Every Saturday, since April, from 4 to 6 p.m. Jason Hoyt and I host a radio show where we talk about politics and political activism. We talk about the Tea Party movement and talk to guests about different groups to get involved with and different ways to be involved. We have a lot of fun doing the show and we hope that it has an impact. At the end of the show I hope we have entertained and informed people.
Doing talk radio was a dream of mine since I was in high school. I consider it an honor and a blessing that I continue to have the opportunity to do the show. Before the show starts I bounce up and down in front of my microphone (some people watching on webcam love my bouncing others hate it). I do the entire show standing because I am so excited and full of energy I can’t sit still. I think doing talk radio is a very special thing, but there is something that makes it even more special.
I get to do the show every week with the best cohost in the whole world of talk radio, Jason Hoyt. Hoyt is not just a close friend, he is honestly one of the greatest human beings on the face of the planet. It’s going to be hard to explain in a blog what makes Hoyt so great but I am going to try.
Hoyt is one of the most dedicated patriots I have ever met. We have known each other since 2003 and I’ve met a lot of great patriots since then but no one comes close to being as dedicated as Hoyt. Hoyt is on a mission to save this country and understands that it is going to be a long struggle void of instant gratification.
To Hoyt this is a generational struggle. This is the concept behind his website myamericanism.com, to use education over the course of the next several generations to get this country back to the country it should be. Few people I know would have the patience and dedication for such a project but the indefatigable Jason Hoyt does.
Hoyt has always been an inspiration to me that way. Seeing one man fighting so hard to save his country makes me want to fight harder. This lone voice in the wilderness makes others want to join the cause. He is a natural leader that people instinctivly want to follow. His knoweldge of the issues and stoic nature also serve well to calm people when we are frustrated and feel like giving up.
Every Saturday when I stand in front of my microphone and look across the table and see Hoyt I thank God for giving me such a great friend. I thank God that he has given me such a deep well from which to draw inspiration. I thank God also for making patriots like Jason Hoyt.
I have written a couple of blogs about the Tea Party Express and the way they raised money just to piss it away on $4000 dinners and “consulting fees” for people that have no consulting experience consulting. Well, now it’s time to focus on another group that is wasting the money you send them.
Tea Party Patriots is one of the many national tea party groups. Tea Party Patriots was started by Amy Kremer after the Tax Day Tea Party back in April of 2009. They have been collecting money from donations that regular people all over America send them so they can battle liberals and advance the cause. Instead of spending the money you donate on fighting the enemy they are spending the money on lawyers so they can sue other people in the movement.
They kicked Amy Kremer out of her own group because Amy was becoming too much of a rock star and the rest of the TPP leadership was feeling overshadowed. Amy was the one that was always being asked to do TV interviews and radio interviews and the other two main organizers just couldn’t stand it. So they vote Amy out of her own organization and to add insult to injury they file a lawsuit against her to get control of teapartypatriots.org, a website she bought and teapartypatriots.ning.com, another website she owned.
In the month of August they spent more than $16,000 on legal fees. Over the past 5 months they have spent TENS OF THOUSANDS of dollars on lawyers to sue Amy. They have now threatened to sue Jason Hoyt and me and our radio show because when we were buying websites for the radio show we bought teapartypatriots.com. Why is TPP spending tens of thousands of dollars that patriots from all over the country send them to sue other people on their side? Amy Kremer is a regular lady, she isn’t a millionaire that can afford to spend thousands on lawyers. Not only are they wasting YOUR money, now they are making Amy waste hers too so she can defend herself for having done nothing wrong. If you ask the leadership of TPP about this they will give you slick answers as to why they have to spend your money suing other tea party leaders; remember one of them is a lawyer (and we know how much we can trust lawyers!).
The radio show is luckier than Amy because we have had several lawyers offer us advice, one of them being our former congressman Ric Keller. We have also had several offer to help us pro bono. Again though, they are wasting peoples time and resources so we can defend ourselves for doing nothing wrong. Our radio show existed before TPP and we bought our website before they existed. If anything we should be suing them for stealing OUR name but we aren’t those kind of people.
Tea Party Patriots is killing the movement because they are dividing us instead of uniting us. Instead of staying focus on the real enemy they are wasting valuble time and money fighting their own. They are trying to own a movement that doesn’t belong to any one group. This is a grassroots movement that belongs to the people. Nobody should claim ownership of it and nobody should be suing other people who trying to fight the liberals. All this does is ensures that the movement will be ineffective and keeps the focus off the healthcare bill that the Senate is going to pass this weekend or Cap and Trade.
They are also driving away people from the movement who see this powergrab as the kind of politics as usual that we see as being part of the problem in Washington. This is the problem that money brings into things. People become power-hungry and greedy and loose track of the real goal. It is really sad that TPP feels this is the way to get things done. We are all supposed to be on the same side. We are all supposed to be fighting for the core values of the movement (which TPP claim to support) Fiscal Responsibility, Limited Government, and Free Markets. How can TPP claim to support fiscal responsiblity when they piss away so much money that good people have donated to them on frivolous lawsuits? In my mind they have lost the moral upperhand in this argument. Good people that have been fighting since this movement began last February are walking away from the movement because TPP is trying to bully them into doing things their way or give them a website they own. This is not good for the movement which means it’s not good for America.
It’s my hope that TPP change their tactics and stop suing people and threatening people because these Nazi scare tactics are bad for all involved. Further, it is my hope that TPP join the fight against liberals and socialists and leave the people in the movement alone. Moreover, I hope that the patriotic people in this movement stop donating money to TPP so they cannot continue this blitzkrieg. We have a real chance to make a difference with this movement but we have to be united or else we are doomed to fail. We can’t let that happen.
Last month I wrote a blog about the Tea Party Express bus tour and what a complete load of bullshit it was. I pointed out that the tour was being run by a political action committee (PAC) pretending to be the Tea Party movement and the PAC was using the grassroots and exploiting our emotional attachment to the tea party name to raise money for their PAC. They sent out fundraising emails several times a week begging people for money to help “save our country” and to “help elect conservatives”.
I said at the time that people had no idea where their money was being spent. I also pointed out that the PAC was paying real leaders in the movement to be on the bus and make it seem more legit. Serveral people on the bus tour took issue with my blog post and said that I was wrong about the tea party leaders being paid (we will see about that in just a minute!). It all just seemed so disingenuous to me. They knew that people were writing checks thinking that the money was going to the Tea Party movement when it was, in fact, going to the PAC. I consider what they did theft through deception.
I caught a lot of hell from the AstroTurf thieves that did not like the fact that someone was telling the truth about their little scam. Well, I should have titled this blog post “Vindication” because we now have proof that I was right. The PAC that organized the bus tour published their financial records recently. Every PAC is required by law to disclose their expenses. We now know how much of your money was spent to “get conservatives elected” and how much went into the pockets of the people on the bus.
While they were here in Orlando they went out to dinner at a restaurant called “Black Olive” and they spent more than $4,000. This is for one meal!!! Another night here in Orlando the gang ate at the Citrus Club, one of the most expensive restaurants in downtown Orlando, but don’t worry they only spent $2,000 of YOUR money that night. Tens of thousands of dollars went straight into the pockets of the people on the bus, even the person who sanctimoniously told me that she wasn’t getting paid to be on the bus! Tens of thousands more of your dollars went to a consulting firm owned by one of the people on the bus.
It really makes me want to puke that these people sent out emails exploiting our attachment to the Tea Party movement and our patriotism so they could raise money and live like rock stars for a month. In total the PAC raised a million dollars from hard working patriotic people like you who thought that their money was going to be spent to save our country. Instead they spent $800,000 of that million dollars on their lavish bus tour and multi-thousand dollar dinners at the finest restaurants in America. All is not totally lost though, they did give conservative Doug Hoffman, from NY-23, $1,000! Or 1/6 of what they spent on TWO meals here in Orlando.
You can view the expenses here:
To make matters even worse the PAC has already sent out emails asking people to donate up to $5,000 so they can begin another tea party bus tour. It absolutly shocks the conscious that with unemployment at 10%, people’s homes being forclosed on, and our government spending trillions of dollars it doesn’t have, these people are asking hardworking patriotic people to piss away their money so Thealeadership of this PAC and their AstroTurf friends can travel around America spending thousands of dollars on dinners and “consulting fees” for the people on the bus.
It is my hope that this blog and the link I provided saves people from throwing their money away again. If you want to make a real difference find a candidate you believe in and donate to their campaign. Or better yet, use the money to run for office yourself. Please don’t give it to these lying thieves so they can live it up while they travel the country on someone else’s money. Doesn’t that sound more like something a liberal would do? How can these people claim to have our values of fiscal responsibility when they are spending $4,000 on ONE dinner? If you have not already please look over their expenses at the link above and see for yourself what the Tea Party Express spent your money on to “save our country”.