I've offered about six toasts in my life, and I think my husband has been the subject of four of them. Usually, I just panic and quote Calvin Coolidge with alacrity. After recently learning that Susannah Bean, widow of Andrew Breitbart, was a direct relative of our thirtieth president, I swooned anew at my go-to Coolidge quote. It's convicting, inspiring and equalizing, just like America's founding principles.
“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan "press on" has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.”
Let's propose this spirit, perhaps keeping Breitbart himself in mind, as a guidepost for the Tea Party in Anchorage and beyond. Especially with the imminent dissolution of George Soros'
Occupy Wall Street spectacle, it's important that we remain visible and resolute. Between the two movements, some of our frustrations are shared, but we see different villains. Where they have chaotic rage and public fecal displays, we have the answers in our platforms --- human dignity, personal responsibility and limited government.
We were privileged to hear Michael Reagan speak a few years ago (thanks, Eddie Burke!), and he offered many pragmatic keys to success in politics. Most notable was his proposition that conservatives had repeatedly failed to keep momentum between election cycles, whereas the liberal machine works overtime in any season. He implored us to mark our successes, but continue as if the battle still existed two days after a victory. And it does.
My first Tea Party felt like the beginning of something, and I'm committed to doing my part to ensure that was not simply a feeling. We must publicly mark our willingness to fulfill the duty before us. Your presence and your voice matter, and I hope to see you on April 15. It's a Sunday. So, are we meeting at Wasilla Lake?