Checks and Balances

Posted by on Jul 5, 2016 in Slideshow, Words from Past Chairmen | 0 comments

I’ve been saying for the last couple months that our tea party will be concentrating on state and local issues. The reason being, I see little hope for our federal government to get the nation back on the right track. The Executive Branch has been acting like a tyrannical oligarchy, the Legislative Branch has been acting like a rubber stamp for the Executive Branch, and the Judicial Branch has been legislating from the bench by inserting liberal ideology in their rulings, while the Legislative Branch has been accepting the Court’s unconstitutional rulings as new law. This says nothing about the affects K Street is having on politicians in Washington. Our only hope to preserve Liberty is to influence the state legislature in such a way that they take a firm stand on the Tenth Amendment, and tell the federal government “We are a sovereign state and will not abide by unconstitutional edicts”. This will be a monumental task, but a necessary one nonetheless. Our checks and balance system at the federal level has systematically been eliminated, and our federal government now has all the markings of a Banana Republic. Without getting into the weeds, I can make a strong argument that this is exactly why the federal government is attacking the Second Amendment with such vigor. Those in Washington know full well that the reason our Founders inserted the Second Amendment was to guarantee the Citizenry a last resort to protect the Republic the Founders established. Indeed, when they penned the Declaration of Independence, they told us that it is our obligation to be the last defenders of Liberty. Allow me to refresh your memory by quoting the second paragraph of the Declaration: ” We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, that they’re endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.  That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,  That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its power on such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. ” ( bold and italics are mine) This section of the Declaration does not automatically insinuate a call to arms, as many believe. But what it does say is that when any government — including ours — becomes destructive to these ends, We the People who give government the power to secure these rights have...

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What Is A Veteran?

Posted by on Nov 6, 2014 in Slideshow, Words from Past Chairmen | 0 comments

What Is A Veteran? A “Veteran” – whether active duty, discharged, retired, or reserve – is someone who, at one point in his life, wrote a blank check made payable to “The United States of America,” for an amount of “up to, and including his life.” That is honor. And there are way too many people ir this country today, who no longer understand that fact.

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Our Meeting with Senator Alexander

Posted by on Sep 30, 2014 in Words from Past Chairmen | 0 comments

Members and interested parties, This is a longer post than usual because of its significance. So, get a cup of coffee and take a few minutes to read it in its entirety. It’s confirmed: The Sevier County Tea Party has made its mark. Three weeks ago, I was contacted by a woman named Jane from Senator Alexander’s Knoxville office requesting a meeting, which of course I agreed to. I met with not only her, but Senator Alexander’s Washington Chief of staff, David Cleary. We talked for a little more than an hour. As a result of that conversation, Senator Alexander requested — and his offer was accepted–that he meet with me, Mel Cantebury, and Howard Kingsbury ( owner of the Diner). We met Monday, Sept. 29th. At the onset of the meeting, Senator Alexander said he was there to listen to us. I appreciated the fact that he did not try to use our time as a private campaign event, per se’. Howard and Mel spoke at length about some of the pressing issues facing our nation. ( i.e. immigration, energy, etc. ) When Howard brought up immigration, the senator stated he voted for the Gang of 8 immigration bill because it (purported) to secure our southern border first. He also said that he knew it was not the best bill possible, but that he was expecting it to go to the house for revision, then to conference. He would then see what the compromise bill would look like. In that segment of conversation, he admitted that comprehensive bills are not the best way to pass legislation. He referred to Senator Douglas from Illinois of 1850 when he introduced individual bills, all of which pertained to the same matter at hand. Each bill was passed separately, but collectively changed the overall issue. Senator Alexander stated if the republicans were to win the senate, he sees the same tactic being used. He also said of immigration that after the border is secure, he wants to see a move that allows immigrants a temporary work permit system so immigrants can work in the agriculture business. Howard then relayed a conversation he had with a friend of his in California who currently owns a vineyard. He said that his friend has a difficult time finding anyone to employ because the federal government has made it too comfortable for people–including illegals–to sit at home and collect government handouts. To the best of my recollection, the senator had no real response. Mel touched on several issues, including energy. He elaborated on the coal industry, and the many plants being shut down due to EPA regulations. The senator agreed that we as a nation need...

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Tell Governor Haslem NO to illegals

Posted by on Jul 19, 2014 in Words from Past Chairmen | 0 comments

As you should know, Obama is intentionally opening our borders to illegal aliens. They are not being screened for communicable diseases. Less than 40% of them are what WE call children.  They are not being deported. They are being transported to cities across the nation, and dumped on our communities. It’s reported that Other Than Mexicans ( i.e. illegals from known terrorist supported countries such as Syria) are crossing. Tell Governor Haslem we will not accept this. Go to the link http://protecttnborders.com/, read the letter, find your “category” (citizen), and sign the letter. No donations are requested, and your email address will not be shared. This is strictly a grass-root effort to send the governor a strong message. Once you’ve signed, please share it with other Tennesseans, whether they’re tea partiers or not. This issue affects all of us. If you use face book, go here http://www.facebook.com/ProtectTNBorders and share it on your page.Thank you,...

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America’s Last Stand

Posted by on Jun 30, 2014 in Words from Past Chairmen | 0 comments

On behalf of the Sevier County Tea Party (SCTP), I would like to thank everyone who attended our event, America’s Last Stand. I think the purpose of the event was well received; we need to reach out to the populous at large, and encourage them to at least get involved in the voting process. Since the event, I’ve heard nothing but positive comments, and an understanding that we do indeed need to reach out to our friends, families, and neighbors to remind them that the government derives its power from the consent of the govern, and that We the People are not subjects of the government. If we can successfully remind folks of that premise and get them to re-engage, we will most certainly be on our way to returning our nation to the constitutional republic form of government outlined in our founding documents. Prior to the event, I was contacted by candidates for U.S. Senate; George Flinn from Memphis, and Joe Carr, state representative. They asked if they would have a chance to address the crowd, and do a little campaigning. They were told that the event was structured to motivate the people, and not be a political event per se’. They were told they could purchase tickets and be a part of the audience, and that they could campaign outside the building before the event was underway or after the event was over. Carr and Flinn respected my decision. Mr. Carr respectfully chose to participate in an event elsewhere. However, volunteers with the Beat Lamar Campaign (not affiliated with the Joe Carr campaign) did pass out Carr literature outside the building. Flinn purchased the VIP GOLD, and enjoyed the program, campaigning only after the event was over. John King, a candidate from Knoxville, did not contact me prior to the event.  Long before the program started, I noticed two people inside the building passing out King material. I immediately told them that if they wanted to campaign, they would have to do so outside the building. Shortly after, they were once again seen inside doing the same thing. They were told a second time to vacate the building. During the John Michael Montgomery concert, I was informed that King himself was with the two volunteers inside the building. That time, they were informed by the police that if they entered again, they would all be arrested. I mention this to make a simple observation: It’s my opinion that if King or his volunteers cannot respect the simple rules of an event explained by the host –the chairman of a tea party– that tells me he won’t respect the tea party if he is elected. I personally have no use for a candidate of that caliber....

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