Are Patriot Groups Good or Bad?

Posted on March 25, 2011. Filed under: Activism, Conservative, Politics | Tags: , , , , , |


 

Tea parties and other patriot groups are the same as the GOP, Democrats, and Libertarians.  These groups are all diverse.  All groups are human beings inclusive of those with passions, fears, good people, bad people, fringe people, mainstream people, and those who lust for power and glory. 

Full credit is given to groups that have awakened the country.  My belief is the GOP, Democrats, Libertarians, and patriots groups all have contributed to the awakening of a nation.   It has become an interesting drama unfolding as various patriot groups have fallen into the same traps as our National and Local Politicians.  Many groups have grown out of the new kid on the block who is working hard to make a difference.  What have they become?

People can be easily seduced by power and greed.  Patriot groups are no different.  Bullies have emerged who, much like 3 year olds, are demanding their 15 minutes of glory in the media.  These people typically stomp their feet, and take adversarial positions rather than attempting to get the facts and articulate possible solutions. They are rapidly losing credibility by the inability to remain objective and focus on results.  Other groups will gladly circulate innuendo without factual basis, just to become known.

My belief is the job will get done, if we remain, cool, calm, and collected.  Gather the facts.  Just like a lawyer is trained, know all the answers prior to asking a question.  Most of these rather loud, pretentious voices are just background noise and easy fodder for the liberals.  Preparation is key.  Look at the superior results by the Liberals due to their meticulous planning.

A good example of quality that yields results is a local tea party in Texas.  The group is very positive, and does extensive fact gathering, before approaching politicians. They have achieved credibility and are effectively getting people to listen.  Being well educated about facts prior to attending meetings, is their trademark. These patriots do not bully, or work to get any limelight for their efforts.  Quietly, and patiently the group works hand in hand with elected officials to help identify solutions in a very difficult environment. People listen to reason. The group is growing. The result has been amazing as local Houston radio stations have invited them to share insights and engage in further dialogue.  Their range of influence is a result of good preparation and execution. 

Other patriot groups actively worked every waking moment to gain media visibility.  They call into radio shows frequently just to be heard.  Chasing the media at every turn is their modus operandi.  It has become somewhat of a joke by people who don’t currently belong to patriot groups.  These people fail to get the point. Their immediate goal is to spew vitriol and gain notoriety by having their name in lights.  Patriot groups such as these are not growing bigger, but actually deterring the public from becoming a part of the solution for America.  These patriots have allowed this type of behavior to define their group/mission.  In fact, the “mission” appears to be missing in action!

Many will say I have drunk the Kool-Aid.  No, in fact, I am applying a lifetime of business experience to a challenging situation in our country.  The strategy should be:  How do we get the country back on track before it is completely lost?  Instead I see a lot of small power plays to bully the Congress!  Has any of you bothered to talk and find out what is going on, before stamping feet, getting in front of a camera, and pretending to know how to get the job done?  IF people behaved this way in business environments, they would be fired.  A person is either part of the effort or considered counterproductive to the task at hand.

The facts: 

1.  Conservatives only have the House.

2.  Conservatives do not have the Senate.

3.  Conservatives do not have the Presidency.

4.  Conservatives do not have the Department of Justice.

5.  Most of the higher court judges now have Obama appointees that legislate new law from the bench with zero conscience about it.

Given the above situation, whether 500B is proposed as a cut or 50B, is immaterial.  The Senate will stop anything that interferes with their goal.  We need to think of how to use the law to advantage and work with people currently in Washington to prepare for coming elections.  This means some items can be done now, to ready legislation and subpoenas for the upcoming event, when we do have the majority.  However, make no mistake.  There is zero chance of gaining a majority if we continue to be in the spotlight for attacking conservatives.  Other people listen to the news who are not currently involved in conservative groups. Major networks delight in covering negative events initiated by patriot groups.  Tens of thousands of people will be influenced by these events.

If you truly want to take the country back, be smart.  Don’t waste efforts further empowering the liberals.  The conservatives cannot do much, because we the people did not get the job done by taking control of the Senate. Function with facts and knowledge of how things were done and why. There is plenty of blame to go around for everyone.  Let’s put a period on it and move on.

It is time to get down to business with people who can help us as we put together a strategy and tactics to ensure winning in 2012.  NONE of us know everything that is happening in Washington.  My suggestion is either we stop whining, bullying, cajoling, and step up to working as a group to get the job done or give up now. 

United we stand, divided we fall…..

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HEAR, HEAR! Shame you didn’t name names in your examples, because the groups being described will NEVER see their faces in the description! It will always be *the other guy*.

While too many of the groups are stamping their feet and demanding action on their pet projects, the dems are raising huge funds to beat us in 2012. Why not focus the wrath on the enemy instead of on our loyal reps. We will eat our own if we are not careful.

Facts 1-4 in your posting are correctable by electing the right people.

Fact 5 is not correctable because federal judges have lifetime appointments, and impeachment is only (rarely) applied for misbehavior, not for partisan decisions.

I fear that until we get a process check on the Court, the Court will continue to exacerbate balkanization of the country. With Pavlovian training by lower courts ruling in opposite ways and the Supreme Court always being one swing vote away from permanent harm to the country, activists are encouraged to become more and more extreme and savage in reaching for that next court win.

That behavior then echoes back through the legislative and executive branches with similar partisan, uncompromising zeal. And it all rains down on the citizenry.

Ever wonder what’s gone wrong with the country over the past 100-200 years? Look to the imperious Court, that actually rudders the massive ship of state as it slowly steals rights from States and citizens, and parcels them out to personal favorites: Congress, President, Agencies, Corporations. Throw in an occasional token effort to respect the common sense of the Founder’s intent, and we common people go back to sleep.

As the court moves us slowly further and further away from the wisdom of the Founders, we are blind to its impact. Instead, seeing outrage after outrage from the other two branches, we go after the “quick fix,” those skirmishes or battles that only live for a few weeks or months of TV. Those keep the adrenaline and dopamine pumping. Call it the American Idol syndrome. In the meantime, without the long-term view that adults should have, we are losing the war.

If we want to protect America for our children to enjoy, give the 10th amendment teeth. Give the creators/approvers of all content of the Constitution – the States – a veto of Court decisions that harm States of its citizens.


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