I just received the following “urgent request” [for, what else, money] from the “National Coordinator” of the “100% grassroots, 100% of the time” Tea Party Patriots. Years ago I told her and the other “national coordinators” (just what, exactly, do they “coordinate nationally?”) that if they really wanted to change the Republican Party and electe better people then they needed to get their members inside the Republican Party itself as precinct committeemen, and that tea partiers, 9.12-ers, etc., were of sufficient numbers to completely take over the Republican Party at the precinct level. But, see, if the “national coordinators” actually committed to that strategy, and the members of the local tea parties and other conservative groups attended their local monthly Republican committee meetings, and figured out where the real ball game of politics was played, those members might abandon TPP and not send the precious national coordinators any more money, opting instead to direct that money into their local committees for the support of their candidates for Party officers, Party delegates, conservative candidates for public offices, etc.
So here’s what I received:
From the Desk of Jenny Beth Martin
National Coordinator and Co-Founder
According to various news reports, a bunch of establishment Republicans are gearing up to fight the Tea Party.
Um, what’s “the Tea Party,” exactly? And, um, if “the Tea Party” members had filled up, since 2008, the 200,000 or so vacant Republican precinct committeeman slots across the country, changing the make-up of the Party from an approximate 50-50 split between RINOs and conservatives to, instead, a solid 75% majority for conservatives (and, at the same time, changing the Party from one at half-strength at the precinct level with about one-third of the precincts having zero precinct committeemen, into a full-strength party with all of the PC slots filled), wouldn’t this alleged “fight” against “the Tea Party” be moot?
Their goal is to defeat Tea Party candidates in primaries and to crush groups like Tea Party Patriots and our local affiliates. They are furious because we are fighting their back room deals.
Some of the “local affiliates” of the TPP here in Arizona, and elsewhere around the country, have severed ties with TPP because they’ve figured out that the “national coordinators” of TPP don’t actually do anything but self-promote themselves.
Please make a generous contribution of $35, $50, $100, $200 or whatever you can afford to help us defend our movement and fight back.
We have to build more local Tea Party organizations, recruit more volunteers and train more candidates for future races.
Rather than building more local tea party organizations, TPP ought to be encouraging “tea partiers” to get involved in the real ball game of politics — party politics — inside the Republican Party itself on their respective local Republican committees. That’s where to volunteer and that’s where to learn how to become a candidate.
Now more than ever our movement must organize, grow and offer the positive solutions that will save America.
Yes, unite and organize inside your local Republican Party committees as precinct committeemen. Organize and unite locally, politically, inside a political party. Then win elections both locally and nationally. If you like, use a tea party organization to caucus the conservative precinct committeemen. But, and this is key, GET INSIDE the Republican Party itself. Fill up all the vacant precinct committeeman slots with conservatives.
Because if we don’t do it. No one else will.
We are on our own!
Apparently, TPP “national coordinators” do NOT want their local members to figure out where the real ball game of politics is played by conservatives — inside the local Republican Party committees — because then those same tea partiers will probably stop sending them their hard-earned dollars and instead spend it locally on actual Get Out The Vote activities, etc.
Please make the most generous contribution you can to help us start and build Tea Party groups in every city and county in the country. We have to fight back.
Send us money so we national coordinators can “fight back!” How will they fight back? Blank out. What will they fight back with? Blank out. Against whom will they fight? Blank out.
It’s clear that the leaders of both political parties would rather play games and cut back room deals than do what is right.
And it’s obvious that establishment “Republican” leaders blame ordinary Americans like you and me for all their political problems.
However, the Tea Party didn’t lock arms with the liberals and ratchet up spending. We didn’t break our word and cut a backroom deal to hike taxes $620 billion dollars!
And we certainly are not going to be quiet and allow the career politicians in both political parties to hike the debt ceiling and continue to spend us into bankruptcy!
The Tea Party movement was founded by regular Americans who woke up one day and realized that no one was looking out for them.
Actually, some of us WERE looking out for regular Americans. Those of us “regular Americans” who had already figured out that the time had come to unite and organize locally for actual political action inside a political party — those of us who had already found out that the real ball game of politics is played inside the two major political parties and who had already become voting members of the Republican Party where we lived — precinct committeemen in our respective “political neighborhoods,” our precincts. Instead of complaining about “the Republican Party” we became voting members of it.
Spending was soaring, the economy was falling apart and someone had to do something.
So we organized, rallied and created a movement.
Thank you for helping to set up tea parties. But the “movement” would have been much more powerful if all of the “tea partiers” had taken their “partying” into a real political party — their respective local Republican Party committees. All individual tea partiers can remain in their local tea parties as members, but they need to now “pivot” and join one more organization, their respective Republican Party committees as precinct committeemen. If all individual tea partiers would do that, overnight the Republican Party would turn into a conservative political powerhouse because it would be comprised, at the precinct level, of an overwhelming number, and majority, of conservative precinct committeemen who would then eventually elect conservatives to all of the elected officer positions within the Party, at the local, county, state and even the Republican National Committee levels. Instead of having to listen to the “national coordinators” complain about “the Republicans,” tea partiers would be IN CONTROL OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY.
Today we are strong enough to call out the politicians who supported the sleazy deal that doesn’t even address the real problem: an OVERSPENDING federal government.
And big-spending establishment Republicans are furious. They are mobilizing to “put us in our place.”
We have to defend ourselves. And the best way to do that is TO BUILD!
Yes. Build. Build inside the Republican at the local committee level. Take over the Party. Tea partiers have the numbers to do so. It doesn’t involve sending money to the “national coordinators.” It involves getting involved at the “all politics is local” level. That saying really is true. All politics is local. The real ball game of politics is played inside the two major political parties. The natural home for fiscal conservatives is the Republican Party. The only reason “the Republican Party” is not “conservative enough” is, quite simply, there aren’t enough conservatives “inside” the Republican Party in the precinct committeeman ranks. Half of the slots, on average, in every locale across the country, are vacant. About one-third of the precincts in America have not even a single Republican precinct committeeman. And the “establishment Republicans” don’t want conservatives to know this. And the “national coordinators” don’t want you to know this. I know they know it because I’ve told them and I have the emails to prove it.
The American people are outraged at the recent fiscal cliff deal. They are opening their paychecks this month and seeing that the government is taking even more of their hard earned money than ever.
Now is the perfect time for us to recruit and organize.
This year we need to start HUNDREDS of new local Tea Party organizations. We need to train THOUSANDS of volunteers.
No need for new local tea party organizations. The need is to rebuild and remake the Republican Party from the precinct level on up. The Republican Party is there for the taking by tea partiers. Take it!
But, if a group of conservatives wants to unite and organize where they live by setting up a tea party, great. But if they are going to go to that trouble, why not also unite and organize inside their local Republican committee as well. Where they can get access to walking sheets of voters in their precinct. Where they can unite and organize with other conservative precinct committeemen to help get out the vote for the best conservative candidates in the all-important, traditionally-very-low-turnout primary elections.
We need to make our movement the largest and most effective grassroots effort in American history.
Please help us do that. Make the very best contribution you can today.
We need a local affiliate in every single Congressional district in the country so that Tea Party members can organize and directly confront the politicians who are ruining our future.
No. We Americans need to have conservatives in every vacant Republican Party precinct committeeman position. If we did that we’d change the Republican Party from its current state of being a half-strength, ideologically-split party with about 50% of the PCs being conservatives and about 50% being RINOs (as reflected by the kinds of wishy-washy moderates who get elected to the chairmanship of the RNC: Michael Steele, Reince Priebus, etc.) into a full-strength, solidly conservative party united and organized to Get Out The Vote for conservative candidates in the all-important, traditionally-very-low-turnout primary elections as well as the general elections. Precinct committeemen are KEY for getting out the vote in their respective precincts. Precinct committeemen elect, directly or indirectly, all of the party officers of the local district, county, state and national committees.
Unfortunately, Tea Party Patriots is a non-profit citizen-led organization. We can’t fend off attacks and continue to grow our movement without the generous help of Americans like you.
Gee, I wonder what kind of salaries Jenny Beth Martin and the other “national coordinators” pay themselves for all that “national coordinating” they do?
So please, make the very best donation you possibly can now; $35, $50, $100, $200 or whatever you can afford will help us expand our recruitment and training programs and help us provide more direct financial grants to our local groups.
America needs the Tea Party. And Tea Party Patriots needs you!
There’s an old saying about a fool and his money and another about suckers being born every minute. In my opinion, your money would be much better spent if you spent it where you live after you’ve become a precinct committeeman. Spend it as you see fit to help elect conservatives to public office. You’ll get a LOT more bang for the buck and it won’t be used by the “national coordinators” to promote themselves.
Act locally. Win locally and nationally. Organize and unite locally for real political action inside the, obviously, best political tool conservatives have at their disposal — their local Republican Party committees.
Plus, it’s FUN! Believe me, you will meet some very good people and some very interesting people. And you will be in the best position to unite and organize with other good, decent, conservative Americans to help elect better public servants. Your country, my country, is in a crisis. We conservatives need to unite and organize NOW for direct political action so we can elect better people to public office. The BEST place to organize and unite is inside our respective local Republican Party committees. Don’t complain about “the Republican Party” — become part of it and, thereby, you’ll become part of the solution. It starts be finding your local committee and going to its meetings.
P.S. This plea for money from the “national coordinators” reminds me of this song from the movie This Is Spinal Tap: