Oct. 7 - RTA ReferendumNeedless to say, these turnouts are a disgrace to the national Tea Party movement and the organizers have no one to blame but themselves and what ever morons told them to hold daily meet ups to convince people to vote "No" on the RTA referendum next month.
8 people attended
Oct. 12 - Get out the Vote on RTA
3 people attended
Oct. 13 - Get out the Vote on RTA
4 people attended
Oct. 14 - Get out the Vote on RTA
2 people attended
Oct. 15 - Get out the Vote on RTA
3 people attended
Oct. 16 - Get out the Vote on RTA
5 people attended
Oct. 16 - RTA Sign making party
2 people attended
Oct. 17 - LaPorte TEA Party
19 people attended
(To be fair, I was told this event had 30-35 people)
Oct. 19 - Get out the RTA vote
1 person attended
Think about it for a moment. A disastrous Goliath of Socialism (the Obamacare reform plan) just got out of committee and is being debated on the Senate Floor. If this thing passes, every American is going to be hurt, our currency isn't going to be worth toilet paper, and there's going to be yet another mismanaged entitlement program placed on the shoulders of our next generation.
And the Tea Party Patriots of Northwest Indiana are throwing a hissy fit over a 0.25% income tax hike to pay for public transportation at the most local levels of government. We're talking about 25 cents out of every $100 you earn going to a regionally managed organization aiming to improve our local infrastructure.
I don't mean to defend the RTA. I don't care enough about it to do so. All I'm doing is illustrating the contrast between the significance of Socialized Healthcare Reform and the establishment of the RTA.
I hate when bloggers complain about problems and don't tell anyone how to solve them.
If I were an organizer within the NWIP organization, I'd immediately STOP all of these 1-3 people events on the RTA. Doing that has cost NWIPs a LOT of political credibility.
Instead, host large rallies of 200+ people in Valpo again and tell our elected leaders to vote NO on the President's proposed healthcare reform plan. And because you're obviously not supporters of the RTA, hand out fliers telling people to vote "NO" on the referendum coming up in November.
I could organize a Meetup based on the importance of using paper bags over plastic, but if nobody cares about the issue, nobody is going to show up. And that's what's happening with the NWIPs.
I've lost a lot of confidence in this group's leadership in recent months and their latest Tea Party in Valpo was an utter disaster where they had virtually no local speakers and had a tin-foil hat man open the event with a 1 hour speech selling his book and telling people there was no such thing as a good politician. There was some deliciously ironic humor that followed this. As after this guy spoke, he was followed by a US Senate candidate (Republican, big surprise) named Richard Behney, who is just about as qualified to be a US Senator as Mark Leyva is to be a US Representative.
I don't know what's happening behind the scenes with the NWIPs, but whatever it is, it's caused the group to absolutely implode.
On Thursday, a handful of NWIP representatives are going to come to a Republican Party meeting in Kouts to protest the RTA and see where party insiders stand. Is this really productive? What exactly are they hoping to prove?
All that they're going to accomplish at Thursday's meeting is the further alienation of their already dwindling membership.