I had the wonderful pleasure of meeting Dave Kopacz in 2012. He was working with the Rand Paul crowd and the Liberty Clubhouse on the 8th floor of Brad Wyatt’s old building in Worcester Mass.. He was so gracious to invite me to many events over the next couple of years. In 2014 he came to my Candidate’s Symposium at that same building and brought so many people with him to make that event shine.
With the inauguration of the 45th President there is now a sea change in the way our nation’s government will run. From this point forward it will become incrementally difficult for elements within and without to counter a surge of Americanism, Patriotism and accountability of our elected. As I have stated on my radio show and on my many blog postings it was virtually impossible for grassroots candidates to get a snowball’s chance in Hell of getting on the ballot let alone elected. Once and a great while we would see a win in some far flung district but, that was it.
I have had the honor to speak with many of these candidates over the 9 years of broadcasting in various forms. Time and time again I would see them lose. Not because of lack of message, virtue, fortitude or a clear policy but because of party politics working behind the scenes to marginalize them. More egregious was most of it was from within their own party.
Allen R Waters is a Candidate for Massachusetts Senate. I had the great pleasure to speak with him on my show January 17th. His candor and decorum is seldom seen in a candidate. Allen has come up the ladder the old fashioned way. His success is his and is well deserved. He has not let his ethnicity be a factor on his way through life but rather has just persevered by his own grit and determination as an American.
His opponent, Elizabeth Warren is the polar opposite. Here is a woman who lied on her Harvard application about her ethnicity, charged an outrageous sum of money to teach at that college, has spent the majority of her adult life as a 1%-er, ascended to the Senate with the sole intention of rubberstamping every government rule, law and regulation that crossed her desk. At the same time she has purposely worked to make life difficult for small businesses, middle income families, upholding the Elitist status of her small clique and bullies any one who challenges the status quo as a racist. Her treatment of Trump supporters and his Cabinet nominees is nothing short of shameful.
This has been a constant for decades from both parties. Obstructionism is the policy. Change is a dangerous thing to those who benefit most from stagnation for it means the very real potential of being left behind. Populism is a dangerous thing to those who benefit most from Elitism for it means the loss of power.
And power, the acquisition of it and maintenance of it, is the reason why Obstructionism and Elitism exist.
This ‘sea change’ can usher in a new wave of American Populism. For most of the 20th Century the political pendulum swung right to left never returning to where it was intended to be at by our Founders; at center-right. Progressivism always pushed the settling needle further left until we have reached the point where our youth truly believe we are a Democracy. With the election of the 45th President the obstacles preventing the needle from returning to it’s original position have been removed.
In the upcoming election seasons of 2017 and 2018 we could potentially see more of that Obstructionist policy whittled away. Candidates like Allen R Waters represent the opportunity to replace the Leftist Elitism that has represented Massachusetts for half a century. Scott Brown’s stint was a fluke in an era of controversy over Obamacare. The election of a true grassroots candidate under a new White House Administration will be the wheel that turns in making America great again.
…. And That Is The Diatribe….
Christopher Maider is the producer/broadcaster of The Meat And Potatoes Show on ktntradio.com. He is the Owner/Writer of The Lexington Green on blogspot.com. He is a Board member and Media Liaison of The Worcester Tea Party. His Company page can be found on https://www.facebook.com/The-MP-Conservative-Media-Network-204906199720436/
After the election, I spoke with a person from the other side of the aisle who asked what I would be doing now that the Tea Party’s mission was over. He was under the impression, probably gathered from fake news stories, that the Tea Party’s mission was just to oppose Barack Obama. Nothing could be further from the truth.
The Tea Party Movement is a grass roots response to the corruption, and incompetence, we have seen at every level of government. The Worcester Tea Party is an incorporated non-profit dedicated to education focusing on economics and politics. As an educational organization, those that accepted a leadership roles are given the title of Deans. The treasurer of our organization is our Bursar. Previous leaders of our organization that have retired from most active duties are Senior Fellows. The guidance and counsel of our Senior Fellows is very important to our organization. I have the honor of being the President of the Worcester Tea Party. The President is the spokes person and evangelist for the group and I help out in any other way I can.
Our Deans are self starters with a commitment to our core principles of Individual Liberty, Limited Government and Fiscal Responsibility. Deans pursue different projects with the understanding that the goals of our organization are fixed, but the methods that we attempt will change over time. We have Deans focused on Twitter account, a Facebook page and we are pod-casting with Spreaker. We also have a YouTube channel a Pinterest account and a WordPress website which are doing well but could be improved if volunteers were committed to them. There are no limits to the opportunities for volunteers.
The true strength of the Worcester Tea Party is our members. It is our members that hold the signs at protests. It is our members that ask questions of scurrilous politicians. Our members provide t the donations that pay all the Worcester Tea Party’s bills. 2016 has been a year where we have endured painful losses and enjoyed surprising victories. Through 2016 many of our members have stepped into new roles and have advanced our organization. It is our members that do all the hard work of citizenship that our group is famous for.
With a new president in Washington, change is inevitable but our core mission will not change. The core mission of the Worcester Tea Party is to educate voters about the importance of sound fiscal policy and limited government. This mission has not changed with the changing of an Administration in Washington. Our faith in the principles of our nation’s founding and our commitment to the truth will not change. 2017 will surely present the Worcester Tea Party with new opportunities as well as new challenges. I am confident that we will meet these challenges and take advantage of these opportunities as we’ve done for all the years that the Worcester Tea Party has existed in the beating red heart of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. May 2017 bless us with prosperity and peace and I hope to see you at our next Free Education Event
Wow! No matter how you feel about the 2016 Presidential campaign, there’s no doubt that it was historically one of the most interesting. Donald Trump broke all of the “rules” that the pundits and consultants established. He exposed the coastal elites as condescending frauds. He delegitimized professional pollsters and the media that hyped their lies. He created a campaign like no other. Love him or hate him, he’s nothing if not interesting.
Where to next though? Conservatives are all about small, incremental or evolutionary changes. We’re about established etiquette, precedent, manners, honoring our forefathers, limiting change to very small steps. Donald Trump doesn’t fit this conservative model. No one knows where he’ll take us next. We’re in unchartered territory. Regardless, we know that the path that we were on was leading us to more trouble.
The liberal elites are completely blind to what just happened to them. They blame their defeat on racism, sexism, homophobia, misogyny, and islamophobia. This blindness dooms them to continued irrelevance. There are a few voices from the left who seem to get it, but the ad hominem attacks on Trump supporters from most is evidence that they have not learned their lesson.
I didn’t support Donald Trump. I still have a lot of doubts about his ability and about his plans. As a manufacturer, I am particularly concerned about his anti-trade rhetoric. I’m nervous about his ability to bring all parts of America together. He has much to prove about his commitment to minorities and to religious freedom. Yet, I understand why people voted for him. They are good people who did what they needed to do for their families. They are not the people that the left claims they are.
Walt Disney said, “We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths”. Hillary Clinton’s path would have been a well-worn path to nowhere (or much worse), the path that we’ve been on for decades. Donald Trump’s path? Perhaps he’ll take us off the path altogether and through the poison ivy or the thorny blackberry or perhaps it will be an easy and pleasant path. We just don’t know. What we do know is that it will be through something new, something to be curious about.
We’ll keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things.
That’s what Americans do
There is a Chinese curse that says, “May you live in an interesting age”. Well, we certainly do live in an interesting age, but it is no curse! We live a wondrous time. We’ve been detoured off the path that we seemed to be stuck on for decades. Not only will we survive, but we’ll have an adventure and our hearts will be “all of a patter and a pitter”.
Whether Donald Trump was your candidate or not, now is not the time to sit and wait though. There is important work to do. Join us, as we help forge the path forward.
Worcester Tea Party
I have to admit, as much as I dislike Senator Elizabeth Warren’s politics, I enjoyed her grilling of Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf. It appears that the bank put extreme pressure on employees to use questionable policies to meet sales goals. First, over 5,000 lower level employees were fired, as if the buck stopped with them. Then, one of the major players got booted, but was given $100 million on the way out the door. All John Stumpf got was a grilling by Senator Warren.
There was something distasteful about the Senator’s berating of Mr. Stumpf though. She is just one of a long line of lawmakers who have used their committee seats as sanctimonious soapboxes. It wasn’t until I read a commentary from FEE (Foundation for Economic Education) that I realized how hypocritical Senator Warren’s moral outrage was. (Note, Senator Warren was a TARP administrator when Mr. Stumpf was given a $25 million bonus after the 2008 financial meltdown.)
“Though Warren may “speak truth to power” to Wall Street, she often turns mute on some of the worst abuses of government. Like most statists, she sees the speck in her brother’s private eye while failing to see the beam in her own public eye. A whole manner of sins, it seems, are forgiven once one is “serving the public” in government.”
Senator Warren has no monopoly on hypocrisy in Washington though. From far right to far left, those who have the inclination toward power are, for the most part, always willing to sacrifice consistency, logic, ethics, and fairness to kick an opponent or to protect their power. It is inherent in the nature of politics.
Supporters of Bernie Sanders and Ted Cruz have expressed their dismay at the apparent compromise of their candidates’ principles. Congressmen regularly trade favors with their adversaries in hopes of claiming a political win. Campaign promises are quickly forgotten on the second Wednesday of November. Can you name a single national level politician that hasn’t lied to us?
Are these people somehow less principled than the average citizen? Have they lost their ethical compass? Are they the evil power mongers that we (myself included) make them out to be? Some (many!) are, but most are just ordinary people with extraordinary egos. Let’s not lose sight of that fact by putting them on undeserved pedestals.
At the same time, realize that someone needs to do the dirty work of politics. Our friends and family who join campaigns of imperfect politicians are doing important work. Some of us may find it distasteful, but without allies working on the inside, there is little hope of winning important ideological battles later.
Edmund Burke said “When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.” more than 200 years ago, yet the nature of bad men and the need for the good to work together remains unchanged.
Fight for liberty in whatever way moves you, and have respect for those allies who choose different weapons and tactics. We’ll never agree on what tactics are best, but we must learn to work together for common goals. Let us always remember who the real enemies of liberty are.
M&P Conservative Media Network CEO
Worcester Tea Party Dean of Journalism
The time of Rationalism (also known as ‘The Enlightenment’) gave us scientific and political revolutions and changed the world, hurtling us into Modernism; it was during this time that our Constitution was born. Based on what was happening in many nations in Europe, our Founders were determined to create a better government, designed to “secure the ‘blessings of Liberty’ to ourselves and our Posterity.” In the Declaration of Independence, the Founders stated:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
Based on the failures of government by Oligarchy, Monarchy, or other Authoritarian Rulers at that time, and to prevent a Tyrannical Government, the Founding Fathers, fearing tyranny in every form, created in the Constitution a 3-pronged approach to keeping Freedom and Liberty: the Separation of Powers, Checks and Balances, and Federalism so that Tyranny could not be easily established.
Our Constitution is a Gift from those who came before and is our only protection from those who wish to impose their Tyranny upon us; we must work to make sure it is properly upheld from within, or face the dire consequences. If you are not already involved in ensuring Liberty within the United States, please join with us in doing so and to protect the government ‘of the people.’
Hundreds of thousands of high school and college students are celebrating their commencements this June. These academic achievements are sources of pride for parents, students, grandparents, and teachers. Hats off to those who have made it through! Now, you get to sit through a 90 minute speech telling you how to enter the real world.
In the minds of the grads, they’re probably thinking “I’m finally done!”, yet, ironically, the ceremony noting their accomplishment is called a “commencement”. It’s derived from an Old French word, comencier, meaning “to start.” It’s a cruel joke. “What do you mean I’m starting? No! No! No! I just finished. I’m not starting!”
We older and wiser sages know that they really are just beginning. They may get some direction from the education that they received, but life will deal them some zigs and zags that will send them to places they never planned on going.
Our national elections should be commencements. They should be new beginnings. We should have a chance to wipe the slate clean of the mistakes of the past, while being guided by what we’ve learned from making them. It doesn’t seem to work that way though. We make the same mistakes over and over. We spend and borrow and hack away at our Constitution after every new election.
Those of us who have been advocating for the rebirth of liberty are repeatedly dismayed by each election. We shouldn’t think of these as failures though. Have faith in individuals, in millions of citizens who struggle to overcome the barriers set up by broken systems, broken institutions, and a broken government. Most of these individuals attend “youniversity”. They have everything that they need to graduate. No one is going to hand them a certificate of completion, yet they go to “class” every day, supporting their families and their communities.
The next few months are going to be tumultuous. Many will be dismayed by the choices that we are being offered. In the end, it’s up to each of us as individuals to spit in the face of the broken systems that impede millions of Americans from achieving economic success and real freedom. We do this by thriving. Use the benefit of “youniversity.” Learn, write, speak up, act up, and volunteer. “You got everything you need to graduate with first class accomplishments put in you! YOU can do it!”