[Congressman Tim Scott with my son, Jackson.]
This past Sunday afternoon, my husband Chris, my son Jackson and I attended Tim Scott’s latest fundraiser in Charleston, South Carolina. I gotta admit, it was a surreal experience.
[(R to L) Me, Congressman Scott holding my son, Jackson, and my husband, Chris.]
[Congressman Scott, Jackson and me.]
Why was it so surreal? Well, two years ago, I took the initiative and did a lot of blogging on Congressman Scott’s behalf when he began his run for congress. (I even covered his birthday party, as well as his victory party.) When I first started showing up to Tim’s events two years ago (he would tell everybody to call him “Tim”), I noticed that his events were pretty full of loyal supporters, but they weren’t jam-packed from wall to wall with bodies like his fund-raiser was this past Sunday. At Mr. Scott’s most recent event, there was even a rock band, and a long line just to shake his hand and say “Hello”–whereas two years ago, you could just walk right up to Tim and say “Hi”. Don’t get me wrong, Tim hadn’t changed at all (he was still his sweet, jovial self), but the situation had changed–he was now “Congressman Scott”.
[(R to L) Me, Carmen Schachte, Bobby Riggs and Rear Admiral William L. Schachte, Jr.]
[(R to L) Debbie Lamb, Loy Stewart, Jr., Sharon Stewart and Jimmy Lamb.]
[Debbie Lamb holding Baby Jackson.]
[Chris, Jackson and me.]
[Me with campaign aide Michael Sally.]
[Me, Chris and Jackson.]
[(R to L) Claudia Bentley holding Jackson, Jackie Novak, Michelle Bentley and me.]
Then it hit me. Tim was now “Congressman Scott” because of people just like the ones attending this fundraiser–i.e., people who got involved in the political process in some form or another (by writing blogs, giving donations, volunteering their time, becoming precinct committeemen, etc.). In other words, getting involved in the political process is power.
In the show Game of Thrones, Lord Varys is famous for the following quote:
Power resides where men believe it resides–it is a trick, a shadow on the wall. And, a very small man can cast a very large shadow.
(See the embed below.)
The MSM would like us to believe that they have all of the power–that they can decide who lives or who dies politically. They might even try to discourage conservatives by stating that Republicans are “unenthused” by Mitt Romney as their nominee, or they might even go so far as to mock conservative activists by calling them “teabaggers”. Don’t listen to them–their power is a trick, a shadow on the wall. The real power lies with the voter/activist who actually shows up and gets involved. In the past, Congressional elections have been decided by a few hundred votes–heck, the 2000 Presidential Election was decided by approximately 500 votes in the state of FL. Showing up matters. And, if you sit at home on election night stuffing your face with Cheetos and complaining about how your vote doesn’t matter, you are ceding your power to decide who speaks for you in DC.
I recently wrote a post where I listed (and explained in detail) the five rules of politics as I saw them:
1.) NEVER cede the higher ground to your opponent when you are winning on an issue.
2.) People hate the thought police.
3.) People don’t vote for people they don’t like–i.e., mean people suck.
4.) Don’t eat your own–you’re wasting valuable time and energy.
5.) Stay away from conspiracy theories.
However, after attending Congressman Scott’s recent fundraiser, I would like to amend my previous post and add a sixth rule:
6.) Showing up is fifty percent of the battle.
Don’t ever cede your power by just “staying home” and not getting involved. Everyone has a talent. Everyone has something to contribute–even if it’s just a vote. And remember, even “a very small man can cast a very large shadow”.
[Baby Jackson with his favorite toy--a stuffed elephant.]
[Baby Jackson waving the American flag.]
Cross-posted at Right Wing News.
This past Saturday morning, I had the privileged of being the featured guest on Da Tech Guy’s famous radio show (in case you missed it, he now writes for The Minority Report). We discussed a plethora of topics–such as the recent on-goings at The Minority Report, the reasons behind the MSM’s biased coverage of the Wisconsin brouhaha, the horrific murder of the Fogel family in Israel, as well as the details of some of my previous columns. You can listen to the entire interview here.
Please feel free to be honest and let me know where I did well, and where I have room for improvement. However, please don’t be brutal–this is my first ever radio interview after all.
Anywho, enjoy the interview, and have a nice Sunday afternoon!
PS–I tried to remember to mention as many of you as I could. (If I forgot to mention you, I am sincerely sorry and I will try my best to remember the next time.)
Tomorrow morning at 10:00 AM, I will have the honor of being the featured guest on Da Tech Guy’s awesome radio show. If any of you guys have some free time on Saturday morning, I would greatly appreciate it if you could give us a listen–or, even call in if you think of a question that you would like to ask one of us. We will be discussing all of the recent on-goings at The Minority Report, the Libyan crisis, and the sad, horrific murder of an Israeli family by Palestinian terrorists.
Take care, and I look forward to hearing from you all tomorrow morning!
Sincerely, Susannah Fleetwood
As some of you are aware, earlier this week I published a post that was chockerblock full of pictures documenting my adventures at CPAC. Well, included in that post were pictures of myself with the hilarious Red Eye guys, the hysterical Stephen Kruiser (who is a frequent guest on Red Eye, as well as the host of the Kruiser Kabana), and the lovely blogger Sarah Rumpf. (See the pictures below.)
[Above is a picture with me and Greg Gutfeld, the host of the Fox show Red Eye.]
[A big thank you to Richard Hornsby for the photo]
This past Wednesday through Saturday, The American Conservative Union sponsored the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, or CPAC. CPAC was open to all conservative activists who wanted to attend. This year, I had the honor of being a credentialed blogger for CPAC, and, thus, was able to sit in the bloggers’ lounge that was sponsored by Freedom Works. Tabitha Hale, the brains behind the bloggers’ row who put the whole thing together, really outdid herself. (All attendees should participate in a quiet “golf clap” for Tabitha.)
Folks, I had a blast this past week. Seriously, if any of you ever get the opportunity to attend CPAC, I highly suggest going. In fact, there are three very good reasons to attend CPAC next year (or any similar national conservative activist conference in the future). So, without much fanfare and ado, let’s get right to it.