I’ve been in Washington DC for two days and I can’t wait to go home. As politically horrible as things can be in Southern California, at least the liberals are easy to spot. In DC, it’s hard to tell who supports who, which direction the winds will take them, and whether or not their stance today will match their stance tomorrow.

I’m here for some important meetings about pushing forward with the Federalist Party. No, I’m not going to pitch you on it here. I know there are still plenty of conservatives who believe in the Republican agenda and their ability to deliver, so this isn’t the venue. What I hope we can all agree on is the notion that DC needs a conservative reset, one that looks to the Constitution as the framework through which we must govern this nation.

Some of the people I’ve been speaking to here are known conservatives. They’re not “RINOs” who campaign on conservative values then lurch left once they’re in office. Despite this, the atmosphere is far more passive than I would have expected. It’s almost as if they’ve given up hope to pass anything meaningful that would limit government, balance the budget, remove the impediments DC has put on business, or attack the national debt. I came very hopeful and, with one more meeting scheduled, feel as if they’re all defeated already. I’m hoping the last meeting with a conservative Congressman will change my view, but right now I’m still befuddled by the defeatist attitude. They feel like they can’t get anything done.

We need a reset, badly. I’m not talking about a mini-Tea-Party revolution that yielded far less than most would admit. I’m not even talking about what Steve Bannon is trying to do to disrupt the system by finding primary opponents for pretty much every Senator up for reelection other than Ted Cruz. What we need is a fundamental change, a new direction that focuses on our nation’s roots within the constraints of the Constitution.

Call this a rant, if you will, but I’m more energized about building a limit-government agenda than I’ve ever been. DC does that to conservatives as long as they’re not exposed to the swamp for too long. I can’t wait to leave, but I know I have to return soon.

It’s been a very long time since I’ve gone into a new year with hope from a political perspective… 16 years to be exact. The last time I expected good things to come out of Washington DC was 2001. Those dreams were crushed in part by a Bush administration that started off slowly. Then, 9/11 happened and all of the rules changed. Talk of war, loss of privacy, actual war, more government overreach, concern over a “President” John Kerry, a bad economy, and then the coup de grace of electing Barack Obama made the last 15 New Years politically concerning at best and absolutely abysmal recently.

Before I go into the things that I believe are very possible in 2017 that should give us all hope for a bright year, it’s important to understand what concerns me about it. The GOP has been marginally better than the Democrats over the last two decades and they squandered their majorities in both chambers of Congress the last two years. To add to my skepticism, I’ve never been excited about Donald Trump. That’s not to say that I wish Hillary Clinton won (God forbid!), but I was against him in the primaries and unimpressed through the general election. I still have major concerns, but three things supersede those concerns. First, I support many of his plans, particularly securing the border and renewing our relationship with Israel. Second, many of his cabinet picks have been impressive. Third, Mike Pence may be running more of the show than most previous Vice Presidents.

In short, Trump has a clean slate in my books. As long as he performs near the lofty expectations we all have for him, I will be the first to admit I was wrong. Until then, I will pray that I was wrong about him and hope for the best.

With those disclaimers out of the way, let’s look at the seven things Washington DC can do in 2017 that can truly make this the best year in a long, long time for America.

Immediately start addressing illegal immigration

You’ll notice that I didn’t say, “start building the wall.” Before anyone gets too uppity, we have to address this particular issue prudently. The wall will take a long time to build, to which most will say, “all the more reason to get started.” This is a massive project that must be done properly. More importantly, there are measures that we must take to prevent the blitzkrieg of border crossers that has already begun since Trump won.

Border security can be increased dramatically in weeks. By taking this first step, we will be able to then start building the wall. It’s imperative that we send a very clear message to those wanting to cross the Mexican border that we have men with guns waiting to apprehend them and send them back. If we start with the wall, we’ll only encourage them to rush to cross the border more quickly.

If the wall gets started in 2017, great! If it has to wait until next year, so be it. This is too important to rush, especially when tripling or quadrupling the manpower and resources at the border will be more effective in the short term.

Repeal Obamacare without compromise or delay

Kill this abomination. That doesn’t mean rush it, but a motivated Congress can analyze the situation and come up with a plan that will mitigate the damage of a repeal. However, that doesn’t mean that we should delay and it definitely doesn’t mean that we should embrace portions of it as Trump has suggested. Kill it all the way. Replace it with something better that doesn’t included taxes, penalties, or removal of choices. Allowing interstate commerce of insurance would go a long way towards making sure we get rid of it quickly with minimal damage.

Move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem

As I noted in another article:

When the most powerful nation in the world takes a step that they’ve never taken before by embracing the Jewish nation’s right to the capital of their ancestors, the place where King David ruled 1600 years before Islam was even formed, it will change the way the world has to deal with both Israel and America. Instantly, we’re put back into a position of strength that we haven’t seen in eight years.When the most powerful nation in the world takes a step that they’ve never taken before by embracing the Jewish nation’s right to the capital of their ancestors, the place where King David ruled 1600 years before Islam was even formed, it will change the way the world has to deal with both Israel and America. Instantly, we’re put back into a position of strength that we haven’t seen in eight years.

If Trump does this one thing in 2017, I’ll consider myself fully chastised for not supporting him before.

Take a conservative approach to trade

I get it. “America first.” It’s hard to argue with those who believe that exporting jobs is caused by poor trade policies because that’s the line of thinking the GOP has taken. In reality, free trade is by far more beneficial to the U.S. economy as well as workers than fair trade. What people must understand is that jobs will be lost over tariffs or forced domestication. It’s basic economics. If companies are forced to pay more for American workers, they have three options: cut profits, cut jobs, or raise prices. As Carrier demonstrated, they allowed Trump to “save” jobs for now, but are now forced to replace those jobs in the near future.

The two biggest reasons we lose jobs overseas is innovation and incredibly bad economic conditions for business operating in the United States. The first reason, innovation, is going to happen regardless of trade policy. Science, technology, and an ever-changing style of consumer demand means we’ll always watch some jobs change. That means that old jobs are lost and new jobs are created as a result. As for poor conditions for businesses, a conservative approach to the free market economy and free trade will enable American businesses to stay in America. They’re not just driven out by higher domestic wages. Higher wagers are often a net wash with overseas wages when shipping and logistical costs are included. It’s the tax and regulatory systems that drives businesses away. Kill the unnecessary regulations, reduce the taxes, and you’ll find more companies flying their patriotic flags high and proud.

Come up with a trillion dollar infrastructure plan that doesn’t cost a trillion dollars

We have infrastructure problems. Unlike many conservatives in my circles, I’m willing to acknowledge that the problem is as big as Trump paints it to be. However, with a national debt nearing $20 trillion and a budget deficit that could hit a trillion dollars in less than two years, adding another trillion dollar program is insane.

Trump’s team has been relatively obscure with their plans, but if they can truly use investments and private industry to undertake a trillion dollar infrastructure fix without having American taxpayers foot the majority of the bill, I’m all for it. In fact, it may be the road map to privatizing future projects that Libertarians and Federalists have been seeking for a long time. This could be an extremely good thing if they can pull it off.

Stop the wave of attacks on the 1st Amendment

Free speech. Freedom of the press. Freedom of religion. All of these are under attack. Those attacks need to stop. Trump, Congress, and most importantly the Supreme Court must do what they can in 2016 to reverse the direction this nation is heading. Between Barack Obama and his social justice warriors, we’ve seen more attacks on the 1st Amendment in the last eight years than in the years we’ve been a nation combined.Stop the wave of attacks on the 1st Amendment Free speech. Freedom of the press. Freedom of religion. All of these are under attack. Those attacks need to stop. Trump, Congress, and most importantly the Supreme Court must do what they can in 2016 to reverse the direction this nation is heading. Between Barack Obama and his social justice warriors, we’ve seen more attacks on the 1st Amendment in the last eight years than in the years we’ve been a nation combined.

Acknowledge our enemies, including Russia

No, I don’t think Russia hacked the election. Whether or not they hacked the Democrats’ email is debatable, but it changes nothing. Russia has been adversarial to us for years. The only thing different in 2016 is that the Democrats, who laughed the Russians off four years ago, are now screaming about them while the Republicans, who called them the greatest threat to America four years ago, are now saying it’s no big deal and we can all be friends thanks to the Trump/Putin bromance.

Here’s the reality: Russia is our enemy. They have recognized this for many years while partisan bickering prevented most in Washington DC from acknowledging it. Trump’s connections to Russia won’t be a concern as long as Congress is able to keep Russia in proper perspective. From Syria to Ukraine to BRICS to just about every action they take, they clearly demonstrate that they are not our friends. Trump will realize this at some point. Then, we can start classifying them with Iran, China, North Korea, and Cuba.

Remember, enemies can cooperate. The old adage of keeping your friends close and your enemies closer applies today. The challenge is in keeping our guard up while sharing many spaces with these countries.

Real hope and change

Things are looking up for the first time in a while. There are so many things that need to be accomplished, but never since Ronald Reagan has there been an opportunity to actually accomplish them. Don’t let liberals get you down. If these seven goals can be achieved, even some on the left will realize that 2017 was a great year when all is said and done.

After arriving at the drop off point most people headed straight to union station for breakfast and bathrooms, being of an adventurous nature I immediately set out for the capital with Janet following along.

It was a slow walk Janet has quite a few years on me and has an ailment that restricts her use of stairs but eventually we reached the back entrance of the capital

The Capital was still in darkness when he arrived area’s soaked by the auto sprinklers. we checked in at the media area but arrived too early to get in, circling to the front we checked the layout just in time to see a truck pull up to the front and begin unloading platforms and scaffolding to set up the speaking area.

the location is the same place where almost 3 years to the day I sat on the grass filming Andrew Breitbart as he extolled a crowd of 80-100k to keep the pressure on the media. Today the cause was to keep pressure on the White House.

Having established lines of sight we headed back to union station to charge, eat and post. We ran into our compatriots heading in the other direction on the way back. Once we hit the station we separated her for coffee to wake up, me to Hotcakes and sausage and the media center to get this post up.

I was pleased to hear my friend Zilla is also on the way down with the bikers but disappointed to learn she will likely not arrive until I am already back on my bus heading north.

The plan is to start interviewing attendees from as many states as possible while securing when and if possible key speakers, but the priority is the protesters. As pol and media the speakers are easily contacted, the average citizens who came by bus, and train and plane from all over the nation are the real stars and my access to them may not come again.

The down side is I didn’t bring a change of clothes, I’m wearing a suit, tie button down shirt and a twelve-foot Dr. Who scarf and the temps are supposed to get into the 90’s. The problem is not going to be finding people to interview, the problem will be, will they tolerate my presence long enough to talk to me?

I’ll just have to hope for the best

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The people began arriving at the rest stop in twos and threes, cars with bumper stickers that tagged them as tea party: gun rights, 1st amendment fans. They carried backpacks and bags and in a few cases like myself large cameras and laptops to work.

In the parking lots impromptu discussions had already begun on a dozen topics, Syria, amnesty, the State Gas Tax, and of course Obamacare and the rally tomorrow to make our voices heard.

As the bus boarded it was like a reunion as tea party members from all over the county recognized people they had not seen in months or years and continued their chats. As the bus rolled on they continued talking about every issue that came to mind while I decided to catch a few ZZZs as the bus internet slowed to a crawl as 45 people and then 55 when the CT contingent boarded tried to access it..

As we stopped a the Vince Lombardi Rest stop the bus poured out its cargo of humanity and the crowd stretched and went inside for a bite. My friend Dan spent 5 minutes trying to explain to the late night workers at Burger King what he wanted to order finally giving up on his Chicken Parm sandwich to prevent himself from cutting his own dreadlocks off in a fit of frustration. I shared my double Whopper with him with the anecdote of the $15 hourly demand by the Unions for those same workers.

We all re-boarded the bus and the late night conversations fueled by coffee continued despite the late hour as we drove sound through NJ. My friend Janet Sarah who runs a small media group tried in get comfortable to no avail while I struck up a conversation with a lady from Peru who hadn’t abandoned the conservative values of the country of her birth.

Slowly but the voices around me slowly faded away as people succumbed to sleep despite the Starbucks coffee from the stop until only two folks who had been talking conservative talk radio remained up. I confess I kept an ear open to see if the topic of my show came up although they maintained they had discussed it while I was sleeping earlier in the trip.

Meanwhile the bus rolled on till finally the only light around was the glare of my laptop as I typed what you are now reading. In a few hours we would be in DC and the real work of interviewing protesters from around the country and the various speakers would begin, but for now the bus simply rolled on bringing me ever closer to what would be a full days work creamed into four hours of frenzied activity. It was time to try to take that 12 foot Doctor Who scarf and convert it to a pillow to get those few hours of sleep necessary to fuel the busy day ahead a crescendo of light snores ready to lull me to sleep.

Let’s hope my own doesn’t wake the crowd.

Update: figures just as I’m ready to catch some zzzs again we hit the rest stop in Del so might as well load a few pictures

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One scheduled part of our day was an 11 a.m. meeting with a representative of Senator Scott Brown. The first thing you learn is the lines to get into the senate office are long, VERY long and unfortunately unlike airports where if you arrive very early you can left people go around if you are slow with a lot of metal stuff like me you tend to hold everyone else up.

The offices are a full suite of rooms a the utterance is the name of the Senator on one side and the seal of the state on the other.

Tom Weaver running for the GOP nomination in my district arrived at Senator Brown’s office at the same time as me

Tom left his card and eventually the rest of the group showed up. A lot of people likely go there entire lives without visiting a Senator’s office so it is quite a treat.

Unfortunately a different Massachusetts group (the state delegation of J-Street) has an appointment at the same time as us. Their larger group went in the conference room while our smaller group was entertained in the hallway”

I had ample opportunity to observe the young lady and gentlemen working for the senator and I found them helpful and friendly. Considering the volume of traffic they get and some of the encounters they must deal with I suspect it is not an easy thing to be.

They also gave us some passes for the House and Senate Gallery

The young staff who met with us in the hall not only spent a considerable amount of his time…

…but he also gave us straight answers which is more important than time:

As we were finishing much to our surprise who turned up but the Senator himself

He also talked to us

and posed for pictures

He had two dogs with him. Harry Truman famously said that if you want a friend in Washington get a dog. As the senator tends to take views that on occasion confound both sides of the aisle one dog must not be enough.

Brown was forthcoming and displays all the attributes that won him election in 2010 and will in my opinion win him re-election in 2012. I’d like to see more tea party from him in style but bottom line he has been the best senator we’ve had from this state in decades and if we vote him out and end up with an ultra liberal ideologue we will only have ourselves to blame.

NOTE: This post will be updated with additional video as uploads complete

Yesterday Morning our group was dropped off in front of Union Station near 8 a.m.

We were told that there were only two specific things on the Agenda, the Scott Brown meeting for the Massachusetts contingent and the 1 p.m. rally itself.

Walked over to the capital and chatted with the Capital police, they are pretty nice fellows but I must confess it’s hard seeing armed men at the top of the stairs leading to the Senate and House.

From there I turned to the Supreme Court and accidentally ran into a contingent wearing Pro-Israel t-shirts. It turned it they were from J-Street which just had a convention in the area and the various groups were arranging meetings with their congressmen (including I found out later, Scott Brown). More on my debate with them later…

At the Supreme Court there was a large contingent of pro-obamacare folks. They were very well-organized with what I call “Chant Captains”

who organized what people would say and how they would say it.

As I was walking through them I noted they were doing their best to present a particular face “I want smiling happy people holding signs” their “captain” reminded them.

I recorded several clips of them


(that I’ll embed once I have the video uploaded) to go along with the photos. There was a small Tea Party contingent

in the center with some anti-abortion protesters. The idea was pretty much to play to the various camera and get their side out

there but the only person who had the remotest chance of affecting what was going on inside was a single woman praying a Rosary. From what I’ve read of yesterday in the court, she must have been quite effective.

Unless it was all according to plan.

I was getting really hungry and asked an officer where I could get a meal, to my surprise I was told to go into the Supreme Court building (protesters were kept off the stairs but apparently if you were going in to eat or to tour that was OK. (My diner review of the food will be later in the week). I was warned that I wasn’t to stop to take pictures of the protest since they were allowing me to pass specifically to go to eat

Of course they said nothing about pointing the camera behind me and hitting the button without looking as I walked to the entrance

Nor taking a shot as I came back as long as it wasn’t obvious.

After a time I headed for the Scott Brown meeting, when I came back I noticed more anti-abortion activists

and the Tea Party contingent had really picked up as more and more of the AFP folks showed, the numbers were at that point nearly equal

Shortly after this the Tea Party contingents started heading toward the area where the American’s for Prosperity event would take place, but that’s a different post…

The full gallery follows after the jump
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I interviewed Vee who owns a fashion shop in Massachusetts as the bus stopped at McDonalds The Ray Kroc Memorial Media Center.

Is it just me or are African Americans who were actually born in Africa more likely to be conservative?

BTW the uploads on the bus are dead slow, I have a bunch of other photos and videos to post but it took nearly 3 hours just to get this one up so this might not be done till after I get home.