Liberty Blog

The 17th Amendment, Again?

Posted in Uncategorized by Phil Russo on September 2, 2010

In a letter to Thomas Jefferson, in 1787, James Madison wrote, “The Senate will represent the Staes in their political capacity, the other House will represent the people of the States in their individual capacity”. This is why the Congress in 1913 should have kept their hands off the Constitution. Not only did they give us the Federal Reserve, and the 16th Amendment, but they gave us the 17th Amendmemt too. That is what makes the Madison quote above so important.

We, the people, already have representation in Congress. That is why we have the House of Representatives, to represent the people. That’s why bigger states have more congressman. Representation is based on population because the House is where the people are represented. The Senate has equal representation because that is where the States are represented and States deserve an equal voice (though I guess some would disagree!).

The U.S. Senate was never intended to he a “mini-House of Representatives”. There is a reason the State legislatures were to appoint Senators. The Founders even had the idea that Senators would be well respected citizens with different business backrounds and areas of expertise. Why was the progressive Congress of 1913 so hell bent on undoing everything that had worked so well for so long?

Just think about some of the ways the 17th Amendment has affected us during the Obama years. Try to picture if our Senators had been appointed by our State Legislature and subject to recall by them when the healthcare bill was being debated. I think there is a good chance that Obamacare never passes the Senate. Think back to the Patriot Act or Real ID. I think there is a good chance a lot of legislation never passes in a world where the Senate is appointed by the States.

I also wonder, do the States not deserve a voice in the Federal Government? So much of the legislation that is passed in Washington dumps unfunded mandates on State governments. Should they not have a seat at the table? Perhaps most important, who is looking out for the rights of the States?

These are not inconsequential questions. The Founders knew that the States needed a voice in the Federal government. It just makes sense, especially if you have just fought a war against a tyrannical government. The Founders knew that the Federal government would try to overstep it’s bounds at times. They knew that the Federal government would try to usurp the powers left to the States. When this happened, however, there would be the U.S. Senate, the representatives of the State government,and they would step in and save the day.

You can see then why the Federal government would want to push for an elected Senate. If Washington is going to take over every aspect of American life we can’t have the Senate, with the power to filibuster, run by people who are looking to their State capitol. They pushed for an elected Senate using the same rhetoric we hear from the modern left about “democracy”. The Founders hated democracy. They knew that democracy was all about who can collect the biggest mob. They chose a Constitutional Republic as the form of government for their new nation because they didn’t want the rights of individuals and States to be subject to the whim of popular opinion.

Thanks to the Congress of 1913 and the 17th Amendment our Constitutional Republic took a giant leap towards a democracy. They removed one of the Constitutional roadblocks the Federal government had to go through to step on the rights of the States. They also removed the final hurdle to the people being able to vote themselves money from the Treasury.

The 17th Amendment and it’s repeal need to become a bigger issue if we really want to balance the budget and get control of spending. The way a lot of people use the FairTax as a litmus test when voting, we need the same kind of movement to repeal the 17th. If we really want to stop the Federal government from growing and violating the 10th Amendment we must give the States their voice back.

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The Problem With the Tea Party

Posted in Uncategorized by Phil Russo on July 28, 2010

I think the problem is that most of the people in the tea party movement are not true believers in liberty. They are neo-con statist Republicans. They are also ignorant of the meanings of the words and quotes they use.Remember, I say all this as a founding member of the Orlando Tea Party and someone who has spent the past year and a half
of his life fighting in this movement. This is how I see it: there are two different kinds of tea partiers. There are the younger, more ibertarian, Ron Paul tea partiers. We were having tea parties in December 2007. This is something that Tom Tillison argued with me about. He didn’t believe that Ron Paul supporters were having tea
party rallies more than one year before the rest of the country. We were doing it before Obama was elected, during the Bush years. If you don’t believe me, use Google and find the articles for yourself. The reason people like Tom and my buddy Jason don’t know that there were tea party rallies in 2009 is because they, like the rest of the neo-
cons in the movement, were asleep at the switch. They didn’t care when Bush and the GOP Congress passed Medicare Part D, took the debt from $5 trillion to $9 trillion, and pissed all over the Constitution (Patriot Act, Real ID, warrentless wiretaps). You see, it’s ok to violate the Constitution because of terrorism. As long as you aren’t
doing anything wrong, what do you care about the FBI coming into your
house and snooping around without telling you or getting a warrant?
These people stop reading the Bill of Rights at the 2nd Amendment. For
some reason, they seem to love the 10th Amendment too, but that is
just rhetoric because they seem to think that even though the government has no power to regulate what you smoke, they are ok with the federal government spending billions of dollars fighting the war on drugs.

Anyway, this second group is the neo-con, over 40, upper-middle class, white people who are less Barry Goldwater and more George W. Bush/John Mccain voters. I think the age gap is the reason the movement won’t always be effective. Funny how they all like Rand Paul. What do they think Rand Paul thinks about pot legalization? My
friends like Hoyt has asked me questions like, “How
do we get more young people involved?” I don’t think we are going to
get young people to vote the party line at the ballot box. I’ll be voting for Libertarian Alex Snitker for U.S. Senate because he believes what I believe. I voted for Bob Barr for President in 2008. Most of the people I know under 40 think like I do. The ones that are
registered Republican is so they can vote in primaries. The rest of my
friends are Libertarians, Constitution Party, NPA and such. Most of the people I know that are my age just want the government to follow the Constitution and leave them alone. Nobody wants to be told what to smoke or whom to marry. The Constitution does not give the government the power to regulate either of those things. You would think you could get the neo-cons on the constitutionality of these things. Even if you think pot and gays are the worst thing in the world, does the Constitution give the government power over these things? Try to follow me here: the neo-cons need the Ron Paul/libertarian
Republicans to win elections. If we stay home or vote for other Candidates, the Republican has a lower chance of winning. Then they are left to the whims of independent voters and their vacillations. They need to compromise with us and follow the Constituion, not the other way around. When the Conservative Party in the U.K. failed to win a majority in the recent elections, they needed to compromise with the
Liberal Democrats and adopt some of their platform to get them to form
a government and allow David Cameron to become Prime Minister. The same way Cameron had to compromise with Nick Clegg to get the gavel, the neo-cons need to adopt some of our policy goals. Instead, they
say, “We need to get the Republicans in power and then we can worry about the Constitution later.” That’s not how it works, though. This is all very ironic when you consider their rhetoric.

All of the “don’t tread on me” and “live free or die” stuff are just slogans to
the neo-cons. I think the under-40 crowd take them to heart a little more. Look at things like the Free State Project. The neo-cons talk about socialism and how awful it is and how Obama is a Marxist and a collectivist. Then when you ask them why it’s ok to violate the Constitution in the name of “terrorism” for “the greater good” — that is socialism! The greater good, that’s straight out of the Communist Manifesto. One of the planks of the Communist Manifesto is free education provided by the state. I’m sure many of the neo-con tea partiers are cool with free public education. That Marxism is ok.

At the end of the day, I do not think either side will ever compromise and the end result will be the same old, same old. The endless cycle of swinging back and forth between liberal and conservative Congresses and liberal and conservative presidencies. Most of the neo-cons won’t even talk about most of these issues. Hoyt is always telling me that if we talk about legalizing pot, people will “walk away from us.” I don’t see why. People didn’t “walk away” from Milton Friedman. In fact, I think he is considered one of the most influential conservative public figures of my lifetime. He won a Nobel prize! People didn’t “walk away” from William F. Buckley Jr. Lots of people I know read the National Review, the magazine he founded. He wrote many articles in National Review about legalizing pot. William F. Buckley wrote God and Man at Yale! Congressman Tom Tancredo, who I think Jason and Tom like, supports legalizing pot. Go to YouTube and search Tacredo and drug legalization. You will find videos of him
explaining it all. Barry Goldwater, the man called “Mr. Conservative,” supported legalizing pot and gay marriage. Did people “walk away” from
Barry Goldwater? Neo-cons will never embrace the classical liberalism of the Founders like Madison, Jefferson, and Mason, not to mention Patrick Henry, another guy they love to quote. I don’t know how to change things if we can’t even talk about it.

Baton Rouge

Posted in Uncategorized by Phil Russo on June 9, 2010

We are just about to pass through Baton Rouge on the way to Houston! I called in to the Sam Malone show in Houston this morning. He was super nice and let me plug the rally in Houston tonight. The drive through the night wasn’t bad but I REALLY hated driving the RV. It moves around way too much, especially when a big truck passes.
I am out of the driver’s seat for now and looking forward to some BBQ in Houston tonight! Oh, this was kinda funny; we pulled in to a rest stop in Alabama and there were three bus loads of Mexican tourists there. We quietly noted the irony and continued on to our rally to support Arizona. It was just so damn funny stepping off the RV, seeing about 150 Mexicans standing around, and watching everyone else get off the RV and chuckle. We are in good spirits and it has been smooth sailing thus far. I’ll report back as we near Houston.

Why Civil Liberties Should Matter to the Tea Party

Posted in Uncategorized by Phil Russo on May 16, 2010

There is a very important and interesting conversation taking place amongst tea party groups right now. It can sometimes be uncomfortable and awkward but we, as tea partiers, are not afraid to tackle big issues. The conversation going on is about civil liberties and how important they are since the creation of the Constitution.
When I wrote about the Times Square bomber and how his rights should have been read to him, I expected to be blasted by my fellow tea partiers but I wasn’t. Most people agreed that Senator McCain was wrong. I have also heard others talking about the Obama decision to assassinate American citizens and how unconstitutional it is. Finally, the talk about denying people on the terrorist watch list their second amendment rights even though they have not been charged with, let alone convicted of, any crime. The progress being made on the right with respect to civil liberties is very encouraging.
Other tea partiers ask me how we can reach out to younger people like me and I have been telling them that many younger people are with us on economics; it is when we get to civil liberties that they look at the GOP and they see big government, Big Brother, unconstitutional hypocrites. One of the reasons Ron Paul’s following was so young was for this exact reason. Young people don’t want higher taxes or bigger government. They believe in free markets. What they don’t want are things like a national ID card, no matter how many times Republicans say it is needed to “fight terrorism”. Young people don’t want to give up their constitutional rights, period. I am with Patrick Henry, “I know not what course others may choose but as for me, give me liberty or give me death”! A lot of people my age, who would vote Republican on economic issues, look at the constitution and don’t see anything about gay marriage. They see no power granted to Congress to create a Federal Reserve Bank. They see no power is Article 1 section 8 giving congress the power to regulate marriage. Similarly, they see no power in Article 1 section 8 giving Congress the power to prohibit pot smoking.
There is a thick libertarian streak in the under 30 crowd and especially in the under 20 crowd. If we tell them that freedom means the government staying out of the economy they think that the government should stay out of their homes, personal lives, and bedrooms. They also think that the bill of rights should apply to every American citizen regardless of the charges against them. This should make sense even to my post-40 tea party friends. If we allow the government to assassinate an American citizen overseas the next step will be assassinating American citizens on our own soil. If we allow the government to ‘eliminate’ American citizens accused of “terrorism” the next step is allowing them to assassinate anyone accused of being a “threat to national security”. Imagine if Obama had decided to murder the members of the “Christian” militia that was busted a few
months back. They were “terrorists”, they were going to use a bomb to kill a police officer and then set of more bombs along the funeral route. That’s a tactic straight out of Osama’s playbook. Should these men be held without charge in Gitmo and tried before a military tribunal?
I don’t speak for all young people but I do talk politics with a lot of them. There are few neo-cons that are under 30, less under 20, and they think that if you have brown skin and the government (that they claim to distrust so much) deems you are a terrorist, it is ok to suspend your constitutional rights for “national security”. I find this particularly ironic since these neo-cons claim to hate socialism and collectivism so much but then they preach about the “greater good” which is textbook socialism talk. Giving up our constitutional rights in the interest of security is no different from the commies that used to say “better Red than dead”. If we really want to reach the younger crowd we should continue this conversation about civil liberties and we should not shy away from it because it makes us uncomfortable.
When I think of my favorite Founding Fathers I see those men more in Ron Paul, and Barry Goldwater than I do in George W Bush, or John McCain. If we present young people with a consistent message of economic and personal liberty and if we elect people who follow the constitution and repeal the tens of thousands of pages of laws that are unconstitutional we need to convert young people into capitalists, will make the choice themselves, naturally.

Tea Party Express Fraud Exposed

Posted in Uncategorized by Phil Russo on December 17, 2009

Last month I wrote a blog about the Tea Party Express bus tour and what a complete load of bullshit it was. I pointed out that the tour was being run by a political action committee (PAC) pretending to be the Tea Party movement and the PAC was using the grassroots and exploiting our emotional attachment to the tea party name to raise money for their PAC. They sent out fundraising emails several times a week begging people for money to help “save our country” and to “help elect conservatives”.
I said at the time that people had no idea where their money was being spent. I also pointed out that the PAC was paying real leaders in the movement to be on the bus and make it seem more legit. Serveral people on the bus tour took issue with my blog post and said that I was wrong about the tea party leaders being paid (we will see about that in just a minute!). It all just seemed so disingenuous to me. They knew that people were writing checks thinking that the money was going to the Tea Party movement when it was, in fact, going to the PAC. I consider what they did theft through deception.
I caught a lot of hell from the AstroTurf thieves that did not like the fact that someone was telling the truth about their little scam. Well, I should have titled this blog post “Vindication” because we now have proof that I was right. The PAC that organized the bus tour published their financial records recently. Every PAC is required by law to disclose their expenses. We now know how much of your money was spent to “get conservatives elected” and how much went into the pockets of the people on the bus.
While they were here in Orlando they went out to dinner at a restaurant called “Black Olive” and they spent more than $4,000. This is for one meal!!! Another night here in Orlando the gang ate at the Citrus Club, one of the most expensive restaurants in downtown Orlando, but don’t worry they only spent $2,000 of YOUR money that night. Tens of thousands of dollars went straight into the pockets of the people on the bus, even the person who sanctimoniously told me that she wasn’t getting paid to be on the bus! Tens of thousands more of your dollars went to a consulting firm owned by one of the people on the bus.
It really makes me want to puke that these people sent out emails exploiting our attachment to the Tea Party movement and our patriotism so they could raise money and live like rock stars for a month. In total the PAC raised a million dollars from hard working patriotic people like you who thought that their money was going to be spent to save our country. Instead they spent $800,000 of that million dollars on their lavish bus tour and multi-thousand dollar dinners at the finest restaurants in America. All is not totally lost though, they did give conservative Doug Hoffman, from NY-23, $1,000! Or 1/6 of what they spent on TWO meals here in Orlando.
You can view the expenses here:
http://query.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/dcdev/forms/C00454074/441321/sb/ALL

To make matters even worse the PAC has already sent out emails asking people to donate up to $5,000 so they can begin another tea party bus tour. It absolutly shocks the conscious that with unemployment at 10%, people’s homes being forclosed on, and our government spending trillions of dollars it doesn’t have, these people are asking hardworking patriotic people to piss away their money so Thealeadership of this PAC and their AstroTurf friends can travel around America spending thousands of dollars on dinners and “consulting fees” for the people on the bus.
It is my hope that this blog and the link I provided saves people from throwing their money away again. If you want to make a real difference find a candidate you believe in and donate to their campaign. Or better yet, use the money to run for office yourself. Please don’t give it to these lying thieves so they can live it up while they travel the country on someone else’s money. Doesn’t that sound more like something a liberal would do? How can these people claim to have our values of fiscal responsibility when they are spending $4,000 on ONE dinner? If you have not already please look over their expenses at the link above and see for yourself what the Tea Party Express spent your money on to “save our country”.

Catching Heat From the Astrotuf

Posted in Uncategorized by Phil Russo on November 4, 2009

Since I posted my last blog I have been catching a lot of heat from members of the AstoTurf Express. They seem to be upset that someone is telling the truth about what they are doing. If they aren’t doing anything wrong why would they be so upset about someone explaining to people what is going on? Why are they so angry at me for writing a blog stating that the “Tea Party” Express is being run by a political action committee (PAC)? Why are they so upset that I wrote in my blog about the PAC paying for hotel rooms and meals for Tea Party leaders. I think the Tea Party leaders that are on the bus have a guilty conscious about what they are doing. That is why they are lashing out at me for telling the grassroots what is really happening.
This week there were emails sent out by the AstroTurf Express begging for donations to raise money for TV advertising. This is really sad and disgusting and the Tea Party leaders on that bus should be ashamed of themselves for exploiting the Tea Party name to raise money so a PAC can run TV ads. One of the emails said the following (in part):

We put out the word this morning that we’re going to launch our third wave of national television advertising. We need to raise $35,000 in two days to pay for this, and so far today have already raised over $10,000. Thank you!

We’ve also been getting increasing coverage from both CNN and Fox News. Our Communications Director, Levi Russell, is uploading those files and we’ll be sending them out to you (we have slow Internet connection out here in the Nevada desert so bear with us as it takes a little time).

To help us raise the $25,000 we need to raise today and tomorrow, please make a contribution to our Tea Party Express –

Is this what the Tea Party movement is supposed to be? Is this grassroots? I know I am not the only one that has a problem with this because dozens of people have sent me emails about this stating their problems with this. As I said in my last blog, this PAC is exploiting the emotional attachment that the grassroots has to the Tea Party name for their own gain; so they can run TV ads and stay in nice hotels on their bus tour and eat at nice restaurants every meal of every day. To make matters worse, as if it could get much worse, they issued the following press release today:

Breaking News: Leaders of the Tea Party Express (website: http://www.TeaPartyExprss.org) are flying out to Washington, D.C. to join Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann on Thursday, November 5th at 12:00 Noon.

Tea Party Express Vice Chair, Deborah Johns, Tea Party Patriots co-founder, Amy Kremer, and singer of the “American Tea Party Anthem” will all briefly leave the ongoing Tea Party Express national tour and fly out to Washington, D.C.

And they will carry with them thousands of letters opposing Speaker Pelosi’s government-run healthcare plan that have been handwritten by attendees at the Tea Party Express rallies that have been taking place across the nation these past few days.

So in addition to using the Tea Party name to raise money for their PAC to donate to candidates that may or may not support Tea Party values they are using your money to fly to DC for tomorrows event. We all know how expensive it is to buy a plane ticket on short notice so it must have cost a pretty penny to buy 3!
All of this is further proof of what a fraud the Tea Party Express is. They are not grassroots, they are not nonpartisan and they don’t care about us or this movement. All they care about is exploiting the true grassroots of this movement so they can raise money for their PAC and jetset around America feeling important. And Heaven forbid anyone should have the nerve to tell the truth and inform people about what is really going on! I will continue to catch hell, I suppose, because I will continue to tell the truth about the AstroTurf Express fraud.

The Tea Party Express Fraud

Posted in Uncategorized by Phil Russo on November 2, 2009

There are two reasons the Tea Party Express stop in Orlando is a fraud. Each reason is equally important though unrelated to the other reason. They are as follows:
1) The Tea Party Express is being organized and promoted by a political action committee (PAC) that is not connected to the Tea Party Movement in any way. The PAC is using the emotional attachment that people have to the Tea Party name to raise-funds. If they had planned this tour and called it the PAC Fundraiser Express they know very well that no one would have showed up or donated money. So, they call their bus tour Tea Party Express knowing that large crowds will turn out and people will be more willing to give money if they think that the money is going to support the Tea Party movement or candidates approved by the Tea Party movement. We in Orlando find this to be disingenuous at best and outright fraud at worst and we are not alone in our feelings. The Houston Tea Party and other Tea Party groups are also boycotting the Tea Party Express stops in their respective cities. The PAC is paying two real Tea Party leaders to be on the bus with them to lend legitimacy to the tour. Also, the local Tea Party leaders are not “planning” these events per se. Local leaders are being asked to secure locations and permits but the program is predetermined by the PAC. All the music and speakers and the messege et al is determined by the PAC.
When the Orlando Tea Party was contacted by the Tea Party Express about planning the stop here in Orlando and we told them that we could not in good faith ask our members and followers to attend an event that is raising funds for a PAC that will be going to candidates that are not in Central Florida and have not been vetted by the Orlando Tea Party. If we were going to hold such an event, which we would not, we would ensure that the money raised would go to candidates in Central Florida that were approved by our members and we would ensure that people donating knew to what candidates their money would go. This brings us to problem number two.
2) After we told them that the Orlando Tea Party would not be planning nor promoting this event and we would prefer it if they did not come to Orlando they decided to contact a local shock jock to plan and promote the event. This local shock jock has a terrible reputation in Orlando because of a long line of publicity stunts that he has pulled recently. Last summer during an Orange County Commission meeting the radio show host stood up and started publicly berating Orange County Mayor Rich Crotty. Mayor Crotty gave him a few minutes to rant and rave before telling him he had his say so please sit down. The shock jock continued to yell and scream until Orange County Sheriffs deputies took him out in handcuffs and gave him a criminal tresspass, meaning he is never allowed at the Orange County Commission as long as he lives.
More recently (last week) this shock jock attended an Orange County Republican Executive Committee (OCREC) meeting and pulled a similar stunt to that which he pulled at the Orange County Commission meeting. He stood up out of turn and made a motion that the program be tabled so OCREC could discuss plans that he has for the party. OCREC Chairman Lew Oliver ruled him out of order and asked him to sit down. Instead, he continued his diatribe until the crowd started shouting at him to sit down, at which point he removed his OCREC membership badge and threw it across the room and stormed out. Because of this latest stunt the radio station on which his program aired canceled his program, this being the last in a long line of problems they had to put up with because of him.
The Orlando Tea Party has a great reputation around town and because of our influence we have the respect of many of our local elected officials. Members of the State House and candidates for Congress and Senate, and many other smaller offices, seek us out for advice and opinions. We have worked hard to cultivate these relationships and have the ability to influence politicians and policy and we will not have our reputation tarnished by having people think that this event that the shock jock is planning is associated in any way with the Orlando Tea Party. We do not want our names anywhere near his out of fear that the effectiveness that we have worked so hard for will disappear.
Finally, the shock jock planning the event is selling booths to politicians and issue groups eg. Fair Tax, for $500 a booth. When questioned as to what would be done with the money left over after covering expenses we were told it would be profit. When we expressed our dismay he responded that “profit is not a dirty word”, which is true but the Orlando Tea Party has never profited from an event. We have held 4 events that drew more than 4,000 at each event and we only charged money to people wishing to sell things at their booths. Politicians and groups wishing to passout information about issues were given booths free of charge. All money raised went to cover the cost of our events and anything left over was put into the Orlando Tea Party bank account for use on a future event. Those of us who were involved in the original Nationwide Tea Parties since February and had worked on the Tax Day event and the two other Tea Parties we had here in Orlando resented someone who has never planned a Tea Party using the name Tea Party to put money in his own pockets.

Not All Pols Are Created Equal

Posted in Uncategorized by Phil Russo on October 31, 2009

Like a lot of you I used to be really jaded when it comes to politicians. A lot of them seems like they think they are something special and the rest of us are nobodys not worthy of their time or attention. Our congressman, Alan Grayson, is one of the best examples of this. At public events speaks to us with contempt and acts as if we are beneath him. There are politcians like this on both sides of the aisle.
There are, however, some politicians that are down to earth and capable of communicating with us “little people”. State Representative Scott Plakon, who represents district 37 in the Florida House, was a guest on our show a few months back and has been several times since. I am now honored to call him a personal friend.
There are even politicians like Scott Plakon at the federal level. Congressman Steve King of Iowa’s 5th district is one such man. Mr. King was a guest on the show a few weeks back and again today. Jason and I were both very impressed with the way Congressman King spoke to us like a friend not a politcian. After the interview I spoke to Congressman King off the air, he was friendly and easy to speak to. You would think that he would hurry me off the phone instead of taking the time to listen to me but he didn’t. He took the time to have an actual conversation and he listened like any friend would.
I think we need to have more Steve Kings and less Alan Graysons; not just based on politics but based on personality. We need more politicians who really listen to people and who really care not just politicians who pretend to listen so they can LOOK like they care. We need to elect politicians like Steve King who have the ability to communicate with regular people because they are regular people. We need to elect politicians who have worked for a living instead of millionaires that buy their seats because they want the power that comes with being a congressman. We also need more politicians who understand that representative is not a title but a job description. We need more politicians who are regular people who care like Steve King and Scott Plakon and less power hungry millionaires like Alan Grayson. It’s up to us to make it happen.

Making friends

Posted in Uncategorized by Phil Russo on October 3, 2009

Today in the radio show we had as a guest a very smart and very talented young lady named Rachelle Friberg. Rachelle is a blogger from the west coast and the newest member in the ever-growing family of patriots that has formed since this movement began back in February. It makes me happier than my limited grasp of the English language could ever permit me to relate to you in this blog.

Since this began I have found many other people my age that share my conservative values and moreover, they want to do something about it. Men like TJ Thompson from Indiana and Brad Rees from Virginia are running for congress and many others have taken to the blogosphere, like Rachelle, to make their voices heard. It is encouraging to see so many people my age that refuse to sit on the sidelines; they are buttoning their chinstraps and getting into the game. Politics is no longer a spectator sport and my generation is breaking new ground using technology to get into the game.

This family that we have created is full of the most caring and patriotic people I have ever met. We are growing extremely close and we spend hours talking, emailing, and texting each other. We have deep conversations about politics, religion, and life. We are here to help each other in any way we can and we are helping each other share our talents with a wider and wider network of patriots.

I am honored that God has brought these people into my life and I am happy to be a small part of this family.

Please read Rachelle’s blog at http://www.conservativegirlwithavoice.com and learn more about Brad and TJ’s campaigns at http://www.reesforcongress.com and http://www.thompsonin2010.com.

A Depressing Sight

Posted in Uncategorized by Phil Russo on September 10, 2009

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.