To some among its ranks, the term “grassroots” seems to demand perpetual lowliness. Once a grassroots activist or organization begins to mature, build coalitions, and meet with success, they are suddenly “part of the problem.” Such was the narrative of an “investigation” by Mother Jones of Tea Party Patriots. While attending the Tea Party Patriots American Policy Summit over the weekend, we stole a minute with co-founder Mark Meckler to follow up on the Mother Jones piece.
“Utterly Inhuman”: Muslim Governor Orders Demolition of Christian Homes, Center for Handicapped Children
While the Left glories in the “Demubarakization of Egypt,” the Obama administration continues in silence on the atrocities being committed against the Coptic Christians who are the indigenous people of Egypt. Copts in southern Egypt are protesting the murder of a priest by Islamists shouting “Allahu Akbar.” The Egyptian military is busying itself in attacking monasteries by knocking down walls and launching RGB attacks.
Attorney General Eric Holder threw an infantile temper tantrum before a congressional panel in order to distract from the Obama administration’s blatantly race-conscious approach to enforcing election laws. Striking an indignant pose, Holder freaked out when a congressman claimed that the U.S. Department of Justice was ridiculously lenient in a voter intimidation case against members of the New Black Panther Party because they’re black.
Conservatives aren’t known for our presentation. We’re still talking about Ronald Reagan, and looking for the next Great Communicator. But even if we find him or her, that means we’re averaging one every thirty or forty years. That’s not a winning track record.
We must each become great communicators. The way to do so is to set aside our great ideas for a moment, and start focusing on telling better stories.
It’s quite natural for a culture to value its young. Since mortality is an as-yet irreversible aspect of the human condition, our children are the means by which we perpetuate ourselves, preserve who we are, and pass on what we believe in. That’s why it was so exciting to recently meet a cadre of young conservatives from southern California who claim to be “the first high school Tea Party club in America.”
According to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll, a majority of Americans say they oppose efforts to weaken the collective bargaining rights of public employee unions and are also against cutting the pay or benefits of public workers to reduce state budget deficits. These findings, which the Times reports on p.1 in its March 1st edition, are consistent with some other recent polls, but are misleading because of the way in which the questions were framed.