October 16, 2010
Ordinary Americans Heed the Call to Take Back America!By Lloyd Marcus
The Natural starring Robert Redford is my favorite movie. I relate to Roy Hobbs, the film's title character. Roy is a gifted baseball player who finds great success in his craft very late in life. Such is the case with my career as a singer/songwriter.
In his youth, Roy was full of enthusiasm, hopes, and dreams of breaking every Major League Baseball record. But while on the road to his dream, life threw Roy a devastating unexpected curve which crushed his dream. Discouraged and depressed, Roy surrendered his dream. Sixteen years later, Roy said, "I decided to give it one more try."
Watching the movie, I was struck by how Roy Hobbs' decision to muster up the courage to pursue his dream affected the lives and fulfilled the hopes and dreams of countless others.
Signed as a fluke, Hobbs, at the age when most players end their careers, found himself on a last-place, failing Major League Baseball team. Still extraordinarily talented, Roy led the team to win the league championship, saved the old coach from losing his financial share of the team, and inspired countless youths. God's purpose for our lives is bigger than we are.
I think about myself and the Tea Party Movement. In 1993, I was fifteen years into a successful career as a graphic design supervisor at an ABC affiliate TV station in Baltimore. While listening to Rush Limbaugh at my desk, volume down low, I heard Rush encourage middle-aged callers who were downsized to view their dismissal as an opportunity to pursue their dreams.
Inspired, and with my amazing wife's blessing, two weeks later, I quit my job to pursue full-time my lifelong dream of a career in music. It was hard, very hard. For ten years, I performed everywhere from bar mitzvahs to biker bars, most times for peanuts. We went through numerous agents, managers, and producers, including a few con men. Finally, I landed a record deal to record jazz for the European market.
However, I have always been passionate about political issues. Music industry experts advised, "Keep your politics extremely private. Going public will kill your music career." In 2009, unable to stop myself, I penned and recorded the "American Tea Party Anthem." The song has taken my name around the world and me across the U.S. four times. October 18 to November 1 will be my fourth Tea Party Express tour across America.
Like Roy Hobbs in the movie, I have come to realize that my personal journey and struggles were really not about me, but about fulfilling God's higher purpose. My wife Mary and I are amazed how my crazy decision to quit my great job back in 1993 has lead to God using me to touch the lives of millions in a positive way -- totally awesome, totally humbling.
Folks, I'm just one guy in our incredible, divinely inspired Tea Party Movement. In my travels attending hundreds of Tea Parties across America, I have heard numerous stories similar to mine: how God appeared to set up circumstances to lead people into the Tea Party Movement.
For example, in Buffalo, NY, a senior stuck at home after two knee operations decided to start a conservative newspaper, which is very successful. In Texas, I met a 21-year-old truck driver. Frustrated by the negative effect Obamanomics is having on his industry, this fine young man has decided to run for public office.
God is using ordinary people like you and me, not "ruling class" career politicians, to restore our great country.
Running for public office is extremely challenging. And that says nothing of the strong possibility of every stupid, wrong, and/or embarrassing thing you have ever done being made public. Wow, pretty scary.
Still, upon witnessing Obama's destruction of America, an extraordinary number of first-time candidates across America are finding the grace and courage to "go for it." These last thirty days are "crunch time" for our courageous Tea Party candidates. Brothers and sisters, please support them in whatever ways you feel led to.
Referring back to Roy Hobbs pursuing his dream in the movie and how it touched the lives of many, patriots heeding the call will save America. This amazing Tea Party Movement has no single leader. It is about We The People, individual patriots, following our passions and using our talents and gifts to restore our freedom, liberties, and culture. I am extremely blessed and honored to be named among you. Together, we truly are Taking Back America!
Please enjoy this trailer for the "Tea Are The World" documentary, musicians across America united to Take Back America!
Spokesperson/Entertainer of Tea Party Movement & Tea Party Express.
- Lloyd Marcus, Proud Unhyphenated American
The American Tea Party Anthem CD/album.
Confessions of a Black Conservative, foreword by Michelle Malkin.
President, NAACPC (National Association for the Advancement of Conservative People of ALL Colors).
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