Common Goal…  Different Functions

The Tea Party Movement and Project Appleseed have the same goal in mind… Liberty. Perhaps the differences in the organizations can be explained with the significant dates that defined them. The Tea Party’s significant date is December 16, 1773. That is the date of the Boston Tea Party, a protest designed to get the attention of the politicians in England. It was a momentous protest. In today’s dollars, $1.7 million of the King’s tea was destroyed. The “Sons of Liberty” were attempting to show the King how important their grievances were. Instead of addressing the grievances, the King sent an army to occupy Boston. On April 19, 1775, the occupying English Army attempted to disarm the colonists by seizing their powder and shot that was being stored in Lexington and Concord. During the course of the day the War for Independence began. Skilled marksman drove the English back to Boston. The King’s troops suffered substantial losses. The politicians didn’t react for over a year. On the July 4, 1776, they finally responded with the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

So we have the Tea Party as a protest organization and we have Project Appleseed as a preparation organization. Where on the road to maintaining Liberty Americans are, remains to be seen.

It was at the suggestion of Janet and Bruce Smith, pictured right, that I attend one of their marksmanship events. The Smiths have been a friend to the St. Augustine Tea Party having been featured speakers, participating in Town Crier and most recently Independence Day at the Castillo de San Marcos.

The Appleseed event in St. Augustine consisted of two 8 hour days.  For a man 80 years old, transitioning from standing to positions on the ground is difficult; difficult getting down even harder getting up. So when Janet Smith asked if I had fun? My reply had to be no. It was hard work. But it was necessary work. And in work there is satisfaction. The history of 1775 shows that, men my age participated in the struggle for Liberty.

If it comes to surrendering my Liberty, I cannot submit. So in the Project Appleseed manner, it is my responsibility to prepare. I have room for a firing range in the Appleseed style at Camp Liberty. It looks like an additional construction project is in the making.


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The Tea Party movement that began in 2009 was never a political party. The movement was a response to UN globalism and Federal tyranny. In 2009 the Democratic Party controlled all three branches of the Federal government. The Tea Party’s role in the struggle against the Communist Left’s collective tyranny was to awaken the American people.  The core principles of the Tea Party are expressed in a limited small central government as described within our founding documents. Government schools, over several generations, have eliminated the Constitution from its curriculum.

The Tea Party movement’s educational efforts interfered and disrupted the timeline of the Communist Left. The legacy of the Tea Party’s has been the “Freedom Caucus” a couple senators and Donald J Trump. The price the Tea Party movement has paid is banishment by the leadership of both political parties. The media outlets supporting the establishment have tried to drown the Tea Party out of existence.

The Tea Party Movement Lives

Today, the St. Augustine Tea Party’s presence at the festive Independence Day celebration, in the historic district, demonstrated that their movement is still viable and important in the minds of the people. For approximately 12 hours, there was a constant stream of people passing the boat and the Tea Party tent. This culminated in the Dartmouth being completely surrounded by night fall. Throughout the day, young people, accompanied by their parents, would stop to hear the stories about days leading up to the actual revolution and the Declaration of Independence. Many were fascinated by the heroic stories which they had never heard before. Janet and Bruce Smith, dressed in authentic 18th century costumes, captivated the people. The public seems to be starved for the truth of American history and the Tea Parties are the vehicle for that truth. The Smiths are pictured left.


The St. Augustine Tea Party (SATP) has a long history of supporting America’s veterans. Tea Party member, Barbara Patterson, was dressed in her Vietnam era nurses uniform to demonstrate her support for the vets. Throughout the day, nurses identified with her. She is pictured center in the photograph to the right. On the left is retired nurse and SATP Events Chairman, Yvonne Heikkinen and on the right a Tea Party enthusiast and nurse from California.

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Tea party volunteers revealed that the public, repeatedly throughout the day, demonstrated their appreciation for what the Tea Party was doing. The Tea Party values are their values, too. The culture that the Tea Party reveres is their American culture. The Tea Party has the respect of the American people because they have never be betrayed them. The upside-down-inside-out trash, that the Communist Left holds dear, is recited as  "fake news" on most mass media outlets. It is the media that relentlessly enrages the forgotten middle class that made America great.

“The left, seeing the value of the Tea Party, has tried to simulate fake Tea Parties. But those will not work in the public arena because they have no values, only deception and lies. The struggle is coming to a head,” Lance Thate, SATP Chairman said.

The Tea Party had anticipated greater resistance to their Independence Day event. This was based on increased anxiety on the left because of the progressive agenda being taken apart by President Trump. Perhaps law enforcement at the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument also anticipated trouble as well.

 This year, security was enhanced by the presence of this observation platform maintained by the St. Augustine Police Department. This tower was adjacent to the Dartmouth.

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No Resistance Experienced

To the surprise of the Tea Party volunteers, there was not one occurrence of resistance during the entire 12 hours. This is true, in spite of the fact that politically incorrect signs were displayed in the Tea Party area. “I believe this is a first. We have had opposition in the past, here and there. But to have no confrontation over a 12 hour period has never happened before,” a Tea Party volunteer explained.


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You Know you’re Loved When…     

You know your loved when you have a house party and your guests stay after it’s over to help you clean up. According to the Tea Party volunteers, that is exactly what happened at the Castillo de San Marcos on July 4, 2017. Several members of the public, so eager to be a part of the Tea Party movement, volunteered to help make the Dartmouth ready for transport.

Does the Tea Party movement live?  Answer with great vigor.

[You will notice that in this article the word Independence Day has been used exclusively to define the celebration. During most of my lifetime, correction, all of my lifetime, we celebrated the 4th of July. This Fourth of July the public consistently wished us a happy Independence Day. They were celebrating Independence Day. They were not celebrating the Fourth of July. I have no explanation for why the change. Except, when you think about it, it really is significant. If you think not, then consider whether it would be appropriate to celebrate the 25th of December, as opposed to celebrating Christmas. What is the significance of this change? I don’t know. Perhaps in these troubled times, the public is looking for a deeper meaning. The Editor]

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 July 4, 2017

Independence Day

The St. Augustine Tea Party’s Dartmouth sailed into the Castillo de San Marco National Monument in St. Augustine, Florida to celebrate Independence Day. This is the fourth consecutive year that the Tea Party has chosen to engage the public at St. Augustine’s famous Spanish Fort.

On board were Tea Party members, the Tea Party’s Town Criers and reenactors. The Town Criers have been making regular appearances in the historic district of St. Augustine for the past six years. On a normal outing, the Town Criers are seen by about 8000 people representing every state in the union. But Independence Day is a much grander event. Upwards to 60,000 people show up to watch the “Fireworks over Matanzas”. On Independence Day the Tea Party deploys its Dartmouth. The Dartmouth was one of three ships from which tea was thrown into Boston Harbor on December 16, 1773. The Tea Party’s replica of the Dartmouth was located in a prime viewing area and people in the historic district would have had a hard time missing the impressive 36 foot float.


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Dartmouth at Fort for 12 hours

The Dartmouth was on display for about 12 hours. The mission of those on board was to inform the public, on a one to one basis, about the historical events from 1773 to the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. Free NPS Picture                                                                     Constitutions were distributed to the public.

The Dartmouth arrived at 7 AM.  After an extensive set up Tea Party members took a break before the public arrived. See picture below.

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July 10, 2017

Project Appleseed in St. Augustine
A Tea Party Prospective
By Lance Thate
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For those of you who are not familiar with Project Appleseed, I will let them describe themselves,

“Project Appleseed™ isn’t a gun club or a militia, nor is it a historical society. Instead, we are a non-partisan group of men and women (known as the Revolutionary War Veterans Association) who are committed to upholding the values and principles of America’s founding fathers. We use rifle marksmanship instruction as a gateway to help bring our nation’s history to life and to show that many of the values that our forefathers relied on to win our independence are still very much in demand today.”

This past weekend,   Appleseed volunteers conducted one of their events at the Salt Waters Shooting Club located at 900 Big Oak Rd.  St. Augustine, Florida.  I must say, it was an honor to be a participant in this Appleseed event. Their techniques had the flavor of basic military training in the sense that safety and discipline were at the forefront of their marksmanship instruction. Participants fired their weapons in standing, sitting, and prone positions. Emphasis was on using the rifle strap to stabilize the weapon. The targets were set at 82 feet and the images on the targets were scaled to represent 100, 200, 300, and 400 yards. To be proficient in this exercise, it requires discipline and concentration. Mixed in, was the reverence attached to the historical events that took place on April 19, 1775. The storytelling captivated the young people who dominated the event in terms of numbers. The history of April 19, 1775 is a history of freedom loving people, young and old, male and female, black and white taking up arms to defend their Liberties. Many of today’s young people have never heard the stories before. This is because the Communists among us dominate education. The history of Liberty conflicts with their collectivist agenda.

The young people attending and some were children, will now have an understanding of what America’s true culture is.  And, they will develop marksmanship skills to defend it.

There is a revolution going on. Come join the Resistance.

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July 11, 2017

St. Augustine Tea Party Holds its Annual Meeting

Election of Officers Main Order of Business

On July 11, 2017, the St. Augustine Tea Party Inc. (SATP) conducted its annual meeting at the Village Inn in St. Augustine, Florida. According to the organization’s bylaws, the annual meeting is the only required meeting of the year. The main order of business was the election of officers. The following persons were nominated:

There being no other nominations, the members proceeded to elect these individuals as their officers for the coming year unanimously. According to the bylaws of the SATP these officers also serve as the statutory Board of Directors of the Corporation.

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July 22, 2017

One Man Stands Alone in DC

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Not since the 1950s, have America’s domestic enemies been so intensely united in the destruction of one individual. During the 1930s and 40s, Communists fled Nazi Germany and occupied Europe. President Roosevelt employed some of them in the intelligence services during the war. They knew the Nazis’ very well. At the conclusion of hostilities, instead of removing them from government service, they were transferred into the State Department. That was the beginning of the subversive “Deep State”.

 The Junior Senator from Wisconsin, Joseph McCarthy, began sounding the alarm. The political establishment, at the time, responded exactly the same way that they are responding today. It was okay to be an anti-Communist if you’re not too loud about it; but you certainly do not identify individuals. Senator McCarthy didn’t play by the establishment rules. He pointed out Communist infiltration in the State Department, in the Army and identified Communists in Hollywood. The media and both political parties set out to destroy him. To this day, the term “McCarthyism” is applied to anyone who provides an effective opposition to the Communists. History has proven McCarthy’s findings to have been correct. Much in the same way Trump ends up on the right side of the issues today.                                                                                                                                      

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The Media no Longer Credible
With only three networks, no Internet, no talk radio and a public willing to believe journalists in the 50s, the establishment completely destroyed Joe McCarthy. He died at a young age from a heart attack brought on by excessive drinking.

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So the question is, will the media and the establishment political parties be able to destroy Donald Trump? The “Deep State” is clearly more entrenched and the federal government is massive compared to the 1950s. The attack on President Trump is therefore far more massive than was the attack on McCarthy. Today’s media blitz also exceeds the efforts of the 1950s. In addition, we have staged violent street activity that was nonexistent in 1950.

“We believe that the diverse media outlets that exist today, will work to aid President Trump. Our experience with the public clearly shows that the public does not trust the establishment media outlets. They have little interest in this ongoing Russian investigation. The President needs to be particularly wary of the GOP’s elusive support or lack of support. Donald Trump was elected President in spite of the Republican Party. The conservative movement is separate and apart from the GOP leadership. The President would do well to remember that his leadership of the movement will result in a victory for our people, our country and for the President himself. President Trump will never have support from establishment Republican leadership. They simply do not have Trump’s values, they are globalists. He would do well to distance himself from them and rely on the masses that support him,” Lance Thate, Chairman of the St. Augustine Tea Party told TCCR reporters.

Donald Trump stands alone in Washington, but he has his back covered by the populist movement that supports and elected him.

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July 18, 2017

It’s a Gunfight at the RINO Corral

The GOP’s ACA Repeal Show Down

Today, Mitch McConnell, Senate majority leader, announced that the repeal and replacement of Obamacare failed to obtain the necessary votes for passage. As an alternative, the majority leader suggested a vote on the repeal of Obamacare with the idea of working on replacement at a later date.

On the surface, this would appear to be a victory for fiscal conservatives. Why would Mitch McConnell, a prominent member of the Washington establishment, make such a proposal? The answer is that repeal of Obamacare will fail. Already, several “Republican in Name Only” (RINO) have indicated they would reject an outright repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Fiscal conservatives can only hope that an up-and-down repeal vote occurs. It is not likely to pass, but it would reveal the true nature of the Republican Party.

It seems clear, however, that the majority leader is safe in calling for the vote because he knows it will not pass and rather than expose his fellow senators, in the end, it will never come to an actual vote.

Today, President Trump expressed disappointment with the failure of the Republican’s plan to come to a vote. Today the President dodged a RINO healthcare bullet. Troubling to the fiscal conservatives is the fact that he appears not to realize that Republican bullets are as deadly as a Democrat bullets.

 “We the People can only hope that McConnell holds true to his call for a vote on the repeal of Obamacare. It would be like the shootout at the Ok Corral. Some will fall and some will be standing. The battle lines will be defined, and perhaps the President would come to understand that his power does not reside in the political parties, but in the people,” Tea Party leaders explained.

During the elections, all Republicans pledged to repeal Obamacare. Let’s see who will honor their pledge and who will dishonor themselves. The swamp is very deep

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