‘THETA VIEW’ -“LICKERS VS FLATTERS” -“WAY OF LIFE” VS A “MOVEMENT”
In order to fully understand the nature and perspective of the struggle, you must understand that there is a HUGE DIFFERENCE between the Sound Horse Movement and the Big Lick.
1. The Sound Horse effort is a “MOVEMENT”.
2. The “Big Lick: is a “WAY OF LIFE”.
Historically, the Big Lick “Way of Life” is much more united than the Sound Horse movement.
The Sound Horse Movement rarely unites.
Although it proudly did so for the “WALK ON WASHINGTON”.
STATUS OF THE PAST ACT
The PAST ACT is presently STALLED. There will be NO vote on it – if There is a Vote – until AFTER the NOVEMBER 4 election.
If there is a vote, it will most likely come in the HOUSE after Nov. 4 because there are 305 co-sponsors. The Whitfield ethics inquiry needs to resolve favorably for there to be a vote. That Ethics allegation was one of the cards that the Lickers had to play, and Gannett Reporter Paul C. Barton caught them playing it. The PAST ACT is three Republicans short in the HOUSE from satisfying the Hastert Rule.
No meet Hasert Rule, no vote.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will not allow the PAST ACT to be put on the Senate floor until there are 60 or more U. S. Senators on board. Right now, there are only 57. Senators. There is a problem in the Senate because one sponsor Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) is under the thumb of Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) who along with Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) is effectively BLOCKING the PAST ACT in the U. S. Senate.
Senator Lamar Alexander is controlled by his Campaign Finance Chairman TWHBEA President Steve Smith.
The other PAST ACT Senate sponsor, Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) apparently does not have the clout due to his lack of seniority to “move the pile” with Majority Leader Harry Reid. The key to the PAST ACT getting out of the Senate Committee was Senator John Thune (R-SD). And even if you have 60 Senators on the bill, it’s going to take some Senate “Heavy Hitters” to weigh in with Reid and get the bill on the floor.
And right now, those Senate heavy hitters are NOWHERE in sight.
One thing which could help pass the PAST ACT is TWHBEA members dealing Senator Lamar Alexander’s benefactor, TWHBEA President Steve Smith, a blow by TWHBEA members voting down the proposed TWHBEA ByLaw changes.
THE TWHBEA PRIMER
TWHBEA has existed for 79 years. It is the official breed registry. It is losing money, but it is nowhere close to being insolvent.
It is important to recognize that many of the vital relationships which led to the PAST ACT being introduced by Sound Horse supporters developed from associations and friendships originating from TWHBEA interactions.
The Pat Stout Poll served Notice to the United States and the Big Lick that TWHBEA members wanted the PAST ACT passed. In September 2013, the members voted 63% to 37% landslide “YES” in favor of the PAST ACT removing the pads and chains.
The Pat Stout Poll was the impetus for the editorial endorsement of the PAST ACT by the Chattanooga Times Free Press newspaper, and The Tennessean newspaper’s endorsement of the PAST ACT.
In response to the Pat Stout Poll, the Big Lick came together to fight for its “WAY OF LIFE”.
The Steve Smith TWHBEA ByLaw changes represent a Big Lick Power Grab to eliminate almost half of the United States and all the international (except Germany) TWHBEA members from having a Director represent them.
It takes 50% + 1 to defeat the proposed draconian By Laws.
The people tasked with fighting this fight are the Sound Horse TWHBEA Directors and the TWHBEA members who support them.
The Sound Horse Movement needs to support the Sound Horse TWHBEA Directors and TWHBEA members who are fighting against the By Law changes.
And once the By Laws are defeated on October 15, 2014, the Sound Horse Movement needs to unite for the FINAL November push to PASS THE PAST ACT.
Nephew Eugene says everyone up at Hilltop Market understands it, and he hopes you will, too.