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April 4, 2017
Tea Party Joins St Augustine Beach
Citizen’s Fight For Free Speech
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While the thunder roared and the rain poured outside, a storm raged on the inside at the regularly scheduled Commissioner’s meeting at St. Augustine Beach (SAB), Florida on April 3, 2017.
In spite of the inclement weather, a very substantial audience was present at the meeting, held at 2200 A1A South, St. Augustine Beach, Florida. Most of the people were waiting for agenda item IX No. 3, the latest assault on public comment and the citizen’s First Amendment rights.
The assault on the First Amendment by SAB officials began, back in September 2016, when political signs were banned from City property and public right-of-ways in SAB. In an interview with TCCR reporters, Mayor Rich O’Brien claimed the action was necessary due to a lawsuit with Alvin’s Island involving political signs. Alvin's Island is a beachwear superstore in St. Augustine Beach. The Mayor said he was acting under the advice of legal counsel. First, banning political signs and then later, all signs during an election. This greatly aided incumbent candidates in the 2016 election. Mayor O’Brien was one of those candidates. The sign issue is still not resolved.
[ See “A Tale of Two Signs” http://saintaugustineteaparty.org/pdf/Town Crier Committee Vol 5 No 12.pdf ED]
The initial assault on the First Amendment came full circle at tonight’s Commissioner’s meeting. Upon advice of legal counsel, the City is going to settle out of court with Alvin’s Island because it has been concluded that the City violated the Alvin’s Island’s First Amendment rights. Alvin’s Island wanted to put up a Trump sign during the 2016 election.
“This is what happens when lawyers and politicians are not familiar with the basic precepts of the Constitution,” Rosetta Bailey, O’Brien’s opponent in the 2016 election, said.
In an interview with David Heimbold, SATP Media Chairman, City Commissioner, Maggie Kostka, said,
"We already have policies and procedures in place, all we have to do is follow them: i.e. presentations are only supposed to be given 10 minutes, instead they seem to be given as much time as they want...if we would adhere to that policy, it would move our meetings along". Perhaps we need to meet more often. Our City has grown a lot since 1959 when our charter was made.”
Commissioner Gary Snodgrass and Mayor Rich O’Brien made the argument, that the new rules limiting public comment are necessary. The reason Commissioner’s meetings are extended and inefficient are due to public comment. They see the public comment as interfering and simply not relevant.
Thomas Reynolds, a local resident, suggested that if these “Angry Old White Men”, referring to Snodgrass and O’Brien, follow the rules like the three ladies on the Commission do, many of the problems would be resolved. “It is not the public who is violating the rules,” he said. Commissioner Kostka led the way with the arguments quoted above. With the support of nearly everyone who spoke during public comments, the newly elected. Commissioner, carried the day. The matter is under continued study. Commissioner Kostka is pictured left with Tea Party Chairman, Lance Thate.
“It is imperative that we return to Constitutional principles, if our Republic is to survive. We have reached a point where the politicians at all levels of government are either ignorant or willfully ignoring the Constitution. Even the lawyers that advised them no longer seem to have a good handle on what is and isn’t Constitutional. Our Tea Party engages the public on a regular basis. I can attest to the fact that the people are waking up. This is no longer a story about a small beach community. Struggles like this are going on across the Country. When it is over, pray God, Liberty prevails. Tonight, on a stormy night, people came out to defend their First Amendment rights. We were glad that we could lend our support to the citizens of St. Augustine Beach,” Lance Thate, SATP Chairman said.
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April 15, 2017
A Tale of Two Tax Days Rallies
Photos by TCCR Staff
The Real and the Fake
Eight years ago, on April 15, 2009, 1500 people assembled at the Castillo de San Marcos for a tax day rally. The grassroots assemblage was the birth date of a Tea Party group which today is known as the St Augustine Tea Party (SATP). At the landing, in Jacksonville, Florida, an additional 3500 people assembled with the first tax day rally of the First Coast Tea Party.
The birth of the populist Tea Party movement began as a result of rallies across the country. In 750 cities with an estimated half-million people attending, as reported by the Christian Science Monitor at the time.
On April 15, 2017, the anti-Trump tax day activists scheduled events in St. Augustine and Jacksonville, Florida. The Communist left has been comparing their events with the original Tea Party tax rallies. The St. Augustine event attracted around 200 people. An event in Jacksonville, at Hemming Park, attracted about 300 according to Action News.
The tax day rallies that launched the Tea Party movement eight years ago were 10 times the size of this past Saturday’s activity. According national reports about 160 cities had rallies with attendance numbering in the tens of thousands. The anti-Trump tax rallies by the left were nowhere near the Tea Party’s half million count of 2009. According to Tea Party sources, this is significant. The Tea Party attracted large numbers because it was a grassroots organization that attracted both Republicans and Democrats with large numbers of Independents. Back then it truly represented the great American conservative majority. Today's events, organized by groups like the Indivisibles and the failed Democratic Party, simply do not draw the general public like the Tea Party Movement did back then.
While they look like the Tea Party with homemade signs and their American flags, their political agenda is hard core Communist left. They are truly the Fake Tea Party using the 2009 techniques to spread their Marxist agenda.
“Their events tend to be made up of the Communist left of the Democrat Party. The Democratic Party, like the Republican Party, is a minority party. The Democrats make up about 25% of the electorate of which 19% are radicalized. The great populist grassroots movement that lives in ‘We the People’ is made up from non- radicalized Democrats, about 6%, half of the Republicans, about 14% and the non-committed independents, which represent 44% of the electorate. This populist movement elected Donald Trump,” David Heimbold, SATP Media Chairman and pollster explained.
Town Criers Send in the Calvary
The Town Criers are a Committee of the St. Augustine Tea Party and have been engaging and polling the public in the historic district of St. Augustine, Florida since 2011. The 'Indivisible St. Johns heavily promoted its tax day rally on the birthday of the Tea Party movement. So, when a Fake Tea Party, with an alien agenda showed up in the Plaza de la Constitucion, the Town Criers understood that it was their duty to expose the deception.
The contrast between the Real Tea Party whose tax day message was “Taxed Enough Already” and the Fake Tea Party message could not have been in starker contrast. The Communist left’s tax day theme was directed against President Trump with “Show us your Taxes”. The Town Criers remind us that a tax day rally for a Communist is simply about the "Redistribution of Wealth".
The Town Crier challenge took the form of a mechanized convoy which circled the Plaza continuously during Indivisible's entire event. The vehicles were outfitted with Gadsden Flags, banners and signs. To draw attention and make sure that the public observing the transaction would understand the difference between a Real and Fake Tea Party, one of the vehicles was equipped with a sound system.
The first reaction of the anti-Trump gathering on the Plaza was alarm, anger and hostility with physical threats and verbal abuse. The man with the beard, pictured above, began moving from vehicle to vehicle with threats of violence. Dave Heimbold reports that the bearded man gave him the middle finger and shouted, “You’re a nigger…. A nigger!” That was the left’s racism in full view witnessed by all in the vicinity. A veteran riding a bicycle alongside our convoy, pictured above in the same group with a thumbs-up, began to intervene on Town Crier’s behalf. First, by engaging a woman who tried to stop the convoy by standing in front of the lead vehicle. And then, by going after the bearded man. The tourists, which were streaming out on St. George Street onto Cathedral Place were beginning to show support for the Town Crier in the confrontation. At which point, an Indivisible organizer could be heard saying “Don’t engage them. Don’t engage them.” Within a few moments those who had been engaging the public with signs on the perimeter of the field turned inward, so as to have their backs to any opposition from the Town Criers or the public in general. [See Pictures directly above] It appears that very few tourists visiting the city attended the tax day rally on purpose. It was relatively easy to identify tourists because they were happy to see the Town Criers; whereas, the protesters carried signs or flags as pictured on the right. In contrast, in the 2009 and 2010, events in the historic district were joined in by tourists. The Real Tea Party's events went on all day long. This fake rally petered out in less than two hours.
The Indivisible’s event was scheduled to start at 11:30 AM and end at 1:30 PM. The Town Criers arrived at about 11:45. This was the point that marked their maximum attendance. As they turned in on themselves, their numbers started to dwindle. One man, as he was departing, asked in a whiny voice, “Why are you here? Why are you doing this?” The reply was about as straight a shot as one could get, “We are here to destroy the Liberal, Progressive and Communist movement.”
“The Communist-left has been spreading their poison, with impunity for so long that when somebody challenges them, they simply do not understand,” a Town Crier said. By 1:00 PM the tax day rally, for all practical purposes, was over. The Town Criers continued their activity on historic St. George Street.
Town Criers Find Happy People on St George Street
The Town Criers finished their day in a far more accepting and friendly environment. Engaging the public on St. George Street is where the Town Criers feel the pulse of the American public. Millions of tourists saunter down this ancient artery in the heart of St. Augustine, the Oldest City in the Country.
“The St. Augustine Tea Party held its last Tax Day Rally in 2012. Back then, the public still associated the Tea Party with the GOP and the effectiveness of rallies was dwindling. The SATP found that it was more effective to take the rally to the people. The American people have never lost their affection for the Tea Party. We experience it every time we go down town. This past Saturday was no exception. It was the 182nd appearance. The thumbs-up in the center of the picture says it all. Today our Town Criers challenged the Communists in the Plaza. There were no Trumpsters, No Republicans willing to take the challenge. So it looks like it’s still up to the Tea Party. Today we presented a Bubba image. Seasoned pickup trucks, led by a Jeep. The left doesn’t understand why Bubba doesn’t join them. It’s simple; Bubba is fiercely independent and demands Liberty. It was the blue-collar workers and small businessmen that made up the movement that elected Donald Trump, not the white shirts and ties of the Republican Party. It will be the working people and the small business owners in this country that will defeat the Communist enemy. The Tea Party hopes President Trump will keep this in mind,” Lance Thate, SATP Chairman avowed.
Photos by TCCR Staff
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April 24, 2017
Nearly 1/3 of the landmass of the United States is under federal control. The last ten states to achieve statehood in the lower 48 States occurred between 1889 and 1912. These States were created from US territories where the land was held in trust by the Federal government. The last two territories to become States were Alaska and Hawaii in 1959.
According to the Constitution as it was originally written, when the States were admitted, those lands within their borders, were to be transferred to the people and to the States. Judge Andrew Napolitano in an interview on Fox news said, "The Constitution simply does not authorize the Federal government to own any of this land. All of it is being held unconstitutionally and all of it should be returned to the private property owners from which it was taken or to the States in which it exists, period."
The Land Grab Marks the Beginning of Progressive Tactics
In 1901, the Republican progressive, Theodore Roosevelt, became the President of the United States. Just prior to this event, eight of the last ten States, comprising the lower 48 States, were admitted to the Union. A major feature of the progressive President's agenda was the conservation of land. Now the conservation of land may be a very good thing for individual States to do, but there is no authorization for the Federal government to undergo such an activity under the Constitution. For a progressive, that is not an issue. After eight years of the Republican progressive, eight more years followed with a Democratic progressive, Woodrow Wilson. During his administration, the lower 48 States were completed with the admission of Arizona and New Mexico in 1912. With the States’ direct representation eliminated by the adoption of the 17th amendment in 1913, States’ rights were greatly reduced. By the time Hawaii and Alaska became States, it was simply settled law from the judicial point of view. The Communist transformation of any nation begins with the acquisition of land and capital by a central authority.
Tyranny Reigns in the West
The question whether there really are any States in the West is debatable. The Federal government occupies the States; denying them tax revenues and the economic benefits of development. The map above shows that degree of occupation. The green represents the extent of Federal control. In some States, like Alaska, one could ask if there’s any State controlled land at all.
People, who get in the government’s way, are challenged at gunpoint by various agencies of the Federal government. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is one of the most grievous. One need only consider the Cliven Bundy family or the Dwight Hammond family who have been persecuted. They only represent the tip of the iceberg. Anyone residing near Federal land could be and/or have been targets.
Kris Anne Hall, a Constitutional lawyer and scholar, has recently exposed yet another agent of the Federal government’s tyranny. This time, the U.S. Air Force’s attack on the Sheahan family. Seizing land that’s been in the family for 130 years without just compensation.
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April 29, 2017
GOP Won’t Repeal Obamacare
It’s 2001 All Over Again
Photos by TCCR Staff
In 2001 George W. Bush became the 43rd President. The Republicans had majorities in both houses of Congress. The GOP was in control of the House, the Senate and the Presidency. They boasted great things would happen. The conservative Republicans would be transforming the Country in “Reagan’s Image”. And what did they do? The opposite.
In 2017, Donald J Trump became the 45th president. The Republicans have majorities in both houses of Congress. The GOP is in control of the House, the Senate and the Presidency. The Republicans are boasting great things will happen. And what have they done so far? They have set a goal to prevent the “Draining of the Swamp”.
GOP Resists “Draining the Swamp”
. Underneath the murky waters of Washington DC, everybody looks the same. Neither party wants to “Drain the Swamp”. The best way to prevent President Trump from his “America First Policy” is to deny him the legislation he needs to be successful. It isn’t that the Republicans can’t repeal Obama care; they have the votes to do it and 21 to spare. No…it is that they won’t repeal Obamacare! Rush Limbaugh on his Friday program reiterated the same opinion.
The Election was a Revolution
Mr. President Lead the Movement
According to Tea Party sources, President Trump needs to recognize that the GOP is a globalist progressive party. A Party which will resist everything that the President has proposed to do. Be it repealing Obamacare, building the wall, tax reform or whatever. President Trump, by his own words, has recognized that it was a movement that got him elected. “It was not about me,” he would say.
Some advice from the Tea Party after your first one hundred days, “Mr. President, the train you rode to Washington was not a Republican train. We hope you understand that you won in spite of the GOP’s efforts to defeat you. The people who came to your rallies were not Republicans. Republicans don’t chant, USA, USA…USA. They do not respond with" Lock her up! Lock her up!" or "Drain the Swamp"! The Republican Party is not a populist movement. The Party is elitist and globalist in nature. The people who supported you were the same people that populated the Tea Party movement that started in 2009. The train you started on has delivered you to a vast swamp. As you travel across the swamp, your vessel floats on polluted water. Take care that the water does not splash up on you. The existing political parties will corrupt you. Lead the movement not the parties. Call on your legions of Americans to aid you in this effort. It is your real source of power. We wish you well, because if you fail the movement is not going to go quietly down the “Road to Serfdom”.
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