Public Enemy Number One

Public Enemy Number One - RINOs

In light of last night’s election results, I want to make something very clear to our friends and our enemies: The Tea Party is here to stay. We aren’t going anywhere. Lance Gooden and Bob Deuell-consider yourselves on notice. You will be very closely watched in Austin. Everything you say and do on “our” behalf will be scrutinized, studied, documented, and exposed. Expect expensive primaries every time you are up for reelection until you are finally defeated. We will never back down or give up no matter how long it takes.

It is only fair to note that only 15% of Kaufman County’s registered voters voted in the primary. That means 85% of registered voters failed to step up and do the very least. As a result, one of the shadiest politicians this state has ever produced-a man who doesn’t even live in the district he represents-has been awarded with a second term. He won’t even tell us where he works or what he does for a living. Something’s wrong, people . . . very, very wrong. We complain about the people who voted for Obama, but are we much better?

The vast majority of conservatives in this county (and elsewhere) are members of what is called the passive majority. Leftists will continue to win elections until this group shrinks dramatically in size. If you are still a member in good standing, please consider the endless remorse you will experience once we cross the point of no return. It is entirely possible that we already have. If there is any time left to turn things around, it is very short. It might take the reordering of priorities, and it will undoubtedly require many of you to leave your comfort zones. But everyone can do something.

Last night went badly for Texas Tea Parties and for all Texans. Like their Democrat brethren, the RINOs are well funded, well organized, and extremely entrenched. But with each success and each failure, we learn something we did not know before. I cannot speak for other Tea Parties, but the Kaufman County Tea Party will look very hard at exactly what happened, what went wrong, what went right, and why. We will seek the counsel of others. We will look at what we are doing, as well as what we aren’t doing, and learn from our mistakes. We will come back and be stronger than we were before.

Our greatest enemy is entrenched, intractable, and deadly. Enemy number one isn’t Marxism, RINOs, or even Obama’s huge army of useful idiots. It’s conservative apathy. If last night’s election results showed anything, it is that we conservatives have been weighed in the balances and found wanting. Defeating Lance Gooden should not have been that difficult. Everyone needs to look inward and ask themselves, “How could an unpopular fraud beat out an honest, respectable, Christian man whose shoelaces Lance Gooden is not fit to untie, in an extremely conservative county, and what did I do to stop it?” All registered and eligible voters in Kaufman and Henderson counties need to be asking themselves that question tonight and in the weeks to come. We can tell ourselves that Dr. Spitzer was vastly outspent, but last night the election officials weren’t counting dollars, they were counting votes.

One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.

Jan Shedd
Kaufman County Tea Party