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The “National Tea Party Convention” Deception

For the past several months, I’ve been following the developments of Tea Party Nation, a “for profit” company in Nashville headed by Judson Philllips, a Nashville Lawyer. I’ve been particularly suspicious of the organization, and became even more so when I started hearing about the “National Tea Party Convention” that TPN is putting on in February, for which tickets are being sold for over $500 each.

After receiving MANY emails about this convention, it is clear that Mr. Phillips has done an excellent job convincing people that this is actually an official Tea Party event, implying that there is an official National Tea Party organization that is responsible for coordinating the efforts of Tea Party groups across the United States.

As a response to the emails I’ve received, I want to make a few points very clear, for I am concerned that the real Tea Party movement, a true grassroots initiative, is coming under fire as a result of this “convention.”

FIRST, it should be understood that local Tea Party organizations, such as the Chattanooga Tea Party are absolutely autonomous. We don’t take marching orders from anyone on a national level. While we eagerly participate in demonstrations against an increasingly oppressive federal government’s irresponsible socialist policies, there is no “national” organization that we have to answer to.

SECOND, “grassroots,” as defined by dictionary.com, means “of, pertaining to, or involving the common people.“ We, as the Chattanooga Tea Party, along with the vast majority of other local Tea Party groups nationwide, are comprised and led by common people who define ourselves as (in the case of the Chattanooga Tea Party)

“a grassroots-initiated outcry against the deliberate, irresponsible, and unconstitutional fiscal policies resulting from the growth of our Federal Government’s size and power.”

THIRD, the Tea Party movement is not subject to any obligation to any political party or its candidates. There are a multitude of candidates who, in my opinion, assume that they will receive Tea Party support because they are affiliated with a particular political party. Many of us in leadership in the Chattanooga Tea Party are quite aware that the vast majority of those candidates are more concerned with toting the “party line” than with the effect of big government on common people.

If you would like to further research the “National Tea Party Convention,” I welcome you to visit the following link, which gives an extensive background regarding Tea Party Nation’s underlying motives:

On the Backs of Tennessee’s Middle Class (or, The Story Behind Tea Party Nation’s Dishonest Beginnings)

In closing, I’d like to take this opportunity to remind anyone who believes that “big government” is not in the best interest of our nation and common people to continue to stand up for the values that have made this country great. Keep a critical eye when it comes to anything that bills itself as a “National Tea Party” function and consider the consequences that come along with losing our “grassroots” status. Our future success will be determined by our willingness to come together as individuals who combine our individual voices and our vitality will fade into the shadows as soon as we sacrifice those individual voices and values to a “national” organization’s policies and agenda.

Please join with me to fight the disease that is being spread by opportunists who endeavor to capitalize on the Tea Party movement.

URGENT: Call or Email Key Senators Today

Folks:

Below is a very important message from one of our fellow tea party groups here in TN. I would encourage you to email each Senator’s Chief of Staff as referenced below. Although you may not be a constituent, this matter affects ALL Americans. Below is the email I sent each one of them:

Senator:

I urgently request that you vote NO on the Healthcare Vote this weekend! Your constituents are monitoring closely how you cast this vote, which will most certainly determine your future career in the Senate. Please do NOT let us down on this critical vote.


Will you please join me in contacting each of them? (Feel free to copy and paste the message above or draft your own.) This vote is perhaps one of the most critical votes out nation has faced in many decades. Please let them hear your voice. Thank you.

Promoting Liberty & Restoring Values…

Mark West

Ooltewah, TN 37363

(423) 240-8288 (c)

—- From tnteaparty.org —–

Greetings Fellow Patriots,

Erick Erickson of Red State.com wrote the following this morning regarding the health care bill in the Senate this weekend.

There is a study out today that is damaging to the Democrats efforts to pass health care in the Senate.

On Saturday, when constituents cannot contact their Senators’ offices because they’ll be closed, the United States Senate will vote on a cloture motion to debate the health care legislation.

This is important — a vote in favor of cloture on the motion to proceed (a parliamentary issue) is, in effect, a vote for the health care legislation. Why? Because Harry Reid has enough votes to pass the health care legislation by a simple majority, but he does not have the 60 votes necessary to proceed to debate, any Senator voting for cloture is voting for the health care plan.

Roll Call reports that according to the Congressional Research Service, “[a] study of Senate voting patterns shows the chamber has approved more than 97 percent of all bills subject to a cloture motion to begin debate — a finding that could undercut Democratic efforts to paint a key health care vote on Saturday as procedural.”

In fact, “since 1999 the Senate has approved 97.6 percent of all bills when lawmakers first voted to begin debate.”

Some Senators, like Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas, want the health care legislation to pass, but know politically she would lose if she voted for it. So unless pressure is brought to bear on her and others, she may vote “yes” on cloture for the motion to proceed and then try to hide behind a no vote later.

We cannot let that happen.

Email the following Chiefs of Staffs (of KEY Senators) and tell them you want a NO VOTE Saturday! I have done so and URGE you to please do the same.

elizabeth_burks@lincoln.senate.gov

luke_albee@warner.senate.gov

tim_becker@bennelson.senate.gov

jane_campbell@landrieu.senate.gov

charlie_salem@bayh.senate.gov

For Liberty,

Stacie Burke

www.TNteaparty.org

Update on Senator Corker and the Proposed Federal Reserve Audit

You’ll recall that at our October monthly meeting we discussed a piece of legislation that TN Senator Bob Corker recently sponsored entitled the Federal Reserve Accountability Act (FRAA). I shared with you my concerns that, when contrasted with Senate Bill 604 (another proposed bill to audit the Fed), the FRAA fell short in the scope of the proposed audit of the Federal Reserve.

Well, this past week I received an unexpected phone call from Senator Corker, and he offered to explain his thought process and goals as it relates to the FRAA. Senator Corker indicated that while S604 was purportedly more comprehensive in its audit of the Fed, at the same time S604 does not adequately address some areas that were either undefined or not sufficiently enumerated as it relates to the scope of the audit. Following a recent meeting between Senator Corker and Congressman Ron Paul (in which Congressman Paul also acknowledged some shortcomings in HR 1207 – the House “sister” Bill to S604), Senator Corker hopes to see a revision to or improvement in the language of either his Bill or S604 to a point that the Federal Reserve will be audited in a manner that will allow full and complete disclosure but not jeopardize the daily workings and policy formulation by the Fed.

I appreciated Senator Corker’s willingness to discuss this matter and will be watching closely to see just how this whole matter plays out in the near term. As I have any new information in regard to this, I’ll be sure to update you.

Mark West
CTP

A Busy Week for Chattanooga Tea Party Patriots

All patriots, CTP members and fellow Americans, please join us September 10th at 7:45 PM at the Country Place restaurant on Shallowford Road for a send off rally for our Freedom Riders.

Our freedom riders are traveling to Washington, DC to join thousands of other Tea Party protesters on the west lawn of the US Capital September 12th. Share your thoughts and concerns by signing the WE THE PEOPLE banner that will be carried in the protest.

*There are two spaces still left on the second bus so please call Shirley Patterson 423-238-8182 or email steel9531@comcast.net for details.

Note for our Freedom Bus Riders

Overflow parking arrangements have been made next to J Alexander’s restaurant near the hotel and condo area for our freedom rider’s cars. Freedom writers will unload their luggage first at Country Place then park. A van will be taking passengers back and forth. The returning buses are leaving Washington, DC very early Sunday morning September 13th, and are expected back early that evening. Y’all come out and welcome them back.

Everyone is asked to bring lawn chairs, posters and flags. In the event of rain, the rally will be held inside the County Place restaurant.

The rally is from 7:45 pm till departure of the bus at 9:00 pm. The DayBreak band will be playing patriotic music to set the mood. CTP will conduct a farewell send off program.

PROTESTING the PROTESTERS

Our freedom riders are going to Walter Reed Hospital on Friday September 11 to protest the Code Pink protests of our wounded and handicap veterans. Every Friday the veterans are taken out to dinner. As they leave, they are greeted by the Code Pink’s heckling. Our wounded brave American vets deserve respect and honor, not jeers and cries of “baby killers.” The Freedom Riders will protest this dishonorable behavior of the Code Pink.

Party Time /Newspaper / TV Time

Share the “March on Washington D.C.” and all of the excitement by watching the rally with other patriots over lunch at the Foundry Restaurant/Bar at the Chattanoogan Hotel September 12 from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm. If you have questions please call Ronnie Moore at 706-820-1087.

The Times Free Press reporter Matt Wilson will be traveling with the Freedom Riders so look for his stories in the press.

Freedom Riders will be filming and sending back videos to the local TV stations so watch your late evening news.

Too Important to Ignore

Over the past few months, the American public has spoken up in an unprecedented way in defiance to the federal government’s unconstitutional increase in scope, cost, and influence. They have ignored the limitations of their contract, the United States Constitution, and have made it clear that they are not concerned with the voice of the People, who give them their authority in the first place.

We invite you to stand with us on Thursday, September 10, 2009 as we send over 50 local residents to march on Washington with thousands of like-minded patriots and speak out against the oppressive government which has ignored the voice of the People for far too long.

This event is more than just a sendoff of our “Freedom Riders,” it’s an opportunity to stand with those who are willing to fight for our American liberties. We hope to see you there!

Event Time: 7.45PM

Supporters are encouraged to come at 7:45 PM to sign the banner with their thoughts and wishes to be carried to Washington by our local Chattanooga freedom riders.

Rally program 8:00PM -8:45 PM, bus loading 8:45 M -9:00PM, final departure 9:00PM.

Location: Country Place Restaurant

Parking lot located on Shallowford Road one block from the Gunbarrel and Shallowford intersection. Bring lawn chairs, signs and flags.

Representative Tom Price Stands Up Against Socialized Healthcare

This video was posted on July 16, 2009. It shows Representative Tom Price (R-GA), a former physician, calling out committee members for not being willing to consider any Conservative solutions to the Socialized Healthcare proposal that is being unilaterally forced upon the American people by an overbearing Federal Government.

As you watch this, keep in mind that, according to the American Spectator, “over the past three months, as Obama consistently pounded on the drum for health care legislation, his net approval on the issue has shrunken dramatically.”

Yes, we are being marginalized. Yes, we are being dismissed as “radical extremists” in many cases. Yes, we are being called “astroturf” because the mainstream media refuses to recognize that we, as citizens of the United States of America, have the responsibility to hold the government accountable.

Remember this: We are NOT marginal. Surveys say that we are now in the majority if we disagree with the President’s proposed socialized healthcare plan. We are NOT “radical extremists.” The President’s proposal is both “radical” and “extreme” and we’re standing against it. We are NOT astroturf. The Chattanooga Tea Party (and the vast majority of other Tea Party organizations across the nation) exists solely because of volunteers who believe strongly in the Constitutional rights that all Americans have and are willing to put the time and effort into making known the injustices enacted against those rights by our Federal Government.

Coalition Letter Regarding Healthcare Reform

[This is a letter that was sent by CNP Action Inc…. Notice that the Chairman of the Chattanooga Tea Party, Mark West, signed it.]

The Honorable Christopher J. Dodd
Member
United States Senate
448 Russell Building
Washington, D.C. 20510

Dear Senator Dodd,

We, the undersigned individuals and organizations representing millions of Americans, urge you to pass healthcare legislation that prohibits unelected and unaccountable bureaucrats in Washington, D.C. from controlling the system. We doubt the government’s ability to fix the nation’s healthcare system in a cost‐effective manner while protecting individual liberty.

History shows that government interference in markets rarely produces positive results. For instance, government interference in the form of wage controls led to the current employer‐provided insurance system. On this note, it’s unreasonable to assume that a few people in Washington, no matter how intelligent, can utilize imperfect information and the powers of government to heal a byzantine system broken (in the first place) by government.

While we applaud efforts to tackle this growing crisis, we ask that you tread carefully when considering the government’s role. As a nation empowered by its individuals, we recognize that choices made by consumers reflect the only true way to identify what people really want. Therefore, allowing individuals to choose their own doctor, their own hospital, and insurance policy is vital to success.

We also recognize that controlling the purse strings means controlling the final product. With this in mind, we oppose any expansion in direct public spending to fund the healthcare system. A universal tax credit, however, that allows individuals to buy their own insurance would be one way to ensure consumers remain in control. When individuals directly pay for their healthcare, they’re in charge, not government bureaucrats. They choose the plan with the benefits they desire. They know the real costs of that plan and can decide whether or not it’s cost‐effective.

In an effort to reduce cost inflation by introducing competition to the market, we ask Congress to eliminate barriers prohibiting the sale of insurance across state lines. In doing so, Congress provides everyone the equal opportunity to obtain health insurance, maximizes the platter of options, and saves taxpayer money by not hiring an army of bureaucrats to oversee another government program.

In addition, we urge you to consider the understated costs of past healthcare reform proposals. According to a report by Dr. Lawrence Hunter of the Social Security Institute, in 1966 the House Ways and Means Committee projected that Medicare would cost around $12 billion by 1990. However, in 1990, it cost $107 billion. He also noted that the Clinton Administration greatly underestimated the potential for inflation which would have practically doubled their original annual cost estimates within 15 short years. As you’re aware, the Congressional Budget Office recently rated Senator Kennedy’s bill and reported that it only covers 16 of the 50 million uninsured Americans, and conservatively estimated the cost at $1 trillion over 10 years. These unsustainable numbers must be avoided if this country seeks to remain solvent in the long‐term.

With burgeoning unfunded liabilities just around the fiscal corner, we hope this Congress resists the urge to further expand government control and spending. While nobody argues against reforming the healthcare system, freedom dictates that such reforms must protect individual liberty, control costs, and respect the Constitutionally‐mandated structure of divided authority and diffused power.

Sincerely,

Gary Aldrich
Chairman
CNP Action, Inc.

Cathie Adams
President
Texas Eagle Forum

Dr. Theodore Baehr
Chairman and CEO
Good News Communications
Christian Film and Television Commission

Dr. Sheldon E. Baker Ph.D
C.E.O.
Harvest Projects International Inc.

Gary Bauer
President
American Values

Dr. Randy Brinson

Floyd G. Brown
President
Policy Issues Institute

Susan A. Carleson
Chairman/CEO
American Civil Rights Union

David J. Colletti Jr.
CEO & General Counsel
Lionheart Apparel, LLC

Laura Elena Colletti
3228 Lakenheath Pl.
Dallas, TX 75204

Chad Connelly
Founder and President
The Foundation for American Restoration

Peggy Dau
The Voice of the Martyrs

Tricia Erickson
President
Angel Pictures, LLC

Steve Forbes
Chairman & CEO
Forbes Media

Foster Friess
Founder
Brandywine Funds

Jeffrey M. Frederick
Member, House of Delegates
Virginia General Assembly

Alan M. Gottlieb
President
Center for the Defense of Free Enterprise

William Greene Ph.D.
President
RightMarch.com

Colin A. Hanna
President
Let Freedom Ring

Kristan Hawkins
Executive Director
Students for Life of America

Micah R. Hobart
Chief Operating Officer
Paperless Transaction Corp

Deborah Honeycutt, MD
Medical Director
D. Ann Travis, MD, LLC
Fayetteville, Georgia

Lawrence A. Hunter, Ph.D.
President
The Social Security Institute
Chaplain Gordon James Klingenschmitt
The Pray In Jesus Name Project

Amy Kremer
National Coordinator
Tea Party Patriots

Dr. Beverly LaHaye
Chairman
Concerned Women for America

Dr. Tim LaHaye
President and Author
Tim LaHaye Ministries

Andrea Lafferty
Executive Director
Traditional Values Coalition

Mario H. Lopez
President
Hispanic Leadership Fund

Christopher N. Malagisi
President
Young Conservatives Coalition

Jim Martin
President
60 Plus Association

Ken Mettler
President
California Republican Assembly

Grover Norquist
President
Americans for Tax Reform

Sen. Dave Schultheis
Colorado State Senator

Richard A. Segal, Jr.
Chairman
Buckeye Institute for Public Policy Solutions
Columbus, Ohio

Fred L. Smith
President
Competitive Enterprise Institute

Mike Spence
California Taxpayer Protection Committee

Matt Staver
Founder and Chairman
Liberty Counsel
Dean and Professor of Law
Liberty University School of Law

Dave Stewart

John F. Tate
President
Campaign for Liberty

Dr. John G. Trulio
President
Applied Theory, Inc.

Rick Tyler
Founding Director
Renewing American Leadership (ReAL)

Lewis K. Uhler
Founder and President
National Tax Limitation Committee

Richard A. Viguerie
Chairman
ConservativeHQ.com

C. Frederick Wehba

Mark D. West
Chattanooga, TN

John V. Westberg
President
New Hope for America Foundation

Jack Wheeler
Freedom Research Foundation

Mark Williamson
Founder and President
Federal Intercessors

J.C. Willke, M.D.
President
Life Issues Institute

William Wilson
President
Americans for Limited Government

Wendy Wright
President
Concerned Women for America

Long Term Plans for The Chattanooga Tea Party

Many of you have been asking about where we’re going from here since the hugely successful Tax Day Tea Party on April 15th.

Well, even though there hasn’t been a lot going on from a public vantage point, there has been a lot of discussion and organization going on over the past couple of months behind the scenes. I’m looking forward to releasing details to you in the next couple of weeks that will really get you excited about the future of the Chattanooga Tea Party. I sure am excited!

Over the past couple of months, there has been some very good discussion, and a lot of this discussion has given us some good insight that will be very beneficial to us as we establish the Chattanooga Tea Party organization officially.

Anyway, I just wanted to put out a quick post to let everyone know that very soon, we’ll have a good, established network in place that will be able to keep all of you who are interested in the Tea Party movement up to date on issues, give you lots of opportunities to participate locally, and provide a good, strong organization that is capable of organizing Tea Party events as they are necessary.

If any of you have any suggestions, please let us know.

Thank you and stay tuned…

-Bryan

Letter to our Representatives

The following letter was sent to Lamar Alexander, Bob Corker, and Zach Wamp after the April 15th Tea Party. As of yet, we have not received any response from these “Representatives” …

Dear ______________,

No doubt you watched with interest the Tax Day Tea Parties that were held on April 15 in over 850 cities with in excess of 1,000,000 law abiding and freedom loving Americans attending. Hopefully you are aware of the fact that in Chattanooga, we too participated in this historic Protest at Ross’s Landing. By most counts more than 2,000 Chattanoogans attended our Rally. The objective of this Protest, both locally and nationally, was to protest the willful, deliberate and recklessly irresponsible fiscal behavior that is occurring in Washington DC. To be clear though, this Protest was not directed solely at the Democrats but it was also focused at Republicans and Independents, for no political party is exempt from the reckless spending that has been occurring in our nation’s capitol for too many years now.

Many in the media, as well as elected officials and even President Obama, have poked fun at these Tea Parties and have even been critical of our efforts. I would hope that you do not share that same perspective or attitude. The Chattanooga Tea Party was and is a grassroots movement that is autonomous of any particular group or party. Our mission is:

*To bring sound, transparent fiscal policies and accountability to our government through our current elected officials. If they are non-responsive, we will work to replace them with new representatives who pledge to and will manage the nation’s finances in such a way as to achieve balanced budgets and ultimately reduce and eliminate our national debt.

We understand that no Government or nation can remain strong, much less even continue to exist, if it chooses to pursue dishonest fiscal policies that defy every sound economic principle. Yet, with trillion-dollar deficits, the nearly $12 trillion of national debt, and the $50 trillion in unfunded Medicare and Social Security liabilities, the United States of America has been likened to the Titanic rushing towards a fiscal iceberg. And unfortunately, the politicos in Washington are acting as if all is well, as if there is an unlimited supply of ink to print more money, and as if our nation is too big to fail. Nothing could be further from the truth!

The real truth is that over 1,000,000 Americans know better, and in unison we all stood up and sounded the alarm last month. And in Chattanooga, of the more than 2,000 attendees at Ross’s Landing, over 1,500 of them signed a petition which I have attached. The “petition” that was signed is actually our nation’s founding document — the Constitution. The message that each of them has asked that I communicate is that we urge you, along with each of your colleagues in Washington, to return to the foundational principles that are conveyed in the Constitution. “We the People” implore you to measure every piece of legislation that crosses your desk against the restrictive and limited authority which is outlined in the Constitution. For we are confident that our Founding Fathers never envisioned the kind of bureaucracy and governmental encroachment on our liberties that are now expanding on a nearly daily basis in Washington. With each new program, agency, and bailout, our nation’s fiscal obligations are being enlarged to a point that a collapse is nearly unavoidable.

So, in closing, let me reiterate that many thousands of Chattanooga area citizens are more vigilant now than ever before. We trust that you will view us as partners with you as you seek to pursue and champion sound fiscal policies. However, with no ill will intended, we also trust that you will understand that where votes are cast that are contrary to sound fiscal policies, we will seek to hold those casting such votes accountable — both immediately with our feedback and in the long term with our vote.

Promoting Liberty & Restoring Values…

Mark D. West

Founder, Chattanooga Tea Party