Posts Tagged ‘Tea Party’
Let’s start with this; there is no “tea party”. There is a “tea party movement,” there are “tea party groups,” there are “tea party activists” and there are “people who agree with tea party principles.” In that tea party movement, there are libertarians, social conservatives, immigration activists, fiscal conservatives, Second Amendment defenders, and other conservative-leaning Americans.
In the wake of low voter turnout in the June 2014 California primary which favored conservative / Republican candidates, is there any chance of a repeat on a bigger scale in November 2014?
John Nienstedt, president of Competitive Edge Research & Communication, says November 2014 could be a real downer for California when it comes to voter turnout. As John notes in a new blog post for Competitive Edge, The June primary turnout was stunningly — unprecedentedly — bad, as only 23 percent of registered voters cast a ballot. This embarrassing record justifiably gets him thinking about whether the upcoming general election will sink to a record low as well.
There is plenty of coverage of the allegations regarding Filner’s sexual harassment. Leslie Eastman at College Insurrection has a nice summary and sdrostra.com is chock full of articles on the subject. But Filner has demonstrated plenty of other out-of-control behavior that together paints a portrait of a man teetering on the edge of sanity.
- Most disturbing to me, because it is such an affront to civil behavior, his ex-fiancee said that she made the “gut-wrenching decision” to break up with Filner after she said he recently started text messaging other women sexually explicit messages and set up dates in front of her. Bronwym Ingram, the ex, said that he had lost the ability to treat anyone with civility.
I attended the Anti-Tax Rally today in downtown San Diego held in front of the County Administration Building. Brian Bilbray was clearly the most famous speaker invited. He is in a competitive district, as I have previously discussed. The rally started with doctors in white lab coats speaking about the harm done to health care under the law. Doctor Gary Gonsalves led off the doctors’ segment. (It seems that Obama’s stunt at the White House has made it de rigueur to put the docs in lab coats.)
My fellow SLOB, W.C. Varones, has posted tea party recommendations for this June’s ballot. Since there is no official tea party position, and everyone can claim a leadership role in the tea party, I am following suit. I am a resident of the city of San Diego, so I am not covering propositions in El Cajon, Oceanside or other areas. On to the props – I am using my own shortened and more accurate versions of the titles. Don’t like my characterizations? Tough, get your own blog; free speech rocks.
Proposition 28 – The Faux Term Limits Initiative – NO
Sgt. Gary Stein created the Facebook page “Armed Forces Tea Party” in 2010. He has been stationed here in San Diego. As you might expect, he eventually made comments critical of the President on Facebook. He is now facing discharge from the Marine Corps (pronounced “core” for the pronunciation challenged) for Conduct Prejudicial to Good Order and Discipline. He argues that he has merely been exercising his free speech rights. However, those rights are not absolute. A member of the Armed Forces may not participate in partisan political activity nor appear in uniform while endorsing a political candidate for office. These are sensible rules that keep the Armed Forces from unduly influencing or being drawn into partisan politics. The subordination of the Armed Forces to the civilian control of the President and the Congress have served our nation well.
My day job has become very challenging lately, and may continue to cause light blogging. When I have little time, it concentrates my mind on what is both important and within my sphere of influence. For example, I love following Presidential politics, but as a Californian I am going to have little influence on neither the Republican nominating process nor the electoral vote totals. Here are my priorities for this year and how I am feeling.
- 1. Defeating Governor Jerry Brown’s proposed tax increases; highly confident. Getting his execrable budget killed; not so much.
Governor Jerry Brown’s budget promises to cut public education by $4.8 billion if his tax increases aren’t passed next November. Promises, promises. That we could get some cuts in the bloated state educracy would be welcome indeed. The California school system is not performing that well, despite spending about $8,452 per pupil per year, although I think that number is low, it is the official state budget number from 2009-2010. The shock of some budget cuts would be welcome as it might force us to evaluate why we allow the government a near monopoly in delivering education.
If I used the same logic many in the media and Democratic leadership have used about the Tea Party (based upon comments made by by a very small minority of Tea Party “members”), that means all members of the OCCUPY-whatever are very disrespectful towards members of the military.
Using a very, very small sampling to then label all in that group because of the actions of a very few. It’s not right. But, isn’t that what the media are doing to the Tea Party?
I don’t speak for the tea party movement, no one does. I think that’s necessary to understanding the movement as a whole. The best explanation for this comes from the SCTRC web page on the Starfish and the Spider. The principles that bring the tea party movement together are less government, less regulation, and lower taxes and lower costs of government. It is as much a state of mind as a movement. We question why government at all levels has become so big and dominant. We question why government costs so much.
All of the usual suspects have decided to blame the Tea Party for the recent S&P downgrade of U.S. government debt to AA+. This should be in the category of dog bites man news, of course, but it somehow makes the papers. First of all, the downgrade is long overdue. Second, unless spending is curbed, the debt will grow; tax revenues will not increase until the economy is growing, and there are upper limits on how much tax revenue the federal government can squeeze out of the economy. Hint, it’s less than the current rate of spending. Even though I supported Boehner on this deal, as the best we could get under the circumstances, the deal itself stinks because Democrats blocked any serious spending cuts.
I am pleased to announce that our Eagle Forum of San Diego Convention is underway! See details below:
Ticket prices are as follows:
|FRIDAY JUNE 10, 2011 – ALL-DAY Leadership Institute Political Training
Leadership Institute Training – All Day – Materials and Lunch included in cost-Political Campaign Training at its Bes!!! For Candidates, Campaign Managers, and Volunteers
|FRIDAY EVENING – JUNE 10, 2011 – DINNER WITH POLITICAL Stars!
ANDREW BREITBART! “THOMAS PAINE FROM 1776″! Emcee RICK AMATO! Tables seat 10 – get 9 of your friends to join you!
This is the fourth and final part of my interview with San Diego’s Roger Hedgecock, nationally syndicated talk show host. He is heard locally on KOGO 600 AM. You can read Part I of my interview with Hedgecock here. You can read Part II here. You can read Part III here.
A major theme on Hedgecock’s talk show is the government’s micro-regulation of virtually every aspect of life. I asked him about the micro-regulation and what he believes the purpose of this is:
I have been a harsh critic of Mayor Sanders at times. But I need to give credit where it is due; he worked with purveyors of competing reform plans to come up with a single ballot measure. This increases the odds that a measure will pass, because there will be a unified reform effort. Yesterday’s U-T has the news:
The new measure, to be announced Tuesday, combines elements from a proposal two weeks ago by Jerry Sanders and Councilman Kevin Faulconer with ideas from Councilman Carl DeMaio.
Mike Slater, the new 6-9 morning talk show host for KFMB-760 AM, spoke Tuesday evening at the Tri-City Tea Party meeting in Oceanside. About 70 people showed up, filling to SRO the room at Q Restaurant & Sports Bar. Click the photo below to watch a 13-minute video of Slater speaking.
Slater talked about conservative principles and urged the audience to begin a conversation with their friends and neighbors about the national debt.
In the world according to House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), the $4 billion in federal spending cuts that accompanied the two-week Continuing Resolution (CR) allowing the government to stay in business was a good start.
In fact his office released the following statement; “Yesterday, the House passed a temporary budget stopgap that cuts $4 billion in spending and keeps the government running for two weeks. With the March 4th budget deadline looming, we passed these meaningful cuts because Washington’s ongoing spending binge is destroying jobs, and we refuse to pile on trillions more in debt on the backs of our kids and grandkids.”
As I feared, the initial reaction to the specific issue of restricting collective bargaining for public employees is not favorable, according to Gallup, with 61% opposed. This, despite an earlier Rasmussen poll that shows support for Governor Walker’s overall approach. HotAir points out that Gallup has not released the details of this poll, so it is hard to analyze the data. However, other data from the poll also seems discouraging:
From the AP…
Conservatives’ clout flummoxes House GOP leaders
WASHINGTON (AP) – The clout of tea party advocates and other hard-line conservatives in Congress has caught top Republicans by surprise, raising questions about whether GOP leaders can impose enough discipline in their House majority to pass tough measures, such as raising the debt ceiling.
Within 24 hours this week, House Speaker John Boehner’s team had to pull a trade bill from the chamber floor, suffered an embarrassing setback on a USA Patriot Act vote, and failed to recoup money paid to the United Nations.
The GOP doesn’t get the media and really, the feeling seems mutual. So listen up, there’s an elephant in the room and he doesn’t know how to look good on TV.
During the State of the Union Address last night, I watched the speeches as if I were critiquing and assessing candidates of my own. Overall, the Democrats and Republicans are not just divided by political differences, but also in appearances.
Regardless of whether the Conservative powers that be in D.C. care to admit it – appearances matter.
Watch the State of the Union Address 2011
Gabriella Hoffman, conservative activist and SD Rostra/NewsRealBlog contributor, appears on The Rick Amato Show on October 7th, 2010.
Click the link to listen to me talk about my family background, my activism, Radical Islam, and loads more! My lovely friend Yoela Palkin drops in a call too. Hope you enjoy it!
This blog post was written by YAF alumna Gabriella Hoffman
Well, so much for the Tea Party Movement. At least here in California the Tea Party proved to be almost meaningless. Carly “I’m a conservative now” Fiorina suckered many Tea Party leaders into supporting her campaign, thereby successfully breaking off what should have been unanimous Tea Party support for Chuck DeVore, one of the most articulate conservatives to run for high office in decades here in the Golden State. Make no mistake about it; Carly comes from the establishment GOP and her tendencies will be, of course, to moderate once elected. I don’t really care how well she was coached to pretend she was a conservative; she had absolutely no record of supporting conservative causes or candidates. None. The Tea Party needs to recognize that the only way to judge candidates is on their past records; forget the pretty ads and the poll-driven sound bites.
True Tea Partiers should reject opportunistic profiteers like Judson Phillips…
Wealthy Donor Sues Tea Party Convention Organizer Over Palin’s Fee
A wealthy donor to the first National Tea Party convention last month has sued the convention organizer over a disagreement about the terms of helping pay Sarah Palin’s speaking fee — launching a legal battle that threatens to tarnish plans for the next big get-together in July.
The following was given as a speech by local businessman Bryan Bloom at Saturday’s Tea Party rally in San Diego (read organizer Dawn Wildman’s account of the rally here). Mr. Bloom provided his remarks to San Diego Rostra. Links to relevant documents are included…
by Bryan Bloom
My name is Bryan Bloom and I own Priority Moving, Inc, a San Diego company. I am actively involved in the Suspend AB32 initiative and in getting the word out about CARB – also known as the California Air Resources Board. My background includes a degree with a minor in Biochemistry from UCSD and an MBA from UC Berkeley.
This Saturday there is a big taxpayer rally scheduled in San Diego, down by the Star of India on the waterfront. Free parking across the street in the county administration building parking lot. High visibility event, and we want maximum turnout.
I’ll be one of the two keynote speakers. Details below from packaged news release.
ANNIVERSARY TEA PARTY WITH ROGER HEDGECOCK & RICHARD RIDER THIS SATURDAY, FEB. 27th!!!!!!
Rain or shine we are ready to celebrate the one-year-anniversary of the nationwide Tea Party movement! Not only do we have great speakers lined up, this is a petition drive for several initiatives, and a fundraising opportunity for local Tea Party organizations.