Tuesday, August 04, 2009

A Message from Our Friends at FreedomWorks

Armey’s Axiom says that a little man can whip a big man every time if he’s in the right and keeps on a-comin’. That’s why I believe that grassroots Americans still can defeat the biggest threats to our freedoms now moving through Washington, D.C. But now is no time to be subtle, or to be timid.

Late last week, the U.S. House left the confines of the Beltway for its month-long August Recess. Next week the Senate will follow suit. Congress is closing up shop for the summer. Think of this as “half-time” in this year’s fight against the Obama agenda and the good news for freedom-loving limited government advocates is that the momentum is on our side.

Right now liberals are literally scrambling. Moderate Democrats in the Senate as well as members of the House Blue Dog Caucus have been brought to the White House on an almost daily basis to take their licks for not rubber stamping the Obama wish-list. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid seem out of touch with the Democrat rank-and-file as they present their aggressive timelines for passing controversial reforms only to be stymied by members of their own caucus time and time again. Unable to muster the necessary votes on health care, both the House and Senate have delayed floor votes until after their August vacation. To top it all off, Obama’s approval rating has just slipped to below 50% for the first time.

That’s a long way from our New Year’s hangover that saw a newly strengthened and emboldened liberal Congress and radical left-wing president crowing about their ambitious plans to grow government. True, Obama did pass the disastrous stimulus bill, driving deficits to record highs. But the fact remains: Obama’s machine has been shocked by effective opposition from conservative activists.

Beginning with the Tea Party demonstrations in the spring and translating into massive grassroots outcries in the “cap and tax” and government takeover of health care policy battles, hard working volunteers like you took to the streets. As a result, these two key goals of Obama’s socialist dream are now heavily bogged down despite early claims that both would be passed before August. Card check, the union power grab that liberals expected to pass by now, and another crown jewel in the Obama agenda, isn’t even on the schedule any more.

For the liberal left, August will be a time for regrouping and strategizing on how best to jump-start their big government agenda. To counter their efforts, FreedomWorks will be activating grassroots networks all over the country and mobilizing activists to attend literally hundreds of legislator town hall meetings and listening sessions. In addition, our volunteers will be setting up district office visits, staging protests, and hosting letter-writing parties to reinforce pressure against their socialist schemes.

At the top of the to-do list for Pelosi, Reid, and company when they return in September: the government-run health care and cap and trade legislation they originally thought they could do before summer’s end. That makes the stakes for FreedomWorks’ 9-12 Taxpayer March on Washington that much higher. To date, thousands have registered and to my knowledge, there has never before been a conservative, limited government gathering of this magnitude in Washington, D.C.

Here is the breakdown of events:
Thursday, September 10, will be a day of grassroots training, issue education, and lobbying on key issues like health care and cap and trade.

Friday, September 11, will continue training and lobbying in the afternoon, and we will host a reception for our best activists that night.

Blogger Note: I must insist that anyone not going to the reception, please make the trip up to Walter Reed Army Medical Center at 7200 Georgia Ave NW and join the members of DCProtestWarrior, DCFreeRepublic, Gathering of Eagles, Band of Mothers, and other patriotic Americans as we continue the weekly Friday night tribute to our brave wounded soldiers and Marines reovering at WRAMC. I promise you will not be bored. Festivities begin at 1800 and end around 2200. That's 6PM to 10PM for you non-Marines.

Saturday, September 12, is the big march down Pennsylvania Avenue culminating with the rally on the West Lawn of the Capitol.

I would love to be there to see the look in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s eyes when she steps out onto the balcony of her office on the West Side of the Capitol. As the saying goes: “Priceless.”

I hope I can count on you to be here in Washington, D.C., for the 9-12 Taxpayer March, but today I also ask you to commit to recruit others to take part in this historic event. If you could bring five or even ten additional people from your community who also understand how important it is to stop Obama and the left’s socialist agenda, it will help us reach our goal of flooding the Capitol lawn with freedom-loving activists from all over the country.

We are making great gains in our efforts to beat back the left, but now it’s make or break time.

Thank you again for everything you’ve done. Keep up the pressure on members of Congress over the August Recess against government-run health care and the cap and trade energy tax, and I look forward to seeing you here in Washington, D.C. in September when these battles heat up once again.

Matt Kibbe

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