Category Archives: Congressman Dave Brat

Radio Free Hanover/New Kent: Samizdat for Those Brat Supporters Behind the Lines!

For those behind the lines in the First District – (Guess we should be thankful that we aren’t in the New Fourth District!) we have regular samizdat from our leader:  Dr. Congressman Dave Brat…

Dear Sandy,

After a busy couple of weeks back in the district talking with constituents, I returned to Washington, D.C. this week to resume work on the budget. I wanted to give you an update of where we are on that, and let you know about a common sense bill I just introduced that would give Congress a powerful tool against Obama’s illegal overreach on amnesty.

Another Increase in Spending? I said no

The House Budget Committee, of which I’m a member, recently approved a fiscal 2017 budget resolution that provides $1.07 in discretionary spending, keeping to the budget deal that was negotiated by outgoing Speaker John Boehner and President Obama last fall. You may recall that when the bill passed last November, it did so only because of strong Democrat support, and with a majority of Republicans voting no.

Federal spending under this proposal actually increases the deficit by $105 billion at a time when the Republicans have the majority in both houses of Congress — in return for promises of spending cuts in future years. Yep, more promises, and I know that you are tired of broken promises. If Congress were really serious about controlling spending, it would begin by reducing spending this year, and with this budget. For that reason, I voted no on the resolution. House Republicans shouldn’t be a rubber stamp to a budget that Speaker Ryan himself called a “crap sandwich.”

Budgets require decisions – to spend money on certain things and not on others. Every family understands that budgets are necessary – or else there won’t be money left for vital expenses, and having to go without or borrowing to make up the difference. Our government has been refusing to prioritize for quite some time. You know the numbers by now: $19 trillion in debt, and unfunded liabilities around $100 trillion.

I ran on a pledge that I would do everything in my power to reverse this irrational path we’re on. I’ve kept that promise to you — and, as a result, I have some good news to report.

When I voted no on the budget in Committee this week, it paved the way for other Republicans to signal that they too, would not support the proposal in its current form. That led to Kevin McCarthy, the Majority Leader delaying a vote on the budget by the full House. That delay now gives House Republicans achance to construct a more responsible budget that identifies and actually cuts wasteful expenditures.

Now’s our window of opportunity to find innovative solutions that will achieve actual savings. It may take a small miracle, but I believe in those! We’ve also seen how creative leadership can be when it wants to move the priorities of special interests through — just like when they moved heaven and earth to push through the renewal of the Export-Import Bank, the monument to corporate welfare that benefits the few at the expense of the many. Leadership got awfully creative then, and they can do the same again now.

When Congress returns after Easter break, I look forward to working with members who have the political courage — and creativity — to find real solutions to our nation’s spending problem.

My Bill to Strengthen Border Security: the USCIS Act
HR 4791: “Use Spending for Congressional Immigration Supervision Act “

The attacks in Brussels this week were yet another stark reminder of the need for a cohesive and coordinated effort to destroy radical Islamic extremists before more innocents are murdered. Of course, Congress’s first priority must be the safety and security of Americans. It is simple common sense that we need better border security if we have any hope of stopping terrorists from entering and striking us here in our own communities.

Border security is a national security issue. If we’re going to take the ISIS threat seriously, then we have to secure the border. When ISIS says it plans to enter the country through our refugee program, we need to take them at their word. When ISIS says it has trained fighters in automomous cells planning to bring us another 9-11, we need to take them at their word. Congress needs to take up legislation that is already on the table tightening up our refugree and visa programs and, where there are other gaps in security, we need to take immediate action to close them.

Following the law would go a long way toward solving many of the security issues we are facing. Unfortunately, we have a president who is ignoring the law and writing his own to push forward with his “transformational” agenda. Just this month, five Americans were murdered by yet another illegal alien in a two-state killing spree. This is partly the result of a Congress abdicating its responsibility to confront the president on his decision to suspend deportations and the Secure Communities program.

Asserting its role, last week the House passed legislation directing Speaker Paul Ryan to file an amicus brief in the Supreme Court case regarding the legality of President Obama’s executive actions on immigration. While this is a step in the right direction, it’s not nearly enough to stop Obama’s amnesty, and actually creates a precedent to further legitimize the super power of the court and reduce the power of Congress.

Ever since Obama made his first moves on his immigration agenda, Congress has refused to use its most effective tool to confront him in a serious manner. That is why, I have introduced a “power of the purse” bill that would make the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) subject to appropriations, so that it can be held accountable to Congress. This way, it will be possible to defund the agency responsible for implementing the President’s executive overreach on amnesty.

Putting USCIS under appropriations ensures that unelected bureaucrats can be held accountable for their actions and provides transparency as to how the federal government is spending taxpayer money. It also restores Congress’s ability to defend its statutes and decision-making role in immigration policy.


As always, I appreciate your prayers, your calls and letters, and feedback on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Safe travels if you plan to visit loved ones over Spring Break and for the Easter holiday.

Sincerely,

Dave Brat

PS Sandy, the Washington press corps has a new name for me: “Mr. No.”

Mr. No is what they used to call former Congressman H. R. Gross and it is almost the moniker for my other hero, Dr. Ron Paul (They called him Dr. No.) and yes I am sure you can still give money to Brat – even from behind the lines.


Article written by: Elwood "Sandy" Sanders

Congressman Dave Brat: Not the Easy Mark Bearing Drift Imagines

Rep-Dave-BratOur good friends over at Bearing Drift continue to snipe at Congressman Dave Brat from a distance. Sporting article after article written with accusations gathered from unnamed sources, Bearing Drift aims at painting a picture of Congressman Brat as lost in the weeds of Washington D.C., out-matched by those genius career politicians sporting their just-barely double-digit approval ratings. Nothing could be further from the truth. And while our dear disciples of the Church of Cantor clamor for a primary-incursion against Congressman Brat, deliriously certain of whomever’s impending victory, Congressman Brat continues to demonstrate that on no level will he cave to the pernicious pressures of the establishment syndicate – and his district loves him for it.

Libertarian, Conservative, or Constitutionalist – who among us can find fault with Congressman Brat’s legislative voting record? Brat’s record is more libertarian than Amash and Massie, more conservative than Jordan and Gohmert, and as Constitutional as Mike Lee. Explain to me why the 7th district would abandon him? Has Congressman Brat offended businessmen in the district who make a living off of Washington handouts and subsidies? I don’t know, but even if that’s the case, the constituents of the 7th district are most certainly more concerned with their own liberty and rights than they are with the wealthy getting wealthier.

Congressman Brat has been held to a higher standard than anyone elected to the House of Representatives. Unlike most Congressman, he can’t horse trade legislation; and we all know that’s exactly what happens in The House. Congressman Wittman and Congressman Goodlatte do it all the time. Why? Because they want to get their legislation passed and to do that, they have to vote for legislation they and their constituents don’t agree with. Sure, this usually ends up costing the taxpayers billions of dollars, but if that’s the price to (for Wittman) take care of our troops or (for Goodlatte) funnel money to the beleaguered and overlooked western realms of Virginia, than so be it. Yet, horse-trading legislation isn’t honorable. I’m not criticizing Wittman here. I’ve made my peace that Rob is perfect for the 1st district and feel that he has actually exceeded expectations over the last year. Over the last several months, especially, I don’t have any complaints. He’s been outstanding. But he does horse-trade legislation.

Congressman Brat has avoided that. He stands on principle. He keeps his campaign promises. He’s inclusive of his constituents. He holds town hall meetings in every area of his district.

Bearing Drift mocks Congressman Brat every time they think he bows to the wishes of his constituents. Really? Representing your constituents is surrender? If bowing to your constituents is surrender, then what the heck is he surrendering? Power? K Street Dollars? Wall Street Dollars? Super PAC support? Are the citizens of the 7th District really that upset that Congressman Dave Brat is failing to enrich himself by selling out to interests outside of his district? I don’t think so.

In fact, Congressman Brat’s utter refusal to sell out is what makes him a national icon for libertarians, conservatives, and constitutionalists all across the country. The grassroots knows the names of Jim Jordan, Dave Brat, Thomas Massie, and Justin Amash. They’ve reached beyond the borders of their districts because they represent something utterly rare and precious in politics. They are public servants. They serve the people in their districts. They are not in our nations’ Capital to get rich. So, sorry Bearing Drift – you aren’t going to bring Brat down. In fact, the example he has set is a real threat to establishment Congressmen in every district in America. That’s the truth, no matter how you spin it.

 


Article written by: Steven Brodie Tucker

My Plea to the Conservative Grassroots in Virginia’s Historic 1st District (If Such a Thing Even Exists)

I live in Virginia’s historic 1st District. Congressman Rob Wittman is my Representative. I have often felt that we in the 1st District were poorly represented, predicated upon the fact that Congressman Rob Wittman is rather low-key, doesn’t vote for the most aggressive conservative bills, is easy to get along with, is never in the headlines demonstrating leadership, rarely fighting with Leadership, and never, ever, in trouble in the press. However, he does support many good pieces of legislation.

I want Congressman Wittman to demonstrate leadership, to mix it up, and to push Leadership toward a more Constitutionalist and Liberty-Movement agenda. I want Congressman Wittman to be more like Congressman Dave Brat (who has a 100% score with Conservative Review).

But I wonder if Congressman Wittman isn’t the perfect Representative for the 1st District. Relative to many other districts, it is simply a fact that the Virginia’s 1st district is one of the more passive districts in the State. Relatively disengaged, unwilling to mix it up, looking to go along and get along (as much as possible), and easily distracted by process and prerogative. I look at our Virginia Delegates Representing the citizens of the 1st District, and I think to myself, “Are our Richmond Delegates any more principled, vivacious, and aggressive than our Congressman”? Clearly the answer is a resounding, NO.

wittman1Maybe the 1st District is lucky to have a Representative as conservative as Rob Wittman. Sure, he isn’t there when it matters on the big issues, but neither are we. So who are we to expect a better Congressman than we deserve? Congressman Wittman is probably one of the more conservative Representatives in the State and in the 1st District, that seems to be good enough. He’s not Eric Cantor, but he’s not as conservative as Goodlatte either. I don’t dislike the Congressman personally. He is as nice a man as you’ll run into from Washington DC. But I’ve been around to TEA Parties in Virginia’s 1st, and listened to the people, and somehow walked away with the impression that there was a desire for something more, something better, something more akin to Dave Brat or Justin Amash or Thomas Massie.

I’m realizing that’s not the case.

Rob Wittman has a 60% score from Conservative Review, but that might just be a bit more conservative than Virginia’s 1st District. There is no real grassroots presence in Rob Wittman’s district; so it would be absurd for him to buck his bread and butter (Farmers, Military, and Lawyers). They control the 1st Districts’ politics in the absence of a grassroots. He should be representing them.

Therefore, instead of writing another article pressuring my Congressman, I am simply writing this: a request for Grassroots Leadership in Virginia’s First District. If you want better conservative leadership than you receive from your Congressman, then you need to demonstrate better leadership than your Congressman. TEA Party’s ought not be mere meetings for the airing of grievances, but dynamic institutes for education, involvement, and grassroots activism. Until I see better grassroots leadership and momentum from conservatives in the 1st District, I’m going to count my lucky stars that I have Rob Wittman as my Congressman.

What do I really want?

I want to see folk in Virginia’s First District stepping up for conservative candidates and volunteering for their campaigns. I want to hear about how folks in the 1st District are leading the way for Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Ben Carson, etc. I want to hear about our Republican Candidates bragging about how Rob Wittman’s District is active and engaged, and I don’t want to hear about how most of the Presidential Campaigns can’t find volunteers. I want to hear about how knowledgeable the activists in the 1st District are about their local Republican Party, how involved they are in influencing local elections, newspaper stories about the unbelievable turnouts at local candidate forums, and I want to see communication from one end of the district to the other.

I want Kilmarnock talking to Montross, and Montross talking to King George, and King George talking to Gloucester. I want to see interaction and movement and purpose. Until then, you’ll never hear me say a single negative word about Congressman Rob Wittman, who so accurately reflects his district. More conservative districts should be so lucky to be so perfectly reflected by their Representatives in Washington D.C.

I don’t accurately represent Virginia’s 1st District. Congressman Rob Wittman does. I guess I just wish that wasn’t the case. Therefore, Congressman Wittman, you are officially off the hook, from the likes of me, until further notice. Have at it.


Article written by: Steven Brodie Tucker

How To Bag a RINO: A Book Review

51SwDIG8mjL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_Gray Delany and Zach Werrell are household names to activists in and around Virginia’s now infamous 7th District. Once again, these two young gunslingers have teamed up to write an account of the campaign that shocked a nation, humbled the Washington Elite, and inspired grassroots activists from Hanover, Virginia, across every county and district within this United States of America. It was their campaign that energized an entire nation of grassroots activists to pressure their representatives, as if even the most sacrosanct amongst them were no longer invincible, for change. Today, not only have we seen the defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor at the hands of Dave Brat, but we’ve seen the surrender of Speaker of the House John Boehner at the hands of a nation.

How To Bag a RINO, by Gray Delany and Zach Werrell

Their story does not begin with a brilliant idea and a full proof plan. If you are expecting a secret formula, innovative fundraising ideas, or a genius way to start from nothing and start strong, then you don’t know the story of Dave Brat’s bid to challenge the seat of the third most powerful Republican in Washington D.C. This is a story of will, not genius.

This is a story about the vision (and a commitment to that vision) by those within Dave Brats’ inner circle. This is a story about the most active activists, committed beyond anything we’ve ever seen before – average citizens, abandoning their day to day for the taxing life of campaign operatives. And most importantly, this is a story about a candidate that actually was what he was, was what he said he was, and was what his district desired.

John Grisham, eat your heart out.

Now a Congressman, Economics Professor at Randolph Macon, Dave Brat, is everything conservative and libertarian activists have been asking for. This campaign could not have been fought with just anyone. After reading this book, I realize that you need more than just principle and philosophy, you need to be qualified. Dave Brat was qualified.

Furthermore, if you are living in a district, and hoping for change, but you have no network of patriotic and committed grassroots activists… forget it. None of this would have happened without them. If you want to know what it takes, as citizens in a district, to create change, real change, then you need to read this book and understand how instrumental the average citizen is in bagging a RINO.

Finally, the third component, and the reason why these two young twenty-somethings are able to write this book – you need simplicity itself: truth. You need to tell the truth about your current representative. You need to tell the truth that has been denied to the people living under establishment rule and rhetoric. Make them defend the truth, because the Eric Cantor’s and John McCain’s and John Boehner’s cannot defend themselves in the light of reality.

So if you find yourself in Arizona, Arkansas, Ohio, or Illinois, and you’re wanting to Bag a RINO of your own, you need to read this book. You’ve got to find a qualified candidate – of course that’s important. However, years before you do that you need to build an army of activists, who understand the inner workings of the Republican Party, and who understand the importance of every angle. Then you need to use those activists and that qualified candidate to run on philosophical and realistic principles and policies, in order to create the contrast you already know to exist.

For those of us who simply served as satellites around Dave Brat’s campaign, blowing on the embers of a fire that would rise to the attention of the national media, we’ll never forget the moments that lead to the victory. Virginia Right! was there. We believed. In fact, Tom White called the election, days before the first vote was counted. I even promised that the 7th District would send Dave Brat to Congress. Why? Because I met the men and women of the 7th District and I met Dave Brat. I know greatness when it talks to me. I am an admirer of so many people that I’ve met, that were it not for this book, I would never have known how instrumental they were in the greatest political victory in modern times.

But let me say this – because this is the most important thing – if you really want to Bag a RINO, you’ve got to find a qualified candidate. Dave Brat didn’t just defeat Eric Cantor. He has demonstrated himself to be the most principled Republican in Congress. You’ve seen him on FOX News, you’ve seen him on CSPAN, and you’ve probably seen him or read about him everywhere else. Why?

Unlike all these “TEA Party” candidates we elected to the House and to the Senate that joined the establishment, accepted the money, and became willing pawns in the corruption which is our Federal Government, Dave Brat, Congressman Dave Brat, has not wavered.

This book could not have been written, but for the fact that Congressman Dave Brat has not been a disappointment. The intelligence and character and understanding of economic and political philosophy that made Dave Brat the candidate that inspired me to start writing publicly again, are the same characteristics that made him the right David to defeat Goliath.

What Gray Delany and Zach Werrell have laid out in this book is indispensable wisdom for anyone looking for real representation in the House of Representatives. Read this book Virginia! Read this book Maryland! Read this book America! You want real change? You need to realize how hard it is to have, how hard it is to offer, and how hard it is to win. This is the playbook. This is the story. This is the book that every family frustrated by the hypocrisy and dishonesty of their Representatives in Washington DC should read, Democrat or Republican.

So tonight, not tomorrow, (or if you are reading this tomorrow, then today, not Thursday), pre-order How To Bag a RINO: The Whiz Kids Who Brought Down House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. Learn the importance of truth in politicking.

 

 

 

 


Article written by: Steven Brodie Tucker

Congressman Dave Brat Just Keeps Doing The Right Things

davebAs a Libertarian, I am used to disappointment. Some Libertarians choose to fight the good fight amongst other libertarians, some amongst civil libertarians within the Democrat Party – I’ve chosen to fight the battle amongst Republicans. Considering a Republican Leadership ruled by Boehner and McConnell, it is no great surprise that most evenings I feel as though my efforts have been for nothing. Except, every day I am reminded that the 7th District sent Dave Brat to Congress and I am reminded that no district has ever been so well served or represented.

Can you imagine that the 7th District used to be owned by Eric Cantor, House Majority Leader? Do you remember, Hanover County, when your Congressman Cantor lead the charge to funnel your hard earned tax dollars to Wall Street, to offer illegal immigrants amnesty, and to back a do-nothing Congress plagued by debt-limit increases, the Export Import Bank, and all kinds of K Street and Wall Street handouts? Look what you’ve done! Talk about reversing course.

Whenever I am discouraged, I think about Dave Brat let loose on Washington D.C., and with unimaginable expectations placed upon him, Congressman Brat has not failed to live up to all of them. The Cantor Crowd hates him more than ever. Boehner will have to contend with Brat and Meadows if he doesn’t get his act together.

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Earlier today, Congressman Brat spoke out against the Iran TREATY. Yes, it is a Treaty and should be dealt with as such. Joining patriots like Mark Meadows, Glen Beck, Ted Cruz, Mark Levin, and even Donald Trump, Congressman Brat laid waste to the fallacious deal orchestrated by Secretary Kerry and President Obama.

He keeps doing the right things. While Cantor was flapping his lips and spending his K Street money, Congressman Dave Brat was meeting with his constituents, something Cantor forgot how to do – no, not forgot – refused to do! Eric Cantor didn’t want to deal with you people. Congressman Brat, on the other hand, meets with you, listens to you, and then goes back to Washington DC and REPRESENTS YOU.

There is a reason why we keep writing, why the TEA Party keeps fighting, why men of common sense and common cause continue in fidelity toward a brighter future and a better country: Congressmen like Dave Brat, Justin Amash, Thomas Massie, and Mark Meadows give us hope. Senators like Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, and Rand Paul give us hope.

As long as Ted Cruz and Dave Brat fight for me, I won’t stop fighting for what is right, what is good, what is constitutional, and what is American. When you’ve got a rock star in your backyard, it makes it all that much easier to fight the good fight, to get behind the conservative soldiers like Ted Cruz and Rand Paul in their pursuit of the Presidency. So, Congressman Brat, today and again, has reinvigorated me to engage, to reach out, to petition my elected representatives, to follow suit and stand up for an America with a Future. Believe me, the GOP Leadership is a cynical cult, which no longer believes in a prosperous America. But, the rest of America doesn’t have a Congressman to fight for them. We do. Enjoy that. Remember that. Fight for that!

Congressman Wittman are you listening? Rob? You listening? I didn’t see you on stage today. Why?

The 1st District deserves a Dave Brat. The 1st District deserves representation. Rob Wittman needs to join the choir or get out of the way. Just saying.


Article written by: Steven Brodie Tucker

This Isn’t Populism. It’s Revolution. It’s Virginia.

Immediately after Congressman Dave Brat defeated House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in a 7th District Republican Primary, pundits gave credit to Brat’s populism. He ran against Wall Street and the Chamber of Commerce as an economist, which spoke volumes; and he ran against the Washington Establishment and their relative distance and disinclination toward their constituents back home in the States.

Rand Paul and Ted Cruz have also been accused of populism, campaigning against an inherently unjust system they feel does not adequately represent the general welfare of the American citizen.

populist-rageOutsiders are often treated as if they are ignorant of our political system and therefore are free to make wild claims and take impossible positions, that while popular with the people, have no chance of ever having an effect on our actual government. However, that’s not what’s happening here. These outsiders are not ignorant of the system, they oppose the system. Furthermore, the depressing nature of that premise is awful. Ideas that appeal to the vast majority of Americans are foolishly campaigned upon by “populists”, but are certain to fail once brought to Washington D.C.? Really? That is a strong admission to the corruption in our federal government?

Shaun Kenney of Bearing Drift published an article entitled On Agrarianism Contra Populism, where he writes that populism “can be summarized as “we don’t understand it, so we’re against it, and nothing will change our minds!” Politicians who run to this simply appeal to the people’s ignorance in order to effect political change knowing they will never truly fix the system. It is an appeal to democracy (lowercase-d, the sort the Founders warned against) and mob sentiment. The worse the economy is, the more populists you will find… which makes them primarily a materialist subset.  Bread and circuses were meant for the populists.”.

It’s the same sentiment we find in Brian Shoeneman’s article, “Tired of Being Lied to? Blame Yourself“. Essentially, the sentiment is this: if you are foolish enough to believe that these outsiders could ever accomplish a tenth of what they say they want to accomplish, then that’s a you problem, not a government problem.

However, the likelihood of an eventuality neither increases nor decreases its’ merit. Appealing to the will of the people wasn’t meant to inspire a pure Democracy in America, but it was aimed at granting the American People representation in government: a representative, Constitutional Republic. However, the vast majority of Americans disapprove of their government (both political parties), the media, and the special interests funding the whole damn circus.

I think what Shaun Kenney and Brian Shoeneman believe is that those of us furiously angry with our government and dedicated to changing it are deluding ourselves about our chances, and by fighting the system as opposed to working within it, are hurting the Republican Party. We want to do impossible things now and won’t be content until we get it.

They see three fundamental problems with the conservatives and libertarians who have dedicated their time and energy to changing this government. First, we can’t raise money. Here we are, lambasting every powerful special interest in the United States of America; screaming about Wall Street (lots of money), K Street (lots of money), and the Chamber of Commerce (lots of money) and excoriating everyone in Washington D.C. with any power at all. They must be thinking, how in the world do these people think they are going to accomplish anything, if they attack everyone in a position of actual power and every organization with enough money to fund a movement or a campaign? Furthermore, we are essentially representing a political philosophy which will deprive 90% of all special interests everything they are actually interested in.

Second, they don’t really believe things are that bad. In other words, these politicians who are out there to fight the system are actually lying to us about how dire and awful things really are. We’re not facing any real fiscal or economic collapse. These politicians are just playing on the fears of the less educated and less productive Republicans in the base, and using those fears to cement their position in politics.

Third, they don’t think we have any solutions. Why? Because all our solutions begin with the words “Stop”, “End”, and “Defund”. These are words that don’t work in this Congress of ours and, thus, they don’t believe they are valid approaches politically. Why run on something that will never happen?

The idea that we can’t change our government, if true, is a catastrophic concept, and I don’t believe it. To call it idealism or ignorance or populism, to fight for radically scaling back the corruption and the infringements of our liberty through taxation and regulation, is just flat out cynical.

It is not idealistic to demand strict adherence to the governments’ role as laid out in our Constitution, nor is it idealistic to demand strict protections of our States’ rights and our personal liberties. Just because this government has reached so far beyond its’ authority and just because we’ve already sacrificed so much of our liberty for some imagined security and stability, doesn’t make that status quo a necessary reality. More importantly, just because something is a reality today, doesn’t make it necessary tomorrow. Change can happen.

I have often been accused of not understanding how Congress works, because I want Congress to do what it is Constitutionally designed to do. I’ve been accused of not understanding how politics works, because I want politicians in the Republican Party to do what they promised their constituents they would do. I’m not idealistic.

We need revolution in this country. Not violence. Not war. Revolution. We need to completely change the way Washington DC and Richmond work.

All that said, and I understand this is cumbersome, the division between these two perspectives brings me to a middle ground. I’m going to get emails about what I say next, but I must put it in perspective, because I want the grassroots to understand what it takes to win.

Middle Resolution, a Virginia PAC, has worked tirelessly around the edges of the system. Every time they take too many steps into the system itself, there is a grassroots backlash. Now, I don’t agree with everything Middle Resolution has done or tried to do, but I very much agree with their approach: Raise money, gather information, and use that money and information to effect campaigns and policy. There is some, not a lot, but some, truth to the idea that the conservative grassroots does an awful lot of screaming and not a lot of politics. Sure, we write a lot of letters and we post a lot of blogs, and once in a while, we even get someone elected. But when it comes to Richmond and Washington D.C. we must not be naive about the system we despise and the power held by those we seek to unseat.

Middle Resolution, more than any other organization in Virginia, has tried to fight the fight and walk that tightrope, because they want to win. They don’t want to just fight for a cause, they want to win. I respect that and I think everyone else should respect that too.

We, the grassroots, are not populists. We are revolutionaries. We recognize that our liberty, our economy, and politics are under siege and we aren’t going to stand blithely by and watch as the system crumbles around us without a fight. We’re going to fight and we’re going to be passionate and we aren’t going to settle for non-victories from those who pretend to represent us. We need to learn to amass power and money and leverage. We don’t have to sell our souls to do so. That’s also a lie. We can work around the edges. We can win on legislation and we can win campaigns, but we’ve got to be willing to focus. I believe that if we were more strategic and more successful we would earn ourselves some respect from those very people we are trying to dethrone.

This isn’t populism. At least, not with me it’s not. I don’t accept that the majority of the American People should get used to being miserable about their government. I don’t believe that special interests should control the agenda. I don’t believe that the elite should rule, regulate, and tax the rest of us into some kind of dark, subservient subsistence. To that, I say no. That’s a future none of us should accept. So we have to fight John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, and Barack Obama. We have to fight against the Hillary Clinton’s and the John Kerry’s of the world. We have to fight against the Republican Party and the leadership that runs it, because they have given us nothing! Not one thing we can be proud of. Can we do it smarter and more strategically? Sure. We must. But we must be clear about the nature of our pursuit. It’s not populism. It’s not Democracy. It’s a love for our Constitution and our Constitutional Republic, the rights and powers of our State Governments, and the sovereignties guaranteed to us, as individuals. That was the nature of our original revolution and that is the nature of our revolution today.

 


Article written by: Steven Brodie Tucker

Dave Brat Video: “Stop Federal government AUTO-spending” & “Save our Children”

3 Minutes of commonsense type brilliance compliments of our honorable statesmen; U.S. Congressman Dave Brat.

A MUST SEE FOR ALL FREELOADERS:

 

 

 


Article written by: Jack Lee