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Eat Little, Drink Little, Sleep Little And Think Much

November 11, 2010 by  

As new House Republicans meet to divide the spoils of their victory over the Democrats and elect leaders to run the House of Representatives the next two years, some divisions between the old guard and those representing the new Tea Party wing have emerged.

It appears that John Boehner of Ohio is set as Speaker, and Eric Cantor of Virginia seems to be a lock for Majority Leader. But a battle is brewing between Tea Party favorite Michelle Bachmann of Minnesota and Jeb Hensarling of Texas, who both want the job of Caucus Chair.

The old guard of the GOP — while happy with the victories that gave it a majority — is not content to let the Tea Party waltz in and take over. So it’s going to be difficult sledding for Tea Party-backed candidates to obtain leadership positions.

If that’s the case, they need to turn to the example set by Samuel Adams during the first Continental Congress.

Adams lived modestly by choice. His figure wasn’t imposing. He wasn’t considered a grandiloquent speaker. But his writings inspired and he was great at forming coalitions.

Writing to his friends, Joseph Galloway — a delegate to the Congress from Pennsylvania who left in disgust after the Assembly denied his request to withdraw from a defiant stand against Great Britain — said of Adams, “Samuel Adams eats little, drinks little, sleeps little and thinks much. He is most decisive and indefatigable in the pursuit of his object. He is the man who, by his superior application, manages at once the faction in Philadelphia and the factions of New England.”

When Galloway — a friend of Britain — wrote it, he wasn’t writing to compliment Adams. But Adams’ tireless work before, during and after the Congress kept the liberty movement alive.

It may be that Tea Party-backed candidates aren’t able to lead the parade from the front. But if they emulate Adams with their work behind the scenes, they can steer the GOP in the right direction and move America toward greater liberty.

Bob Livingston

is an ultra-conservative American who has been writing a newsletter since 1969. Bob has devoted much of his life to research and the quest for truth on a variety of subjects. Bob specializes in health issues such as nutritional supplements and alternatives to drugs, as well as issues of privacy (both personal and financial), asset protection and the preservation of freedom.

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  • David

    That’s ok we are watching the tea party as well as the old farts. The interesting thing now is watching what’s left of the left. The moderates are gone so there is no one to temper the liberal feelings…..which is only going to expose them more. Less than 2 years to go until round 2.

  • http://none Mike

    Amen, I think the fact that some of the rinos are getting angry that we the people elected a few real conservitives should give us more hope and allow us to change them in their primaries. Angry Rino’s usually charge ahead Blindly and hopefully they charge right into a tree in their re-election bids. Let this be a wake up call for thoes that say republican good democrat bad all the time too maby they will wake up and say hmm we got more of the same from that party too. Now if we could only get the ones that say Democrat good Republican bad to open their eyes and figure out the Democrats have been hijacked by the socialist too. Mike L.

  • http://www.rbarone.remax-nj.net Rosanne

    Let us be clear; the tea partiers are concerned American citizens from every walk of life. They arrived on the scene on 8/28 from every state in the Union, listened, shared stories, ate meals, and peacefully walked to the Lincoln Memorial. They (we) are resolute in our determination to save our country from tyranny and the worst administration in the history of the United States. The people have awakened from a deep sleep, because the radical changes have affected everyone where we live, in our heart, souls, values and principles. When the enemies are protected and the American citizen is victimized and batterd, you can be certain we will stand and be counted on, not counted out! There is too much at stake for this generation as well as those that follow. The Democrats are by far the party of destruction with no real solutions. It is the thinking, feeling pragmatists who see and know the real scene as it is today. They had better act in the right way and get on course by heeding the voice of the people.

  • perry

    All the ‘change the system’ rhetoric starts with Obama on the steps of the Old Illinois State House when he declared his bid for president.

    The super wealthy continue to pull the strings on bankrupting this country. If the rich deserve tax breaks. the average folks need pay no taxes at all.

    Give the middle class a break and tax the rich.

    If they don’t like it they can move to the Bahamas or Costa Rica.

    • (WIA) Wild Indian in Action

      perry, Apply for a job from persons that pay no taxes or better yet have a person on welfare give you a job. Do some serious research and check out who pays most of the taxes, I’m considered “rich” because I invested in rental properties (all paid in full) and have a positive cash flow ( I’m 74), my taxes just went up 38%, cutting into my income, Yet I still have three employees that do all the repairs and upkeep. I also pay 10% for property management and you say “tax the rich”, call your proctologist because you have the decease called cranial, rectal insertion. I have never asked for a hand out, work my way through school, I earned 6 Degrees, learned how to work smarter, not harder, saved my money, invested it and most important learned how to count my money on the way to the Banks. Quit your bitching and get a life buster.

      • GTC

        Way to go WIA. That is the American spirit I deeply believe in. More power to you. Congratulations on all your worthy endeavors.

  • http://www.facebook.com Magee,Robert H.O.

    President Obama sees that giving middle class tax cut helps boost spending in paying bills. Bills collected by the wealthy ofcourse. That already is a break for the rich.

    We need to make that into law so that 98% of Americans can remove the tax burden during an economic crisis like the one the world just went through.

    Then the rich do need a stimulus to help create jobs. The rich can pay for that stimulus, can’t they? they are rich! That is also a good idea but a stimulus will need that America improve its exports fast. In which case the recent trip of President Obama to India and Indonesia is an important one in that regard. What else did we expect of thr trip?

    Since it sets a stage for creating good relations with those countries upon which American trade negotiators can harmer home good contracts for exports.

    It means then now that republicans are leading the house they need to draw the agenda that the President can use to convince Democrats to go along and pass legislation to have a stimulus package that can create jobs.

    All Americans need are jobs for everyone to be able to pay bills and put food on the table. The rich will be happy and the ordinary American worker will be happy. Boosting confidence in general consumer spending and allowing some savings for the rainy season is prudent.

    Americans should not be forced to live from pay check, to pay check. Some how a developed nation needs to show more private consumet activity than governmental expenditures.

    Government need not spend for us rather people need to be free to spend their own money.

    Politicians need to set their priorities straight if they want government to be lean and mean they need to start by reducing representation to Congress to half and the senate have one Senator from each state first and see how that will work before they want bureaus to trim down.

    Suggesting issues like this causes us to have quick thoughts to flash through our minds. Would it not be difficult to operate aa large country as USA with 215 members of Congress? Sure it would be tough for members of congress to reach all constituencies and serve them all equally well.

    Why then do we want government to reduce its work force who are serving the people directly. Trimming government is not as easy as it sounds. Government got large with good reasons already set into law.

    Now if we want smaller government, we must change the law. You cannot change the law, when there is gridlock in Congress. Until the two parties find a way to work together to govern proactively, the same problems will continue to plague the Administration regardless whether it is Democratic majority or Republican majority.

    The tea partiers may not be the best thing that happened in 2010 but you need this Tea factor to push things along or break gridlock in Washington DC.

    The only opportunity to break the stale mate in Washington Dc is for the extrmists to play their own card. Not always trying to yield to the so called moderates. Moderates need to pick the side they are in and vote their conscious.

    No party should be allowed to stand in the way of progress of the rest of thr country getting a head. If you do not want to come a long, remain behind a lone do not force every American to remain behind.

    The problem of stagnated progress of individuals is not simple as it appears it is worked into organized jeslousy and envy within political parties that do not want to see the other party prosper or advance certain ideas and ideals or be in power. We keep playing the same old silly game over and over for us to realize there is gridlock. That is a game that retards development and progress of new ideas America should not buy into this nonesence by congress.

  • Eledonkey

    Wow, Robert, you said it. I see that no one has posted on this thread since you. I hesitate to to “you really shut them up,” because that is not such an easy task. I’m am sure that both sides just went somewhere else to repeat what their favorite hate pushing pundent is pushing. Yes, both sides. I guess it is possible that you made their passive “hard drive” brains crash. Garbage in, garbage out, right.
    Now, to real business… How? I understand what you mean about making some real changes in Washington, but you can understand how one could see your idea of reducing congressional membership as a very radical step. Give us your logic as to how this could be a significant step towards progress. Please don’t read sarcasm into my question. I think that this could be a very interesting approach.

  • s c

    I can’t offer any infallible solutions to rid Washington of power-mad, self-serving, useful idiots. It would be enough for me to see new faces in Washington who have had enough of concentrated stupidity created and maintained by any party. I’m old enough to be certain that people have to literally sell themselves to get very far in politics.
    It seems reasonable that some don’t hesitate to sell their soul(s) to have a chance at getting into the White House. Power, influence, titles, money and privilege are constant sources of temptation.
    For the sake of the next generation, I can only hope that people now understand that common sense must be an integral part of governing in Washington. Without common sense, America gets stuck with two-legged losers who should stand before firing squads.
    It seems that the power-brokers have already started to flex their muscles. With a little luck (and some assistance from God), maybe this time we won’t be forced to conclude that a bunch of overpaid and under-worked “caucus suckers” define political leadership.

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