Our Next Meeting will be June 24th
Want to learn the inside story about the IRS’s targeting of conservative groups? Then join
us on Monday, June 24th in the School House (Building G) at the Ward Ag Center at 7:00 PM,
when our guest speaker will be Ben Cunningham, Founder and President of the
Nashville Tea Party. On May 21st, Ben organized
and gave a rousing speech at a rally to protest the IRS’ shameful actions. The protest
took place in front of the Federal Building in downtown Nashville.
Ben has been an activist in Tennessee for more than a decade. He has spoken to dozens
of tea party events across Tennessee and the United States, and he is fed up with what
the IRS has been doing to American citizens. Come join us at the Ward Ag center on
June 24th for Ben’s important call to action. It promises to get you fired up for freedom!
Lessons on Liberty
Menda Holmes, Chairman
We're living in critical times. Our Founders enacted a Constitution that limits government because
they feared what is taking place right now, might happen. Regardless of what the secular humanists
argue, our government was founded on strong Judeo-Christian values and principles. The Bible warns
us that apart from God, man is capable of serious evil. Jeremiah 17: 9-10 states:
The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure.
Who can understand it?
“I the LORD search the heart and examine the mind,
to reward each person according to their conduct,
according to what their deeds deserve” (NIV).
Men cannot be trusted to do the right thing for our nation. That's why the Framers set up a government
with a system of checks and balances.
Now we have an administration using government to intimidate political opponents and issue executive
orders to oppose what has already been enacted into law by the legislature. Taking the work
requirement out of welfare entitlements is just one example of this. Other abuses include the
order that granted legal status to illegal aliens who had been brought to the country as children.
As most of you know, Obama's IRS has unfairly targeted conservative groups seeking tax exempt status.
This intimidation has taken the form of long delays, auditing applicants and their donors along with
scary visits from the ATF and FBI. The IRS abuses of power are so overwhelming that people are
stunned to see what is happening in America. Groups with Tea Party ot Patriot in their names were
singled out. True the Vote, an organization that promoted election integrity, was also harrassed.
All this was done in the days leading up to the 2012 election in order to suppress the fund raising
by political opponents. The IRS demanded donor lists and donors were audited. The
Graham Evangelical Associates and the
League were also targeted.
And nearly 2 years ago, Gibson Guitar
was accused of using illegal wood and subsequently raided by federal agents. This same wood was also u
sed by Gibson's competitors. The difference was that one of the competitor's CEO made large
contributions to the Democratic National Committee and Democrat candidates while Gibson's CEO
contributed to Republican candidates.
Fox News and the Associated Press were targets of President Obama's Justice Department. The DOJ
seized telephone and email records of reporters
considered threats. And on top of all this, the Federal Government and other organizations are
attempting to hijack the content of our children's education through
Common Core Standards. These standards drive
assessments and the assessments drive curriculum. WCTP will have a special meeting on Common Core
in September. More details will be forthcoming.
Now is the time to take a stand for what's right, before it's too late. The 2014 elections will be
critical and you can bet the Left will be making a full court press for control of Congress. We
CAN’T let that happen. "We the People" must support truly conservative candidates and we must
hold them accountable once they get to office. Too often even our tea party candidates have
dropped the ball once they sniffed the Washington air. We must step up to the plate!
Our Founders put their "lives, fortunes and sacred honor" on the line to secure our liberty.
The least we can do is get involved in the battle to change our culture. We must take back our
government and we must be willing to use our resources to support our values. We often preach
to the choir. Territory will be gained when we learn to engage others who might not agree with
everything we think and believe. Liberty finds its opportunity when we encounter people who
don't know the facts but are willing to learn. We must be ready to engage them.
Proverbs 4: 5-6 says:
Get wisdom, get understanding;
do not forget my words or turn away from them.
Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you;
love her, and she will watch over you (NIV).
So let's learn all we can, study history and most of all read and meditate on God's Word.
We must do our best and trust God for the rest.
The Wilson County Fair
WCTP will be hosting a booth in the Turner Evans building at the Wilson County Fair which runs
from August 16 through the 24th. This will be a great opportunity to meet like minded conservatives
and talk about issues that are important to all of us.
Our booth's theme will focus on educating citizens about how they can play a more effective role
in local, state and federal government. We also plan to provide information about key issues as
Common Core Cirriculum, Obamacare, immigraton reform and others to keep folks informed. To top it
off, there will be a drawing for something special that most anyone would really enjoy.
In order to reach out to the greatest number of people, we will need help to man the booth.
If you can donate an afternoon or evening or two of your time during the fair, it would be
greatly appreciated. We will pass around a sign-up sheet at our meeting on June 24th. If you
can't make the meeting, please let us know by email if you can help out.
Future Direction for the Tea Party
Howard Holmes, Media Editor
Since IRS has been exposed as targeting conservative groups with extended delays in processing
non-profit applications and bombarded applicants with a plethora of minutiae questions, the Tea
Party and other Pro-Liberty groups are re-energizing out of anger and disgust in response to such
behavior. Even the main stream media felt a twinge of discomfort when 200+ Associated Press phone
records were pulled and audited by the Justice Department. Bengazi, harrassment of Fox News
reporters, and inconsistancies wrt conservative groups within the EPA and Agricultural Department
all add to the menagerie of scandals that are unravelling within our Federal government.
Tea Party patriots are by nature an independent, self-motivated lot. We see what is going and
the direction our country is taking with the current administration. We don't like it and want
to do something about it. But, what exactly do we need to do to be effective in initiating the
change we feel is so necessary?
In a representative republic, numbers count. A large group with a clear consistent message can
place much more influence on legislative decisions than a bunch of small groups all presenting
their own, unique points of view. I liken it to everyone standing around a pond tossing in their
own pebbles. They only create small ripples that tend to dissapate and get lost in the fray when
confronted with the ripples of others.
To be effective, we all need to line up on one side of the pond and launch a few big rocks in unison
to really make waves. The challenge is to find an equitable way to get everyone on one side of the
pond and decide upon which big rocks need to be thrown.
An effort is underway to do just this. Tea Party, 9-12, Liberty Alliance and other pro-conservative
groups are organizing into coalitions by congressional districts. District 8, which serves the
northwest portion of Tennessee already has a coalition in place. District 6, in which Wilson County
resides, held its first meeting on May 11th to start organizing.
The group reviewed District 8's bylaws as a template from which we could construct our own set.
Discussion ensued as each group's representative shared thoughts on how issues are selected and
what percentage of groups are needed to establish a firm position within the coalition on a
particular issue. District 8 requires 100 percent of all groups based on a majority vote within
each group. This approach supports firm solidarity of all groups within the coalition but may
be difficult to achieve across a diverse landscape of organizations. This approach may or may
not be right for District 6.
It wasn't long before we realized that, as representatives, we need to discuss the coalition effort
and issues surrounding it with each of our groups before proceeding. To this end, we will make a
short presentation about plans for forming a District 6 Coalition and provide those in attendance
with materials they can review and comment on at our next meeting on June 24th.
In the month following the next District 6 Coalition meeting will be on Saturday, July 20 in the
Schoolhouse (Building G) at the Ward Ag Center at 9:00 AM. Plans are to reach out to as many
conservative groups as possible within the 6th District and invite them to participate.
The more groups that participate, the louder our and more effective our conservative voice will
be heard in the 6th District.
Encourage others to sign up for the WCTP Newsletter.