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Ribbons, Rest, Remember
NOTE TO LOCAL COORDINATORS: We will not have a our weekly call next week. Enjoy your family and we look forward to talking with you again the first week of January. If you were not on the call this week, this email summarizes what we discussed this past week. ~Jenny Beth Martin

Dear Fellow Tea Party Patriots,

At 7:16 am this morning, the Senate voted to pass the health care bill.  It is a very frustrating to those of us who are Constitution loving Americans.  Tomorrow is Christmas and next week we will celebrate a New Year.  Your action items for the next week are fairly simple an can be summed up in 3 R's:  Ribbons, Rest, and Remember.

Any typos in this email are the responsibility of Jenny Beth Martin who is quickly trying to get this email out before spending Christmas with her family. Accept her apologies for typos in advance.
Red, White, and Blue Ribbons
As a small way to silently show your support of our Constitution, our country, and our core values (fiscal responsibility, constitutionally limited government, and free markets), we are asking Tea Party Patriots to being wearing red, white, and blue ribbons.  Tie one to your car antennae.  Tie one to a tree in your front yard. Tie one on your briefcase and suitcase.  Wear one on your lapel. When people ask you what it is for, you can share that you are a Tea Party Patriot and that you love our country and want constitutionally limited government. You might want to buy a couple of spools so you have ribbon you can give to others if they too want to support our country and constitution.

This is the only action for you to do the week between Christmas and New Year's. 
There is a time and place for everything.  The week between Christmas and New Year's is the week we need to rest.  You have each been active and worked incredibly hard this year.  Without the efforts of each and everyone one of you, we would not have made the impact and difference we have in 2009.  For so many, 2009 was the first time to become politically active.  For others, they have found that all their past activism has prepared them for this time in our nation's history.  For most of us in the tea party movement, 2009 was the first time we protested anything much less protested so many times. 

Many of you have been to Washington, DC 4 or 5 times since September of this year.  That is a lot of travel and a large personal expense.  You have organized buses. You have organized events. You have forwarded emails, You have made millions of phone calls.  You have written letters and sent faxes.  You have made protest signs.  You have marched and chanted and stood shoulder to shoulder with Americans across this great land.  You have been amazing!!

Now, is the time to rest.  Recover from the hard work you have done in 2009.  Enjoy your family, friends, and faith.  Celebrate Christmas! Celebrate that we live in a country where our voices and actions can peacefully make a tremendous difference.  Give your local coordinators a break from emails and phone calls so they too can rest. 

We'll pick up the Patriot Torch again in 2010.  We look forward to seeing and hearing you then.

Remember What We Have Accomplished
In January 2009, the thought of over 2 million people gathering in Washington, DC a mere 9 months later was not even a twinkle in any of our eyes.  What was on the horizon was one of the largest tax increases in American history being passed into law with Cap and Trade.  Government Takeover of Health Care was pretty much a done deal and the little formality of passing it in Congress was taken for granted. 

Then came stimulus in February, which was on top of last October's TARP vote.  Luckily for America, Rick Santelli ranted about the outrageous government spending and bailouts.  And, what the big government spenders did not count on was Americans, We the People, standing up for our rights, our Constitution, our liberty, and our country!! 

22 of us were on a nationwide conference call on February 20th the day after after Rick Santelli's now infamous rant heard round the world.  When we hung up from that call we thought that there would be 5 - 10 tea parties across the country the following Friday and that would be the end of it. Boy, did we underestimate the Patriots in this country.  30,000 of us were at the first round of nationwide protests at 12:00 noon on February 27th.  1.2 million of us gathered on a Wednesday in the middle of the week on April 15th to protest out of control government taxing and spending.  In July, we celebrated Independence Day together as Tea Party Patriots and we protested outside of local Senate and Congressional district offices on July 17th.  In August, you erupted and attended Congressional Town Hall meetings in historic numbers.

As September drew closer , so many of us made plans and prepared to spend money to go to Washington, DC.  We converged on DC in historic numbers with 2 million people having the largest protest in American history.  Those who could not go to DC, participated in 1 of the over 200 events across the country or watched the coverage on tv.  We showed that we are united when it comes to our core values of fiscal responsibility, Constitutionally limited government, and free markets.  We made our voices heard loud and clear.

Many in Congress have chosen to ignore our voices and despite that we have continued to make headway.  Cap and Trade is not law.  Government takeover of our health care is not law yet.  We still have time to defeat the legislation.  If we do not defeat we are already working on plans to repeal it with the next Congress. 
The Local, State, and National Coordinators are working together as the Leadership Council of Tea Party Patriots to develop and enact plans for 2010.  We will continue to have demonstrations.  We have will have Tax Day Tea Parties around the country on April 15, 2010.   We have many other ideas in the works and we will have details on those ideas next week and in the coming weeks.

Know that together we will to continue to fight for our core values, for our Constitution, and for America.  Not only have we made history with record turnouts in protests and town halls, we have made a difference by preventing these things from becoming law in so far this year.  We will continue to make history.  We will continue to make a difference. 

If our elected officials thought we were loud in 2009, we'll make their ears ring in 2010.
What's Next with Health Care
It will either go before a Conference Committee of House and Senate members who will work to tweak the two bills (the House Bill and the Senate Bill) into a single piece of legislation that both chambers can pass or the Senate Bill be sent straight to the House for an up-down vote.  This will mean more late night, behind closed door deals being made to get the votes to pass the bill. 

If the Senators in the minority object to the appointed Conferees, the Senate bill will go straight to the House.  It is our understanding the House will then have to vote the Senate bill up or down with no amendments allowed to the bill.

Regardless of Conference or not, the bill cannot be voted on until after Congress reconvenes in mid to late January. 

In the meantime and after the New Year, you will see Tea Party Patriots offering suggestions that you can take locally to make a difference and persuade Congressmen to change their votes.  These suggestions will include many similar actions that we have taken already and some new actions as well. Most of these actions will center on building and strengthening our local organizations.  All politics is local and we as Tea Party Patriots will be most effective as we continue to grow, build, and strengthen our local networks. 

If the bill does pass out of Congress and is signed into law, there are still options left to defeat the would-be-law.  One of the options is to repeal the legislation.  To repeal the legislation, we will need elected officials who are willing to vote in favor of the repeal.  Tea Party Patriots has worked diligently to leave no stone unturned in this battle and we will continue to look for peaceful, productive ways to channel our energy and make a difference in our country. 

Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and Happy Holidays! 

You are the heart and soul of the Tea Party Movement. Thank you for promoting the causes of fiscal responsibility, constitutionally limited government, and free markets with us!

Your Tea Party Patriots National Coordinator Team,
Debbie Dooley, Mike Gaske, Kellen Giuda, Ryan Hecker, Jenny Beth Martin, Mark Meckler, Sally Oljar, Diana Reimer, Billie Tucker, and Dawn Wildman

Jenny Beth Martin (, 770-878-1550)
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