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Next Membership Meeting
The next Membership Meeting will be at Godfather's Pizza, Hillcrest Shopping Center, Rochester. The meeting will begin with a short talk on the comments you have sent in and our analysis of the election. After that, we will have an open comment session. We want to get your thoughts. December 4, 2012. 6:30 PM Meet and Greet. 7:00 PM Meeting Starts. Put it on your calendar!
An Environmental Congress Citizen Forum will be held at the Woodland Center in Rochester on Tuesday, Nov 27 starting at 9:30 am. The purpose is to collect citizen input on Minnesota Environmental issues and to give citizens the chance to talk with Minnesota State employees. This will likely be a put up job with a predetermined outcome, but if you can attend, it would be helpful. For details, click here.
Buying an Election
Minnesota state law limits campaign spending for House seats to $34,000 and Senate seats to $68,000. Outside money spent in Minnesota was several times that amount for some races this year. That made the candidate's spending the smallest and the candidate's voce the least heard. Click here to see just how bad it was for some candidates. Overall, GOP candidates were outspent by two to one by outside groups with money.
The non-candidate groups organized, coordinated with each other and were very selective in the candidates they targeted. Using focus and hustle, they helped the DFL take over both houses of the legislature. A lesson learned.
Some think it is time to use high tech and get back to basics ..... wait a minute, that's what the DFL just did.
Time to fix lots of things including the message.
An Open Letter
Charlie Daniels wrote an interesting open letter to President Obama. We thought he was right on.
Obama Offers Green Energy to the Far East
Worked so well here that he must have thought he would do the offer them the same chance.He offered $6,000,000,000 of US Taxpayer dollars to fund this wonderful opportunity.
Growing Government Power
Think your emails are private? That a search warrant is needed before the government can read them? Think again!
Your Comments from Last Week
The comments we received last week all encouraged us to keep up the fight and to continue. We will ask these same questions again at the next membership meeting during an open mic session.
The questions were:
1) What does the Tea Party do well?
2) What should we improve?
3) What would you like to see us do in 2013?
You can comment again this week by sending an email to: email@example.com. Please put "Comment" in the subject line. Thank you.
Quote of the Week
The free man will ask neither what his country can do for him, nor what he can do for his country. He will ask rather "What can I and my compatriots do through government" to help us discharge our our individual responsibilities, to achieve our several goals and purposes, and above all, to protect our freedom? And he will accompany this question with another: How can we keep the government we created form becoming a Frankenstein that will destroy the very freedom we establish it to protect?
Freedom is a rare and delicate plant. Our minds tell us, and history confirms, that the great threat to freedom is the concentration of power. Government is necessary to preserve our freedom, it is an instrument through which we can exercise our freedom; yet by concentrating power in political hands, it is also a threat to freedom. Even though men who wield this power initially be of good will and even though they be not corrupted by the power they exercise, the power will attract and form men of a different stamp.
"Capitalism and Freedom" (1962)