Tuesday, November 03, 2009

The Amazing North Houston Tea Party at Sam Houston Race Park

There is something so heartwarming being out under a big star filled Texas sky with thousands of people who share my passions and values.

Last night I attended The North Houston Tea Party, and helped out my man Claver T of RagingElephants.com at his booth. Since I introduced Claver here at the Chron, his passion for bringing minorities into the GOP has taken him all over the country. It's amazing how his speaking career has taken off.

Claver gave the invocation and spoke about what the tea parties mean to us. It's true we have a long way to go to bring in African Americans and Latinos. But it starts here and it starts now. Any one who reads my blogs knows what this means to me. So what happened next really warmed my heart. When Claver said that we need to "rage into the neighborhoods of the Latinos, African Americans, and Asians and say, 'You belong with us! You share our values. Come home to us!" It got the biggest cheers and yells of anything else he said.

As always the tea party started with the Pledge of Allegiance (led by the NJROTC of Spring High School) and The National Anthem and a Military salute.

Other guest speakers were Joe Pagliarulo (The Joe Pags Show of the 950am radio) and Outlaw Dave. Walton and Johnson, Jim "Mattress Mac" Mcingvale, and Lord Christopher Monckton.

This tea party was about what all tea parties are about, upholding the Constitution, limited government, fiscal responsibility, and political action.

I got to meet many fascinating people. The tea parties call for a new breed of politicians. We are tired of career politicians. Well, no group says that better than the GOOOH group I met. GOOOH is building a base of supporters in order to add a candidate to the ballet in all states to select our 435 nominees. Their goal is to evict EVERY SINGLE Representative that is there now. Wow. Their candidates would represent the district they are from. In other words, if you come from a liberal district, then a liberal candidate would be running. If you are from a Conservative district, then a conservative candidate is picked. It's up to the people. The candidates then sign a legal contract agreeing to run for no more than two, two year terms. That way they don't focus on fund-raising or pandering for the next election. It's quite an undertaking, but I have to admire this movement.

I met Debra Medina who is running for Governor of Texas. She is, without a doubt, THE conservative/libertarian candidate. With the success of people like Hoffman in New York scaring off the career/liberal Republican candidate, she is feeling pretty good about her run.

I spoke to Nina Garza who was campaigning for Republican Roy Morales for Mayor of Houston. We talked about what it means to be a conservative Latino and how to bring more Latinos into our party. I'll say this about Roy Morales. You couldn't find a more hardworking candidate anywhere. No matter how small the venue, no matter how insignificant your group might seem, Roy was there this past year. There is no doubt he cares about the people.

But the most interesting person there had to be Suzanne Guggenheim. She is the founder of the North Houston Tea party. Here is a wife, mother, and entrepreneur in her 60's who just also happens to be an immigrant to this country who is fiercely patriotic. Why? Because Suzanne was born in a part of Europe that was occupied by Hitler. Her family escaped to Paris, France. In her 20's she was a part of a freedom fighting movement against socialism. After moving to the United States in 1981 she never expected that she would be a part of another freedom fighting movement, but when she saw the government taking control from the people in the ways it is now, she knew it was time to get into the fight again.
This is what has been the most amazing thing to me. Felica Cravens of the Houston Tea Parties and now Suzanne Guggenheim of the North Houston Tea Parties. Just two women living their lives in Texas, not involved in politics before, who decided enough was enough. And now they organize events that bring in tens of thousands of people to rally for freedom. I am so proud of them.
It's an amazing American story.