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SEIU With Guns

Posted by Mike O on September 1, 2010

The Tea Parties have dealt a lot with attempts to intimidate us out of our First Amendment rights, but NOTHING on the scale I witnessed tonight in a supposedly public hearing on Collin County budget.  The issue of the reduction of the pension match from 250% to 150% pales in comparison to the major problem in the Courthouse working culture I witnessed tonight.

The first stunning act: the shutout of the normal citizens to allow the county employees to pack the room for themselves, leaving nothing but standing room and the hallways for the average taxpayer.  How that came about I’ll leave to an interview I recorded.

Then there was the general tenor of the pro-employee speakers; it was as if it was about sacrificing their first-born.  It is NOT a good situation, and there are good arguments to be made to support retaining the pension.  But the sense of entitlement, the lack of recognition of the right of the commission and the taxpayer  to consider the issue, was eyeopening.

Some of the stunning assumptions from the public sector employees that are non-existent in terms of the private sector?

  • Retirement after 20 years, or even less
  • Retirement by 60
  • Pay for overtime; a couple hours of unpaid overtime is a sign of great commitment and dedication
  • Job Security
  • Benefit cost increases to the $20 – $40 range is substantial

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Some of what Blow missed

Posted by Mike O on April 19, 2010

Charles Blow says he saw little diversity at the Lone Star Tea Party April 15th.  I was working a booth up in the mezzanine (with people including our three steering committee members who are Americans of Latino descent), just down the way from Stephen Broden’s booth, so I didn’t get on the field much.  But Terry Wade did and this is a montage of pictures she accumulated- including the one in the lower right.  Possibly Charles Blow saw that participant first and kind of missed the rest; I know I would have! 🙂


My email to Mr. Blow:

Since you weren’t amused by that, I doubt you’ll be amused by this but I thought I’d try.  After all, humor is an essential part of life.

And, no we don’t have the racial diversity in the Tea Parties we’d like to have (but neither does the NYT Board, nor the MSNBC anchors); ours is a matter of freedom of choice of individuals. I personally put out my call as to why that should change here.   However, we are also not completely devoid of diversity, as shown in this video of our local meeting. Our small North Texas Tea Party has a 10 member executive committee, including 3 Latinos: Americans of Cuban, Mexican, and Mayan-Guatemalan descent.  We worked very hard- against local ‘establishment’ forces (pretty uniformly white) – to re-elect our GOP chairman, who is an American of African descent.  And most of us worked with a coalition of Asians, Hispanic conservatives, and Americans from the Indian sub-continent to try to elect an American of Asian descent to city council.

And you can bet I won’t for one minute put up with any racist nonsense around me.  You see, My wife is American of Chinese descent and my daughter (in all but blood) is Ugandan; true Ugandan and justifiably proudly so.  It is because of her I do NOT hyphenate Americans, because- from my time over in Uganda- I realized the Ugandans could instantly recognize ANY American, no matter what the skin color.

I hope to spend a good part of my retirement in Uganda, where I very likely will end up helping Winnie run for office (she’s a true leader, through and through) and help several other orphans there I’ve come to know to achieve the miracles of success I know them capable of.  Considering that, do you really think I’d be in the Tea Party if I thought any but the tinniest minority (which are present in ALL facets of life) thought of this in a skin tone sense?

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A Message to the GOP

Posted by Mike O on April 9, 2010

This is a response to a message the GOP ‘regulars’ (of which I was once one) have been passing on to the Tea Parties.  The message:

The Tea Parties need to become more like the GOP for conservatism to win.

My Response:

The GOP must become more like the Tea Parties for the GOP to SURVIVE.

Here are a few data points for those regulars to consider:

First locally: the Tea Parties- not 8 months old- put together a candidate forum, containing the candidates of only two of the local races. We had 300 people show up.  Groups like the long-established Collin County Conservative Republicans have a forum for a score of  candidates and can’t produce half the audience.  There was vastly more discussion and angst  across the county of the North Texas Tea Party ‘TeaApproval’ than any other endorsement of other groups in local commentary sections.

Nationally, let’s start with the fact that the Tea Party label- by itself- is now higher thought of than the President and has a better understanding of issues than Congress.  Neither of these are hardly grand achievements, considering the competition, but more telling are the overall popularity of the two established parties as shown in the graphs here.  Bottom line: the Democrats have lost 17% of their support among independents since the elections, but the GOP has shown their incompetence by only gaining 4%.  Until the GOP can do things like:

  • get rid of things like earmarks,
  • stop weasel-wording its opposition to Obamacare,
  • end embarrassing shenanigans in their national organizations
  • boneheaded moves like the early endorsement of Crist in Florida

, that won’t change.  The GOP ‘establishment’ is seen as an incumbent protection organization by many independents (a BAD thing this cycle) and the national party has done nothing since Obama’s election to change that perception.  And it’s lack of fundraising prowess at the moment

On generic balloting, the Tea Parties consistently poll within the range of the GOP itself, sometimes surpassing it.  This from a spontaneously risen grassroots organization just over a year old with almost no money and no centralized leadership (which actually remains one of the Tea Parties’ strengths).  This is as much a sad commentary on the continued state of the GOP than it is on the ‘genius’ of the Tea Parties.

Whatever the Tea Parties are doing, it simply is working better than what the majority of the GOP leadership is doing.  And it is the GOP that needs to gain political standing, NOT the Tea Parties.  Even false portrayals of the Tea Parties being racist and potentially violent  by the Democrats and the News Media are failing to do significant damage, for- instead of kowtowing like the GOP does- the Tea Parties stand up and say- show us the proof (of which there is scant).

The GOP will NOT be given much time to change fundamentally (not cosmetically). That means that they begin to enforce fiscal conservatism and proactive ethical conduct within their own ranks. The election of 2010 is likely it; if the Republicans continue down their obstinate path, it will be very difficult for we in localized Tea Party leadership to argue against those who would have us create a third party.  And, while that may lead to initial defeat, there is no certainty that it would be the Tea Party that dies out, and not the GOP, in the end.  This is NOT my desire, but unless things change, I see few other potential outcomes.

So this is my warning to the GOP ‘regulars’:

it is the GOP who has to learn from the Tea Parties, NOT the other way around.

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Open Invitation to all Fiscal Conservatives

Posted by Mike O on March 26, 2010

I would strongly encourage those of you who consider yourselves fiscally conservative (both personally and what you expect of government) to become active in your local tea parties. Nowhere else will you find the unity of purpose solely focused on governmental fiscal sanity at all levels.  Philosophy- and action supporting that philosophy- is all that matters with us.

I would especially encourage ethnic minorities to join in this effort.

Government has NEVER been the true friend of ethnic minorities.  That may be the intent of some kind-hearted liberals, but it has never been their implementation.  In practice, government has always bred dependence by first destroying the cultural glue that binds an ethnic group together, then ‘helping’.  With the Native American, it was the land; by moving tribes to harsher and harsher lands, they decimated the tribal cultures and enslaved the people as ‘wards of the state’.   It is no wonder that the Apache, a group most familiar with the harshest of lands were the last holdouts to ‘pacification’.  With the African-American culture, the approach was to destroy the fabric of the family through the policies of the 60s that began to reward the fatherless family and the out-of-wedlock pregnancy.  It is no coincidence that the stronger the family in a culture, the less dependent and more suspicious of government a culture is.  In Latino culture, government’s approach is to retain language segregation, to prevent the integration of Hispanics to American culture where the message is less controllable.  They advocate bilingual education, while fighting immersion efforts that are far more beneficial.  In the Asian and southeast Asian cultures, where the family is impregnable, the government advocates count on both cultures’ reluctance of becoming involved in American politics; they do nothing to encourage a change in that state.  All of this gives power to the government, NOT the ethnic minorities.  And all of that is what needs to change.

The government advocates also try to propagandize against the conservative philosophies with the ethnic minorities, claiming such groups as the Republican Party and the Tea Parties are inherently racist.  They inflate highly isolated incidents or improper conduct- or fabricate them out of thin air- to paint with a broad brush. Nothing could be further from the truth than these distortions.  What so terrifies the government advocates is that conservatism leads to LESS dependency, more self-sufficiency and more political activism.  This extends personal freedom into these cultures, which is an antithesis to big government and the power of the government advocate and the professional political class.

And let’s be frank: any group that is assumed to be monolithic is taken for granted by all.  Those brave individuals that violate that monolithic nature face two specific reactions: revulsion from those who benefit from the monolithic state and favoritism from those who oppose the benefactors of that monolithic state.  However, it the threat of punishment from someone who already takes your obedience for granted not worth suffering for not only the rewards of the opposing forces but also the freedom to think for oneself?  The last great freedom for any culture is the freedom to have a differing opinion without rebuke.

The most powerful block or groups are those that are politically active and cannot be taken for granted.   Unlike the Republican Party, that is precisely what the Tea Parties strive to become in a voting sense.  Our sole issue is fiscal sanity, along with the retention and expansion of functional liberty within a responsible society; and we are organized at the very grassroots level to allow for local variations- and local control-  of what that means.

Our goal is to give a conservative voice to be listened to for those who have long been ignored; the average taxpayer that is concerned current policies (previous Republican and current Democrat) will leave their children and grandchildren a country far worse off than it was for them.  And there is no voice more ignored than that of the ethnic minority who wants a strong family, independence, and a strong voice to direct of this nation away from ever-growing dependency on government at all levels.  And the Tea Parties want to help those voices to be heard- and feared- by the political class.  Our local group- across the northern suburban area of Dallas- is the North Texas Tea Party and- with meetings like this– we are continuing to grow and be effective.

So join us and our combined voices will help bring down these monoliths and let us build our families and our liberties strong, so we all can be judged on the “content of our character”, not what government thinks of our worth, or what we are supposed to think.

The women in my life: the wife Shin-Ning Ai and my daughter Winnifred Nazziwa.

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You guys took long enough!

Posted by Mike O on March 25, 2010

I’ve been waiting for you supporters of ‘the powers that be’ to pull the trigger on this for over a month.  I guess a blog comment is all that you could manage, because you’ve probably had your professional consultants go over this and realize the gruel is pretty thin.  Here is the video response I taped way back then:

So, if you want to go after a ‘fat,old man with a printer’, two things will surely be accomplished: you’ll make everyone realize that it really doesn’t take much more than determination to contest the ‘powers that be’ and you’d likely assure my appearance on talk radio, maybe even a show like ‘Hannity’. So, to quote Clint Eastwood: ‘Go ahead; make my day.”  But I must thank you for the easy link to the document that clearly contains the exemption for pamphlets costing less that $500.

But maybe I need to change the name of the video to ‘A Fat, Old Rogue with a Printer’; sounds more dashing (and dashing is obviously something I gave up on a long time ago :))

I know that the ending of the day when all local political clout required membership in the right clubs or traveling in the right social circles will be hard on some people;  I’m afraid they’ll just have to get used to it.

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