Tax Day Tea Party Speech: Taking Our Country Back

This is the speech I gave at the Southern Oregon Tax Day Tea Party.

Welcome to the Tax Day Tea Party! — Have you filed your taxes yet?
– Are you happy with way your taxes are being spent?
– Do you like the direction our county is going?
– Do you want to take our county back?

- How many of you are patriots?
– As a patriot, what are you willing to do for your country?
– Would you be willing to take up arms to defend your country?
– Would you be willing to take up a pen, and mark your ballot, and drop it in the mailbox?

You may not realize it, but the most patriotic thing you can do this year is vote! — This year, it’s absolutely imperative that we start taking our country back. And, in a Constitutional Republic, the way we do that is by voting.

The other day, I was talking to the publisher of a national conservative Web site. He told me he’d rather have Barack Obama as president than John McCain. I said why? He said, under either of them, the country would continue its slide into socialism. Under McCain, we’d just get there slower. But when things get really bad, really fast, the people will rise up and start a revolution.

I respectfully disagreed. I said that, sometimes, you have to slow down to turn around. You can’t make a U-turn while accelerating. — And, once you go over the cliff, it’s too late to slam on the breaks.

If we should ever get to the point where it’s necessary for citizens to take up arms against our own government, it will be way too late to save our nation. That’s why we need to start taking our country back now.

I’m here today to talk about how we can do that. But first I want to tell you a parable. — Once upon a time, there was a blue state that had one Republican senator. After a couple of terms in office, he had learned the “fine art of compromise” so well that he had slipped to the left of his core constituency. He was by no means a liberal, but he wasn’t nearly as conservative as he’d been when first elected, and a lot of conservatives were disenchanted with him.

Come the next election, he was challenged by a far left, Socialist-leaning, liberal Democrat. And a conservative 3rd party candidate decided to run against him, too. It was a very close race. When the votes were counted, the Democrat got just under 49%. The Republican got almost 46%. The 3rd party candidate got just over 5%.

The Democrat won. But, if you added together the votes for the Republican and the 3rd party candidate, they added up to just about 51%. By splitting the conservative vote, the 3rd party candidate handed the election to the Democrat.

But wait. There’s more! — Not only did the state lose its only Republican representative in Washington, it so happened that the Democrats were only one seat short of a super-majority in the Senate. The loss of that Republican seat gave them the super-majority they needed to pass the Obama Healthcare bill without even having to negotiate with the Republicans. — And the saddest part of this story is that it’s true. And it happened right here in Oregon, in the last election.

The moral is, if you withhold your vote from the lesser of two evils, you help the greater evil win. — What good is “voting your conscience” if the real world result is that you help push the nation further into socialism? — That’s not the way to take our country back.

I can relate to wanting to vote your conscience. I was a Libertarian for nearly 30 years. (And I still am a “small ‘l’” libertarian.) But a couple of years ago, it came to me that voting 3rd party is a lot like mailing your ballot to Santa Claus. It makes you feel really good, but it has absolutely no impact on the real world, or the outcome of the election, or the future of our nation. So, I may sound like a cynic, but I’m a realist. In the real world, results count.

Voting for RINOs year after year isn’t going to help us save our nation, either. Sometimes it’s necessary, to prevent a greater evil, but what we really need is a plan to get actual conservatives on the ballot.

And I have a plan. It’s a simple, workable, three-step plan to take our country back. Like I said before, I’m a realist. And the reality is that this is a two party system. The Democrat Party has been taken over by socialists. The Republican Party is in utter disarray. And, the more conservatives who splinter off into 3rd parties, and 4th parties, and 5th parties, the weaker it gets, — much to the delight of the Democrats.

The good news is, if you look at the Tea Party movement all across the nation, it’s clear that there are enough conservatives now that, if we were to all unite behind one party, we have enough votes to take our country back. — But that isn’t going to happen as long as we’re all pulling in different directions. And every 3rd party that’s formed for the purpose of bringing us all together only splits us up further. — To have a real impact, we need to all unite behind one party.

The Republican Party has traditionally been the party of small government, less regulation, and lower taxes. That’s what the Tea Party movement is all about. The Republican Party used to be the party of principle. It hasn’t been that for a long time. But, with our dedication, our motivation, and our numbers, we can take it back and restore it to the Grand Old Party that it used to be. We need to turn the tide, stop the exodus, and start a new flood of conservatives into the Republican Party.

Here’s the plan:

Step 1. Register Republican. Get your friends to register Republican. We need all the Tea Party conservatives across the nation to register Republican.

Step 2. Become a grass roots activist within the Republican Party. Become a PCP. PCPs are the ones who elect the delegates to the National Convention. Those delegates formulate the national party platform and select the presidential nominee.

Step 3. We need to elect our people to be those delegates. Then we’ll be the ones determining the platform and choosing the presidential nominee for the 2012 election.

We can do this! — And this is how we can take the Republican Party back. And that’s how we can take our government back. And that is how we can take our country back.

Thank you all for being patriots! — Together, we can take our country back! Let’s do it!

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  1. If you’re a registered Republican, contact your local party chair,or county elections clerk, to find out if anybody has filed to run for your precinct’s committeeperson slot. Each precinct has at least two precinct committeepeople. One male, one female.

    Some precincts have more than two committeepersons. It varies from county to county, precinct to precinct.

    If there is a vacancy in your precinct, all you need to do is find at least two two others to write your name in. It requires at least three write-in votes to elect a precinct committeeperson. If you and your spouse are Republicans…you only need one more Republican write-in vote.

    Get ‘er done.
    .

  2. Yes, I’m still alive. :)

    When you had your calculator out, by any chance, did you happen to add Gore and Nader votes together to see what that might have done? ;)

    Also, what about all this talk that the tea party is non-partisan? You make it sound like being conservative is almost a membership requirement.

    Good speech, though. I commend you for your ideas and for your actions to follow through on them. I wish we had more like you!

    -W

  3. “Not only did the state lose its only Republican representative in Washington, it so happened that the Democrats were only one seat short of a super-majority in the Senate. The loss of that Republican seat gave them the super-majority they needed to pass the Obama Healthcare bill without even having to negotiate with the Republicans. — And the saddest part of this story is that it’s true. And it happened right here in Oregon, in the last election.”

    Wrong. The eventual MN Senate election of Al Franken was the actual 60th vote in the Senate. Also, there was plenty of negotiation with the GOP over the recently passed health care reform. Many GOP amendments were added to the final bills that were passed by Congress.

    “The Democrat Party has been taken over by socialists”

    …in your wildest dreams that is.

    “if you look at the Tea Party movement all across the nation, it’s clear that there are enough conservatives now that, if we were to all unite behind one party, we have enough votes to take our country back.”

    Again, in your wildest dreams that is. Surveys have already shown that Tea Partiers are only about 20% of the population, and the super-vast majority of those people are already consistently voting for GOPers.

    “We need all the Tea Party conservatives across the nation to register Republican.”

    They already basically are GOPers!

    “Those delegates formulate the national party platform and select the presidential nominee.”

    Wrong. The voters of the primaries select the GOP’s Presidential nominee.

  4. Mr. Guy, nice to see you back.

    The eventual MN Senate election of Al Franken was the actual 60th vote in the Senate.

    Al Franken may have been the 60th vote, but he would not have been had Gordon Smith been re-elected, rather than Jeff Merkeley. There is no denying that, if Dave Brownlow had not thrown the Oregon senatorial election to Merkeley in 2008, the Democrats would not have a super-majority in the Senate today.

    The voters of the primaries select the GOP’s Presidential nominee.

    Actually, according to the law, the presidential nominees are selected by the delegates at the national Republican and Democratic conventions. In recent history, the delegates have always selected the winners of the most primaries, but that has not always been the case in the past. Nevertheless, even assuming the nominees are selected in the primaries, one cannot vote in a Republican primary if one is not a registered Republican.

    Therefore, the advice to register Republican if you want to influence the Republican nominee for president in 2012 still stands. I realize you would prefer that conservatives did not register Republican, and did not work to elect true conservatives to local, state, and national offices. But, of course, we have different agendas, you and I.   :)

    • “Al Franken may have been the 60th vote, but he would not have been had Gordon Smith been re-elected, rather than Jeff Merkeley.”

      Come on now…using that line of “logic”, then the Senate elections in AK, NH, or NC were just as “crucial”, since GOP incumbents all went down in those 2008 elections as well.

      “Actually, according to the law, the presidential nominees are selected by the delegates at the national Republican and Democratic conventions”

      …who merely vote the way that their state voted in the primary season. Long gone are the days of wheeling & dealing on the convention floor to see who got the nomination of a particular Party.

      “Nevertheless, even assuming the nominees are selected in the primaries, one cannot vote in a Republican primary if one is not a registered Republican.”

      There are plenty of places where primaries are open to all who wish to vote in them. I’m opposed to that practice BTW.

      “I realize you would prefer that conservatives did not register Republican”

      How one is registered to vote is irrelevant…how one actually votes is very relevant. Heck, in certain states (like VT where I live), one cannot even physically register as being a member of a particular Party.

  5. ” Also, there was plenty of negotiation with the GOP over the recently passed health care reform. Many GOP amendments were added to the final bills that were passed by Congress. ”

    Totally meaningless minor points . Window dressing. Stocking stuffers .

  6. Republicans have taken over the Tea Party Movement. They are not about freedom for the individual any more than the Democrats are. They are for Multinational Corporations who have NO loyalty to our country. Be clear on that because they are destroying the middle class in America. If you work for a decent wage and have any benefits package, then, you should assume that there are plans to take your job to another country. It is insulting as a Vietnam Vet that this flag waving group of psuedo patriots moved thousands of American Job to COMMUNIST countries that are no closer to being democracies than they were when they were shooting Americans. WAKE UP.


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