CPAC 2012 – Greatest Hits

Following are my favorite quotes from the latest Conservative Political Action Conference. The views expressed are not necessarily those of the Greater Boston Tea Party.

1. Ann Coulter, Best-Selling Author, Legal Correspondent for Human Events, on President Obama:

“He’d probably make a lovely next-door-neighbor – as long as you’re not Chinese and then he’d constantly be borrowing stuff.”

2. Senator Jim DeMint:

“The Democrats can’t cut spending. Their whole platform is based on promising more from government and more government spending. When you talk about a balanced budget it’s like putting Kryptonite in front of Superman.”

3. Dr. Matthew Spaulding, Vice President, American Studies and Director, B. Kenneth Simon Center for Principles and Politics at The Heritage Foundation:

“Liberalism’s failed social experiment has been devastating to our pocketbook, for sure, but it is toxic to our culture and civil society.”

4. Senator Marco Rubio:

“Anyone who is in favor of leaving Medicare the way it is right now is in favor of bankrupting Medicare.”

5. Colin Hanna, President, Let Freedom Ring, Inc. on cutting spending:

“How can you be on budget if your Senate Majority Leader won’t even bring a budget to the floor of the United States Senate? … Our budget is out of control because, in effect, our budget doesn’t exist.”

6. Senator Mitch McConnell, on the divisiveness of Barack Obama:

“The president seems to have forgotten that he was elected to lead all Americans; that he was elected to be President of the United States, not the Occupy Wall Street Fan Club.”

7. Ralph Reed, Founder and Chairman, Faith and Freedom Coalition about the Obamacare’s violation of religious freedom:

“For them to be told that they have to choose between violating their conscience or providing healthcare to their employees shows not just an insensitivity to, but an outright hostility by this president to religion and the religious values of millions of Americans.”

8. Reince Priebus, Chairman, Republican National Committee:

“Remember this: Every liberal pipedream this president has pursued, he’s done it knowing that he’d have to face reelection. Imagine what he would do in a second term if he doesn’t have to face reelection.”

9. Sarah Palin, former Governor of Alaska:

“Americans shouldn’t have to spend their lives working so hard so Washington can spend easy.”

10. Arthur Brooks, President, American Enterprise Institute on “fairness” as defined by conservatives:

“In a fair America, we reject a tax code with special deals for crony capitalists. In a fair country, we don’t bail out corporations and individuals that make stupid, risky decisions. We don’t pay bureaucrats better than private sector employees because they have more power. And we don’t steal from our children. That’s a fair country.”

11. Herman Cain, Former CEO, Godfather’s Pizza discussing the birth of his fourth grandchild:

“And before the doctor spanked his little butt and made him cry, he already owed $48,000 – and he hadn’t done anything yet! We cannot leave that to our children and our grandchildren.”

12. Brad Stine, Conservative Comedian, Political Correctness & the Wussification of America:

“Talk about sexist – have you ever, ever, heard someone come up to a woman and say ‘find your masculine side?’ And by the way women, if you find your masculine side – I’m not interested.”

13. Mitt Romney, Presidential Candidate and Former Governor of Massachusetts on benefits for federal workers vs. the private sector:

“Public servants should not get a better deal than the citizens that are paying for them.”

14. Congressman Allen West:

“We must not allow the liberals to move us away from the conservative values of the American past which sustain our present and shall secure our future.”

15. Andrew Breitbart, Publisher, Breitbart.com and Breitbart.tv:

“There are two paths: One is America. The other one is Occupy.”

16. Reince Priebus, on Obama:

“In America we’ve had presidents who have studied law, we’ve had presidents who have practiced law, and we’ve had presidents who have taught law. But we’ve never had a president who thought that he was above the law, like this president does.”

17. Scott Walker, Governor of Wisconsin:

“Collective bargaining is not a right. … In the public sector collective bargaining is an expensive entitlement.”

18. Ann McElhinney, Documentary Film Director and Producer:

“Environmentalists say that they love windmills. … Well, apparently they love the Bald Eagle too. Well, guess what – you can’t have both! … There are consequences to things. So your endangered species all over this country are getting killed by those windmills.”

19. Bobby Jindal, Governor of Louisiana discussing tenure in public schools:

“Look at the way we compensate teachers. It’s no exaggeration to say we basically pay teachers based on how long they’ve been breathing.”

20. Newt Gingrich, Presidential Candidate and Former Speaker of the House:

“Obama has been an anti-American-energy president and every American pays the price every time they go to a gas station.”

21. John Bolton, Former U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations on Obama’s foreign policy:

“Worst of all, the administration has forgotten the essence of Reagan’s understanding that American strength is not provocative to our adversaries; American weakness is provocative to our adversaries – and we’ve got a president that specializes in it!”

22. Tucker Carlson, Co-founder and Editor-in-chief, The Daily Caller on taxation vs. theft:

“Theft occurs when you leave your bicycle unlocked or someone sneaks into your car and steals your radio. It’s by stealth. Taxation is armed robbery. … Taxation is when someone with a firearm says right to your face ‘give me what you have or I will hurt  you’ … “

23. Ann Coulter, on the Occupy Movement:

“Now, I know what some of you are thinking: Hey, aren’t you the one who wrote that smash New York Times Bestseller “Demonic” – How the Liberal Mobs are Endangering America? And no sooner did it come out then demonic liberals burst out into mobs across the nation? Yes, that’s me, and I’m sorry for that. But the good news is, the title of my next book is ‘Nancy Pelosi moves to Luxemburg.’”

24. Daniel Hannan, Member, European Parliament and President, Young Britons’ Foundation:

“If you go down the road towards more government and more regulation and higher taxes … you see how quickly Americans will start behaving like French people. There’s nothing in the soil, there’s nothing in the water, there’s no law of nature that makes this country the way it is. It comes from the institutions. Your founders understood this.”

25. Grover Norquist, President, Americans for Tax Reform:

“The other team is going to keep coming back and demanding tax increases … They are going to be as  insistent and monomaniacal as a teenage boy on a prom date. They’re going to keep asking for the same thing in different ways.”

September News and Calendar – Greater Boston Tea Party

Greater Boston Tea Party Newsletter September 6, 2011
Summer is over and it is time to get back to work. Are you feeling like a “Barbarian at the gate”?  The anti-TEA rhetoric flew fast and furious all over the country this past month. It is not going to stop. It is time for us to step up our game. President Obama continues his reelection campaign, stopping off at the Capitol on Thursday evening, to outline his newest Stimulus Plan. We have our allies in the House and Senate that will do their best to prevent our ever dwindling tax dollars from being thrown away on special interest goodie bags while unemployed Americans continue to languish under one of the worst economies in a century. We need to continue thoughtfully and deliberately delivering our message of lower taxes and limited government.
Many of you are also already involved as donors, supporters and volunteers in the State Representative Special Election in the 12th Bristol District. While the GBTP does not issue endorsements in any election, we are researching both candidates and will get you information on both ASAP. The Republican in the election is Keiko Orrall, a wife, mother and home schooling former public school teacher that served on the Finance Committee in her town and has been active in grassroots politicking for over a decade. Her limited government, lower taxation and empower the individual positions have endeared her to TP leaders and activists across the state. In fact, many of us are hosting a fundraiser for her next week. Her Democrat opponent, Roger Brunelle, is the union favorite in the race. He has publicly declared his allegiance to the Democrat party and the labor movement. One of the best descriptions I have seen of the race, which was, of course, meant to hurt Mrs. Orrall’s campaign can be read here. I encourage you to read up, pick a side and do what you can to support a candidate in this race. Special Elections are a great opportunity to get involved. Unfortunately, they are often ignored.  Low voter turnout raises the possibility of voter fraud. If you would like to be a Poll Observer on election day, September 20th, please reply to me.
We return to holding monthly meetings this month, beginning tonight in Reading (calendar is below). We will be going over the process of collecting signatures for a Citizen Petition Initiative at all of our September meetings. There are many initiatives proposed for the November 2012 ballot. You can view all of them on the MA Attorney General’s page at this link. As a TEA Party activist, you may be particularly interested in one of the following – the VOTER ID petition, the initiative to repeal the individual mandate in MA’s healthcare law and the Right to Repair petition. The AG should be announcing later this week those petitions that have been approved as legal and constitutional. Then the process of gathering signatures can begin.  Please attend a meeting this month and sign on to become part of the effort. Every initiative must turn in a minimum of nearly 70,000 certified signatures by early December to qualify. Town captains are needed for each effort as well.
We are also going to be working on a rebuild of our website.  We have gotten very dependent on FaceBook and Meet Up as tools to communicate but we need a better web presence. We will be looking for blog writers so dust off you keyboards! We are also beginning a couple of video projects. In order to do this, however, funding is needed. Please consider making a donation to the organization this month. We are still an all-volunteer organization but there are expenses. Donations can be mailed to us at Greater Boston Tea Party P O Box 6546 Holliston, MA 01746. Any and all donations are greatly appreciated.
Aside from meetings, a special guest is visiting this month. Andrew Breitbart of BigGovernment.com and BreitbartTV will give a lecture on Friday, September 16 in Lexington.
RedMassGroup and Empower Massachusetts present
An Evening with Andrew Breitbart
Friday, September 16   7:00 – 8:30PM
Purchase Tickets here – $35 in advance, $45 day of
Andrew’s network is responsible for releasing the James O’Keefe videos that brought down ACORN as well as the investigation that led to the resignation of Congressman Anthony Weiner. He is one our most staunch allies, assisting the movement in disseminating information the main stream media cannot or will not cover. Come hear from Andrew and support our sister organization, Empower Massachusetts.
Another event you may be interested in attending is a forum on education sponsored by Parents Decide. If you are wondering about the education options and opportunities available to you as a parent in Massachusetts, this is a must attend event. Match Your Child to the Right School Saturday, September 17th 5:00PM Marlborough MA. Dennis Pratt, organizer, is a true TEA Party believer and we all know what we are up against when it comes to public education. Come find out what your options are!
Take a look at the calendar below and think about how you can get involved this month. Come to a meeting, attend a special event, support a candidate. Join us!
Christen Varley
September Calendar -
Tuesday, 9/6/11 – 5:00PM Tea Party Express Rally Lincoln Square Worcester
Tuesday, 9/6/11 – 7:00 – 9:00PM Reading Bertucci’s 45 Walkers’ Brook Drive, Reading
Thursday, 9/8/11 – 7:30 – 9:30PM Boston Hennessey’s 25 Union Street, Boston
Monday, 9/12/11 – 7:00 – 8:30PM Pro-Liberty Leaders event for Keiko Orrall, Holliston
Tuesday, 9/13/11 – 7:00 – 9:00PM Medford Bertucci’s 4054 Mystic Valley Parkway, Medford
Friday, 9/16/11 – 7:00 – 8:30PM An Evening with Andrew Breitbart One Cranberry Hill, Lexington
Saturday, 9/17/11 – 5:00 – 9:00PM Parents Decide Education Forum Hillside School Auditorium 404 Robin Hill Street Marlborough
Tuesday, 9/20/11 – 7:00AM – 8:00PM Special State Representative Election 12th Bristol District
Wednesday, 9/21/11 – 7:00 – 9:00PM Holbrook Halfway Cafe 200 South Franklin Street, Holbrook
Tuesday, 9/27/11 – 7:00 – 9:00PM Mansfield Tahana Restaurant 60 Oakland Road, Mansfield

Greater Boston Tea Party Newsletter September 6, 2011

Summer is over and it is time to get back to work. Are you feeling like a “Barbarian at the gate”? The anti-TEA rhetoric flew fast and furious all over the country this past month. It is not going to stop. It is time for us to step up our game. President Obama continues his reelection campaign, stopping off at the Capitol on Thursday evening, to outline his newest Stimulus Plan. We have our allies in the House and Senate that will do their best to prevent our ever dwindling tax dollars from being thrown away on special interest goodie bags while unemployed Americans continue to languish under one of the worst economies in a century. We need to continue thoughtfully and deliberately delivering our message of lower taxes and limited government.

Many of you are also already involved as donors, supporters and volunteers in the State Representative Special Election in the 12th Bristol District. While the GBTP does not issue endorsements in any election, we are researching both candidates and will get you information on both ASAP. The Republican in the election is Keiko Orrall, a wife, mother and home schooling former public school teacher that served on the Finance Committee in her town and has been active in grassroots politicking for over a decade. Her limited government, lower taxation and empower the individual positions have endeared her to TP leaders and activists across the state. In fact, many of us are hosting a fundraiser for her next week. Her Democrat opponent, Roger Brunelle, is the union favorite in the race. He has publicly declared his allegiance to the Democrat party and the labor movement. One of the best descriptions I have seen of the race, which was, of course, meant to hurt Mrs. Orrall’s campaign can be read here. I encourage you to read up, pick a side and do what you can to support a candidate in this race. Special Elections are a great opportunity to get involved. Unfortunately, they are often ignored.  Low voter turnout raises the possibility of voter fraud. If you would like to be a Poll Observer on election day, September 20th, please reply to me.

We return to holding monthly meetings this month, beginning tonight in Reading (calendar is below). We will be going over the process of collecting signatures for a Citizen Petition Initiative at all of our September meetings. There are many initiatives proposed for the November 2012 ballot. You can view all of them on the MA Attorney General’s page at this link. As a TEA Party activist, you may be particularly interested in one of the following – the VOTER ID petition, the initiative to repeal the individual mandate in MA’s healthcare law and the Right to Repair petition. The AG should be announcing later this week those petitions that have been approved as legal and constitutional. Then the process of gathering signatures can begin.  Please attend a meeting this month and sign on to become part of the effort. Every initiative must turn in a minimum of nearly 70,000 certified signatures by early December to qualify. Town captains are needed for each effort as well.

We are also going to be working on a rebuild of our website.  We have gotten very dependent on FaceBook and Meet Up as tools to communicate but we need a better web presence. We will be looking for blog writers so dust off you keyboards! We are also beginning a couple of video projects. In order to do this, however, funding is needed. Please consider making a donation to the organization this month. We are still an all-volunteer organization but there are expenses. Donations can be mailed to us at Greater Boston Tea Party P O Box 6546 Holliston, MA 01746. Any and all donations are greatly appreciated.

Aside from meetings, a special guest is visiting this month. Andrew Breitbart of BigGovernment.com and BreitbartTV will give a lecture on Friday, September 16 in Lexington.

RedMassGroup and Empower Massachusetts present

An Evening with Andrew Breitbart

Friday, September 16   7:00 – 8:30PM

Purchase Tickets here – $35 in advance, $45 day of

Andrew’s network is responsible for releasing the James O’Keefe videos that brought down ACORN as well as the investigation that led to the resignation of Congressman Anthony Weiner. He is one our most staunch allies, assisting the movement in disseminating information the main stream media cannot or will not cover. Come hear from Andrew and support our sister organization, Empower Massachusetts.

Another event you may be interested in attending is a forum on education sponsored by Parents Decide. If you are wondering about the education options and opportunities available to you as a parent in Massachusetts, this is a must attend event. Match Your Child to the Right School Saturday, September 17th 5:00PM Marlborough MA. Dennis Pratt, organizer, is a true TEA Party believer and we all know what we are up against when it comes to public education. Come find out what your options are!

Take a look at the calendar below and think about how you can get involved this month. Come to a meeting, attend a special event, support a candidate. Join us!

Christen Varley

September Calendar -

Tuesday, 9/6/11 – 5:00PM Tea Party Express Rally Lincoln Square Worcester

Tuesday, 9/6/11 – 7:00 – 9:00PM Reading Bertucci’s 45 Walkers’ Brook Drive, Reading

Thursday, 9/8/11 – 7:30 – 9:30PM Boston Hennessey’s 25 Union Street, Boston

Monday, 9/12/11 – 7:00 – 8:30PM Pro-Liberty Leaders event for Keiko Orrall, Holliston

Tuesday, 9/13/11 – 7:00 – 9:00PM Medford Bertucci’s 4054 Mystic Valley Parkway, Medford

Friday, 9/16/11 – 7:00 – 8:30PM An Evening with Andrew Breitbart One Cranberry Hill, Lexington

Saturday, 9/17/11 – 5:00 – 9:00PM Parents Decide Education Forum Hillside School Auditorium 404 Robin Hill Street Marlborough

Tuesday, 9/20/11 – 7:00AM – 8:00PM Special State Representative Election 12th Bristol District

Wednesday, 9/21/11 – 7:00 – 9:00PM Holbrook Halfway Cafe 200 South Franklin Street, Holbrook

Tuesday, 9/27/11 – 7:00 – 9:00PM Mansfield Tahana Restaurant 60 Oakland Road, Mansfield

CPAC 2011 – Greatest Hits

CPAC 2011 – Greatest Hits

By Christine Morabito, CPAC 2011 Attendee, GBTP Steering Committee member

Following are the most powerful quotes from the latest Conservative Political Action Conference. The views expressed are not necessarily those of the Greater Boston Tea Party.

1. Ann Coulter, author and commentator:

“They say we need a path to citizenship–we have a path to citizenship, it’s called legal immigration.”

2. Tim Pawlenty, former MN governor:

“Just because we followed Greece into democracy, does not mean we need to follow them into bankruptcy.”

3. Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform:

Thanked Obama, “the community organizer who did us the favor of organizing the Tea Party.”

4. Newt Gingrich, about Mayor Bloomberg’s denial of Islamic terrorism after the foiled Times Square bombing:

“Do you know how willfully and deliberately you have to hide from reality to assume that after thousands of radical, Islamic, terrorist, suicide-bombers—that your first thought is that it’s somebody opposed to healthcare? This would be a psychological problem if it were not a public official.”

5. Senator John Thune, referring to Obama’s State of the Union Address:

“A new seating arrangement is not bipartisanship, and new rhetoric is not a new agenda.”

6. Representative Ron Paul:

“Foreign aid is taking money from the poor people of a rich country and giving it to the rich people of a poor country.”

7. Andrew Breitbart, author and commentator:

“I got spit on and called a “fag” at a ‘Stop the Hate’ rally.”

8. Representative Allen West, on Obamacare:

“If healthcare is so great, then someone explain to me why over 200 democrat, political groups are going to the president and asking for waivers?”

9. Senator Rand Paul:

“If you refuse to acknowledge that there’s any waste that can be culled from the military budget, you are a big government conservative and you cannot lay claim to balancing the budget.”

10. Representative Allen West:

“I believe that we should celebrate the diversity of the melting-pot called America, but never allow multiculturalism to grow on steroids and define itself as making American culture subservient. Because—yes—there is a definitive American culture.”

11. Phyllis Schlafly, conservative icon:

“Our pending decline is not China’s fault. We eroded from within.”

12. Senator Mitch McConnell, on Obamacare waivers:

“If it’s not good for their union buddies, it’s not good for you either!”

13. Representative Raul Labrador:

“We weren’t elected because Americans love Republicans. We were elected because Americans love Republican principles.”

14. Donald Trump:

“I like Ron Paul…but he has zero chance of getting elected.”

15. Rich Lowery, editor of National Review, referring to the decline of liberal media outlets:

“The marketplace is correcting media bias.”

16. Ann Coulter, referring to the Obama administration’s national defense policy:

“It’s always a problem when people who don’t really like America are asked to defend it.”

17. Representative Paul Labrador, on diversity:

“Kristi Noem, Allen West and I represent the 3 shades of the GOP. Now, if Speaker Boehner were here, he’d represent the fourth.”

18. Mitt Romney, former MA governor:

“It’s going to take a lot more than new rhetoric to put Americans back to work—it’s going to take a new president!”

19. Christopher Preble, CATO Institute, about nation building in Afghanistan:

“It is incoherent to believe that the same government that can produce neither jobs nor well educated children here at home can build viable states in foreign lands with unfamiliar languages, unfamiliar customs and no tradition.”

20. Ann Coulter, on the 2012 presidential playing field:

“If we don’t run Chris Christie, Romney will be the nominee and we will lose.”

21. Lew Uhler, National Tax Limitation Committee reprimanding Ron Paul supporters for disrespecting Senator Orrin Hatch:

“We can disagree, but we will disagree agreeably. The hallmark of the conservative movement, and the difference between a mob in the street, is civility!”

22. Herman Cain, businessman and radio host:

“Too much legislation, too much regulation and too much taxation–the attack of the ‘ations’ is killing the American dream.”

23. Representative Allen West:

“You endured the relentless and hostile attacks from the liberal left, such as being called racist. Perhaps they should see who’s standing here as your Keynote Speaker.”

24. David Horowitz, author, on education:

“Stop the government from destroying the lives of millions of black and Hispanic children by giving full tuition education vouchers to every child.”

25. Representative Thaddeus McCotter:

“Never underestimate Washington’s ability to fix something until it’s broken.”