“Meet the Candidates” vetting meeting inspiring, informative, well run

Something is happening in the so called liberal state of Washington.  Conservatives are making their voices heard and if the meeting I attended today is any indication Patty Murray may soon be without a job.  The people in attendance were unanimous in their opinion that this needs to be the case.

Kudos go out to organizer Dan Michael of the Puget Sound Conservative Underground for setting up the event which ran like clockwork except for a minor microphone glitch at the start.  I was glad to finally meet him in person.

A short pre-meeting time period allowed the people to mingle and briefly talk to the candidates where at one point I was handed a real Superbowl ring and looking at another on candidate Didier’s pass catching hands earned during his NFL days as a Washington Redskins tight end.  During this period I heard encouraging comments about all these candidates themselves being committed to help the eventual winner in this group to oppose the sitting Senator Murray.

I also talked with Steve Beren who has been my friend and is quite an influence and workhorse for our cause in the Seattle area.

I also had the chance to talk with the man who had been selected to read the questions for the candidates by the name of John Cartmell who is a determined and passionate writer to Congress, the RNC, and anyone else he sees needs some guidance in the way they are conducting business for the American people.

A moment of silence for the people of Haiti who suffered devastation from an earthquake days ago opened up the meeting, which impressively started one minute ahead of schedule in the packed yet comfortable room at the Redmond Regional Library, which is a very nice library.

Dan had an opening statement to explain the meeting format,  cracked a couple of good jokes, and proceeded to introduce the field of conservative candidates.  All five candidates were well represented though due to previous commitment one candidate (Salazar) was represented very ably by his campaign manager Debra Churchill.

Each candidate had 6 minutes for an opening statement and the time monitor Jay (whom I met after the meeting and thought I both looked and sounded like the actor Sam Elliot) seamlessly kept the program on track.

Jay founded the Washington Patriot Hub

Early on an eye opening moment came when the audience composed of conservatives motivated by recent events in our country were asked to indicate by show of hands how many had only recently become active and involved in politics.  Impressively almost everyone raised their hand.

The questions to be asked were selected from a list of question sent in by the members of PSCU in addition to some other conservative organization in the area.

Each answered the same question and each was a hard act to follow so impressive were many of their answers. The questions asked were many I myself had and they covered the gambit of most of the pressing issues such as health care reform, accessibility to the people, integrity and character of the candidates, their understanding and dedication to limited Constitutional federal government, states rights and duties, illegal immigration and border security, troop commitments and artificial time-lines,  family and traditional values, our commitment to our posterity, social issues, and the absolute biggie- the unconstrained and irresponsible taxing, borrowing, and spending ruining this country by the elitists unrepresentative governance we now have.

The candidates all confirmed that no matter which of them emerged as the winner among them that they would fully get behind and support that person to defeat the “tennis shoe’s one” Patty Murray aka the most liberal senator in congress.  At one point one speaker offered to give her an application to the socialist party once she had lost the people senate seat in November!

My own perception is that all of these Senate candidates are levels above Patty Murray, solid conservatives with the right integrity and characteristics that conservatives and independents will want from their representation. They have real accomplishments gained through their own hard work ethics and life experiences.

They all know that health care reform as being pushed by this Obama administration would be an unmitigated disaster and all vowed to fight for repeal and through the judiciary if it is passed with all its unconstitutional mandates!

The questions were not softballs, and the answers seemed to be very free from any evasiveness.  I liked all of them.

Most got their platform points into their answers as well.  It is going to be a tough choice but as a tea party movement person I see enough from all of them to make it through the early vetting process.

Dan was well organized with this as well .  Everyone was supplied with a checklist to continue the process of vetting and meeting to discuss what they have learned.  All of these candidates were smart enough to participate and not listen to the pundits who still push their party over principles!

So to meet these fine candidates – please go to their websites and study their positions and get to know them-

Chris Widener

Clint Didier

Art Coday, Jr.

Sean Salazar

Craig Williams

I also had a chance to meet the candidate running against another very liberal (socialist) congressman in my district- Jay Inslee.  James Watkins wife, Ashley, was there to hand out his info and his website is www.WatkinsForCongress.com

Dan closed the meeting by stepping into the mold of  “The Great One” aka Mark Levin and read from his quote on the critical nature of 2010 elections….for a moment I thought I was in the presence of “The Great One” himself…okay, not really, but when it comes to this particular meeting Dan put on a great one!

Mutiny on “The Bounty”

Are we really rudderless?

If we look at America as a ship on a journey of destiny, through the seas of time, we can see that our ship of bounty is not by any means rudderless. Likewise the tea party movement is not rudderless either. America is a beautiful and complex ship with incredible power and equally incredible grace. Those that man the various stations that make her go are some of the best educated, most innovative, hard working and loyal people the world has ever had. The systems that make her go are the best ever designed for any journey near or far. They have performed superbly from her launching well over two centuries now.

Lately though our ship has began to falter, our engines are overtaxed, our fuel starved by some rather perplexing orders issued by a new officer corps over the last few decades. Our great ship has altered her course and headed off to some very troubled waters. In addition to the problems brewing within her bowels she has become a target designated for destruction by others.

On board her magnificent decks there are opposing factions that have worked well in times past to check and double check the actions of all to make sure that the proper and necessary procedures were adhered to to insure the integrity of the ship so we could safely navigate the stormy seas that compose the worlds history. So successful has this journey been that it is the envy of the entire world, and has spawned both awed admirers and jealous hatred alike.

However those who have ridden and lived their lives aboard have found liberty, freedom, reward, and happiness so long as they have maintained a respect for the integrity of her systems. Others have become disenchanted with the intended functions of her systems and make specious claims they are outdated, and the results of breaching the interlocks on our systems are beginning to have catastrophic results. The operating instructions were corrupted, the training too, the redesigns were constantly slipped in, and those who had redesign in mind seized power from those who wished for the integrity to be maintained. The results are that our engines are working much harder now, our fuel starved, and our boat is overladen and stressed to a breaking point.

Our troubles are many and to compound this hideous situation we are being steered straight into further trouble. Our systems may soon be beyond repair. We may be unable to change course, lose most of or all of our propulsion and lose any ability to institute any independent damage control. The ship is listing badly to the left.

The good news is that traditionally there are many more in the faction that believes in the integrity of our systems than there are who are instituting the redesigns. They may be able to save our ship yet. But how?

The redesigns control everything now. They control the officer promotion system and will use any means possible to keep that power. They hold all the key positions to steer and manage the power of the ship too. They control the procedures and the publications for running the ship and they control the fuel.

The ships communications network is vital to both the re-designers and the traditionalists. The messages are in conflict. The re-designers would have all on board believe that their redesigns are working splendidly and that not only is everything fine, it is much better, and will be very apparent once all the old thinking is gone.

The rest of the crew knows better. They have seen many such ships with the same ill designs wrecked on the rocky coasts of history. The rest of the crew are those that have now joined the tea party movement or will soon.

Our movements rudder is our shared knowledge of the integrity of systems designed superbly to work in harmony by limiting the power of those at the helm to redesign any of them. We are the engines of our ship. Our fuel is our way of life which is based on our God given rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

The officers of our ship have hijacked us, they are the pirates that seek to rob us of our choices and still think we will be their engines. They pretend to know of calmer waters and a better way forward, but they do not.

Re taking control of our ship is vital now. Being able to restore the integrity of our systems is also vital but will take much longer to repair. The pirates are guarding against both. They are trying to make their changes irreversible. They have just begun to employ techniques that will drown out any protests to their actions.

We do have a Captain for our ship, and all have sworn to obey this captain. Only those who actually are doing this are worthy of our loyalty and those that usurp our Captain’s authority need to be forever demoted, and never again be entrusted with any delegated power received by the people of our ship. All the pirates must be removed.

Our Captain is the US Constitution, and it is up to us to demand that only this steerage ever be used to guide our ship with Gods blessing and protection.

THOU, too, sail on, O Ship of State!
Sail on, O UNION, strong and great!
Humanity with all its fears,
With all the hopes of future years,
Is hanging breathless on thy fate!
We know what Master laid thy keel,
What Workmen wrought thy ribs of steel,
Who made each mast, and sail, and rope,
What anvils rang, what hammers beat,
In what a forge and what a heat
Were shaped the anchors of thy hope!
Fear not each sudden sound and shock,
’T is of the wave and not the rock;
’T is but the flapping of the sail,
And not a rent made by the gale!
In spite of rock and tempest’s roar,
In spite of false lights on the shore,
Sail on, nor fear to breast the sea!
Our hearts, our hopes, are all with thee,
Our hearts, our hopes, our prayers, our tears,
Our faith triumphant o’er our fears,
Are all with thee,—are all with thee!

– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow