March 21, 2012
"As democracy is perfected, the office of President represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be occupied by a downright moron." -H.L. Mencken, The Baltimore Evening Sun, July 26, 1920
One has to wonder what Tea Party Patriot (TPP) leaders Mark Meckler and Jenny Beth Martin were thinking when they agreed to attend and co-sponsor the September 2011, Constitutional Convention Conference with Harvard, and to accept what appears to be a stacked deck of pro-Convention advocates at this Conference in September of 2011.
TPP's Republican Affiliations
In Part 3 of The Tea Parties, I wrote about TPP's ties to members of the secretive Council for National Policy such as Jack Abramoff, Gary Aldrich, Ernest Istook, Ralph Reed, and many others. The CNP is basically an establishment Republican club, yet the Tea Parties were allegedly founded without allegiance to any party. Even charter member of the CNP and Muslim convert, Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), is aligned with the Tea Parties and convinced the Council to join with TPP. [Link]
Clearly, TPP hopes that people like Elsa Prince of the CNP (mother of Erik Prince, founder of Blackwater), Tony Perkins of Family Research Council, direct-mail king Richard Viguerie, Becky Norton Dunlop, the vice president for external relations at the Heritage Foundation, Dick Armey of FreedomWorks, and American Family Association's Don Wildmon, will all help with funding the TPP.
In early June, 2011, Meckler appeared on a panel in DC discussing the future of the Tea Party movement. Speaking at former disgraced Christian Coalition leader, Ralph Reed's Faith and Freedom Conference, Meckler stated the Tea Party was in a battle for the culture of the country. Once again he was aligned with the former friends of CNP member Jack Abramoff. This conference was organized by CNP politico Ralph Reed, with whom virtually every GOP presidential contender will be trying to court evangelical voters. In 2006 Reed was getting hammered in a race for lieutenant governor of Georgia, in no small part, because of his close ties to the felonious lobbyist, Jack Abramoff, from whom he raked in $4 million to rally Christian voters to vote against Native American casinos.
TPP has a contract with MDS Communications which does phone fundraising for GOP congressional campaign organizations including Bush-Cheney reelection campaign. They work with the evangelicals on the right, Beverly LaHaye's Concerned Women for America (CNP), and Tony Perkins' Family Research Council (CNP) (UN-NGO). Most of the returns to the non-profits are less than 15%. Their deal with TPP states they will keep at least 70% of the money they raise. Another deal was negotiated with Capitol Resources, allegedly one of the most effective GOP phone fundraising operations in the state of Iowa. This company keeps 75% of the money it raises by calling other Tea Partiers for donations. The firm's owner is Nicole Schlinger who helped Mitt Romney's victory in the 2007 Iowa presidential straw poll.
The worst however seems to be the Richard Norman Company, and it too represents political action for prominent GOP. Of course TPP insists it wants to simply focus and strategize on fiscal responsibilities and limited government, avoiding divisive social issues like kicking God out of America, and the murder of 56 million babies in the womb. Norman's clients are many in the rightwing CNP groups, including a group headed by CNP member Gary Kreep of the US Justice Foundation. Kreep has written articles muddying the water on the facts of the calls for a constitutional convention. [Link] Even Judge Napolitano and his friend, Randy Barnett, professor at Georgetown University, were pushing a Con-Con. [Link] [Link]
TPP's affiliation with the GOP is well documented. For many decades both the left and the right have been advocating for a Constitutional Convention. Why wasn't the TPP working instead to enforce the Constitution, not amend it through a Con-Con? Do they really believe opening a Constitutional Convention for another amendment will stop the corruption in D.C? Do they really not understand the dangers of a Con-Con? Politicians will not suddenly start following an amended Constitution when they're not following the Constitution now! [Link] This is a ploy to destroy the Constitution we have now and replace it with a constitution that gives all power to the federal government rather than the people.
Waiting in the wings is the New States Constitution the New World Order needs and wants in order to succeed with the end goal of their plans. In 1964, the Ford and Rockefeller tax-free Foundations paid $25 million to draw up this new constitution at the Center for Democratic Institutions. This model constitution took 10 years to write, and is in its 35th draft, drawing on the efforts of over 100 people. In 1974 an essentially final version was quietly published in a book entitled, “The Emerging Constitution,” by Rexford G. Tugwell (Harper & Row) the man who directed the formulation of the new constitution. The New States Constitution eliminates our God given unalienable rights and creates for us a document in which the Federal government grants us privileges. See the Constitutional Convention Con for the full ramifications of this Ford/Rockefeller Constitution.
If the New States Constitution wasn't bad enough, the Communist Party USA has a Constitution for New Socialist North America and is planning a revolution against capitalism, "with violence if necessary." [Link] Both of these "new" Constitutions are for a socialist/communist society and totally destroy the God given rights and liberties of a free people.
The Balanced Budget Amendment Hoax
In their recent book, "Tea Party Patriots: The Second American Revolution," Meckler and Martin discuss their desire for a Balanced Budget Amendment (BBA) which can easily lead to a Constitutional Convention.
The BBA is a hoax and a huge trap. The politicians on both the left and right are selling this to the people because it has such a great sounding name...of course we want a balanced budget! The problem with this Amendment (which quite obviously all 47 Republican Senators pushing this and most of the Republican Representatives pushing this don't understand, because they never read the constitution) is that the constitution LIMITS the expenditure by the federal government of our taxpayer dollars. It is so limited that the funding of outrageous items today would fill an encyclopedia. Our constitution does not authorize foreign aid, or museums about rock stars, or studying of the blue lizard, or Chinese prostitutes, and on and on. We have a Republican majority in the House now, along with all the 2010 elected Tea Party reps, so why in heaven's name aren't they balancing the budget now without an amendment?
BBA, which the TPP absolutely loves, wants passed, and talks so enthusiastically
about to their members and the dumbed down electorate would actually LEGALIZE
CONSTITUTIONALLY ILLEGAL SPENDING, and give Congress a free hand
to spend whatever they want on any frivolous item that floats by their
desks. The Constitution limits Congress on what they are authorized to
fund with our tax dollars, and Congress alone has the power for these
Constitutional expenses. They continue to take our money for government
activities that are nowhere to be found in our Constitution. The BBA will
usher in a totalitarian dictatorship by legalizing unauthorized Constitutional
Pursuant to the unconstitutional Budget Act of 1921, the President has been preparing the budget. Since the Budget Act is unconstitutional, the President’s preparation of the budget has been likewise unconstitutional. Section 3 of the BBA would legalize what is now unconstitutional and unlawful. But Section 3 of the BBA does more than merely legalize the unlawful, it actually transfers the Constitutional power to make the appropriations and to determine taxes to the President. Congress will become a rubber stamp."
Please read Publius Huldah's important article on this diabolical change to our Constitution planned by the Republicans who have long been in bed with the left. The 28th amendment making e-mail rounds is just as dangerous. Neo-con Senators Jim DeMint and Mike Lee are determined to jam this down our throats. Don't tell me they don't understand fully what they're doing because nearly every one of these people are lawyers and they've certainly studied the law. In the July 7, 2011, WSJ, Jim DeMint joined with that bastion of conservative politics, Olympia Snowe of Maine to push the BBA stating it is THE ONLY REFORM THAT WILL RESTRAIN SPENDING. Liars and thieves!
Using the "kiss" method to explain, an amendment to the Constitution is first proposed by the Congress with a two-thirds majority vote in both the House of Representatives and the Senate or by a Constitutional Convention called for by two-thirds of the State legislatures. None of the 27 amendments to the Constitution have been proposed by Constitutional Convention, nor is it necessary despite what TPP would have us believe. Then it is sent to the states for their votes. If 38 of the states ratify the amendment, it will be added to the Constitution. [Link]
Another huge danger with this proposed BBA is, of course the Constitutional Convention which is also part of Article V and has never been used. Those of us who have written about the Con-con call have grave concerns that this BBA could easily turn into an Article V convention. Should the BBA fail to get 38 or three-fourths of the states to ratify, the Republicans (who seem to be pushing this for both parties) could easily tell the electorate they can't get the Democrats to go along with balancing the budget, so we need to get these same states to put out a call for a Constitutional Convention where we can open the Constitution for one reason only and that's to balance the budget. They only need two-thirds or 34 states to put out a call for a Constitutional Convention to open one. I wrote about this in detail in my article, Wolves in Sheep's Clothing?, and Tom DeWeese of American Policy Center has written about it extensively as have the John Birch Society, and Bernadine Smith of the Second Amendment Committee and countless others. [Link]
The States should be enforcing the Constitution, not calling a Convention to revise it! [Link]
Meckler has been keeping a lower profile in recent months since his arrest last December for trying to carry a firearm on board an airplane in New York. He is licensed to carry in California, but the license was not valid in New York. He pleaded guilty on disorderly conduct charges and paid a small fine.
According to the Daily Caller, Meckler had fought long and hard to maintain the group as an organization from the bottom up, but felt he had lost the fight and thus TPP had become a top down or "Soviet" organization.
He also stated that the board granted Jenny Beth Martin "almost complete power over the day-to-day operations." Meckler said he was complaining about the top down direction as well as the finances of the organization. TPP's board member Ginny Rapini also resigned.
to the Atlanta
Journal Constitution Political Insider, by Jim Galloway (co-author
of the famous book, We Were Soldiers Once and Young) there were
financial disagreements and problems. Jenny Beth's husband, Lee Martin
managed TPP's finances and was identified as the group's assistant treasurer
corporate filings. He managed payroll and personnel issues.
Martin had lost his own business of eight years and filed bankruptcy in 2008. He and Jenny Beth were in debt over $1.4 million and owed the State of Georgia tax authorities an additional $172,000.. Most former TPP members feel there's a lack of wisdom in placing a person with a dubious financial background and a load of debt in charge of the TPP's finances, especially since he's the spouse of one of the leaders.
According to a source close to TPP hierarchy, "A board of directors was created sometime in 2009. On that board were grassroots members that had been with TPP from the start including Mark Meckler who was appointed treasurer. As time went on, certain members of the board were dismissed for various reasons but generally they had problems with Jenny Beth. Replacing these members were people from inside the beltway such as an ex-congressman (as one of the top executives) from Oklahoma (Scott Crockett) and a long time professional lobbyist from Washington DC. There are now three of the "board members" who are not grassroots in any stretch of the term. As time went on Mark was gradually relieved of one treasurer duty at a time until he was Treasurer with no duties. It finally came to a head a couple of months ago which led to his resignation."
Meckler stated, "I have repeatedly expressed, over a long period of time, my discomfort with the way the financial affairs of TPP have been handled, and that I believe that TPP is fiscally irresponsible in the way that it spends and manages donor monies."
A total of $250,000 was spent to sponsor a South Carolina debate of the GOP candidates and aired by CNN. Meckler said, "The money could have done an enormous amount of good if it had been distributed to local tea parties to help them with their ground games in 2012. Instead, it was a colossal waste, which served to foster the narrative that TPP is a tool of the Republican Party..."
As Jim Galloway stated in his opinion article, "There is more than a hint of worry that the group Meckler helped build is on its way to becoming a mirror image of the "politics-as-usual" that the tea party movement protested against." According to the 10th Amendment Center, Tea Parties have become 92% loyal to the GOP.
I believe the Tea Parties were co-opted by the establishment Republicans within six days to six weeks of their inception. Remember, in 2008 FreedomWorks Foundation paid Dick Armey $550,000 to head the Tea Party even before the Tea Parties had their first gathering in April of 2009! So the entire program was planned. Looks to me like some pre-planning of Tea Party propaganda to infuse the angry grassroots Americans, doesn't it? Here is FreedomWorks 990 for 2008, see page 7.
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Many of the TP groups are simply waving flags and complaining at meetings. They're accomplishing very little inasmuch as they've been infiltrated, and neutralized by change agents from both parties, but especially the Republican Party. A recent article by JBS entitled, "Tea Party, RIP," stated, " Newt Gingrich won the Tea Party Patriots presidential straw poll January 30, with 35 percent of the vote, compared with 31 percent for Rick Santorum (and Mitt Romney, 18 percent; Ron Paul 11 percent)." Pure establishment Republican!
Nevertheless, hard working patriots have seen the inaction of the original Tea Parties and have broken away to form groups that are dynamic and are working in their cities, towns and counties to change the advancement of the Communist Agenda in America. These are the groups worth joining and working with to stop the onslaught. These are the real patriots of America and these are the ones fighting to save the Republic. May God bless their efforts as we repent for allowing the decay of our beloved country and plead for His mercy. For part one click below.
© 2012 Kelleigh Nelson - All Rights Reserved
Kelleigh Nelson has been researching the Christian right and their connections to the left, the new age, and cults since 1975. Formerly an executive producer for three different national radio talk show hosts, she was adept at finding and scheduling a variety of wonderful guests for her radio hosts. She and her husband live in Knoxville, TN, and she has owned her own wholesale commercial bakery since 1990. Prior to moving to Tennessee, Kelleigh was marketing communications and advertising manager for a fortune 100 company in Ohio. Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, she was a Goldwater girl with high school classmate, Hillary Rodham, in Park Ridge, Illinois. Kelleigh is well acquainted with Chicago politics and was working in downtown Chicago during the 1968 Democratic convention riots. Kelleigh is presently the secretary for Rocky Top Freedom Campaign, a strong freedom advocate group.