- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 27, 2013

The talk is a call to arms — and a cultural indicator that Republicans and conservatives should note. Democrats are borrowing a page from the tea party playbook, using dramatic language and historic reference. But this message is not from heartland folk. It is a contrivance from the most loyal of President Obama’s loyalists.

“No one has ever done what we’re trying to do: restore the balance of power to ordinary people by countering the special-interest groups with the most powerful grass-roots movement ever built,” says Jon Carson, executive director of Organizing for Action, the interest group formed from the data banks and leftover funds of Mr. Obama’s 2012 campaign.

In his message, Mr. Carson seeks donations to the cause. “Will you be a founding member?” he asks.

“Organizing for Action is staring down our first quarterly fundraising deadline — ever. After March 31, we’ll have a record of the founding members who helped build this organization from the start,” Mr. Carson declares. “Chip in $5 or more and make sure you’re one of the folks who will make history.”

HUNTSMAN GOES REAGAN

Jon HuntsmanJr. is not done yet. Perhaps 2016 is whispering to him from somewhere offstage.

The former presidential hopeful appears Thursday at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library for some serious talk, say organizers of the public event, who advise that the former Utah governor will “lay out a series of policy changes founded in our best traditions of liberty and opportunity.” There is much mention of that Mr. Huntsman “first entered public service as a member of the Reagan administration.”

The $45 lecture and dinner is sold out, incidentally. See the live webcast, right here: reaganfoundation.org.

LONE STAR REMEDY

Officials in the Levelland Independent School District some 30 miles west of Lubbock, Texas, will soon permit teachers to carry guns in the classroom if they pass a training course and obtain a concealed-handgun license. The new policy is in response to the Newtown, Conn., massacre.

“How do you describe a tragedy like that? It’s devastating,” Superintendant Kelly Baggett told ABC News. “It absolutely instilled fear in all of us and made us take a hard look at where we are with our safety and security.”

BLOOMBERG’S REMEDY

It’s big doings Thursday for one Manhattan billionaire.

“The day is expected to be the largest gun violence advocacy event in history and is part of the largest field campaign in U.S. history to address gun violence,” proclaims Mayors Against Illegal Guns, the activist group founded by New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, who has proclaimed that Thursday is National Demand Action Day for those who support “commonsense” gun law reform.

Mr. Bloomberg has garnered the support of Vice President Joseph R. Biden and has planned 100 grass-roots rallies around the nation, featuring “hundreds of mayors, law enforcement officials, faith leaders, gun violence survivors and family members.” There’s a petition of course, and $18 million broadcast campaign; the coalition has already hired organizers and opened advocacy offices in ten key states.

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