The following is the transcript of the speech by Michael Vass, president of M V Consulting, Inc., seen in the video above. The speech was made on August 21, 2010 at 15 Henry Street in Binghamton, New York, to a crowd of roughly 200 people at the Binghamton Tea Party Rally.
Hello fellow New Yorkers. I’m Michael Vass, owner of M V Consulting, Inc. I am a political commentator and a member of the press. Some of you may be familiar with my videos on Youtube or my articles on various blogs and the internet. But today I am here as a concerned American, just like all of you.
Sun Tzu wrote in his famous book The Art of War,
“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle..”
While we are not at war with Congress, make no mistake we are engaged in a battle for America. A battle that requires we first know our Rights and we are determined to make a difference. Thus we are enacting our Rights to Speak and Assemble, in the face of media criticism and scorn from entrenched elected officials, because we do not agree with the direction Congress is taking the nation.
I know that it is a difficult task to stand up in front of peers and say that Congress has failed to listen to voters. Not because tens of millions of Americans don’t agree. When it comes to the Health Care Reform that was shoved down our throats against our wills, the Obama Stimulus that was passed without anyone knowing what was involved or what it enacted, the disdain against Americans in Arizona that stood up when the Federal Government wanted only to lay down… No we are not alone in what we believe. But what separates us is that we are willing to publicly say what tens of millions mention at school, around the water cooler, on the golf course, even going so far as to break the unwritten rule at bars. And only in America is this possible.
I have had the chance to live in Moscow. I have seen the socialist system in action… and the results of generations of its after-effects. I have lived with the people that could not speak out against the Government, could not openly pray, could not impact the laws and enforcement that affected their lives. And those people envied me. Because I am an American that could do all those things they wished they could do. It is a reason why I am speaking before you.
Right now our voices and actions are being heard. They are having an effect. An effect that the entrenched elected officials in Congress fear. Because it means that they cannot continue to ignore voters, or pander to special interests and their political party agendas. Because we are willing to act on the Rights we have in this nation, Congress and those that subsist on the status quo are trembling.
You may recall this quote,
“People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people.”
Congress should fear us and the tens of millions of Americans that think just like us, that share our hopes and goals, that haven’t come out today for various reasons – but will vote their conscious just like we will. We are not violent, or racist, or bought, or whatever moniker the media and Speaker Nancy Pelosi might want to label us with. We are Americans that know our Rights and we are willing to use them. Career politicians with agendas and special interest support thought we forgot, but we haven’t.
I want to be clear. I am speaking directly about politicians that have made a career out of abuse of public service. People that have forgotten those that elected them and the reasons they were elected for. Let me name the names.
I am speaking about Representative Maurice Hinchey. A man that is entrenched in Congress. A man that has served for 18 years. A man that will not speak to his constituents. I say that because I have written to Representative Hinchey – as a member of the press and a voter of New York. I have written him about the Health Care Reform, twice. I have written to him about the Obama Stimulus, and the actions of the DOJ. And months later I still await even a single letter of reply, though I have gotten unsolicited emails asking me to donate to the re-election of Representative Hinchey.
I am speaking about appointed Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. She too seeks to be re-elected. Actually to be elected in her case as the public had no voice in granting her the junior Senator seat she now holds.
She too has neglected to speak to the people. Even worse, she has taken us for granted. She assumes that we have not noticed her flip-flop on immigration – as she now gains significant financial support from pro-illegal alien organizations. She assumes that we won’t remember that she sent out the same form letter response about the Health Care Reform for 6 months. A form letter that when questioned her office still has not made comment as to why it was a copy – even 4 months after the question was asked.
And Senator Charles Schumer. He too refused to comment on the Health Care Reform. He too actively avoided town hall meetings. He too has taken a stance, repeatedly, of Party over the people.
I don’t say these things about the entrenched elected officials in Congress because I heard a rumor about it. These are facts I have written about and made videos about. I say these things because I know first-hand how little the entrenched members of Congress care about the concerns of the public when it’s not time to be re-elected.
But we can change this scenario. We can end this cycle of broken campaign promises and political party agendas. All we need to do is what we are doing. We are standing up and using our Rights. They are the most powerful tool we have along with our votes. Our Rights and votes combined ensure that the most entrenched, the most deaf to our concerns, the most special interest supported elected officials cannot maintain their granted power.
“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”
We the People. Not the special interests. Not the Democrats, a political party or a political agenda. Not the Government. The People.
I want to close with that thought. The People. You, and I, our friends and families. We are the power of America. Never let a commercial, a media station, a political ad or campaign promise make you forget that. Because in roughly 2 months you will have the chance to use your power and make a change. I’m not telling you anything you don’t already know. But I am reminding you, and everyone that will read this speech or see this video, that rain or shine, whatever the political ads or media mockery, your vote will guide this nation to the future.
We the people are America. And Congress needs a wake-up call to remember that fact.
Thank you. And God bless you.