Romney Announces His Choice For Running Mate


This morning, in front of the U.S.S. Wisconsin, presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney announced his choice for Vice Presidential running mate.  Gov. Romney has chosen the current chairman of the House Budget Committee, the 7 term U.S. Representative for Wisconsin’s 1st congressional district, and author of the “The Path to Prosperity: A Blueprint for American Renewal”, Paul Ryan.

As you may know, the Durham TEA Party was formed to be a voice of resistance against constant increases in government spending and an ever increasing national debt; a positive voice for fiscal responsibility, constitutionally limited government, and the prosperity of the free market.

From our point of view, Paul Ryan is a great choice!  He recognizes that the constant increases in spending must be turned.  He has consistently articulated in patient and clear terms what’s at stake.  He has personally designed bold solutions to our fiscal dilemma that include concrete ideas.  He has confidently defended his ideas against pressured opposition, even from supposedly conservative allies. Paul Ryan has clearly and persistently demonstrated his mettle.

We hope this choice by Romney places a fiscally focused stake in the ground.  We hope it signals that the Romney administration will recognize that the current path places dire consequences in our future, and talk is meaningless.  Action, real action, is required.  We hope it signals that Romney intends to face this tough challenge and finally  get our fiscal house in order.

For far too long (since Ronald Reagan), the big spenders, both Republican and Democrat, have had the power.   It’s far past time for courage.  It’s far past time for boldness.  Tough choices must be made now, before it’s too late. 

With Paul Ryan on this ticket, we may be witnessing a daring return to determined leadership.  We may finally start to turn this ship away from disaster.

That is our hope, and we are standing watch.

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A Declaration by the Authority of the United Democratic States, 

When in the Course of human events, it becomes desirable for a people to strengthen the political bands which bind them to the central State, and to reinforce the dependent station to which the numerous volumes of Laws, and their corollaries, entitle them, despite contempt for the opinions of mankind, they should declare the causes which impel them to this insistent reliance.

We hold this doctrine to be enforceable, that most men are born inept, and therefore must be granted certain Rights, that among these Rights are Ample Nourishment, Adequate Housing, Safe Transportation, Quality Health Care, Economic Certainty, Security, and ultimately, Happiness. –That to award these rights, Governments reign over Men, deriving their just powers from the high station of their Councilors, –Whenever populaces become critical of their ends, it is the Right of the Government to disregard the dissent, and to institute more Laws, laying their foundation on conformity and organizing their powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect the perpetual supremacy of the ruling Class.

History, indeed, demonstrates that the grip of Governments long established are often strengthened for any conceivable cause; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more secure in accepting the crumbs that are offered them from their Betters, than to foolishly abolish the forms under which they are humbled. But when a long history of abundance and luxury obtained by the industrious, independent, and the unwitting benefactors in their employ and vicinity, evinces a design to hold men personally responsible and often enriched, it is the Government’s right, and the insistent dependents’ duty, to throw off such a system, and to provide Sentries for the establishment and continuing security of the ruling Caste’s authority. –Such has been the patient sufferance of American citizens; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to continue on the path toward total dependence facilitated by demands on the unjustly capable and endowed. The history of the United States is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations of rights as enumerated, all having in direct object the establishment of a system of individual pursuits, of risk and reward, where one receives only what one earns. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid globe.

  • The current State has only sluggishly Assented to reams of new Laws and Regulations, the most wholesome and necessary for the common good.
  • Large districts of citizens have refused to relinquish Representation in the Legislature, a privilege inestimable to the impedance of proper State control, and the democratic will of the majority.
  • Citizens have opposed with manly firmness State invasions on their independent disposition, and the State has rebuked this slothfully and inadequately.
  • Current law has obstructed the Administration of Social Justice by barring the enactment of Laws for establishing stronger collection, administrative and distributive powers.
  • Learned Magistrates of well established tenure are constrained when establishing and enforcing just laws as deemed fit to manage an aimless populace.
  • The erection of the multitude of New Offices, and the swarms of Officers sent hither to harass the people is wholly inadequate in number.
  • The Military has been rendered dependent on, and inferior to, the Civil power.
  • The domestic State’s constitution has yet to officially coalesce with the edicts of International Governing Bodies in order to properly establish a jurisdiction founded on worldwide economic justice, and lasting global peace.
  • Over-privileged Americans are generally under-taxed and under-regulated.
  • Citizens’ unrestricted travel causes unpredictable distribution of population and currency, causing undue complexity in societal planning and management.

In every stage of these Impediments We have Organized for Change:  Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by gradual acquiescence. A Government whose character is not marked by acts which may define a redistributive society, is unfit to be the ruler of a dependent people.

We have not been wanting in attentions to our Countrymen. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend a free economy and to decentralize the State. We have reminded them of our refusal to emigrate to countries more to our liking. We have appealed to their sense of social justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow independence and its results, which would inevitably interrupt our lurch toward pure democracy. They too have been deaf to the voice of social justice and of discordant diversity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Demands, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies as Sovereigns, in Subjugation Friends.

We, therefore, the willing Subjects of the United Democratic States of America, in General agreement, appealing to the already appropriately humbled of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of the Earth, solemnly publish and declare, That the people of these United Democratic States are, and of Right ought to be subdued by the benevolent central State, and are Dependent on the will of such; that we are Absolved from all Allegiance to the concepts of individualism, and self-interested pursuits. We recognize the Government’s claim to full, unchecked Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, regulate Commerce, approve Vocations, impose Taxes, claim Property, police Travel, standardize Salaries and to do all other Acts and Things which powerful central Governments must do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the repetition of a world history replete with domineering State control, we mutually demand a Goliath Central State, the abolition of the de-facto merit system, and the redistribution of all wealth and resources to affect fairness, and to quash economic inequality and self-interest.

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We’ll This Book!

In tribute to the lovable and unembarrassed Al Sharpton, and his new battle cry, “Resist we much!” (what? … too soon?), I give you this review of David Kahane’s Rules for Radical Conservatives (RFRC). No matter who you are, if you read this book, you’ll be a better person. Now, let’s explore why.

This book is not what you might think it is. The title may suggest that it’s a book of organizational lists, and guidelines on how to use Facebook as effectively as the White House does. Two-inch-thick lists of social media tips and talking-points have their place, but many of us have already read about forty-three of these, and number forty-four is just going to have to wait. As helpful as those 3 lb. working outlines can sometimes be, they’re not always the best use of one’s limited time. Incidentally, if you haven’t read at least one of those, you probably should, but after two or three, the overkill point stands. Conversely, despite the ring of its title, RFRC is not a long list of rules and tips at all. It’s different. You should read this book.

Surely by design, the tone of RFRC closely emulates that of its evil twin, Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals (which you should also read sometime). Like Alinsky’s book, the tenor of RFRC is a bit raw and meandering at times, but this imitation of authentic leftist writing generates a subtle wittiness. The humor is not found in punch lines, but rather in the author’s overall attitude, and revealing thought patterns. So you see, it contains some clever humor, but you need to keep an eye out for it (sort of like watching a good mockumentary). If you have a free moment, read this book.

Consider the customary makeup of genuine leftist text: breathless nattering designed to impress the reader with enough psycho babble and long-winded explanations of simple concepts to convince the audience that the author is an avant-garde visionary. Kahane’s writing hits this nail on the head with a big yellow hammer, but to an end we can all appreciate. Incidentally, don’t let the words “nattering” and “long-winded” scare you off. It is precisely this drawing of a left-wing caricature that allows the author to dig deep and produce an inspired analysis of the American left. I recommend you read this book.

Throughout RFRC, Kahane, the privileged, red diaper spawn of snobby, Upper West Side communists, maintains the smug, erudite attitude that we have come to expect from our Progressive betters. The part that makes this fun and refreshing is the fact that he proudly boasts of his condescending attitude, and precisely, almost profoundly, explains the psychology behind it. What’s more (much more), is that Kahane tells us in very specific terms all about us—Conservatives. This is some second-hand navel gazing that is long overdue. By now, it should be clear that if our helpful enemy, Kahane, didn’t handle this frank analysis, it was never going to happen. This is where the message of the book really begins to settle in. You may think you’ve done the proper sort of inner-searching, but wait until you get a load of this.

One point that should be made at this juncture of the book review is that you should really read this book.

Just as one would expect, Kahane’s almost suspect honesty does eventually heighten to its anticipated peak, and it delivers big. As though sodium-pentothal were involved, he spills the pointed truth about the left’s weakness, and how they can be defeated. Hint: they’re weaker than you think, they know it, and they’re on their shaky knees praying to Gaia that you don’t notice. In fact, an overused reference to The Wizard of Oz would be well-placed here—but let’s leave it out. Basically, overcoming the left won’t be as difficult as you might think, as long as you’re willing to dip your feet into the same mud pit they leach around in. Double-hint: the future is a true release from the left-handed stranglehold—should you just grow some . . . well . . . they come in pairs. Read the book.

If you’re not willing to get a little muddy, that’s OK. You can just start stockpiling food, ammo, and TP in preparation for the confiscation of the food, ammo, and TP that you’ve illegally stockpiled. You could also write a few paragraphs about how great America used to be when Americans were free, and then hide the paper under the insulation in the attic—you know—for your grandkids. Have you ordered the book yet? If not, get to it, and then start reading.

You’re probably following quite well the generalities mentioned in the above paragraphs, but are these spoilers? Having read this review, can you now simply skip the book? No! The little insinuations left for you here are nothing. You know nothing until you’ve read the book; all 279 pages (which has an epic ending by the way). In fact, if you read the book, you will be more attractive, have a quicker wit, a stronger heart, and your feet will never get cold. You will learn from this book. More specifically, you will learn things you need to know from this book! Have I mentioned yet that you should read this book?

We’ll this now! We’ll this right! We’ll this win! Good God Almighty, We’ll this book!

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2011 Samuel Adams Dinner

Samuel Adams

Samuel Adams

Our Principal Sponsor

Nathan Tabor

Thank You!


Keynote Address by
Christine O’Donnell

Introduction by Bill LuMaye

Samuel Adams Dinner

December 16, 2011
7:00PM – 10:00PM

$45.00 per guest

Registration deadline is 12:00 PM
Wednesday, December 14th


The Durham TEA Party invites you to join us at The Sheraton Imperial Hotel & Convention Center on Friday, December 16th at 7:00 PM for a dinner and celebration of the 238th anniversary of the Boston Tea Party. We will be recognizing this important milestone in the fight for freedom and acknowledge the key role of Samuel Adams, one of the original Tea Partiers.

Christine O'Donnell

Christine O'Donnell

As you might image, we are very excited that Christine O’Donnell has agreed to join us as our keynote speaker.

Christine O’Donnell, the 2010 candidate for Senate—and established political “troublemaker”—voices the quiet anger in America today: where it comes from, what it’s asking for, and where it’s going from here.

From the moment she upset a heavily-favored incumbent in the primary for the special election to fill the Senate seat vacated by Joe Biden, Christine O’Donnell made headlines. Though she didn’t win the general election, O’Donnell did win the designation of 2010’s Most Covered Candidate. And what people were talking about wasn’t just gossip: they responded to a fresh, unencumbered voice that appealed to voter frustration with politics—and politicians—as usual.

America’s strength lies in its government “by the people, for the people”, but too many of those people feel they are now just labeled featureless residents of “flyover country”, told what to think and what they can and cannot do by an entrenched, reigning class of elites. O’Donnell’s candidacy gave hope that the voices of real people—the people—not only can be heard but can also become a force. Part of this hope is invested in the nascent Tea Party, but most of it is invested in individual voters who are willing to work hard and make sacrifices for what they believe in, not what backroom dealing and a bloated federal government has mandated is good for them.


2011 Samuel Adams Dinner

Hosted by

The Durham TEA Party

December 16th, 2010

7:00PM – 10:00PM

$45.00 per guest
Registration deadline is 12:00 PM
Wednesday, December 14th.

Shereton Imperial Hotel & Convention Center

4700 Emperor Blvd
I-40 at Exit 282 (Page Rd)
Durham, NC 27703

Reserve your seat by clicking on one of the “Pay Now” buttons provide here. You will be taken to the payment center where you can specify the quantity of seats you desire.

Reserve your seat today!


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If They Think We Think We Won…

Well, what a political year we’re having, huh?  We are obviously at a serious crossroads in our country.  This is one of those times when the decisions we make are going to change the direction of our country for a long long time.

For many years, we have been living above our means.  Year after year, president after president, congress after congress, we’ve borrowed and spent, spent and borrowed.  By my count, the continuous spending and borrowing has caused our debt to reach statutory limits, leading to increases in the debt limit, 72 times since 1940 (see table 7.3, Statutory Limits on Federal Debt: 1940 – current, produced by the Office of Management and Budget).

As you know, we’ve just raised the debt ceiling again.  Already the fourth time under the Obama administration.

This time, there was a new element to the argument.  A little group called the TEA Party has joined the conversation.  It’s not a political party, but rather a group of concerned citizens who recognize that this pattern of ever increasing spending and debt increases has gone on long enough. And in the spirit on which this great nation was founded, we are speaking out.

Try as they might, the political enemies of the TEA Party can not distract us.  They can not divert us.  They can not keep us quiet.  Why?  Because we are not just a radical collection of extreme Americans.  We are everybody.  We are Republicans, we are Democrats, we are Independents,  and we are Libertarians.

We are common everyday people that know our heritage.  We know our responsibility.  We are the people.  We are the government.  And our country is going to be run the way the people say, not the way establishment politicians in Washington want it to be run.

With the voice of the TEA Party in this debate, the establishment politicians at every level of government see their sphere of control an influence wavering.  That’s because we don’t care about party, we don’t care about who’s to blame.  We care about fixing this problem, now!

Our presence has made for some very loud, very angry, and very bitter debates. Typical when the status quo is disrupted.  In this latest debt ceiling debate, the TEA Party has been called terrorists, vampires, and zombies.  We’ve been called radical stupid idiots.  We’ve been labeled addicts with a pathological addition to getting our own way (sounds kind of American to me).  We’ve even been called cannibals.

And in the end, among all the name calling, malice, and hate speech, the conversation has become about cutting spending, not about raising taxes.  The conversation is now about limiting the debt, not extending it.

But our work is obviously only beginning.  It may be true that the conversation has changed.  But that is not enough.  In the end, the deal that was reached still resulted in an increase in the debt ceiling.  It still increases spending.  It still weakens us and leaves behind the real problems we face.  It basically did nothing!

We require real change in the way our government operates.  We require real spending cuts.  Not just reductions in the spending increases.  We require real tax reform, not just soak the rich tax increases.  We require private sector job growth, and public sector (i.e. government) job reductions (i.e. smaller government).

If they think we think we won…   … then they don’t know TEA!

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You’ve Got To Be Kidding!

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) wants to give President Obama the sole authority to raise the debt ceiling 3 times before 2012. He is working this weekend with the Senate Majority leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on their so-called backup plan which has that very authority as the center piece.  Furthermore, it would require a two thirds vote to override the debt ceiling increase.

I can only think of one response to that, “You’ve Got To Be Kidding!!”  Actually I can think of a few more responses.

“Are you crazy!”  “What are you smoking?”  “Are you trying to be primary-ied by the TEA Party?”  “Who’s side are you on?” 

You want to give a president who has increased the total outstanding public debt by almost $4 trillion in only on third the time in office as his two immediate predecessors (30 months, Obama, versus Bush: +$4.9 trillion in 96 months, Clinton: $2 trillion in 96 months) authority to raise the debt ceiling 3 times before 2012? [data from]

You want to give a president who has found a way to increase unemployment rate from 7.8% in January, 2009 when he took office to 9.2% in June of this year the authority to raise the debt ceiling 3 times before 2012? [data from US Department of Labor web site]

You want to give a president who has presided over an increase of 65% in total annual number of Americans receiving food stamps, an increase of about 17.6 million Americans, authority to raise the debt ceiling 3 times before 2012?  [data as reported by the US Dept of Agriculture]

You want to give a president who has blatantly disregarded the will of the people over and over again and is shown to be by every measurable factor a total and complete failure the authority to raise the debt ceiling 3 times before 2012?

Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Brarack Obama, and all the rest of the big spending, tax increasing liberals must be thinking, “We don’t need friends when we have opponents like Mitch McConnell?”  It must be very difficult indeed to hide their elation with this idea.  It’s more than could have ever dreamed of.

In case you missed it, this fiscal conservative is strongly opposed to this idea!  I’m actually thinking this is insanity.  We know what Obama will do.  He will increase the debt ceiling all three times he’s authorized to do so, and by as much as he can get away with.  This policy gives him the opening he wants so he can continue this insane spending.  It does nothing to solve our economic problems.  It will worsen them.

I’m calling for the Republicans ignore your Senate leader and hold firm.  I prefer no debt ceiling increase at all, and I will be disappointed if the Republicans falter and allow one.  But if an increase is coupled with committed aggressive reductions in spending, committed actions to reform entitlement spending and simplify the tax code and reduce taxes forever, if it is coupled with statutory caps on spending for all time, then I will accept it, and continue to fight for more.

The worst possible outcome of this impasse would be to give the president (especially this president) the authority to raise the debt ceiling on his own.  I’m shocked that I am even hearing it proposed.  The fact that it is a Republican who came up with this idea is just plain frightening to me.

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Suicidal Spending, Insane Borrowing

I’m sure everyone reading this article is aware of the current debate in Washington D.C. about our national debt.  Our debt is quickly approaching the statutory limit.  Many argue that we must increase the debt limit, allowing our federal government to borrow more money.  Indeed, as far as the media goes, and the political leaders in the debate, the fact that the debt ceiling will be raised is the accepted outcome of the current negotiations.  The question is not whether to raise the debt limit, but rather what price the two sides can get for supporting an increase in the debt limit.

But these leaders would be smart to listen to the American people, and the rank and file members of congress.  In a poll just completed by Gallup (July 7 – 10, 2011)  42% of Americans prefer no increase in the debt ceiling, versus 22% who support an increase.  The remaining one third are unsure.

Other indications in this poll show that a whopping 60% of Republicans in congress are opposed to increasing the debt ceiling, as are 46% of Independents, and even 21% of Democrats.

I certainly count myself among those that do not support an increase in the debt ceiling.  Increasing the debt ceiling simply ignores a dangerous problem.  If it is not solved now it is no overstatement to say that it will seriously threaten the very existence the world’s only government of the people.  The pain of spending cuts is nothing compared to a world without freedom!

I know we are being warning of a U.S. default on our financial obligations if we do not increase the debt limit.  I say that’s B.S., and Dr. Larry Hunter, of the Social Security Institute agrees with me. In his article, published today, he lays out ways in which the President can prevent a default by utilizing his power of executive rescissions.  In fact, he points out that, given the powers assigned to the President in the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act of 1974 as amended,  if President Obama allows a default to occur, it would be an impeachable offense.  He adds,

There is absolutely no need for a default if the debt ceiling is not raised. If the U.S. Government defaults on the national debt or fails to make all Social Security payments in full and on time, it will be because the President of the United States, Barack Obama, intentionally and with malicious aforethought refused to take the actions within his power and incumbent upon him by the oath of office he took when he became president to prevent these catastrophes from happening.

In my view, all the talk about default is simply calculated rhetoric offered for political gain, by both sides, and it is reprehensible.  It’s that kind of political posturing that prevents real solutions from being seriously discussed.  Instead, the leaders are not even talking about NOT raising the debt limit.  Instead, they scare us with talk of default, while “working” to produce a weak and meaningless set of so called spending reforms they say will result in $4 trillion (or is it $2 trillion – who knows) of spending cuts over 10 (or is it 12) years.

$2 to $4 trillion in spending cuts over 10 to 12 years.  Yeah, right.  Think of it this way.  Assuming the cuts are real (I have my doubts), if they cut $4 trillion dollars of federal spending (they won’t) over 12 years, that amounts to $1.2 trillion per year.  But the Congressional Budget Office has projected that the 2011 budget deficit will be $1.48 trillion.  Unless I’m missing something, that means our federal government continues to spend $280 billion each year that we don’t have!  In other words, the debt doesn’t come down.  It continues to go up, for 12 more years!

This is why I’m in a TEA Party group. Rise up!  Speak up!  Tell them to cut the suicidal spending, and stop the insane borrowing!

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2011 Tax Day Tea Party

On Friday, April 15th, Triangle Conservatives Unite (TCU) is hosting their annual Tax Day Tea Party in Raleigh. You won’t want to miss this. TCU has been holding this rally for a few years now, and it gets better and bigger each year. Things will get started at 5:00pm at the State Capitol at One East Edenton Street. – Details

The Durham TEA party will be there, and we can’t wait. We will be joining many tea-minded citizens and groups to remind NC legislators that we are still here, we are still watching what they are doing, and we are still speaking out. We are still fighting for fiscal responsibility in state government, we still oppose run-away spending, and we still know that we are “Taxed Enough Already.”

Dianne Saladino of The Durham TEA party will be among the many important speakers. Recently, Dianne met with Laura Long, the coordinator of the Tax Day Tea Party, and leader of Triangle Conservatives Unite. In their conversation, Laura discusses the founding of TCU, the important issues that we face in North Carolina, and the Tax Day Tea Party.

-Video produced by Carl Strauss

Come on out and join Triangle Conservatives Unite, the Durham TEA Party, and the many other conservative citizens and groups who think like you do. Come listen to a great lineup of speakers. Come be a part of American freedom in action. You will be glad you did.

Here is a short list of the groups and speakers that will be there: Donna Williams of the Northern Wake Republican Club, Bill Randall, candidate for congress in 2010, Dr. Greg Brannon of The Founder’s Truth, Randy Dye of Randy’s Right, of course Dianne Saladino of the Durham TEA Party, and Carmen from Rush Radio.

If you would like to sponsor this great event, please go to TCU’s Sponsors Page and sign up.

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2010 Samuel Adams Dinner

Samuel Adams

Samuel Adams

Keynote Address by Dr. Micheal Munger

Introduction by Bill LuMaye

Samuel Adams Dinner

December 16, 2010

7:00PM – 9:00PM

$25.00 per guest
Registration deadline is 5:00 PM
Tuesday, December 14th.


The Durham TEA Party invites you to join us at Manchesters Grill on Thursday, December 16th at 7:00 PM for a dinner and celebration of the 237th anniversary of the Boston Tea Party. We will be recognizing this important milestone in the fight for freedom and acknowledge the key role of Samuel Adams, one of the original Tea Partiers.

We are thrilled that Dr. Micheal Munger has agreed to join us as our keynote speaker.

Dr. Michael Munger

Dr. Munger was an undergraduate at Davidson College, and finished his PhD at Washington University in St. Louis. He worked in the first Reagan Administration, at the Federal Trade Commission, and then went back to academics to teach economics at Dartmouth College. After holding teaching positions at the University of Texas and University of North Carolina (where he directed the Master of Public Administration Program), he moved to Duke in 1997, and became chair of Political Science at Duke in 2000. After serving for ten years as chair, he recently became the director of the Philosophy, Politics, and Economics program at Duke, where he teaches about the founding of the American republic and the problem of protecting free society.

Samuel Adams Dinner

Hosted by

The Durham TEA Party

December 16th, 2010

7:00PM – 9:00PM

$25.00 per guest
Registration deadline is 5:00 PM
Tuesday, December 14th.

Manchester’s Grill
2121 T.W. Alexander Drive
Morrisville, NC 27560

The Menu:

Fresh Garden Salad
Sliced Prime Rib
Rice Stuffed Breast of Chicken w/Sauce Supreme
Seasonal Vegetable Medley
Mashed Potatoes with Roasted Garlic
And for dessert: NY Style Cheesecake

Reserve your seat by clicking on one of the “Pay Now” buttons provide here. You will be taken to the payment center where you can specify the quantity of seats you desire.

Reserve your seat today!


Please note that all payments collected will be used for the evening’s expenses. This includes the buffet and soft drinks, the gratuity for the Manchesters Grill staff, and the PayPal processing fees. The Durham TEA Party will realize no monetary gain from this event.

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The Lunar Liberty Pledge

Recently, Laura Long, of the N. Carolina Meetup group Triangle Conservatives Unite (TCU), sent out a note to remind everyone that the fight for all things Constitutional is still underway. Although TCU is the Triangle’s largest grassroots Conservative group, recently planned events have been sparsely attended.

Many of us who have not attended events in the recent past are surely still supportive of Conservative ideas, but we have simply been less active. There are probably three main things that keep us away from events. These three things, in what I believe to be the order of greatest frequency, are as follows:  

  1. Time/Energy. We’re busy. When we do have time, we’re tired.
  2. Insignificance syndrome. We think the experts have it handled, and we’re not needed.
  3. Apathy. Freedom, and leaving a legacy of freedom, is not that important to us; or we no longer believe that freedom is fading.

The first one is very real, and it is the most obvious reason that most of us don’t attend events regularly. You get home from work, and right away it’s time to take the kids here, or there. Or perhaps you do have some free time, but some days are long, and this is your time to regroup and recharge. Of course this is normal, and we all understand it.

Number two is the one that is strictly a myth. You are critical. Now, point to your chest and ask, “Me?” Yes, you! When you show up, we’re all elated to see you. Not just the event organizers, but the other attendees, too. When you’re there, we can mingle and network with you. You’re smart, and you think for yourself. We need your great ideas. We need you to ask challenging questions to keep us on track, and to provide food for thought. And let’s face it, you’re good lookin’, and that never hurts.

As far as – “the experts have it handled.” Guess what? The organizers, and the more regular attendees, are just like you. They’re not “experts.” Don’t get me wrong, they’re rockin’ cool, but without you, they got nothin’; we got nothin’.

The third one, well, the third one is just stupid. I don’t think too many of us fit into the apathy category. However, I needed a third item. Whoever heard of a list of two? I mean you could have a list of two, but I think it would be a pretty second-rate list.

Organizing events in the support of freedom takes more than the website, and several hours a week. More than anything, it takes morale, and nothing raises morale more than having people respond to your efforts. Reduced attendance equals reduced morale, which means a dwindling freedom movement, leading to more of everything that we’re fighting against.

This brings me to the “Lunar Liberty Pledge.” Will you make this pledge to yourself: Just once a month I will attend a Conservative-oriented event

Once every thirty days, use a few hours as a declaration of your support for the restoration and defense of freedom. Will you do this one little thing to save freedom in America? I don’t think you know how far this one tiny thing would go to help the overall cause. (Whoa, whoa, whoa! There you go again—thinking about item #2. Stop now, and reread the fourth and fifth paragraphs. Reflect on the aforementioned thoughts on morale. Repeat as necessary.)

The enemies of freedom want you to believe that you don’t matter. The minute you start believing that, we lose, and freedom dies. Please take this personal pledge. Just like the accuracy of the numbers on your golf score card, this is between you and God, but I hope you will join me in this. I too have been remiss, and now I’m making this pledge out loud to anyone who reads this. If you’re willing, tell others that you’ve taken it. Surely, that would double the effect, and that would make you twice as important as you already are. See you soon. 

– Carl Strauss

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