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Dear Patriot,

You know him from his weekly radio show announcement at Manatee Patriots, which he begins with an enthusiastic “Good evening, Great Americans!”

You also know he leads Manatee Patriots Schools Action Team and is running for the Manatee County School Board District 5 seat.

Did you also know he is a professional-level member of the National Speakers Association?

Strap on your seat belt and get ready for a talk that will “change your perspective, and possibly your life.” Join us Tuesday, March 22 at 6 pm at Mixon’s Fruit Farms to hear Richard Tatem on Leadership.

Read on to be informed about important events and simple actions you can take to make a difference.


In this Email

•   Richard Tatem Bio 

•   From Janet Mixon: Call Gov DeSantis—Ask Him to Veto Senate Bill 1382

•   Attend the Fostering Hope and Homes Fundraiser March 22

•   From Defend Florida: ACTION ALERT! Call One Day—An opportunity for all to get involved and expand our impact!

•   Hear Richard Cooley on the Justin American Radio Hour Wednesday, March 23    


Who: Richard Tatem

WhenTuesday, March 22, 6 - 8 pm

Where: Mixon’s Fruit Farms Honeybell Hall

             2525 27th St. E.

             Bradenton, FL 34208


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Our meetings are free, informal and fun, and you can enjoy our free light refreshments at our snack bar. You’ll meet like-minded patriots, learn about our government and our freedoms, and get encouraged, inspired and informed.


Richard Tatem Bio

Richard Tatem is a retired US Air Force colonel with 30 years of experience on both active duty and in the reserves as a leader, educator, facilitator, and aviator. Now a professional facilitator, coach, and educator, Richard specializes in helping individuals and organizations become better versions of themselves–because better people and better organizations perform better, both in and out of the work environment. His work focuses on helping employees improve their commitment to their core values.

During his last military assignment, Richard was the senior facilitator and developer for the Enhancing Human Capital Seminar at the Air Force Profession of Arms Center of Excellence. He taught and facilitated for many years in both the government and civilian arenas. Senior leaders routinely request Richard by name for their leadership development programs because audiences rate him as “one of the most memorable briefers I’ve ever had!” and say he “changed my perspective and probably my life!”

Richard has led and worked with diverse organizations at the operational and strategic levels. He has managed a resource portfolio worth $410 million and led projects ranging from standing up new organizations to implementing national, inter-agency level security strategies.

A highly experienced public speaker, Richard is a professional-level member of the National Speakers Association. With a wide-ranging and international education in the humanities, psychology, and neurobiology, Richard brings an insightful and culturally rich perspective to his audiences. 

He has lived and worked overseas in multiple countries and cultures, was a university assistant professor, speaks French fluently, and has even been an airline pilot. In his spare time, Richard likes to “stand in a river waving a stick” (fly fishing) and to deepen his appreciation for Francophone culture.

Richard also uses the pen name “Justin American” for The Justin American Radio Show, airing Wednesdays from 8 - 9 pm ET on 1490 WWPR. 

Of his radio show he says, “(my) military service inspired (me) to learn more about what it really means to ‘support and defend the Constitution,’ the oath (I) took upon entry into the US military.” 

Now, Justin has decided to dedicate the rest of his life to teaching his fellow Americans, and those who aspire to become Americans, what the Founding Fathers’ core values, principles, and writings can teach us about living in America today.


From Janet Mixon

Call Gov DeSantis—Ask Him to Veto Senate Bill 1382


SB 1382

—prohibits businesses from presenting additional evidence to a judge to prove they do not owe the estimated taxes

—creates a presumption in law that the Department of Revenue’s tax assessment is correct

—creates a presumption in law that failure to provide adequate records when requested by the Department of Revenue is evidence of willful neglect

—doubles the floor on fines from 25% to 50% 


Call the Office of Governor Ron DeSantis at (850) 717-9337. 


Tell him to veto SB 1382 because not only does it double the minimum fines on business, but if a business makes a filing mistake, under SB 1382, the state presumes willful neglect. 


Attend the Fostering Hope and Homes Fundraiser March 22


From Defend Florida: ACTION ALERT! Call One Day—An opportunity for all to get involved and expand our impact!


Here is a new initiative by DF that will give everyone a chance to participate in our fight for freedom.


Hi, my name is Debbie Faris and I'm with Defend Florida. 


I am spearheading the Call One Day initiative (see below) and I'm reaching out to ask for your direct involvement. (it's easy but important). Thank you so much beforehand for your time and support, I look forward to your response. 


Best regards, 



Call One Day

When those who govern fear the people, they will govern wisely.


The Goal

For Defend Florida to become a politicians worst nightmare or their best ally. Ultimately, for Defend Florida's leadership to be granted a golden pass to any elected or government official so our message and solutions will be enacted with expediency.


The Premise

Save for the few exceptions, most elected officials only care about the voters when it is election time. If we develop the reputation that Defend Florida can summon/activate the voters at a statewide level, they will understand we are a force that can alter (or aid) their political aspirations.


The Opportunity

The "Call One Day" initiative (COD): designate one day a week for Defend Florida’s membership and affiliates to flood the politicians with phone calls.. This approach accomplishes the following goals:


1) Legislators will understand we are active and our reach is state wide.

2) Voters will become used to making the phone calls regularly. When we actually need to mobilize our base to influence legislation, the action is familiar and easy.

3) Defend Florida becomes a brand.

4) Voters are engaged and informed via the call script.


The Script

Two types of script: Action and Encouraging.


An example of an Action Script is:

On Monday, please call Wilton Simpson (850 487 5010)


A.   Hi Senate President Simpson, my name is ________ and I'm with Defend Florida.

B.   I really care about cleaning up the voter rolls, VBM wet signatures, and ensuring that only eligible Floridians are able to vote.

C.  Senator Simpson, remember your oath to the US Constitution and the Florida Constitution.


An example of an Encouraging Script is:

On Monday, please call Senator Hutson (850 487 5007)


a. Hi Senator Hutson, my name is _________ and I'm with Defend Florida.

b. I'm calling to thank you for all of your support and a job well done for We the People.

c. Have a great day! We are praying for you.


The How

COD Leaders will receive a weekly script from Debbie. In turn, they will make the call AND send this script to their list of callers. The list of callers should also have their list as well and so on. In other words, create a multilevel call tree.

1.       Identify COD Leaders with Jo.

2.       Debbie to develop a weekly message with Defend Florida's Leadership.

3.       Debbie to send out a message script to COD Leaders who will forward to their downlines.

4.       Debbie to track metrics.


You can all join by texting SPEAK to 91776 and you’ll receive your first instruction. Keep in mind that one phone call translates into 100 votes. This is something everyone can do that is relevant but easy. 


Hear Richard Cooley on the Justin American Radio Hour Wednesday, March 23 


Don't miss the "thinking person's" conservative talk radio show, the Justin American Radio Hour. The show airs on AM 1490 Bradenton every Wednesday evening, from 8:05-9 pm Eastern time. You can also listen online at and watch on Facebook Live, For this upcoming show on Wednesday, March 23rd, I welcome Dennis Cooley, Dennis is a very successful entrepreneur, private pilot, and community patriot. Dennis and I will discuss how government does - and does not - help him as a small business owner. And, we will touch on the topic of "the sweet injustices of politics" that Dennis recently encountered. Keep on supporting small businesses, and we'll see you on the airwaves!


New Realtime Survey available on Voting Method Preference.



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