One More Reason to Listen to Tammy Bruce

Tammy Bruce Rallies Palinistas

I was lucky enough to arrive at the Machine Shed restaurant in Clive, IA on Saturday evening with some of the Texas and Oklahoma contingents.  As it turned out, the dozen of us were being seated when somebody mentioned that Tammy Bruce was holding her own post-Tea Party meet-up in the adjacent room.  Tammy graciously extended the invitation to us, and we happily joined her group.  Tammy gave a short talk about how she expects this election season to develop, but more, she inspired the Palinistas by taking the time to talk to them all.  Even me.  Tammy was quite kind to come over and speak to us at our table, and I listened intently, and a bit uncomfortably.  Despite the blogging, I’m really not a public persona, and I don’t like a fuss made about me. What Tammy Bruce explained to me was that there’s no excuse for that sort of humility:  In the new media, what will count is the strength of your presentation and the power of your arguments. Those will be reinforced not by standing in the shadows cranking out blog posts, but by  increasing one’s visibility in order to spread the word.  One can’t make an argument while being invisible.

Those of us who call ourselves Palinistas are mostly ordinary Americans, bent on overturning the status quo by virtue of hard work and through supporting Sarah Palin’s efforts on behalf of the nation.  It’s not a task for the faint of heart, although it can be rightly said that if there is a thoroughly humble group involved in politics, it is the wide range of people who support Sarah Palin.   We’re humble, but there’s not any faintness of heart or in purpose anywhere amongst us.  For those lucky enough to attend this meet-up, we were able to listen to Tammy Bruce’s explanation of how she sees the future, but more importantly, that such a future can only be realized through the diligent efforts of Sarah Palin’s supporters.

As I’ve offered before, Tammy made clear that the core group who expends effort on behalf of a cause or a candidate are really the foundation upon which any such movement must rest.  One of the most important things she explained, particularly to me and those listening around our table of Texans and Sooners)is that it’s time for us to lead, too.  We’re going to need to lay it all out there, often, repeatedly, and again.  The media and the establishment in Washington DC may dislike us, and they may fear Governor Palin, but they don’t have the power to overturn elections.  We have the power to lead to the result we seek, and it’s time that we all do so.

This country is on the verge of even more serious trouble than we’ve seen.  What Tammy offered to me, and to anybody else who was present, is a kind of fortification against the naysayers.  In a sense, it was an inoculation against the disease of timidity that can cause movements to struggle.  Her words implored Palinistas to go forward with bold steps and to avoid being bashful.  To me particularly, she explained that I mustn’t shy away from attention.  As is clear, I want my words to be read all over, and to some small degree, they have been, but it’s also true that I have shied from any sort of publicity with respect to me, personally.  I’m a shy fellow, in truth, and I haven’t been the sort of outgoing, outspoken voice in person that I have been willing to be in my blogging.  I don’t promote myself, and I don’t promote my website, and instead rely on word-of-mouth and links being dropped all over the Internet by a small group of people who’ve already read my work.  It all adds up, but the truth is that at my blog’s current rate of growth, it will be seven thousand years before any substantial portion of the electorate is considering my arguments.

I’ve been satisfied – overwhelmed in fact  – with the number of people who come read my blog posts.  Through the course of the week-end, when I would meet people who are friends on Facebook, or people who’ve read my blogs, some of them have called me a “celebrity.”  That’s a notion from which I’m predisposed to demur, because it’s been my conviction that I want my blog to be about my ideas, but not so much about me.  What Tammy Bruce told me is that which I already knew but denied, and it is as simple as it is wise:  My ideas are an extension of me.  They’re a projection of who I am.  I’ve been careful not to speak for others, but the simple truth expressed by so many wonderful people I met this past weekend is that in some ways, I do.  Maybe not always, or maybe to varying degrees across a diversity of subjects, but in the fundamental sense of who we are and why we fight, those who I met told me in no uncertain terms that when I blog, I’m writing for them too.  For me, that’s a terribly humbling notion, because I’m naturally a tuna in a shark tank when around media, but the fact is that as my blog has grown, it’s become a part of the new media, and it’s time to embrace it.

In just seven weeks, this blog was born and now enjoys thousands of page-views each day.  It all started because I signed up on Facebook just twelve weeks or so ago, and began posting my thoughts there.  Slowly, people encouraged me to widen my audience with my own blog.  Martha Cano, Texas Coordinator for O4P, told me as much from the outset, but it wasn’t until a few of my Facebook notes attracted a wider audience that I conceded the point and started this site, and began blogging in earnest.  Martha was right, and Tammy is right too:  This fight we’re in isn’t for the faint of heart.  We mustn’t shy from leading, in whatever capacity we can.  If we want to see this country restored, we’re all going to need to fully engage.

On this basis, I’m going to do something I’ve not done before.  I’m going to ask you to pass my site along to others if you like it.  Some of you have been doing that faithfully from the outset.  It’s why C4P picked me up as a writer.  Some of you wanted my articles posted there, and C4P agreed.   You shouldn’t be surprised at the effect you’re having, and now, finally, neither should I.  What Tammy Bruce said to me at the Machine Shed is true, and I hope you won’t mind if I answer her call.  We simply can’t wait on the media any longer.  They either don’t “get it,” or more probably would prefer to ignore it.  We’ve got a country to restore, and it’s time we get out  there, all of us, and begin to make that case.  As if the quality of her daily radio show hadn’t been enough, this is one more reason you should listen to Tammy Bruce.  She’s right, and she knows it.  So do I.

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  • bdwatcher

    I am very happy to have found your sight. It is an inspiration and, like me, my words are my face mostly, too. I have recently had my "Matrix" experience and found the world so much different than what I thought it was, started looking, reading, wondering and found I got angry, scared, and finally passionate about what is going on. Though some of my friends don't talk to me anymore, (smile) my new friends understand my concern for the future of our country, the future of our children, our grandchildren. I am not proud of my ignorance for all these years, being concerned with only my small little world, but now in wonderment of how much knowledge have changed my outlook of all this around me.

    This election in 2012 is truly the turning point of our nation. I send links of your site to those I know and even use your words at time, too. Thank you for putting my ideas and thoughts into words that make sense to all of us.

    Keep up the fine work, I wish there were a million of you and so many with the passion and the effort to try to have others open their eyes too..

    • http://www.markamerica.com MarkAmerica

      Thank you BDwatcher! I'm gratified to know you're out there! Don't worry. The country can still be saved, and together, we'll do it!

  • Kate

    Thanks Mark. this helped me to pull up my boot straps, get courageous and not allow myself to shrink back. I think there is a Scripture (1 pet) about ….if you shrink back the Lord will have no pleasure in you. I need to rally troops to get involved. Help us Lord.

    • http://www.markamerica.com MarkAmerica

      Kate, thank you! Let's all do so for the sake of our country and its future!

  • IwjwI

    You are right about this. Happy that you are being more brave and being more visible. Get set with thousands of O4P cards. They come in handy to point people to a place where they can get more info, or get more involved.
    I'm one of those shy people, too. I use O4P cards all the time to help get Sarah's message out. It becomes easier to talk with people the more you do it.
    We are Sarah's representatives wherever and whenever we go into the public's eye.
    We have a president to elect and a country to save. It's just that important!

    Oh, and Sarah DOES notice what you are doing to help.

    P.S. There is a big difference in being humble and being a doormat that let's Progressivism take over our lives and ruin a great country.

  • Ron

    Hi Mark,

    I'm very much the same way. I don't convey words as well as you, so I will hold back in that direction, and leave the clear talking to you. But I'm happy that you got to meet and talk with Tammy, she seems to be an excellent person (us old mugged liberals tend to be that way). You do have good insight, and a very good 'inside baseball' intuition. I have forwarded many of your posts to friends. I think the time is coming for all of us to get more serious about the serious condition this beautiful country has gotten to. I tend to think it had to be this way, and as much anguish as 0bama has caused me, I see now why he had to be president. Some may disagree, but if McCain were president, we would probably still be mostly asleep, while our country slipped farther and farther underwater. Best wishes, there is a lot of work ahead, but if we all stick together, we will make it through. This is a time of choosing, not only in this country, but all over the world. It is clear that these times have been brought to us as a gift. Let us revel in it. Let u be happy – the end of the days of ego based consiousness are coming to an end.

  • Linda Cowden

    Write Mark write and we will pass it on!!

    • http://www.markamerica.com MarkAmerica

      Thank you Linda!

  • Stand Taker

    It's all well and good to be a Palinista. I am 100%. But we've got a problem: she isn't running, or at least shows no real signs of getting in the race for 2012.

    I'm beginning to think Romney wins and appoints her to a position (Energy? S o S?) in which she'll thrive and go for the presidency down the road.

    • http://www.markamerica.com MarkAmerica

      Hi Stand Taker! Welcome to my site! I hope you'll visit often. I don't share your pessimism about whether Governor Palin will run. I'd like to offer to you that you go back through the articles here under the category "Sarah Palin" and give it some more thought. You may find an article I'm about to publish of some interest. In any case, hang around a while. If Romney is your back-up plan, what do you have to lose by waiting until the end of September? Governor Palin has said that would be her timeframe for a decision. You've waited this long. What another 3 weeks or so?

      • Stand Taker

        Thanks. And a great site it is. I hope it continues to grow.

        I actually have been following along with your articles and I appreciate the insight and optimism. We need it now and for the next 14 months.

        I don't know how SP doesn't get in. All of her touring, speeches, and videos don't indicate someone who has no interest in running, who would string people along til the stroke of midnight. I support her all the way and sincerely hope she's down to get in and win.

        Trust me, Romney isn't my backup but merely the likeliest nominee in a Palinless scenario. One key I think everyone should really get a hold of is the fact that getting Obama out is priority #1, even if it somehow meant holding our noses for Romney, or even Perry. But it will take true conservatism (Palin) to turn things around.

        One last note – The American people are not faced with a choice of simple political jousting for the presidency as we've been in calmer times. The 2012 election is literally a battle of good vs evil. Whether we can bring our national descent to a screeching halt and take the exit to right living. We will need the Lord's hand every step of the way from here on out to do this. And His hand will have to be on Sarah to accomplish His will. Should His will be that she gets in and wins, which I believe deep down will happen, then we've won already. Let's make sure we keep our focus on that path.

  • nick wallace

    Mark,

    Since I discovered you a couple of weeks ago, I have been absolutely blown away both by your terrific writings and insight. I'm 70 now and not easily impressed. I follow you with extreme interest and have and will pass you on to anyone I can. It must have been a thrill to see and be with Sarah and for Victoria too. So glad for you. I simply have to live long enough to see Sarah elected (and hopefully see her two terms!).

    Meanwhile, here's something I just posted on C4P for Sarah and all of us:
    Video

    Nick Wallace

    • http://www.markamerica.com MarkAmerica

      The whole experience in Iowa was tremendous! Thank you Nick! I expect you'll be around more than long enough to watch Sarah Palin complete two terms. We need you, so don't go anywhere in a hurry, okay? You don't come across as the quitting type anyway. Thank you for your kind words of praise! I'm gratified to know it's worthwhile. Oh, and you'll notice that due to my page layout, I can't approve video embedded into the comments. What I did was to convert it to a link so folks can visit it. Thank you! Mark

  • Gwen

    Honestly, most people aren't even paying attention to elections this early in the game! Sometimes we just need to be patient!

    They make fun of her "bumper stickers and slogans", how about this one?
    "Sarah Palin is the only one we can trust"

    • http://www.markamerica.com MarkAmerica

      I like that Gwen. Works for me! Thanks!