A Successful Banquet and A Historic Year
In the advent of a new year, we pause for reflection with sincere appreciation. Our remarkable efforts this year comes to an end with the reaffirmation of the refreshing Constitutional values that unite us. The Northern Virginia Tea Party continues to promote the basic principles we all embrace. While the movement continues to grow, our responsibility remains more profound. While it is accurate to acknowledge that in any relationship change is a constant and while internally we continue to advance the principles that unite us; the debate of ideals is welcome as long as civility remains a constant.
Our recent yearly banquet was a rousing success and demonstrated how resolve and resiliency remains the hallmark of the phenomena that is our organization. Throughout the year such events with our local elected leaders such as Governor Bob McDonnell, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli or Delegate Bob Marshall and other possible candidates of the future such as national figures former Governor and Senator George Allen, Jamie Radtke, and Delaware's Christine O'Donnell clearly demonstrate that in our carefully crafted presentations, our actions and involvements attract a national media.
Our involvements continue to focus on the mandates of our great commonwealth of Virginia and new legislation that can promote our values or cripple our purpose. Our outreach remains bi partisan in direction and we continue to extend an open hand to all legal citizens of Virginia and embrace every race, creed and color.
It remains extended to both sides of the political isle and respectfully invites a dialogue that continues to allow our Patriots to hear how "You" can show "Us" how you will further support the constitution, promote the return to federalism, demonstrate fiscal conservatism and embrace patriotism.
The New Year will bring new focus and new organization as we invite all who seek a more responsibility from our commonwealth and the nation to join us as "We The People" continue to preserve the union that so many great veterans and Patriots have fought, bled and died for yesterday, today and tomorrow.
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Wife of Clarence Thomas Joins Tea Party Movement | The Afro-American Newspapers | Your Community. Your History. Your News.
The recent announcement that Virginia Thomas, the wife of Associate Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, is wading into the conservative brew of the tea party movement has many within those ranks excited.
Thomas’ lobbying group, Liberty Central was formed in January to “serve the big tent of the conservative movement,” according to its Web site. It has already received the support of several high-profile conservative leaders. On the group’s Web site, it features a message from former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.
“Ginni can help channel the frustration felt by millions across America at the current course of our country,” said Rumsfeld. “Leaders committed to smaller government, fiscal prudence, and a strong national defense will be returning to Washington, D.C., and I am confident that Ginni Thomas will be part of the reason it will happen.”
Thomas attended a rally denouncing the House of Representatives’ health care reform bill and is scheduled to attend another rally in Atlanta on April 15.
Several local tea party leaders said Thomas’ involvement gives the movement a stamp of legitimacy.
“Of course [her involvement] helps,” said Tony Passaro, organizer of the Federation of Maryland Tea Party Patriots. “As the wife of a Supreme Court justice she has a lot of visibility. Her involvement increases the visibility of the whole movement.”
Ron Wilcox, head of the Alexandria Tea Party in Virginia, agreed with Passaro as he excitedly spoke about her involvement.
“This is wonderful. I’m delighted that she’ll be doing such a thing,” Wilcox said. “It is one of the number of steps that has come forward that has advanced the credibility and the viability of the tea party movement.”
There is a sentiment, however, that her move is a further setback for Clarence Thomas in the eyes of many African Americans.
Clarence Thomas’ conservative past and involvement in the Anita Hill scandal has always been a source of controversy within the African-American community. Some say this may be the icing on the cake.
“[Clarence Thomas] is already alienated from the Black community and I don’t know how much further he can get,” said Ronald Walters, director of the African American Leadership Center, and professor of government and politics at the University of Maryland College Park. “His wife played a very early role in his confirmation so this is really not surprising to me.”
Walters added that it is a little unnerving that that the wife of a Supreme Court Justice is joining this movement given the “vicious conservatism” he believes dogs the tea party movement. Given the Thomases’ contacts within the Republican Party, he thinks it could be part of a Republican strategy to gain more support.
“There’s an attempt on the part of the Republican Party to incorporate the tea party movement,” said Walters. “It’s possible that she’s becoming involved in that effort.”
However, members of the movement dismiss that concern as they believe she’s just expressing her rights as a U.S. citizen.
“She has every right to express her political opinion,” said Wilcox. “She’s not a Supreme Court Justice.
“People have their own interests and want to advance them. She shouldn’t be hobbled by her husband’s profession.”
Sunday, November 14, 2010
There’s a Tea Party in Alexandria?THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 4 2010
By Derrick Perkins
Republicans enjoyed a wave of election success nationally Tuesday, but with local gains non-existent, self-described “Tea Partiers” now turn their attention to city and state issues.
Given the much-hyped anti-incumbency backlash heading into the 2010 mid term elections, AJ Kearney, co-organizer of The Alexandria Tea Party, expected fiscally conservative voters with an eye toward promoting limited government and free markets would give 10-term Democratic Congressman Jim Moran a run for his money.
Not long after polls opened, he realized that wasn’t going to happen.
“We were surprised by [Moran’s] margin of victory,” he said. “I was standing in front of a polling station handing out literature and by 11 a.m. I started to think ‘there’s a lot of Democrats coming by here.’”
Republican challenger Patrick Murray picked up 37.3 percent of the electorate, not nearly enough to match Moran, who earned 116, 269 votes or 61.01 percent of the ballots cast. While Kearney expected a better showing for Murray, Moran’s victory at the polls didn’t come out of the blue.
There are two things to remember, he says: Democrats have had a lot of practice preparing for elections in what’s considered a safe seat for the party and local Tea Party enthusiasts didn’t have a lot of time to learn in the run up to the vote.
With the post-election hangover still settling in, Kearney worries fellow activists will lose interest, put away their placards and call it a year. There’s work to be done on the local level, even in a safe district for Democrats, he said.
“We’re trying to offset it by making sure people understand we’ve got a number of things on the docket we need their help on,” Kearney said. “There’s a definite movement, at least in the Virginia Tea Party, to basically get more local. Our focus is not just on national elections, it’s more concentrated on the state and local levels.”
At the moment, that means supporting Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli’s legal challenge of the recently passed health care reform bill and working with other Tea Party groups promoting a small government agenda at the state level, he said.
They’re also extending an olive branch of sorts to their political opponents. Former Alexandria resident and founder of the Northern Virginia Tea Party, Ron Wilcox wants to bridge the partisan divide with incumbents like Moran.
“The question isn’t just are with the politicians, but are they with us,” he said. “Each of those people has a vote on Capitol Hill, whether we agree with them or not. We respect the voice of the American people on these elections and we are going to continue to urge our elected officials to return to limited government.”
When 2012 rolls around, Michael Ginsberg, 8th District Republican Party chair, expects to see many of the same faces and local groups turn out to volunteer, man phone banks and go door-to-door. Until the issues driving the grassroots activism disappear, they’ll stick around on the political stage, he said.
“Certainly, they were an enormous asset to our candidates,” Ginsberg said. “I see them as staying around for as long as these issues are active. I don’t think the issues that are motivating the Tea Party will have gone away [by 2012]. They will remain active.”
It’s too soon to see whether Alexandria’s Tea Party organization will back a candidate in the next election cycle, Kearney said. He won’t put an exact figure on the number of Tea Partiers in the city — a couple of hundred, he says — but they’re preparing for the future.
He laughed at Moran’s acceptance speech analysis of Murray’s campaign as doomed by “extremist Tea Party views.”
“We can’t tell them don’t do that, we just got to concentrate on organizing,” Kearney said. “We just think we have a better ideas.”
Political Activists Question Tea Party Impact
Democrats and Republicans say ‘anti-government’ message unlikely to resonate in Fairfax.
| By Julia O'Donoghue|
Friday, October 29, 2010
Back when Sandy Green was a federal employee several years ago, public sector workers made less than private sector employees. But today, Green believes federal employees make more than their counterparts in the private sector, she said.
"Now, it is totally the opposite. You can make more money as a government employee. It all happened very quickly," said Green, who worries that federal spending, including retirement packages and other benefits, have gotten out of hand.
Traditionally, Green had never been very politically active. But she was dismayed by what she saw during the 2008 Democratic Party primary race, when President Barack Obama beat Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
So in the summer of 2009, she started to become active with the Tea Party movement, going to marches on the National Mall and attending local meetings.
A year later, Green is participating in a monthly discussion group on the U.S. Constitution and watching Glenn Beck on a regular basis. She and two other women formed the Fair Lakes Tea Party, a local chapter of the larger Northern Virginia Tea Party, three months ago.
"Now, I am a conservative," said Green.
Green is a conservative, but she is not a Republican.
"For myself, it is not really about political party. ... But I do really think we can make a difference. We can provide manpower to candidates," she said.
LOCAL TEA PARTY activists intend to have an impact in Fairfax County's three congressional races Nov. 2.
Northern Virginia Tea Party founder Ron Wilcox said the organization will try to have volunteers at most of the local polling stations on Election Day, much like the Democratic Party and Republican Party do. The group is also sponsoring seminars on how to become "conservative Internet activist" and community organizing workshops.
"Tea Party folks are not a happy lot. They want to know that their candidates are going to pursue limited government," said Wilcox, who described himself as a conservative grassroots organizer.
Though flyers for the Tea Party described the organization as nonpartisan, Wilcox encouraged members to volunteer for Fairfax's three Republican candidates for U.S. Congress — Patrick Murray, U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf (R-10) and Keith Fimian.
"One of the things that I am hearing is that the campaigns need help with phone banking," said Wilcox during the Fair Lakes gathering.
Wilcox, who has worked with conservative movements and on previous political campaigns, is confident that the Tea Party activists will have an impact on local elections.
"There is a lot of energy. This group meets once per week. Sometimes they meet more often than that," he said.
"For each one of us here, there are 10 other people that cannot be here but have gotten involved," said Alma Jackson, a Fairfax resident who is a Fair Lakes Tea Party member.
BUT SEASONED Democratic and Republican political activists question the impact that the Tea Party brand of conservatism can have in Northern Virginia, particularly if the movement pursues an "anti-federal government" message.
"Fairfax is a government town and it is always going to be a government town," said former U.S. Rep. Tom Davis, who used to represent Connolly's district and now works for a large federal government contractor.
More federal contracts flow to Fairfax than any other locality in the country and the largest employer in Virginia's 11th congressional district, where Fimian is running against U.S. Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-11), is the federal government, according to a Fairfax Economic Development Authority report.
In part because of the large federal workforce, Fairfax County is also enjoying a much lower unemployment rate, around 4.7 percent, than the country as a whole, where unemployment is just over 9 percent.
"I think the Republican base is very angry and upset but I am not sure we are seeing the level of anger here that there is elsewhere," said Fairfax County Supervisor John Cook (R-Braddock).
STILL, elected officials said many local voters are upset and nervous about the direction of the country, even if they haven't aligned themselves with the Tea Party movement. Incumbents, including Connolly, should not underestimate their level of concern, they said.
"There is tremendous anger out there directed at any person who holds any position of power. People are angry about unemployment and the national deficit," said Fairfax County Supervisor Jeff McKay (D-Lee).
State Sen. Dave Marsden (D-37), who has been campaigning for Connolly, said he also hears about concern from the voters.
"I think this is a difficult environment for incumbents. People are worried about the deficit and voters are going to do what they think sends the best message," said Marsden, who also thinks the election between Connolly and Fimian will be close.
In a more positive economic climate, the race between Fimian and Connolly would not be as close as it is, said some Republicans and Democrats.
"Northern Virginia is not in love with Republicans. But I think our voters want to add a little balance to the political equation," said Davis.
"As the incumbent and former Fairfax County chairman, Connolly should be way ahead. I think the fact that this is a close race shows how unhappy people are," said Cook.
Saturday, November 6, 2010
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Wolf tells tea partiers GOP can fix nation's problems
Congressman addresses about 200 at rally
Members of a local conservative political group gathered in Herndon Monday to hear U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Dist. 10) address their concerns.
About 200 members of the Northern Virginia Tea Party, including head organizer Ron Wilcox, jammed themselves into the back room of the Amphora Diner in Herndon around noon to hear Wolf give an impromptu "State of the Union" speech and address specific questions about the future of the Republican Party.
"I have never been more concerned for our country," Wolf said. "If we were a business, we would be filing for bankruptcy."
For about five minutes, Wolf painted a dire picture of a U.S. whose debts are being continuously purchased by foreign powers while the current administration spends money foolishly.
"This administration has failed," Wolf said, "America may lose its AAA bond rating by 2013. Meanwhile President [Barack] Obama recently approved $23 million to be spent ratifying the constitution of Kenya."
After his short speech, Wolf was peppered with questions by tea party members wanting to know what he and the Republican Party were going to do about the future of the country, which many referred to as a "sinking ship."
"I have a reputation of honesty and integrity," Wolf said. "You can believe me when I tell you that a Republican Congress will come in next year, and it will address everything that needs addressing." Former Herndon Town Council member Ann Null asked Wolf what could be done by citizens working the polls to prevent voter fraud.
"The Republican Party should take on the responsibility of establishing teams of lawyers and a hotline that people can access if they witness any impropriety at the polls," he said. "These lawyers should be prepared to file immediate injunctions to keep voter fraud at bay. Anyone witnessing fraud should report it through this process."
After the short question-and-answer session, Wilcox thanked Wolf for attending and said the Northern Virginia Tea Party movement, which centers on fighting excessive government spending and taxation, was going strong.
"There are about 1,500 members and we are growing every day," he said.
"More and more politicians are coming to our meetings," said James Dimaria of Herndon. "They know that we are for real and that we are growing. They know they can not afford to ignore us."
"I think it is a healthy movement," Wolf said. "The tea party is a movement of the people and not an institutional one. The more citizen participation you have, the stronger a democracy becomes."
Virginia Politics Blog - State GOP will vote on Cuccinelli's proposal for higher filing fees at state conventions
State GOP will vote on Cuccinelli's proposal for higher filing fees at state conventions
The Republican Party of Virginia's governing board will decide in December whether to adopt Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's proposal to dramatically raise filing fees for statewide candidates seeking the party's nomination at political conventions.
Last month, Cuccinelli called for candidates for governor to pay up to $50,000 and candidates for lieutenant governor and attorney general up to $25,000 to secure a spot at the party's nominating convention. He also wanted delegates to be charged for attending the convention.
Dave Rexrode, executive director of the Republican Party of Virginia, said members of the Republican State Central Committee will vote on whether candidates for statewide office, including U.S. Senate, will pay fees of up to $25,000 and convention delegates will begin paying a mandatory fee.
Mike Thomas, the party's first vice chairman, wrote the State Central Committee in an email that the committee reviewing the party platform wants to limit the amount to $25,000. "This proposed amendment was discussed at great length, with the committee members feeling that a proposed filing fee of $50,000 for the office of Governor was too high,'' he wrote.
In an interview last month, Cuccinelli said an increase in fees would help pay for the cost of the convention and ensure conventions remain an option for the party. He said the state party lost money at the 2009 gathering where he, Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) and Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling (R) were nominated.
But some activists worry that raising filing fees could shut out candidates who have trouble paying the hefty fees to get into the nominating process.
"That's something that disturbs tea party patriots a great deal,'' said Ron Wilcox of Fairfax County, founder of the Northern Virginia Tea Party. "It's not in favor of tea party people being more involed in the Republican party. And that's very troubling."
The move is also likely to be seen as a way to ensure the party chooses a convention to nominate its gubernatorial candidate in 2013, a process that favors more conservative candidates who are popular with the party's grassroots -- like Cuccinelli.
But Cuccinelli has said that even with higher filing fees, conventions are cheaper for candidates than primaries, making them a better option for non-traditional candidates. And he denied that the move has anything to do with his own political future.
The costs of holding primary elections are paid by taxpayers, split between the state and local governments. Filing fees for primary elections are set by the state board of elections and set at two percent of the salary of the office sought.
The party plan previously called for gubernatorial candidates to pay $25,000 at conventions. But in March 2008, the party lowered filing fees to match those charged for primary candidates.
McDonnell paid just $3,500 to run unopposed at during the state GOP convention, or 2 percent of the governor's $175,000 salary. (Cuccinelli paid $3,000 in his three-way race while Bolling paid $762 to run against Patrick Muldoon).
In November 2009, after McDonnell, Bolling and Cuccinelli were elected, the amount was raised to 4 percent of the office's salary after some local parties complained that they had trouble paying for their meetings and conventions.
Convention delegates have not been required to be a mandatory fee since 1994. Last year, the more than 11,000 delegates were asked to pay $35, but many did not.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
By Jerry McConnell Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Please! Fellow citizens, do not give the corrupt, power-mad liberals more time in Congress—their goal is to destroy our Constitution, and our Country and be ruled by United Nations tyrants.
And this message is also for the other members of the Democratic Party that do not necessarily believe in the unorthodox methods and beliefs of their three radical leaders, Obama, Pelosi and Reid. Many are good Americans, like my father, who believed in America first and Party second. If his choice was to vote with his Party for a program that would saddle our country with huge debt and taxes on our citizens just to say that they could do it, he would vote against it. Those kind of Democrats are rare today.
Last Sunday (10/17) John Lillipop wrote a brilliant summation of the evils that the current Administration and its accomplice liberal Democrats in Congress have been and are still planning to inflict on our country. I was so impressed with the urgency and truth of what he detailed in his column here on Canada Free Press on Sunday, October 17, 2010, that I was moved to write this column of total agreement and further warnings to good, honest Americans who still love freedom and want to keep our country the same.
As this is being written, Obama and his State Department hatchet-woman, Hillary Clinton, are in the process of giving the United Nations total unilateral control over all of the weapons in the hands of all Americans. They are trying to do this WITHOUT even giving the citizens of America a chance to refuse such a treacherous and traitorous action. How dare they accommodate people who would scuttle us in a gnat’s whisker of time? This dictatorial conduct must not be allowed to go unpunished.
We MUST NOT ALLOW this double-crossing disloyalty to our country’s honest and true-blooded citizens to occur, because once they remove our only avenues of protection, we are helpless and will fall under the control of those who hate us just for being what we are; the greatest country ever.
For all those of you who doubt this or are in agreement with the traitorous liberal Democrats, many of whom are being duped unconsciously, please do an Internet search with the words, “Obama Clinton UN Gun Control.” You will be amazed at the sneakiness and outright unfaithful conduct both our usurper president and his willing accomplice Secretary of State would inflict on our unsuspecting country.
John Lillipop listed several items of disloyalty and certainly, impeachable offenses against the citizens of our country for which he is to be commended. Time is running out for corrections that can be made to put a halt to these unprincipled actions that would sink our country to the levels of the worst third world rogue nations.
Fellow citizens, we have less than two weeks before the elections on November 02, 2010; but in that short period, much harm and damage to our country can be administered by those power-mad liberals who have headed our country down the slippery slope to socialism-communism. We have to be extremely watchful of the actions of these American traitors who are citizens of doubt eager to sink our wonderful ship of state.
Led by the fortunes and finances of the nefarious Bildeberg Group consisting of multi-billionaires who are bored with the status quo that Americans love so much, there have obviously been promises made by such “should-be felons” as George Soros, the Rockefellers, Buffet and that ilk, to our liberal Democrats of the glorious “One World” universe controlled by them and other tin-pot despots of third world fame. These dupes, so easily lured and converted to be anti-Americans, follow along hook, line and sinker to the termination of the most successful country ever in existence in our world.
Please, Mr. and Mrs. Loyal America, take a stand with Mr. Lillipop and me and call out these traitors by voting AGAINST them even if you feel disloyal; because that feeling of disloyalty is justified by stopping the destruction of all that our county stands for; goodness, honesty and the principles of our founding fathers who took that same stand AGAINST the tyrannical forces of their day to put forth this great nation.
Stand with Americans who love their country; not those who would sink it for personal gain. Benedict Arnold was in that latter category and you know what real Americans think of him in history.
This is a list of communist goals to destabilize the United States, as presented to a Congressional hearing in 1963:
CURRENT COMMUNIST GOALS
1. U.S. acceptance of coexistence as the only alternative to atomic war.
2. U.S. willingness to capitulate in preference to engaging in atomic war.
3. Develop the illusion that total disarmament [by] the United States would be a demonstration of moral strength.
4. Permit free trade between all nations regardless of Communist affiliation and regardless of whether or not items could be used for war.
5. Extension of long-term loans to Russia and Soviet satellites.
6. Provide American aid to all nations regardless of Communist domination.
7. Grant recognition of Red China. Admission of Red China to the U.N.
8. Set up East and West Germany as separate states in spite of Khrushchev’s promise in 1955 to settle the German question by free elections under supervision of the U.N.
9. Prolong the conferences to ban atomic tests because the United States has agreed to suspend tests as long as negotiations are in progress.
10. Allow all Soviet satellites individual representation in the U.N.
11. Promote the U.N. as the only hope for mankind. If its charter is rewritten, demand that it be set up as a one-world government with its own independent armed forces. (Some Communist leaders believe the world can be taken over as easily by the U.N. as by Moscow. Sometimes these two centers compete with each other as they are now doing in the Congo.)
12. Resist any attempt to outlaw the Communist Party.
13. Do away with all loyalty oaths.
14. Continue giving Russia access to the U.S. Patent Office.
15. Capture one or both of the political parties in the United States.
16. Use technical decisions of the courts to weaken basic American institutions by claiming their activities violate civil rights.
17. Get control of the schools. Use them as transmission belts for socialism and current Communist propaganda. Soften the curriculum. Get control of teachers’ associations. Put the party line in textbooks.
18. Gain control of all student newspapers
19. Use student riots to foment public protests against programs or organizations which are under Communist attack.
20. Infiltrate the press. Get control of book-review assignments, editorial writing, policymaking positions.
21. Gain control of key positions in radio, TV, and motion pictures.
22. Continue discrediting American culture by degrading all forms of artistic expression. An American Communist cell was told to “eliminate all good sculpture from parks and buildings, substitute shapeless, awkward and meaningless forms.”
23. Control art critics and directors of art museums. “Our plan is to promote ugliness, repulsive, meaningless art.”
24. Eliminate all laws governing obscenity by calling them “censorship” and a violation of free speech and free press.
25. Break down cultural standards of morality by promoting pornography and obscenity in books, magazines, motion pictures, radio, and TV.
26. Present homosexuality, degeneracy and promiscuity as “normal, natural, healthy.”
27. Infiltrate the churches and replace revealed religion with “social” religion. Discredit the Bible and emphasize the need for intellectual maturity which does not need a “religious crutch.
28. Eliminate prayer or any phase of religious expression in the schools on the ground that it violates the principle of “separation of church and state.
29. Discredit the American Constitution by calling it inadequate, old-fashioned, out of step with modern needs, a hindrance to cooperation between nations on a worldwide basis.
30. Discredit the American Founding Fathers. Present them as selfish aristocrats who had no concern for the “common man.”
31. Belittle all forms of American culture and discourage the teaching of American history on the ground that it was only a minor part of the “big picture.” Give more emphasis to Russian history since the Communists took over.
32. Support any socialist movement to give centralized control over any part of the culture–education, social agencies, welfare programs, mental health clinics, etc.
33. Eliminate all laws or procedures which interfere with the operation of the Communist apparatus.
34. Eliminate the House Committee on Un-American Activities.
35. Discredit and eventually dismantle the FBI.
36. Infiltrate and gain control of more unions.
37. Infiltrate and gain control of big business.
38. Transfer some of the powers of arrest from the police to social agencies. Treat all behavioral problems as psychiatric disorders which no one but psychiatrists can understand [or treat].
39. Dominate the psychiatric profession and use mental health laws as a means of gaining coercive control over those who oppose Communist goals.
40. Discredit the family as an institution. Encourage promiscuity and easy divorce.
41. Emphasize the need to raise children away from the negative influence of parents. Attribute prejudices, mental blocks and retarding of children to suppressive influence of parents.
42. Create the impression that violence and insurrection are legitimate aspects of the American tradition; that students and special-interest groups should rise up and use ["]united force["] to solve economic, political or social problems.
43. Overthrow all colonial governments before native populations are ready for self-government.
44. Internationalize the Panama Canal.
45. Repeal the Connally reservation so the United States cannot prevent the World Court from seizing jurisdiction [over domestic problems. Give the World Court jurisdiction] over nations and individuals alike.
How far do you think they have come in achieving their goals? Cite the number and why you think that particular goal has been achieved!
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
In an earlier post, I mentioned that I was going to conduct an interview with the organizer of the Northern Virginia Tea Party, and I followed through with this by interviewing Ron Wilcox, who is organizing the Tea Party, which will be taking place at the Merrifield Post Office on April 15th from 5-7 p.m. I would like to thank Mr. Wilcox for his time, and I hope to see everyone at this event.
CCC: Why did you decide to throw a tea party?
RW: I was fed up with the out of control spending by the current Administration. The Administration is closely coordinating with the media to tamp down any opposition to their policies. Americans feel that NO ONE in Washington is listening to them. The silent responsible majority needs to be given a voice to counter the daily spin in the mainstream media.
I also felt the need for the I decided to organize Northern Virginia Tax Day Tea Party, because I felt that there was a real need to organize Northern Virginia for this and future Tea Party events. The DC event is in the middle of a work day preventing participation by many and others who simply do not like to go into DC for logistical reasons. Organizers say that we are on track to have 1250 tea parties nationwide with the goal of as many as 2009.
CCC: How many people do you anticipate to have at the event?
RW: I anticipate 200 or more people that are fed up with out of control Government, the area I have selected will be seen by every single person going to pay their taxes and could facilitate hundreds more demonstrators stretching down both sides of Lee Highway.
CCC: Have you experienced any issues with arranging a site for the tea party?
RW: We do not require a permit for our area but are working with the traffic authorities for everyone’s safety.
CCC: Will there be any guest speakers at this event? If so, who?
RW: We have invited State Senator [and current Attorney General candidate] Ken Cuccinelli and Congressman Frank Wolf.
CCC: Do you hope that this will spur other activist events in the future?
RW: Do I ever! Silent majority no more. We have a form on our web page so that people can sign up to get involved and be informed of this and other similar upcoming events.
CCC: What other groups have partnered with you to make this event possible?
RW: We are working with a number of civic minded individuals and groups. We are working with the DC Tax Day Tea Party and the Virginia Tax Day Tea Parties to help publicize our events. Also, we are coordinating with the Reston Tax Day Tea Party for maximum impact and attendance. The Reston event is being organized by the American Conservative Party. We will be posting their event on our website shortly when we have worked out a few details. We are also looking to work with the Leadership Institute for a 4th of July Tea party at their annual Conservative Soiree at Bull Run Park.
**Cross Posted at Virginia News PlatoonPosted in Economy, Virginia Politics.
By crystalclearconservative – April 6, 2009
"Meet & Greet" Event this Monday 10/4/10,7 to 9 PM
Author to be "on deck" at 8pm, you may come as early as 6:30pm to catch the end of Happy Hour with 1/2 price drinks.
“‘Is the governor going to fight for limited government, or is he going to be soft on limited government? You hear a lot of chatter about it. But let me just say this: The governor was elected for limited government and lower taxes. He needs to follow that,” said Ron Wilcox of Fairfax County, founder of the Northern Virginia Tea Party. ‘There’s been some troubling signs. I won’t deny that. But there’s still time.’” - - The Washington Post
The Washington Post’s Anita Kumar highlights a growing concern among grass-roots conservatives in her report late yesterday evening “At Va. tea party gathering, insurgents worry GOP will ‘co-opt the movement’ ” - -
“‘Some number of elected officials make sense, but we don’t want to come off like this is the establishment,’ said Dan Arnold, chairman of the Manassas Tea Party, which formed in April and boasts more than 200 members. ‘Our job is to hold the establishment accountable.’
The tea party, still in its infancy in Virginia, includes many members who supported McDonnell and fellow Republicans Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling and Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II last year but still consider themselves independents or libertarians. Some even voted for Democrats in past years.‘Some in our group are worried it will be too much of a Republican show and they are letting Republicans control it,’ said Robert Alexander of Newport News, one of the organizers of the Peninsula Tea Party, which was created on tax day in 2009. ‘Everyone is concerned the Republicans are going to co-opt the movement.’” (Underscoring Forum’s.)
"I Want Your Money"
A Conservative Documentary
The movie "I Want Your Money" made by a young filmmaker which contrasts the two views of government: that of Obama and Reagan. It is being shown this weekend in 500 theatres across the country, including the Courthouse 8 in Arlington and the Countryside 20 in Sterling. If they get good attendance, it may then be shown in over 2000 across the country before election.
The National Distribution of this movie will be determined by the Box Office Receipts THIS WEEKEND
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The only Northern Virginia theatre showing this movie is:
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This is a great article about the future of the Tea Party movement.
This gives us hope that that policies that have been advanced by the liberals in Congress and the White House can be rolled back.
Tea Party Organizer
Northern Virginia Tea Party
Friday, September 10, 2010
Be There ... or Be Ineffective!
What: "Learn how to Beat the Political establishment!" - A one day class that will radically improve your effectiveness in advancing Tea Party Values
When: Saturday, September 18th, from 9am-4pm
Where: 10740 Parkridge Boulevard, Reston, VA.(at Hunter Mill exit of Dulles Toll Road)
Northern Virginia Tea Party is offering you a private one day training session by two of Virginia’s top experts in issues advocacy and political persuasion – for ONLY $35 - including lunch! These guys will turn your impression of how to be effective completely upside down. Sign up, even if you can only attend half a day (though honestly you'll regret missing even a bit of this special program).
Every specialty has its experts, people who have learned things the hard way, so you don't have to. Steve Waters and Joe Glover, old hands in the Virginia issues and political scene, have not only been personally trained by the best instructors in “outside” issues advocacy, but they have also practiced and refined it in numerous issues and political campaigns. Their techniques, which you don't get from standard classes, are hugely effective.
As life-long conservative activist and leader Morton Blackwell says, “You owe it to your philosophy to study how to win”. At this one day class, Steve and Joe will share with you techniques that will transform your effectiveness in advancing Tea Party values.
Advance registration is mandatory, and we may have to turn people away do to the room size.
Please do the following two things:
First, Click on the PayPal link below to pay , then copy whatever confirmation information and then SECOND past this into our google form here; to guarantee your seat at this incredible training. (Our database does not interface with the PayPal.
You really owe this to your country, and your children, so we hope to see you there!
Monday, March 1, 2010
Sunday, February 28, 2010
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
support legislation for protection of health care freedom. The location of
the Press Club http://www.press.org/directions.cfm at 1 PM 529 14th St NW,
13th floor NW, Washington DC 20045 Tel # 202 662-7500. Due to security for
the State of the Union on Wednesday, we will not be allowed onto the Capitol
for Cong. Michele Bachman's 2:30 PM Press Conference. This legislation
*Michele Bachmann* contacted grassroots TEA Party Patriots, 912
organizations to hold a Press Conference in support of Cong. Bachmann, Cong.
King & Cong. Gomert for the *Declaration of Health Care Independence*.
- Take Metro to Metro Center.
- Take the 13th Street Exit, take escalator to 13th Street; you should
be at the corner of 13th and G Streets.
- Walk one block south to F Street.
- Turn right (West) and walk one block to 14th Street
- Turn left and walk downhill to the National Press Building lobby.
- Enter and take the elevators to the 13th Floor
*From Montgomery County*
- Take River Road south to Goldsboro Road and turn Right.
- Turn Left onto Massachusetts Avenue.
- Follow Massachusetts Avenue to 14th Street NW and turn right.
- From 14th Street turn left onto G Street - the PMI Garage is halfway
down the block on the left at 1325 G Street
- Walk out of the garage and turn right. At 14th Street turn left. Walk 1
1/2 blocks to the entrance to the National Press Building.
- Enter and take the elevators to the 13th Floor
- I-395 North
- Follow signs to 14th Street Bridge; Exit to 14th St
- Continue north on 14th St past Washington Monument past Freedom
Plaza and Pennsylvania Ave
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Today I went on Senate Hill with the US flag and a sign, "Thank You Massachusetts, Welcome Sen. Brown" and on the back side of sign " Harry, Democrats, Its the Jobs, Economy, Stupid". I was interview by CBS, Boston Globe, Roll Call, National Journal, Politico, AP, NY Times and several others.
Sen. Brown came out of the Senate Chamber Protocol, passed the press and came right to me and shook hands. Then even more press surrounded me and begin to ask questions. I think over 200 pictures were taken by press in all during the day. Many students here for the Pro Life Rally on Friday stopped and took pictures with me and sign. It was some day. I think the reason was that so many where on the Hill to document Sen. Brown's first appearance on Capitol Hill and I was the only one with a sign.
I told them that this AM I decided I wanted to be on the Hill for all those Tea Party Patriots and Doctors that came from across the country on 9/12 and 11/5 to tell Congress they were wrong on HC. That however the Democrats had not listened to the people because the Demo's had power to do what ever they wanted. That now with the Miracle in Massachusetts that the democrats would have to go back to the drawing board.
Told some of Brown's campaign workers that I had to admit I never believed he would win, that I did not believe that Massachusetts would elect a Republican and I did not want to get my hopes up. Sen. McCain saw my sign as his car drove up to the Protocol got out with a big smile, waved and said thank you.
Shook hands with Sen Sam Brownback KS, Sen. John Ensign NV and Tony Perkins Family Research Council.
But it was a great day for a hobby political person. There were a lot of happy people on Capitol Hill today. I was there from 10:30 AM-4:30 PM
Never Elect and Give a Party Total Power over the People