So, let me give what amounts to an acceptance speech. So that you will know what you’ve gotten yourself into by choosing and accepting me as your chairman.
I follow in the footsteps of some great Hot Springs Tea Party Patriots.
I am not Glenn Gallas, nor do I have his eloquence when sharing our patriotic and constitutional ideals. Maybe, with time, I will.
I am not Diane Silverman, nor do I have her drive, her energy, her focus or her ability to organize. Maybe with time, I might.
Presently, I do not have the knowledge concerning the government and its problems as do the Cowans, the Colemans, Jock MacGregor, Dorothy Tyler, George Pritchett and many others in this room and this movement. I’ve learned so much in the last 20 months since joining the Tea Party movement but I still have so much more to learn.
As a physician, I am skillful at diagnosing medical problems and finding appropriate therapies to fix these problems; and I do this well. But, I have never been a chairman of the board or a CEO of a company and this is not part of my previous skills. The closest I’ve come is to be President of my deer hunting club. Yet, I have been able to keep 37 independent deer hunters satisfied and the club is functioning well and thriving. Maybe I am capable of leading a group of individual peoples. Hear me clearly. I consider myself your servant as well as your chairman.
So, what do I believe like all of you?
· WE WANT TO RESTORE AMERICA TO ITS CONSTITUTIONAL ROOTS
· WE WANT TO RETURN AMERICA TO FOLLOWING THE CONSTITUTION
· WE WANT TO ENDORSE AND ELECT INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE COMMITTED TO THE PRESERVATION AND PROTECTION OF THE CONSTITUTION
· WE WANT NO MORE NEW TAXES AND NO NEW DEBT; WE’RE TAXED ENOUGH ALREADY
· WE WANT TO STOP THE GROWTH OF GOVERNMENT AND DECREASE ITS SIZE IF POSSIBLE
· WE BELIEVE IN THE INDIVIDUAL
· WE INSIST ON INDIVIDUAL FREEDOM AND LIBERTY AND INCREASING INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS
· WE WANT TO STOP GOVERNMENT WASTE AND ABUSE OF POWER
· WE DESIRE TO ENCOURAGE HONESTY, MORALITY AND PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY IN OUR GOVERNMENT
· WE WANT THE GOVERNMENT TO RETURN TO COMMON SENSE
You’ve heard me speak during my director campaign, but I want to share my heart with you all now as your new chairman.
This is a critical year when we could take back the U.S. Senate, elect Tom Cotton as U.S. Senator, keep our Congressmen all Conservative Republicans and also elect a Republican governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Judges and other state Senators and Representative who are conservative. It can be done, especially with the help of the Tea Party. As Chairman, I feel inadequate for this potentially huge task. But, I will work hard to become adequate.
So who is your new chairman?
I am more conservative than many Republicans but less conservative than many of the Tea Party. I am presently the 2nd Vice Chairman of the Republican Party. I believe God has put me in this position to be a useful bridge between the two. I am tired and disappointed at the “Circular Firing Squad” that has increasingly occurred between the two parties. Many of you call the moderate Republicans RINOS (Republicans in Name Only). I think you’re wrong. We of the Tea Party are the RINOS. They are just acting like normal Republicans.
In today’s world, we are not going to find conservative Democrats. Our job is the get the most electable Republicans into office; the more conservative the better. As Chris Christie said, “It does no good to Win the argument, but lose the election.” Better to ensure the election of a moderate Republican, if that’s the only choice we have, rather than a left wing Democrat. And maybe, just maybe, those moderates would be thrilled to vote more Conservative once they’re in the majority.
Mike Huckabee once said, “I’m a conservative but I’m not mad at anyone.” Well, the Liberals do annoy me but being mad doesn’t get you anywhere. When mad, you lose your objectivity and you lose the battle.
I believe the leaders of the Democrat party are mostly liars and evil and will do anything, since to them “The Ends Justify The Means.” Their ultimate goals for America are not what you and I believe is best for America and Americans.
But, I also believe most liberal voters (not the politicians) don’t know why they’re liberal and probably mean well but are naïve. Maybe, just maybe, if the Tea Party could act more winsome rather than angry, more positive than negative, they might listen to our positions and some, especially the Independents, will be embrace our side and beliefs.
Unlike my good and sometimes brilliant friend George Pritchett, I don’t think we should never COMPROMISE, especially when we are in the minority. We need to get something, rather than nothing. Compromise as long as it isn’t full capitulation to the other side or compromising some strong principal. I have been married 40 years. Anyone who has been successfully married has learned to compromise with their spouse unless they are just too far apart; then they end up in divorce or living together in misery.
Taking this position of chairman has nothing to do with Power or Ego and I have no desire to try to Lord it over you. And I surely won’t financially benefit from it nor do I need any more. Doing this job right will take many hours of hard work but I am retired and have the time and I am not yet senile. I probably will take a lot of GRIEF from many of you, many of who are my friends along with those outside our group. But, I’m big enough to take it.
I will never lie to you or tell you what you want to hear from me unless I truly believe it. I don’t have a perfect memory so I might not remember everything exactly as I’ve ever said it so if I minorly deviate from what I previously said, I’m not waffling or lying.
I am willing to listen to everyone. You probably will and I hope you will make me aware of things I don’t know. I may be persuaded by what you tell me or I may not agree with you. I can’t please everyone but I can be true to my principles. If I change my mind, it’s because someone convinced me my position was wrong. I believe I’m teachable.
You need to know that I move slowly when seeing big, grand Conspiracies since I have been burned in the past by my youthful, testosterone surges. So I may not agree with the severity or the cause of the problem that you perceive, even if I see the same problem. But yet, it’s not Paranoia if someone is really trying to destroy you or break into your house.
With age, I have become patient. I know change occurs slowly rather than immediately no matter how much I want and desire change. We didn’t get into this mess overnight and we won’t get out of it any quicker. But hopefully, we will be able to fix this mess.
I should tell you I have a terrible memory for names so please don’t get offended if I don’t remember your name each time I see you.
I have changed my schedule so that I plan on staying after each meeting for up to 30 minutes if you need to talk to me.
In closing, I am taking this position in the hope that I, along with all of you, that we can make a difference. With God’s help, we will.”
Jack Sternberg, MD
Chairman, Hot Springs Tea Party