Here's a part of an email I sent to a relative of mine who's proven particularly difficult to convince, yet seems to be breaking:
Merry Christmas to you and yours.
We're getting a real snow storm here (a winter Nor'easter), in an early Modern (early modern, after all, overlapping with Late Mediaeval) New England city that's unbelievably beautiful in snowy weather. It really does look like a Christmas card come to life, especially the area around the First Baptist Church in America (yep: the very first Baptist Church in America, founded by the Reverend Mr. Roger Williams himself in Boston before the Reverend Mr. Thomas Weld, hatchet-man-in-chief to the Reverend Mr. Cotton Mather (and immigrant ancestor of the actress Tuesday Weld (whose manifest mixed-uppedness reportedly owes much to the guilt she feels over being his descendant)), started hanging the Boston Quakers, which led the Rev. Mr. Williams to realize that Anabaptists would probably provide the next batch of customers for the gallows, which realization, in turn, caused him to relocate himself and his flock away from Boston and to establish the City of Providence as a suburb of the Indian town of Weybosset).
Here's more family news of a different sort: word is that the Colombo Family of Brooklyn is either muscling in on the territory of Rhode Island's own Patriarca Family, or has been ordered by the National Commission to absorb the Patriarca Family, due to organizational chaos within the Patriarca Family. Such an occurrence would not entirely lack precedent, as Nicholas Bianco of the Colombo Family did, in the mid 1970's, succeed Henry Tameleo as Raymond Patriarca's Underboss, and, yet, such an absorbtion, should it actually be underway, may prove to be quite an undertaking, as my understanding is that the Patriarca Family is a good deal larger and more powerful than the Colombo Family (about 50 made guys and 1500 associates all up and down the Eastern Seaboard, with a major presence in Las Vegas). The task may prove to be similar to that of a snake swallowing a large hog. I'll have to listen to my favorite NYC all-news station to hear if the streets of certain areas of Brooklyn show signs of "indigestion", so to speak.
Anyways. I really haven't heard of anybody in my part of the country trying to set up a third party, although I saw Steve Colbert interview a woman from Ohio, (a total Glen Beck NeoCon) who was trying to set up such an organization. This interview may or may not have been truly representative of the movement, as the Tea Parties were originally set up about four or five years ago by members of the 9/11 Truth Movement and Ron Paul supporters in Boston and San Francisco, and managed, earlier this year, to get flooded by Glenn Beck-inspired NeoCons. (The controlled press very often seek out the least credible spokespeople to represent, before the American people, movements they don't like, and this woman was a total idiot.) Anyway, third parties in this country tend to get bought off by the big boys or ignored by the controlled media (heck, the Blue Dog Democrats seem to be something of a third party acting out of fear of the Obama Administration's spendthrift agenda (itself a perfect continuation and enlargement of the Bush Administration's spendthrift agenda), so the best ways of doing populist politics these days seems to me to involve pressuring your Congressional delegation (i.e., your US Representative and both of your state's US Senators) to vote against key portions of the bad guys' agenda. The first item on this list would be to pressure your state's US Senators to support Dr. Paul's Audit the Fed Bill (S. 604), which has already been passed by the House of Representatives. It's a bad bill in many ways, but it contains the crucial provision to allow Congress to reclaim its Constitutionally designated role in assuming responsibility for the issuance of currency. (In other words, it's a poison pill tucked inside a dish the Fed will find really yummy.) Another thing that drives the bad guys nuts is the movement among the States to pass resolutions reasserting their 10th Amendment rights, with provisions to form a new Constitutional union should the Federal government claim unconstitutional powers. Yet another way you can use the two-party system to your advantage at the Federal level is simply to vote against your local Congressional incumbents no matter which party they're with (i.e., if your current US Representative or US Senator is a Republican, vote for the Democrat, and if he or she is a Democrat, vote for the Republican, and do your best to make a local movement of such a voting policy). By far your best bet is to be politically active at the local level, running for City Council, County Board, County Sheriff (extremely important!) or State Representative, or supporting other good candidates for these offices, as such local offices are usually beneath the bad guys' radar. (Although it is true that the Chicago Mob may have indirectly caused the election of President Kennedy by means of their attempt to rig the race for the office of Illinois State's Attorney for the County of Cook, we must remember that President Kennedy did eventually deliver a severe challenge to the power of the Fed (which challenge I once thought unconstitutional, as it took the form of an executive order, but I've since learned that that executive order was promulgated in accordance with an act of Congress procured by President Lincoln, in satisfaction of Article I, Section
.) Facing down your local politicians in town meetings by POLITELY and CALMLY asking WELL-RESEARCHED and WELL-FOUNDED questions that put them on the spot is another way you can resist the bad guys, although doing so may result in your being arrested on spurious charges and/or physically abused by members of your local law enforcement agencies. It's always a good idea to have a friend record the confrontation on video to establish that you did nothing illegal and that, therefor, any hostile action on the part of local law enforcement was, itself, illegal.
One further means of resisting the bad guys: if President Obama makes good on his pledge to use administrative edicts in order to circumvent the US Senate's Constitutional role in ratifying (or, I hope, refusing to ratify) the Copenhagen Climate Change Treaty, that would provide excellent grounds for the President's impeachment and removal from office. As this treaty actually replaces the US Constitution, it is, believe it or not, more important to deny the benefit of legal precedent to such a move than it was to deny legal precedent (by means of the very impeachment from which the ultra-Liberal Democrat Nancy Pelosi furiously defended the Bush Administration (like I said, both parties are bought and paid for by the same people behind the scenes)) to the Bush Administration's manifold offenses, grievous as they were.
As far as my scientific arguments being hard to understand, they really shouldn't be, as I'm sure you've cooked with a cast iron frying pan at some point in your life. You must have noticed that it took a long time for the pan to heat up (as Fe is a poor conductor of heat), but, once it heated up, it got really hot and stayed hot for a long time, as Fe stores a lot of heat without allowing disruption of its molecular structure (which is to say that it didn't melt on your stove). The blacksmiths of the olden days had to use fires from coke ventilated by blasts of forced air from bellows in order to soften Fe to the point of malleability, whereas the dense, black smoke from the World Trace Center towers on 9/11 indicated a fire that was starved for oxygen, and which would, therefor, have been incapable of heating Fe to the point of softening. Besides the fact that only three steel-framed buildings have ever been deemed to have collapsed due to fire (those being, in chronological order, 2 World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, 1 World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, and 7 World Trade Center on September 11, 2001 (what a co-inky-dink!)), credence in the official version of 9/11 requires belief that jet engines naturally vaporize in the heat of a jet-fuel fire (the official explanation for the lack of jet engine wreckage found at the Pentagon), which means that NO JET ENGINE HAS EVER WORKED!, as the intense intake of oxygen via a jet engine's compressor blades creates a fire far hotter than any that could be created from exposure to the still air available in the Pentagon following the explosion. This means that you never flew in a jet plane on a vacation (as the engines would have vaporized as soon as they were revved up), and that your husband never flew in a jet-engined helicopter (such as the Huey) in Vietnam (same principal).