The Letters Are Already Working!

This approach of having our local Representatives work hard for us is a terrific strategy and we should see more results.  Here is a news story about AG Bill McCollum finally standing up for us as a State to tell DC to back off:

Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum said Tuesday his office would probe the constitutionality of federal health-care reform legislation that includes provisions to fine individuals who don’t buy health insurance and employers who don’t offer it to workers.

McCollum also said he hoped to band together with other states to mount a legal challenge should Congress pass a final version of the measure, which has been almost unanimously opposed by Republicans.

“It’s a tax on living. It’s a tax simply on those who don’t do anything,” McCollum said. “There are serious questions about whether a tax of this nature is constitutional.”

Keep making your calls, sending emails, and sending letters.  If the person you are contacting continues to ignore you, find someone like AG McCollum or any of your County Commissioners, who can take your feedback and push it up to the next level.  It is the goal of the Tea Party to give you a stronger voice, but it is your job to use that new voice.

Great job all!  Keep it up!

Suggested Letter for Attorney General Bill McCollum

I, <your name> , a member of the FWB Tea Party and registered voter, am very concerned with the pending health care legislation from the US Congress.  It appears this will put a great strain on the state’s Medicare resources, and force Floridians into a health insurance system whether it is wanted or not.  I am concerned about the size of government at all levels. 

I am greatly concerned that Senator Nelson (D-FL) has apparently negotiated a separated Medicare Advantage program for 3 counties in South Florida, and has ignored the needs of all our Counties to benefit his Democratic base.   Further, Sen. Nelson (D-NE) has received a benefit for Nebraska that the other 49 states will not receive.  The individual mandate in the Senate version would require citizens to purchase insurance in order to be a legal citizen. We believe these to be in violation of both the U.S. Constitution and the Florida Constitution.   

I ask that you, as the Constitutional officer of the State of Florida, research and publically report on the Constitutionality (both U.S. and Florida) of this matter.   

I believe there are options available to us through the 10th amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and certain parts of the Florida Constitution, and want to see leadership from you on this matter.  Please let me know how I can assist in this effort.  I look forward to hearing from you quickly due to the pending passage of the final bill before Congress.

Sincerely,

<your name>

Is the Tea Party Going to Become a Third Party?

This is a question many of us within the FWB Tea Party have heard.  GOP wants us to support them.  Dems call us racist until they get to know us better.  Libertarians say we agree with all their points and we should join them.  Will the Tea Party become the third party our nation has longed for for years.

In my most humble opinion, the Tea Party isn’t a third party.  The Tea Party is an idea; a binding, cohesive force that all Americans feel and understand.  The Tea Party is in the GOP, the Democratic Party, the Libertarians, the Green Party, and every group and every person.

The Tea Party is every person standing up and declaring they believe all men are destined to live free.  We are all born with certain unalienable rights of Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.  Pursuit of Happiness is the freedom for each person to decide what makes their life the most fulfilling according to their own goals and desires; not a government program designed to make sure wealth is properly distributed among the population.

Can Freedom become a third party?  It can, but if we focus on getting all political parties and all people to understand they need to always support freedom for all mankind, then we can influence people inside and outside of politics.  If we become a third party, we have to build infrastructure for 20 years.  If we embrace the fact that the Tea Party is an invisible binding force, we win elections the minute we directly engage people in government, in business, in churches, in non-profit organizations, in the schools, in the media, and in families.

Don’t wait a year for the next election.  Don’t wait 3 years for another Presidential election.  Talk to someone in the community and tell them why you are involved in the Tea Party.  Talk about all the issues the government is messing up then claiming they need more power to solve the problems they created in the first place.  Don’t wait for someone else to take action.  Standing on the sidelines and letting freedom get trampled is not something a responsible human can do.

So when will we become a third party?  After we work closely with the current political parties and try to talk them down from the ledge, if they jump and try to take our country with them, we will fill the void.  Let’s focus on getting elected officials, party leaders, community leaders, and other people to understand what it takes to defend freedom, explain what freedom is, how it is currently being taken from us one vote after another, how massive deficits and high taxes will crush freedom for us and future generations, and how we will not let this continue.

The Tea Party is freedom, liberty, responsibility, maturity, caring, humility, and leadership.  We are the grown-ups who are now watching the children run wild with dad’s credit card.  We are awake and it is time for the kids to go to bed so we can get to work cleaning up this mess.  Lead, Follow, or Get Out of the Way.

Suggested Letter to Senator Bill Nelson

I, <your name> , a member of the FWB Tea Party and registered voter, am very concerned with the pending health care legislation from the U.S. Congress.  It appears this will put a great strain on the state’s Medicare resources, and force Floridians into a health insurance system whether it is wanted or not.   

I am greatly concerned that you have negotiated a separate Medicare Advantage program for 3 counties in South Florida, and have ignored the needs of all our Counties to benefit your Democratic base.  I am shocked, appalled and dismayed that you allowed your vote to be purchased in such a manner!  

We are tired of “business as usual.”  

We are requesting that the State Attorney, Mr. McCollum, and the Governor of Florida, research and publically report on the Constitutionality (both U.S. and Florida)  of this matter.  We also believe there are options available to us through the 10th amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and certain parts of the Florida Constitution that we are encouraging our State Senators and Representatives to pursue. 

While your initial vote spoke volumes about your stance on this matter, it is not too late to change your vote when the final bill is returned to the Senate for a vote.  Our state cannot afford this legislation, and I ask that you vote “no” and work towards more practical and less costly solutions.  This bill does little to promote health care, and I ask that you change to a “NO” vote on this bill.

Suggested Letter to Congressman Jeff Miller

I, <your name>, a member of the FWB Tea Party and registered voter, am very concerned with the pending health care legislation from the US Congress.  It appears this will put a great strain on the state’s Medicare resources, and force Floridians into a health insurance system whether it is wanted or not.  

I am greatly concerned that Senator Nelson (D-FL) has apparently negotiated a separated Medicare Advantage program for 3 counties in South Florida, and has ignored the needs of all our Counties to benefit his Democratic base.    

Further, Sen. Nelson (D-NE) has received a benefit for Nebraska that the other 49 states will not receive.  I am tired of “business as usual” when it comes to Federal spending.   I observed where you voted against the Omnibus spending bill, but included earmarks for District 1.   It is time that you act upon your stated small government principles.  

I would ask that you request the State Attorney, Mr. McCollum, and the Governor of Florida, to research and publicly report on the Constitutionality (both U.S. and Florida)  of this matter.    If you can engage Federal resources as well on this matter, I would also welcome your leadership at that level.   

I believe there are options available to us through the 10th amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and certain parts of the Florida Constitution, and want to see leadership from you on this matter, and not just press releases.  Please let me know how I can assist in this effort.  I look forward to hearing from you quickly due to the pending passage of the final bill before Congress.

Sincerely,

<your name>

Suggested Letter to Senator George LeMieux

I, <your name>, a member of the FWB Tea Party and registered voter, am very concerned with the pending health care legislation from the US Congress.  It appears this will put a great strain on the state’s Medicare resources, and force Floridians into a health insurance system whether it is wanted or not.  

You recently publically supported SunRail, and this makes us wonder how you can claim to be opposed to big government while you vote in favor of big government programs at the state level, and now I am greatly concerned that Senator Nelson (D-FL) has apparently negotiated a separated Medicare Advantage program for 3 counties in South Florida, and has ignored the needs of all our Counties to benefit his Democratic base.    

Further, Sen. Nelson (D-NE) has received a benefit for Nebraska that the other 49 states will not receive.  We are tired of “business as usual.” 

I would ask that you request the State Attorney, Mr. McCollum, and the Governor of Florida, to research and publically report on the Constitutionality (both U.S. and Florida)  of this matter.   

I believe there are options available to us through the 10th amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and certain parts of the Florida Constitution, and want to see leadership from you on this matter, and not just press releases.  Please let me know how I can assist in this effort.  I look forward to hearing from you quickly due to the pending passage of the final bill before Congress.

Sincerely,

<your name>

Suggested Letter to Gov. Charlie Crist

I, <your name>, a member of the FWB Tea Party and registered voter, am very concerned with the pending health care legislation from the US Congress.  It appears this will put a great strain on the state’s Medicare resources, and force Floridians into a health insurance system whether it is wanted or not.  

You recently promoted and signed on to SunRail, and this makes us wonder how you can claim to be opposed to big government while you vote in favor of big government programs at the state level, and now I am greatly concerned that Senator Nelson (D-FL) has apparently negotiated a separated Medicare Advantage program for 3 counties in South Florida, and has ignored the needs of all our Counties to benefit his Democratic base.    

Further, Sen. Nelson (D-NE) has received a benefit for Nebraska that the other 49 states will not receive.  We are tired of “business as usual.” 

I would ask that you request the State Attorney, Mr. McCollum, and the Governor of Florida, to research and publically report on the Constitutionality  (both U.S. and Florida)  of this matter.   

I believe there are options available to us through the 10th amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and certain parts of the Florida Constitution, and want to see leadership from you on this matter, and not just press releases.  Please let me know how I can assist in this effort.  I look forward to hearing from you quickly due to the pending passage of the final bill before Congress. 

I realize that you are running for the U.S. Senate, and would like to see how will take action to defend our rights as Floridians as a U.S. Senator as well as our Governor.

Sincerely,

<your name>