Sunday, January 17, 2010

Let's get this ball rolling!

I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Whether you participated in the Tea Parties that shook the political landscape up last year, or whether you're just now becoming so fed up that you feel the need to get involved, I'm glad you've showed an interest in the Tea Party of Lonoke County!

Early on the Tea Party organizers decided not to create a centralized national organization, but chose instead to let small, local organizations lead at the grassroots level. Mainstream media reports that protests you've seen were organized and orchestrated by caviar eating elites in distant penthouses are completely false. However, from time-to-time a local Tea Party organizer will come up with an idea for a protest that will become popular across the country.

Such was the case last August with the protest we organized in Cabot outside Rep. Marion Berry's office. Eric Odom of Chicago threw out the idea for a Recess Rally, named so because it was intended to take place during Congress' annual August recess. Without any advertising, or reports in local media, we managed to get about 100 protesters on the street to let our elected officials know we're tired of them representing Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and Harry Reid instead of Arkansas voters.

Since then, we have participated in other events across the state with other local Tea Parties, but haven't moved forward to organize the Tea Party of Lonoke County.

Now that the election year has arrived, our time has come. I and others believe this year's election is a pivotal point in our nation's history. WIll we vote to turn back to the constitutional principles that made the United States the greatest country in the world? Or will we vote to continue down the path to ruin via Socialism that we're currently traveling?

Our mission is simple. We intend to seek, support, promote, and endorse candidates who will fight for a return of
  1. Limited Government
  2. Fiscal Responsibility
  3. Accountable Elected Officials
We believe our current representatives in Washington have taken us in the wrong direction. From the takeover of private industry, to the infamous bailouts, to our own elected officials calling us un-American for practicing our constitutional rights, they have proven they have little understanding of the Constitution or the people of Arkansas.

It's up to us to change that. We can (must) find candidates who will go to Washington and represent us!

I hope you'll join us and get involved. Until now, the extent of my political activism has been to vote in November, and sometimes in the May primary. Since these Socialists gained power in 2008, that has changed dramatically. I realized that I could no longer stand on the sidelines and let others determine the course of our nation.

It's up to each one of us to make sure our elected officials never forget who they represent, and that they work for us. So please join us and help make that happen!

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