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By Marilyn M. Barnewall
March 1, 2010

Both the Republican and Democrat Parties are trying to hi-jack the Tea Party movement. And, unfortunately, some people who sponsored the initial Tea Parties don’t have necessary arrows in their organizational planning quivers to move their pro-Constitution groups forward.

One basic Law of Nature is that nothing stands still. Everything moves. It either goes forward or it goes backward. One key to success, of course, is being able to tell the difference between “backward” and “forward.”

Some Constitutionalist (Tea Party) group leaders either don’t understand the Laws of Nature or lack organizational planning skills. Patriots they may be, but if they do not move forward to some specifically defined objective, they will fade into nothingness.

Elected officials – not all, but many – are part of the problem. Only legislative results provide a reliable guideline – and results aren’t good in most communities. So why do Tea Party coordinators invite political hacks to speak to audiences disgusted with elected officials? Why are politicians, part of the problem, given Tea Party spotlights?

It’s not all the fault of Tea Party coordinators, either. Group members are responsible for privately and politely telling organizers what they want and need.

In the beginning, professional politicians laughed when people began to gather at “Tea Party” rallies and meetings. Then New Jersey and Virginia election results shook them. Their laughter became muted. Then Massachusetts happened – and they stopped laughing altogether and both political parties began plotting how to take the movement over. In some cases, they are succeeding and Tea Party leaders and members are remiss for letting them get away with it.

We need to answer the question: “What can we do to make government stop its headlong rush to socialism? How can we force government to stop ruling and begin governing?” Those are questions Tea Party managers need to answer for members when planning future functions. People attend because they want answers. They need to know what to do and how to do it.

For those who initially sponsored local Tea Party events but don’t have required organizational planning skills to move forward, get help. Use wisely your once-in-a-lifetime chance to save your nation! Take it seriously!

Start by admitting short-comings (if you have them) and find some organizational and planning help. Call Tea Party heads in Nevada who successfully took over that state’s Republican Party. They did as I suggested in an earlier article. They got organized at numerous local levels and coordinated their groups into a statewide effort. You can find them on your Internet search engine. Just input the words Nevada Tea Party. One Google search I conducted brought 315,000 hits to my screen.

There are so many issues! What criteria can be used to identify the critical versus the important? Everything seems critical. Common Sense provides the best way to calculate how volunteer efforts can be best used. People are willing to work provided a plan has been created that tells them where they are going – but a destination is seldom reached without a map. Planning is hugely important. What are your objectives?

First – and most important – do what Nevada did. Take your state’s Republican Party back. To do that, start at the local level… from the smallest towns and cities and counties to the biggest. Make sure Tea Party attendees know when the state caucuses, Republican and Democrat, are scheduled. Get a non-Party expert to train on how to become county delegates. The Parties are part of the problem, not the solution. For too long, people have relied on the state’s Republican and Democrat Parties to select candidates. The answer to the question “How did we get into this mess?” is that state political parties gave us candidates who support the party line, not the people.

You will never change things at the national level if you do not first change them locally.

Second, organize. Get petitions signed that put important issues on your state ballot for the 2010 election. It is the only way to put control back into the people’s hands… and some states are doing away with the petition/ballot process, so act now!

Issue Number One: State sovereignty. If you have not read the series of twelve articles Timothy N. Baldwin, JD., titled: A Concurring Opinion for Secession, make it your first stop.

Nothing would give Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid nightmares faster than election results announcing a majority of citizens in numerous states voted for state sovereignty. If your state legislature has already passed sovereignty laws, you’re lucky. The rest of us are waiting.

Make a copy of Baldwin’s articles and take them with you to your next Tea Party meeting. Share them with others. Help your Tea Party. Help them by demanding something useful! Let them know what you want when you spend time at meetings to discuss the future of your country. Stand up and speak out. Pretend your name is Paul Revere. If you’re shy, get over it. You country needs you to get over it!


Another issue Constitutionalists can get on state ballots via petition is the right of states to coin their own currency.

Though it does not deal with states’ rights to coin currency, Representative Ron Paul introduced The Free Competition in Currency Act of 2009 in the House of Representatives last December. It repeals the federal law establishing U.S. coins, currency and reserve notes as legal tender for all debts, public charges, taxes and dues. If the legal tender law is repealed, control over the money supply by the Federal Reserve System is on its way to becoming history.

Representative Paul’s Competition in Currency Act is getting no traction in Congress.

Everyone talks about what a great guy Ron Paul is – and he is! So why aren’t Constitutionalists helping him? If numerous states pass legislation demanding the right to create their own currency and escape the criminal acts of the Federal Reserve System, Ron Paul’s legislation will suddenly become popular. Why? Because his alternative is less drastic than states demanding the right to create currency.

All it takes is enough signatures on a petition to get it on the ballot.

Finally, Constitutionalists need to put pressure on their state governments to create State Banks. When I was a bank consultant, I wrote numerous articles for The American Banker and Bank Marketing Magazine opposing interstate banking. The primary point is: When the McFadden Act of 1927 prevented interstate banking and when states deposited their tax revenues in local banks, the money stayed in the state. Once all 50 state legislatures approved interstate banking, the “too big to jail” banks moved into the local scene. The Riegel-Neal Interstate Banking and Branching Efficiency Act of 1994 repealed this provision of McFadden but it keeps state law in control of intrastate branching, or branching for state and national banks located within each state's borders.

State Banks keep tax deposits in a local bank, not in multi-national banks that often send deposits to corporate headquarters locales. Local deposits stimulate local economies. A State Bank can make loans to local businesses, bypassing national monetary policies harmful to independent businesses. If local industry is driven by agriculture, State Banks can render assistance to farmers even when the FDIC prohibits farm loans. State Banks have their own deposit insurance system so they won’t be closed by FDIC auditors – because FDIC auditors don’t audit State Banks.

In North Dakota’s State Bank, the Governor acts as Chairman and works with a seven-member Advisory Board appointed by him or her. The North Dakota economy is strong and stable.

The idea of state banks is becoming a major issue for 2010 political candidates in Florida, Illinois, Oregon, Massachusetts, Idaho and California. An Oregon candidate for Governor, Bill Bradbury, suggests “It is time to declare economic sovereignty from the multinational banks that in large part are responsible for much of our current economic crisis. We can achieve these two goals by creating our own bank.”

Mr. Bradbury is correct. It is far easier to get rid of a Governor who perpetrates fraud on the people than it is to get rid of the Federal Reserve or FDIC.

My personal favorite state ballot issue is simple. “The State of Colorado is an independent, sovereign state that adheres to the Rule of Law as defined by the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of Colorado. The citizens of Colorado will, therefore, obey laws that constitutionally flow from the United States House of Representatives and the Senate, but reserve the right to reject unconstitutional laws imposed on them by Executive Order of the President of the United States of America.”

There are numerous issues that are important. Abortion, an illegal presidency, smaller government, lower taxes, the rush to socialism complete with government-run health care, and on and on. What people don’t seem to realize is that if we lose our nation, we’ll have nothing to say about how those issues get resolved.

After reading the above, I hope it’s clear that my definition of “critical” issues involves America’s system of monetary policies that control commercial and investment banks. Bank loan policies involving independent businesses, controlling the value of our currency, and the need to push away from the federal bureaucracy and become strong, independent states is where we must plant our flag for freedom.

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We must maintain the sovereignty of our states or we will lose the sovereignty of our nation. If that happens, other less critical issues – important though they may be – will not be left to the people to decide.

Big Brother will do it for us – is already trying to do it for us. It’s time to get serious, folks.

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Marilyn Barnewall received her graduate degree in Banking from the University of Colorado Graduate School of Business in 1978. She has authored seven non-fiction books about banking, two are listed at Oxford and Cambridge University libraries in Great Britain. Her current book, When the Swan’s Neck Breaks, details the banking problems she foresaw in 2006. Of the 24 predictions made in the book, 22 have happened. It is fiction but readers refer to it as docu-fiction.

Barnewall was named one of America's top 100 businesswomen in the book, What It Takes (Dolphin/Doubleday; Gardenswartz and Roe) and was one of the founders of the Committee of 200, the official organization of America's top 200 businesswomen. She can be found in Who's:Who in America (2005-08), Who's Who of American Women (2006-08), Who's Who in Finance and Business (2006-08), and Who's Who in the World (2008).

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