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Tea Party Fort Lauderdale celebrates the 2010 Midterms

I spent a few hours on the corner of US 1 and Oakland Park Blvd. on a gorgeous South Florida day with the  Tea Party Fort Lauderdale. The longest-running Tea Party in the USA, founders Danita Kilcullen and Jack Gillies have done a tremendous job growing the group, supporting local conservative candidates and offering information on  pending legislation, amendments and other important developments.

While the group realizes that our work has only just begun, yesterday was mostly about taking time out to celebrate our successes after nearly two years of passionate, dedicated activism.  The three videos I put together, beginning with Part One below, tell the tale of what ordinary, everyday Americans can accomplish with enough belief, persistence and willingness to roll up their sleeves. Enjoy!

Update: Here’s the second video from the day:

Update: Third video featuring US veteran John Sykes’ presentation on the US Marine Corps.

Update: Fourth and last video featuring a beautiful rendition of The Star Spangled Banner from Ashley.

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Dems’ worst nightmare gets off to great start

Via Hot Air, the pride of Florida demonstrates why Clinton and the Dems put so much pressure on Kendrick Meek to drop out of the race. As with Florida Congressional District 22’s Allen West, Rubio instills fear in the hearts of progressive, identity politics  players everywhere, laying to rest the misguided notion that all minorities are enthralled by the nanny state.

Making Rubio even more formidable is his own compelling life story as the son of Cuban exiles who fled tyranny and embraced freedom in the United States of America. And they didn’t ask for handouts — as Rubio explains, their dream became a better life for their children, and they weren’t above working hard as a bartender and a maid to ensure that outcome. Thus, a child of immigrants attains the office of United States Senator, all the while espousing and upholding the commonsense, conservative principles that made it all possible, thanks to our Founding Fathers and a watershed document known as the United States Constitution.

I am so proud to call Marco Rubio my United States Senator and Lt.Col. Allen West my congressman!

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Marco Rubio: Class Act

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Liberty emerges victorious in first major battle to restore the USA

When Barack Obama won the presidency in November, 2008,  it felt as if a heavy cloud of sorrow, apprehension and anxiety would hang over our once great nation indefinitely. I recall experiencing the same sort of mournful, heavy-heartedness one undergoes upon the death of a loved one — made even more bitter after tireless efforts to get John McCain and Sarah Palin (ok, Palin, who made voting for McCain much more palatable) elected.

Posing with Adam Hasner at a rally in January, 2009.

As previously noted, I was a Tea Partier before it was cool. I was raised a conservative and have remained one my entire adult life. I love the United States of America with all my heart — the adopted homeland of my great-grandparents and grandparents, and the place where my father, son of humble immigrants, achieved his dream of becoming a surgeon. The place where my maternal grandfather graduated from Temple Pharmacy School in 1919 — during a time when such an accomplishment was nearly unheard of for immigrants — and opened up a corner drugstore that was a landmark  in his neighborhood for over 25 years.

Giving it our best shot on Election Day, 2008. Sarah Palin would prove to be the bright light in an otherwise dismal campaign.

That was the America I was raised to treasure, appreciate and defend through grassroots activism. For as long as I can remember, my parents were always  involved in the political process at all levels — local, state and national. I knew what I believed and why. Had I been old enough, my first presidential vote would’ve been for Ronald Reagan, but alas, I missed the opportunity to send him back for a second term in 1984 by several months.

But I remember well his sunny optimism, his love of country and his stalwart, principled leadership. Thanks to his indefatigable efforts, the scourge of communism at last crumbled, freeing Eastern Europe, East Germany and the former Soviet Union.

Yet years later, politicians who abandoned Reagan conservatism set our county on a course of reversal that ultimately led to the ascendancy of the most radical president in the history of the United States of America.

The mournful morning after November 4, 2008, when a crowd paraded in front of the White House brandishing  the unthinkable — the Hammer and Sickle flag — I remember crying uncontrollably on the phone with a dear friend and fellow patriot, wondering what would happen next. What was to become of the land of opportunity that had drawn untold numbers to its shores, including my own amazing family? Was the American Dream really over?

The inaugural Fort Lauderdale Tea Party, which would become the longest running weekly event of its kind in the USA.

My  answer came a few months later, when something amazing happened. Ordinary Americans decided they weren’t going to go gently into socialism and tyranny. So they rose up in remarkable numbers to defend their freedom, even in the bluest of places. From South Florida to Seattle, they protested on street corners and town hall meetings, threw their support behind stalwart conservative candidates, organized on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, and vowed to do everything within their power to take their country back.

A bright light began to pierce the darkness.

With "Too Tall Dan", a South Florida patriot friend, on the corner of US 1 and Oakland Park Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale.

Tea Party Fort Lauderdale, the longest-running Tea Party in America, formed in February of 2009 — founded by Danita Kilcullen and Jack Gillies — and is still  going strong, week after week. Every Saturday, they gather on the corner of US 1 and Oakland Park Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale — with plans to step it up even more in the wake of last night’s amazing election results. Over the past 20+ months, they’ve grown into a force to be reckoned with, as has Karen Hoffman’s South Florida-based DC Works for US.  A tireless grassroots activist, Hoffman is one of the most dedicated, genuine people I know.

With Fort Lauderdale Tea Party Founder, Danita Kilcullen.

Then there are my dear friends and passionate defenders of freedom, Ellen, Kathy, Jessica, Christina, Victoria — and so many others who’ve kept me strong, determined and resolute throughout the first major battle of a long, protracted war. Getting to know these fine human beings has been an incredible blessing.

And to all of my Facebook and Twitter friends whom I only know through the blessings of modern technology, thank you for being a welcome source of strength and resolve in a very trying period in history. Along with local friends and my family, you’ve managed to keep me sane through the radical madness that defines Obama’s presidency.

Last night was the culmination of a hard-fought, principled fight, and the celebration was sweet. But as Florida’s new  governor-elect likes to say, “It’s time to get to work!”

Sorry the audio has been disabled by You Tube. There were great country songs blaring at the Scott/Carroll rally the other day.

Congratulations to Rick Scott, Jennifer Carroll, Jeff Atwater, Pam Bondi, Adam Putnam, Marco Rubio and Allen West!

For today though, I think I’ll bask in the glory of victory. After hours spent precinct walking, robo-calling, sign-waving, poll watching and otherwise doing everything in my power to help elect good, strong conservative patriots, I don’t think it’s asking  too much.

Besides, I have some awesome videos I need to  post from the Allen West victory part last night at the Boca Marriott! As the Sun-Sentinel said, “in the end, it wasn’t even close”. Florida CD 22 “de-Kleined” in favor of our constitutional conservative war hero. 😉

And here’s the son of an exile, now Florida’s newest US Senator:

We’re taking it back, baby!

More video to come.

 

 

 

 

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Rally for Allen West and All FL Conservative Republican Candidates

Lt. Col. (RET) Allen West poses with my brother Ralph after an event in Deerfield Beach, Florida in August, 2009.

Spent a good portion of yesterday and today rallying with other like-minded patriots in Boca Raton, at the corner of Glades and  St. Andrews, by the Town Center Mall. It’s always comforting, reassuring and uplifting to spend time  among grassroots Americans who love their God, country and constitution, even more so now that we’re less than 48 hours away from the most consequential midterm elections in modern history.

We got many approving honks and thumbs-up from passing  cars, though we were also subjected to the occasional angry liberal flipping the bird and shouting obscenities and epithets,  not just at us, but — quite shamefully — a true American war hero. Voting for Lt. Col. Allen  West was a great honor for me; I’ve met him on many occasions and have nothing but respect and admiration for his character, his distinguished Army career and his many accomplishments.

That know-nothing Obama zombies of all ages would spew such drive-by venom and vitriol toward West is hardly surprising, though no less outrageous. After all, his incumbent Democrat  opponent Ron Klein has based his entire re-election bid on mudslinging and character assassination.  As previously noted, when you have a 98% pro-Obama/Pelosi voting record, the last thing you want to do is run on your record of support for odious and unpopular legislation like Obamacare, Cap and Trade and stimulus.

Readers of my blog may be surprised to know I am also a “fu^%$ing redneck”. Well at least that’s what some guy who looked to be around my age yelled out to me from his Range Rover as he sped by. I’ll take it as a compliment — the redneck part, anyway. After all, if loving my freedom, country, national security and creator make me a redneck, I am guilty as charged.

Here’s the first video from yesterday’s gathering; I will upload the second one soon.

Go West, Rubio, Bondi, Scott/Carroll, Putnam and all great Florida conservative Republican candidates!

Update: Here’s a video from Sunday’s rally. Not sure why I am swaying from side to side during my interview, but it’s probably because  the wooden sign I am holding was very heavy!

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Marco Rubio’s Inspirational Closing Ad

Goosebumps. If this doesn’t inspire you, nothing will.  Go Rubio!

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New Political Ads for Allen West and Marco Rubio

From the We Love USA PAC, a depression-themed ad emphasizing Ron Klein’s 98% pro-Obama and Pelosi voting record:

And this one from Marco Rubio, featuring his adorable four kids:

For early voting locations in Palm Beach County, click  here.

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Whoa: Miami Herald joins Sun-Sentinel in endorsing Marco Rubio

Though they admit they don’t like his “far right” positions on immigration and Obamacare, Miami Herald likes what they see in Marco Rubio:

Mr. Rubio is not a flawless candidate. He has refused to release all records involving a Republican Party credit card, which he used at times for personal expenses when he was House leader. Nevertheless, at 39, Mr. Rubio has the potential to be the kind of statesman Floridians can be proud to call a native son — much like another conservative, former Sen. Connie Mack, who became a defender of Haitian immigrants’ rights and led bipartisan initiatives that doubled federal spending on bio-medical research.

Like a lot of voters, we’ve struggled with the choices in this race, and our pick may surprise some readers. We do not agree with many of Mr. Rubio’s positions — certainly not the far-right stance he has taken on immigration or his position against healthcare reform. Yet his persistence in taking on a popular governor 18 months ago to run for the U.S. Senate says something about Mr. Rubio’s passion to fix what’s wrong in Washington. At this critical juncture in the nation’s economy, Mr. Rubio offers a welcome dose of fiscal restraint. He has exhibited common sense on Social Security, where he proposes raising the retirement age as a way of keeping the program solvent. Neither Mr. Crist nor Mr. Meek has dared to make take such a clear stand.

Read the entire piece here. Go Rubio!

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Early Voting Begins Today in Florida

Lt. Col. (RET) Allen West poses with my brother Ralph after an event in Deerfield Beach, Florida in August, 2009.

I took the opportunity to cast my votes for Rick Scott & Jennifer Carroll, Marco Rubio, Lt. Col. (RET) Allen West, Pam Bondi, George Moraitis (FL House) and Ellyn Bogdanoff (FL Senate) at Delray Beach City Hall, one of the designated early voting locations. Though I am an old-fashioned kind of girl who prefers to vote on Election Day, I had to break my rule this year in order to be able to poll watch at my precinct on November 2.

I’ll be observing the proceedings from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., making for a long day that will hopefully transition into a raucous celebration lasting well into the evening at the Boca Marriott, where I’ll be watching the returns with the West campaign and other South Florida volunteers.

In what I believe to be an excellent sign, I waited in line for 35 minutes among voters ranging in age from the elderly to the middle-aged. The general mood was friendly, upbeat and sociable, and although I did not specifically ask anyone as to their preferences, I did hear a lot of talk about getting things back on track, making a statement and expressing dissatisfaction with both parties. Having never early-voted before, it’s hard to know if today’s turnout was unprecedented but one woman told me her West Delray precinct had been so overrun with traffic that she and her husband decided to drive several miles east to vote at City Hall. Since east-west traffic in South Florida can be brutal, I am also taking that as a good sign for freedom.

However, with just two weeks to go, now is the time to accelerate our efforts and eschew complacency, even as we bask in the joy of increasingly positive polling results. We’ve worked ourselves ragged over the past two years (many of us longer, considering the push-back against amnesty, TARP & other abominations under the Bush administration), and soon we’ll see the fruits of our efforts. And while we deserve a party and a brief respite from the insanity on November 2, we know this is only Phase 1. During Phase 2, our efforts will be focused on holding the newly elected accountable as we move towards 2012.

“Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.” — Tom Paine

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I was a “Tea Party” (e.g. conservative) Republican Before It Was “Cool”

Having been raised by conservative Republican parents who were both into activism long before it became a way of life for countless Americans in the months following Obama’s election, it’s probably not a surprise that I have been a registered Republican since I turned eighteen a few *cough* years back. And no, I didn’t opt to be an elephant versus a donkey just to make mom and dad proud, I actually did take the time to look at the platforms of both parties and ask myself why I wanted to join the GOP.

The answer?

The Republican platform (notice I typed, “Republican platform” not “Republican elected officials”) just made sense to me.

It reflected the concepts enshrined in the United States Constitution — that all rights come from a higher authority and that government exists mainly to provide for the common defense, support a criminal justice system and create a climate in which individuals and entrepreneurs have the opportunity to pursue their dreams in a free market that encourages healthy competition.

Long before both Bush administrations came to power, I was familiar with the term “RINO”. In 1976, my entire family reacted with heavy-hearted disappointment and anger when Ronald Reagan lost the Republican nomination to RINO Gerald Ford.

As a kid, I remember suffering through the insufferable Carter years with their long gasoline lines, seemingly endless malaise, foreign policy ineptitude and Iranian hostage crisis — until our sunny optimist finally won the Republican nomination in 1980 and subsequently, the White House.

Watching President Reagan’s speeches and appearances on television with my family was much like watching an Eagles game (without the heartbreaking losses). We’d cheer, clap, jump up and down and shout with delight as Ronald Reagan unfailingly reminded us — in his bold, unapologetic and endearing style — of the greatness of America, the courage of our men and women in uniform and the exceptionalism of  our system of government.  With moral clarity and conviction, he made us proud and grateful to call ourselves American citizens.

Sadly, upon his departure from Pennsylvania Avenue after serving two distinguished terms, Reagan’s successor wasted no time in reverting the bully pulpit back to “Rockefeller Republican” mode, calling for a “kinder, gentler nation” (whatever that means), raising taxes and ultimately alienating conservatives. Enter Ross Perot in 1992 and — well, you know the rest of the story.

My point is — long before the beautiful Tea Party Movement got underway — I’d always supported candidates who espoused the principles of limited government, strong national defense, capitalism and personal responsibility. And yes, to my great consternation, there were way too many instances when I’d find myself holding my nose to vote for Candidate X because he or she was marginally better than Candidate Y.

By the way, I voted for Sarah Palin in 2008.

And long before the breath of fresh air from Alaska blew in, I read conservative blogs, railed against open borders and amnesty, criticized President Bush’s massive expansion of government and spending, called for the release of Ramos and Compean, supported the war against global jihad (not terrorism, which is a tactic) and objected to the rampant cronyism that defined the Bush years (Harriet Miers, anyone?).

So I was “Tea Partying” before there actually was a phenomenon known as the Tea Party.

Concurrently, I believe that the best way to save our country from socialistic decay is to reform the Republican Party from within. Not only is this the most efficient method, it’s already putting the establishmentarians on notice and yielding excellent results including, but not limited to Rand Paul, Sharron Angle, Joe Miller, Christine O’Donnell, Pat Toomey and….Marco Rubio.

Of all the aforementioned candidates, Rubio best exemplifies the qualities of the Great Communicator, articulating conservatism with a genuine passion and conviction that has helped propel him to 50% in recent polling. Like other Tea Party Republicans, Marco defied the go-along-to-get-along Republican establishment (which immediately sought to destroy his nascent campaign by prematurely endorsing Obama-hugging, stimulus-loving Charlie Crist in May, 2009) with his heretical talk of spending cuts, deficit reduction, government reduction, and tax relief.

A charismatic embodiment of the American Dream whose parents fled Cuba for a better life for themselves and their children, Rubio quickly attracted a loyal following of constituents fed up with Washington games and hungry for the kind of leadership he espoused.

Crist, on the other hand, embarrassed the GOP (a richly deserved outcome) by showing his true self-serving colors and abandoning the party when he read the “tea leaves” and realized he didn’t stand a chance of beating Rubio in the Republican Primary. Thus, the sleazy opportunist who once invoked the greatness of Ronald Reagan and swore he’d never leave the GOP, threw all principle to the wind (if he even had any to begin with) to run as an “Independent”, emphasis on “I”, meaning “Me”.

And in a recent debate, ol’ Charlie found yet another way to disgrace himself by regurgitating a newspaper’s race-baiting, grievance-mongering claim that Rubio had “turned his back on his Hispanic family”, thus proving his Democrat bonafides, according to Ed Morrissey.

Which brings me to today. As a precinct committewoman, it is my obligation to walk precincts — my own and others — ahead of elections, to help get out the vote. This effort is complemented by the distribution of (gasp!) Republican Party-endorsed candidate literature. So it won’t come as a shock that among other candidates today’s goody bags included information on Marco Rubio.

However, it did cause some angst for a Facebook friend and self-described Tea Party movement member on the Gulf Coast, who chastised me in no uncertain terms that “not all Tea Partiers support Marco Rubio” and that I should “just remember that”.

I replied that as independent thinkers, I hardly expected all Tea Party members to be in lockstep on every candidate, but found her remarks sort of odd since Rubio stands for everything the Tea Party seeks to promote. I then reminded her that my precinct walking activity was a function of my membership in the Palm Beach County Republican Executive Committee to which she snidely replied:

I’m so sorry for “lumping” you into the TEA PARTY MOVEMENT. Belive me, it will NEVER happen again…..

I politely informed her that A.) Tea Party Fort Lauderdale, DC Works For Us and various 9/12 groups in South Florida all endorsed Rubio; B.) It was very possible for one to simultaneously hold membership in both the Tea Party movement and the Republican Party; and C.) if the status updates I posted on MY wall offended her, she was free to either ignore them or delete me.

Personally, I hope she goes with the last option. Facebook has a friend limit and ever since attaining the milestone of 5,000 friends last year, I’ve had a waiting list a mile long.

Go Marco Rubio! Even the Sun-Sentinel wants you to win. 😉

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