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May 12, 2015

The Party’s Over

 It’s not 2010 Any Longer  


GOP has Rejected the Tea Party Revival

In 2009 and 2010, the Tea Party exploded on the scene. Largely through the efforts of Tea Party Movement, the objectives of the Council on Foreign Relations were delayed. The “New World Order” had to adjust their schedule because “We the People” stood up and took to the streets by the millions. “No one saw the Tea Party coming.

Tea Party members joined with the Republicans and gave the Republicans the House of Representatives in 2010. And what did the GOP give the Tea Party? They gave the Tea Party John Boehner. To complicate the matter, in 2012 they gave the Tea Party Mitt Romney as a candidate for president. The former progressive Massachusetts governor was an embarrassment to Tea Party volunteers who engaged the public. Result, 3.8 million Tea Party voters stayed home. Then, a little vote stealing in crucial precincts, in crucial States and the Country had Barack Obama for a second term.

The GOP is on its Own 

By 2014, the Republicans were on their own. John Boehner and Karl Rove had declared the Tea Party dead. The Republicans were able to capture the Senate in an off year election because a very unpopular occupant of the White House failed to deliver to his constituents. The apathy among Democrats and extremely low voter turnout gave the Republicans what looked like a landslide victory in the Senate. And what did they do with their Senate victory? The GOP funded Obama’s agenda.

There’s no Longer an Opposition Party

It should be clear by now that there is no longer an opposition party. There are only politicians adhering to the New World Order agenda. Even when the Republicans had control of both houses in 2005 and 2006 and a Republican President, the growth of government remained unchanged.  It is the “Cult of Personalities” mentality that is destroying the fabric of the GOP. Values and Principles don’t count anymore, only personalities. To see what this looks like on a local level, consider this recent St. Augustine Tea Party experience.

A spokesman for the St. Augustine Tea Party (SATP), reported on a recent SATP open meeting which took place at the Village Inn in St. Augustine, Florida. The invited and featured speaker was William Korach, the newly elected Chairman of the St. Johns County Republican Executive Committee (REC). The Tea Party had expected the presentation to be about the current relationship between the Tea Party movement and the GOP. Instead, it turned out to be little more than recruitment for new REC members. Mr. Korach arrived at the Tea Party meeting accompanied by the State Committeeman, Bob Veit, Committeeman at large, Gary Howell, the Second Vice Chairman, Bob Smith and other REC members.

The SATP meets twice a month with between 25 and 50 in attendance, depending on the speaker’s subject material and popularity. Apparently, SATP members were not interested in what the REC Chairman had to say, as the meeting’s attendance was well below normal, according to Tea Party sources. In fact, the speaker brought his own audience who dominated the space around the speaker’s stand.

It should be noted that the relationship between the SATP and the local REC has been stormy, to say the least. The SATP may be one of the few Tea Parties in Florida that was reorganized by the Republicans, subsequently broke free from their control and still remains viable. The struggle to remain a Grassroots Organization continues to this day. It has been the policy of the Republican Party of Florida to “Control or Destroy” Tea Parties in the State of Florida since 2013.

‘Same old, Same old’

Karl Rove has suggested that the Republican Party no longer needs to play to its Tea Party base. After all, “They have no other place to go. Their core values force them to continue voting for Republicans.” This top-down elitist’s concept was reflected in Chairman Korach’s comments in St Augustine. According to Korach, the Republican Party has the election apparatus and, therefore, is the only practical approach. The Tea Party’s core values are the same as Republican’s values, so voting for ‘any’ Republican would be better than voting for Hillary. Korach suggested that by becoming a REC member, we can change the party from the precinct level. This approach may have convinced the Tea Party in 2010, but this is 2015. According to Tea Party sources, the Tea Party has grown in stature among the people, it has become more constitutional in nature and as a result is attracting young libertarians. At the same time, the Republican Party has adopted a ‘Cult of Personalities’ approach. Personalities are more important to them, today, than principles. The core values that Mr. Korach is talking about have shifted substantially to the left. Thus, his theory that’ any Republican would be better than Hillary’ is no longer valid. Voting for the worst of two evils is becoming completely unacceptable

Bob Smith’s comment at the Tea Party meeting, about the top-down nature of power in the Republican Party of Florida destroys the argument of changing the party at a precinct level. Mr. Smith’s revelation was not news to the well informed Tea Party members. The idea of changing the party from the precinct level has been around for over 50 years. For a very brief period there was success. In 1964, Nelson Rockefeller was booed off the stage at the Republican National Convention at the Cow Palace in San Francisco, California. There appeared to be a shift in power. But it was short lived. To date, Republican Conservatives are still controlled by the New World Order Republicans.

Korach made a plea to the SATP members to join the REC, as they need people to knock on registered Republican’s doors to get out the vote. He also expressed the need to raise money on a local basis.

During the question-and-answer period that followed, two of the millennium generation members made statements attacking the idea that there is a difference between the two parties. One of the oldest Tea Party members stated that he had been a lifelong Republican. He revealed that he had been a Republican Party Chairman at one point in his life and that he had made frequent donations to the Republican Party. He then declared, “I wouldn’t give a nickel to the Republican Party today.”  SATP Chairman, Lance Thate, said during the heat of the debate, “If the Republicans were doing their job, there would be no need for a Tea Party!” That statement received the greatest amount of applause for the evening. Dave Heimbold, SATP Media Chairman, addressed a question about the continuing attacks on the Tea Party by REC operatives.  Mr. Korach suggested that he did not have the power to stop it. This is the same claim that the two previous REC Chairmen made. “Imagine that, the local Republican organization is powerless to stop their member’s “Dirty Tricks! Is it because they like playing “Dirty Tricks” or are they afraid of offending somebody in the open?” Heimbold asked later.

Mr. Korach has the Tea Party’s respect when he is addressing issues of common core and the problems of public education. Mr. Korach is the editor and publisher of The Report Card, an excellent publication on education. But when he mouths Karl Rove’s position as Chairman of the REC, he sounds like a political hack.

What was supposed to be a new day at the REC, turned out to be just more of the ‘same old same old.

The Party’s Over




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