Thursday, September 24, 2009

Nationwide Tea Party Leaders Launch to Rank Unanswered Health Care Questions

Nashville -- September 24, 2009/ ( -- The national leadership team of the Nationwide Tea Party Coalition, in conjunction with the Common Sense Citizens’ Network, today launched the website , inviting all Americans to help develop a list of top ten unanswered health care questions for President Obama.

Ken Emanuelson, a leader of the Common Sense Citizens’ Network, said “Over the next week, we’re asking our fellow American citizens to visit the site and vote for the ten questions they'd most like President Obama to answer. The following week, we’ll submit this list to the White House and we’ll see if they provide any answers.”

President Obama has repeatedly told the American people that he seeks a serious, good faith dialogue with his critics about his health care ideas, but so far the conversation has been more of a Presidential monologue than an honest two-way discussion. Not only has the President failed to reveal the details of his health care plan, he has also failed to respond to serious questions about the broad concepts he’s mentioned in his many speeches. The Nationwide Tea Party Coalition and the Common Sense Citizens’ Network hope to use these questions from the American people to move this dialogue forward.

Michael Johns, an expert on health care policy who has spoken at tea parties in Boston, New York, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and many other cities, said, “Like many Americans, we see a disturbing pattern of behavior that has developed at this White House. Yet promises of transparency and open doors are followed by highly partisan back room politics that exclude opposing views. This past April 29th, for instance, President Obama said at an Arnold, Missouri rally that he was ‘happy to have a serious conversation’ with the Tea Party Movement about health care and other policy challenges. The Nationwide Tea Party Coalition accepted the invitation in a May 1st letter to the White House, yet to this day no one has responded.”

National spokesperson for the Nationwide Tea Party Coalition Michael Patrick Leahy echoed this theme. “At a town hall meeting in Raleigh, North Carolina on July 29, President Obama said ‘I will be available to answer any question that members of Congress have. If they want to come over to the White House to go over line by line what’s going on, I will be happy to do that.’ Last month, Congressman Phil Roe sent the President two letters asking him to set a time and place to conduct such a line by line review. As with our own earlier letter, President Obama has failed to respond to Congressman Roe. This leaves us wondering whether any of the President’s promises are genuine, or if they are all merely cynical acts of political theater that he never intends to honor.”

Voting on the top ten unanswered health care questions for President Obama begins today at and continues until next Wednesday, September 30. Anyone who wants to submit a new question can do so on the site. Based on the votes, the top ten questions will be submitted to the White House on Thursday morning, October 1. Any responses from the White House will be posted on the following Monday. The sponsoring groups also plan to share the results with all members of Congress.

For more information, visit or contact Nationwide Tea Party Coalition

Monday, September 21, 2009

Conservative Radical University Launches Two Successfull Classes in Tyler, Texas and Memphis, Tennessee

Thanks to Kevin Hard, certified instructor at Conservative Radical University who conducted a class on "An Overview of the Rules for Conservative Radicals" this past Saturday in Tyler, Texas. I participated via skype, but Kevin ran the show. Fifteen attendees and fifteen grades of "Excellent." Good job Kevin.

Three attendees have started the process to become certified instructors on their own!

Today, I taught the same class to twenty-five attendees in Memphis, Tennessee. The reviews were also "excellent," and we added another four to the list of those interested in becoming certified instructors.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Speaking at Tomorrow's 9-12 Event in Quincy, Illinois

I will be speaking at the 9-12 Event in Quincy, Illinois tomorrow. The event starts at 1 pm Central, and ends around 6 pm Central. It's a great lineup of speakers that includes:

Andrew Breitbart
Glenn Reynolds (instapundit)
Jim Hoft (Gateway Pundit)
Dana Loesch
Bill Hennessy
Michael Johns
Warren Mosler
and yours truly

Fox News will be covering the Quincy event, held at the site of one of the 1858 Lincoln-Douglas events.

This will be a true grassroots events, with no major corporate sponsorships or any involvement from various Washington DC based organizations.

Friday, September 04, 2009

The Nationwide Tea Party Coalition Launches Grassroots Leadership Training at Conservative Radical University

The Nationwide Tea Party Coalition today announced the launch of a nationwide program for grassroots leadership training instruction at Conservative Radical University. The first classes will be held on September 12, 2009 in conjunction with events planned that day in Quincy, Illinois, Bremerton, Washington, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Orlando, Florida. Subsequent classes will be held in Memphis, Los Angeles, and Tyler, Texas. Over the next year,we anticipate offering local classes in every state of the country.

Students can sign up for classes online at either www.conservativeradicaluniversity or Common Sense Citizens is the online portal used by all conservatives to connect with each other quickly and to share information about projects and events. Most leadership training will be delivered in local classes, but some will be available for delivery online.

Along with other members of the Nationwide Tea Party Coalition leadership team, I will be one of the class instructors. Conservative Radical University will also certify additional instructors who are experienced tea party organizers and are familiar with the curriculum, which will be based on Rules for Conservative Radicals, mynewly released book, the Constitution, and other books on leadership and conservative principles.

Courses will be offered in:

Assessment of Personal Skills and Time Planning

Overview of Rules for Conservative Radicals

How to be an Effective Project Colleague

How to be an Effective Servant-Leader

How to Organize and Lead a “Buy-cott”

How to Organize and Lead a Local Event and Generate Local Voter Enthusiasm and Turnout

How to Create a Sustainable Conservative Organization

The idea behind Conservative Radical University is to train local leaders about how to achieve locally the kind of success that we’ve seen nationally at tea parties, buy-cotts, and the Hall Pass on That program. People ask me all the time, what can I do? Here’s the answer—get trained now on local grassroots leadership.

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

"Rules for Conservative Radicals" Shows How "Buycotts" and Tea Parties Can Change the Political Landscape

My new book, Rules for Conservative Radicals, which launches today, shows how "buycotts" and tea parties can change the political landscape. In it, I take the Alinsky viewpoints expressed in Rules for Radicals, and put a moral, ethical, conservative spin on them. The problem that conservatives have with Alinsky is that, for him, the ends justified the means. I’m suggesting that we take the successful Alinsky rules, we update them, apply them to new social networking technology, and implement them in the Judeo-Christian tradition.

The timing of today's book launch couldn't be more perfect, either. The recently publicized boycott of the Whole Foods grocery chain seems to have backfired. An attempt by left wing propagandists to punish Whole Foods for CEO John Mackey’s op-ed piece in the Wall Street Journal championing free market health care reform has landed flat. The Nationwide Tea Party Coalition has gained the upper hand in the arena of public opinion by launching a nationwide “buycott” to support Whole Foods with consumer purchasing power. As national spokesperson for the Nationwide Tea Party Coalition, I pointed out that we're taking the Alinsky boycott tactic and we're turning it on its head. We're making a positive statement of support, showing that fiscally conservative Americans have purchasing power, and we are more than willing to exercise it in support of great companies like Whole Foods and great CEOs like John Mackey.

The St. Louis and Dallas Tea Party organizations are sponsoring “buycott” events at Whole Foods stores in St. Louis, Missouri and Dallas, Texas this evening. You can watch live coverage from the St. Louis event on Fox News tonight. Greta Van Susteren will be interviewing Dana Loesch of the St. Louis Tea Party early in her program that starts at 10 pm Eastern Time.

Those of you interested in purchasing Rules for Conservative Radicals, can buy it on now.