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“Church Night” with Mark Levin at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library

Several weeks ago, driving home from work, I tuned to a local AM station and was listening to Mark Levin. I had already purchased his new book “Ameritopia” during pre-order back in December, and had since had it delivered to my Kindle early on the official release date and so when Levin mentioned an opportunity to pick up a signed copy, I was only half listening; “I have mine.”

When Mark Levin said the way to get the signed copy of “Ameritopia” was in person at the Reagan Library (my back yard, practically), I was looking frantically for a place to pull over. I picked the Shell station in Moorpark and started trying to get to the Reagan Library website on my iPhone.

After lots of cussing and several attempts, I finally found the place on the site to buy tickets and bought one ticket for the book signing (which included the book), and the speech and dinner that followed. The event sold out in something like 21 minutes! That’s from the time Levin announced it, until there were no tickets left.

Who were these people who were listening to Levin’s radio show and were able to get online quickly enough to buy tickets? It was, as I saw when I arrived, a cross-section of America. Young and old, white, black, and other, a mix of people who love their country and want to see the damage limited – for now; rolled back – eventually.

It was amazing being in the various lines with these people. A retired couple from Sacramento, a woman alone from San Francisco, another couple from Canada. Canada! And together with other like-minded conservatives, these people were having a blast. Discussions ranged from the recent death of Andrew Breitbart and the vacuum it would leave, to the perceived idiocy of new media chasing old on the Rush comments. How the meme had changed from churches being forced against their will to provide abortion/contraceptive services against their doctrine, to “Republicans want to take away your condoms.”

It was a new freedom for many, being able to discuss conservatism without having to worry what leftist or liberal was lurking nearby, especially the folk who were there from Northern California. While they don’t necessarily shirk from defending their values and ideas, it was still nice to not worry about actually having to, at least for a little while.

The biggest shock to me was when a young man outside the Reagan Library was working the crowd looking for tickets to get in; “Anybody have a ticket you want to sell? Extra ticket? Anybody?”

I figured; “Ah ha! Occupier trying to crash the event.” Boy was I wrong. That same young man eventually did get in, and got hold of the microphone that attendants were around for audience members to ask Levin questions (at 48:30 in the video below). He claimed he was a high school sophomore (he seemed old for that, maybe he was nervous and meant to say college, but I don’t know), and he was disgusted with the contempt many of his fellow classmates show to our flag. He wondered if Levin might have any ideas on how to educate them? That, my friends, gives me hope for the future. There are countless more like him, and many were in attendance this night.

This night was not about “fan worship” or idolatry, it was about hope, and people who are feeling helpless to stop our country’s slide to destructive socialism who are desperately grasping for a glimpse of it. Mark Levin, as it happens on this night, is the one offering that. He spoke what was already on their minds, and is able to articulate that in a way many of us couldn’t or can’t.

 

As an aside to my friend Cold Warrior, one microphone was within five feet of me, and I really was able to get the woman’s attention who held it and was about to ask Mark “the question.”

“Mark, you’ve mentioned on air before, several times, that we need to get in to the Republican Party and take it over, push conservative candidates. How do we do that?”

The answer, if he couldn’t give it, would’ve been here.

I have friends who won’t listen to Mark because they don’t like the sound of his voice, or the way he occasionally gets angry and rants. Get over it, at least for one hour. Give the man a chance, he’s sitting in a chair in front of his kids, and is calmly and clearly telling a group of people how we got to this point, and where we go from here.

Crossposted to a Tow Dog

Erick Brockwayhttp://www.erickbrockway.com
Work seven days a week at two jobs, a newly RETIRED EO1 (E6) in the Navy Reserves (Seabees), blog when I can from cellphone and computer. @erickbrockway #catcot #tcot Currently living in Camarillo, CA, about 45 miles North of LA. I have a wife (20+ years) son, and two daughters.

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  1. The last question from the moderator was, “What can the average American do about this?” Which, essentially, was “the question.” A better way to ask the question is to put the answer into it: “Do you believe that the best way for the average good, decent, conservative American to actually help elect better, more conservative public servants is to fill up all the vacant local, neighborhood Republican Party precinct committeeman slots, about half of which are now currently vacant, and that it’s easy to do?”

    What was Levin’s answer?

    (I’m paraphrasing.)

    Instill American values in our children.

    Time to “stand up.”

    Wake up the people.

    Liberty is a good message.

    Property rights are a good message.

    Constitutionalism is a good message.

    The other side’s message is awful in comparison.

    These “masterminds” won’t stop unless we stop them.

    Make sure that we stop them.

    Then, in response to I think it was the second questioner, he said that the Republican Party has to be changed.

    How do we change it? Blank out.

    Here’s a $.99 e-book that tells us HOW:

    https://www.amazon.com/Taking-Back-Your-Government-ebook/dp/B003ZYEUPE/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1331531551&sr=8-1

    😉

    Thanks again for this great article!

    CW

  2. Having now just completed watching the entire interview, I’m struck by a couple of things. At one point, in one of his answers to questions from the audience, Levin said, “If you’re sick of the local Republican Party, then do something about it!” He left out WHAT to do and HOW to do it. The only way to change one’s local Republican Party is to join it and become a voting member of it. Why won’t he say that? Does he think everyone knows that? My experience is that most Republicans don’t even know what a precinct committeeman is, let alone how to become one.

    Then, the last thing he said to the audience was, “I would ask you all when you leave here, do something.” What? Prior to that remark he said that if 10 million Americans talked to ten million Americans about liberty, we could change things. Or something.

    I would have asked every person asking a question, “Are you a card carrying member of your local Republican Party committee; that is, are you a precinct committeeman?” Not to belittle anyone, because it’s not for everyone. Some simply can’t do it. But just to emphasize the point that we’ve got to unite and organize politically inside the Party. As elected, voting members of the Party or as volunteers.

    We’ve got millions of conservative Americans who are crying out and asking, “What can the average American do?” Easy. UNITE AND ORGANIZE politically inside the Republican Party as precinct committeemen. Take it over. There are about 200,000 vacant PC slots across the country out of about 400,000 allotted slots. Invade your local Republican Party committee meeting with every conservative you know and take over the Party. Go find conservatives in all the grassroots conservative groups like the tea parties, the 9.12 groups, the WeSurroundThem groups, etc. Then you’ll be in a position to help elect better, more conservative public servants.

    Thanks again for writing this great article!

    CW

  3. First, EB, I’m jealous. I’m actually one of those people who love Levin’s voice and his rants 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

    Second, to CW’s point: I have started to come to the conclusion that a lot of these people who say “change the Party” but never say exactly ‘how’ either simply don’t know exactly how (which is where my money’s at) or think everyone knows what they mean. I get why a lot (most?) politicians don’t go there, but when I see people like Levin who don’t have an ulterior motive not explaining the ‘how’, it brings me to one of the 2 previous conclusions.

    The reason I think it’s the former is because for 30+ years, since I was in grade school, I have been a political junkie par excelance. I lived, breathed and ate this stuff. And yet, until I stumbled across you on a website, I had *no* idea how people actually ended up in all those ‘powerful positions.’ I just assumed you needed to be wealthy…or already know politically-connected people…or something. If it wouldn’t be for you, I’d still be wondering how to fix our blasted Party.

    I’m not saying that they shouldn’t know but all I know is that I didn’t know either, and I’m about as plugged in as they come.

  1. The last question from the moderator was, “What can the average American do about this?” Which, essentially, was “the question.” A better way to ask the question is to put the answer into it: “Do you believe that the best way for the average good, decent, conservative American to actually help elect better, more conservative public servants is to fill up all the vacant local, neighborhood Republican Party precinct committeeman slots, about half of which are now currently vacant, and that it’s easy to do?”

    What was Levin’s answer?

    (I’m paraphrasing.)

    Instill American values in our children.

    Time to “stand up.”

    Wake up the people.

    Liberty is a good message.

    Property rights are a good message.

    Constitutionalism is a good message.

    The other side’s message is awful in comparison.

    These “masterminds” won’t stop unless we stop them.

    Make sure that we stop them.

    Then, in response to I think it was the second questioner, he said that the Republican Party has to be changed.

    How do we change it? Blank out.

    Here’s a $.99 e-book that tells us HOW:

    https://www.amazon.com/Taking-Back-Your-Government-ebook/dp/B003ZYEUPE/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1331531551&sr=8-1

    😉

    Thanks again for this great article!

    CW

  2. Having now just completed watching the entire interview, I’m struck by a couple of things. At one point, in one of his answers to questions from the audience, Levin said, “If you’re sick of the local Republican Party, then do something about it!” He left out WHAT to do and HOW to do it. The only way to change one’s local Republican Party is to join it and become a voting member of it. Why won’t he say that? Does he think everyone knows that? My experience is that most Republicans don’t even know what a precinct committeeman is, let alone how to become one.

    Then, the last thing he said to the audience was, “I would ask you all when you leave here, do something.” What? Prior to that remark he said that if 10 million Americans talked to ten million Americans about liberty, we could change things. Or something.

    I would have asked every person asking a question, “Are you a card carrying member of your local Republican Party committee; that is, are you a precinct committeeman?” Not to belittle anyone, because it’s not for everyone. Some simply can’t do it. But just to emphasize the point that we’ve got to unite and organize politically inside the Party. As elected, voting members of the Party or as volunteers.

    We’ve got millions of conservative Americans who are crying out and asking, “What can the average American do?” Easy. UNITE AND ORGANIZE politically inside the Republican Party as precinct committeemen. Take it over. There are about 200,000 vacant PC slots across the country out of about 400,000 allotted slots. Invade your local Republican Party committee meeting with every conservative you know and take over the Party. Go find conservatives in all the grassroots conservative groups like the tea parties, the 9.12 groups, the WeSurroundThem groups, etc. Then you’ll be in a position to help elect better, more conservative public servants.

    Thanks again for writing this great article!

    CW

  3. First, EB, I’m jealous. I’m actually one of those people who love Levin’s voice and his rants 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

    Second, to CW’s point: I have started to come to the conclusion that a lot of these people who say “change the Party” but never say exactly ‘how’ either simply don’t know exactly how (which is where my money’s at) or think everyone knows what they mean. I get why a lot (most?) politicians don’t go there, but when I see people like Levin who don’t have an ulterior motive not explaining the ‘how’, it brings me to one of the 2 previous conclusions.

    The reason I think it’s the former is because for 30+ years, since I was in grade school, I have been a political junkie par excelance. I lived, breathed and ate this stuff. And yet, until I stumbled across you on a website, I had *no* idea how people actually ended up in all those ‘powerful positions.’ I just assumed you needed to be wealthy…or already know politically-connected people…or something. If it wouldn’t be for you, I’d still be wondering how to fix our blasted Party.

    I’m not saying that they shouldn’t know but all I know is that I didn’t know either, and I’m about as plugged in as they come.

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