What is TeaPartyConnect.com?

Over time, it became increasingly clear there needed to be a place for people to either connect with a Tea Party near them, or learn how to start their own.

Additionally, leaders of Tea Party groups needed a place to share news & ideas, muster national support, or just network with other Tea Party groups.

TeaPartyConnect was created to address those needs!

Why TeaPartyConnect.com?

"The power under the constitution will always be in the people. It is intrusted for certain defined purposes, and for a certain limited period, to representatives of their own choosing; and, whenever it is executed contrary to their interest, or not agreeable to their wishes, their servants can and undoubtedly will be recalled."

George Washington

Archive for Civics

The folks at the Heritage Foundation put together this great video, We Still Hold These Truths. It very well done and inspirational. No doubt folks in the Tea Party will watch and say this is why I believe what I do. The narrator Matt Spalding has been on WMOX for our on-going series, The Heritage Hour, a couple of times and is really good. He also has book by the same name.

– The Professor

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I Saw America Today

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Editor’s Note: The following piece was written by Rod Smith a Patriot Guard Rider. It arrived in my inbox this morning as an email and it deserves a bigger audience. It was written about the funeral of Sgt. Eric Newman held on Saturday, October 24, 2010.  The funeral was held with full military honors, including a 21-gun salute. He was posthumously awarded not only the bronze star, but also the Purple Heart and several other medals for his exemplary service in the U.S. Army. Eric Newman, 30, was killed when a roadside bomb exploded Oct. 14 in Akatzai Kalay, Afghanistan. He married Charidy Newman last year, and was planning to become a state trooper after his career in the military was over. The introductory information I’ve included here came from the story about the funeral published by The Meridian Star.

I saw America today.

I was among more that 200 people gathered on the tarmac at the Meridian Air Navel Station to welcome Sgt. Eric C. Newman, 30, of Waynesboro , Miss. home from Afghanistan.

He did not exit to cheers and hugs but was greeted by respectful silence. Military men and women, bikers, policemen, firemen, all in formation riveted their attention as Sgt. Newman disembarked from the plane carrying him.

He exited in a flag draped coffin, killed in action in Afghanistan.

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Categories : Civics, Educational
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Teddy Roosevelt – In the Arena

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Those in the political fight and the market place of ideas should remember this quote from Theodore Roosevelt especially when the going gets tough:

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat. – Theodore Roosevelt, April 23, 1910. (for full text)

– The Professor

PS – Nixon wrote a post presidency book with this title.

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Today on WMOX, we discussed the History Channel’s new show, Jefferson. One of the many interesting facts about the author of the Declaration of Independence was the three accomplishments he was proud of that he had placed on his tombstone. They are (1) The Declaration of Independence, (2) the Virginia Bill of Religious Freedom and (3) Founding of the University of Virginia.

The Virginia Bill of Religious Freedom is powerful and short. Its preamble is in the style of the Declaration and worth reading. I have provided a link or check out this short but powerful prose.
The letter declining an invitation to attend a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence is also very powerful. This phrase about the 4th is something we should all remember each year: “For ourselves, let the annual return of this day forever refresh our recollections of these rights, and an undiminished devotion to them.” For full text of the letter to Roger Weightman.

Be sure watch or DVR this show when it comes again on the History Channel. In the mean time checkout some the material the History Channel has pulled together on our most thoughtful Founder.

– The Professor

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Facebook Blitz Is On!

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Facebook BlitzSo far, 250+ people have “liked” TeaPartyConnect.com; however, to be truly effective for the November 2 Election, we need to increase the number of people receiving our messages significantly between now and then. To do that, we’ll be having several Facebook Blitzs to invite other Facebook users to “like” TeaPartyConnect.com.

The first goal is 500 and we need everyone’s help to invite at least one (1) new Facebook member to like us.  (Personally, I prefer “fan” but that’s just me!)

TeaPartyConnect.com has been providing great material for Tea Party for six months now and if you’ve enjoyed our work, please suggest us to your friends!

Facebook Bliz On!


Bureau Of The Public Debt

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Bureau Of The Public DebtOk, so I’m reading an article from The Washington Times about June 30th, 2010 being the 3rd-largest, single-day debt increase; marveling at the $166 BILLION dollar jump and trying to absorb the fact that my household’s share of just this increase works out to nearly $1,500!

Interestingly enough, the article went on to say:

Daily debt calculations jump and fall, and big shifts are common. But all three of the biggest one-day debt increases have occurred under the tenure of President Obama, and all of the top six have been in the past two years – an indication of just how quickly the pace of deficit spending has risen under Mr. Obama and President George W. Bush.

Ignoring the implication equating Obama’s debt increases with Bush’s; the fact of the matter is that there is some truth to the fact that even if Bush had not pushed and gotten the original bailout bill during the last few months of his Presidency, he probably still would have been on this short list. But, what the article did not include was the actual list of those top six debt days they mentioned and I would really, really like to see that list.

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Governor Chris Christie gives remarks about accountability while at a Town Hall Meeting in Perth Amboy, N.J. on Tuesday, June 15, 2010.

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Mississippi captured the number one spot on one of the most embarrassing lists around.

Senator Thad Cochran - Pork King

Senator Thad Cochran - "Pork King"

Fox News reported today that Senator Thad Cochran Leads Congress In Earmarks. Yes, the king of pork is Sen. Thad Cochran. Each year a group named Citizens Against Government Waste publishes a list of the top congressional earmarkers. Cochran is typically a leading pork-seeker and in 2010 had his name on 240 projects worth $490.2 million dollars worth of earmarks. When added together the total dollar value of all the earmarked projects in fiscal year 2010 amounted to $16.5 billion dollars of the Federal Budget. 

Senator Cochran has been number one for three years in a row and his total for earmarked projects exceeds $2 BILLION during that three-year period time.” said Tom Schatz, President of Citizens Against Government Waste

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Categories : Civics, History, Opinion, Politics
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Who Created TeaPartyConnect.com?

TeaPartyConnect.com was created by a member of a local Tea Party after discovering there was a serious lack of information regarding the leadership, management, promotion, and legal questions facing Tea Party groups.

TeaPartyConnect.com was created to work with other Tea Party Groups across the country to consolidate and present this important information in a credible way. The information presented was collected from various sources and represents the collective experiences of hundreds of individual Tea Party Members.