Door-to-door canvassing, Market Night booths and candidate forums – the Redlands Tea Party Patriots will play offense during the 2012 election season.
And why not? The June 5 primary results show we must have done something right.
The Redlands Tea Party – thanks to our voter education and mobilization efforts -- can take some credit for Gregg Imus winning first in the new Congressional District 8, state assemblyman Mike Morrell stomping his competition, US Rep Greg Miller winning first in the new Congressional District 31 (in case you forgot, that’s the race in which Redlands Mayor Pete Aguilar -- who despite having outside money, liberal endorsements and no serious Democrat competition -- finished third in a district that favors Democrat voters by 5 percentage points).
First up in our fall attack plan is this Thursday, when several local, state and national conservatives will be speaking at our monthly meeting at the Mentone Cattle Co., 1874 Mentone Blvd, from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. The event is free with a no host dinner. We do pass a tea kettle during the evening to help offset the costs our members incur to keep our programs going. We will also have a raffle basket! One eventual basket will include an autographed copy of Glenn Becks’s latest book, “Cowards,” which I obtained during my recent trip to Washington, D.C.
This meeting is the first of five monthly meetings culminating with our Nov. 1 straw poll. A Redlands City Council candidate forum is scheduled for Oct. 4.
We also plan nearly weekly door-to-door canvassing throughout Redlands as well as doubling our presence at Market Night. We will also be circulating petitions to repeal Gov. Jerry Brown’s bullet train as soon as we receive them from revoterail.com
Down to my DNA, I feel this November is the most important election we’ve faced as Americans since the Civil War-era elections of 1860 and 1864. As during the Civil War, we Americans face a clear and stark choice: Do we give Obama another term and fling ourselves into the immoral abyss of European-style socialism or, with a Mitt Romney victory, do we again become the shining city on the hill?
This election is just too important for Americans to sit on the sidelines and yell at MSNBC. This election demands that real patriots to get off the couch and onto the political battlefield. The Redlands Tea Party Patriots -- and I'm proud to be a member and media spokesman -- proved during the June elections that we can engage and motivate voters. We will do it again this fall.