Archive for September, 2011
Today, President Obama
addressed the United Nations Assembly.
In President Obama’s speech, he praised the many regime changes that occurred over the past year, citing how change does not necessarily need to come by violence. Specifically, the portion of text from his speech to the U.N. Assembly was…
“So this has been a remarkable year. The Qaddafi regime is over. Gbagbo, Ben Ali, Mubarak are no longer in power. Osama bin Laden is gone, and the idea that change could only come through violence has been buried with him. Something is happening in our world. The way things have been is not the way that they will be. The humiliating grip of corruption and tyranny is being pried open. Dictators are on notice.”
Here again, is the same text,
parsed with snippets of news reports of the day.
“So this has been a remarkable year. (The unemployment rate in the United States was last reported at 9.1)
The Qaddafi regime is over.(Libyan rebels on Monday said they had sent more fighters and weaponry to Tripoli…)
are no longer in power (Rockets pound ghost city as allies say Gaddafi must go…)
Osama bin Laden is gone, (The president called the killing of bin Laden the “most significant achievement to date”…)
and the idea that change could only come through violence has been buried with him.
Something is happening in our world. (The crowd I saw and spoke with were well informed, and deeply concerned Americans about the direction their country was headed. They were polite, courteous and above all–patriotic.)
The way things have been is not the way that they will be. (“We’ve come to take our government back,” Paul declared to a cheering throng.)
The humiliating grip of corruption and tyranny is being pried open. (A federal jury found former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich guilty of 17 of the 20 counts…)
Dictators are on notice. (President Barack Obama is rapidly advancing an executive dictatorship)
The only question that remains is,
“Who will write the history”?
Surely the character of political opponents and political comrades must be considered as part of the overall debate, but the discussion of ideas must continue. Let’s not (as T.E.A. Party members) allow our attention to be diverted for too long, before we return to the “argument of ideas.”
The beauty of the T.E.A. Party movement is the collective grass roots activities of likeminded conservative Americans, without the benefit of a single figurehead or leader. This lack of a single leadership figure, from which the T.E.A. Party movement flows, frustrates liberals to no end. Almost weekly this truth is proven by the ranting’s of progressive liberals, most of which will become so “unhinged on camera” as to provide conservatives with enough entertainment video to fill a SNL skit.
T.E.A. Party Members, contrary to progressive liberals, have a way of focusing their attention on the problems at hand, policing their own when necessary, and then moving on to formulate solutions that can actually be enacted for the betterment of society. At the Macro level, the most apparent example of liberal frustration would be this week’s speech by our President asking Seventeen times of the “House of Representatives” to pass a bill that does not exist. Such statements are delusional to say the least.
Closer to home, Members of the Romeo Area Tea Party (RATP) have acted appropriately, while watching quietly, as a biased reporter seeks to divert attention from a discussion of problems to be solved, by trying to smear local GOP committees and T.E.A. Parties in general. Meanwhile, the important discussion of ideas continues by conservatives.
In 2010, as the Romeo Area Tea Party (RATP) grew from an infant child, a local conservative, Stan Grot participated as a member of the RATP leadership team. During his tenure as a part of that team, Stan successfully assisted the residents of the Romeo Area in electing many precinct delegates to the County GOP, last November. Today, many of these delegates represent conservative ideas common to T.E.A. Party members. Stan’s other work with the Romeo Area Tea Party was impressive and insightful, during his membership as a part of that leadership team. However, upon Stan’s decision to become a “paid” GOP activist, the by-laws of the RATP automatically barred him from continuing to serve the RATP’s “non-partisan” organization. Ironically, it was the by-laws of the RATP, of which Stan helped greatly to draft, that barred his continued participation.
To be clear, the Romeo Area Tea Party is a non-partisan organization, as is publically stated in Our Philosophy statement, posted on our web site. Furthermore, the actions of the other members of the Romeo Area Tea Party prove an adherence to non-partisan activities, with the continued invitations and public forums actually presented, for elected officials (and candidates) of both major political parties. A review of our past events calendar proves this point, clearly.
For intimate followers of the various GOP Committees in Macomb County, Stan Grot (a former member of the RATP leadership) left a trail of actions that some GOP insiders would ask (and have asked) to be formally sanctioned, by the State GOP Committee. Whether the claims are true or false, any actions of Stan Grot as a GOP activist cannot be construed as non-partisan activities, thus they could not be sanctioned by the Romeo Area Tea Party. Simply put, the RATP is and will remain to be, a non-partisan organization.
Moreover, it goes without saying that no DNC or GOP paid activist officially represent the RATP or any other individual T.E.A. Party we know of. However, it also goes without saying that often GOP activist have basic conservative ideals, which are similar in nature to many members who attend RATP meetings.
Chad Selweski, a Columnist for the Macomb Daily, has written extensively of GOP activities since the past election. Most recently Chad’s plethora of articles purport a “dizzying dysfunction” of the Macomb GOP, an “intraparty war” within the Macomb GOP, as well as a “Tea Party vs. establishment” split of the GOP. Time and again Chad’s articles attempt to exploit the dialog of debate among conservatives as some form of holy war, that progressive liberals might seize on. Ironically, if conservatives weren’t in a discussion of ideas amongst themselves, then there would be no discussion. Liberals have no ideas.
Macomb County is filled with conservative minded voters, some of whom were once affectionately called “Reagan Democrats”. Conservatives of that era allowed themselves to be called Reagan Democrats by the media, even though they had actually voted Republican, because liberals prefer to live in a society where everyone “feels good.” By allowing this “Reagan Democrat” title to be perpetuated, the losers in the Reagan vs. Carter election got a warm and fuzzy feeling, after the lashing they had just received at the polls.
Macomb County is also filled willed many active T.E.A. Parties who are only loosely tied to each other by conservative ideas. In no way does the leadership (or membership) of any one T.E.A. Party represent that of another. Likewise, Macomb County has many GOP Committees and PACs operating. Though these committees are often tied more snugly together by candidates of the day, progressive liberals can only be frustrated by their own inability to tie one organization to another. Simply put, conservatives generally don’t follow the doctrine of an all empowering monarch, who rules over them blindly.
Right or wrong, the articles written in the Macomb Daily by commentator Chad Selweski have opened up strong discussions among local GOP activist. It is difficult to say whether or not such an internal review of the local GOP workings would have perpetuated without the influence of T.E.A. Parties at large. It would also appear that any past events occurring in the State/Macomb GOP Committees are being addressed within the committees themself. Meanwhile, conservative support for PACs and T.E.A. Parties continues to grow at all levels, in preparation for another political season. Conservative individuals now have plenty of opportunities to openly discuss the “arguments of ideas” in Macomb County, perhaps only coming together on Election Day, at the ballot box.