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July 16, 2015
Trump’s Phenomenal Popularity is
no Surprise to Warriors against “Political Correctness”
are Ready for the Truth
Trump’s phenomenal popularity is no surprise to the members
of the St. Augustine Tea Party (SATP). Over the past four years
their Town Criers have been engaging the public in the historic
district of St. Augustine, Florida. The Town Criers have
observed a growing disconnect between the people and the
established political parties. What the American people respond
to is an abandonment of “Political Correctness”. They are ready
for the truth. Americans are sick to death of the Democrat’s
Marxism and Republican’s pretending to be different.
The Tea Party’s Town Crier Committee has been
attacking “Political Correctness” (PC) with stunning success.
Their signs and flags are like beacons of truth over the surface
of a troubled sea of PC. The Town Criers have been rejected by
the local print media and have been ridiculed by members of both
parties. They are often called the Village Idiots. [The Tea
Party meets at the Village Inn Restaurant] However, each time
the Criers appear on St. George Street, they are elevated to
“King of the Road” by appreciative Americans.
It Takes Courage to be an
Today we have 20 presidential
candidates vying for their party’s nomination. Nineteen of them
play the political correctness game in varying shades of black
and gray. Only Trump, at least on the so-called illegal
immigration issue, has abandoned PC. Trump has simply plugged
into the dynamics of the Tea Party movement. The result is
immediate success with the people and instant condemnation by
his Party. The GOP leadership insists that Trump does not speak
for the Party. On a local level, the Town Criers experience
exactly the same thing from exactly the same kind of people.
Trump has shown courage. He has exposed the insidious nature of
PC. Illegal entry into a sovereign state is not immigration. It
is an act of aggression, trespassing. The way you stop
trespassing is to put up a fence. It is what the American people
want. It is not what the Marxist Democrats and their Republican
friends want. “Political Correctness” had its origin in the
former Soviet Union. Deception is its goal.
Trump Wins Hands Down.
Political discussions are routine after Tea Party meetings
conclude. On July 14, 2015, a straw poll was conducted and Trump
won hands down. Ted Cruz and Scott Walker, in separate polls,
received about one third approval from those still in
attendance. “It appears that the public is looking for authentic
candidates who have the courage to speak their convictions.
Career politicians playing the PC game, are not going to get the
independent vote. It should be remembered that Independents now
outnumber Republicans and Democrats combined,” a Tea Party
July 14, 2015
SATP Holds its Annual Meeting
The St. Augustine Tea Party held its fourth Annual Meeting at
the Village Inn, St. Augustine, Florida, on July 14, 2015.
According to the bylaws of the organization, this is the only
meeting that is required throughout the year. However, the SATP
is a very active grassroots organization. It meets three times a
month on Tuesday evenings at 6:30 PM. The first Tuesday of the
month is a closed business meeting. The second and fourth
Tuesday of each month are speaker meetings, which are open to
the public. The remaining Tuesdays of the month are attended by
Tea Party committee members. The Village Inn management has
played host to the Tea Party since August, 2010. Chairman, Lance
Thate, on behalf of the SATP members expressed gratitude for the
Village Inn’s service to the Tea Party.
Election of Officers
The main order of business was the
election of officers for the coming year. The following officers
were elected by a unanimous vote.
Board member and Chairman, Lance Thate
Board member and Treasurer, David Heimbold
Board member and Secretary, Kelly Lorbeer
Yvonne Heikkinen served as SATP’s Secretary for
about 2 ½ years.
Heikkinen had announced prior to the meeting, that she would not
be a candidate for the coming year. The former secretary
nominated her own replacement, Kelly Lorbeer, who won with a
unanimous vote. Members present expressed their gratitude for
her service. Heikkinen is known for her detailed minutes and she
served with distinction. Mrs. Heikkinen stated, “I’m not going
anywhere and will be participating in the Tea Party’s future
activities”. The SATP’s bylaws only provide for one Secretary.
Yvonne fulfilled the Recording Secretary’s role.
Helping her in the background was her friend, Joyce
Ferrigno, who has evolved into an unelected Corresponding
Secretary. Special recognition, by the Chairman, was given to
Mrs. Ferrigno for her professional service to the Tea Party,
acting as Corresponding Secretary and to Yvonne Heikkinen for
her dedicated service as Recording Secretary.