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Longtime combatant Neal B. Freeman looks at the GOP, and conservatives’ place in it, from the early days of NR on.

Note: This column originally appeared in National Review on December 4, 2013   I understand that you’ve been involved in the GOP civil war for some time. Only 50 years or so. I came in late.   How did you first become involved? I headed Youth for Goldwater in New York. Wasn’t Goldwater’s principal opponent for the Republican nomination, Nelson Rockefeller, governor of New York at the time? I had grown up in New York and at some point began to fear that Rockefeller would be governor for life. Mine, as well as his.   Why didn’t you support Rockefeller? His big-government Republicanism was ’roided up. ...

Freeloaders and Obamacare’s Individual Mandate: CNN’s Jake Tapper Weighs In

Over the last several years, CNN “The Lead” host and former ABC News White House Correspondent Jake Tapper has gained a large fan base for holding the Obama Administration’s feet to the proverbial fire. However, on Wednesday, in an exchange with Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) on the individual mandate, Tapper created a false dichotomy for his viewers that bears correcting. In the interview (H/T to Mediaite), Tapper and the Senator had the following summarized exchange about why Republicans don’t support the mandate (the full transcript of the discussion can be found here): “When did Republicans start saying, ‘That’s okay, you can freeload...

Wishful thinking: “DC Tea Party Rally Bombs”

Yesterday, Tea Party Patriots was joined by nearly 10,000 activists on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. Despite a hot, humid day and the difficulties of taking time off of work in the middle of the work week, activists showed they are not going to stand for IRS and other government intimidation and abuse any longer. The day was a resounding success by all relevant measures, which is why this assessment by one popular liberal website was so humorous: “DC Tea Party Rally Bombs.” First, and most ridiculously, the article estimates 5,000 to 10,000 people attended the rally, and thus it was a failure. Consider that a rally by Occupy Wall Street ...

Tea Party Patriots Weekly Report from Washington for 2/19/17

CONGRESSIONAL CALENDAR: The House and Senate are both out of session for the Presidents Day Recess, and they won’t be back until Monday, February 27. That means they’ll be in their districts and states next week, at local events and townhall meetings. LAST WEEK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR: On Monday evening, the House came back into session and passed both H.R. 244, the HIRE Vets Act, and H.R. 974, the BRAVE Act, under Suspension of the Rules. On Tuesday, the House took up and passed H.R. 428, the Red River Gradient Boundary Act. The bill would commission a survey of the gradient boundary along the Red River in TX and OK. On Wednesday, ...

ICYMI: Trump supporter in D.C. for inauguration leaves 625-percent tip for ‘Women’s March’ waitress

A D.C.-area waitress and ‘Women’s March’ advocate with a 1,000-watt smile on Monday at restaurant Busboys and Poets received a $450 tip from a Texas dentist in town celebrating the peaceful transfer of power and all the inaugural festivities that went along with President Donald Trump’s inauguration. The Washington Post has the details: “We may come from different cultures and may disagree on certain issues, but if everyone would share their smile and kindness like your beautiful smile, our country will come together as one people,” the note reads. “Not race. Not gender. Just American.” Then he added, “God Bless!” The $450 ...

Tea Party Patriots Weekly Report from Washington for 1/8/17

CALENDAR: The House will return on Monday, with no votes to be held before 6:30 PM. The House will stay in session through Thursday. The Senate will return on Monday, with the first vote set for 5:30 PM. The Senate will stay in session through Friday. LAST WEEK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR: On Tuesday, the House met at noon for the first session of the 115th Congress. Speaker Paul Ryan was elected for his first full term in office, with only one Republican – Thomas Massie of KY – casting a vote for someone else, U.S. Rep. Dan Webster of FL. Interestingly, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi lost more votes among her House Democrat colleagues – ...

Donate to Tea Party Patriots Foundation this #GivingTuesday!

With the holiday season in full-swing now that Thanksgiving is over and felled Christmas trees are popping up on cars nationwide, Americans are counting their blessings and thinking of ways to give back to their communities. We at Tea Party Patriots hope you’ll consider us for your year-end giving. If you’re interested in training and cultivating citizens dedicated to personal freedom, economic freedom, and a debt-free future, Tea Party Patriots Foundation is the organization for you! Click here to donate today!

Tea Party Patriots Weekly Report from Washington for 11/13/16

CALENDAR: The House will return on Monday, November 14, with votes postponed until 6:30 PM, and will stay in session through Thursday, with no votes scheduled later than 3 PM. The Senate will return on Tuesday, November 15, with the first vote set for 5:30 PM. They are scheduled to stay in session through Friday. THIS WEEK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR: When the House reconvenes on Monday, they’ll move to take up eight bills on the Suspension Calendar.  On Tuesday, they’ll move to take up another four bills on the Suspension Calendar, including the Iran Sanctions Extension Act, sponsored by CA Republican Ed Royce, the Chairman of the House ...

Tea Party Patriots Weekly Report from Washington for 9/25/16

CALENDAR: The House will return on Monday, with first votes scheduled for 6:30 PM. They are scheduled to stay in town through whenever they get their work done – which means, whenever they pass a Continuing Resolution. The Senate will come back on Monday and return to consideration of H.R. 5325, the vehicle for the FY17 Continuing Resolution, but the first vote will not be until 2:15 Tuesday afternoon, after the two parties’ weekly lunches. The first vote will be on a motion to invoke cloture on the McConnell substitute amendment to the bill, which is another way of saying the first vote will be on a motion to invoke cloture on the C.R. ...

Americans ready for tax reform, survey says

  U.S. tax-policy reform is on the forefront of Americans minds this year, according to a recent survey – which is not surprising as real-unemployment numbers remain abysmal and Americans continue to tighten their belts. CNBC has the story: That's the finding of a recent survey of 1,040 individuals conducted by WalletHub, a provider of free credit scores and reports. Nearly 57 percent of participants said that "tax fairness" — what people should pay and how much — was more important than "whatever is best for the economy," which garnered close to 23 percent… "Consumers are spending more than they should over the past few ...