“You’re outraged if you’re like me because you love this country,” he said.
It’s so bad, Feaman said, that he can’t talk about Obama in front of his son, a Marine captain, because the president is the younger Feaman’s commander in chief.
“I can’t talk about his commander in chief in front of him. I can’t talk about how I think my personal opinion is how our commander in chief commits treason. I can’t talk in front of him because it’s his commander in chief. And I have to respect that. I can’t talk in front of him about how I think his commander in chief is violating his oath of office regularly in the White House. He took an oath of office to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States and I see him blowing up the Constitution everywhere he goes,” Feaman said
“And so where does that leave us? It leaves us as Republicans to take a high moral ground once again as the premier party of the United States, the party of freedom. It’s the party of individualism. It’s the party of encouraging people to depend not on government but on who they are as God-given, God-made individuals,” he said.
He began his 18-minute speech by explaining his view that “no country in the in the history of civilization has given more prosperity, more freedom more human dignity to more people than these United States of America.” He said America will continue as a “light to the world and a force for good – unless we allow our present leadership to take us astray. And that’s what the struggle is. And that’s why we’re outraged. Because we see what’s happening. We see our values assaulted every day. Every week. Not just our political values. We see our spiritual values assaulted, we see our values of those of us who believe in faith, family, freedom assaulted every day.”
He credited the tea party for beginning the intense opposition to Obama, early in his first term. “All of a sudden the [tea] party became enemies of the state. How does that happen in the United States? Because by 2011 there were over 100 tea parties that were on the IRS enemies list. My friends that does not come from a rogue office in Cincinnati, or a rogue office in Los Angeles or a rogue office in Fort Lauderdale. It comes directly from the White House. That’s where it’s coming from.”
He said the Obama administration, “drunk with power,” went even farther. “The massive surveillance of our phone calls and our emails. Goodness gracious the Patriot Act has been taken so far past what the Bush Administration even dreamed what it would be. For the administration to stand up and say it was started under Bush is not only a disgrace, it’s an outright, an outright lie, again. And we need to call them on it,” he said.
He also rapped Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius for hitting up health care companies for money to help promote the health care overhaul law widely known as Obamacare. “Back where I come from we call that extortion. We call that the rackets. We call that mafia kind of stuff. That’s how wrong that is. It is unbelievable.”
Feaman said he didn’t come to deliver a “rah rah speech about how we’re all going to get out and vote and reelect Rick Scott.” But, he said, it’s vital for the governor to win a second term. If former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist, widely expected to run for governor as a Democrat, wins in 2014, that will likely propel a Democratic presidential victory in 2016, Feaman said.
Republicans need to bite their tongues at times and support Republican candidates even if they’re not completely in sync, he said. “The alternative is so much worse. There are a lot of people that sat home because they wouldn’t vote for Romney for a lot of different reasons. And what happens? We then get Obama in a second term on steroids. And I’m not sure that we can control the damage by the time he gets done. So sometimes then we have to remember our job is to win elections.”
Feaman said the Republican Party can increase its ranks by presenting itself to groups that often haven’t been supportive, including black voters and newly naturalized citizens.
“We should be in the black churches we should be in the immigration ceremonies where new citizens are sworn in to say, Let me ask you a few questions brand new citizen? Do you believe in the strength of the family? Yes. Do you believe in individual freedom more than you believe in the government? Yes. Do you believe in the foundation as being a man and a woman as the foundation of a marriage and nothing else? Check yes,” he said. The follow-up: Tell those people they’re Republicans.
Feaman made his remarks Monday night to about 150 of Broward’s Republican committeemen and committeewomen, the activists who run the local party. He was interrupted several times by applause – usually when he made a particularly sharp comment about Obama.
Feaman is the author of two books, “Wake Up, America!,” published in 2007, and “The Next Nightmare: How Political Correctness Will Destroy America,” published in 2012.
Since 2004, he’s been the state Republican committeeman for Palm Beach County, and was most recently re-elected to that post by voters in the August 2012 primary.
He’s Florida’s national Republican committeeman, which puts him on the body that governs the national Republican Party. He’s one of eight officers of the state Republican Party.
“He represents a view of a lot of people in the Republican Party…. It’s a very conservative view,” said Tom Truex, chairman of the Broward Republican Party. said. “There were people there cheering him and there were also people mumbling under their breath saying I don’t like what he had to say.”
Truex said he plans to have speakers with a range of viewpoints. “It’s not going to be Peter Feaman or that point of view every meeting. There’s no requirement in the Republican Party that says you have to agree 100 percent with everything in the platform.”
Committeewoman Carolyn Kennedy of Cooper City said she agreed with Feaman’s critique of Obama.
“He was pretty brutal,” said committeeman Jack Majeske of Wilton Manors, who said he’d prefer less emphasis on social issues. “He was certainly right in most of the stuff that he said, so let it be said. He was pretty tough, but maybe that’s what it’s going to take to get this organization back on track.”
Update: Broward Democratic Chairman Mitch Ceasar said Feaman’s accusations are wild, and wildy inaccurate.
“America is great because of free speech, no mater how extreme, inappropriate, or non-factual it may be,” he said.
“I didn’t think any of his charges were truthful. I think they’re just designed to incite the most extreme elements of the Republican Party,” Ceasar said. “It’s OK to bolster the tea party, but his comments indicate he’s clearly over caffeinated.”