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11.-Li , rty \( hlir I made the OHS list! P101111111.1111.11.11111111111111111.1.1111111.1,/ The answer to fitk is 1776 Ai Individualism is I 1130 superior to collet 7,..11it’ fiv ;rwmpli ot b. \(Or to do notlim,i . e mir . POINT ANO CUCK WRNS YOU’RE OUT OF AMMO .q. 1 a tic ‘ a are aware that stepping off into secession may in fact be a bloody war,” and adding, “We understand that the tree of freedom is occasionally watered with the blood of tyrants and patriots.” When I bring up those comments, she asks, “Did you get them in context, not just the tree of liberty part? “I was trying to say to that audience, that was a militia kind of audience, hey people, we need to remember that revolutions are bloody. If you wanna go down the route of secession, yes, in fact, from time to time the tree of liberty is watered with the blood of tyrants and patriots, but let’s not forget: That’s a bloody war. Before you set us off on that course, how ’bout we try nullification and interposition first? Because otherwise we’re gonna lose lives in that battle. And there are times when that’s a cost that we all pay, and willingly pay. But if we don’t have to, let’s don’t.” She swivels around to Noe. “Did you get pepper?” she asks. “It’s a little sweet,” she says, referring to the sugary green beans and creamed corn. “Good, though.” ON THIS SAME SATURDAY, the first national Tea Party Convention is winding up its lavish proceedings, with folks who’ve paid $549 to pack the fancy ballroom of a Nashville hotel to hear a six-figure speech by Sarah Palin. The scene in Cleburne, the next stop for Debra Medina’s road show, is a study in contrast. A couple of hundred folks have been hanging out since morning in the front lot of the Forrest Chevrolet dealership, chatting and huddling under blankets and listening to local right-wing rabble-rousers. Most are wearing “Medina for Texas” stickers on their hunting vests and puffy jackets. It’s a guns-and-camo crowd, white and working class, folks too sensible or too strapped to make the trip to Nashville. When Medina takes the plain, pinewood podium, holding forth under a big American flag hanging from the ladder of a local fire department truck, she’s got no teleprompter, no crib notes on her palm. She also has no simple, crowd-pleasing anecdotes to feed the folks. But in her peculiar way, she fires them up like nobody else could. “While I’m the one with the microphone in my hand,” she says with appealing sincerity, “I want you to know that /know we’re in this fight together. “I really do believe that there is wisdom in the minds of men, and that it’s really important for me as a candidate for governor to get out among the people to talk to you, to look you in the eye, to listen to your concerns, and to together finesse the solutions that we need for Texas. “I have said at many, many events: Private-property ownership and gun ownership are the essential elements of freedom. We must allow men and women to keep that that they labor for. When a nation, when a government, when a state takes from people what they’re working for, they quit working, and they quit producing, and the whole society suffers.” After a digression into the bad example of Russia, Medina continues: “Texas has the 13th-largest economy in the world. We get government off the back of Texans, we’re not gonna have an economic crisis. We’re not gonna have an energy crisis. We’re not gonna have an immigration crisis.” Folks whoop and clap and call out: “Medina, Medina!” and “Tell ’em!” “Do not allow the seeds of fear and doubt to take root in your life,” the candidate says soberly. “This is a time unlike any other time in our history, when we’re gonna stand up and accomplish a revolution without shedding a drop of blood. … Don’t be fearful that it can’t be done. Take courage from people who have gone before us and laid out how important that is. This is not a state of can’ts. This is a state of cans, and we will, by golly! “The United States has always been a giving nation. We have never lacked for volunteers when something needed to be done. And yet today, many of us struggle to be able to help our neighbors like we would like to. 2010 Ap PRIMARIES Car from the parking lot of the Cleburne rally “She’s telling all of Texas how bad he is and he’s telling all of Texas how bad she is, and I’m going, `Yeah, they’re right: They’re both bad!'” HEAR A SONG for Debra Medina at THE TEXAS OBSERVER WWW.TEXASOBSERVER.ORG