Today, as I write to you, I am encouraged beyond expectation that we can win this battle to protect our economic freedoms.
Let me explain.
Last night, we held our first ever Pennsylvania Americans for Prosperity grassrootsevent in Pittsburgh with special guest Joe the Plumber.
The focus: rallying grassroots activists against the job-killing "Card Check" legislation being pushed by President Obama, Speaker Pelosi and Big Labor Unions. This terrible legislation will also take the secret ballot away from American workers when the decision is being made as to whether or not their place of employment will be unionized.
At a Radisson Hotel on a Monday eveningduring rush hour at 5:30pm (no one ever said we'd make it easy!), just over 230 freedom loving grassroots activists turned out to make their voices heard!
These folks were from all walks of life.
Sitting within hand-shaking distance of me during my speech was a fiery World War II veteran who told me he "knew a little about fighting for freedom and he was proud to be fighting forfreedomagain."Another lady drove an hour and a half from north east of Pittsburgh to attend the event because she "got our email and decided she had to do something."
We had company from the other side. Well over 100 union activists showed up waving signs and praising President Obama's position in support of the job-killing"Card Check"bill. They chanted, jeered and booed through much of our event, but that's okay.
It's good for our activists to see up close our opponents who want a bigger government, and frankly, less freedom for American workers.
After the event, person after person told me, "I'm in this fight for the long haul" or "I've never gotten involved beforebut now I am." One small business owner -- he runs a printing business -- summed it up best. He said, "Tim, I just want government to leave me alone, to let me run my business and raise my family. But if I want to be left alone I've got to get involved and stay involved and that's what I'm going to do."
That small business owner is right. If we want the freedom to run our own lives, earn a living, raise our families, in short live the American Dream -- then we've got to roll up our sleeves and do the "hard work of freedom" or it will be lost.
I believe we're going to win this "Card Check" battle. Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter,whose vote weare working to influence through these events in his state, has indicated he will oppose "Card Check" legislation. It looks like we may win the votes of 1 to 3 Democrat Senators as well.
But, we've got to keep the pressure on.
Today we're doing grassroots events in Harrisburg and Philadelphia to further drive home our message that "Card Check" legislation kills jobs and takes the right to a secret ballot away from American workers.
The Senate may take "Card Check" up in the next few weeks. If they do, we'll alert you to be ready. But, don't wait for the warning. Contact your Senator today at 202-224-3121. If you need more details on the legislation, go to www.savemyballot.com or visit our website at www.americansforprosperity.org.
By the way, I met a number of folks at the Pittsburgh rally who first got involved through the NoStimulus.com effort! It was great to hear their stories and to say hello to them. I hope to see you at an event soon!
P.S. Below are a couple of photos from last night's event in Pittsburgh.You can also visit our website to see video of our events by clicking here.
P.P.S. We just finished the Harrisburg event and it was great!