Summer Break

Posted by on Apr 26, 2017 in Slideshow, Words from the Chairman | 0 comments

First, on behalf of the Steering Committee, let me say thank you for being a part of the Sevier County Tea Party. Because of Obama’s housing bailout plan, the tea party movement sprang up all across the nation. Because the grass roots had never been organized before, individual groups as well as the movement on the whole went through some growing pains learning how to come together as once voice to be an effective organization. Like all tea parties, your attendance and participation was good at the beginning. But , our meeting attendance has fallen, especially since Trump’s election. Talking with tea party leaders across the state, they have stated they are experiencing the same drop in attendance since Trump’s election. State politics can seem less important than federal politics, simply because the media concentrates on the federal level. . . . . But the time we’ve spent on federal politics has shown that we have not had the desired impact, even with our own senators and representatives.  Just read this article if you don’t believe me! This is why I stated when I resumed chairmanship that we’d be concentrating on state politics vs. federal. Our founders set up our system of government so the people can have the greatest impact on the government closest to them. Our waning attendance seems to indicate that interest in state politics is less appealing. The steering committee has decided that because our attendance has been low, and because the state’s General assembly is winding down leaving us with no real opportunity to influence state politics, we will suspend our monthly meetings for the summer. We will resume our meetings in September, just before the General Assembly resumes, and just as the off-season election cycle begins. We should know by then which candidates we will have running for governor and if there are challengers to our state representatives. Also, due to the lack of response, we have decided to cancel the picnic scheduled for May. In the meantime, if anything of importance arises, I’ll notify you by email. If an issue requires contacting your legislators, I’ll once again ask you to make phone calls. On the issues of making calls, I’d like to thank those of you who called Andrew Farmer and Dale Carr to express your opposition to the gas tax. To the members who didn’t take the time to call, you’ll have to wonder if that’s the reason Carr and Farmer voted to raise your taxes, and ultimately the cost of your food, clothes, and every other good sold in Tennessee. In Liberty, Steve Osborn SCTP...

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It’s a New Day in America!

Posted by on Jan 21, 2017 in Slideshow, Words from the Chairman | 0 comments

There are so many good things to say about today’s peaceful transition of power. There’s no way I can list all of them. But hopefully, I can sum it up by saying that Marxism has been rejected by the American people, and hope for constitutional governance has once again been embraced. It just doesn’t get any better’n that. The mood of today is a complete contrast to when the Marxist was sworn in. Eight years ago, there were tears of despair and fear. Today, those same people from eight years ago have tears of joy and hope.  May God give our new president the wisdom needed to see this nation back to the values that built this great nation. As destructive as Obama has been to this nation, I must say that he has done one great thing: He is responsible for the effective Liberty movement. Having said that, I would like to dedicate the following song to ex-president Barrack Hussein Obama. In Liberty, Steve Osborn SCTP...

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RINOs!!! What are they doing – again? Nothing of substance

Posted by on Dec 8, 2016 in Slideshow, Words from the Chairman | 0 comments

I think we’re getting a good idea of what changes we’ll see in Washington with a completely republican controlled federal government.  Not much, I’m afraid. Shortly after Trump’s victory, certain prominent republican senators stated that repealing ObamaCare will take years. The logic is, in short, it’s so embedded now that to repeal it without harming the minority of citizens who benefited from it makes repealing ObamaCare very difficult, especially if there’s not a federal program to replace it. Translation: We really have no desire or intention to repeal ObamaCare. Ramming federal programs down the throats of an unwilling public is a piece of cake for us, but getting rid of a federal program once it’s in place takes an act of God, and only if we in congress vote to obey Him. Next, we learned on Wednesday, Dec. 7th, that the House voted to refer the resolution to impeach IRS Director Koskinen back to the House Judiciary Committee. Taking a cursory look at the vote records, Congressman Roe was among the 100 or so republicans who joined the democrats in referring the issue back to Committee. This vote doesn’t outright reject the idea of impeaching Koskinen, but in truth kills any hope of doing so. The vote allows Roe and others to pound the table demanding that something be done. It also allows them to tell their constituents they really want to impeach Koskinen. But referring it back to the Committee does indeed kill the effort to impeach, and they know it. Remember; Koskinen is they guy who, among other things, ran cover for his predecessor Lois Lerner by destroying electronic files. This is the guy who destroyed and hid Lerner’s emails from Congress that likely showed her and Obama coordinated to block 501(c) status for hundreds of liberty groups. This is the guy who stonewalled the congressional investigation into the IRS’s targeting liberty groups. This is the guy who lied to congress during that investigation. And this is the guy who continues to target liberty groups. And this is the guy who congress voted not to impeach. Just on the face of it, this one vote alone should reveal what the body congress thinks of the American people, the Rule of Law, and their perception of what powers they have in Washington. Lastly, renowned conservative columnist Ben Shaprio tweeted the results of an anonymous poll of congressional members. Ben Shapiro  ✔@benshapiro 57% of Republicans think free markets hurt us. 78% think gov should bribe companies. 75% think gov should threaten companies. Welp. 6:05 PM – 6 Dec 2016 That’s just the percentage of republicans Shaprio tweeted about. We already know 100% of the democrats think this way. Personally, I’m hard pressed...

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What a contrast

Posted by on Nov 30, 2016 in Slideshow, Words from the Chairman | 0 comments

The communist dictator of Cuba died Friday night. He came to power through a coup, promising Cubans equality. He fulfilled that promise. The average Cuban is equally poor and oppressed. When Fidel Castro overthrew the Batista regime through a coup, he eliminated free enterprise by forcing entrepreneurs into relinquishing  businesses they built, confiscated money earned from their business, and proclaimed businesses as state property in order to spread the wealth around. Castro ruled with an iron fist, sentencing countless innocent Cubans to torturous prisons and even death, simply for speaking out against his communist regime. Untold thousands fled Cuba since Castro became the unelected dictator. After his death was announced, I turned on the television around 2:00 a.m. to witness the hordes of Cuban immigrants marching in the streets in that section of Miami known as Little Havana . Then again, later in the morning, they were still celebrating the death of the man who caused so much strife. Saturday evening, I watched a man who fled Cuba as a boy be interviewed. He said some things that were striking to me. He said that his 90 year old mother died just two weeks before Castro’s death, and wished she would have lived just a little longer to celebrate the death of the man who tortured his father. He went on to say that, although he’s a Cuban national, he loves America for the freedom she represents, and the freedom Cuba once enjoyed. He was hopeful that after Raul Castro dies, Cuba can somehow begin to regain the freedoms his mother enjoyed before Castro.  Later, I started mentally contrasting the demonstrations in Miami to other protests we’ve witnessed. While thousands of Cubans marched in Miami for nearly 24 hours, there wasn’t a single report of storefront windows being broken, no reports of looting, fires, gun shots, fights, or any other form of unruly behavior. Yet, when Black Lives Matter protesters hit the streets with far fewer participants, by nightfall we heard of countless reports of vandalism, looting, fights, fires being set, and guns being fired.  Cuban immigrants truly understand what oppression looks and feels like, while BLM protesters fabricate many of their complaints. Some still complain of slavery, of which not one has ever experienced. Nor have those who they protest against ever owned a slave. While Cubans still living on the island are equally oppressed, BLM protesters have an equal opportunity to succeed if they so choose. Cuban nationals are demonstrating in the streets, truly understanding and appreciating the freedom America represents. Maybe Black Lives Matter protesters should consider what Cubans understand and appreciate. Just a thought. In Liberty, Steve Osborn SCTP...

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A new government !

Posted by on Nov 11, 2016 in Slideshow, Words from the Chairman | 0 comments

The most popular phrase I’ve seen on social media since Trump’s victory is “Ding dong, the witch is dead”. For myself, there’s nothing I like better than seeing Hillary go down in defeat ( again ! ).  To be frank, I would have hated to be in the room when she started throwing ashtrays and furniture, and cussing at everyone in sight as she blamed them all for her loss. ( And I’m sure that those folks are really glad Hillary is so anti-Second Amendment, if you get my drift.) We now know for certain that she is denied nominating a far-left Justice to SCOTUS. We now know that she can’t impose anti-Second Amendment Executive Orders on the American People. There are many other good things that could be said about the election, including the fact that both bodies of congress remain in Republican hands. Enjoy the win, folks. Relish it. If you recall the email I sent a few weeks ago, I described how the Electoral College works. Thank God for the wisdom of our founders. As of this writing ( Wednesday evening), Hillary beat Trump in the popular vote by 1.2%. Without the College, she would be our next president. This is the second time in 20 years that the College benefited the republicans who live in “fly-over country”. Off the top of my head, I can’t point to a single time the College benefited the heavily populated liberal coasts. Regardless, the fact that the republicans retained control of both chamber of congress AND won the White House means that not only have the people spoken, but giving the republicans two branches of government means they better do the people’s bidding, and quit making excuses. This IS a mandate. But after the new year, we can’t forget that when Trump takes his seat in the Oval Office, the things he promised will be met with congressional and Court resistance. We have to remember that many many politicians are personally profiting from big government programs because of lobbyist money. They will not be prone to cutting themselves off from that money tree. Bureaucracies will not go away either, and those agencies will not stop trying to control society. Too many in Washington are there for power, not to protect individual Liberty or the spirit of the Constitution. While we are all waiting for a Trump administration to start changing things in Washington, we at the grass roots level can’t sit back and hope he gets everything done by himself. While we’ll do our part to hold the republican’s feet to the fire, this is the perfect opportunity to strengthen our hand at the state level. When I accepted...

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The Power of a Sovereign State

Posted by on Sep 1, 2016 in Slideshow, Words from the Chairman | 0 comments

At our last membership meeting, I spoke of three incidents that highlight the effort of the left to destroy Americanism and pride in our history. One incident in particular was a mayor in New York who ordered the fire department to remove the American flag from firetrucks, using the excuse that the waving flag was a hazard to the firemen and other drivers. The entire fire department should have told the mayor that they would not obey, and continued to display the flag on their trucks. In doing so, they would have backed the mayor into a corner because he could not have fired every fireman. More so, it would have been a public relations nightmare for the mayor; one that he would have lost miserably. It was at that point in the meeting that I said we’re nearing the time for us to engage in civil disobedience, as the N.Y.fire department should have. (Thankfully, when Sevierville Mayor Atchely had the microphone, he said he would never order the American flag be removed from anything, and doesn’t anticipate any other city mayor doing that either.) Here’s why I mention it in this email: As per the Constitution, the Republic has three equal branches of government; the Executive, the Legislative, and the Judiciary. One does not have authority over the other two. Nor is the Judiciary the final arbiter or law makers. Although an equally important branch of government, their constitutional jurisdiction stops at rendering opinion((s). Wednesday, August 31, the Supreme Court of the United States ( SCOTUS ) handed down an incredibly asinine opinion: http://www.redstate.com/sweetie15/2016/08/31/breaking-u.s.-high-court-sides-social-justice-warriors-will-reinstate-voter-id-law-nc/ Governor Pat McCrory of N. Carolina is a strong governor, standing up to Obama and his transgender bathroom edict. He understands that he is a governor of a sovereign state representing his constituents, and not merely a governor of a province enforcing unconstitutional edicts emanating from Washington. I would hope ( but not expect ) that the governor remembers President Andrew Jackson’s reply when the SCOTUS gave their opinion that the Trail of Tears was unconstitutional and ordered Jackson to stop. Jackson’s reply was simple: “That’s your opinion. Now, try to enforce it”. Tennessee has strict voter I.D. laws in place. But after today’s ruling, I fully anticipate that our laws will be challenged as well. We need to engage our representatives, and remind them of the sovereignty they represent. I’ll keep you posted as to when our I.D. laws will be challenged, and what course of action we’ll need to take when the time comes. In Liberty, Steve Osborn SCTP...

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