“It is not light that we need, but fire; it is not the gentle shower, but thunder. We need the storm, the whirlwind, and the earthquake.” - Frederick Douglass
These days we
Oklahomans are constantly reminded of the golden oldie, “Shake, Rattle and
not dancing; we’re having one earthquake after another. In fact, the Washington Post recently reported “there were 183 quakes in Oklahoma with at least a 3.0 magnitude
between October 2013 and April 14, 2014.”
A national earthquake made even bigger news on Tuesday - a political earthquake of literally
stunning proportions. In Tuesday’s Virginia 7th congressional primary,
unknown and sparsely funded economics professor Dave Brat knocked out incumbent
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.
Given how bright the lights were inside the Capitol Tuesday
night, one can only guess how many members of Congress sat in a stunned stupor
as We The People shifted the tectonic plates under the Capitol dome.
Imagine a challenger with no smarmy political
consultants writing canned ham attack ads or a political machine bundling
campaign donations, taking out the 2nd most powerful
member of the United States House of Representatives!
It just doesn’t happen this way. According to CNN,
Cantor spent around $100 per vote and Brat spent about $5 per vote. But it did.
Cantor’s public shellacking was especially humiliating
given that this is the first time a sitting majority leader has lost
a primary election since the position was created in 1899. While talking
heads will pontificate for weeks, the reason Cantor is on the unemployment line
is an affliction suffered by too many elected officials.
When you consistently ignore, dismiss and use public
policy to punish the people who elected you, the people will have the
last word. It reminds me of Bill Cosby when his TV character Dr. Cliff Huxtable
told his son Theo, “I brought you
into this world, and I'll take you out!”
Ladies and gentlemen this is the terrain altering power
of grassroots, and this is the kind of real power that just sent the House
Majority Leader packing.
As Brat’s 23-year old campaign
manager, told the Washington Examiner, their campaign was “100-percent
grassroots. Grassroots, grassroots, grassroots, grassroots, grassroots.”
The FairTax® campaign is also a grassroots campaign -
the largest grassroots tax replacement campaign in the country. Isn’t it going
to be earth shaking when the FairTax knocks out the income tax? Washington will be shaken
to its core!
Finally, tonight FairTax grassroots activists and
delegates begin their national meeting in Houston, TX. The meeting begins with
a dinner featuring Congressman Jim Bridenstine (OK-1) as the keynote speaker. Saturday
and Sunday the newly elected delegates will get down to the business of
governing Americans For Fair Taxation® as they assume their position on the
board of directors.
Please keep these dedicated leaders in your thoughts and prayers
as they seek to guide and direct passage of HR 25.
And last but certainly not least, Lydia Child said, “Blessed
indeed is the man who hears many gentle voices call him father!” Happy Father’s
Day to FairTax Fathers near and far – may you have a most blessed day on this
day and always.
Until next week,