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Tea Party Convention Plans National Organizing Strategy for Elections

The first ever Tea Party Convention has attracted a sellout crowd of a thousand activists from as far away as Hawaii (and media from as far away as Japan) to the Gaylord Opryland Convention Center.

Volunteers here intend to propose a series of broad “First Principles” which have already been generally embraced by most Tea Party chapters around the country. They include: fiscal responsibility, upholding the constitution, and national security.

Prospective political candidates will be expected to support the Republican National Committee platform, though without any specific litmus or purity test.

If a particular candidate meets the proposed Tea Party criteria he or she would be eligible for fundraising and grassroots Tea Party support.

Once elected to office, members would be required to join a Congressional Tea Party Caucus, attend regular meetings and be held accountable for the votes they cast. Those who stray from the Tea Party path would risk losing its support and a likely re-election challenge.

These are simply proposals from activists in Tennessee who put this convention together and who say they recognize that disparate Tea Party groups nationwide have varied interests and ideas of their own.

Organizers suggest creating political action committees, a large scale fundraising apparatus, and starting the development of a national network of pro bono attorneys to deal with the myriad legal-political riddles that such undertakings face in campaigns and elections.

Palin ‘Would Be Willing’ to Take On Obama in 2012

Sarah Palin has Obama in her sights, telling FoxNews.com she “would be willing” to challenge him in the 2012 presidential race.

The former Alaska governor, in an interview Saturday on the sidelines of the National Tea Party Convention in Nashville, said Obama’s “lack of experience” has held him back his first year in office and that she would put her credentials up against his any day.

“I would be willing to if I believe that it’s right for the country,” Palin said when asked if she would run for president in 2012.

She qualified the statement, adding that she sees “many” other potential candidates who are “in as strong or stronger position than I am to take on the White House and if they’re in a better position than I in three years, I’ll support them.”

But the former GOP vice presidential nominee told “Fox News Sunday”: “I won’t close the door that perhaps could be open for me in the future.”

Palin is doing more than simply dipping her toe in the water with tentative talk of presidential aspirations. Since unexpectedly leaving the Alaska Governor’s Mansion last year, she’s formed a political action committee, she’s started endorsing and supporting candidates in the Republican primaries, she’s published a book and she’s been agitating the administration on a regular basis.

She delivered the keynote address Saturday at the tea party convention, using it to hammer Obama as soft on terrorism. When convention organizer Judson Phillips mentioned the idea of “President Palin” in a question-and-answer session afterward, audience members leapt to their feet and burst into a chant of “Run, Sarah, Run.”

In the near-term, Palin said she is going to focus her energy on the upcoming GOP primaries, and that she may support “hundreds” of candidates in the months ahead.

“I do want competition to allow the cream of the crop to rise (in the GOP contests),” Palin said, adding that her support would translate into everything from donations to campaign rallies. “There are hundreds of candidates on local, state and on the national level that hopefully we’ll be able to help.”

Palin recently endorsed Rand Paul, the son of Texas Rep. Ron Paul, in the GOP primary for U.S. Senate in Kentucky. She said she was attracted to his limited government platform and that she’s already donated to the campaign.

Asked which other races she’s focusing on, Palin, who’s a Fox News analyst, said she’ll “do whatever I can to help” the Republican nominee, whoever he or she is, against Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in Nevada.

“If the election were today, Reid … would go down,” Palin said.

However, she said she doesn’t have any favorites in the Republican primary — and dismissed the idea that she fancies herself a political kingmaker.

“That’s going too far because I do not have that power nor desire,” she said.

During her Saturday keynote address and in her interview with FoxNews.com, Palin pointed to the tea party movement as the surging political force that will make waves in the upcoming elections.

She said tea party support will “absolutely” be critical for candidates in some districts and that the GOP should not be scared of the movement.

“It absolutely helps (the Republican Party) and those who are fearful about it and those who are trying to stir up controversy about it — they obviously are apprehensive in terms of the message getting out there, and those people are gonna get thumped because this is a good message,” she said. “Who can argue this movement?”

As Palin aligns herself more closely with the evolving tea party movement, some surveys suggest she could have the support to eventually mount a competitive presidential run — despite tough questions raised during the 2008 campaign about her experience and qualifications. A poll last week had her leading, by a few points, the pack of potential GOP candidates. The Research 2000 poll also showed Republican voters viewing her as more qualified to be president than Obama by a 4-1 margin.

Asked whether she believes she’s more qualified than Obama, Palin showed little hesitation.

“In the campaign, we tried to bring attention to the fact that Obama had really not a lot of experience. And I do say that my executive experience, as an administrator, as a team manager if you will was, and so was John McCain’s as a matter of fact, was stronger and we had more experience than Barack Obama did in terms of managing huge multi-billion dollar budgets and thousands of employees … and that hasn’t changed,” Palin said.

“I think that President Obama with all due respect, his lack of experience is really made manifest in the way that decisions are made in the White House today,” she added.

Palin slammed Obama in her Nashville speech for his foreign and national security policies. And with health care reform on the ropes, she told FoxNews.com it’s time to pull the plug.

“I sure wish that the present tool being used to reform health care would die, but I don’t trust as far as I can throw them some of the people who are saying ok, we’ll slow down,” she said. “What they’re working on today there in Congress and the White House, it needs to die.”


Proposed 28th Amendment to the United States Constitution

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For too long we have been too complacent about the workings of Congress.

Many citizens have no idea that members of Congress could retire with the same pay after only one term, that they don’t pay into Social Security, that they specifically exempted themselves from many of the laws they have passed (such as being exempt from any fear of prosecution for sexual harassment) while ordinary citizens must live under those laws.  The latest is to exempt themselves from the Healthcare Reform that is being considered in all of its forms.

Somehow, that doesn’t seem logical.  We do not have an elite that is above the law. I truly don’t care if they are Democrat, Republican, Independent or whatever.  The self-serving must stop. This is a good way to do that.

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Stand for Liberty and Take Back America!

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Is America’s Financial Collapse Inevitable?

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The Tea Party’s First Electoral Victory

Scott Brown’s win in the Massachusetts Special Senate Election could realign the Republican Party around clean government, fiscal discipline, and respect for the Constitution.

There is no clearer sign of an impending collapse of power and subsequent political realignment in an open democracy then when leaders of the ruling party resort to vote-buying, payoffs, misrepresentation, and secrecy to pass their legislative agenda and force implementation of their priorities.

If the healthcare reform bill’s $300 billion Louisiana Purchase and $100 billion Nebraska Cornhusker kickback – taxpayer-funded “help” for specific states to secure the votes of two reluctant Democrat senators – were not enough to cause revulsion, then the $60 billion union payoff late last week seems to have been the tipping point for national upheaval.

It has all come together at a time for the nation to witness the election of Republican underdog candidate Scott Brown to the US Senate in Massachusetts, a seat that had been safely held by Democrats since 1953. That this could happen in Massachusetts – a rock-solid blue state and center for the liberal establishment – is an extraordinary upset and a harbinger of dramatic change for the country.

This remarkable reversal happened because Mr. Brown connects with people across party lines with a straightforward, commonsense approach to the issues they care about.

His popularity increased daily in the face of his opponent’s attack ads because he spoke of ending back-room deals behind closed doors, cutting wasteful government spending, lowering taxes, and stopping the government-run healthcare fiasco.

His very persona suggests he has what it takes to stand up to the corruption of political practices and take on the Democrat establishment. Proud of driving a truck, Brown is the nemesis of elitists and openly offers himself as a lightning rod for a national referendum on the Democrat’s filibuster-proof majority in the US Senate.

With a single stone, this David intends to take down Goliath and kill the unpopular healthcare bill. But he’s not content to join a party of “No,” either.

He voted for bold healthcare reform in Massachusetts, and he’s said he wants to start fresh on a new reform bill in Washington – one that’s undertaken with transparency and bipartisan input.

At a time when so many people are out of work, Americans are rightly asking why the Democrats have focused more on healthcare and radical environmental initiatives than on jobs and the economy. Frustration with Washington’s misplaced priorities inspired people from every state to contribute to the Brown campaign.

People intuitively sensed that a Brown victory would be the exclamation point to the political upsets in New Jersey and Virginia a few months ago, and would inspire resolution to take back both houses of Congress in November.

America has always been unique among nations, with vastly different norms and culture from the world’s politically corrupt banana republics, dictatorships, and oligarchies. We used to take pride in this. Not long ago, it was understood that the United States was an exceptional nation precisely because its Constitution limited the scope and abuse of government power, guaranteed individual freedom, and provided equal treatment under law. Increasingly, many Americans have come to feel that the decline in civility, integrity, and honesty of government are related to the loss of respect for the Constitution.

The executive branch’s growing overreach – clearly manifest in bailouts and in attempts to remake the economy and healthcare in particular; the judiciary’s excessive legislation from the bench; and the legislative branch’s brazen buying and selling of gerrymandered votes demonstrate this disrespect for the Constitution and the need for basic reform.

The contemporary tea party movement was born only a year ago out of concern about abuse of power: excessive government spending, excessive taxation, and excessive government debt. The movement’s rallying cry has consistently revolved around protecting the people’s freedoms enumerated by the Constitution. The election of Brown on Tuesday was not only significant for Massachusetts and the tea party that helped elect him. It also has important implications for realigning the Republican Party around clean government, fiscal discipline, and respect for the Constitution.

It seems entirely fitting that the Boston Tea Party of 1773, which ignited the American Revolution, should be reborn and now recognized for its first electoral victory in Massachusetts, where it all started.

This article was written by Scott Powell. Scott Powell was born and raised in Massachusetts and received his PhD from Boston University. He currently lives in Washington State and is a visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution.


Ron Paul’s Ideas No Longer Fringe

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