Sentinels in Action: Summer Slam to Stop Obamacare

This August we’re working to defund Obamacare. A group of North Carolina Sentinels are leading the charge in their state. They are implementing the plan outlined below. Contact them to join the effort in North Carolina, or replicate their efforts in your state.

We welcome Sentinels across the country to work with us and each other to defund Obamacare.

NC Sentinels: Summer Slam to Stop Obamacare

Republicans in Congress promised to stop Obamacare. It can be done. But it won’t be done unless we, the grassroots, demand it, as Senator Ted Cruz has said.  The Continuing Resolution will be voted on in September and is our last chance to stop this train wreck.

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August Recess: Why Sentinels Should Take Action

The month-long August Recess will enable Sentinels to hold Members of Congress accountable to conservative principles.

Senators and Representatives will be leaving Washington and headed back home to their respective states and districts from Saturday August, 3rd through Sunday September 8th.

With the farm bill in the House and the amnesty vote in the Senate, Members of Congress have been busy.  As our CEO Mike Needham said “Freedom is either advancing or recessing with every vote.”  This couldn’t have been more true with the farm bill and amnesty votes.  Whether Members of Congress were claiming faux spending cuts or undermining the rule of law, these two votes were revealing for who is actually upholding conservative principles and who is not.

As we steadily approach the August recess, here are two great examples of how activism from conservatives like you has influenced the debate in Washington and how you can keep the momentum going.

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Can’t make ‘em see the light? Make ‘em feel the heat

When Congress is in session, chances are, you can find your average “underperforming” Member of Congress chumming it up with their colleagues.  While Americans are struggling to make house payments, keep their businesses afloat, pay off student debt, and raise a family, politicians are enjoying the perks that come with being in federal office.

Granted, there are a few who are standing on conservative principles, and if you are curious who they are, look at the Overall Results page on our scorecard.

If your Member does not have a blue Sentinel badge next to his/her percentage, be sure to ask why not.

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The Power of Active Networks

Members of Congress, take note: Sentinels are a vast, knowledgeable network of patriots who are willing to engage on the issues in their communities.

The Sentinel Program has already been influential and will only become more powerful as we expand.  The combined strength of Heritage Actions grassroots network and government relations team makes the Sentinel Program unlike any other.  Sentinels spend countless hours learning about the issues so that they can get through Hill staffers.   They have unabashed desire to see conservatives get the country back on track, and that is what fuels their fire.

What Angelo Codevilla calls the “ruling class,” is what we want to see stamped out. If you haven’t read Codevillas The Ruling Class, I would highly recommend it.  Special interest driven politics, ear marks, compromising on our principles – that is what makes the ruling class.  Politicians are driven by accepting favors, allowing political cronies to promise them the world.  Liberals may entice them to “work across the aisle,” which usually entails compromising on principle. 

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The Conservative Fight on Guns

What is the conservative fight?  Conservatives are fighting for freedom and limited government — the Founders’ vision for a country where We the People have inalienable rights not granted to us by government.

Take the gun debate, for example.  Underlying the gun debate is a coercive, top down vision for America.  The politicians will have access to armed security, the wealthy will be able to hired armed guards, and the politically connected will be granted special permits to carry concealed weapons while the rest of us will have a hollow Second Amendment.

The Senate has simply failed to offer a compelling argument for their anti-gun bill.  We need Senators to tell us what’s in the bill.  As far as I’m concerned, Nancy Pelosi told us all we need to know about that.

Even the best members of Congress need to be held accountable. 

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