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The Tea Party: Still Alive after 7 Busy Years

The Tea Party: Still Alive after 7 Busy Years

It has been a long, strange, and interesting journey.

Last night, the organizers of the San Diego area’s first “Tea Party” event gathered together for a Beer Caucus.

During the lively discussion on the current status of the presidential primary season (which spanned the grief cycle of denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance), it was noted that it was the 7th anniversary of our first event.

Looking back, it has been a long, strange, and interesting journey.

The focus of the first rally was a celebration of the free market system and a desire to roll-back government spending. I lovingly crafted my first protest sign.

LI #34 b San Diego Tea Party sign

Sarah Bond, another of the co-organizers, was also inspired to act in the wake of tax hikes and the “Stimulus Plan”.

A graphics artist by trade, she was a passive Republican until 2008. That year, she watched in dismay as a Republican president signed the Troubled Asset Relief Program, authorizing the Treasury Department to buy up to $700 billion in risky mortgages and other securities. Then, in 2009, came the new Obama administration’s $787 billion stimulus package.

“Capitalism is a self-correcting system,” she said. “Some banks would have collapsed. But let the successful companies take their place.”

Events have unfolded to show that our assertions about a wide array of government programs and policies were dead-on. For example, the focus of several rallies in 2009 was Obamacare. The “Affordable Care Act” has exceeded our expectations…of how bad it has been.

ObamaCare was sold as a way to bend the health “cost curve” down. As it turned out, it is bending the cost curve up — health care will be more costly than it would have been without ObamaCare. It’s so great that in its first year about 1,500 companies, states, and unions were granted waivers.

ObamaCare strangled the recovery in the crib. The private sector has been generating only 6,400 jobs per month since it was passed, compared to 67,600 before. We would never return to pre-recession unemployment levels at the current pace. ObamaCare is costing us over 60,000 jobs per month.

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When we started our local group 7 years ago, we recognized that there would be no over-night cure for the problems created by politicians and bureaucrats. The vile accusations of being “astroturf” and having our groups illegally targeted by the IRS still have not deterred us in our resolve to solve problems impacting all aspects of American life.

In fact, the Albuquerque Tea Party (ATP) still continues its arduous quest the IRS for “tax-exempt” status.

The ATP filed their request in December 2009. Several months later the IRS demanded more documentation concerning the activities of the ATP since that application date. This was done. Then several months later, the IRS again asked for an update on all activity,” including board minutes, brochures, newsletters and correspondences, [past ATP President Rik] Harbaugh said. “All the information we sent them was well over 1,000 pages.”

The importance of getting tax-exempt status, he explained, is that the Albuquerque Tea Party, which has about 2,500 supporters, would then be able to transfer money to and receive money from other tax-exempt entities without paying taxes on those funds. “We have been prevented from getting (tax-free) money for six years,” Harbaugh said.

Some groups around the country are working to elect specific candidates (e.g, the Texas Patriot supporting Ted Cruz for President), while others are fighting political battles within the Republican Party. For example, in Delaware County, GOP chairman Will Statom challenged the candidacy, on May primary ballots, of several people who wanted to be precinct committeemen or state GOP convention delegates.

…Tea Party members — who also maintained they were not affiliated with any national Tea Party groups — argued that they were much more Republican than the Republican chairman.

“I have been a (Republican) precinct committeeman longer than the Republican Party chairman has thought about politics,” said Margaret Niccum, the target of one of Statom’s challenges.

And who can honestly doubt Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s backbone was stiffened enough by fear of Tea Party that he will meeting with President Barack Obama next week on the Supreme Court vacancy to expressly state that the next president should fill Justice Scalia’s spot?

That there is a Tea Party win, my friends!

Who knows what the next 7 years will bring? Two predictions I can make is that Tea Party will be declared “dead” again at some point during this election cycle, and that I will continue to work with amazing and dynamic patriots!

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Yes, we are told McConnell will so expressly state.
The question is what happens after obama stops laughing at him.

    nordic_prince in reply to Rick. | February 29, 2016 at 4:40 pm

    “laughing with,” you undoubtedly mean. McConnell certainly acts as if he’s in cahoots with Zero ~

And who can honestly doubt …

Me, for one.

When dealing with inveterate invertebrates, it’s a tactical blunder to count your spinal columns before they hatch.

‘Bout that astroturf: some of us were watching when the “Coffee Party” and “OWS” were exposed as actual astroturf organizations formed by the Democratic Party.

BLM isn’t astroturf, although it has gotten funding from somewhere.

The behavior of both parties at the national level has been luridly disdainful of ordinary voters. The Democrats have been abusing their black voters and low-level whites for decades. The Repubs refuse to listen to the TEA Parties.

This time around the voters keep saying “You work for US,” and both sets of party leaders seem amazingly tone deaf.

    nordic_prince in reply to Valerie. | February 29, 2016 at 4:43 pm

    I wonder if BLM is organized as a 501c3 organization. If so, what do you want to bet they achieved that status in record time with minimal hassle ~

      I doubt that the BLM is an official organization. I also doubt that they would pay any taxes just based on anarchist philosophy and victim privilege.

    murkyv in reply to Valerie. | February 29, 2016 at 11:17 pm

    Check out some of the posters they carry. I’ve seen several that have the RevCom logo and website at the bottom

    Revolutionary Communist Party, USA

    One can pretty much bet Soros has some money in there

“Unleash American Business” (see the fine young man holding the sign)

That is what is drastically needed.

If there was significant tax reform – a permanent flat tax, a drastic reduction of the corp. tax, the destruction of the IRS and its forty million pages of tax code – our nation would see almost immediate economic growth, growth that would resolve income disparity across a whole swath of the economy. And, there would be no need for the horribly bad nonsense of minimum wage laws. And, oversees businesses would return and employ. And the half of the nation that isn’t paying taxes and are on welfare would soon have no excuse to live off of others.

“Everyone wants to live at the expense of the state. They forget that the state lives at the expense of everyone.”

Frederic Bastiat


legacyrepublican | February 29, 2016 at 10:59 am

Beer summit? Seems to me you guys are foamenting revolution! 😀

‘California Tea Party Groups.’

Wowser. And I thought Sisyphus had an impossible task…

God bless you all and your efforts.

Tea Party Candidates.

I think we need to revive that term. It would really help delineate the ones who genuinely care about everything on your boy’s protest sign versus the ones who claim they do.

Wait, Tea Party? I thought McConnell (spit) was going to destroy them.

    Radegunda in reply to Barry. | February 29, 2016 at 12:46 pm

    Trump supported McConnell (spit) over a Tea Party challenger. That’s Donald J. Trump, the noble, altruistic, principled servant of the little people (spit).

      I’m quite sure you supported McConnell , so what’s your beef?

      And I’m sure you hatey hate the Tea Party.

      Have you endorsed Rubio yet? Or is it shrillary?

JimMtnViewCaUSA | February 29, 2016 at 12:31 pm

I remember attending my first Tea Party protest in San Jose on tax day that year.
We attracted a counter-protest who repeatedly chanted “The People. United. Can not be defeated.”

Looking at the two groups, you could see which was “the People”. One side had white college-aged kids with piercings. The other side had kids, adults, teens, grandparents and at least some racial diversity.

Fascinating to me was the reaction of the police. I expected them to support “the People” but they seemed, if anything, to be more friendly to the counter protesters. Perhaps the officers had gotten to know them at countless protests. Or perhaps the rot of gov’t employee unions has burned deep.

The political class has spent more time demonizing the Tea Party instead of fixing the problems created by failed unconstitutional policies. Either the problems get fixed or the system collapses. The current crop of political elites want the status quo to continue even though it is unsustainable.