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By Mary Starrett
19, 2009

Here’s what we’re looking at:

Massive taxes, unprecedented government spending and full bore amnesty. Add to that a proposed state-run health care system which will force a “surtax” on folks who dare to be financially successful, will require employers to foot the bill for their worker’s health insurance- in essence penalizing business owners for having employees. (Great job stimulus, isn’t it?) The “healthcare” plan advocated by our president by its very nature will necessitate rationed services and guarantee mind-boggling bureaucracy along with the wasteful spending that is attached to all government programs. We’re facing a so- called “Cap and Trade” scheme which will further bankrupt this country by raising utility bills and reducing quality of living while exporting jobs. We have a Supreme Court Justice nominee who makes rulings based on skin color and who doesn’t think the 2nd amendment means what it says.

Our president has engineered the direct deposit of our tax dollars into the accounts of the baby-slaying industry giants, we confront acceptance as “normal” of the perversion of homosexuality through “marriage,” a ramped-up effort to play Globo-cop in Afghanistan to the tune of an additional $91 billion dollars, continued nation-building in Iraq, more government secrecy (called “transparency” by the Obama machine), corporate welfare, paybacks to union thugs via “card check” work place coercion, ,ramped up political profiling of so-called “Right wing extremists”, stealth “hate crimes “ legislation ( S 1390) designed to ”punish pastors and protect pedophiles” which is hidden in the National Defense Authorization Act (a favorite hiding place for scary and unconstitutional flotsam), more usurping of power from the executive branch and that’s just the thumbnail.

But you’re painfully aware of all that.

The question is what’s the final straw? What has to happen or what has happened that has you constructing your Maginot line?

In other words, what will cause you to tip when other events thus far haven’t?

The popular book Tipping Point examined epidemics, trends, events and movements to determine why some “tipped” and others didn’t. For instance, what made Hushpuppies a popular shoe when the brand languished for years with poor sales? Why did a routine outbreak of Syphilis in Baltimore turn into a full blown epidemic? Analyzing occurrences such as these, Malcolm Gladwell determined that something pushes the ordinary to become the extraordinary.

Gladwell showed that the overarching critical mass necessary to “tip” people and things doesn’t happen with one particularly major event. It is the little things before the “event” that causes the tip.

When did you say “that’s it”? Have you said it yet? When did you determine that you’ve “had enough” of servility and abuses by the powers that have corrupted your government?

Like the proverbial frog in the pot, have you kept upping your tolerance for what’s “too hot”?

Some say their tipping point will be when their guns are physically taken from them. Hard to imagine many of us will protest when for years we’ve allowed a steady eroding of our 2nd amendment rights and continued to elect and re-elect gun-grabbers on the “right” like John McCain. One by one, our fingers have been pried off the grips and now we hold onto our weapons with weakened, anemic grasps. Was it too close for comfort when the New Orleans area homeowners defending their property from looters in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina were asked to hand over their guns?

Or was that something we could dismiss because it was “down there”? How about foreign troops on U.S. soil? Will that tip us? Perhaps the FEMA exercises planned for July 27th, 2009 will cause some mild reflux. Or maybe we will explain away yet another questionable act by federal overlords hell bent on making us all one Pangea-like serfdom. Later this month, the folks in FEMA region VI (Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.) will be offering up their renowned hospitality to troops from a number of countries in what’s called NLE 09.

The National Level Exercise “will focus on intelligence and information sharing among intelligence and law enforcement communities, and between international, federal, regional, state, tribal, local and private sector participants (emphasis mine). “The NLE 09 scenario will begin in the aftermath of a notional (sic) terrorist event outside of the United States, and exercise play will center on preventing subsequent efforts by the terrorists to enter the United States and carry out additional attacks. This scenario enables participating senior officials to focus on issues related to preventing terrorist events domestically and protecting U.S. critical infrastructure.”

Note the absurdity of an exercise that purports to “prevent ...efforts by...terrorists to enter the United States.” ( Psst, hey terrorists- the southern border’s a cinch!) However, if an American citizen happens to have a standard size tube of toothpaste in his suitcase at the airport or one that’s not encased in a quart size plastic bag, the TSA federales can be counted on to protect the citizenry first by a proper wanding and then confiscation of the hazardous dentrifice.

The FEMA advisory contained this bit of irony:

”FEMA leads and supports the nation in a risk-based, comprehensive emergency management system of preparedness, protection, response, recovery, and mitigation, to reduce the loss of life and property and protect the nation from all hazards including natural disasters, acts of terrorism and other man-made disasters." (emphasis mine).

Disasters like crime, economic decimation, environmental degradation, cultural demise and health threats that have resulted from our “man-made” immigration policies?

Tipping Point author Gladwell uses Paul Revere as an example in his book. He points out that the famous American silversmith was known to be up on where and how King George’s men were moving around the northeast.

A stable boy who overheard rumors of British troop movement shared that information with Revere who then took it on the hoof late one night. Paul Revere was instrumental as a “connector” and oh what a tipping point that midnight’s ride turned out to be!

Are we “connectors”? Will we take the information we have read and turn our outrage into a tipping point for ourselves and others? Or will we find ourselves sitting in front of our well-used computers in 2012 bemoaning our choices for president again? Will we opt for Obama or another pro-abortion, gun –grabbing, big government liberal like Mitt Romney, who is the rumored Republican heir-apparent at this juncture. If not him, we’re sure to be offered someone with similar left-leaning credentials by the GOP.

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That’s why so many of us are working to ensure there will be another option- a third choice in 2012.

One thing is certain, there are sure to be many more tipping points between now and then.

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Mary Starrett was the Constitution Party candidate for Oregon governor in November, 2006, a TV news anchor and talk show host for 25 years and a radio talk show host for 5 years.

Executive Director, Oregonians for Life, Board of Directors, Christian Family Adoptions.

She is currently the Communications Director for the Constitution Party. The Constitution Party is the fastest-growing minor political party ( and is made up of Americans who believe a return to constitutional government is imperative.












Some say their tipping point will be when their guns are physically taken from them. Hard to imagine many of us will protest when for years we’ve allowed a steady eroding of our 2nd amendment rights and continued to elect and re-elect gun-grabbers on the “right” like John McCain.