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The Redlands Tea Party Patriots collect more than 1,000 signatures each for a part-time legislature and to repeal a new law glorifying alternative sexual lifestyles to children.

I am so incredibly proud of the Redlands Tea Party Patriots for collecting 1,000 signatures each for a part-time legislature and to repeal the new law mandating the positive instruction about alternative sexual lifestyles to children.

In retrospect, and after learning the hard way how difficult collecting signatures really is, I may never pledge again to collect 1,000 of anything. There were times within the last two months that I was worried that we may not make our publicly pledged goal of collecting 1,000 signatures for

As the canvassing chairman of the Redlands Tea Party Patriots, my credibility could have taken a right cross.

Unlike liberals, conservatives must be persuaded to sign anything. It’s against our nature to drink Kool-Aide and sign petitions just because some liberal union goon told us to do so. Even after being persuaded, conservatives must discuss the merits of each petition and what good it would accomplish.

And that’s great – but each signature represents a conversation, and often a time-consuming one at that.

So all told, I mailed 2,091 signatures to Sacramento via priority mail on Monday morning.

We vaulted over the goal line for both causes on Saturday when me and 27 of my tea party friends canvassed Redlands as part of our final get-out-the-vote effort for conservative candidates and causes. We distributed our voting guides as well as distributing fliers supporting our favored candidates and causes. And we collected a lot of signatures from a lot of eager voters.

When I realized we reached our goals, and after a blistering hot day of knocking on doors, I slumped into a lawn chair in my backyard and puffed the biggest and most politically incorrect victory cigar in my humidor.

And dang it tasted great.

The part-time legislature limiting legislators to a 90-day term versus the indefinite term they can stay in session. Already the highest-paid legislators in the US, California assemblymen and women soak up $100,000 year on top of $30,000 in per diem. (And to do what? To make silly and liberal laws we don’t need or want?)

In 1991, I was a reporter covering the Florida Legislature for the Florida Times-Union in Tallahassee. Those legislators got everything done in two months. I have no idea why California can’t do the same in the same amount of time.

On that initiative, I must credit congressional District 8 candidate Gregg Imus, whose campaign staff contributed more than 400 signatures.

On the sexual lifestyle petition, also known as Stop Senate Bill 48, the petitions came in a couple dozen at a time from enthusiastic volunteers who talked with fellow Christians, neighbors and friends.  

It also helped that we teamed up with AM 590 KTIE, “The Answer,” which allowed the Redlands Tea Party Patriots to host a table at events featuring Ann Coulter, Hugh Hewitt and Dennis Prager. At those events, we raked in almost 500 signatures.

We will continue to collect signatures for both causes through their deadline dates in early July because those causes are worthwhile. They will both be on the 2014 ballot if they qualify.

The signature effort is critical in California because we have a socialist legislature that cares more about its liberal allies than doing what’s best for the Golden State taxpayers and children. I look forward to collecting signatures for causes like repealing the bullet train and a voter ID law, should those two reach the balloting stage.

I may very well collect 1,000 signatures for those causes -- I will probably not, however, make a pledge to do so first.

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Eric Shamp June 11, 2012 at 04:56 PM
Say, don't homosexual people pay taxes to support public education, just like everybody else?
SBSWZ June 14, 2012 at 10:12 PM
People with green eyes also pay taxes...why can't we have our teachers teach about the historical contributions by people with green eyes (at the expense of the much needed basic subjects)?
Eric Shamp June 14, 2012 at 10:21 PM
Well, I've never heard of green-eyed people forming any social movements, but if they did then I'd want my kids to know about it. I'm pretty sure that if green-eyed history was well-integrated into the curriculum, it would only take a few minutes of time... we wouldn't have to cancel the math program to accommodate it. Also, seeing as how one of my kids actually has green eyes, I wouldn't want some teacher telling him that green-eyed people are inferior to others.
SBSWZ June 15, 2012 at 03:19 AM
Then include Women studies, Asian American studies, African American studies, Hispanic American heritage studies, Men studies, physical disabilities studies, mental/emotional disadvantaged studies, etc... "only take a few minutes of time" ??? Really - do these other people groups deserve to have "only a few minutes of time" during ages as young as 5 years old? Perhaps better suited when the students develop a more mature perspective of discrimination impact on self and society. I, for one, have clearly been discriminated upon (and won BIG) but that was AFTER I developed my intellect and approached this understanding in a more matured approach and understanding the on-going barriers... this did not develop in elementary school.
Eric Shamp June 15, 2012 at 04:32 AM
I don't see your point. If you take out those groups you just listed, we don't have social studies at all. There's literally nothing left to study. And where are you getting this business about LGBT studies at five years old? If 1st graders are learning ANY social studies, I'd be shocked. Read the law... it _allows_ the material to be taught at any grade level, but it doesn't _mandate_ it, just as it is with the study of any other civil rights movement. It's up to the District to decide when it will be taught. In most schools, kids aren't taught social studies of any kind until much later... maybe middle school. If your problem is with social studies and the study of discrete groups within our society, well, that's an interesting argument to have... it certainly has more validity (and seems less homophobic) than singling out the the FAIR Act for criticism.


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