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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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Pray for Our Nation: The Economy

From the book Pray for Our Nation, published by Harrison House, p. 14:

Dear Father, in the name of the Lord Jesus, I pray for our economy. I know that even more than a strong military, a strong economy helps keep a nation powerful.

Father, I pray that You would raise up people of skill and wisdom who would affect the economy of our nation. Give them inspired ideas and a voice with the powers that be.

Cause Congress to vote aright in these matters. Give them foresight so that provision might be made for our nation’s future, not just its present.

Father, as the people of our nation continue to finance the preaching of the Gospel and help the poor all over the world, I pray that You would continue to prosper us more and more.

While we give praise to God, the supreme disposer of all  events, for  His interposition on our behalf, let us guard against the dangerous error of trusting in, or boasting of, an arm of flesh…

If your case is just, if your principles are pure, and your conduct is prudent, you need not fear the multitude of opposing hosts.

— John Witherspoon, A Signer of the Declaration of Independence

 

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The Voices that Definitely Don’t Speak for (most of) Us

Per Ed Morrissey at Hot Air, came across this excellent ad from The Republican Study Committee. I hope this is the first of many invoking our greatest modern president!

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The Ruling Class and Bankrupting America

A Tea Party Patriot and Member of the "Country Class".

Via Gateway Pundit, I just discovered this excellent new site and resource for all Americans who are horrified by excessive government spending and overreach. Bankrupting America is a sobering look at what the ruling class — so eloquently and exceptionally detailed in Angelo M. Codevilla’s American Spectator piece (the same article Rush Limbaugh devoted much of a recent broadcast to extolling) — has wrought upon our great nation.

Codevilla’s lengthy article is well worth every patriot’s time and consideration; I cannot recommend it enough, though I will admit it took me until today to read it in full, after having listened to Limbaugh’s analysis on the EIB network. Even for those of us “country class” members who’ve been playing  close attention and fighting the excesses of a bloated federal government all along, there’s much to be learned in terms of how we arrived at this point in America. Hint: Woodrow Wilson plays a big role, as does the Republican Party establishment that considered Goldwater and Reagan “rebels”.

Click on the link above for the entire piece, but here’s an excerpt:

Certainly the country class lacks its own political vehicle — and perhaps the coherence to establish one. In the short term at least, the country class has no alternative but to channel its political efforts through the Republican Party, which is eager for its support. But the Republican Party does not live to represent the country class. For it to do so, it would have to become principles-based, as it has not been since the mid-1860s. The few who tried to make it so the party treated as rebels: Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan. The party helped defeat Goldwater. When it failed to stop Reagan, it saddled his and subsequent Republican administrations with establishmentarians who, under the Bush family, repudiated Reagan’s principles as much as they could. Barack Obama exaggerated in charging that Republicans had driven the country “into the ditch” all alone. But they had a hand in it. Few Republican voters, never mind the larger country class, have confidence that the party is on their side. Because, in the long run, the country class will not support a party as conflicted as today’s Republicans, those Republican politicians who really want to represent it will either reform the party in an unmistakable manner, or start a new one as Whigs like Abraham Lincoln started the Republican Party in the 1850s.

This echoes Lee Cary’s American Thinker piece I linked to yesterday, which issued a stern warning to the GOP to get back to its basics or risk the emergence of a viable third party. With every fiber of my being, I hope and pray that when the 2010 Midterm Elections usher in a wave of new, commonsense conservative representation that those who’ve been entrusted by grassroots activists to do right by America and our Constitution fulfill their promise; I am not as optimistic as Lee in believing a third party will do anything other than to solidify the scope and reach of the power-hungry “ruling class”.

Everyday Americans want leadership that truly reveres and adheres to the United States Constitution — not pays it lip service while ripping it (and our freedoms) to shreds.

In case there are any readers who are still laboring under the delusion that the Democrats have not controlled congress since January, 2007 or that the Obama Administration hasn’t outspent every prior presidential administration from George Washington to George Bush (who, while I respect him in many ways, is still part of the RINO/blue-blood/ruling class branch of the GOP), please get the facts at the Bankrupting America site. And if I have any readers who actually believe government knows best and is a good steward of our money, the video below should shatter that illusion — at least for intellectually honest people:

Get angry, get motivated and get involved. Our freedom depends on it.

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Just in Time for the Midterm Elections

Comes a film whose time has definitely come. Rock on, Tea Party Patriots!

H/T to Facebook friend Dallas Packer.

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