He nailed it yesterday with his endorsement of Mitt and I agree it's time to get on to beating Obama and stop the "in-house" bickering and talk of a convention floor fight. This radical crap is coming from two camps for the most part.
The first camp is the Newt folks that are stuck in attention getting mode with a guy (starts with him) that just got his funding cut off from the Las Vegas billionaire. I get that Newt is a grand idea guy and great debater; however his message has fallen flat and he needs to stop the banter and headline grabing stuff and get on the team for the big win in 2012! Funding may drive this sooner now that he has cut staff and is cutting campaign stops.
Second is the far right wing jack wagons that are a morphed combination of militia want-to-bes, Ron Paul radicals, and hacks that say "Constituion" every other word yet never took a modern law class in thier life. In short they are not Tea Party they are self serving extreamists and brainwashed radicals fresh off the compound in Idaho.
Now, for the rest of us, the majority of us, the 90% of us that are conservatives and get what tea party means and understand the long term, big picture......well, we are ready to work with Mitt and beat Obama!
So thanks Sen. Rubio for saying what 90% understand, it's time to support Mitt!
Folks I'm worried about a leadership and vision gap in the Tea Party. We have drifted and lost our way as a movement and are spending too much time attacking candidates like Mitt as the new core mission of the TP vs. working to advance our core principles on policy. This puts us at great risk of losing all we gained in 2010 if the core groups don't come around and see that Obama is the one we need to defeat not fight over Newt, Mitt or Rick as the best choice.
We have some Tea Parties openly attacking Mitt, others bickering over Rick vs. Newt, while the process of the nomination is vaild and important we are at a critical juncture here and need to look at what got us here in the first place. Policy and local elections are the bread and butter of the TP and it's time we get back to that with our media message and grassroots organizational efforts.
We have to look at the 2018 election as the one that has our "perfect" candidate because we grew candidates through the local election process up to a national level leader. 2012 is not our fight at the executive level other then to beat Obama. The gains in the house and taking the Senate along with securing gains at the state level should be our focus. We need to back the lead horse in the presidential race and find ways to work and team with him (Mitt) to get some core planks in the GOP platform going forward.
Tea party leaders are starting to compete for dollars and losing sight of the issues that got us here. Fiscal issues, health care and personal accountability. The joint media message we should be pushing is one of issues and policy with a focus on all the Obama has done wrong not what candidate for President is the "most" tea party. We have taken a gun out and aimed it at our foot, I hope we don't pull the trigger but we are close. Lets call for an end to the GOP race by 6 June primary and get to the business of attacking Obama on every front from gas, to spending, to debt, to health care to trade, to drilling to entitlements...we have plenty to best him in a landslide in 2012 if we get back to basics and cut the infighting and bickering!
Like all tea parties we have a core mission that is centered on limited government, fiscal responsibility, personal accountability and freedoms. We are not a one person organization that is here to push a singular agenda about following orders of the chain of command. We are not here to encourage active duty members to start questioning what orders and what commander and chief they will support.
Red herring issues about lawful vs. unlaw orders is a distraction to our mission. Given the rock solid leadership we have in the all volunteer force the notion that our military members would be put in position to follow unlaw orders is silly and the WWII Germany comparisons are not valid! I retired after 22 years in the military as a first sergeant and never once was following an unlawful order an issue!
The facebook page mess is pulling us off course and fast becoming a one man story about a mouse fart issue and it's time to get back to core tea party principles not drawing negative attention to the tea party and away from the hard work we have ahead of us.
This website and our armed forces tea party is not and will not be party to the gary stein mess about military orders he does or does not want to follow or his take on what is or is not a lawful order. It's time to get back to policy and issue related items that effect all Americans not one persons preference about a mico issue.
His fight or issue with orders is like the tea party movement deciding to pick a fight over red light cameras, or jay walking. It's a waste of time when we have $14 trillion in debt, and the health care mess. Time to set up and think about everyone in all tea parties and the larger issues we all face in a critical election year.
I think we have reached the point that the Tea Party endorse Mitt Romney and start the process of teaming to build a better America.
Up to now the TP has had various factions tearing into Mitt and it needs to stop as we have serious work to do over the next seven months. I think the TP has to recognize that we are not the candidate and that we are one of many gropus in the country that have some conservative leanings and can work together to get the White House back in 2012.
Up to now the various TP leaders have tried to make us more relevant as a group at the expense of Mitt. In short they built an internal demon that is clearly drawing the support of enough of the GOP base that he will get the nomination and to be blunt we have a large moderate wing of the GOP that does not drink all things TEA. We have to respect and embrace this crowd if we are to grow and like any business, diveristy, vision, and flexibility are key to long term success. To date the TP has been very rigid and that does not bode well for us if the thinkers and planners don't get hold of the movement and start influencing our future....All this starts with endorsing Mitt.
So, I'm endorsing Mitt and calling on the TP to do the same and start the process of healing and idea sharing that has to happen with camp Mitt for us to win in 2012. It's clear Mitt has enough of our ideas to be a great candidate and further it's clear he is a huge upgrade to the uber progressive left that is now running our country.
The goal for us in the TP has to be to work with Mitt and "team" to have him openly embrace a couple core principles of ours and us openly embrace him as the GOP nominee. At the end of the day we need 50.1% of the country in our combined camp to win and the TP does not make up 50.1% of the electorate. Endorsing Mitt is a game changer as the media and the left would freak out knowing that we in the TP get the big picture and can adapt and work with candidates vs. this monolithic mindset that has gripped our movement and makes us think we are the only horse in the race or only vote that counts in conservative America.
On behalf of my organization the Armed Forces Tea Party I'm backing Mitt and looking forward to a better America. Four more years of an unchecked obama may set us back as a country 25 years. Time to see the big picture here and at AFTP we do.
Ok, I'm about fed up with all the fake liberal feel good crap and mixed with double speak on freedom of speech.
How many of these POS Chevy Volts do we have to fund? These cars suck and it's the liberals forcing us to go green by saying "pay for high gas prices or buy the POS cars we say you must buy". It's total bull shit! Same with the fake green jobs industry while blocking the trans canada pipeline. In short liberals are the problem in this country!
Now we have the take Rush off the air stuff from same groups that ignore the likes of Ed Schultz and "slut" comments by radical progressives. The liberal left wants to define free speech as speech we approve of not open and free expression of ideas and thoughts no matter how off color it may be.....liberals are the example of offensive speech in this country, the name Bill Mahre ring a bell!
Last we have radical code pink backing Ron Paul. The crazy crowd backing the forign policy insane crowd....go figure and this guy and his band of loons try and pretend they are conservatives. Another example of liberals in action lying and hiding who they are to adavnce the agenda at all costs.
Stand up, speak out and reject these liberal assults on America my conservative friends!