Glenn Beck has a famous phrase, “The Truth has no agenda.” Truth stands on its own, we may like it, or we may not. We may chose to believe it, or we may not, but that does not change what is true. The same cannot be said of Lies. Lies, distortions, half-truths, prevarications, rumors, they always have an agenda.
Today I want to tell you about the real Dana Loesch.
Dana is tireless. She has been in this movement from the beginning. I was not present for the beginning of St. Louis Tea Party, but I was there at the end of it. In a weird twist of fate, I was not present at the meeting where it all flew apart, although I was intimately involved in the aftermath. At the time of the meeting, I was testifying in Atlanta, in a court case involving another once great organization, Tea Party Patriots. In both cases the organizations were compromised by individuals who wanted to compromise the movement to suit their own agenda.
In both cases, when individuals stood up, and called people out, demanding that they live up to their values, they were forced either legally or morally to separate themselves from organizations they founded, sometimes both. To those on the outside, the separations look arbitrary and precipitous. But what they don’t see is the internal struggles within the organization, the emails, the phone calls the late night discussions and disagreements over mission and method that have proved finally, irreconcilable. The organizations invariably continue on, as legal entities often do, but when such a split happens, others who are about principle also separate themselves from the organization. What is left is a Frankenstein’s monster of an organization, the body remains, but the mind and muscles are compromised as is its ability to be effective in the world.
Dana was always about principle, about what was moral, about what was right. When the split happened I and others knew where and with whom we wanted to stand.
I came to know Dana personally during my time organizing the 9/12/2010 tea party held under the Arch. The event which was a joint production of TPP, for whom I was working at the time, and STLTPC. I made a lot of great friends during that time, but I also had a challenge. Some of the people I had to work with locally that were affiliated with STLTPC were obviously playing me against one another. After a while I figured out who I could trust, who I could rely on, who would be honest with me. That person was Dana Loesch. Since that time, I have never had her lie to me, back stab me, lie about me, threaten me or my friends harm, or not do something she told me she would. I wish I could say that about other members of St. Louis Tea Party who call themselves leaders.
Dana is honest, trustworthy, loyal, and a great friend. If I was ever in a foxhole, there is no one I would rather be with than Dana Loesch and her incredible husband Chris. They are amazing together, and are raising two fantastic kids. Not many have what Dana does.
What she has, she and Chris have come by honestly. I have never seen anyone work so hard. When I read what has been written about her recently, I feel like I am in some kind of horrible fun house, where reality is distorted so as to create monstrous images to scare us. But to what end?
I don’t know why these images have appeared, but they are not new to me. They are the lies and distortions of people who would work with our enemies to bring down our friends. Unfortunately our movement contains such people who would tear down the best of us, to make themselves seem larger by comparison.
The essence of Liberty is choice. Choose the Truth. It has no agenda.