The Eve of the American Reawakening

By Jon Huey on May 19, 2009

Rep. McClintock gave the following speech to the Council for National Policy in Washington DC on May 16, 2009.

Here, in the winter of our despair, I want to pause to take stock of the state of our nation on this date of May 16th.

Voters have swept our party from office after a failed Republican administration that abandoned conservative principles.  The most left-wing President in our nation’s history has taken office with a 66 percent approval rating and strong majorities in both houses.  His agenda includes radical intervention into energy markets, highly inflationary monetary policy, a determination to dramatically reduce our military spending while dramatically increasing overall domestic spending with deficits as far as the eye can see.

That was the state of our nation on May 16th…1977.

You remember those years.  Jimmy Carter’s policies brought us double digit unemployment AND double digit inflation; interest rates at 21 percent, mile-long lines around gas stations, embassies seized with impunity and a military so weak it couldn’t even project a simple rescue mission.

But then, just a few years later, it was morning again in America.  Four years of Jimmy Carter produced eight years of Ronald Reagan, and looking back on it, that wasn’t such a bad trade, was it?

Abraham Lincoln once said that if the voters get their backsides too close to the fire, they’ll just have to sit on the blisters for a while.

The American people have some very painful blisters to sit on for the next four years, but the good news is that they’re already starting to figure that out.

On inauguration day, the Rasmussen poll gave the President a net approval rating of 28 points.  Yesterday, that figure was seven points.  During the fall campaign, Rasmussen reported that the generic Democratic candidate for Congress had a 16-point advantage over the generic Republican candidate.  As of May 10th, Rasmussen reports the generic Republican now has a one-point advantage over the Democrat.

Although the President’s personal popularity remains high, most polls are showing a decidedly increasing skepticism over his policies.  For example, yesterday Rasmussen reported that by a margin of 57 to 19 percent, Americans say that tax increases will hurt the economy.

What we are seeing in the polls is the gradual awakening of the American people.  When things are going reasonably well – or even reasonably poorly – most people don’t pay a lot of attention to politics because there are too many other pressing things going on in their lives.  But when a crisis approaches, that’s when you see the strength of a Democracy emerge, and it is an awesome thing.  One by one, individual citizens sense the approach of a common danger and rise to the occasion.  They begin focusing a great deal of attention on politics and they start making very good decisions.

We saw that two summers ago, when the McCain-Kennedy amnesty bill was set to glide through both houses of Congress on broad bi-partisan majorities.  But the American people had finally had enough of being told there was nothing the government cared to do to defend the integrity of our borders and the sovereignty of our nation.  And McCain Kennedy didn’t even make it to a final vote.

We saw that last summer, when gasoline prices hit $4 a gallon and the American people had finally had enough of being told there was nothing the government cared to do to get out of the way of domestic oil production.  And in the span of just a few months, they turned 180 degrees on the issue of offshore oil drilling and nuclear power.

We saw that just a month ago, when Rick Santelli told a routine cable broadcast that he was sick and tired of being forced to pay his neighbor’s mortgage – and the whole trading floor erupted in applause.   He suggested that Americans need to rekindle the spirit that produced the Boston Tea Party, and suddenly, from every corner of America over 800 taxpayer protests erupted across the country on April 15th.  These protests weren’t sponsored by parties or politicians.  They were a grassroots uprising by a silent majority that will not remain silent any longer.

And yet I read the other day of a new chorus of hand-wringing that said we had to get over our nostalgia for Reagan, that we had to be mindful and respectful of the fact the “other side has something,” and that we have nothing, and that “you can’t beat something with nothing.

It’s the same kind of hand-wringing that Ulysses S. Grant confronted at the Battle of the Wilderness among generals overawed by Robert E. Lee’s aggressiveness, audacity and success.  Grant, turned to his distraught generals, and said “Bobby Lee this, and Bobby Lee that! You’d think he’s going to do double somersaults and outflank us on both sides and the rear. Stop thinking about what Bobby Lee’s going to do to us, and start thinking about what we’re going to do to Bobby Lee. Now get some guns up here.”

To those who say we should put the Reagan era behind us – I have a better idea.  Let’s put the Bush era behind us.

To those who say we should redefine our principles, I have a better idea: we don’t need to redefine our principles; we need to return to them.

To those of the Republican establishment, who misled our party for years, who dismantled so much of what Ronald Reagan accomplished and now tell us “the other side has something” and we have nothing.   To them I can’t improve upon Cromwell’s words: “You have sat here too long for any good you have been doing; it is not fit that you should sit here any longer.  You shall now give way to better men.  Now depart and let us have done with you, I say, in the name of God, GO!”

“The other side has something and we have nothing?”

What is the something the other side has – that some say we have to be respectful and mindful of?

Statism.  Shortage.  Paternalism.  That’s their “something” that seems to so overawe and over-impress these scions of a failed party establishment.

Statism, Shortage and Paternalism is what we are told to be mindful and respectful of?  I don’t think so.

Their statism is “something” so extreme that the entire national debt accumulated from the first day of the George Washington administration to the very last day of the George W. Bush administration will literally double in the next five years and triple in the next ten.

The tax increases already proposed to support it will rob every family of more than $2,500 from its purchasing power every year.  We’re supposed to respect that?  The American people don’t respect it.  The American people know that you cannot spend your way rich; that you cannot borrow your way out of debt and you cannot tax your way to prosperity.  And they know that if you live well beyond your means today, you must of necessity live well BELOW your means in the future.  And that’s not a future we want for our children.

Their entire policy is predicated on maintaining shortages of everything from health care to energy and then using the force of government to ration that shortage according to their own whims.  The “something” that they propose to solve their government-induced shortages is having bureaucrats tell us what medical treatments our kids may have and when they may have them; raising energy prices until we bicycle to work; telling us what kind of light bulbs to use, where to set our thermostats, when to use our appliances.

And then there’s Paternalism.  That’s what Rick Santelli was talking about.  When your neighbor buys the house he can’t afford – it’s now your job to pay his mortgage.  When the fraternity brothers of Paulson and Geitner party their investments into the ground – now it’s your job to cover their losses.  When the reckless country-clubbers of General Motors and Chrysler give away the farm to the UAW – now it’s your job to make up the difference, and by the way, now it’s Barney Frank’s job to tell you what kind of car you may buy.

That is the “something” that seems to send these self-described “New Republicans,” into paroxysms of awe and policy-envy.

That’s the “something” that some people are so deathly afraid of saying “NO” to.  Churchill said, “Alexander the Great remarked that the people of Asia were slaves because they had not learned to pronounce the word “NO.”  Let that not be the epitaph of the English-speaking peoples or of parliamentary democracy … There, in one single word, is the resolve which the forces of freedom and progress, of tolerance and goodwill, should take.”

What is the “nothing” that we have that so dismays and disgusts these same messiahs of mediocrity – this “nothing” that’s convinced them that we must wean ourselves from our unseemly nostalgia with such irrelevant has-beens as Reagan, and Lincoln and Jefferson – I add the others because they stood for exactly the same principles as Reagan.

We stand for freedom.

We stand for abundance.

We stand for individual responsibility.

Freedom.  Abundance and Responsibility.  That is our platform.

Those who call that “nothing” are the same failed leaders who disdained it during the Reagan years and dismantled it as soon as the Reagan years were over.
They stand for statism.   We stand for freedom: The God-given right to enjoy the fruit of our own labor; the right to raise our children according to our own values; the right to express our opinions and our faith freely and without reserve; the right to defend ourselves and our families; the right to enter into voluntary associations with each other for our mutual betterment without an army of busy-bodies telling us what is best for us.

They stand for the rationing of shortage.  We stand for abundance: what happens when free men and free women enjoy the liberty to go as far as their desire, talent and imagination can guide them and as far as their labor, industry and enterprise can take them.  Societies prosper when freedom protects the rights of each of us to decide on our own what we will produce and what we will consume.  Government exists to protect the conditions that produce abundance, not to ration shortages that government has caused.

They stand for paternalism.  We stand for personal responsibility. That means you stand by your promises.  That means you tell your customers the truth about your products and investments.  It means if you bring a child into the world then by God you look after that child. And it means if you make a bad decision, you set it right and you learn from it – and you realize that the bad decisions we all make from time to time is the price we pay for the freedom to make all the good decisions in our lives.

Freedom.  Abundance.  Responsibility.  Ladies and Gentlemen, that ain’t “nothing.”  That’s everything.

That’s everything our country is, everything our country stands for.  That’s everything ten generations of Americans have fought to defend.  That is everything that the happiness and prosperity of society depends upon.  That is everything that we have – everything that we are – everything that we hope as Americans.

Jefferson called it the “sum of good government” which he described as “a wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned.”

At the risk of politically incorrect nostalgia, nine years before he became Governor of California, Reagan put it this way during a commencement address to his alma mater.  He said, “This is a simple struggle between those of us who believe that man has the dignity and sacred right and the ability to choose and shape his own destiny and those who do not so believe.  This irreconcilable conflict is between those who believe in the sanctity of individual freedom and those who believe in the supremacy of the state.”

Lincoln said much the same. He said, “That is the real issue.  That is the issue that will continue in this country when these poor tongues of Judge Douglas and myself shall be silent.  It is the eternal struggle between these two principles – right and wrong – throughout the world.  They are the two principles that have stood face to face from the beginning of time; and will ever continue to struggle.  The one is the common right of humanity, and the other is the divine right of kings.  It is the same principle in whatever shape it develops itself.  It is the same spirit that says, ‘You work and toil and earn bread, and I’ll eat it.’  No matter in what shape it comes, whether from the mouth of a king who seeks to bestride the people of his own nation and live by the fruit of their labor, or from one race of men as an apology for enslaving another race, it is the same tyrannical principle.”

And today, our country faces this tyrannical principle in actual practice.

The Left would condemn our children to the failure of government schools run by teacher unions. We would liberate parents to select the school and the teacher that best meets their child’s needs and hold the school and the teacher accountable for the results.

The Left would condemn our families to sky-high energy prices; we would free America’s vast energy reserves and limitless supplies of clean, cheap electricity through nuclear power, hydro-electricity and clean coal.

The Left would condemn our health care to bureaucrats who’ll decide what treatments we may have and when we may have them. We would provide the tax credits to bring a basic health plan within the financial reach of every family – a health plan they could chose, they could own, and they could change if it failed to serve them.

The Left would deny union members the right to a secret ballot; we would free employers to pay bonuses to union members above and beyond their union contract.

The Left would plunder our children of their prosperity tomorrow to pay for the unprecedented expansion of government today.  We insist on a government that does what families do every day: work hard, waste not and live within our means.  And that promise needs to begin with renouncing the failed Bush administration that violated every one of these tenets.

The Left offers stifling central planning to manage every aspect of our lives; they offer higher and higher taxes and more and more costly regulations.  We offer freedom.

It’s ironic that the same rocket scientists who say we have to listen more to the opposition’s message obviously haven’t been listening to our own.

We have the most powerful message in the history of mankind.  It is freedom.  And to those who say we have no messengers – look around at each other.  Yes, Ronald Reagan was a great communicator, but as William Saracino has said, “He wasn’t communicating cookie recipes.”  And if we learned anything at all from that great man, it was that every one of us needs to be a messenger.

In February of 1861, Abraham Lincoln’s inaugural train paused in Indianapolis and he spoke these words: “Of the people when they rise in mass on behalf of the Union and the liberties of their country, it may be said ‘The gates of hell shall not prevail against them.  I appeal to you constantly to bear in mind that not with the President, not with the office-seekers, but with you is the question, ‘Shall the liberties of this country be preserved to the latest generation.’”

That is our clarion call.  Ladies and Gentlemen, what has happened to our nation has happened on our generation’s watch, and it is our generation’s responsibility to set things right.

Does anyone here have any doubt how this battle will end as long as we stand firm?  I think the Left is starting to figure that out too, and behind the smarmy smirks of superiority, their real sentiments are showing through.

The Department of Homeland Security refuses to use the word “terrorist” to describe Al Qaeda.  It has replaced the term “acts of terrorism” with the term “man-made disaster” so as not to offend Islamic extremists.  But it doesn’t hesitate to declare every American who believes in Constitutional principles or who defended those principles on far off battlefields as “potential domestic terrorists.”

That offers real insight into the Left.  Churchill put it this way:  “They are afraid of words and thoughts.  Words spoken abroad, thoughts stirring at home – all the more powerful because forbidden – terrify them.  A little mouse – a little tiny mouse – of thought enters the room and these mighty potentates are thrown into panic. They make frantic efforts to bar out thoughts and words; they are afraid of the workings of the human mind.”

Think about what terrifies the Left.  Letters to the editor.  Calls to talk shows.  Blogs on the internet.  Comments after newspaper editorials.  Taxpayer tea parties.

Why did they react so viscously to the tea parties?  You remember the tale of the “Emperor’s New Clothes” – once the townspeople realized that there were many others who believed as they believed, the façade collapsed.

So let’s not disappoint our friends on the left. Let us all here today resolve that we’re going to spend at least ten hours a week agitating and educating in every forum we can find.

When the American Founders adopted the Declaration of Independence, they pledged to each other their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor.  They were speaking quite literally.  When they pledged their lives, they meant it.  The King had already warned that a noose awaited every one of them.  When they pledged their fortunes, they meant it.  Lewis Morris had just received word that his estate in New York had been burned to the ground, that his family had become refugees and that his two sons had enlisted in the rag-tag army around General Washington.

How little history demands of our generation in defense of those same principles. We aren’t asked to pledge our entire fortunes – just a small portion of our earnings in support of the causes and candidates we believe in.  We aren’t asked to pledge our lives – only a small portion of our lives until we have set things right.

But our sacred honor – that history demands of us in full.  That we leave today highly resolved not to fail or falter until we have restored freedom as the cornerstone of our government.  Because if we fail to do that, then what history will demand of our children and grandchildren is unthinkable.

So let us honor the memory of Reagan and Lincoln and Jefferson and all those placed freedom above security and principle above politics.  To those among us who would do otherwise, as Shakespeare said, “He who hath no stomach for this fight, let him now depart.”

And then let us together write the next chapter of the American Republic: that just when it appeared that the principles of American freedom were faltering, this generation rediscovered them, rallied to them, revived them, restored them, polished them and passed them on shining and inviolate to the many succeeding generations that followed.

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By Anonymous on June 2, 2009

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By Ken Singler (not verified) on May 22, 2009

Mr. McClintock I was starting to give up on the GOP republican party for the way they failed us by not providing a better canidate. But after reading your speech I have renewed hope that we can pull out of the nose dive this country is in, from crashing and burning. I have a great idea, lets put you in office as our next leader. You definitely stand for the correct principles that are good, and common sense that the American people obviously left at home when they went to the poles last November. Lets all pull our resources together and do what's right for our children's future. Keep up the good fight, I'll be praying for you and your family.

By Brian Laughter (not verified) on May 22, 2009

Mr. McClintock, I have listened and heard and watched everything for the past year and I have never been more uncomfortable in my entire life about my future on this earth for myself but most of all my families future. Those founding fathers were absolutely enspired when they prepaired our Constitution and the Bill of Rights. But they were farmers and business owners and fathers and God fearing men. I have owned my business since 1985 and this administation has all but destroyed all that I have worked for. I have always worked over 80 hr. weeks and most weekends to build what I have and even still today. I have been an honest and fair man to my costomers, my community and mostly to my family. But I have seen what both political parties have done to our country and niether one has been honest.
I want to see an aggressive education focusing on our youth on the clear differences between Socialism and it's downfalls and the long everlasting benefits of what a republic can do for all people for all time. But this can only work if the leadership has the integrity worth following. I think that All conservative men and women that want to take a leadreship role should be put in a room and grilled about the lifestyles that they live and stop cheating on their wives, famillies, business and lie's about their true beliefs just to win votes. I want to see real honest men and women that stand for what they believe even if it's not popular. John Maxwell a very well known leadership writer and leader himself was asked to speak to a large group of executives on Business ethics and his reply was "I would love to but there is no such thing as Business ethics." They asked what do you mean? He said, " You either have it or you don't, business has nothing to do with ethics."
I have used that idea in my life and I will be greatful when I meet my maker.

By Bill Jones (not verified) on May 22, 2009

"The Left would condemn our children to the failure of government schools run by teacher unions. We would liberate parents to select the school and the teacher that best meets their child’s needs and hold the school and the teacher accountable for the results."

The conservatives would liberate parents to make choices about schooling. Who pays? Who would hold whom accountable? There is no way to tell from Tom's talking points.

This sounds like Bush's medicare plan. Vouchers could be the next big budget buster, if one adds Tom's principle of "abundance" to his quote.

Tom, resources are scarce. Conservative principles do not overcome that simple fact and economic laws.

The only free market approach would be to allow parents to make choices regarding schooling for their children with THEIR OWN MONEY and then hold PARENTS accountable for the outcome. They made the choice. Now put their feet to the fire.

Come on Tom. At least be consistent about free market choice. Buyer beware!

By Betsy Close (not verified) on May 22, 2009

Well done, Tom McClintock, Son of The Republic!!
What I really like about you is that. like Winston Churchill, you never give up- never give up. Like Abraham Lincoln, you keep running for office, even when you have lost and lost again, never losing hope. And here you are in Congress! We should all have you determination and your courage. I have watched your political career for 6 years now and it has been remarkable how you keep going.) You are an inspiration to all of us on the Left Coast and beyond. Thanks so much. May God direct your path.

By Jeff Fetrow (not verified) on May 21, 2009

Brilliant. No other word to describe it. And yet so simple. "Stick to what you believe" is something the GOP has cast aside these days, and how amazing it is to hear some finally speaking up! We don't need to move to the center, we need to stand where we belong, on the right. We need to stand tall, and express our beliefs and policies. They work. It's that simple. You are the kind of leader this party needs. We in the Republican party need to stand up and take it back from the pandering mainstreamers, and get back to what we do best. You, Tom, are the man we need running for President in 2012. You'd have my full support, and I know many, many others. Republicans, wake up! This is true leadership!

By db (not verified) on May 21, 2009

The more I hear from you, the angrier I am with the CA GOP, who supported the Governator clown instead of supporting YOU for Governor after the recall of Gray.
If the GOP in CA, and in our country in general, doesn't get its conservative act together, I and we, in general, will start a new, conservative party.
This can not continue anymore.
I did not flee communist Eastern Europe only to see this great country slide in fascism/socialism.

By Richard Bartlett (not verified) on May 21, 2009


"Obama No"

My new bumper sticker

By Bert Acuna Jr. (not verified) on May 21, 2009

Thank you for giving me hope in our party. We need more people like you in our party. I can't identify with the people in our party that have sent us in the wrong direction. Let us get back to the ideas of the Reagan era!!! I am more than happy to give you my vote to any office you seek. Please consider the presidency in the future!!!!!

Bert Acuna Jr.
Riverside, California

By Roumen (not verified) on May 21, 2009

Dear Congressman:
Ron Paul once said that we have the right to our life and liberty. Everything else is demands, not rights. "Free" health care, education, etc. etc. is demands, because it doesn't come free - someone has to pay for it. "Free" health care is not free because doctors have to put their bodies and minds into it, education is not free because teachers don't work for free either. So the cost is transferred to the "government" which is really people's taxes.
The sooner the libs out there understand these concepts the sooner we are all going to be better off.

By Richard Geertson (not verified) on May 21, 2009

Tom, You have nailed what ails America. Both parties have failed in upholding or abiding by the great libertine principles upon which this nation was founded.

I disagree with the likes of Powell and Specter. There is NO room in the Republican party for those who compromise liberty and personal responsibility, or at least there shouldn't be.

Keep up the great work and don't ever water down your message.

By Jennie Brick (not verified) on May 21, 2009

Right on, Tom! You said it all. You would make an amazing president.

By SanDee Herzog (not verified) on May 21, 2009

I was becoming so concerned for our future here in the United States....and it seemed no one in government paid any attention to these concerns. They did whatever they wanted and heck with their constituent's and their wants..even if the platform they campaigned on and elected on had now changed to be a radically different one. McClintock has been honest from the beginning. There is one honest politician and that's a good start.

By Bridget Geegan Blanton (not verified) on May 21, 2009

Dear Congressman McClintock,

This is a speech for the ages. The historical references underscore the wisdom of the Founding Fathers and has the effect of rallying lovers of freedom everywhere! Your 'clarion call to action' to fellow citizens to stand up against reckless, fiscal policy by the stumbling statists that have placed this great nation on the precipice of disaster should be heeded from coast to coast. May every American contemplate your warning that it is the responsibility of this generation to pass the torch of freedom to the next. May every American consider what they can contribute to the cause of freedom; be it time or treasure. Contribute we must! Thank you Congressman for your tireless dedication to freedom and for your staunch fidelity to the Constitution of these United States.
Bridget in Temecula, CA

By Karl Buus (not verified) on May 21, 2009

Thank you Mr. McClintock for you insight. We definitely need more thinkers like you in Congress. As time permits I'm listening to the audio version of Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand, a book I first read while serving in the US Navy in the early sixties. The label on the box states it is the "second most influential book for Americans today" after the bible, according to a joint survey conducted by the Library of Congress and the Book of the Month Club. Although this book was written years ago it's very timely reminder of the freedom, abundance and responsibilities that made this country great and that I fear we're losing. You share those virtues.

By Ken Newton (not verified) on May 21, 2009

Ditto, Darry Widman; couldn't say it better. What this country needs is a clearly enunciated position of what convervative values are and why the Republican party should actually adopt and champion these virtures. Tom for President!

By Greg Contreras (not verified) on May 21, 2009

Dear Senator: Have to say, this is an excellent speech, maybe you're the new face of the Republican Party, I hope so. You get it!

By James Barrett III (not verified) on May 21, 2009

At Last! A man of courage of conviction, a conservative who understands "Not only No, but, Hell No"! I completely agree, we must leave behind the "Era of Bush", and the failed policies of "Compassionate Conservatism", which was nothing more than an attempt to expand government into our daily lives. When the people of this country finally realize that nothing that government does is done well, and that "We" the people don't need them as badly as they need "Us", we will finally get our country back from the badly misguided leadership of the current political hacks. I fully support conservatism and am a life-long republican who has turned my back on the NRC because of their failed leadership. I will, individually, support any conservative who shows some back-bone and courage. My question for many months has been, "When did we become a Country of Cowards"? My personal invitation is as follows, "Want my Rights, Come and Get Them"!

By Darryl Widman (not verified) on May 21, 2009

I say again, kind Sir, that you are speaking like a man right for the office of the leader of our land. Please continue along the line of your thinking and be ready to assume that high position when your people ask you to elevate yourself thereto. It is you whom we have been waiting for. It is you who speaks the right words and motivates your people for the righteous reasons. No one else has been heard using the term 'Freedom' nor has been discussing the reasons for the Declaration of Independence nor the writings of our Founding Fathers. We have come way too far the opposite direction in years of late and it has begun to decay and erode our country to a point where those Fathers would ask what country this is. How do we get you to that presidential candidate position now so that our party snaps out if its current malaise? We need to know that you are building up your war chest now to defeat, not only any Democratic Party candidate then, but especially to promote the concept of a McClintock for President campaign now which would certainly have a serious impact on those day to day votes in the House. Please consider changing your 'McClintock for Congress' message to 'McClintock for President' now. Thank you!

Darryl Widman
Santa Barbara, California

By Randy Sohn (not verified) on May 21, 2009

You are great at what you do, and say. Keep up the good fight, God bless you, and those that take the stand for liberty against the tyranny facing us now.

By Catherine Stachowiak (not verified) on May 21, 2009

That was the kind of speech that makes for excellent leadership!
You probably don't remember me. But you spoke at a pro life rally my friends and I planned in Ventura, CA at the Ventura County Government Center back in the 1980s. Since then I have followed your doings in politics. I just wanted to say how proud I was of this speech. I admire your stand. Thanks for writing it.

By Elaine McKearn (not verified) on May 21, 2009

Yes, Yes, Yes! Thank you for your insightful thoughts as well as refreshing our memories and educating us on a little history. I hope everyone who reads or hears this will take the time to become involved in the process.

By Carla Bonney (not verified) on May 21, 2009

I have committed my life to go on talk shows, write my congress people, help organize the resistance, and antagonize the ones who are ruining our country. July 4th viva la resistance. Ventura County Tea Party Patriots 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ventura County Government Center

By Cindy Zapotocky (not verified) on May 21, 2009

A wonderful speech, and encouraging to those of us getting the tar beat out of us in Spokane over the Mayor's Sustainability Task Force Action Plan which just passed our City Council. This housewife who supported you in your gallant run for Congress is now Chairman of the Spokane County Republican Party. See, your followers are "engaging" the libs even in the far corners of this country, just as you are doing in D.C. Keep on standing up....we're watching you and are very proud of your courageous leadership. In the trenches.....Cindy Zapotocky

By Manuel Lemos (not verified) on May 21, 2009

Dear Congressman McClintock,

That was the most uplifting and inspiring speech I have read in a very long time. Thank you for doing the research and taking the time and effort which it took to deliver such an outstanding speech. I believe this speech, along with your other admirable efforts, should deliver you to the Congressional leadership very quickly.

Manuel Lemos

By Teresa Bryan (not verified) on May 21, 2009

Excellent thoughts. With Mr. McClintock, we finally have a Republican with a platform. Not Statism, Shortage and Paternalism, but instead Freedom, Abundance and Responsibility. Thank you, sir!

By Mike Mancuso (not verified) on May 21, 2009

Bravo! I will read this whenever I need energy to write one more comment to Obama, Feinstein, Boxer, Pelosi or Honda. Thanks.

By Richard Mueller (not verified) on May 20, 2009 must run for President.

By Eric Svetcov (not verified) on May 20, 2009

Fantastic speech. We should be moving back to our roots: Small Government, Less Intrusive Government, Personal Responsibility

By Greg (not verified) on May 20, 2009

When is your run for governor, Tom?

By Peter G Phillips (not verified) on May 20, 2009

Great speech! If you actually wrote it, I'm impressed. If you believe it, I'm more impressed. If you can get the block-heads in the GOP to fight for the values you speak of, Americans, even Democrats (are they Americans? Doesn't matter.), will fight with you. The Tea Parties are an indication of that.
Trouble is, most of us see the choice offered as one of Enormous government vs Gigantic government. Which is better, which is worse, who can tell the difference?
If the GOP will return to its core principals the difference will be obvious. When America becomes sick and tired of Obama socialism, and it will, the GOP had better have already defined itself as the anti Obama anti socialism party. You were right to point to Carter as a good example. When America got sick of him, there was Reagan. The difference then was that the GOP still had its principals. Reagan like Obama was very good at conveying the message and like Obama he was charismatic. As I see it, the GOP does not know what the message is, nor do we have a charismatic leader to convey it. Okay, I'm wrong. We don't have a message. We do have a charismatic leader. Well, with some grooming by the party, she could be a leader.
Yeah, she. People like her, trust her, believe she is speaking the truth as she sees it. She has charisma. The left hates her with a passion. They still beat up on her when she doesn't appear to be any threat to them. They fear her. Sounds good to me. With careful preparation she could topple the Messiah and his party with him. Reagan was no scholar, nor was he an expert on international affairs or Anglo/Soviet relations. But he was smart. He learned. He was the right messenger with the right message. She is smart, she could learn with the party behind her. Groom her, or find someone the public likes as well as her. Then preach the message you just laid out from every rooftop in America. When Americans pull the pitchforks from the shed and go looking for a fight, they will need a leader they trust with a message they understand. Give them both.
Maybe Judge Judy is available? She has the thing Americans value most, and Government at every level needs the most. Common sense.


Peter Phillips

By Kelly Grady (not verified) on May 20, 2009

You could be the next great President that we have been waiting for. Who is not afraid to say it like it is. Who believes in a strong military and Reaganomics and our God given right to be free and make our own decisions and take responsibility with our decisions and actions. God Bless you. I shall be praying for you and our country and hope that it is not too late in the sense that so many years have gone by as to the brainwashing in public school with our children about secularism and glorifying Islam and putting down Christians and Jews and Global Warming. Everything is backwards these days. And then there is Hollywood and the left-wing biased mainstream media. And look what we got. A naive community organizer who doesn't know what the hell he is doing and has also been brainwashed. The Left, CAIR and ACLU are destroying our country. May God help us. Many people need to be reeducated about what is really going on in our coutnry and the world, and that Socialism does not work. You could be the one along with Michael Steele, Michelle Maulkin, Brigitte Gabriel, and yes Michael Savage (He is a very wise Man) to name a few that first come to mind. Did you know that Michale Savage has been banned from stepping foot on England soil due to him speaking the truth about things that others don't have the balls to say? There is no England anymore and I am afraid that it could happen here. We have become weak and complacent and while our enemy's children are learning how to cut throats and hate the infidel, our children are learning about political correctness, singing Kumbaya around the campfire, and how to kick a ball and being coddled and lied to about the dangers of the world. I am a truthseeker, Mr. McClintock. I love my country and appreciate the freedom that we have and do not take it for granted. And yet I mourn for my country seeing it go downhill and fear that all those millions of brave men and some women who have died for our freedoms may have been all for nought and in vain.
I will stand by you, Mr. McClintock because I know you will not falter. You will stand by your principles and remain true to yourself. This was a great speech that you made. I wish that I could have heard it in person. And I wish that every American could hear or read it. I will email this to people I know to help spread the word.
Kelly A. Grady
Reagan Conservative
Sacramento native
Small business owner
Wife and Mother of three

By Fredd (not verified) on May 20, 2009

This is the best blog writing I've seen. Simply, Thank You.

By Nance (not verified) on May 20, 2009

Bravo...McClintock, as of late, the only one in Congress with any courage! Thank God you are there sir! McClintock for President 2012!!

By Lorri (not verified) on May 20, 2009

McClintock for President!

By Scott (not verified) on May 20, 2009

McClintock for PRESIDENT - 2012!!!

By Chris (not verified) on May 20, 2009

I'm so glad I clicked the link to read the entire speech. The snippet included in the e-mail I received did not do the speech justice. After the last 8 years you're about the only politician I believe in any more. While I will continue to wonder how much better off California, my home, would be if you had won the Gubernatorial Recall election, I sincerely hope that you're able to gain more traction on the national stage to help make our country a better one.
Bravo, Rep. McClintock, please keep up the good work.

By Winston Smith (not verified) on May 20, 2009

Your second paragraph is THE MOST telling of 2009.

Keep up the good work for those Californians who care.

I am,
The Hollywood Republican

By Shirley Casale (not verified) on May 20, 2009

I really enjoyed reading your speech and you are so right on with what you have stated in it . We must fight for our countries rights and get going as soon as possible on turning this whole situation around to save our freedom and our country . we need to take it back !

By Joe Siewell (not verified) on May 20, 2009

You are a great leader. We won 5 of the six in CA with your help I believe. You need to find a way to be president and soon!

By jeff sobieraj (not verified) on May 20, 2009

Tom - you are a breath of fresh air in a noisy, liberal world. I stand behind your vision and values. But first, you need to come back and run for Governor of California. As you said before, as California goes, so will the nation in reference to the economic issues we face.

You should have won over Arnold previously; not only was he a fake republican, but his celebrity status won out. Your credentials will win out this time.

I look forward to hearing of your plans. The state and country need your leadership.

jeff Sobieraj
Laguna Niguel, CA

By John Davey (not verified) on May 20, 2009

From the rooftops Rep. McClintock. From wide and far, across this land. Let this simple message be heard.

[...] The Eve of the American Reawakening [...]

By Sayrah (not verified) on May 22, 2009

Bill Jones and Adam don't get it. I have lived here in California all my life, long enough to have had Jerry Brown as Governor (who? oh yeah, he dated Linda Ronstadt) and then have Ronald Reagan as Governor (I remember warmth). I was too young when Kennedy and Martin Luther King was shot, and then Robert Kennedy. I remember being in my living room hearing the news about the Viet Cong and someone always reporting from Televiv. I was in High School when Watergate happened and all I remember is Agnew and Nixon resigning. I could care less at that time. Then Ford and all the jokes and then Carter. Carter. All I remember from him was gas lines, getting gas on odd or even days, over a year of our American Citizens being held captive in Iran, some never coming home. No help from our military as we didn't have much. I was 22 when Ronald Reagan became President and my son was born. It was eight years of warmth, humor and being called the Teflon President. He got shot and almost died. He got Germany to tear down the wall. There are many things he did that outway anything he did not do so well. When his tenure was over my son cried. He was eight. What I am saying here is it is so simple. That is why what Tom McClintock is saying in his speech will simply go over Bill Jone's and Adam's head.

I voted for Tom McClintock for Governor because I could sense his overwhelming desire to do what is right, not only for Californians but for America. God bless him and may America bless God!

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By Andy Jackson (not verified) on May 26, 2009

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By OneCitizenSpeaking (not verified) on May 26, 2009

It is one thing to give lofty speeches, it is quite another to craft legislation that can move through the Congress and be signed by the President. It is one thing to be openly critical of the Administration, it is quite another to propose rational solutions which are never considered. And it is one thing to say that you represented your constitutents in Thousand Oaks while making your actual residence near Sacramento.
Do not mistake motion for action and certainly do not confuse effectiveness with effusiveness. It is now time for the type of performance that yields results, not applause and agreement.