Valentine’s Day – not exactly a prime night for our group’s meeting. However we had a good crowd show up at the Lantana Branch of the PBC Library and Jason Shields made sure that the ladies received a flower and the guys got to take one home to their sweethearts, if they were at the meeting alone 😉
Dennis Lipp kicked off the meeting with a little history of South Florida 912, its Values and Principles, and his personal reason for being an involved and informed citizen. Shannon Armstrong (co-founder) led the Pledge of Allegiance and Doug Armstrong (co-founder) led us in prayer. Fred Scheibl described changes as a result of redistricting at the federal and state level and pointed out the new sections of the website covering the new districts and the upcoming Elections.
Our keynote speaker, Trevor Loudon, gave a thought-provoking analysis about the vital role that the United States plays in keeping the world from degenerating into chaos, the changes in New Zealand over the last 20+ years, and an overview of where he thought our current elections were headed. After his talk, he answered several questions and also offered his books.
Shannon had Marianne Polulack talk a little bit about Glenn Beck’s GBTV and its programming. Shannon encouraged members to check out the online programming. Shannon also gave us an update on our upcoming 3rd year anniversary, which will be held at a new McKenna’s location in Lake Worth. She asked for volunteers as there will be a lot of help needed to make our event a success! Save the date – March 31st!
Jason ended with the 50/50 and we all went away thinking about what we’d heard from our speaker. Thanks to Mickey Polulack for setting up his sound-system – always much appreciated.
Pictures by Boris Balaban and Fred Scheibl.
“PIZZA FOR PATRIOTS”
Monday night, 2/6, was a spirited night, for such an impromptu gathering. I called for a simple “round table”, where a few of us – open invitation – could just gather over a simple meal to share opinions, and exchange ideas about the last 3 years in America – and what lies ahead.
It was important that no one played host or audience – it was “all hands on deck” about YOUR stake in what stands to be gained or lost in the upcoming months of 2012’s political season.
We had double what I honestly expected – 20 people in total attended, come and go. Dave DiCrescenzo (The Patriots Press) and Craig Henne (1340 WPBR-AM) assisted in the choice of venue, the very hospitable NYPD Pizza (in Lake Worth).
Several themes of discussion coalesced around one central notion: I asked each individual patriot present: “WHAT IS THE GOAL – *YOUR* GOAL – FOR THE 2012 ELECTION?”
Many ideas naturally emerged (which I will detail soon in a separate post)… but I felt compelled to capture the pulse of not merely “who” the candidates we support are, but more: “WHAT ARE WE FIGHTING FOR? WHY?”
After listening to one another keenly, we ultimately reached consensus upon a theme for 2012 and the upcoming elections – an idea that connects our struggle to fight corruption, and the perceived culture war against the moral, historical & fiscal values of conservative America – a stand against the establishment, for what we know is decent, and right, and Constitutional: “TEAR DOWN THIS WALL!”
Conservative Americans still reflect with national pride in the prescient urgency of this iconic moment of Ronald Reagan’s presidency. His words were a line in the sand, a moment of destiny… and the spirit of liberty prevailed.
So, now – its 2012. This election year marks 24 years after President Reagan stepped into Air Force One at the lawn of the White House for the last time – waving ‘goodbye’.
As we see the tone of civility and honest discourse hijacked today in America’s town halls, schools and universities, and the national media – do we *also* wave ‘goodbye’? ‘Goodbye’ to what our parents & grandparents taught us, to what we learned ourselves in the ‘school of hard knocks’… to what generations of our sons and daughters have given their lives to defend?
NOW is the time.
The vetting process of this year’s Presidential candidates has been difficult, awkward, surprising, confusing… but there IS light at the end of the tunnel.
Over tasty pizza and calzones, a few concerned people in your community agreed that we are READY to engage… we have “been” engaged, many of us, and we have got to remain FOCUSED on why we sought out like-minded citizen-neighbors in the FIRST place.
– A South Florida 9/12 meeting next week, on Feb. 14th at 6:30pm (Lantana Road Public Library at SW c/o Lantana Rd & Lawrence Rd), featuring TREVOR LOUDON – a dynamic voice for liberty coming all the way from (distant!) **NEW ZEALAND**…
– Our 3-YEAR ANNIVERSARY celebration, since Shannon and I started a meetup group in response to Glenn Beck (then, of Fox News) and his impassioned plea to gather with friends and neighbors about the state of America – and her history…
– NEW South Florida 9/12 T-Shirts, in time for our anniversary event, as so many of you have asked – being designed now to reflect the focus of our year ahead…
– A “road trip” to Tampa this summer… to show the nation, the national MEDIA, at the Republican National Convention that the “Silent Majority” has NOT faded. (Rather, the “opposite” is true.) We have been paying attention: carefully, deliberately… and we are READY; ready to *CONTINUE* the noble fight to restore conservative principles in our towns, our state, our nation – throughout the halls of American government.
November is coming.
START YOUR ENGINES…
The Republican Club of the
Northern Palm Beaches
Invites you for a very special evening with
United States Congressman Connie Mack,
14th District of Florida and
Candidate for United States Senate
Location: STORE Self Storage & Wine Storage
11010 N. Military Trail, Palm Beach Gardens
Admission = $10 for members and $15 for non-members
Complimentary Wine Tasting and Appetizers!
Please reply to firstname.lastname@example.org
There will be a two day Faith and Freedom seminar at the Pompano Beach High School on March 2 and 3, sponsored by the New Presbyterian Church. For more information, click on the seminar schedule below:
As this year is progressing we need to look back at the 9 principles our group is founded on. Last year we took a look at the 12 values. I ask you to join me and the other 912’ers as
we review our principles for this group, for ourselves and for our public servants.
Stay tuned for my next article entitled.
I believe in God and He is the center of my life .
In the mean time you can always review our mission statement and our values and the articles I have written on the tab just for that category under tabs or click HERE
Tuesday, February 14, 2012, 6:30 PM
Lantana Road Branch, Palm Beach County Library **
4020 Lantana Road, Lake Worth, FL
Hi there Patriots. Come meet others that are like minded. We can discuss the election results and move forward with an action plan. It’s time to take it to the streets, sign waving and campaigning.
There will be lots of events coming and South Florida 912 is the place to check for all the events in the area. Having an event? Please let us know and we can put it on the calendar.
You may have seen Trevor Loudon, our guest speaker, on Glenn Beck’s GBTV or you may have read his New Zeal blog. For more info on Trevor please go here. Or watch Glenn’s interview with him:
Trevor says, “I’m a libertarian activist and political researcher from Christchurch New Zealand. I believe in freedom with responsibility, not freedom from responsibility. My ideal society is one in which government is confined to protecting its citizens from criminals and external enemies. I believe in working with all those who are moving in broadly the same direction. The views expressed in this Blog are strictly my own.” Trevor is also the founder and editor of KeyWiki.org, a rapidly growing website with the goal of unlocking the covert side of U.S. and Global politics. He is an author, Blogger and activist.
Join us for an exciting evening. Come early because seating is limited.
Shannon and Doug Armstrong and the South Florida 912 Team
** This program is not sponsored/endorsed by the Palm Beach County Library
2012… it’s here.
The Florida Presidential Preference Primary is *over*. This past Tuesday, many of us cast our ballots for our choice of candidate.
So… now what?
We have NINE months until “Election Day” Tuesday, November 6th. One of two things will be evident the morning AFTER…
1- Barack Obama will be re-elected President – to lead the United States for 4 more years…
2- …or NOT.
We need a plan. We need fresh ideas. Familiar faces, new faces… and a bite to eat while we think aloud.
I have talked with Dave DiCrescenzo and Craig Henne from 1340-AM WPBR about an informal, “easy in, easy out” round table discussion we can have to brainstorm for the 2012 election. Local, County, State, Federal…
MEET US this Monday night, at 7:oopm
Pizza for Patriots Monday Feb. 6th at NYPD pizza 127 N.Federal Hyw. Lake Worth Florida 7pm . Join Doug David and Craig Henne of Southflorida912.org 561 585-6973. Join us to learn more about the 912 org.