As you all may be aware by now, there was an awards ceremony for the Sam Adams Alliance in Chicago, and I was the recipient of the Watchdog Award. My efforts helped to keep integrity in the voting process, but there are quite a few out there who do so daily.
The awards went to a number of truly active individuals who have really made a difference in the political landscape and have protected the freedoms we enjoy through the pen. Warning of danger and advancing policy that keeps the power in the hands of the people. To even be considered was truly an honor. To be around these folks is especially invigorating and inspiring.
One such person won the “Modern Day Sam” award of $20,000.
Modern Day Sam Adams – Prize: $20,000 – Like the original Samuel Adams, this strategist sparked a revolution, redrawing the lines of the political landscape. The Strategist united people behind a vision that successfully acted as both change agent and connector.
Winner of the Modern Day Sam Adams award will be chosen from among the finalists and will be announced April 8 at the award show.
An agent of change indeed, the winner of this award, Tim Eyman, of Mukilteo, Washington, campaigned for and passed an initiative that requires a 2/3rds legislative majority to pass tax increases, and a majority vote to increase fees in Washington State.
It doesn’t take much of a genius to figure how this can help stakeholder taxpayers when the chips are down. Tim should be especially proud when watching the last few seconds (time 1:40) of this video:
When Tim did not win in his category of “Reformer”, I had a pretty good idea that he would be the Modern Day Sam Adams winner.
It was not disappointing at all.