Integrity Restored in George Phillips for Congress

Posted on July 23, 2010. Filed under: Political Activism, Tea Party Movement | Tags: , , , , |

Almost a year ago my husband and I marched Pennsylvania Avenue with 1.7 million other Americans for the first 9.12 Freedom Works DC Tax Revolt March.  It changed our lives.  Until that day we’d been blissfully living a “regular Joe” life; raising a family, working, and  living morale lives.

From those millions of DC marchers, thousands went home and got to work mobilizing to put the brakes on an out-of-control, arrogant,and defiant White House and Congress. My husband and I were one of those thousands. We formed a local community based 912 Tea Party group.

As we navigated through unchartered waters of Tea Party activism the more politically active we became.  Some Tea Parties and 912 groups are adamantly opposed to the Tea Party participating in the political process other than to educate people about the political process.  Other groups believe it our civic duty to become pro-active or to  accept,without complaint, the outcome at the voting booths this November.

This article is not about the Tea Party.  It is about a man we met along the way of our journey with the Tea Party this last year.  His name is George Phillips and he is running for Congress to represent the citizens of district 22 of the state of New York, of which I am one.  George needs my support and he has asked for my vote.

You may be unaware the Tea Party has been openly vetting candidates for the last several months at local Meet & Greets and Candidate forums.  These events are free to the public and tend to be well attended. Our first encounter with Republican candidate George Phillips was at one of these events.

What struck me most about George was his ease with people, his casual dress and his in-depth knowledge and  understanding of the Constitution and the rule of law, something I was witnessing our state and national representatives knew little about and were less willing to follow.

I’d never seen a candidate up close.  So, I was immediately intrigued as I listened to George lay out his Bold Plan for fiscal responsibility, return to moral principles, term limits, and a strategy to combine government committees and programs in order to diminish bureaucratic waste.  Since, I wasn’t an expert on many of those topics I took notes and resolved to check out his platform for accuracy at a later date.

We extended a visit to George to come speak to our group.  George immediately resonated with our Tea Party.  George is the first candidate I have ever known personally.  Getting to know him and his campaign staff was my first political experience. The George Phillips for Congress team have been true friends to the Tea Party in Congressional District 22-NY.

I simply can’t say enough good things about George.  But, here are a few:

George is a man of tremendous character and integrity.  The more I interact with George the more I see this depth of character in George.

How do I define character and integrity as it applies to George?  I define it according to what I observed in my grandfather’s life and generation.

I tell folks that I consider my grandfather, who left this earth a few years ago, to be the last of the great generation of men who lived by an unwritten code of integrity.

I recently looked up the definition of integrity. Here are the three main characteristics of integrity:

1. Steadfast adherence to a strict moral or ethical code.

2. The state of being unimpaired; soundness.

3. The quality or condition of being whole or undivided; completeness.

George fits all three. These things come naturally for George.  He doesn’t have to manufacture integrity. George is just genuinely George, a man of strength, stability, a high moral standard he lives by, and a deep concern for those that he is seeking to represent in DC.

George is just George.  Most of the time I see him, he is eating fast food on the fly…eager instead to get out and shake the next hand, hear the next story from a concerned voter, and struggle to make a scheduled event on time.  I’ve learned candidates are notoriously late, especially the ones that really have a shot at winning the race!

They are so popular their managers over-schedule them.  On top of that when the people connect with a candidate like George Phillips both the average Joe Citizen and George have a hard time stepping away from the interaction.  Every one needs affirmation and encouragement, no matter if you are candidate or voter.  That basic human need connects us.

I have heard the statement, “George is such a nice man” so many times it got me thinking of him as someone like  Mr..Smith, i.e., Mr..Smith goes to Washington.  I have even heard the statement, “I like George so well.  He is so genuine.  I hope he will not change when he gets to Washington and has to play party politics!”

Well, there is no guarantee he won’t. Most of them do. But then some of them become our greatest mavericks like Michele Bachman, Mike Pence, Joe Wilson, Sarah Palin, and Jim De Mint!  The risk of George loosing what I value the most about him; his internal moral compass, self-modeled modest and sound economic principles, and his refreshing depth of understanding about the American History, the Constitution and the problems facing voters in the 22 NY Congressional District.  I’ll take the risk!

George asks, “Have you had enough?”  The growing numbers of New York CD 22 concerned voters say, “YES!” We have had enough!  It is time to unseat career politician and left of liberal Maurice Hinchey this November.

The reason?  They believe George.  They instinctively trust his genuineness. If voters demand a well polished, flashy, freshly tanned skin against shiny white teeth and distinguished grey hair wrapped in expensive clothes than George is not for you.  Unfortunately,these are the things that ignorant voters use to define competent politicians.

George is not a politician. George will become a statesman. George will bring some sorely needed integrity back to Washington. You can count on that.

Check out George’s Bold Plan, volunteer, donate, and vote for George Phillips for Congress!

Elect George Phillips for Congress

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Why is the Tea Party Movement a powerful organic force?

Posted on February 10, 2010. Filed under: Tea Party Movement | Tags: , , , , |

Recently, the Tea Party Nation hosted a Tea Party Convention in Nashville Tennessee, the first of its kind.  From all reports, this convention was hugely successful with the event culminating in an inspiring speech given by former Alaska Governor and 2008 Republican VP candidate Sarah Palin.  Parts of the convention were broadcast on C-SPAN and are now available on YouTube.

In the midst of the media blitz focusing attention on the Tea Party Convention I couldn’t help but notice an underlying tension brewing between Tea Party Nation and other Tea Party organizations.  Since I was not an active member of any of the main Tea Party organizations at their start I found myself confused by the slinging rhetoric. It appeared to me a smear campaign was afoot against the Tea Party Nation which could have crippled the convention.  In the end, it served to provoke many to spend the money and make the trek to Nashville to support the cause.

I do not wish to focus on the tensions between the Tea Party Nation and other larger Tea Party organizations, all of which are attempting to position themselves as the National Tea Party Movement Spokesperson. It is no great surprise to me that this jostling is happening.  As part of the Tea Party movement, attending the 9.12.09 DC Rally where approximately 1.7 million people just showed up to blaze the patriotic trail down Pennsylvania Avenue to the Capital lawn, I could see this coming.

It didn’t take long for the mantra  “we don’t really know what we are doing” and “… we have never done anything like this before,” to change to  “…we must get organized…we need someone to lead us.”  Some person, some group, some entity somewhere would most certainly rise to the challenge to attempt to “help” the fledgling and disorganized grassroots of America get organized.

I understand that without leadership people falter but it is a double-edged sword. With organized leadership comes the potential hazard of manipulative control, implied ownership, and loss of spontaneity by those being led.  It can’t be helped.  If we, as the Tea Party Movement find ourselves a LEADER to lead us then we must follow that said leader.

Honestly, I don’t  know if it can even be accomplished. The Tea Party is not a party. It is an ever-growing powerful organic force, should it continue to be life-giving to those that belong to it. It is not so easily defined or harnessed. Therefore, any central leader would have great difficulty taming it.  I believe there are three main components to the Tea Party movement: Passionate, opinionated, and politically uneducated Americans.

First, the Tea Party movement is ruled by passionate people not parties and not politics. Visit any monthly Tea Party Meetup or special event.  If you listen to the folks in attendance you will hear it.   We are proud  to wrap ourselves in our American flag, pledge of allegiance and national anthem. We understand what is at stake and it is not losing Democratic seats or Republican seats…or flipping the whole house in favor of truly conservative candidates.   We are people concerned the American Constitution has been usurped so many times and watered down so much that it is in danger of being declared fatally ill and not worth reviving; better to find a way to allow it to rest quietly in its final days.

As Tea Partier’s we are fiercely passionate about liberty and keeping our individual freedoms. Freedom to speak our viewpoint, freedom to protect our families from any oppressive force, even those that govern us, freedom to make money and provide good things for our families, and the freedom to worship GOD.

Second, Tea Partier’s are highly opinionated people.  Again, visit any Tea Party or 912 group.  Whether we agree or disagree about general issues concerning the movement we know how to express ourselves!  Tea Partier’s are not afraid of sharing their opinions and they are typically very articulate.  Just as there are many varieties of shapes and sizes of the people attending Tea Party events there are just as many opinions on how we should define ourselves as a movement, all based on our personal experiences and perceptions of government.

Because of this independent flair, the Tea Party movement attracts those that live less conventional, status quo lives.  Many tea partier’s are homeschoolers, conspiracy theorists,and marginalized pro-lifers, religious conservatives, independent business owners, and true entrepreneurs.  We have acquired thicker skins as a result of resistance to conformist public opinion. We follow our own convictions.

Third, tea partier’s are, for the most part, basically ignorant of politics. There are those among us that do understand the political landscape and are willing to guide  “newbies” and I thank God for them.  Because, we are convinced our Republic and form of government is the best thing since sliced bread and that our elected representatives would necessarily represent our views, as put forth by our Constitution, we trusted those we sent forth to represent us.  We went on with our lives.  We left politics to the politicians. We voted our concerns and convictions on the appointed days. 

Most American’s receive what little political understanding they have through their favorite US media source whether it is newspaper,magazine, talk radio or TV.  And that is more true today than ever before.  Millions of Tea Party Americans are tuning in daily to the ample offering of conservative talk radio shows and all day Fox News TV reporting. This has pushed us to dig deeper and educate ourselves and pass on this new education to our family and friends. Which in turn compels us to do something we never thought we would…become activists.

The congressman or congresswoman or senator who has overstayed his/her welcome to a local,state or national political office may well view the most dangerous person in America today the passionate, highly opinionated, independent and politically educated Tea Party patriot. A true force to be reckoned with.

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“Glenn Beck is Gorgeous!”

Posted on January 25, 2010. Filed under: Glenn Beck | Tags: , |

“Glenn Beck is gorgeous!” That’s what one of my readers exclaimed in a private comment to one of my recent posts. Do ya think? I thought.  I have to admit I was a tad jealous I didn’t think to say it first.  It’s true. There’s just no way around it.  Glenn Beck is a hunk.  I’d say he’s hot but then my husband might raise one of his “ole man” bushy eyebrows and tell me it’s not becoming for a middle-aged woman to gush so.

I don’t know if I’ve ever cared very much what wardrobe other male TV journalists choose to wear when they promptly appeared on the stage of my electronic idol perched in a very special place in my bedroom. Honestly, they all look cookie-cutter professional to me. But, when it comes to Beck it matters. Hip “tennies”, right fitting jeans, crisp white or blue (to match his eyes) button down collared shirts, and sports jackets finished off nicely with an assortment of cherry red ties.  Ahhhh…, we’re ready for school.

Not only is Beck a snappy dresser but he’s spunky too. I just can’t resist his full-of-energy bounce down the studio steps to “if you…..,stand up America and come with me….”  I’m so there.

And while I’m on the subject of all things Beck, if Glenn has a tummy pooch I don’t see it.  He’s either wearing a man girdle or he’s suffering from false humility. Have your peanut M&M’s, Glenn and stop exercising your cute under chin, it only makes you more attractive.

I wonder how many other women out there that feel the way I do about Glenn Beck.  For me, he just came out to nowhere riding in on his….well, I don’t know what he rode in on but, I do know, he rode in from nowhere and he saved the day.  That day was the day I would otherwise have become overwhelmed with dispair at the change I saw unfolding before my eyes.

This year-long and clandestine love affair has changed the way I think, who I hang with, where I spend my energies, and the way I view celebrity men.

Heck, I thought, I should just start a Glenn Beck Fan Club. I pondered this for a few minutes until it occurred to me the country has one already.  Every local, national, or on-line Tea Party group bearing the names Glenn Beck, 912, We Surround Them, and Live Free or Die, is a member of the Glenn Beck Fan Club, and there are zillions of them.

The hodge-podge membership of the national Glenn Beck Fan Club is a topic for another day, maybe tomorrow, who knows, but, today I just want to revel in our auspicious leader.

Did you ever happen to see the musical Bye Bye Birdie?  Remember, when Birdie comes to town and the whole female community, young and old, collectively swoon at his appearance? Or how about Indiana Jones, the third episode, and one of my favorite movies ( Sean Connery is second hunk in my book), when the school girls flash their painted eyelids with love messages at Indy.  Well, need I go on?

It’s obvious I like Glenn Beck and not just for his professional journalist ability to pierce right to the tiniest core of any issue, lay it bare, and then rather succinctly explain how it fits into the bigger picture.  No, it’s more than that for me.  He’s just fun to be with everyday from 5pm to 6pm ET and I look forward to it, even if he doesn’t know I’m here.  And, by the way, my hubby has assured me that the title to his first blog, should he ever chose to write one, will be titled, “Sarah is Definitely Hot!”

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The vetting of Sarah Palin

Posted on January 14, 2010. Filed under: Fox News, Glenn Beck, Politics, Sarah Palin | Tags: , , |

  Fox and Sarah Palin!  Two of my favorite things in one place!  And, if you didn’t catch the powerhouse Glenn Beck interview with Sarah last night on the Fox News you missed a great interview.  There is so much in that interview that tweaked my curiosity; primarily, his opening personal message to Sarah, challenging her strength of character and integrity.  In my own words, Beck asked Sarah to define what distinguishes her from any other ‘establishment” politician and why the American people should trust her.  

Why would Glenn even need to ask such a silly question of Sarah Palin, of all people?  Sarah, the great championing hero of “common sense solutions” to all that ails America now?  

Why? Because, We the American People, are wounded and weary in this year’s political battle.  It has been an ongoing, flagrantly insulting display of “snobbery” from our elected officials deliberately directed toward us, for a year now.  It’s getting old fast!  

It’s partly our fault, though. We, The People, didn’t check-in on our representatives when we sent them away from home to work in powerful offices.  We didn’t call and email, reminding them they were there to serve their community and state interests, not their own. We didn’t visit them and hold them accountable…. until we became angry. Americans have become smarter and more discerning in the last year. 

Americans are getting off the baby bottle and beginning to walk, albeit, fast walking! We have awaken to our responsibility of the sacrifice OUR time to insure we are informed, involved and supportive our leaders; demanding they stay with the agenda they campaigned on. 

Because, WE THE PEOPLE, now fully acknowledge our responsibility in this matter, Glenn pressed Sarah on it too. Essentially, he asked, “Will you, Sarah Palin, be able to go to Washington and NOT lose your soul?”  I’m not, entirely, sure what he meant by the phrasing of that question but ,I think he meant, will she loose who she is and her “common sense solutions” when she is confronted with the powerful machine of compromise and conformity that runs our government. I believe Glenn was asking her, “Sarah, if the American People should choose to send you to Washington any time soon, and  should you, while you are there, forget who you serve, how will you respond when the American people coming knocking on your door? 

I watched the interview twice. Each time, I was more mesmerized by the whole “set-up” of the interview; from the windowed room, to the Statue of Liberty in the background, to the soft-spoken and articulate conversation between them.  There was something about the interview that was familiar but, familiar only because of my recent involvement in the Tea Party/ 912 movements.  My ever-developing antennae of political discernment are on high alert these days!  As the evening went on, I reflected on Glenn’s, noticeably tentative but endearing, demeanor with Sarah.  I found myself wondering just what is he up too?  

Glenn Beck is vetting Sarah Palin.  He is vetting her for conservative America and in front of conservative America.  Not only that, Glenn Beck is vetting Sarah Palin for Christian America. I say this because of his deliberate questioning of her “real” faith.   [On a side note, this is the only time in the interview I was even tempted to be annoyed; when Mr. Beck ridiculed more “charismatic” Christian politicians and took the name of Jesus lightly. Mocking anyone for their expression of faith is just bad manners.] 

Back to Glenn and Sarah, I said I believe Glenn Beck is vetting Sarah Palin for America but, I wonder …is Glenn vetting Sarah for Glenn. There was chemistry between them…anyone with eyes and ears would have picked up on that.  But, it was not sensual.  It was something else. What is up with Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin? 

I felt, almost, like I was watching an episode on a TV reality show (which I don’t’ watch but, if I did, I would imagine it would look like this!).  Watching a new reality show on how candidates size each other up before they decide to join forces and run for political office on the same ticket!  I didn’t feel this “chemistry”, which I think is really “patriotic passion” for our country, between Sarah and Sean Hannity, or Sarah and Bill O’Reilly, or any other interviewer I have watched her with.  But, I did sense it between her and Glenn Beck.  

Hmmm, Glenn Beck to CPAC….Sarah Palin to the Tea Party Nation Convention.  Am I crazy?  Are we seeing the beginning of a forging alliance between two polarizing, articulate, increasingly popular, and truly patriotic figures of our time? 

You go, Mr. Glenn Beck, continue to “vet” Sarah Palin, and we, the new, WE  THE PEOPLE will continue to vet you.

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