Friday, August 27, 2010

Is Christen Varley a RINO?


August 27, 2010

MassResistance Update

Pro-family activism

"In a time of universal deceit telling the truth is a revolutionary act."
- George Orwell

1. Fort Independence Tea Party a big success despite rain!  See photos & video.

2. Destruction of the conservative movement from the inside: GOP activist attempts to shut down Fort Independence Tea Party and demonize MassResistance over inclusion of family values.

3. So what's new? Former national RNC chairman comes out as "gay" - says he'll work to change the Party.

4. The adulation continues: The Boston Globe and Ted Kennedy.

1. Fort Independence Tea Party a success despite rain -- and RINO efforts to stop it.

Nothing was going to keep this one from going forward! If you made it there, it was really worth it!

Despite driving rains which caused people across the state to assume it was canceled, and despite an active campaign by RINO "Republicans" to shut down the event (see #2 below) last Sunday's Fort Independence Tea Party at Castle Island in South Boston last was a great success.

Nearly 150 people braved the weather and came to South Boston and they weren't disappointed. By many accounts it was among the best and most invigorating Tea Party events yet in Massachusetts. We've posted video of several of the speeches. Not even the low-flying aircraft overhead could drown out the enthusiasm! (The fort is in a flight path to Logan Airport.)

Even as the rain poured down, people kept coming. Luckily, the speakers were under a tent!

A major theme of the day was that citizens are no longer going to be afraid to voice the truth about the serious issues facing America. The Tea Party phenomenon is not about crafting a message to elect moderate Republican candidates. It's about people taking a stand to take back their country. And it's about letting all candidates know loud and clear that people are tired of business as usual. Neither the liberal media looking to demonize Tea Partiers -- nor the RINO "Republicans" who are afraid of the liberal media -- can force citizens to water down their message and their outrage.

A great cast of speakers and stirring messages

Although the original keynote speaker, Don Feder, bowed out (see #2 below) several other great speakers stepped up and more than filled the void.

Among the speakers were:

Susan Long - Head of South Boston Tea Party (hosting event), mother of disabled veteran from Iraq war.

Sean Harrington - The now-famous student at Arlington High School who single-handedly forced the school system to have the Pledge of Allegiance recited at the beginning of the school day.

Judge Joseph Nolan -- retired Massachusetts Supreme Court Justice. Gave incredible speech on natural law.


Left: Judge Joseph Nolan

Below: Susan Long and Sean Harrington

Jack Nash
- Watertown Tea Party activist and radio personality

Brian Camenker - President of MassResistance. Discussed enormous taxpayer funding of graphic, explicit homosexual and transgender programs in schools and showed several vivid and shocking examples.

Patrick Brennan - Co-founder of South Boston Tea Party and candidate for state representative. Talked about how America's principles shaped his background.

C.J. Doyle - Executive Director of Catholic Action League of Massachusetts. Talked about the threats to religious freedom, which are getting worse each year. He also forcefully explained why social issues are a necessary component in Tea Party efforts to restore our nation.

Loren Spivak - "Free Market Warrior" who gives free Tea Party seminars educating people about economics, markets, and freedom (as opposed to socialism).

Loren Spivak discusses free markets vs socialism

Richard Howell
- Pioneer Valley Tea Party Leader. Talked about the history of Fort Independence and its relevance to today.

Jessica Vaughan - From Center for Immigration Studies in Washington, DC. Discussed the illegal immigration threat and its long-term impact on America.

David Baupre - Head of North Shore Independence Tea Party, and ex-Marine.

Keith Davis - Activist from western Massachusetts who is a pro-family write-in candidate for Lt. Governor in Republican Primary.

And several other activist leaders and candidates.

We've posted some of the speeches that the "moderate" Republicans and liberals obviously didn't want you to hear:

VIDEOS: Watch the videos HERE of Brian Camenker and other speakers.

(Also -- more photos.)

All in all, it was a stirring afternoon. Certainly, one can't help but get very angry at what is happening to our country and our freedoms -- and how even people supposedly on our side are subverting the voice of dissent.

But people really felt a unity with each other and were definitely energized take on the powers against us. The driving rain and the sound of the low-flying aircraft seemed to only give people even more of a spirit of resistance!


2. Destruction of the conservative movement from the inside: GOP activist attempts to shut down Fort Independence Tea Party and demonize MassResistance over inclusion of family values.

What's starting to happen nationally, is REALLY happening here.

Like so many other destructive trends, Massachusetts is a harbinger of things to come (or already happening) across the country. RINOs ("Republicans In Name Only") who demand that "social" and moral issues be purged from ALL Tea Party events managed to shut down the Lexington Tea Party on July 25. And now they've been at it again.

Keynote speaker Don Feder cancels after being contacted

When it was announced that Don Feder would be the keynote speaker at the Fort Independence Tea Party, it got immediate attention across the state. Don is a well-known writer, lecturer and pro-family leader going back over 20 years.

But a few days later Don said that he had been contacted by Christen Varley regarding his appearance at the event. Varley was primarily responsible for the shutting down of the Lexington Tea Party, and her outrageous actions prompted the organizers to do this one. Don told us that unless we could guarantee that no speaker at the event would say anything bad about Varley, he'd have to cancel his appearance. We told him we didn't think anyone had any intention of mentioning her, but we weren't going to explicitly ban speakers from saying anything. So Don said he'd have to pull out.

Luckily, we were able to get other speakers to step in who did not share Don's concerns.

Going after Tea Party leaders

And that's not all. Since it was advertised that Tea Party leaders would be speaking that day, Varley contacted Tea Party leaders around the state to persuade them not to be a part of it. We heard stories from various Tea Party leaders about their interaction with Varley. The ones who came, such as David Beaupre of the North Shore Independence Tea Party, told Varley to take a hike and mind her own business. Varley even contacted the organizer of the Fort Independence event who refused to back down.

Varley warns candidates: Camenker & MassResistance are "toxic"

But Varley put her biggest energy into contacting Republican candidates across Massachusetts. Varley insists that pro-family and moral issues, including discussions about public funding of the homosexual agenda in schools, have no place in Tea Party events. In particular, according to emails we've seen, she told candidates that even appearing at an event where Brian Camenker of MassResistance (who she refers to as "toxic") spoke would seriously hurt their chances for election.

Here's an example of what Varley emailed:

From: Christen Varley <>
Subject: Castle Island Tea Party event

This is the email being shared about the South Boston event coming up on August 22nd. It has been posted on MassResistance, which means it will be seen by Brian's "fans". I am encouraging candidates to stay away.

"State-wide Tea Party at historic Fort Independence in S. Boston next Sunday Aug. 22. Great speakers! Reaction to those who would divide movement and intimidate speaking out.
Second American Revolution: We are NOT intimidated; we are NOT backing down.

On Sunday afternoon, Aug. 22, the South Boston Tea Party is sponsoring a state-wide Tea Party in historic Fort Independence on South Boston's Castle Island peninsula.

Here's from another email Varley sent about Brian Camenker:

"Brian is a problem, as I've said repeatedly, because of his reputation and the opponents he can draw . . . It is about protecting the movement and protecting good candidates. His involvement with candidates can hurt their chances of winning . . . Brian is not the best person to deliver a message to this group. he will turn off more people that he can ever bring in.

"I never said he was "evil" to the cause. That is not a word I use lightly - or ever. I said toxic. And no, you don't take something toxic and try to disperse it among many in the hopes no one is too badly affected ... I would like him to recognize he does not have a role within this movement right now -- not a large public role. That's all."

Just who is Christen Varley?

Why does this woman think she has the authority to interfere with other people's events? Why does she think she's politically so much smarter than everyone? More and more Tea Party activists are becoming angry and outraged at this. And they should.

Christen Varley as Republican chairman in Holliston

There are some very troubling issues regarding Varley:

  • Gives impression of being the statewide Tea Party leader. Varley gets lots of local and national publicity as head of "The Greater Boston Tea Party" which she formed with a few friends when the Tea Party movement erupted last year. And she's a tireless self-promoter and projects an image as the state Tea Party head. But in fact, her group is no different than the other numerous Tea Party groups around the state.
  • Well-liked by media as a moderate: Unlike other Tea Party leaders around the country, Varley is well-liked by the mainstream media. She's considered sensible and moderate by the establishment press. (Not like the other Tea Party "rabble" which the media have only contempt for.) As head of the Greater Boston Tea Party she's had numerous friendly articles published about her in the Boston Globe, Boston Herald, and even the Wall Street Journal, as well as many "softball" local radio interviews.

    On the other hand, Varley appears to have a strong antipathy against the parents' rights movement, especially regarding the homosexual agenda in schools, and has referred to parents and citizens involved with MassResistance as "nut jobs."
  • Conflict of interest: Employed as political consultant. Varley is employed by Massachusetts Family Institute's (MFI) "Coalition for Marriage and Family" which consults to political candidates. MFI is a "moderate" pro-family group that declinde to support the David Parker Parents Rights Bill (H406) and the bill to repeal the buffer zone around abortion clinics (H3840). MFI's failed "Let the People Vote" effort proposed a "moderate" marriage amendment that would have allowed civil unions. MFI seeks to ingratiate itself with officeholders by not appearing "fringe." Varley's attacks on Brian Camenker have apparently been done with the knowledge and consent of MFI's leadership and Board. Political expediency trumps principles, to say the least.
  • Other conflict of interest: Big Republican activist. Varley is chairman of the Holliston Republican Town Committee, and on her Internet postings she uses the handle "GOPMom." She has strong ties to the state Republican establishment. Not exactly the kind of non-partisan independence people expect from Tea Party leaders.
  • Intentional obfuscation? Varley has been using her Greater Boston Tea Party email address when pressuring other Tea Party leaders and emailing Tea Party activists, even when she is clearly acting through her employer MFI and her Republican Party connections regarding candidates and races.

Varley actually has no authority to interfere with other Tea Party groups. Her group is separate from all the others. But Varley is able to confuse activists who don't know better, to achieve her political goals.

Are parents' rights really toxic?

Is this actually true? Is standing up for parents' rights -- including opposing the radical homosexual agenda targeting schoolchildren -- in fact toxic?

(Watch the video of Brian Camenker's speech at the Tea Party.)

Actually, just the opposite is true. Varley is simply spreading the RINO propaganda. For example:

  • In 2004 Rep. Joyce Spiliotis (D-Peabody), who had voted pro-family, was being challenged in the Democratic primary by an extremely well-funded lesbian activist backed by skilled community organizers. It truly looked like Rep. Spiliotis might lose! We stepped in and mailed a strongly worded letter to voters across her district, held a press conference at Peabody City Hall, and phone-banked voters. The result: On election day Rep Spiliotis won every precinct!
  • That same year, in tight races with challengers we also publicly supported Reps Philip Travis, Rep. Emile Goguen, and Rep. Shirley Gomes. All of them won their races. (In the latter two, we did mailings in their districts.)
  • As a state senator, Scott Brown co-sponsored our parents' rights legislation. He also spoke out on pro-family issues. He had no problem winning his next local election.

The real problem is the Massachusetts Republican Party establishment. They (1) are deathly afraid of what the liberal media writes and (2) are trying to compete with the Democrats by attracting pro-homosexual and pro-choice social liberals, as was outlined in Party Chairman Jennifer Nassour's now-infamous interview last year in the homosexual newspaper Bay Windows.

And as we've reported, Camenker has spoken for MassResistance at several Tea Party events across Massachusetts - including Tea Parties in South Boston, East Longmeadow, Plymouth, and Chicopee -- and was well received at all of them.

And at those events virtually everyone who hears our presentation is outraged. This even crosses party lines. It's the radical activists and RINOs who don't want it discussed.

Becoming the pro-family movement's worst nightmare . . .

As we're seeing, this is also starting to happen across the country.

In many ways this represents a far worse threat than the radical Left.
If Republican candidates are told by people they trust that the homosexual agenda in the schools and other "social issues" are "toxic" and will cause them to lose elections, what do you think will happen when they get elected? They'll continue to stay away from these issues -- and cave in to the other side faster than ever. And of course, even more taxpayer money than ever will flow into those programs.

This is extremely serious. Elections are the best time to raise these issues and hold politicians' feet to the fire. But instead, anyone who talks about it is being demonized -- by supposed "conservatives". And as a result, this gives the left and the media an open door to pile on even more and make the pro-family position appear "fringe" -- exactly what the radical left wants!

What you can do now: Make them stop!

If you think it's bad in the schools now, wait until Christen Varley and Massachusetts Family Institute (MFI)  get done with their work.

Contact MFI here (phone/email). Tell them to STOP this destructive "strategy."

3. So what's new? Former national RNC chairman comes out as "gay" - says he'll work to change the Party.

Yesterday, The Atlantic online reported that Ken Mehlman, President Bush's campaign manager in 2004 and a former chairman of the Republican National Committee (RNC), has told family and associates that he is "gay", and that he "arrived at this conclusion fairly recently."

He told the magazine that he plans to participate in a fundraiser next month for a homosexual group working to overturn Proposition 8 (banning "gay marriage") in California.

According to the article:

He said that he plans to be an advocate for gay rights within the GOP, that he remains proud to be a Republican, and that his political identity is not defined by any one issue.

"What I will try to do is to persuade people, when I have conversations with them, that it is consistent with our party's philosophy, whether it's the principle of individual freedom, or limited government, or encouraging adults who love each other and who want to make a lifelong committment to each other to get married."

Read the article HERE

Hmm. Freedom, limited government, and homosexuality -- the new Republican package of guiding principles. Is the Massachusetts Republican Party (see above) on the cutting edge of a national Republican trend? Let's hope not.


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