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@AGUGrizzlies: Will #DayOfResistance Activities Help @PiersMorgan Understand Muskets Were Assault Weapons?

@AGUGrizzlies: Will #DayOfResistance Activities Help @PiersMorgan Understand Muskets Were Assault Weapons?

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As the national Obama lecture on guns continues, we all need to be careful to not fall into the lefts trap. The trap of endless analysis, meaningless definitions, convenient statistics, and blatant emotionalism. These traps are designed to undermine, weaken, and attack the enemies (you) of the permanent political class and Obama’s ruling elite.

The second amendment is crystal clear. The second amendment absolutely guarantees the freedom of American citizens to keep and bear arms. Doublespeak definitions of various types of weapons are immaterial and beside the point.

There was a time when muskets, and even clubs made out of tree stumps, were state of the art assault weapons.

In fact, muskets were state of the art assault weapons that just happened to overthrow and triumph over the most colossal military force on the planet at the time!

When flaccid british men on CNN lecture American citizens about American laws and ask questions like “Why does anyone need a weapon that fires more than 10 shots” the simple and correct answer is “Because the second amendment says we can“. Or better yet, let’s borrow former secretary Clinton’s new catchphrase: “What difference does it make?”

Constitutional Americans need to be very concerned and take a stand against Orwellian gun control legislation recklessly being designed in some states. Across the country Democrats are advancing anti gun bills that blatantly punish law abiding citizens.

With each new bill set forth by Democrats the intention becomes more and more clear. More government over reach, more government intrusion, and more government invasion into the lives of honest decent citizens. Simply put, the Democrats are hell bent on gun grabbing.

The Democrats of Missouri and California are attempting to shove new regulations down citizens throats that could lead to gun grabbing of semi automatic rifles.

Missouri: HERE

California: HERE

Unfortunately it gets much worse. The Democrat law makers of Washington State are now attempting to pass a bill authorizing police to inspect the homes of law abiding gun owners once a year. (Remember when Democrats screeched for 8 years that President Bush wanted a Police State?)

Washington: HERE

Democrats are now treating the majority of conscientious American citizens exercising our second amendment rights as suspects.

So what can we do about it?

First, we #PleadTheSecond by saying NO! We say NO very loudly and very proudly. Then we get involved. Now is the time to take a stand, all hands on deck. It is time to #WiseItUp and take a stand against the gun grabbing Democrats, The Hollywood Nerd Herd, and The Democrat Media Complex.

Here is a list compiled by AGU-NY State Coordinator Ron Devito that has some GRRREAT organizations who suggest ways you can #PleadTheSecond and take a stand for your second amendment rights:

NRA-ILA – Write Your Reps

Federal:

http://www.nraila.org/get-involved-locally/grassroots/write-your-reps.aspx

States:

http://www.capwiz.com/nra/issues/alert/?alertid=62320876#.UOydcJPTdOk.facebook

Firearms Policy Coalition

https://www.firearmspolicy.org/take-action/

Gun Owners of America – Write Your Reps / Take Action

http://capwiz.com/gunowners/home/

Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms

http://www.ccrkba.org/

https://writerep.house.gov/writerep/welcome.shtml

http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

Second Amendment Foundation

http://www.saf.org/

National Association for Gun Rights

http://www.nationalgunrights.org/

5 Phone Calls For Freedom

AGU-WI State Coordinator Bill Lichter is working with some groups around the country to cast out any breaches on the gun rights of law abiding citizens. The coalition is coordinating FIVE PHONE CALLS FOR FREEDOM on Feb 25th and 26th.

Stay tuned for details, they will be announced in the next day or two.

Cincinnati, Ohio Day of Resistance

https://www.facebook.com/CincinnatiOhDayOfResistance

AGU-OH State Coordinator David Powell is helping out with the Ohio Day of Resistance in Cincinnati.

Do not be fooled by the corrupt Obama fawning media. We are not having a national discussion about gun control. We are having yet another national Obama lecture.

The second amendment is very clear. Free men do not ask for permission to bear arms. No permission is needed from Piers Morgan, the State of California, the corrupt complicit media, and absolutely no permission is needed from Barack Hussein Obama.

The disarming of innocent law abiding citizens, in no way protects innocent law abiding citizens or children. When a bad guy with a gun commits a crime, the crime will continue until the point when a good guy with a gun shows up and stops it.

Guns don’t kill people. Gun Control kills people.

Do you know of any pro second amendment rallies or activities?

Our work continues…

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@AGUGrizzlies: Refineries–the Unspoken Energy Problem by @WhitneyPitcher

NOTE: The following post was written by AGU-IL State Coordinator Whitney Pitcher. The piece has been published on The Little Blog on the Prairie and A Time For Choosing.

Refineries–the Unspoken Energy Problem

by Whitney Pitcher

In the past few days, gasoline prices in California have gone up tremendously, and shortages have even occurred in some areas. Prices twice hit an all time high this weekend with the average price being $4.66 a gallon with some paying upwards of $6.65. There was a thirteen cent jump in prices overnight on Saturday. In August, a similar thing happened here in the Midwest. Gas prices jumped thirty cents per gallon in just one day in Springfield, Illinois. Neither of incidences occurred because of unrest in the Middle East, a hurricane in the Gulf, monetary policies, nor speculator shenanigans. What would have caused such a big jump in price?

In both of these situations, drastic price jumps occurred because problems with oil refineries and regulations applied to refineries.

In California:

Refinery and pipeline mishaps, along with the state’s strict pollution limits are all, in part, to blame. They’ve sent wholesale prices soaring to all-time highs this week.

One of the disruptions involved a power outage on Monday at the Exxon Mobil plant in Torrance, which normally produces 150 millions barrels of gas per day.

Additionally, Chevron’s Richmond plant, the largest refinery in Northern California, has been running at reduced capacity since a fire Aug. 6.

At the same time, California refineries have dropped production in recent weeks in anticipation of switching over to a “winter blend” of gasoline, which emits more pollutants, next month.

But California’s summer-blend fuel requirements are in effect in Southern California until Oct. 31.

In the Midwest:

The Midwest has seen a confluence of freak problems during the past few weeks that have tightened supplies and pushed prices. An Enbridge Energy Partners pipeline that transports crude from Superior, Wis., to Chicago-area refineries ruptured July 27, spraying about 50,400 gallons of crude into a southern Wisconsin field.

It was Enbridge’s second break in the region in just more than two years — an Enbridge pipeline broke in Marshall, Mich., in July 2010, spilling 840,000 gallons — and federal officials have barred the company from re-opening the Wisconsin line until it submits a re-start plan. A company spokeswoman didn’t immediately respond to an email seeking an update on the plan Friday.

Meanwhile, equipment problems have closed parts of refineries in Whiting, Lemont, Ill., and Wood River, Ill., said Patrick DeHaan, a petroleum analyst at GasBuddy.com.

No refineries have been built in America since 1976. While the refineries still in production have become more and more efficient in recent years, they also have become more and more scarce. Between 1981 and 2006, the number of refineries was more than cut in half from 324 to 149. Part of the reason for this drop is due the impact regulations have caused making it uneconomic for companies to keep refineries open. Refineries in Pennsylvania closed this past spring due in part to the fact that regulations made up roughly fifteen percent of their budget. A March 2011 report from the Department of Energy showed that federal regulations played a significant role in the closing of 66 refineries over the past 20 years. With fewer refineries in production, when a problem occurs with one, such as happened with fires and pipeline problems in California and the Midwest, it has a larger impact on region the refineries service.

With both California and the Midwest, specific regulatory problems occur as well. In California, the mandated use of boutique fuels (fuels for different times of the year) mean that refineries have to shift production which can cause changes to prices in the weeks leading up to that shift, as was mentioned with the cost increase this weekend. In the Midwest, ethanol reformulations mean that fuel has to be blended at the storage facility as the addition of ethanol makes the fuel too corrosive to be added at the refinery. Additionally, the EPA is fining refineries for not producing a certain blend of ethanol that doesn’t exist commercially! Whether it’s state or local regulations such as in California or national regulation that impact certain regions more directly, regulations have the potential to put a strain on the refineries that have withstood the burden of regulation.

Politicians on both sides of the aisle pay lip service to a “all of the above” approach to energy, but do they mean it? Domestic energy production is at a 16 year high, in many ways in spite of the President’s policies. New drilling technologies in states like North Dakota has lead to massive amounts of production on private lands, but greenies have tried to create non-existent problems with the fracking process (with the backing of oil-rich Middle Eastern countries). Meanwhile, fossil fuel development on public lands is at its lowest point since 2003, and the Obama administration has cut off access to millions of acres in the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska. Their supposed “all of the above” approach really is a none-of-the-below (oil, natural gas, and coal) approach and certainly doesn’t include above the Arctic circle. At the same time, while many Republicans are more favorable to development of oil, gas, and coal, they often back ethanol fuel mandates and fuel standards that have burdened refineries. An all-of-the-above approach must include the entire process of development.This is what Governor Palin spoke of in her speech in Indianola, Iowa in September of 2011 when she mentioned not only the need for energy production leading to jobs and security, but also refinement of that energy. Policies need to be put in place (or removed, as it were) to enable energy to be produced and refined so that regulations are not burdensome on producers, but also aren’t subsequently burdensome on consumers and their wallets.

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@AGUGrizzlies: Help Us #WiseItUp In #SanDiego At The #TeaParty Rally This Saturday!

This Saturday September 8th 2012, American Grizzlies United will be participating in the San Diego East County Tea Party Rally.

The November general election is right around the corner.

American Grizzlies United General Election Candidates: HERE

It’s time to: #WiseItUp and help send our new president a NEW CONGRESS full of wise, independent, common-sense, fiscal conservatives…

Please join us this Saturday!

What: San Diego East County TEA Party Rally

When: Saturday September 8, 2012; 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Where: Prescott Promenade; 201 E. Main Street. El Cajon CA 92020

Who: San Diego’s Barry Willis & Dr Wayne Iverson will act as co-moderators.

Speakers include:

KCBQ’s Rick Amato, Nick Popaditch – Candidate for US House CA-53, KFMB’s Mike Slater, Robert Linderman – Jewish Tea Party of America & The Republican Jewish Coalition, Jim Miller – Candidate for Superior Court Justice, Gary Kreep – USJF, Dr. Gina Loudon, Hon. Brian Jones – CA State Assembly 71, Hon. Joel Anderson CA State Senator, Elizabeth Emken – Candidate for US Senate, Michael Crimmins – Candidate for State Assembly 51, Hon. Duncan Hunter Jr. US House CA-50, Maggie Acerra – Candidate Santee City Council, Steve Johnson – Lakeside Tea Party, Thomas S Schmitz - Chairman of the Board; American Grizzlies United, Jo Medina Alegria – Candidate for Cajon Valley School Board, Kathy Spacone – Candidate for El Cajon City Council, and Scott Hasson – Grossmont College Board.

It’s time to #WiseItUp in Washington DC, reshape the United States Congress, and bring a fundamental restoration to every level of government in America.

We really need all hands on deck this November to pull this off. You are the soul of this movement. This ground up call to action will change both parties in America forever. Real people like you, not inside the beltway professionals, are the solution and future of our country. The future is now. Please take a stand and answer the call.

We hope you can join us on Saturday at The San Diego East County Tea Party Rally!

Our work continues.

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.@AGUGrizzlies: Action Meeting July 14 (3-5pm in #Hollywood); “Retaking #California in 2014″

Calling all California Grizzlies!

Are you tired of the airy fairy garbage coming out of Sacramento?

Are you tired of #DingBat San Francisco politics being shoved down your throat?

Are you bewildered that it is illegal to buy duck liver in California but legal to buy pot at a dispensary on practically every corner in Los Angeles?

Are you concerned that the California State Senate recently passed a law to PROTECT people who have entered California illegally?

If you answered yes to any of these questions there is something that you can do about this nonsense in California.

The event organizers of: Retaking California in 2014 have reached out to American Grizzlies United for help. We have accepted because AGU strongly believes in building coalitions to bring sudden and relentless reform to every level of government.

The event organizers have also asked that you RSVP ASAP. If you would like to attend this event please Email: thomas@americangrizzlies.com

As soon as we get a headcount we’ll forward the number to the event organizers.

The event organizers have asked that people RSVP within the next few days.

Here is the 411 on the meeting:

Action Meeting: Retaking California in 2014

When: Saturday, July 14, 2012 (3-5pm)

Where: Hollywood Republican Women’s Club; 1749 North La Brea, Los Angeles 90046 (just north of Hollywood Boulevard; parking behind the building).

Please join us, and let’s get started in taking back California. Feel free
to invite activist friends and colleagues; it’s not any secret about what
we’re doing.

Agenda:

RETAKING CALIFORNIA IN 2014

I. Welcome and Introductions

II. Our Mission– Retaking California In 2014

III. The Winning Message– Creating Wealth and Prosperity Again In Our
Once-Great State

IV. The Strategy: CANDIDATES! LOTS OF CANDIDATES! CITIZEN
POLITICIAN/ACTIVISTS RUNNING AS . . . REPUBLICANS!

A. Building a Slate of Candidates for the 2014 Statewide Offices (Governor,
Lieutenant Governor, et al)

B. Building a Statewide Team of Republican Central Committee Candidates in
All 58 Counties

C. Candidates for Congress, Assembly, State Senate, local offices

V. The Tactics: How We Win

A. Hard Work and Success: the LA County Central Committee Elections

B. Hard Work and Success: the Northern California Intercounty Alliance

C. Slate Mailers

D. Early Start

E. People Who Care

VI. The Failed Republican State Party– New Leadership Needed

VII. Attracting Independents, Democrats and Libertarians to the Republican
Party

VIII. Nuts and Bolts– How Do We Achieve All This?

IX. Money . . . Money . . . Money

X. Closing Comments

Although California is considered a Blue State, it is still REAGAN Country. California’s densely populated cities are mainly liberal, yet it’s counties (especially those in inland California) are mainly conservative.

Let’s do all we can to help save California.

Our work continues…

Thomas S Schmitz

American Grizzlies United; Chairman

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AGU: #CAGOP, #LAGOP; Will You Vote on Tuesday?

In the November 2008 elections there were 500,000 Los Angeles County Republicans who did not vote.

In theory, if every Republican in Los Angeles County voted, the GOP would win the County. If the GOP won Los Angeles County, Republicans would win the State. If Republicans won California, the GOP would win the National Election.

If only it were that easy.

After the dust had settled on the Tea Party success of the 2010 midterms Sarah Palin wrote in National Review; Lessons Learned and the Way Forward:

“Another important lesson is that we will need the mother of all GOTV efforts if we wish to win in 2012. Sending donations isn’t enough when push comes to shove. Millions of boots on the ground are needed, and voter-fraud prevention must be addressed before election eve.”

This was particularly true in the case of the 2010 California Senate race.

The fact that Barbara Boxer had to fight at all is hands down a complete victory for California Conservatives. Our nominee almost pulled it off too. Carly Fiorina would have won if the DNC (after realizing the massive losses they were about to face nationwide) had not consolidated all their money to California and Nevada, and bused in out of state Union Ground Teams two weeks before the election.

Sarah Palin is correct. Sending donations isn’t enough. Not when our Grassroots Ground Teams are so heavily outnumbered by taxpayer funded, out of state, bused in Union Ground Teams.

A massive engaged citizenry ready to put their boots on the ground, and GOTV for candidates is what keeps Conservatives out of power in California.

Although California is considered a Blue State, it is still REAGAN Country. California’s densely populated cities are mainly liberal, yet it’s counties (especially those in inland California) are mainly conservative.

There have been some coalitions built in California these last 3.5 years. These coaltions have had some victories, and they will continue to grow.

This will take some time.

Right now getting voters to the polls on election day is vital, and needs to be the main focus.

If you live in California, and are a member of American Grizzlies United you will be getting a voting reminder in your email soon.

If you are not a member of AGU you can join very quickly HERE.

Or you can TEXT: PALIN to 90210 and fill out the form.

If you live outside of California, perhaps you have some family or friends who reside in the state? It would certainly help if you could pick up the phone or shoot them an email and remind them to vote on Tuesday June 5, 2012.

You can even forward them this post.

AGU has some GRRREAT candidates running in California who are ready to go to Sacramento and Washington D.C. and fight for a smaller, smarter government.

Here are some of the AGU 2012 Primary Candidates in California:

Matthew Lin

CA-49 State Assembly

Website, Facebook, Twitter

 

Mark Reed

CA-30 US House

Website, Facebook, Twitter

 

Jeane Ensley

CA-47 State Assembly

Website, Facebook

 

Paul Cook

CA-8 US House

Website, Facebook, Twitter

 

Elizabeth Emken

CA-US Senate

Website, Facebook, Twitter

 

Christopher David

CA-33 US House

Website, Facebook, Twitter

 

Rick Tubbs

CA-3 US House

Website, Facebook, Twitter

We are a long way from making Reagan Country rise again. But with a united engaged citizenry ready to put their boots on the ground we are taking a major step in the right direction.

California Republicans, will you vote on Tuesday?

Please join our cause and help in anyway that you can.

Our work continues…

Thomas S Schmitz

American Grizzlies United; Chairman

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O4P-CA: Halloween Grizzly SWAG

In case you have not  heard (coming to a Laptop near you) next Saturday October 29th is GRIZZLY FEST!

For up to the minute alerts be sure to follow: @GrizzlyFest on Twitter.

And click LIKE on the Grizzly Fest Facebook Page: HERE

O4P-CA wanted to lend a hand and help out our friends at Grizzly Fest in any way we could. One of our distinguising strategies that was highly effective in the 2010 election cycle was our use of donated and/or at cost SWAG.

SWAG = Stuff We All Get

(the term started in Hollywood with Academy Award celebrity gifting suites)

There are no big marketing budgets in grass roots politics. So, in order to get around that challenge we focus on: creativity, the present, fortitude, and of course…pizzazz.

Last year O4P-CA used guerilla marketing campaigns to target specific groups of people in unexpected places. The impromptu Mama Grizzly March in Beverly Hills was a great example of unconventional interactive political marketing with the electorate.

The anti business policies of Barack Obama and the permanent political class have made it a cinch to talk to small business owners about the state of our country and our economy.

Oftentimes Mom and Pop small business’s are willing to donate their products and/or services when they find out what we’re doing, what we’re working towards, and what we believe.

Just ask.

It’s no surprise that small business owners have absolutely no desire to see America fundamentally transformed. Just like most Americans these small business owners instead seek the restoration of our magnitude, our benevolence, and our constitutional republic based on the rule of law.

Because Mom and Pop’s believe in the power and the opportunity of a restored American free-market economy; many of them are eager to lend a hand to our cause and help get our message out to the body politic. 

Just ask.

As we approach an unconventional election cycle we need to think outside of the box, call in a few favors, and circumvent the shackles that America’s permanent political class use against us.

Our work continues. Let’s restore America.

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O4P-CA: Keep Calm & Carry On

Perhaps recent events can best be described by O4P-CA’s Susan and Ray of essexandorange1773.com (E & O).  Last month as anxiety swelled over Sarah Palin’s delayed announcement; the creative team of E & O came out with another super cool (and free download) poster titled:

 Keep Calm And Carry On.

This sensible rallying cry is conceivably more befitting today than it was a few short weeks ago. (NOTE TO SELF: Could one week in politics be like dog years?) The time between the Indianola speech and today seems like an eternity…

Reloading and moving forward with constructive goals is the best way to make sure our work continues.

For the past three years, both in public and in private, we’ve frequently talked about how this moment in history is not about Sarah Palin, or any one candidate. 

This network, this movement, this crusade really always has been about creating and maintaining an engaged citizenry.

Someone will win the Whig GOP primary, and someone will win the 2012 presidential race. 

Our country needs to be fixed. OBVI!  

There’s really only one way to put America back on the right track. And that is through an engaged citizenry. An engaged citizenry is key to effectively govern and pass an agenda of sudden and relentless reform.  

Enthusiasm for the 2012 presidential race is up for grabs. With Sarah Palin not seeking the GOP nomination at this time, the focus has (wisely) shifted toward seizing the U.S. Senate.

Through an engaged citizenry we have a unique opportunity. The Republican Party is on the brink of a historic new dawn. Through our courage, our optimism, and our hard work, we can bring a significant invigoration to the party of Lincoln.  

We have an opportunity to build a better future for all by taking up the gauntlet of resurrection and giving rebirth to the GOP.

 In 2012, Democrats hold 23 of the 33 Senate seats that can be seized.

The bi-partisan animosity toward incumbents has only grown since the last election cycle.

If we work hard, and play our cards right we can look forward to even bigger gains in 2012.

1) We need to retain the House.

2) Come hell or high water we absolutely must seize the Senate.

3) We cannot lose focus and let presidential politics (via the LSM) dominate and exhaust all of our existence, our punch, and our energy.

Moving forward toward 2012 one thing is certain: We will see more political corruption. Political corruption in the media and political corruption in the permanent political class.

By keeping our determination and our commitment intact. We can advance, strengthen, and carry on as organized entities who work together toward the restoration of our founders values and principles–on every level of government.

By working together as an engaged citizenry we have the power to elect concrete and solid, constitutional conservative candidates who:

- Put country first.

- Understand that energy independence is the key element of our economic security and betterment that all Americans want and deserve.

- Believe in American Exceptionalism.

- Understand that American foreign policy should, above all, be founded in our  national interest, and not the interests of others.

Let’s stay calm, let’s stay focused, and together let’s restore America.

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O4P-CA: Boots on the Ground in Iowa

O4P-CA departed friday morning and headed to Iowa for the Tea Party of America’s “Restoring America” event at the Indianola Balloon Festival Grounds.

As soon as we landed in Iowa we headed straight to the local Target to pick up a few things for the weekend.

We had our O4P-CA bags stuffed full of goodies (O4P-CA SWAG)

But we needed something to transport the SWAG in to the event that night at The Machine Shed. We found some really groovy red rectangular baskets to put the SWAG in. (Pssst Peter, Michelle, and Kristi, the groovy red rectangular baskets are behind the front desk at the Days Inn waiting for you. They’ll come in handy transporting O4P stuff back and forth from upcoming events)

 

Look closely and you can see the black Converse-esque O4P Grizzly Shoe Proto-types. They say: GRRRR on the tongue of the shoe and have a Quad colored Warhol-esque O4P Logo (see below) on the backside of each shoe. Hopefully these will be ready for the O4P Christmas store. (along with long sleeve T-Shirts, and an O4P Road Side Emergency Kit!…STAY TUNED for details)

We brought lots of SWAG to give out to the O4P Volunteers.

 

It was so much fun to meet, mingle, smooze, and talk to all the O4P volunteers that we’ve been talking to online for so long.

All of the volunteers were so warm and friendly and full of excitement for the weekends activities.

People from all over the country came together last friday and saturday in Iowa for the historic Tea Party.

I remember over a year ago at the first Meet-up in San Diego Tammy Bruce told us to look around at each other because we would be seeing a lot of the same faces the next year and a half.

I also remember (the Meet-up last November) in Chicago a group of us sort of jokingly said that the next time we would see each other would be in…Iowa…WE WERE RIGHT!

And yes, it was good to see some familiar faces too.

We even saw some VERY familiar faces.

The next day we got up early and headed out to Indianola.

O4P Volunteers set up a booth, got instructions from Peter and Karen; and then got busy.

O4P Volunteers from all over the country invaded, and took over the grounds determined to recruit new patriotic Davids for the looming battle against Goliath and his corporate cronies.

Everywhere you turned, there were O4P Volunteers equipped with clipboards taking measurements for new soldiers and making sure they were armed and loaded with facts, truth…and the name of their O4P State Coordinator.

 

Slowly but surely people are catching on to what O4P is all about…A complete restoration of our country. Even the LSM wanted to know what was going on.

Talking to people, one vote at a time, is the way we plan to bring real change to America.

Heading back to Los Angeles on Sunday morning with a renewed hope in this network, this fellowship, this crusade that has begun I couldn’t help but wonder: Do Bachmann, Perry, Romney, Gingrich, Cain, Huntsman, Johnson, or Santorum have anything close to the enthusiasm, dedication, or numbers that O4P does?

It’s really a silly question.

The answer is NO.

In the coming months the confused Obama administration will have to set aside their abstract economic theory to endlessly ponder something else…

Us.

(Hey Obama…YES SHE CAN!)

Join Organize4Palin (O4P) TEXT: 4PALIN to 74679 and Register HERE

Thomas S Schmitz

California State Coordinator Organize4Palin (O4P-CA)

Twitter: @CA4Palin & @ThomasSSchmitz

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O4P-CA: Leadership

This was written by Glenn Briggs. Mr Briggs is an active Organize4Palin (O4P) CA volunteer who lives in Walnut Creek, CA

Leadership

There are certain key skills which define a leader. Following is not necessarily a complete list of these skills, but I consider them to be essential.

It usually takes a lot of practice for anyone to develop the characteristics of a leader. For most, it’s a lifetime effort. And also, for most, they never quite obtain an acceptable level of skill in all these characteristics. It’s rare to find individuals who achieve a high level of skill in all of them.
You may differ with me as to the completeness of this dissertation or with the points made, or the points not made, but I believe this is complete enough that once understood, one can apply its principles to make judgments concerning the validity of the title of leader in today’s political environment.

Ability to Communicate

A person with a high degree of communication skill is both a good listener, as well as a good speaker. Such leaders listen closely to their followers, asking questions to ensure they have the best possible understanding of what is being said. Without a high degree of competence in communication skills, no leader can initially motivate or keep their “flock” motivated. When a great leader communicates with a follower, the follower has the sense that the leader has “eyes” for no one but the follower, the focus is so clear. Thus, it may be seen, communication skills are absolutely vital to a true leader. No one can be a leader without these skills being highly developed.

Applying these points, my observation is that Sarah Palin is the premiere communicator in the political arena today and that Barack Obama is among the worst. His very arrogance prevents him from listening to others, while videos of Sarah meeting and greeting people shows she genuinely cares for the people and grants them a lot of importance. This trait of Sarah Palin opens the door for anyone to communicate genuinely with her and her with them.

Palin – 1
Obama – 0

Interpersonal Skills

Without the respect and trust of ones followers, there is no leadership. Respect and trust are earned. Relationships are founded on respect and trust and it works both ways. Really accomplished leaders are able to obtain the trust and respect of those who follow them and the leader, in turn, conveys respect and trust in equal measure to their followers and the followers know it. Mutual respect and trust is vital among all the members of the group and an excellent leader ensures that happens, handling any misunderstandings as they arise.

Sarah Palin shows genuine trust of and respect for others in her interpersonal actions. Us common folk feel empowered by her and feel that closeness which comes from acknowledging, “she’s one of us”. Sarah is quick both to praise and defend her followers as well as people who espouse the principles she believes in. Barack Obama, on the other hand, has frequently shown disdain for the common folks and displays a haughtiness of demeanor that alienates the average person. He puts on an elitist attitude which repels. He is not a “warm” person, whereas Sarah Palin is very “warm” and inviting in her demeanor toward people she meets.

We the People have more trust in Sarah than in any other politician in America today, largely because she’s quite unlike the usual politician – she has a genuine servant’s heart.

Palin – 2
Obama – 0

Self-confidence

Group cohesion is directly proportional to the self-confidence of the leadership, of the followers in the leadership and of the leadership in the followers. In other words, everybody in the group has to have confidence in themselves and the other group members in order to maximize the achievement of the group’s goals. Again, without confidence in oneself and the other members of the group, there is no leadership. Groups fall apart when leaders do not display confidence in what they and the group are doing. Anyone who cannot take responsibility for the results obtained within a group, good and bad, is no leader at all. A leader must be able to learn from mistakes of their own as well as those of others. And in emergencies, the confident demeanor of a true leader can permeate the group and pull it through to satisfactory conclusions.

Barack Obama doesn’t generate confidence in himself or anyone else and especially not in his policies, which have proven to be Marxist in intent and highly destructive of the American Way. This is a major failure of his. Sarah Palin creates a n abundance of confidence with her common-sense approach to solving the problems facing our world and her sunny disposition in the face of difficulty. Sarah believes wholeheartedly in America, in family and her Faith, and is consistent and unwavering in her desire to restore America to the Rule of Law, the Constitution and the exceptionalism which has made America the greatest nation on earth. As a result, she generates enormous confidence among her followers.

Palin – 3
Obama – 0

Organizational Skills

True leaders have well honed organizational skills. They thoroughly understand what the group’s goals are and how to organize the group to achieve its goals. They are capable of creating structures within the group which synergisticly interact to help their groups get the job done, and in like manner, are able to successfully dismantle barriers to getting the job done.

Disparate individuals and groups make up the Tea Party Movement, but no one else commands their cheers and attendance at rallies more than Sarah Palin. She amalgams these different entities into a degree of cohesion of action and platform as no other. Others claim to, but they are only claims, they are not facts. Obama displays no organizational skills whatever.

Palin – 4
Obama – 0

Adaptability

Vital to successful leadership is the ability to be flexible when the situation changes, requiring a fresh approach to any problems at hand. They may need to alter the group’s focus to meet the demands of new factors in the environment. True leaders are able to re-assess and move the group forward by applying different solutions, as appropriate, to the new circumstances.

Barack Obama has demonstrated a severe lack of adaptability. His policies have virtually all failed and yet his response to this failure is to press for more of the same. Sarah Palin, on the other hand, has adapted readily to changing conditions and in the instance of the frivolous ethics complaints which virtually shut down her administration as Governor of Alaska, took a step which very few, if any other, politicians would have taken – she removed the reason for these complaints to continue to be leveled – she resigned. Since then, the Alaska Governor’s Office has resumed its duties effectively. This is clear evidence that the false complaints were only intended to bankrupt the Palin family and render the Governor’s Office powerless. Further evidence of Sarah’s adaptability has been how she, in the face of the most vicious and vile treatment by the Leftist media of herself and her family, has been able to “turn the tables” on the media, forcing them to “dance on her string” during her One Nation Bus Tour and causing the media to whine about how mean she was to them.

Palin – 5
Obama – 0

Common-sense Orientation

Successful leaders are able to develop simple solutions to problems which appear complex to others. Complexity is derived of a lack of understanding. Understanding breeds simplicity. Successful leaders are able to, through adequate study and development of their own understanding, put forth simple solutions to what appear to be complex problems to others. These simple solutions are then perceived as “common sense” and “simple” by those who grasp them. Such understanding within the group engenders an extremely strong sense of confidence and well-being within the group that they know well how to resolve the situations confronting the group and how to achieve the group’s goals.

Sarah is famous for her ability to analyze and understand issues which are professed by others to be complex and render them simple I remember when Joe Biden tried to suggest that Sarah did not know how complex the country’s energy problems were and her response was with a simple, common-sense solution which made Joe look like an idiot (my opinion). Sarah’s Facebook Notes are famous for their simple, common-sense solutions to the nation’s problems. And they are seemingly ignored by Barack Obama, who offers no solutions to any of the nation’s problems. Obama has only a rigid set of repetitive “solutions”, none of which demonstrate any common-sense whatever and which actually exacerbate the negative situations we face.

Palin – 6
Obama – 0

Obtaining Results

Leading by example alone isn’t good enough. Really successful leaders don’t hesitate to “get their fingers dirty” by taking an active part in the activities of the group. They constantly work to keep the group’s activities humming. Leadership’s goal is to produce results, for without results, there is little reason for the group or its “leaders”. At the same time, the group’s leader must be able to “step away” and view the overall picture of the group’s condition and assess accordingly to keep the group moving forward toward the achievement of its goals.

A key element to leadership is knowing every aspect of what the group is trying to accomplish and being thoroughly in agreement with its accomplishment. It is the basis on which the group can be motivated and directed. If the leadership is weak in its belief in the “rightness” of its goals and purposes, it is unlikely the group will achieve much of anything.

In virtually every instance which called for leadership by President Obama, he has not only remained aloof, he has sequestered himself away from the active fray. He doesn’t just not take part, he hides. Barack Obama steadfastly refuses to take responsibility for anything. Sarah, in contrast, moves directly at any seeming danger that exists, confronting it head-on and taking an active part in leading her team to handle it. Perhaps in no other respect do their leadership styles differ as markedly as in the area of taking responsibility for the results. Sarah takes full responsibility and Barack takes none.

Palin – 7
Obama – 0

Ethics, Morals and Mores

Truly successful leaders operate within a high level of ethics and morals, becoming an example for others to follow.

This last point is an extremely important one that often differentiates true leaders from the rest of the pack. Leadership is not just gaining a position of power and control with the opportunity to order people around. There is no true leadership in a tyranny; there is only suppression. True leaders are willing to not just “talk the talk”, but are eagerly willing to “walk the walk” alongside their followers.

True leaders have a highly developed skill to empower their followers such that their followers are more able to work as a cohesive unit, with common objectives and common mores appropriate to the achievement of the group’s goals.

The greatest leaders, who are endowed with the greatest degree of devotion by their followers, are those perceived by the group members as “one of us”.

Leadership skills are acquired, folks are not born with them and great leaders can make mistakes. No one is infallible. Yet, one should not, for one mistake, condemn a plethora of achievement.

On the positive side, great leaders learn from their mistakes.

If Barack Obama has any sense of ethics, I don’t recognize it. He consistently and continuously lies. Again, in contrast, Sarah Palin is scrupulously honest in every respect and her word is always kept, even if it appears to be not the best choice. For example, she felt she owed a debt of gratitude to John McCain for having chosen her as his running mate and she, in spite of numerous calls from her supporters not to, she backed McCain in the November, 2010 election. While some might say Sarah is loyal to a fault, I disagree. She has repaid her debt and is beholden to no one. This clearly sets her apart from virtually all other politicians active today. As a result, Sarah has earned her followers deep respect and as well, they know she will always have their backs. Loyalty is contagious and it’s rife within the ranks of Sarah’s supporters who are intensely loyal to her. As for Barack Obama, his loyalty to anyone or anything outside himself is non-existent. His actions have betrayed many of the groups which supported him in 2008 and many of these groups are beginning to denounce his breaking of the promises he made to them in exchange for their votes, for the first time actively criticizing Obama.

Palin – 8
Obama – 0

Look for these characteristics in all the actual or potential Presidential candidates who claim the mantle of “Leader” and satisfy yourself that they are worthy of wearing it. Their professing to or acting as if they are worthy is not good enough. They must earn it in your eyes for you to accept them as your leader. It is the “leader” in you which has the right to make that judgment.

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