating their positions on issues. You remember those scenes? Some of those people are still “spitting” on nightly talk shows, in their blogs, and elsewhere about the same old things – Bush this, Bush that!

But, rather than describing these Tea Partiers/”Astroturfers”/9-12ers as “angry”, as the Democrats are declaring, or violent as Nancy Pelosi accuses, I would say that they are extremely concerned about the changes taking place in the country right now and the direction the present administration is taking this country. And they match that concern with determination to be heard as they speak out against these changes and in favor of restoring the government as it was outlined in the Constitution.

Thankfully, these people hold their beliefs sacred as did our founding fathers. That is something that is a marked difference from demonstrators of the past. Rallies, demonstrations, sit-ins – these were all based on  ideologies and social issues of the day. Today, these Tea Parties and 9/12-er rallies and town hall meetings are about issues of the heart. These people are coming out to these gatherings to express what is in their heart – their love of country and their devotion to the principles upon which our country was founded. Dare I say that many of these people are of the same ilk as those who came together over 230 year ago to lay out a plan upon which to establish this country? I think that is a fair comparison. The fervor is there, their belief in God-granted liberties is there, their love of country is there, their belief that the government is of, by, and for the people, and not the other way around, is there. Their determination to prevail is there – first in their hearts and now in their actions.

So while most news reports paint a grim picture of this group of people, let my voice be among those who are declaring the truth. The truth is that what these people are doing with their Tea Parties, with their “astroturfing”, with their town halls, and rallies – they are changing things in Washington! They are having an effect on lawmakers as is evidenced in several things that have happened lately. To enumerate a few of them: Van Jones – out; Congress’ questioning the constitutionality of “czars” – beginning; Acorn – under investigation, and funding cut; Healthcare bill – in trouble, reform on slower track, and the list of effects is growing.

As I have said previously, don’t mess with old vets and grannies; they’ve nothing to lose! They are driven by concern for their families’ futures, and they are motivated by the excessive spending this government is doing and the underhanded way the Obama administration  is organizing a radical “new” government. They have grown weary of the blatant lies and deceitfulness in Washington, which are now being exposed daily. They want accountability in our government. They want the same freedom from governmental control for their families that they and their parents enjoyed.

But what is heartening, too, for these older Tea Partiers/9-12ers is that many younger people are seeing that their futures are becoming more and more uncertain, their futures do not seem as bright as was promised during the campaign, and the path that this country has taken since the election will not take them to where they want to go.  Rather, their futures are beginning to look more dismal as more and more of Obama’s plans to reconstruct this country are revealed.

So if I were to sum all this up, I would say that there’s a rumbling in the distance that is growing closer and closer, gaining in speed and intensity – and it’s the rumble of change. Change? Yes, change. The kind of change people thought they were getting last fall. Change to once again live in the freedoms that were granted to us by our forefathers through our Constitution and paid for with their wealth and their very lives. Change from tyranny of Washington bureaucrats. Change from impoverishing the people of our nation for the sake of making a few people rich.  Change from corruption to integrity and accountability.

To those who are Tea Partiers/”Astroturfers”/9-12ers, I say keep on believing. Fan the flame that burns within you. It’s that flame that is catching on. It’s that flame that has shown light upon a darkness that has been spread over our country. It’s that flame that is making a difference!