NC is iced in with snow on the ground and freezing rain due later today. I received this from Beverly:
Something else just came up: Last night I was called by someone high up in the Tea Party movement. They apparently want to form a real alternative party, complete with platform and litmus test for candidates. Well, they’d already sent me the substance, but the wording and format was bloody awful, as though it were worded by someone who had no clue as to protocol or political experience. I told them so, rather bluntly, and they called back commissioning me to whip it into shape!! At first I said no, but then relented ($$, after all), so now I’m really behind the 8-ball. I think I hae a magazine and possibly a newspaper that would want to be first to publish it down the road when complete and approved.
I told her to keep a record of everything that happens and we'll write a book.
Then she sent me this:
People are sick of both political parties and shouting at each other, even as they grovel before outrageous government mandates and cower in political correctness, afraid to “offend” and lose status. Oh, my… How can we hope to untangle such a mess? Fortunately, there’s a way out. Read Beverly Eakman’s new article, just posted, on “Saving Civil Society and a Culture of Merit” at: http://www.thenewamerican.com/index.php/culture/family/2846-saving-civil-society-and-a-culture-of-merit .
In a time of political unrest, we elected a savior, who promised change in Washington and then put in members of an old regime. He promised health care and has been trying to force-feed us with a bulky and impossible system. He promised a way out of the financial mess, and gave us more bail-outs, more debt and more fat cats getting fatter. He said he would hear us and turned a deaf ear to out pleas.
The prior leader took us to war almost immediately after a disaster of world-changing proportions. That event has been under a great deal of fire with accusations of being staged to create a situation wherein the president could garner more power. The troubling thing about these accusations is that, instead of being totally outrageous, utterly unbelievable, they are plausible and worthy of our attention. If such an event had been staged, it is an act of criminality unheard of since – no, I don't think there is a 'since.'
Do I believe that a government, which is made up of people, after all, is capable of such evil? Is a government of ambitious men and women – not to discriminate – capable of ambushing a president and blaming it on some poor ne'er-do-well? Are there men capable of pressing a button and blowing up a space shuttle? If the many emails, blogs and even videos on the Internet are correct, there are men capable of evil who would bring down the World Trade towers, would sabotage the Pentagon and would bring down a plane in a field, killing everyone involved?
Before that time, I had never heard the name “Osama Bin Ladin”, had never heard of the Taliban and never thought of Afghanistan. Perhaps I was living in a back yard bomb shelter left over from the 1950s.
Before 2007, I had never heard of Barack Obama. Before November, 2008, his candidacy had “nothing to do with race.” It's not about race, we were told. After all, he's half-white. Think of the white half. He was raised by his grandmother, so his parents technically don't count. Nor, apparently, did his nationality, his religion or his friends. But I'm not going to open up all those cans of worms and go through them again. Suffice to say that after the election, it was all about race. It's all about race, we were told. After all, it's time a black man was president. He was raised by his grandmother, so there really is no white person in his family or in his life. Even his minister is black. Oh! Oops! Scratch that. Let's never mention him again. And no, he's not a Muslim, though he loves them and wants them to be part of America's history from the very start.
Well, as long as America lasts. It was, after all, the last president, GWB, who signed the North American Treaty, eliminating the United States – and the Dollar, in favor of the Amero.
So with out country slipping down the drain fast, I expect an American back-lash. Right on time, the Tea Party came along. There was a march on Washington in 2009. You didn't hear about it because the popular press didn't cover it. Only Fox News and online sites covered it. The actual Tea Party events were hushed up as much as possible. But they gave birth to a movement, the Tea Party Movement.
It's only February and already there is a site selling Tea Party wrist bands with slogans on them and tea-shirts (get it?) and caps promising a “judgment day” in November, 2010. The New Yorker ran an article and there is some speculation online that the party will tear itself apart, split with internal differences. That only happens to well-established groups. CNN even reported that the movement was “threatened by internal rifts.” However, one point that is made is how very little squabbling is going on – less than expected.
The Brown victory in Massachusetts is said to be the first flurry of the party, though Brown ran as a Republican. (We're a republic, remember?) But if there are to be more, the Tea Party Party has to get it's act together. So Beverly was asked to rewrite their platform. With Beverly in there, I just might join, except that I already belong to more social media sites than I can keep updated. Besides, in my 2008 novel, Deadly Research, I suggested that many such sites have membership lists just so the people behind the site, the group being protested against, will have a list of dissenters. I'm sure I'm already on several such lists, but why temp fate?
What's the answer? Read everything, stay sharp, become informed and most of all, vote against the usual party line – our only hope of getting our country back is by voting out the old guard, even under the guise of “Change we can believe in.”