My conservative friends think I’m too liberal; my liberal friends think I’m too conservative…clearly I’m on the right track! It seems so simple to me, we are a constitutional republic, not a democracy. Therefore, our government should be limited to the powers granted to it by the Constitution. This doesn’t mean that we are always going to be comfortable with the results but it does mean we will always be free.
Sometimes freedom will make liberals angry (re: 2nd amendment) and sometimes freedom will make conservatives angry (re: gambling et al.). Why even have a Constitution if we aren’t going to follow it? The Constitution says that gold and silver shall be used as legal tender. Why do we use Federal Reserve notes as legal tender? The Constitution says that we only go to war with a decleration of war by Congress. Why did we go to war in Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan, and Iraq again without Congress delcaring war?
I know this sometimes puts me at odds with both sides of the political spectrum, but I think that a consistant application of the Constitution is the only way to ensure the security of our individual liberties. People like to badmouth Ron Paul because he thinks we should only go to war with a decleration from Congress! How crazy! Follow the Constitution?!?!?! What a crazy bastard, right? The Constitution was intended to restrain government, not indidviduals. The Founders believed that the job of government is to “secure our rights”, why is government always infringing on our rights? Life, liberty, property. These are the things governments are supposed to protect. Yet they are taking more and more of our property and liberties away from us.
Government is evil. From the dawn of time governments have murdered individuals on a scale of which the most horrific serial killer could only dream. Remember Ruby Ridge? The Justice Department murdered a 14 year old boy and his mother, in cold blood. Remember Waco? I don’t even remember how many men, women, and children were murdered there, but once again it was the Justice Department that had blood on their hands. Can’t we all agree that murdering women and children in cold blood is not the proper role of government? Yesterday it was Ruby Ridge and Waco, tomorrow it could be a group of tea partiers.
Most of the folks I know in the Tea Party movement like to talk about freedom and liberty but they don’t seem to know what those words mean. They like like to joke about being “extremists” but then they tell me that my views are too extreme! I’m too extreme for the extremists! To quote Milton Friedman, “…the problem is I am on your side, but you’re not.”
Again, it seems so simple. Read the 10th amendment! The powers not given to the federal government are reserved to the states or the people. Remember, democracy never lasts long. I forget which Founding Father said it but “democracies are as short in their lives as they are violent in their deaths.”
I know this has been something of a rant but I hope more people start demanding that the government stick to the Constitution, secure our rights, and stop murdering our citizens. All I want is, “A government small enough to fit inside the Constitution”, as Harry Browne said. People can yell at me and complain about my views being extreme, but, my views are the Constitution. So, go ahead and hate me if you want neo-cons, but I’d rather you hate me for being who I am than love me for being someone I am not. I am just a guy that believes in freedom, is that so bad?
I think the problem is that most of the people in the tea party movement are not true believers in liberty. They are neo-con statist Republicans. They are also ignorant of the meanings of the words and quotes they use.Remember, I say all this as a founding member of the Orlando Tea Party and someone who has spent the past year and a half
of his life fighting in this movement. This is how I see it: there are two different kinds of tea partiers. There are the younger, more ibertarian, Ron Paul tea partiers. We were having tea parties in December 2007. This is something that Tom Tillison argued with me about. He didn’t believe that Ron Paul supporters were having tea
party rallies more than one year before the rest of the country. We were doing it before Obama was elected, during the Bush years. If you don’t believe me, use Google and find the articles for yourself. The reason people like Tom and my buddy Jason don’t know that there were tea party rallies in 2009 is because they, like the rest of the neo-
cons in the movement, were asleep at the switch. They didn’t care when Bush and the GOP Congress passed Medicare Part D, took the debt from $5 trillion to $9 trillion, and pissed all over the Constitution (Patriot Act, Real ID, warrentless wiretaps). You see, it’s ok to violate the Constitution because of terrorism. As long as you aren’t
doing anything wrong, what do you care about the FBI coming into your
house and snooping around without telling you or getting a warrant?
These people stop reading the Bill of Rights at the 2nd Amendment. For
some reason, they seem to love the 10th Amendment too, but that is
just rhetoric because they seem to think that even though the government has no power to regulate what you smoke, they are ok with the federal government spending billions of dollars fighting the war on drugs.
Anyway, this second group is the neo-con, over 40, upper-middle class, white people who are less Barry Goldwater and more George W. Bush/John Mccain voters. I think the age gap is the reason the movement won’t always be effective. Funny how they all like Rand Paul. What do they think Rand Paul thinks about pot legalization? My
friends like Hoyt has asked me questions like, “How
do we get more young people involved?” I don’t think we are going to
get young people to vote the party line at the ballot box. I’ll be voting for Libertarian Alex Snitker for U.S. Senate because he believes what I believe. I voted for Bob Barr for President in 2008. Most of the people I know under 40 think like I do. The ones that are
registered Republican is so they can vote in primaries. The rest of my
friends are Libertarians, Constitution Party, NPA and such. Most of the people I know that are my age just want the government to follow the Constitution and leave them alone. Nobody wants to be told what to smoke or whom to marry. The Constitution does not give the government the power to regulate either of those things. You would think you could get the neo-cons on the constitutionality of these things. Even if you think pot and gays are the worst thing in the world, does the Constitution give the government power over these things? Try to follow me here: the neo-cons need the Ron Paul/libertarian
Republicans to win elections. If we stay home or vote for other Candidates, the Republican has a lower chance of winning. Then they are left to the whims of independent voters and their vacillations. They need to compromise with us and follow the Constituion, not the other way around. When the Conservative Party in the U.K. failed to win a majority in the recent elections, they needed to compromise with the
Liberal Democrats and adopt some of their platform to get them to form
a government and allow David Cameron to become Prime Minister. The same way Cameron had to compromise with Nick Clegg to get the gavel, the neo-cons need to adopt some of our policy goals. Instead, they
say, “We need to get the Republicans in power and then we can worry about the Constitution later.” That’s not how it works, though. This is all very ironic when you consider their rhetoric.
All of the “don’t tread on me” and “live free or die” stuff are just slogans to
the neo-cons. I think the under-40 crowd take them to heart a little more. Look at things like the Free State Project. The neo-cons talk about socialism and how awful it is and how Obama is a Marxist and a collectivist. Then when you ask them why it’s ok to violate the Constitution in the name of “terrorism” for “the greater good” — that is socialism! The greater good, that’s straight out of the Communist Manifesto. One of the planks of the Communist Manifesto is free education provided by the state. I’m sure many of the neo-con tea partiers are cool with free public education. That Marxism is ok.
At the end of the day, I do not think either side will ever compromise and the end result will be the same old, same old. The endless cycle of swinging back and forth between liberal and conservative Congresses and liberal and conservative presidencies. Most of the neo-cons won’t even talk about most of these issues. Hoyt is always telling me that if we talk about legalizing pot, people will “walk away from us.” I don’t see why. People didn’t “walk away” from Milton Friedman. In fact, I think he is considered one of the most influential conservative public figures of my lifetime. He won a Nobel prize! People didn’t “walk away” from William F. Buckley Jr. Lots of people I know read the National Review, the magazine he founded. He wrote many articles in National Review about legalizing pot. William F. Buckley wrote God and Man at Yale! Congressman Tom Tancredo, who I think Jason and Tom like, supports legalizing pot. Go to YouTube and search Tacredo and drug legalization. You will find videos of him
explaining it all. Barry Goldwater, the man called “Mr. Conservative,” supported legalizing pot and gay marriage. Did people “walk away” from
Barry Goldwater? Neo-cons will never embrace the classical liberalism of the Founders like Madison, Jefferson, and Mason, not to mention Patrick Henry, another guy they love to quote. I don’t know how to change things if we can’t even talk about it.
I know I have not been blogging as much as I had hoped to, but, we have been so tired you cannot imagine. Since we left Orlando at 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday night most of us have not slept. It is now 2:33 p.m. Thursday in Orlando.
We just crossed the border into New Mexico. It is unbelievable. So was El Paso. Maybe it is because I grew up at the Jersey shore but the landscape keeps giving me chills. It’s just so beautiful. I cannot help but think about the people that first settled this area, and looked at those same mountains upon which I have been so fixated, and how wonderful it must have seemed to them. I always knew I’d like the desert but I am more sure now than ever. I am most surely moving to El Paso or Las Cruces when the opportunity presents itself. Nothing in my limited volcabulary will do justice to the place. Those that know me know that I am seldom at a loss for words; enjoy this Hoyt!
Everyone one our RV is in the highest of spirits, being 15 minutes from Las Cruces. We are looking forward to seeing Jerry and the crew from the Las Cruces Tea Party. They are fixing us some dinner and we are going to have a nice rally here. We are only six hours from Phoenix, our final destination, where hotels await us! For being at the edge of exhaustion and having driven through the night for two straight nights we are exceptionally happy and excited.
I will report back after the rally tonight. Stay tuned…
We are just about to pass through Baton Rouge on the way to Houston! I called in to the Sam Malone show in Houston this morning. He was super nice and let me plug the rally in Houston tonight. The drive through the night wasn’t bad but I REALLY hated driving the RV. It moves around way too much, especially when a big truck passes.
I am out of the driver’s seat for now and looking forward to some BBQ in Houston tonight! Oh, this was kinda funny; we pulled in to a rest stop in Alabama and there were three bus loads of Mexican tourists there. We quietly noted the irony and continued on to our rally to support Arizona. It was just so damn funny stepping off the RV, seeing about 150 Mexicans standing around, and watching everyone else get off the RV and chuckle. We are in good spirits and it has been smooth sailing thus far. I’ll report back as we near Houston.
There is a very important and interesting conversation taking place amongst tea party groups right now. It can sometimes be uncomfortable and awkward but we, as tea partiers, are not afraid to tackle big issues. The conversation going on is about civil liberties and how important they are since the creation of the Constitution.
When I wrote about the Times Square bomber and how his rights should have been read to him, I expected to be blasted by my fellow tea partiers but I wasn’t. Most people agreed that Senator McCain was wrong. I have also heard others talking about the Obama decision to assassinate American citizens and how unconstitutional it is. Finally, the talk about denying people on the terrorist watch list their second amendment rights even though they have not been charged with, let alone convicted of, any crime. The progress being made on the right with respect to civil liberties is very encouraging.
Other tea partiers ask me how we can reach out to younger people like me and I have been telling them that many younger people are with us on economics; it is when we get to civil liberties that they look at the GOP and they see big government, Big Brother, unconstitutional hypocrites. One of the reasons Ron Paul’s following was so young was for this exact reason. Young people don’t want higher taxes or bigger government. They believe in free markets. What they don’t want are things like a national ID card, no matter how many times Republicans say it is needed to “fight terrorism”. Young people don’t want to give up their constitutional rights, period. I am with Patrick Henry, “I know not what course others may choose but as for me, give me liberty or give me death”! A lot of people my age, who would vote Republican on economic issues, look at the constitution and don’t see anything about gay marriage. They see no power granted to Congress to create a Federal Reserve Bank. They see no power is Article 1 section 8 giving congress the power to regulate marriage. Similarly, they see no power in Article 1 section 8 giving Congress the power to prohibit pot smoking.
There is a thick libertarian streak in the under 30 crowd and especially in the under 20 crowd. If we tell them that freedom means the government staying out of the economy they think that the government should stay out of their homes, personal lives, and bedrooms. They also think that the bill of rights should apply to every American citizen regardless of the charges against them. This should make sense even to my post-40 tea party friends. If we allow the government to assassinate an American citizen overseas the next step will be assassinating American citizens on our own soil. If we allow the government to ‘eliminate’ American citizens accused of “terrorism” the next step is allowing them to assassinate anyone accused of being a “threat to national security”. Imagine if Obama had decided to murder the members of the “Christian” militia that was busted a few
months back. They were “terrorists”, they were going to use a bomb to kill a police officer and then set of more bombs along the funeral route. That’s a tactic straight out of Osama’s playbook. Should these men be held without charge in Gitmo and tried before a military tribunal?
I don’t speak for all young people but I do talk politics with a lot of them. There are few neo-cons that are under 30, less under 20, and they think that if you have brown skin and the government (that they claim to distrust so much) deems you are a terrorist, it is ok to suspend your constitutional rights for “national security”. I find this particularly ironic since these neo-cons claim to hate socialism and collectivism so much but then they preach about the “greater good” which is textbook socialism talk. Giving up our constitutional rights in the interest of security is no different from the commies that used to say “better Red than dead”. If we really want to reach the younger crowd we should continue this conversation about civil liberties and we should not shy away from it because it makes us uncomfortable.
When I think of my favorite Founding Fathers I see those men more in Ron Paul, and Barry Goldwater than I do in George W Bush, or John McCain. If we present young people with a consistent message of economic and personal liberty and if we elect people who follow the constitution and repeal the tens of thousands of pages of laws that are unconstitutional we need to convert young people into capitalists, will make the choice themselves, naturally.
I can already hear everyone I know bitching at me about this blog post. This will, to me, prove who really stands for liberty and who is ready to sell out the Constitution when it suits their needs. The phrases like “don’t tread on me” and “give me liberty or give me death” can only mean so much if, when called to defend the Constitution, we let fear come between us and liberty.
The guy they arrested for the attempted car-bombing in Times Square has a foreign sounding name but he is an American citizen. John Mccain is out there saying he shouldn’t have been given his Miranda rights and I’m sure many people reading this agree. He is, after all, a terrorist, right? Weren’t Tim Mcveigh and the Unibomber? I am sure they were read their Miranda rights. They were taken to civilian courts with a jury for sure. And why wouldn’t they be? They are American citizens.
If they want to try this bastard for treason and have him drawn and quartered that is fine by me. But please don’t tell me that an American citizen, arrested on the streets of one of our cities, shouldn’t be given Miranda rights. I’ll bet if he were an illegal immigrant Mccain would have no problem with him. If they can do it to this guy, they can do it to any of us. If Obama decides that some tea party organizer is a “threat” to national security can he arrest them and not give the Miranda warnings and take them to a military court? We are not talking about someone found fighting our soldiers in Iraq or some foreign national; this is an American citizen just like all of us.
I hope people understand that this is where the tea party folks need to stand up for the Constitution even though it is uncomfortable. If they can take one of his rights away, they can take all of his rights away. If they can take away his rights, they can take away our rights. People that are citizens of other countries do not need to be read Miranda rights. People caught fighting us in Iraq should not be given Constituional rights. American citizens, arrested in America deserve Constitutional rights. End of story.
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”.