Hennessy's View

Who’s a Racist?

So many people say it’s okay for Antifa to beat people they don’t like. Tim Cook says it. Mitt Romney says it. It’s easy to agree with them. It’s easy to say, “I hate racists and Nazis. I’m glad somebody’s taking the initiative and beating them with clubs.” Many people feel that way. Many people feel it’s good and just to beat and maim wicked people. Especially people who hold wicked beliefs. Read more →

We Tore It Apart—We Can Rebuild It

How will history remember the Tea Party movement of 2009 to 2016? The answer to that question depends on what we do next. The Tea Party movement was an antagonistic movement. We opposed bad stuff. We sought punishment for bad actors. We saw that the experts were wrong, and we pointed out their folly. Like William F. Buckley’s charter for National Review, we stood athwart history, yelling “STOP!” At its heart, the Tea Party movement opposed a corrupt and insulated establishment class. Read more →

How Donald Trump Completed the Tea Party

Sometimes I forget what originally drove me to call for a tea party protest in St. Louis. One motivation was fear of missing out because a dozen other cities were planning protests. Another driver was a desire change the direction of the country. And at least some of it was the frustrated actor in me looking for an outlet. Since two-thirds of those motivations appeal only to me, let’s focus on the middle one: change the country. Read more →

One Week To Go. Are You Ready?

Time is running out fast. The St. Louis Area Tea Party for Trump is Sunday, August 28 at 4:00 p.m. at Surdyke Harley-Davidson in Festus, MO. Here’s your checklist to make sure you’re ready: [frontend-checklist name=“Tea Party for Trump”] Sign Ideas Make sure your signs embarrass no one. Don’t give the liars at CNN anything act all righteous about. Here are some sign ideas: * Winning with Trump * Donald Trump: YOU'RE HIRED * Trump Stands With US * Trump Never Sleeps * Trump Leads from the FRONT * All Aboard the TRUMP TRAIN * I'm ALL IN for Trump * HONK if you're voting TRUMP * Make America Great Again * Make America Work Again * Make America Safe Again * Make America Strong Again * I [HEART] Trump * Build The Wall * You Can’t Fake Great Kids * Legal Immigration Rocks * Borders Define a Country * Dignity = Meaningful Work * I’m Choosing Scalia’s Successor * What’s Wrong with Greatness? Read more →

Trump’s Third Act: The Honey Badger

Can you guess Stephen K. Bannon’s mantra at Breitbart? It’s not, “act like a Republican and lose.” It’s not “pivot,” a word I detest. “Honey badger don’t give a s—” is the _Breitbart_ motto, and “the most dangerous political operative in America” is now running Donald Trump’s campaign. Raise the curtain on act three. https://youtu.be/4r7wHMg5Yjg The entire political world is reeling today with news that Donald Trump has named the incredible Stephen K. Read more →

Come Down to Arkansas August 13

It’s a great honor to be invited to speak at the Arkansas Tea Party Convention August 13 (details in a bit). It’s a bigger honor that they’ve invited me back for a second consecutive year.** I’d love to see familiar Missouri faces in the crowd.** I’m going to talk about how we can be way more persuasive. Persuasion is what wins elections. Not facts. Persuasion. The more you know about persuasion, the more your side will win. Read more →

Why Is Erick Erickson Protecting Reince Priebus?

UPDATE: Welcome, Donald Trump fans! Thanks for reading. Yes, it’s true, I have had disagreements with Erick in the past. I try to assess the situation, not just the person. It’s possible to disagree with someone on one subject and to agree with them on another. If anything, Erick showed consistency by rescinding Trump’s invitation to Red State. Erick didn’t want the event to descend into chaos led by my friends over the Barbour episode; he doesn’t want a descent into chaos led by Donald Trump. Read more →

Ed Martin Moves to Censure Henry Barbour Over Racist Mississippi Ads

Go Ed! A few weeks ago, hunkered down at my laptop in my hotel room in Jacksonville, Florida. I was exhausted from seven hours of travel and a time change. But I had to take a moment to recognize Ed Martin’s commitment to all the best the Republican Party stands for. Ed is determined to expose the GOP establishment’s willingness to do anything to destroy grassroots insurgents. Thad Cochran’s forces in Mississippi threw ethics, morality, and decency to the wind in their quest to stop a Tea Party candidate from unseating the 128-term Cochran. Read more →