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"I hope readers get a different view of what is broadly labeled the "tea party" movement. Most pundits who claim to speak for us have never organized a tea party meeting or attended a city or county commission meeting to affect real change in government. It's time we do a better job of articulating our arguments."
Friday, March 08, 2013 — Henry Kelley

Last time I wrote for Florida Voices, I was ready to lay into President Barack Obama on his staggering hypocrisy on sequestration and drones, but was waylaid by the Medicaid expansion. 

Fortunately for Florida's taxpayers, the Florida House did the right thing to potentially kill it before it gets started.

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Wednesday, February 27, 2013 — Henry Kelley

I had intended to write about the President Obama’s staggering hypocrisy and flip-flopping on sequestration -- or his hypocrisy on the use of drones.  Either would have been acceptable for this week’s column.

This past Nov. 21 I had actually agreed with him. Republicans had agreed to a reduction in the growth of future spending (not a real cut, but still, progress on the debt). And the president stated then, “Already some in Congress are trying to undo these automatic spending cuts. My message to them is simple:  No, I will veto any effort to get rid of those automatic spending cuts...

Tuesday, February 12, 2013 — Henry Kelley

Every day I read or hear pundits spending energy telling us the Tea Party is dead.  Daily.  Repeatedly.

If we were dead, we'd have about as much media time as, oh, Michael Dukakis.  However, our principles of limited government and fiscal responsibility are starting to actually resonate.  

All it took...

Thursday, January 03, 2013 — Henry Kelley

I've been hearing a lot of chatter about having an "honest" conversation regarding gun control from those who want more, or total, gun control.  Most of us have been quiet not because we fear having that conversation, but it's generally a waste of time to discuss the issue with people who honestly have no idea what the hell they are talking about.

I see more and more clueless writers talking about "...

Monday, December 31, 2012 — Henry Kelley

I couldn't help but notice that my district's Senator, Don Gaetz, was comparing me and my fellow Tea Party activists in the Florida political community to "McGovernites". 

Since the term predated my time, I had to read up to decide if Gaetz’s comment was a compliment or an insult.   Since I have no idea what he meant, lets just talk about the state of the Tea Party, 2013.

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Monday, November 19, 2012 — Henry Kelley

I have been inundated by liberal friends who are gloating at the defeat of the Republican candidate for President.   Moreover, they are enjoying what they see as the demise of the Tea Party.   It is true that the media successfully caricatured folks like me into some socially conservative, dumb racist idiot.  So be it. 

Because less than 24 hours after the election, every major network is discussing the...

Tuesday, October 16, 2012 — Henry Kelley

Conservatives have thoroughly enjoyed watching the “I love Obama no matter what his actual record is” crowd grapple with his naval-gazing performance in his debate with Mitt Romney. 

The excuses were as much fun as the debate: Al Gore suggesting it was the altitude in Colorado; the “greatest” orator of our generation had an off-night; racism somehow played a part; something happened in the Middle...

Monday, October 08, 2012 — Henry Kelley

In 2008, “Hope and Change” ran against the “George Bush Record.”

And this year, President Obama’s campaign says “we don’t want to go back to the policies that got us in trouble in the first place.” 

I couldn’t agree more.

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Friday, September 21, 2012 — Henry Kelley

I am a frequent critic of the government running too many things the private sector can run better. One of the first retorts I hear is, “What about the military? You conservatives say government can’t do anything right. Your government-run military killed Osama bin Laden!” 

While I point out the obvious –- we haven’t won a war since 1945 and defense is in our Constitution -- if you haven’t been...

Monday, September 03, 2012 — Henry Kelley

When I was approached to write for Florida Voices, I was highly skeptical to join the “mainstream media.” However, I’ve seen a commitment to at least showing there is more than one side to politics, and in that spirit I offer the left-loving media helpful hints to remain employed post-Obama. 

In short, mainstream media, you lie. Or politely, you fail to report.  MSNBC mocks the GOP for a lack of...