In the latest update, Scarborough informs us that his appearance at the National Tea Party Convention was a massive success and that he intends to merge Tea Party activism with his standard Religious Right activism, changing the TEA Party’s “Taxed Enough Already” acronym to “Truth Exalts America” and launching a “Patriot Pastors’ Tea Party” with the support of David Barton.
Also, he’s been regularly hosting weekly conference calls with Republican members of Congress including Michele Bachmann, Steve King, Randy Forbes, Jim DeMint, David Vitter, and others.
VISION AMERICA AT THE FIRST NATIONAL TEA PARTY CONVENTION
On February 4-7, I attended the First National Tea Party Convention at the Gaylord Hotel in Nashville, which brought together over 600 leaders of various local Tea Party groups. These are the folks who’ve wrought an overnight revolution and I was honored to be with them.
The Convention included speeches by former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, Roy Moore, former Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, and a host of other national leaders.
On the first evening, I spoke to the Convention and led a prayer service. The following day, I conducted an hour-long breakout session on “Why Pastors and Churches Must Engage In Politics.” Every chair in the room was filled and people stood around the walls in a hall estimated to hold 300.
To say our message was well received is somewhat of an understatement. The press reported that audience cheered as I explained how this nation has fallen as we have drifted further and further from our Judeo-Christian roots.
We made many friends and allies. I believe the seeds we sowed in Nashville will bear fruit in the months ahead, resulting in a growing alliance between Vision America and the Tea Party movement.
On Saturday morning, I had a closed-door meeting with 16 pastors and several laymen. Some traveled hundreds of miles to be with us. We discussed ways in which pastors can become more involved with local Tea Parties, including organizing their own Tea Party. Former syndicated columnist Don Feder talked about effective communications techniques.
LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE CALLS
As we have for the past year, we are continuing to do our Thursday afternoon leadership, networking conference calls (3pm Central Time).
Last week, we heard from Congressman Steve King (Iowa) on mega-deficits, taxes and looming fiscal calamity. This week’s presenter was Congressman Randy Forbes (Virginia), founder and chair of the Congressional Prayer Caucus, which leads its members in national efforts to protect prayer and America’s spiritual heritage. Rep. Forbes spoke on the work of his Prayer Caucus and the sham of a health-care “compromise.”
Past presenters have included Senators Jim DeMint (S. Carolina) and David Vitter (La.), Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, and Congressmen Louie Gohmert (TX),Lamar Smith (TX), and syndicated columnist Michelle Malkin.
PATRIOT PASTORS TEA PARTY?
More than 60 pastors have been involved in an effort to organize a Patriot Pastors’ Tea Party, just for Pastors. I have been conducting weekly conference calls for the past three weeks to explore the possibility of having a Patriot Pastors’ Tea Party in San Antonio, at the Alamo, on July 7th. We have adopted the acronym Truth Exalts America for our TEA Party.
On the last call, the pastors heard from Wallbuilders’ David Barton on the role pastors (the “Black-Robed Regiment”) played in generating popular support for the American Revolution.
I promise to keep you informed of our progress on all of the foregoing, and earnestly solicit your prayers and support.