This week while going through the stat counter for our website my co-host for the radio show, Jason Hoyt, noticed that one of the IP addresses was from the “executive office of the President USA” which struck him as kind of weird. What was even more strange was that the refering link was from Google. Someone at the White House had done a Google search for “phil russo”, “worl”, and “tea party patriots”. We find this all very funny of course but it does raise some questions. How does anyone at the White House know my name? Why were they searching for me? Are they doing this to other leaders in the Tea Party movement?
My guess is that they are doing research on any and all of the leadership in this movement. As for why, one can only guess. With the new powers that the government has thanks to George W. Bush and the Patriot Act Obama’s people may very well be tapping my phone without a warrent and going through my library records and seeing what websites I go to ect. This is a good thing. This means that we have them worried about what we are up to. The scary thing will be if they start coming after us and locking us up.
I am very proud to have made the “watch list” of right wing extremists and I hope that Obama and his staff start to listen to the radio show, they may learn something. If you want to check out more about this story you can go to the #TCOT Report story and view the screenshot from our stat counter and see the IP address that was used to hunt me down. http://tcotreport.com/russo.html
I have been told by several people in our movement that we are going to have to support Republican candidates in elections because if we support a third party or independant candidate we will split the conservative vote and hand the election to the Democrat. I understand this logic. It may very well be true but should we not vote our principles nonetheless? What about the 8 House Republicans that voted for Cap and Trade? Should we not find another candidate in those races to support? Why would we reward those RINOs for voting against our values and principles?
It may be painful and it may be tough for people to do something they have never done before; this is the only way to really make the changes to the Congress in general and the GOP specificly that are needed to save our country. If we just vote for the R because we don’t want the D to win what reason to they have to vote the way we want them to in the future? How do we hold them accountable when they know we will vote for them because they are the “lesser of two evils”?
I say we stop voting for the lesser of two evils and vote for people with our values and principles regardless of party. We cannot just vote for the R because they are part of the problem. For 6 years they had a majority in Congress and we let them get away with spending a fortune and adding billions to the debt. They doubled the size of the Education Department, they created a whole new entitlement with Medicare part D (prescription drugs) and we sat back and watched as they created a brand new massive department of the government called “Homeland Security”; isn’t the Defence Department for securing the homeland?
We also said nothing while they infringed upon our civil liberties in the name of protecting us. They passed a law creating, for the first time in our history, a national ID card. This was called the Real ID Act of 2005. This national ID card is not only a violation of the 10th Amendment, but it is also a violation of the 4th Amendment. It created a massive government database to secure all kinds of private information about you. The Real ID Act was such a violation of the Constitution that Governors Jindal (LA), Sanford (SC), and Palin (AK) all signed laws saying that their states would not comply with the Real ID Act. So many states followed their lead that the program is dead and will no longer take effect, but we the people hardly noticed.
We also allowed them to pass the Patriot Act, which Judge Napolitano of FOX News says was unconstitutional. Some provisions of the Patriot Act allow the Executive Branch the power to: deem American citizens a terrorist threat and suspend their Constitutional rights! It also allowed the government the power to tap your phone without a warrent and do what they called “sneak and peek” searches of your home,again without a warrent, without ever letting you know they were there. Worst of all is the so called “lonewolf” provision in which the government can investigate you without a warrent, tap your phone calls, see what books you have checked out of the library, read your email, see what websites you have been going to et al, even if you have NO connection to a terrorist group or a foreign government. All Obama needs to do is say that he thinks you are a threat to the homeland and the Justice Department can do all the things mentioned above without any indication that you are indeed a terrorist. Do you think this may happen to some of us in the Tea Party movement?
The Republicans did a lot of bad things when they had control of both houses of Congress. We should not reward them for this. We should vote for Republicans that support our limited government principles and respect the Constitution. If, however, we don’t have a Republican that has our values we should support another candidate in that race that does without regard to their party. We must vote our principles not our party and we mustn’t let anyone tell us that we are “throwing our vote away” by voting for an independant. We are voting our principles, that doesn’t seem like a wasted vote to me.
We passed by South of the Border a few minutes ago and we stopped to take some pictures. It was like a ghost town. Very depressing. Obama says that we are in a recovery, you wouldn’t know it from looking at South of the Border.
I couldn’t help but think about all the business owners and employees that are struggling through this economy while the president runs around talking about how great the economy is doing. Crazy.
Meanwhile, we are driving thru NC and it is beautiful. Tom T is getting tired but we are almost there. We are having such a great time. We have not seen any other cars heading up to DC, that we could tell anyway. I know that a car from Orlando is about an hour behind us and there are some folks on Twitter that are on I-95.
Kelsey is in the back doing a crossword while Tom and I listen to Rush and chain smoke.
We crossed into South Carolina a few minutes ago. We are all going strong. Kelsey may be fading a little bit but we are drinking plenty of Mt. Dew and we are so excited to see everyone in DC this weekend. Driving along listening to Glenn Beck.
The weather and traffic have gone in our favor thus far. We have yet to see another car decorated or a bus headed to DC. I hope we bump into some people headed our way. Dave from Orlando is about an hour behind us and we are keeping in touch via SMS. Tom T just got some nasty coffee from a gas station off I-95. He is convinced that they used water from the toilet. It must be pretty bad. Ha ha!!! We have seen a few Piggly Wiggly trucks on the road today. It cracks me up.
We have also seen a lot of cops on the road but thankfully none of them have been looking for rightwing extremists.
We are 2 hours into our road trip and we just hit the city limits of Jacksonville. We are having a blast! Tom T rocks, I always thought so but we are bonding quite a bit. Tom T is super smart; we are having a great conversation about life, politics and everything that comes up.
This could be the best part of this whole thing; the people I have met in this movement. I am usually the youngest
person around when we are planning tea parties or protests but I have bonded with so many cool people that I have become super close with. I wouldn’t change that for the world. People like Tom T, Linda, Babs and so many others that are too many to name.
We are just passing through downtown Jacksonville. It’s a very nondescript skyline. Not like Orlando Orlando may be a smaller city but our skyline is beautiful in my opinion. The Bank of America building is such a cool building and is a very distinct building.
Enough about Jacksonville for now. Georgia here we come. See you in DC!!!
It is 4:19am and Tom T from ResistNet just picked Kelsey and me up to begin the ride to the 9-12 march in DC. It is going to be a long ride but we are so excited that I don’t
think it will be so bad. We just got on I-4 and we are about to pass downtown Orlando.
I didn’t sleep last night, didn’t even try. I was way too excited. It reminded me of when I was a little kid and it was Christmas Eve and no matter how hard I would try I just couldn’t sleep. It is so nice that conservatives are finally getting active. Who would have thought back on February 27th when we had the first round of Tea Parties nationwide that 7 months later we would be taking over the Capitolfor a day??? This is what is going to make a difference; getting conservatives active and keepingit going till 2010 and 2012 so we can take our country back.
I will be posting short blogs most of the road trip. Please excuse any grammar or spelling errors as I am writing in the car on my phone. Look out DC the extremists are comming!!!!!
Viva la revolucion!