June 17, 2015
St Johns County Defies Constitution
free-speech areas are a vile repugnant concept, for most
Americans to accept. According to Tea Party sources, when the
idea of free speech zones is discussed with the public at large,
Americans are outraged at the concept. So the question is how
does such a sign come to be displayed in St. Johns County Parks?
Telephone messages to Park Officials were left and they ignored them. When the Tea Party, made a formal request for a meeting with the current Chairperson of the St. Johns County Board of Commissioners, Rachel Bennett, the request was referred to the County’s attorney. In an interview with Mr. McCormack the Tea Party Chairman, Lance Thate, was told that the presence of the sign and the creation of a free speech zone is completely legal. Mr. Thate, sensing that he held the high ground on this issue, took on the County’s hired gun. [See sidebar below] Of course Mr. McCormack is not the issue; he was merely doing his job of representing the Country. Those responsible for the creation of the free-speech zone and the sign are at fault and they wish to remain anonymous. Thate revealed that he made a direct request to Mr. McCormack for a meeting with Chairperson Rachel Bennett. To date there has been no response to the request. Why would the staff, administrators and Rachel Bennett be reluctant to discuss this First Amendment issue? The Tea Party understands that many officials at every level of government have an agenda that is contrary to the “American Way of Life” and to liberty itself. What is Rachel Bennett’s agenda? Growing government and suppressing free speech, and thereby liberty, is not an American solution. The Tea Party reminds Ms. Bennett of her oath of office, which calls for her to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution. Failure to do so are grounds for removal from office.
June 16, 2015
Late Hour Vote on Sales Tax Defeats Wanchick Faction
On June 16, 2015 the St. Johns County Board of Commissioners voted 3 to 2, to reject the resolution to put the sales tax on the ballot in 2015. This occurred even though the Wanchick faction tried to muddy the waters, by bringing in the school board to share the spoils.
Bennett, “Ashamed of the Board”
When a proposal for the County to share sales tax revenue with the School Board failed, Chairperson Rachel Bennett declared, “I am ashamed of this Board.” To which people in the audience shouted, “We are ashamed of you!” Chairperson Bennett has, in the past, admonished public sentiment when opposition to Wanchick was expressed. Tonight, she demonstrated a lack of will to resist taxpayer support by applause and even jeers.
The St. Augustine Tea Party has been resisting Michael
Wanchick’s insatiable desire to reward special interests and
County employees at the expense of the St. Johns County
taxpayers since 2011. For the past four years, it appeared that
the function of the St. Johns County Board of Commissioners was
to defend and rubberstamp County employees and staff’s demands
for an ever-growing County government under the Marxist banner
of “Quality of Life”. Mr. Wanchick’s control of the
Commissioners was, at one time, total (5-0). During the heydays,
County Commissioners restrained public comment; going as far as
to eject opposition from town hall meetings for merely offering
an opposing view. It should be noted that these First Amendment
violations occurred at the hands of Republican Commissioners.
The Tea Party’s opposition to former Commissioners, Ken Bryant
and Ron Sanchez during the elections of 2012 and 2014, has
broken Wanchick’s stranglehold on the County. “We hope that the
dialogue will now move to cutting the budget rather than
increasing revenue. However, we know the Leftists never stop
their assault on ‘We the People’,” a Tea Party spokesman said.
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