…The Better Part of Valour

Hey folks! Adam Johnson here; I write the newsletters for Middle Tennessee Tea Party.

It has been suggested that because we intend to have a peaceful event on Saturday the 22nd, the “cowardly event organizers for the conservatives” somehow are “zombies” who should “bow down” and “kiss [the SEIU’s/ACORN's] feet and hands,” as if the Tea Party movement is merely “meek opposition,” trying to keep Panel attendees “from carrying signs or showing any signs of intelligence,” and that “by [my] standards,” we should “just give them everything they want now.” After all, “why meet at all if we’re going to roll over like our wimpy representatives and senators[?]”

I find that accusation insulting and more than a little short-sighted, but since it’s been made, allow me to make myself plain upon tables.

The Panel is an informational event, the point of which is for our people to walk away more intelligent and informed than when they came.

We are indeed planning on protesting, vociferously so, but at the Town Hall, not the Panel. Let the SEIU have their little demonstration; let them waste their movement’s momentum demonstrating at Bart Gordon’s office, in front of a man who already is sympathetic for their cause and who is likely not even to be there when they show up.

Seriously, does it make any logical sense to demonstrate in front of a person who’s not even there? One might as well write a letter to Santa Claus asking for his liberties back!

Frankly, it’s not signs or slogans that concern me; it’s haughty, spiteful, cynical attitudes on the part of a profound minority of those in the Tea Party movement. We’re all angry to a point, of course; our country is being stolen from us, and for the first time in 150 years, we find ourselves in the position of not standing for the status quo.

I’m a card carrying Libertarian. In my own Party, what has held us back from making substantive progress for our cause always have been vocal, short-sighted troublemakers: those who are more interested in scoring cheap political points than making substantive progress in the direction of Liberty; those who are more concerned with making themselves feel like they’re making an impact than they are in taking a step back, considering the available options, and actually making an difference; those who are more concerned with looking cool than being a good American and working for our founding Fathers’ vision of America.

Now forgive me if I don’t take kindly to being called a coward. I would hope that the people who claim to be supportive of the libertarian-conservative point of view would not be too short-sighted to know the difference between “cowardly” and “smart.” By my standards (or the standards of any reasonably intelligent, civilized person) we should outsmart them. We should look at their plans, their history, their reputation and stifle any opportunity they have to gain sympathy for themselves or their cause, to make themselves look good, or to make us look bad.

Honestly, how can one expect the Tea Party movement to “look different from the SEIU/Acorn [sic] thugs” by behaving just like they do and provoking an altercation with them, which altercations have been their modus operandi for years? If anybody chooses to fight, let it be them. Then, they will be seen as the Big Union thugs harassing the peaceful, yet stoic, Tea Party folks, the same way the police in the South were made to look bad during the peaceful protests of the Civil Rights movement era.

I defy anybody to tell me seriously that he considers those protesters of the ’50s and ’60s to be anything but heroes, and I defy him doubly to tell me that he considers those southern police officers to have been anything but villains.

Seriously, I think we all really need to take a good, long, hard look at this country. Look at the players on the political landscape. Look at how our opposition and how they do what they do. Look at us and what we’ve been doing for the last 150 years.

Now, ask yourself this question: “even if we defeat every piece of their legislation and pass every piece of ours, if we stoop to their level and play their game, will they not eventually bring public opinion back to their side and come back stronger next time, or would we be better off to write a new book, one that keeps public sentiment on our side without giving them political ammunition to use against us in the future?”

So I said all that to say this.

“Know your enemy, and know yourself.”

—Sun Tzu, The Art of War

Now let’s all get out there and take our country back the right way!

—Adam Johnson
Member of the Committee
Middle Tennessee Tea Party
www.MidTNTeaParty.org

Recess Rally and Healthcare Panel Discussion

In concert with events planned across the country, join us to listen in a politician-free, citizen-led panel discussion. We will discuss the proposed healthcare legislation and its potential impact on our lives. Bart Gordon has been invited to sit in the audience, but so far, he has declined. We will save him a front-row seat.

DATE: Sat 08.22.2009
TIME: 12:00 noon to 1:00
PLACE: Rutherford County Courthouse, Murfreesboro, TN

Stop the Government Healthcare Takeover!

Assuming everything goes as smoothly as hoped by supporters of healthcare reform, there will be only one more vote in the House before the Act passes to the Senate and then the President.

Our sister organization Sumner United for Responsible Government, also in the 6th District, has put together a “Last Straw Petition” for us “to let Representative Bart Gordon know that if he casts another vote in favor of government-run healthcare we will cast our votes against him.”

Click “The Last Straw” at the top of the page to get all the details!

Just a Quick Heads-up…

Our Contact Us page is now working. Please send us your comments, questions, suggestions, and anything else important for us to know!

A Call to Action

As Middle Tennessee Tea Party is a non-partisan association of citizens, dedicated to organizing the People of Rutherford County against taxation, socialization, and other government policies that undermine the Rights and Liberties of the People, it is our duty to target and replace those elected representatives whose records run contrary to our principles.

To wit, we announced at the Tailgate Tea Party on July 10th our first target for replacement: Rep. Bart Gordon.

Without even reading them first, Bart Gordon voted:

  • yes on the $787,000,000,000 ($787 billion) stimulus bill,
  • yes on a $3,400,000,000,000 ($3.4 trillion) budget, the largest in the history of the united States,
  • yes to doubling the national debt to $17,400,000,000,000 ($17.4 trillion) between this year and next, and
  • yes on “Cap & Trade”/“Cap & Tax,” a global warming boondoggle whose environmental effects will be insignificant at best, while nearly doubling gasoline, electricity, and heating costs for the middle- and lower classes!

You can read more about Bart Gordon at the site we’ve dedicated to his defeat: DumpBartGordon.com.

What you can do

As I said during my talk at the Tea Party, the founding Fathers had a particular idea about public office. They recognized two kinds: Offices of Trust and Offices of Profit.  Offices of Profit were jobs that could be done efficiently without regards to party or politics.  They included jobs like county clerk, the Mayor’s secretary, and police officers.

Elected positions, however, were to be Offices of Trust.  These jobs were intended to be done by honest patriots answering a call from their fellow Citizens to serve the People of their districts, not wannabe politicos looking to score cheap political points and kicks back with special interests while pushing their own personal agendas to line their own pockets.

The founding Fathers, then, would tell us not to vote not for the first person who comes along claiming to be better than the current office holder.  They would tell us that it is our duty as citizens to find the best person for the job, someone who is an honest, hard working, fellow citizen with the heart of a servant, who has nothing to lose by standing on Principle, and draft him for the job.

Now there already are a few people who have announced their candidacy for Bart Gordon’s seat.  Middle Tennessee Tea Party is not taking any particular position on these people running for office.  What we are saying, however, is this: it is your most solemn patriotic duty, even before voting, to know who the candidates are and where they stand on what issues and who asked them to run. If none are satisfactory, find and encourage the best person for the job to take up the cause!


The work starts now.
Visit DumpBartGordon.com!

Yes we did (again)!

Despite volunteers’ worries over inclement weather that threatened to put a damper on Friday night’s Tailgate Tea party, a crowd of red-blooded Tennessee patriots showed up on the Square in Murfreesboro for Friday night’s Tailgate Tea Party! Crowd estimates vary, but most agree that the crowd reached at least 1,200 to 1,500 people.

Speakers included Steve Gill, Ben Cunningham, and Drs. Tim Johnson and Eric Potter, along with military mom Bernadette Ash and others. In addition, several local politicians were in attendance, including State Reps. Jim Tracy, Donna Rowland, and Joe Carr, and Tennessee Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey. The open mic also was a huge success, with more Tennessee patriots willing to speak than time allowed.

Tennessee Patriots carrying homemade signs protesting government expansion, spending, and debt, gathered on the Square starting around four o’ clock.  Sentiments ran strong in opposition to hurtful Government programs such as the so-called “Cap & Trade” (also called “Cap & Tax”) bill passed not long ago by the House of Representatives.

Are you ready?

Now announcing complete details for the Tailgate Tea Party!

The Tailgate Starts at Five.

Decorate your vehicle!

Come out in style and show your patriotic spirit! Have the best dressed ride in Rutherford County, and win a hardcover Constitution of the united States illustrated by Sam Fink!

Bring your own food.

-Or if you don’t, stop by Maple Street Grill and grab a Tailgate Tea Party dinner: your choice of a classic or chicken Cuban or roast beef sandwich, along with a bag of chips and a bottle of water for $5!

Maple Street Grill is providing a special deal to Tailgate Tea Partiers—this is a huge discount on their part, and Middle Tennessee Tea Party is making no money whatsoever off of the dinner deal!

The Tea Party Starts at Six.

Speakers for the Tailgate Tea Party will include: Steve Gill of The Steve Gill Show, Dr. Tim Johnson, Professor and Chair of the David Lipscomb History Department, Eric Potter, Doctor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics in Nashville, Tennessee, and Ben Cunningham of Tennessee Tax Revolt, and others including our traditional open mic!

Patriotic music will be performed by Broken Shackles, the Pledge of Allegience will be led by Purple Heart recipient Austin Maxwell.  Claire Maxwell and Kristen Leisman will lead the national anthem and perform “God Bless America,” and Middle Tennessee Tea Party will be distributing up to 700 pocket constitutions!

In Addition…

Booths will be had by Middle Tennessee Tea Party, The Republican Party of Rutherford County, The Rutherford County Campaign for Liberty, The John Birch Society, and more.

Middle Tennessee Tea Party is a non-partisan, not-for-profit, issues-based organization.

We are pleased to announce…

…the first details for the Tailgate Tea Party on July 10!

The Tailgate Starts at Five.

Decorate your vehicle!

Come out in style and show your patriotic spirit! Have the best dressed ride in Rutherford County, and win a hardcover Constitution of the united States illustrated by Sam Fink!

Bring your own food.

-Or if you don’t, stop by Maple Street Grill and grab a Tailgate Tea Party dinner: your choice of a classic or chicken Cuban or roast beef sandwich, along with a bag of chips and a bottle of water for $5!

Thanks to Maple Street Grill for providing a special deal to Tailgate Tea Partiers—this is a huge discount on their part, and Middle Tennessee Tea Party is making no money whatsoever off of the dinner deal!

The Tea Party Starts at Six.

Speakers for the Tailgate Tea Party will include:

It’s coming…

As Independence Day nears, more counties are organizing tea parties for the Independence Day season.  Here’s a list:

  • Haywood Co. Tea Party Picnic, July 4th @ 9am, Volunteer Park
  • Greene Co. Independence Day celebration, July 2nd @ 12 noon, Greene Co. Courthouse

Don’t miss the news!

In the coming days, Middle Tennessee Tea Party will be announcing the details of the rally, including speakers and an itinerary. We will be issuing a press release to news outlets, but you don’t have to wait for the paper. Click “Subscribe” at the top of the page and sign up to have the release sent directly to you via e-mail!