Thursday, January 5, 2012
As a mother and grandmother, I do not normally get too involved with politics. However, lately, I've become very concerned about the future of the United States of America. What kind of country will we be handing down to our children and their children's children?
I was born after World War II and lived through an age of great prosperity. That is, until recently! I cringe at the thought that my heirs will not have the same comfort and security I have had during my lifetime. Although it may not seem fair to blame this administration for our economic woes, it seems to me that the downturn has intensified under the current regime. Prior to that, my retirement funds were earning interest; now they are losing money. And, my dollar is worth less than ever thanks to this administration and their eagerness to print more money. If this is what I'm experiencing, what will be in store for my grandchildren?
I believe it's not too late to turn things around if we change the way our government is run. I believe that it's extremely important that we elect a president and representatives who are fiscally responsible and who have shown themselves to be sound financial administrators. It is our responsibility to investigate thoroughly the background of those running for office and to be certain that we elect the right people, whether Republican or Democrat, male or female, an incumbent or a wannabe. And this
election is one of the most important ones in our lifetimes so we must vote and we must vote for those who represent our values and are concerned about our future. And most important of all, every one of us must vote!!!
If you have not read U.S. Senator Jim DeMint's book The Great American Awakening, the state of our country, and the importance of the pending elections of 2012 may seem daunting to you. But the score card from Senator DeMint's book from the 2010 mid-term elections, coupled with the recent announcements from senators retiring their terms, provides hope to our cause for government fiscal responsibility, limited government, free markets and respect for our Constitution and Bill of Rights. At last, it appears as if we are electing a government that answers to "we the people."
Senator DeMint's PAC, the Senate Conservatives Fund (SCF), carefully chooses and supports the strongest conservatives (Tea Party favorites) across our nation, even when it requires pitting two Republicans against each other. And he wins, often.
In the November 4, 2010 edition of The Wall Street Journal, Karl Rove wrote in his "Election Summary":
"Tuesday's election was epic. Republicans gained over 60 seats in the House and six in the Senate. They'll now occupy eight additional governors' mansions and at least 500 more seats in state legislatures. The GOP picked up more House seats than in any election since 1938, leaving Democrats with the smallest number in the House since 1946. Republican gains in the Senate are roughly twice the post-World War II midterm average. When Mr. Obama took office there were 22 Republican governors: Now there will be at least 29. Fifty incumbent Democratic congressman lost, including 22 freshman. An extraordinary nine senior Democrats with 18 years or more of service also went down, including three committee chairs: South Carolina's John Spratt, Missouri's Ike Skelton, and Minnesota's Jim Oberstar. Their offense was to back the Obama-Pelosi agenda."
The SCF website (senateconservatives.com) states: "There are 33 U.S. Senate seats up for election in 2012. Of those seats, 10 are currently held by Republicans, 21 are held by Democrats, and 2 are held by Independents who caucus with the Democrats"
To further qualify, of those seats up for election in 2012, at least nine senators have announced that they will retire at the end of their terms rather than seek reelection - six Democrats, one Independent, and two Republicans. Given the recent voting records of many of these retiring Senators, one can surmise the incumbents have heard the disgruntled voices of their constituents, weighed their odds of winning reelection, and opted out of their profession gracefully.
Senator DeMint summarizes the mid-term 2010 election results by stating "...it was unlikely anyRepublican would have won their election without tea party support." This analysis is presented to us by a U.S. Senator, a Washington D.C. insider.
This election year, let us press on, be of great cheer, and, when the election results are final, we can all refer to 2012 as a Happy New Year.
I am a Tea Party Patriot. I am not a right-wing extremist, whack-job, or wing nut. Groups who oppose Tea Party Patriot ideals love to "type-cast" us and label us with ugly epitaphs. But in reality, you can't typecast and apply labels to a movement encompassing millions of ordinary, regular US citizens who care about their country and want it to succeed.
The Media, and others, brand TPP's as Republican extremists. We are neither Republican or extremists. We do not support any political party, or endorse political candidates, because none of the existing political parties are responsive to the will of "We The People," and seem to have no problem with spending our country into bankruptcy. And our children and grandchildren will bear most of the burden - they will not have the homes, cars, and quality of life that most middle-class Americans enjoy today.
I am a Tea Party Patriot. I am a conservative. I believe in fiscal responsibility, constitutionally limited government, and free markets. I believe capitalism works, and that a strong economy can solve many of our current social issues.
I am a Tea Party Patriot. I will freely admit: for voting purposes, I am registered as a Republican (horrors!) Why? Because I want my vote to count in the primaries. If I were a purist, I would be registered as an Independent. But I would get very few candidate choices to choose from. I vote for individuals; not a party.
You can find out for yourself what the Tea Party Patriot's are about by coming to one of our monthly luncheon meetings or other TPP events. We welcome all interested folks - and we do not bite! (I promise.)
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
We are currently unhappy with our government. According to Gallup, it has a 17% approval rating. Why is approval so low? I believe it is because government is too big and is trying to do more than it is capable of doing. Big government can’t keep its promises. I believe this is why our Founding Fathers created a system to keep government limited. They knew it was the only way to protect life, liberty, and happiness. They knew we would be disappointed.
President Obama wants the rich to pay more so the government can do more for all of us. Those who believe the government should do less have been disappointed for a long time. Those who believe the government should do more are finally getting disappointed too. The Congressional Black Caucus is criticizing Obama for not doing enough for the Black community and the President criticized them in return telling them to stop complaining. This is what happens when we give too much power to a Government to solve problems they cannot solve. This is why our Founders warned us about big government and designed a system to limit it.
It is ironic that the big government system Obama wants for this us, a socialist democracy that promises to do more, is currently collapsing in Europe. Greece, Spain, Portugal, Ireland etc. are all failing economically and threaten the health of the world economy. Even so, Obama continues to sell the benefits of big government.
Our big government has proven it can’t run a Post Office or a railroad without huge deficits. It also can’t make money in the Green industry. It lost $500 million of OUR money in Solyndra.
Big government can’t solve the problems in our communities like the Congressional Black Caucus is demanding. Only we, in cooperation with the free market capitalist system, and those willing to help the community can solve our problems. As long as we continue to trust big government to solve our problems we will be disappointed. Let’s start solving our own problems. Let’s vote for people who can help us limit the government not make it bigger.