Shortly after Mr. Obama's election in November 2008, Mr. Pritchett wrote an open letter titled, "Mr. Obama, you scare me." In that letter, Mr. Pritchett had clearly stated specific reasons for concern that Mr. Obama was elected President of the United States of America. Unfortunately, a very short passage of time shows that his and others' fears were extremely well-grounded.
It is now what it is -- and many of us feel that all we can do is pray for our Country. It is important, however, to not despair. As important as prayer is, we can do more than pray.
It is imperative that we keep fighting against the 'fundamental transformation' of our Country promised and being implemented by the current administration.
By frightening us with a huge dose of potential and current reality, Mr. Pritchett's words help give us the strength to continue to stand strong against those trying to 'fundamentally change' our Constitutional Republic.
I truly believe that the only chance left to save our Republic is in November, 2010. No other electorate in the world will ever have had such an important vote to make. All who love this country and who want to preserve it as it was intended to be have the responsibility to vote.
Please, let's make sure it is the right vote, this time.
Lou Pritchett’s Speech at Tax Day Rally April 15th
Reprinted April 18th, 2010
I was born in year two of the Great Depression (1931) and spent the first 10 years of my life influenced by the extreme hardships of the depression. By today's standards my family was about a mile below today's so called 'poverty level'; but if you never 'had'—doing without was not so 'bad.'
Borrowing shoes to graduate from the 8th grade didn't seem at all demeaning because most of the 8th graders did the same thing. On June 6, 1944, my only brother, Joe, was killed in action on Utah Beach in Normandy, France during the D-Day landings. Exactly one year later, my father died and left me, my mother and my sister to go it alone. And alone we went. My mother went to work at a department store, my sister dropped out of school and joined her and and I went to work shining shoes on the streets of Memphis for a dime a shine. Government assistance was not available and if it were I am confident my mother would have refused it because she never wanted the government involved in our lives.
I mention this bit of personal history to help you understand that millions of Americans, including your parents and grandparents, grew up like me during the Great Depression and never expected nor wanted the government to offer them anything except an OPPORTUNITY.
Today, I am a practicing “Tea Party” conservative because this movement is founded on the principle of smaller government, lower taxes and fewer entitlements.
Recall during Obama's campaign for the Presidency he constantly repeated the mantra —”CHANGE WE CAN BELIEVE IN”. That sounded good to a lot of people. However, after one year in office it is crystal clear that what he really meant was not “change we can believe in”, rather it was “CHANGE WHAT WE BELIEVE IN”.
Mr. Obama, we’ve got news for you–we aren’t changing what we believe in for you or anyone else!!!
As you know I was invited to this Tea Party because of a letter I wrote a year ago to Obama titled “YOU SCARE ME”. I sent the letter to Obama, the New York Times, and a dozen friends and within 24 hours I began to receive emails from around the world. For some reason, which I cannot explain, the letter went viral and at last report it has had over 7 million hits on the internet.
What you probably don't know is that just two days after the November 2008 election, I wrote another letter. This one to both the NY TIMES and the FLORIDA TIMES/ UNION, titled "FAREWELL AMERICA." The NY Times ignored it but the T/U published it on November 6, 2008. It never went viral but in the opinion of several students of American politics, this letter accurately predicted what Obama and his band of 'progressive thieves' would do within the first year of his presidency.
As I share it with you—–remember it was written just two days after Obama won.
"FAREWELL AMERICA -- WE'LL REALLY MISS YOU!"
Farewell to the America we have loved for two centuries and hello to a new far- left driven president who promised change and will most likely deliver on it.
Farewell, to an America driven by individuals with strong work ethics to one which will resemble French, German, and British societies where big government, big welfare, union controlled labor, four day work weeks, ten week vacations are the rule. Societies which constantly ask “—where’s mine?”
Farewell to capitalism, job creation, lower taxes, smaller government, fewer entitlements, safer cities, personal responsibility and sound work ethics.
Farewell to adequate military defense spending to protect us from our enemies who wish and plan to kill us.
Farewell to close ties with our best and only friend in the middle east—Israel.
Farewell to maintaining a conservative Supreme Court.
Farewell to any chance of keeping Health Care out of the hands and control of government.
Farewell to the famous American standard of living–a magnet to the world.
Farewell to conservative ‘talk radio’ as an antidote to the biased media. The Fairness Doctrine will return.
Farewell to any hope for educating our college kids in something other than liberal mush.
Today is truly a sad day for millions of Americans as they slowly allow the election results to sink in. Today, for the first time in modern history, America took a giant step toward changing not only the direction, but the entire character of the country from free enterprise driven to big government driven.
Our only hope is to start now planning and building a strong conservative base which can reclaim the Presidency and Congress in four years and start repairing the damage. God help us if we fail.
If you compare what I wrote with reality, some say it looks like I had a crystal ball. Consider what Obama has done in just one year—
1) He has ‘forced’ a complex and convoluted health care reform package on the American people who, according to the polls, reject it three to one. In his effort to ram this bill through he has used all of his old Chicago machine tricks, including the use of tax payer money to bribe senators for their support.
2) He has surrounded himself with far left communists, socialists, and Marxists who are committed to helping him transform our country into a European socialist state.
3) He has burdened future generations with the largest deficits and the largest national debt ever seen in America.
4) He has declared war on Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh and Fox News simply because they dare to stand up to him.
5) He has been personally disrespectful to the Israeli Prime Minister and seems more concerned with Israel, building houses than he is with Iran building nuclear bombs.
6) He believes that there are no terrorists, only “extremists,” “man-made disasters” and “isolated cases” such as Al-Qaeda and the Taliban. He considers terrorism a challenge for law-enforcement officials rather than for military personnel.
7) He has bought in to the discredited ‘Cap and Trade’ (global warming) nonsense which will do nothing but drive up consumer energy cost and cripple America’s industrial strength and cost American jobs.
Without question, Obama has proven in one year to be the most divisive and least “presidential” president in history by listening only to those who agree with him and ignoring, excluding, marginalizing and demeaning those who do not.
So far this evening I have been preaching to the choir.
Now let me close by telling you how I view the Tea Party movement. A movement still in it’s infancy, yet so powerful and effective that the top three leaders in our government fear it like nothing they have ever feared before.
A quick glance at American history reveals that we are a nation of “movements” which over the last two hundred years have not only shaped our politics but our culture. Consider the following— starting in the 19th century we have had — THE TEMPERANCE MOVEMENT, THE SUFFRAGIST MOVEMENT, THE WOMEN’S RIGHTS MOVEMENT, THE ABOLITIONIST MOVEMENT, THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT, THE ANTI -WAR MOVEMENT, and THE ENVIRONMENTAL MOVEMENT to name only a few.
Each of these movements were the result of large sections of the population feeling that there were ‘wrongs’ that needed to be ‘righted’ and those who could and should right them, namely politicians, seemed totally disinterested and preferred to look the other way.
Each of these movements went through three phases. First–FRUSTRATION, second, ENERGY and third, COMMITMENT.
I believe the Tea Party movement has now entered phrase 3–COMMITMENT!
Across America the Tea Party movement is shouting in unison–”we will not take Government abuse any longer.”
The Tea Party movement is putting an insensitive big government with an acute hearing problem on ‘notice.’
The Tea Party movement is speaking for those who believe that politicians of both parties, aided by the current President, are the problem as they create more and more and bigger and bigger government—government which is now on the verge of bankrupting the country enroute to ‘transforming’ it to pure Socialism.
History has proven again and again that when any government loses contact WITH and support OF the people, and demeans them with phrases like–Right Wing Lunatics, Terrorists, Morons, Gun Toting Bible Thumpers, and scream ’sit down and shut up’, they are inviting revolution!
Our situation today is very similar to that of the great Indian reformer Mahatma Ghandi. As Ghandi struggled to change a ‘British Colony’ into an Independent Nation—here is what he said about his thousands of critics and opponents—
First they will ignore you, then they will ridicule you, then they will fight you, then—you win!
— and win the Tea Party will because it is the torpedo into the USS “HOPE & CHANGE.”
— it is the bumper sticker proclaiming “GOVERNMENT IS THE PROBLEM.”
— it is the voice of millions of disgruntled Americans who feel they have no Washington representation and worse still—no voice.
— Finally, the Tea Party movement will win because it is America’s “wake up” call.
Folks, let me remind you that no politician will ever change, even when they “see the light,” they must also feel the heat and the Tea Party movement is providing that heat. This means that the Tea Party movement, this amazing, new, enlightened and energized electorate, unknown a year ago, must continue to rise to the occasion and shout to the roof tops ALARM! ALARM, just as Paul Revere did 234 years ago when he first saw the British Red Coats coming.
Our only hope is when informed citizens with a belief, with a conviction, with a willingness to pay the price, come together to collectively right the ship of state and I am proud to be standing among thousands of you this afternoon.
Let me end on my favorite quote which I think is very appropriate for each of us today—
"TO EVERY MAN THERE COMES IN HIS LIFETIME THAT SPECIAL MOMENT WHEN HE IS PHYSICALLY TAPPED ON THE SHOULDER AND OFFERED THE CHANCE TO DO A VERY SPECIAL THING, UNIQUE TO HIM AND FITTED TO HIS TALENT; WHAT A TRAGEDY IF THAT MOMENT FINDS HIM UNPREPARED OR UNQUALIFIED FOR THE WORK WHICH WOULD BE HIS FINEST HOUR.”
Those words spoken by Winston Churchill over 70 years ago are very appropriate for The Tea Party Movement today.
For if each of us is prepared and is qualified then this just might be our and our Country’s finest hour as we reclaim it from the Obama’s, Pelosi’s and Reid’s and all the other politicians who have either forgotten or chosen to ignore our Constitution.
GOD SPEED FELLOW PATRIOTS!