Tax Day Tea Party Online HQ for the April 15th Nationwide Tax Day Tea Party Rallies... Fri, 29 Jan 2010 04:07:30 +0000 en hourly 1 Tax Day Tea Party Our first primary battle is heating up… Fri, 29 Jan 2010 04:07:30 +0000 Eric Odom Those of you who have been watching our involvement in the Illinois primary election for the 11th Congressional District will likely get a kick out this.

You can read all about it over at the original post, but in summary, our pick for the race in Illinois did not come without controversy.

Apparently, one of our opponents in the primary believes that if you don’t live in the district, you have no business supporting a candidate in the race. This particular candidate went so far as to release a press release calling our support “bogus” and claiming our pick is an establishment candidate.

Pretty strong words for a guy who gives thousands of dollars to the RNC, cheats on his taxes and yells at his wife on camera.

On a good note, Adam Kinzinger, our pick for the race, is looking good in the polls and we feel he’ll come out of the primary with a win, which will set us up for a general fight against liberal incumbent Rep. Debbie Halvorson.

This is the first real political battle of our tea party ran PAC, and it’s turning out to be quite a show.

Also, those of you involved in the PAC should be encouraged to know that 36 federal candidates sought our endorsement over the past two weeks. This suggests that our endorsements are taken very seriously, and as can be seen in Illinois, are a big help to true liberty minded candidates.

And thanks to your donations, we’re running a full page ad in the Joleit Herald Newspaper on Monday morning. You can view our ad here. The ad cost us $2,190 and we were able to send a check of support to Adam Kinzinger as well.

This is the first official election involvement of and Liberty First PAC, but it certainly won’t be the last.

For Liberty,
-Eric Odom

Katie Couric and the Tea Party Movement Thu, 28 Jan 2010 00:01:41 +0000 Eric Odom Tea party activists/organizers Michael Johns and Kellen Guida recently sat down with Katie Couric for a discussion about the tea party movement. It’s a fascinating conversation and one well worth sharing with friends within the movement.

Watch CBS News Videos Online

You can follow this link for the full post about the interview.

We get what we vote for… Wed, 27 Jan 2010 19:17:03 +0000 Eric Odom …and in the case of Oregon, that will likely mean less jobs, less businesses, and a worse off economy. All thanks to a vote for tax hikes on corporations, businesses and higher income earners.

Oregon Ballot Measures 66 and 67 appeared on the January 26, 2010 special election ballot in Oregon as potential veto votes on a $733 million tax hike enacted by the Oregon State Legislature in 2009. Both measures were approved.

On July 20, 2009 Gov. Ted Kulongoski signed two tax bills that would increase taxes in the state by $733 million through increasing the state’s corporate minimum tax, raising taxes on the state’s high-income individuals and raising income taxes on businesses. In reaction to the news, several Oregon citizen and business groups geared up to use the veto referendum process in the state to try to stop the hikes.

The campaigns to oppose the new taxes were outspent on all fronts. Who were the groups that lead the charge to get the tax increases? And how much did they spend to help push it through?

-Oregon Education Association $1.65 million
-SEIU Local 503 $850,000
-Oregon AFT Political and Legislative Action Network PAC $400,000
-Oregon Health Care Association $229,200
-American Federation of Teachers $100,000
-Oregon School Employees Association $75,000
-Nurses United PAC $30,000
-Alida Rockefeller Mesinger $25,000
-Senate Democratic Leadership Fund $20,000
-Oregon Senate President Peter Courtney $10,000

Unions and liberal Democrats.

As Michelle Malkin points out:

Big Labor poured millions of rank-and-file members’ dues into a tax hike campaign in Oregon. It worked. The “wealthy” and the “evil corporations” will now be forced to bail out government schools and social services. Look for affected business owners to start Going Galt en masse.

I can’t for the life of me understand why we let union thugs and power brokers manipulate us like this. The same happened in Nevada with the smoking ban when I lived there. I remember Casino lobbyist and special interest pushing “clean air” and “it’s for the kids” campaigns, when really all they wanted was to ram through legislation so that the only place you could smoke was in a casino.

It had nothing to do with the interest of the people, it had everything to do with the interest of money. And thanks to that smoking ban, smaller bars and pubs went out of business because a large source of their revenue was based bar top poker machines and the smokers who played them.

Less businesses, less jobs. Less jobs, less tax revenue. And now Nevada is one of the top states for foreclosure and unemployment.

Oregon should look at states like Illinois and California. Here in Illinois, there are more empty storefronts on busy streets than there are occupied. Here in Chicago, we pay more than 10% in sales tax alone!

Raise taxes, kill the economy. It really is that simple.

We do indeed get what we vote for. And unfortunately, Oregon may have just voted their state economy off a cliff.

-Eric Odom

Three big wins for the movement Fri, 22 Jan 2010 00:30:00 +0000 Eric Odom Fellow Patriots,

There are three major stories today that represent significant victories for advocates of small government, especially those within the tea party movement. The first is probably the most obvious… the fact that Scott Brown landed a knock out blow in defeating far left candidate Martha Coakley in the MA special election. The second is news that Nancy Pelosi is now suggesting she doesn’t have the votes needed to pass government control of the healthcare industry. Last but not least is news that the Supreme Court struck down legislation that prevented Corporations from practicing free speech through campaign dollars.

I’d like to briefly discuss the three, and then ask for your thoughts and opinions on each.

1) The Supreme Court Decision on Campaign Dollars and Corporations
If you missed it today, the Supreme Court made a highly controversial ruling that is certain to spark debate across all sides of the political spectrum. The ruling says the following:

The Supreme Court has ruled that corporations may spend freely to support or oppose candidates for president and Congress, easing decades-old limits on their participation in federal campaigns.

By a 5-4 vote, the court on Thursday overturned a 20-year-old ruling that said corporations can be prohibited from using money from their general treasuries to pay for their own campaign ads. The decision, which almost certainly will also allow labor unions to participate more freely in campaigns, threatens similar limits imposed by 24 states.

It leaves in place a prohibition on direct contributions to candidates from corporations and unions.

Critics of the stricter limits have argued that they amount to an unconstitutional restraint of free speech, and the court majority apparently agreed.

This news, in my opinion, is going to cause a split within the movement. Not one of competition, but one of ideology. To put it simply, this ruling will paint a clear divide between small government advocates and those who are OK with federal government intervention when it comes to this sort of free speech activity.

I say this because my inbox has been lit up all day with emails from all sides of the debate. Some claim it presents a significant danger because of corrupt unions and special interest, progressive corporations, other cheer that it finally gets the federal government out of the way of free speech in the election realm.

Personally, I believe this ruling is long over due, and I believe anyone who advocates against it cannot claim to also advocate for smaller federal government.

Either you want the federal government to be involved in this sort of thing or you don’t. We as liberty minded activists need to stop “picking and choosing” where we wish for the fed to intervene. Our argument should be against virtually every intrusion with the exception of the following:

-Protection of borders (Defense)
-Regulation of inter-state commerce (Keep it “regular”)

The federal government has failed at both. But in my view, this is all the fed needs to be concerned with. Nothing more. Not the regulation of pot plants, not the regulation of speed limits, not education, not national ID cards… not any of it.

These are things the STATES should control. Not the federal government.

Again, you’re either for less federal government or you aren’t.

With regards to free speech in political funding… we might not like that unions can put private dollars into the process. But in a free America, they have every right to do so. The federal government should never, EVER have the authority to come in and tell a private company or individual what it/he/she can and can’t spend money on.


2) Did we kill government run healthcare?
A few weeks ago we announced that if Scott Brown won in MA, we believed it would be the death of federal government mandated healthcare. It looks like we were right.

Though reeling from a seismic political loss, House Democrats rejected the quickest fix to their health care dilemma Thursday and signaled that any agreement on President Barack Obama’s signature issue will come slowly, if at all.

Democrats weighed a handful of difficult options as they continued to absorb Republican Scott Brown’s election to the Massachusetts Senate seat long held by Edward M. Kennedy. Several said Obama must forcefully help them find a way to avoid the humiliation of enacting no bill, and they urged him to do so quickly, to put the painful process behind them.

House leaders said they could not pass a Senate-approved bill, standing by itself, because of objections from liberals and moderates alike. Such a move could have settled the matter, because it would not have required further Senate action. Brown’s stunning victory restored the GOP’s power to block bills with Senate filibusters.

This by no means should be viewed as a reason to stop fighting the bill, but it certainly suggests we’re slowly starting to get a competitive edge in the battle to keep government out of our lives.

In fact, I would argue that this is the time to step up our efforts and push back even harder. In this particular case, we certainly want to kick them while they’re down to ensure they can’t get back up.

3) Scott Brown and what his wins means for us
A lot of you have lashed out at us for helping Scott Brown win in MA. This is understandable as Scott Brown might not be the most libertarian Senator of the bunch, but a lot of you seem to miss the larger point and strategy in doing so.

First of all, we needed a candidate who had a chance. The movement never would have been able to unify behind a candidate that didn’t have a viable chance with enough time to pull off a win.

Kennedy, the independent candidate for the race, never had a chance. He never came anywhere close to having a chance. I know, many of you will say “we could have given him a chance if we wanted to,” but that doesn’t fly with me. We “could have” won many races in the past, but we didn’t. We “could” have won with Doug Hoffman in NY23, but we lost.

We need to be thinking strategically, not just emotionally. As I told the New York Times over the weekend…

“For us, this is not so much about Scott Brown as it is about the idea that if we really collaborate as a mass movement, we can take any seat in the country.”

If we would have tried to support Kennedy in MA, we would have lost. Government healthcare would still be alive, and we would have a much more difficult fight ahead of us in 2010 because we would still need to prove to ourselves what we can accomplish through unity.

But think about it, we defeated the machine in MA. We defeated the liberal pick for Senator. We defeated the winning vote for government healthcare.

That was the goal for us in the MA special election. It wasn’t to get a libertarian elected; Rather, it was to put up a significant roadblock in the progressive plan to push our country further into socialism.

This week our movement was able to stop a super majority, virtually kill government takeover of healthcare, and the supreme court ruled against government blockades of political free speech.

In my opinion, this is Historic.

For Liberty,
-Eric Odom

Momentum in MA special election Mon, 18 Jan 2010 03:35:05 +0000 Eric Odom Fellow Patriots,

Last week Steve Foley and I flew in to Boston to begin trailing the Brown campaign and cover the special election for U.S. Senate in MA. We also helped organize multiple volunteers to come into the state and help with the campaign where needed.

Before coming to Boston, we knew there was going to be energy, but we had no idea it would be this wild. The momentum, as I wrote yesterday, is unlike anything I’ve ever seen!

In the past 24 hours, I’ve witnessed grown men cry, union members switch parties, and families turn campaign events into Saturday outings. People here feel a sense of freedom now that they haven’t felt for many decades. They feel that they can now vote for something completely different. And they’re ready to follow through with it.

Millions and millions of dollars flooded in over the past week to help Brown get elected. And even though Democrats believe it’s a means through which to insult Americans, we know this money come from the pockets of hard working, concerned and emotional patriots like you. This huge boost has helped Brown fight back against brutal and dishonest attack ads put out by the Democrat Party.

Yesterday we filmed a few speeches by Scott Brown. We traveled from Boston to Quincy, then went to Plymouth, ending the day in Cape Cod. The Brown campaign is well ran, energized, excited and continually gaining momentum.

Today while President Obama distorted the facts, insulted Boston and was heckled during his stump speech for Coakley, Scott brown was joined at a rally by Curt Schilling (Red Sox legend), Doug Flutie (former Boston College star and NFL great) and John Ratzenberger from Cheers.

That’s quite a contrast, and one that paints a very clear line between the two candidates.

There are just two more days left in this campaign. At this point, we just need to get out the vote. It’s time to call and email everyone you know in MA. Have them go vote. And in the process, they should encourage everyone they know to do the same.

Right now Brown is leading and if he wins… Obama is stripped of his 60th vote. This is a major opportunity for us and we need to do everything we can to embrace it.

For Liberty,
-Eric Odom

Nevada Democrat Party claims Brown is “in bed with tea party protesters” Fri, 15 Jan 2010 01:51:42 +0000 Eric Odom Democrats are clearly in panic mode over the special election in MA. An email that just dropped in from the Nevada Democrat Party suggests a heavily coordinated effort across the nation to back Coakley through GOTV efforts. Specifically… phone banks.

But even more interesting is the fact that the Nevada Democrat Party actually goes so far as to suggest that Brown is a “conservative in bed with Tea Party protesters.”

So it’s come to this? But I thought the movement wasn’t accomplishing much? I thought the movement was ineffective? This is what we hear from many “strategists” in the Democrat ranks these days.

A movement like ours can have a state party on the opposite side of the country shaking in their boots and setting up GOTV efforts for the MA special election. I’d say this speaks volumes as to the power we hold.


On Tuesday voters in Massachusetts will head to the polls to vote in the competitive race to fill the senate seat once held by the late Ted Kennedy. Martha Coakley, the Democratic candidate, needs Nevada’s help to ensure a Democratic victory.

Recent polls show her neck-in-neck with her Republican opponent, a conservative in bed with Tea Party protesters. Massachusetts hasn’t elected a Republican to the Senate since 1972, and we can’t let that happen on Tuesday.

Even more importantly, Martha Coakley represents the 60th vote for the health insurance reform America and Nevada so desperately needs. If Coakley is defeated, everything we’ve worked so hard to achieve would be jeopardized. We have worked too hard to let that happen. And so did Sen. Ted Kennedy, who made it his lifelong goal to see America’s broken health insurance system reformed.

Help us GET OUT THE VOTE in Massachusetts on Tuesday. The Nevada State Democratic Party will be holding phone banks every day until Election Day.

Please sign up for one of the following volunteer phone banks:

Friday, Jan. 15 - 10am-6pm
Saturday, Jan. 16 - 10am-6pm
Sunday, Jan. 17 - 12pm-6pm
Monday, Jan. 18 - 10am-6pm

If anyone is interested in “helping with the phone banks,” you can use the following contact information to “volunteer your help” if you catch my drift.

To schedule a volunteer shift in Las Vegas, please email Leora Olivas at or call 702-737-8683.

To schedule a volunteer shift in Reno, please email Olivia Gobert-Hicks at or 775-323-8683.

For Liberty,
-Eric Odom

Constitutional Reform Wed, 13 Jan 2010 02:25:35 +0000 Eric Odom The following was submitted for posting and I’ve published it on behalf of the author.


I am perplexed by the issues that are facing our nation right now. But I am even more concerned that the root of these problems are not being addressed. The answer to everything that ails this nation is the Constitution. We are losing our freedoms because we are ignoring the Constitution as put forth by our Founding Fathers. Washington is taking liberties that do not belong to them, and they have the arrogance to ignore the citizen protests in the process.

The Constitution is very clear in stating where the power lies. It is with the people, and the States in which they reside. We have been far too complacent in letting the Federal government, aided and abetted by the Progressive movement, to erode and transfer this power, beginning with the constitutional amendments ratified in 1913. In much the same way that Esau sold his birthright to Jacob for a mess of pottage, the States sold their birthright to the Federal government. It is time to take this birthright back.

What I would like to explore and debate, with the help of other conservatives such as the Liberty Alliance, is using the ballot initiative process (in the 24 States that use ballot initiatives)

to force a Constitutional Convention designed to restore the Constitution back to a document designed to ensure the liberties of its citizenry.

Some of the restorative changes I would like to see are as follows:

1. Reiterate the 10th Amendment which already states that the federal government does not have the power or authority to introduce programs such as health care.

2. Rescind the 16th Amendment. Let the States set the Federal budgets and collect monies needed for the operation of the Federal government. This will end the progressive movement, pork barrel spending, most corruption, influential lobby groups, and much more. It will also allow the States to make decisions that are better suited to the needs of its own citizens in areas such as healthcare, education, and much more. It will also put an end to tax dollars being used to bail out companies that should be allowed to fail. This change would make the federal government subservient to the States, rather than controlling the States. In turn, this would put an end to enough wasteful spending that would allow States to balance their budget deficits.

3. Force a balanced budget amendment. No more borrowing or printing money. Put an end to the Federal Reserve. This will protect our currency and allow America to lead the world economically.

4. Rescind the 17th Amendment. Let the State Senators be appointed by the States. This will give direct power to the States and put an end to the need for term limits.

5. Require that all foreign treaties be ratified by the Senate with a two-thirds majority, essentially letting the States determine foreign policy by virtue of the States appointing and controlling the Senators. This will ensure against being absorbed into the International community and protect our Sovereignty, and respect for American law over International law.

6. Define the meaning of “regulating interstate commerce” to mean that Congress shall encourage interstate commerce and shall do nothing to hinder interstate commerce.

7. Reiterate property rights by restricting eminent domain.

It is not my intention of defining in detail the Constitutional changes that need to be made that will end federalism, shrink the government and restore freedoms. I need the feedback of those much smarter than me. But I see no alternative. Fighting and debating Washington is like debating your four year old. It is pointless, when neither of them have any power except that which you are willing to succeed them.

If I could come up with specific language to be used in any ballot initiatives, I see great synergies in using the grassroots movement that has developed this past year in moving these initiatives forward.

I am looking for assistance in this endeavor. Although I would prefer to just raise my family and run my business, I sense an urgency in correcting this and am willing to dedicate my time and efforts to this cause.

Lyndon Brittner

Rally against “Government Motors” in Detroit Thu, 07 Jan 2010 01:15:47 +0000 Eric Odom Fellow Patriots,

It would take most of us a while to think about one thing the government does well- with good reason. They don’t do many things well. But instead of fixing what they are already responsible for, the political elite decided to get into the car making business. The result? General Motors now has to spend $12,200 in tax dollars just to make a car!

General Motors has so far taken $52.9 BILLION taxpayer dollars since December of 2008. The intended purpose of this funding was “to prevent a significant disruption of the American automotive industry,” according to the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO).

This unprecedented distribution of wealth has resulted in government owning 61% of GM equity.

The good folks of Michigan certainly need help. Jobs are in shortage, and paying the bills is becoming increasingly more difficult.

What Michigan needs is a responsible auto industry that can become profitable, self sustainable and efficient in ways that provide more private jobs and economic success.

To make matters worse, the Auto Show in Detroit this weekend will cost an estimated $10 MILLION to put on!!!

Please join us (if you live in the area) in Detroit on Monday, January 11th, to make a peaceful yet clear statement against Government takeover of America.

An official Facebook Event/Group has been set up here.

If you cannot make it, please help is spread the word through Twitter by using the “hashtag” #govmotors to tell your followers about the event.

For Liberty,
-Eric Odom

RESOURCES: National TaxPayers Union has a ton of information about this.

The federal government has distributed some $80 billion of taxpayer funds thus far to the U.S. auto industry since December 2008 – about $800 per American taxpaying family. The intended purpose of this funding was “to prevent a significant disruption of the American automotive industry,” according to the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO).[1] Virtually all of the money has gone to just three firms – General Motors, Chrysler and GMAC – with GM alone receiving more than $50 billion. The bailout is by no means over; GMAC is in line for a further major transfusion.

Most of these federal funds have been channeled by the U. S. Treasury through the Automotive Industry Financing Program, a part of the larger Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP). The funding has involved both loans and equity investments. As a result, the federal government is now a major stockholder in each of the three firms

Read more here…

Several folks have also confirmed that Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid will both be in Detroit on Monday.

Note: The Taxpayer Rally in Detroit is a partnership event put on by United Taxpayers of Michigan, Common Sense in Government, American Liberty Alliance, National Taxpayers Union and several local tea party groups.

Tea Party Patriots release statement against third party Wed, 06 Jan 2010 13:23:37 +0000 Eric Odom A lot of talk has been floating around regarding the third party route for the movement in 2010. A poll we launched a few months back had almost 5,000 votes, and suggested that a whopping 50% believe the Republican Party is the proper vessel for us this year.

Many have disagreed, however, making for some interesting debate happening within the comments here at

To make matters more interesting, Tea Party Patriots, probably the largest issue advocacy arm of the tea party movement, released the following statement this morning.

There is much talk of the formation of a third political party based on the tea party movement. In Florida, a Democratic operative with absolutely no connection to the tea party movement has filed papers to form a third party called the Florida Tea Party. He has issued legal threats against local tea parties demanding that they cease using the name “Florida Tea Party.”

Tea Party Patriots is issuing this statement in order to make it clear that we are not associated with this, or any attempts to form a third party. Additionally, we believe that such efforts are unproductive and unwise at this time. The history of third party movements in this country is one of division and defeat. We believe that it is instead time for all Americans to rise up and demand appropriate reform within their own parties. The mechanisms exist for citizens to participate in their parties, and to drive their parties in the right direction.

The Tea Party Patriots encourage all citizens to get involved in the party process, and to reshape their parties into something in which they may once again believe. This country does not belong to any one party, nor does it belong to the career politicians. This country belongs to the citizens. As Benjamin Franklin once said, “We have given you a republic madam, if you can keep it.” The founders knew that it would be our sacred obligation as citizens to get involved, and to work hard to hold on to this great nation. We have much work to do, and future generations will look back in judgment. We hope you will join us in preserving the republic.

Is this another sign that more groups and organizations are starting to take an aggressive stance against the third party option?

URGENT: Help us kill the bill! Wed, 06 Jan 2010 13:06:53 +0000 Eric Odom Fellow Patriots,

What I’m about to describe may be our best chance of killing the bill that will essentially kill our liberty. There is still a way we can stop government run healthcare, and it comes in the form of Scott Brown, a candidate for U.S. Senate in the special election in Massachusetts.

The special election takes place on January 19th between Liberal Democrat Martha Coakley and Republican Scott Brown.

Brown, a state senator and strong opponent of government run healthcare, would strip Democrats of the ability to pass the bill should he get elected.

Last October, polls showed Brown trailing by 26%. Today, Rasmussen released a poll showing Brown was only trailing by 2% among likely voters!


This is New York 23 all over, only better. This time it’s a simple two way race with no way to split the vote three ways.

But to win it, we need to throw all of our resources behind Brown and help make it happen.

HELP US NOW! is putting together a full crew of bloggers, campaign volunteers and poll watchers to travel to the district next week.

We know Democrats are going to send in everything they have, and the GOP is ignoring the race. The campaign needs all the help they can get!

IMPORTANT: We need to raise some quick money to mount our campaign and go help Brown in this race. Please take a few moments to contribute to our fund and help make it happen.


Also, if you have volunteered for a campaign before or know the ropes, or you’re a decent blogger who is able to aggressively follow the opponent and provide constant coverage, and you can join us, let me know ASAP!

We may be able to assist with travel expenses and will need plenty of help.

Know people in the state?


Voter turn out will be low, so we have a chance for an upset and we can STOP THE BILL DEAD IN ITS TRACKS!

Blog it, tweet it, visit the Scott Brown campaign website and donate/volunteer directly… do whatever you can to help take this seat!

It’s our time to shine.

For Liberty,
Eric Odom

Adam Kinzinger, a Tea Party Candidate for Illinois Mon, 04 Jan 2010 15:34:37 +0000 Eric Odom This morning when I logged into Gmail, I had at least 50 emails from tea party activists who were responding to my post yesterday about our need to pull it together as a movement. The general theme seems to be that we need a good, coherent, simple list of folks who meet the following criteria:

-Aligned with the basic principles of liberty
-Feel that states should trump the fed in power
-Believe that liberty should come first and foremost in any political decision
-Are not a part of the old establishment
-Would represent Americans well in Congress
-Have a very decent chance of winning
-Are running against incumbents who clearly do not place liberty first

A while back we highlighted Richard Behney and his run for U.S. Senate in Indiana. Richard and his wife, Laura accepted an invitation to come to a Christmas Party I hosted in Chicago last month and we had a fantastic chat about the state of the movement and the work that needs to be done in 2010.

He also informed me that hundreds of tea party activists flooded his website when we wrote that post, and his campaign most certainly felt the “tea party effect.”

Today I want to bring another candidate to your attention and ask that each of you consider lending your assistance in his bid for a seat in Congress. His name is Adam Kinzinger and he’s currently making his way through the Republican primary in the 11th Congressional District of Illinois.

I just got off the phone with Adam and he is, without question, a strong “tea party candidate” for Congress. Not only does he strongly support the movement, he’s been active in several tea parties and tea party events during the past year.

We also discussed the 10th Amendment and state rights, and Adam is a strong advocate of states controlling their own destiny.

Adam will be working to fire far left liberal incumbent Debbie Halvorson in the general election. The 11th Congressional District of Illinois leans slightly Republican in voters, and many believe she was only able to get elected in the district is because her Republican opponent last time around was a big fundraiser for then Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

I strongly encourage you to check out Adam’s campaign website, consider a donation to his campaign, and if you live in Illinois… volunteer to help get him elected.

Also, if you’re on Twitter, say hi to Adam and let folks know about his race for Congress.

The following is Adam’s full biography.

Adam Kinzinger, 31, is a focused, results oriented leader dedicated to getting our government back to the roots, which made it strong in the first place.

Adam was born in Kankakee but spent most of his childhood years in Bloomington, IL where he currently lives. His mother, an elementary schoolteacher, and his father, a former CEO of two faith-based organizations, taught Adam important values of hard work and responsiveness to the needs of less fortunate individuals in our communities. Adam earned his bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University in 2000.

While a sophmore at ISU, Adam, at the age of 20, challenged a twelve-year Democrat incumbent for the McLean County Board. By focusing on a message of bringing local government back to the people, he won a seat on the board to become one of the youngest county board members in McLean County history.

During his service on the board, Adam focused on ideas he believed in – opposing elected officials’ pay raises in tough economic times, standing out against internet taxation to local businesses, and supporting measures allowing for greater public participation in county government. Adam quickly earned the respect of his colleagues, was easily accessible to his constituents and was often the lead Republican spokesman on important issues facing the county board.

Adam sought a second term in 2002 and earned the endorsement of the Bloomington Pantagraph for his efforts in bringing a fresh perspective to county government. His message resonated with the voters and he was overwhelmingly reelected.

In 2003, Adam joined the United States Air Force. He was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in November 2003 and was awarded his pilot’s wings in 2005. Captain Kinzinger now serves as a pilot with the Air Force Special Operations Command.

Captain Kinzinger has been recognized for his efforts both in an out of uniform. In 2007, he received the United States Air Force Airman’s Medal for saving the life of a young woman who was violently attacked. Despite the likelihood that he too would be stabbed, Adam wrestled the knife away from the attacker and pinned him to the ground until the police arrived. He was also awarded the National Guard’s Valley Forge Cross for Heroism and was selected as the Southeastern Wisconsin American Red Cross Hero of the Year.

Adam Kinzinger understands the value of American freedom and is committed to protecting and serving the citizens of his district and country both in uniform and elected office. He has the skills and drive to rise above the political noise, bring government back to the people and to create a lasting positive impact for the people of the 11th Congressional District.

So what do you say? Can you help Adam out by donating a few bucks to his campaign?

In response to many of the emails we’re receiving about the need to highlight candidates, we’ll be posting a weekly update as to what tea party candidates are out there and where they are running for office.

Disclaimer: I do not personally know Adam Kinzinger, I have no attachment to his campaign, and I do not claim this post to be a “tea party” endorsement of any kind. This post is here merely to highlight his campaign and allow activists to make their own decision on whether or not to show support.

-Eric Odom

The movement needs to pull it together… and fast Sun, 03 Jan 2010 15:50:33 +0000 Eric Odom Friends and Patriots in the movement, it’s time for a reality check. The Holidays are over, 2010 is here, and we simply have no more time to talk about “doing something different next year.”

Next year is here. And it is our duty as liberty loving Americans to step up, get over our differences, and unify under realistic goals to take back control of our government.

This morning I had a brief chat with Andrew Ian Dodge via Gmail. I don’t know Andrew personally, but I’ve followed him for more than a year and I find him to be a pretty honest and articulate movement activist. Andrew and I disagree on a few points, but we see eye to eye on a very disconcerting side of the movement.

This morning Andrew published a column at Pajamas Media titled Tea Party 2010: Revolution Brewing? Or Is That Some Weak Tea?

As the nation and the tea party movement prepare for the new year, President Obama and the Democrats have been rushing forward legislation which will forever change the country and raise the deficit.

How far has the tea party movement come since the beginning of last year? A massive event occurred in Washington, D.C., on 9/12, and even greater numbers of people demonstrated all over the country to express their frustration. But ultimately, have they achieved any results? The bills have still gone through, and Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and Obama have shucked aside criticisms.

While I feel that the movement has at least slowed the rate of government growth and takeover of our lives, I would have to somewhat agree that our rallies do not carry the weight we expect them to.

If we look at the last few healthcare related votes, for example, the movement slammed phone lines, email inboxes and fax machines like never before. Mass rallies were held on the very steps of the building where Congress was casting a vote on the legislation… only to be followed by passage of the bills and resounding applause by Congress over the ability to do so.

We’ve bogged down the process, but we haven’t stopped it. And I think it’s time we take a much deeper look at the mentality of Congress. This band of thugs is not moved by protests and rallies. Corrupt Senate leadership and their ilk do not make decisions based on the will of the people. Or the legality of the legislation for that matter.

Decisions are now made based on power, greed and special interest. Right now the movement has not brought significant money to the process, and we haven’t proven an ability to be effective in the electoral process.

On the second page of Andrew’s post, he writes what I see as a profound and important line.

What may have affected the development of the activists is the fact that many seemed to have been suffering under the delusion that they were “reinventing” politics at the grassroots. Politics is politics

I believe this to be very true. While we can certainly reinvent the way grassroots movements are organized, politics IS politics, and we aren’t reinventing that fact at all.

In 2010, we need to unify like never before. We need to stop thinking about revenge against a political party or trying to come up with a method to create a new party. We need to simply look at the political landscape, decide where we can be most effective, and go remove some power hungry thugs from office.

It really is that simple. And sure, in some cases we might not get the greatest candidate elected, but at this point, that shouldn’t be our focus. Our focus right now needs to be the breaking down of power held by incumbents in Washington.

No, not all incumbents. But certainly any incumbent who supported bailouts, cap & trade, TARP, government healthcare and any other legislation that does not put liberty first.

We can either spend 2010 hosting rallies and media events, and working on ways to “get back” at political parties, or we can focus on putting our energy behind a unified, strategic effort to remove these people from our government.

Perhaps there is a way to do a little of everything mentioned above, but the latter should be our primary objective.

At least… in my opinion of course.

-Eric Odom

The grinches that stole America Thu, 24 Dec 2009 18:03:57 +0000 Eric Odom I wish that on this Christmas Eve I could bring good news, but alas, I cannot. Well, I take that back… I’m with family today, and the idea of family is what helps me hold optimism for the future of our country.

But let there be no doubt, a group of US Senators is out to rip from us our liberties and rights to be free. And what’s worse is the fact that they do so pretending that it’s what we the people desire. The arrogance and ignorance is astounding.

Just watch and listen to what Harry Reid had to say after bribing and strong arming his band of thugs in the Senate to support his anti-American legislation.

These thugs in the Senate have perverted the process entrusted to them, illegally paid for votes through bribery and crooked backdoor deals, openly ignored the constitution (which, by the way, also makes it clear that the Senate cannot give advantage to one state over another through legislation), and clearly ignore the will of the people with regards to this healthcare bill.

At this point, it’s apparent that the Senate is operating under one of two paths.

1) Complete Ignorance
In this scenario, the Senate should be held immediately accountable and we the people should begin some sort of proceedings to remove them or force them to step down.

If a Senator, a person who holds enormous power in this world, has proven to be reckless and ignorant in his/her form of governance, he/she becomes a danger to our country.

Since when do we as a free people allow a reckless and out of control government to lead us to a cliff at a pace that will force us over the edge?

2) Malicious Intent
I’m inclined to believe this is the more probable scenario. These Senate thugs are not idiots. I believe they know what they’re doing and I believe they have full intent to grab power in ways that we can’t even imagine.

Through this healthcare legislation, our economy will be completely gutted and permanently crippled. Our rights will be trampled, our liberties tossed out the window and our constitution destroyed.

With each new day this becomes more apparent. Not just to us who operate outside of government, but also to those elected to represent us.

So, if a US Senator is aware of what this legislation will do to our country, yet presses on to pass it anyway, the intent must be malicious.

Either way, we need to begin having a very serious conversation about a path of removal for these thugs. If there are not ways to recall them, there must be ways to press charges or file mass lawsuits. Citizens arrest certainly comes to mind…

And while we ponder these options, we must also begin working on a unified effort to remove these people from power through the ballot box should all else fail.

I hate to bring you such terrible news just a day before Christmas, but I do so with the hope that you’ll emerge from the Holiday week with a focused frame of mind and a willingness to aggressively confront this madness.

War has been declared against us. It’s our duty to fight back.

With that said, please try and have a merry day tomorrow. But also remember that our founding fathers had few breaks when they fought tyranny. We shouldn’t become lackadaisical in our efforts and we should strive to avoid doing so.

May your Holidays contain safe travels and much time with family!

-Eric Odom

UPDATE: I’ve added some basic information about recalling a Senator here.

It couldn’t be more clear… Tue, 22 Dec 2009 12:31:58 +0000 Eric Odom Fellow Patriots,

One of the first emails I read this morning was also one of the most devastating emails I’ve read all year. The email came in from, and explained a situation brewing in the Senate over Healthcare.

Essentially, from what I read, Harry Reid and his band of Senate thugs have written into their Healthcare legislation a section that could not be a more blatant violation of their oath to uphold and protect the Constitution.

If ever the people of the United States rise up and fight over passage of Obamacare, Harry Reid must be remembered as the man who sacrificed the dignity of his office for a few pieces of silver. The rules of fair play that have kept the basic integrity of the Republic alive have died with Harry Reid. Reid has slipped in a provision into the health care legislation prohibiting future Congresses from changing any regulations imposed on Americans by the Independent Medicare [note: originally referred to as "medical"] Advisory Boards, which are commonly called the “Death Panels.”

It was Reid leading the Democrats who ignored 200 years of Senate precedents to rule that Senator Sanders could withdraw his amendment while it was being read.

It was Reid leading the Democrats who has determined again and again over the past few days that hundreds of years of accumulated Senate parliamentary rulings have no bearing on the health care vote.

On December 21, 2009, however, Harry Reid sold out the Republic in toto.

Upon examination of Senator Harry Reid’s amendment to the health care legislation, Senators discovered section 3403. That section changes the rules of the United States Senate.

To change the rules of the United States Senate, there must be sixty-seven votes.

Section 3403 of Senator Harry Reid’s amendment requires that “it shall not be in order in the Senate or the House of Representatives to consider any bill, resolution, amendment, or conference report that would repeal or otherwise change this subsection.”

Are you getting the full effect here? Do you understand the implications of this maneuver?

These thugs are not just working to pass legislation that Americans don’t want, they’re actively seeking to include unconstitutional language that would essentially bar future lawmakers from being able to change it!

At this point… I don’t think it could be more clear.

Our government has violated its oath to uphold the Constitution. In essence, this government is now rogue and operating outside of the constraints of the laws that govern our land.

This is dangerous. And it comes at a time when we as a people are hurting… which makes it all the more evil and malicious.

I hate to have to send you this just days before Christmas, but I believe we as a nation are in trouble. And I think it’s our duty to respond.

More on this after Christmas.

-Eric Odom

UPDATE: Let’s not forget that according to Reid… bribing Senators is a perfectly legit practice.

UPDATE 2: In case you’re wondering why I’ve been saying that Senate Dems need to be our primary target before we start waging political war on the entire government establishment… (which is certainly needed) this would be my answer.

It took hundreds of millions of dollars in bribe money to win over Sens. Mary Landrieu, of Louisiana, Ben Nelson, of Nebraska, and Bernie Sanders, of Vermont, (plus even more millions for a senator whose identity cannot be determined thanks to the obtuse language of the bill). By hook or by crook, Obamacare’s Senate backers got their magic 60 votes. Now Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, of Nevada, his 57 Democratic colleagues; and both Senate independents own Obamacare. Their votes moved Obamacare past its biggest legislative hurdle yet in a tally taken in the dead of a very cold Sunday night on a massive bill none of them actually read in its entirety.

These 60 senators have joined in what surely ranks among the most breathtakingly arrogant spasms of anti-democratic hubris in American legislative history. By every credible measure of public opinion, opposition to Obamacare has grown for months as people learned more about it. Fully 61 percent of those responding to CNN’s most recent survey turned thumbs down on Obamacare. And still these 60 senators opted to thumb their noses at the majority.

The new and improved social network Wed, 16 Dec 2009 08:06:53 +0000 Eric Odom Fellow Patriots,

We’re happy to announce the re-launch of the social network!

The new network, which now has open group set up, forums, user applications and much more, is now live and located at

Not only do we encourage you to join the network… we also encourage you to start groups and invite people, and start using the network to build local coalitions and events.

This new network will serve as a collaborative hub for the American Liberty Alliance, and The Patriot Caucus.


Are you interested in helping us moderate the forums and networks? We can certainly use the help.

Our main Facebook Group for now has almost 60,000 members. As you might imagine, this creates an environment that requires constant monitoring and attention.

The same can now be said for the forums on our social network.

If you would like to join our moderator team, please join the group on the social network and standby for more information.

For Liberty,
-Eric Odom