I took to heart Erick’s message earlier this year that it is time to put down our signs and work within the Republican party and our own communities to make 2010 a real victory for conservatives and show the Republican party that Hope and Change is coming for them.  I joined the Shelby County GOP, went to some local meetings (yes I have been trying to get involved as a precinct committeeman).  I recently did some calling to get volunteers and other support from Republican voters for the August 5th primary and local elections.  There were few who were able or were willing to get involved.  I know it’s hot here in Memphis, but I was disappointed.  Erick’s right, we do need to work within the GOP, but they need our help too.  We need activists.  We need people committed to the cause and we need people ready, willing and able to make a stand.


I was delighted to learn that we’ll being having a patriotic 4th of July event here in Shelby County put on by the Mid-South Tea Party Organization (www.midsouthteaparty.org).  The name of the event is “Party Like Patriots”.  The event will feature Marcus Luttrell Navy Seal (ret) and author of the book The Lone Survivor.  He will be recognized by Tennessee’s Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey (the first republican Lt. Gov. in 140 years).  The event will also be educational with a speech on the history of the Declaration of Independence and a re-enactment of Patrick Henry’s famous speech of which I have excerpted a small part below.

“It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace — but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death! “

This isn’t just about our history, but it is also about upcoming elections.  The campaigns for two of the republican gubernatorial candidates are listed as sponsors of the event.  Brief summary of the leading republican candidates for Governor (from sumnerunited.org)


Ron Ramsey (Campaign is a sponsor):  current Lt. Governor of TN and runs an auction business.  Key highlight:  asked Attorney General to sue over Obamacare.   The democrat Governor and Attorney General have not pursued this.  He supports Arizona’s efforts to secure their border, and he supports legal immigration.  Supports increasing tax exemptions for both investment income and inheritance income.  In fairness, Ron Ramsey is my favorite and he has been endorsed by The Memphis Tea Party PAC, a separate organization from the Mid-South Tea Party.


Bill Haslam (Campaign is a sponsor):  Mayor of Knoxville and co-owner of Pilot Corporation.  He would sign an Arizona like bill if it were passed by TN legislature, but believes TN should focus on employers of illegals.   He favors state legislation against Obamacare citing the unbearable and unfunded mandates.  Supports rolling back state income taxes on investments and estate taxes once “our economy has recovered”.


Zach Wamp:  US Congressman from TN-03.  He favors legislation similar to the Arizona law, and legislation brought by the state of TN against Obamacare.  Also favors repeal of taxes on investment income and inheritance taxes.


I urge TN residents to go to sumnerunited.org and read the Governor vetting documents.  You will find more information. 


In addition to the primary (August 5th, early voting July 19th-31st), we also have elections for County Office to look towards.  While Memphis has a mayor, we also have a mayor of Shelby County.  I can’t explain that.  On the Republican side is Sheriff Mark Luttrell (not related to Marcus Luttrell).  He won the “Ferris E. Lucas Award for Sheriff of the Year in 2009.”   He is a graduate of the FBI National Executive Institute. 


For the democrats we have Interim Mayor Joe Ford.  He is from the famous Ford family in Memphis.  Much could be written about the Ford family, I only want to focus on Joe Ford’s intention to give county employees a raise.  You see a few years ago, Shelby County was in terrible condition financially, but after a healthy property tax increase (over 750 million) and federal grant money, there is more grain to feed the pig that is local government.  I left a message with Mark Luttrell’s campaign regarding a raise for public employees, but have not heard back.


I will go to the Party Like Patriots event.  I will hear 11 year old Tea Party Sensation Sara Warmack speak.  I will tear up at the sound of the national anthem, wish my son a Happy Birthday, and when the celebration is over, I’ll go back to work to Get Out the Vote in Shelby County for August 5th (early voting July 19-31st) and November.  I just hope that there are some who will be inspired by the days’ events enough to join me.