San Angelo Tea Party, Inc.
West Texans for Constitutionally-Limited Government
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on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month at the West Texas Training Center (Howard College),
3501 N. US Highway 67, San Angelo 76905
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The GOP’s New Reality
By Michael Gerson, , 11/4/13
Following the recent tea party Tet Offensive — tactically disastrous but symbolically important — the Republican establishment has commenced counterinsurgency operations. Sens. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Lamar Alexander of Tennessee — both facing primary challenges from the right — are responding more forcefully to their populist opponents. The National Republican Senatorial Committee has cut ties with a Republican advertising firm employed by tea party challengers. “We’re not going to do business,” says a spokesman, “with people who profit off of attacking Republicans. Purity for profit is a disease that threatens the Republican Party."
(Excerpt: Read more at )
The GOP Declares War On [Tea Party] Conservatives
By: Streiff, , 11/5/13
Since this summer a low level civil war has been simmering within the GOP between conservatives who have grown tired of the lack of desire on the part of the Establishment to resist the radical statism that has epitomized the regime of Barack Obama and the Establishment that seems more than happy to go along with Obama so long as they are kept in champagne and caviar.
To anyone remaining that thinks a reasonable accommodation may be made with the GOP Establishment, today’s op-ed by Michael Gerson () should serve as a wake up call. In fact, it is apparent from Gerson’s op-ed that the Establishment views conservatives, not the Democrats, as the existential threat to their place at the trough.
(Excerpts: Read more at )
The Tea Party, the GOP and a Sustainable Government
Letter to the Editor, , 10/21/13
By Daniel Wiseman, Passaic, N.J.
William A. Galston hits the nail on the head in describing the tea party ( Politics & Ideas, Oct. 16).
We tea partiers are conservatives first and Republicans second. We see ourselves saving the country from statism, ObamaCare and the entitlement mentality. We don't like Chris Christie, John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Karl Rove and all the other "Republicans in name only." We prefer our enemies real like Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, rather than wolves in sheep's clothing.
We worked our tails off to get George W. Bush elected president, only to get massive new government spending, including the Medicare prescription drug entitlement and the No Child Left Behind "education reform." We want our party to be a right-of-center party, and we want to defeat the liberals and the statists and not "work with them." Call us angry but don't call us racists. We don't care what your skin color is—if you love this country and its traditional values of limited government, individual responsibility and free markets, we want you in our party, whether it is called the Republican Party or eventually something else.
(Excerpt, Read more at )
CITIZENS FOR SELF-GOVERNANCE ANNOUNCES ADDITION OF
SAN ANGELO TEA PARTY TO CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT vs. IRS
Filed on behalf of Tea Party, religious and other liberty groups victimized by IRS
August 5, 2013 CONTACT: Anna Bartosh
Lyleann McClellan Thee said that when the San Angelo Tea Party received the intrusive IRS questionnaire in 2010, the board of directors withdrew the application for tax-exempt status rather than provide the requested information. However, having our government ask for such information raised many questions. How big of an IRS target were our board members? How closely was the IRS monitoring our group’s activities? What would be the consequences for even an innocent misstep? These concerns impacted the activities our group chose to initiate or sponsor. Now it is evident ours was not an isolated or rare incident but was one of countless cases of even more extreme IRS intrusion and abuse. The San Angelo Tea Party sees this class action lawsuit as an opportunity to hold the IRS, both the agency and the appropriate individuals, accountable for their misdeeds. Such use of power to intimidate selected political views is strictly forbidden by our Constitution and goes against everything we as Americans believe. We hope and trust the end result will be that this type of abuse, and for that matter any abuse by the IRS is never allowed to occur again.
In response to the litigation, the IRS has recently filed a motion with the court to dismiss the suit. Commenting on the government’s actions, Mark Meckler, President of Citizens for Self-Governance, issued the following statement:
“In the last several days, we’ve heard that the President considers the IRS targeting of law-abiding citizens to be a ‘phony scandal,’ demonstrating his disdain for the American people and the Constitution. Meanwhile, government lawyers are moving to dismiss litigation intended to give affected citizens their day in court. This is indicative of the heavy hand of a federal government operating with a dangerous disdain for the American citizen. This cannot stand, and we will not rest until the many groups affected by the IRS abuses have their day in court.”
For more information, including a copy of the Amended Complaint please visit
Citizens for Self-Governance
Under Obama, Iran keeps its nuclear program and Americans lose their health insurance.
The San Angelo Tea Party has been a victim of the “obviously deliberate and targeted abuse, harassment and attempted suppression”1 by the IRS along with other conservative, pro-life, pro-2nd Amendment, pro-Israel and Christian groups that are opposed to the Obama agenda.
The IRS has violated Free Speech Rights (1st Amendment), Equal Protection Rights (14th Amendment) and Privacy Rights (4th Amendment) in response to applications by these groups for classification as non-profit tax exempt organizations under section 501(c)(4) of the IRS code.
Our application was submitted to the IRS in March of 2010 along with the $400 fee. We received a letter in response from the IRS dated January 12, 2012 asking for more information before they could “complete consideration” of our application. Click here to read the burdensome, aggressive and invasive IRS letter. Please note the following:
1. We were only given about two weeks after receipt of the letter to provide a response or the IRS “will close your case.” And if the information is received after the due date, “we may ask you to send us a new application.” This is after the IRS taking about 21 months to respond to our application.
2. Note that all the information provided will be made available for public inspection (including the personal information demanded.)
The San Angelo Tea Party was indirectly denied tax-exempt status, even though qualified, by the IRS requiring information so onerous, laborious and invasive that it was difficult to impossible to provide. The tea party did not continue to pursue the application for these reasons.
Obama's Health Rationer-in-Chief
By Betsy McCaughey, The Wall Street Journal, updated 8/27/13
Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, health adviser to President Barack Obama, is under scrutiny. As a bioethicist, he has written extensively about who should get medical care, who should decide, and whose life is worth saving. Dr. Emanuel is part of a school of thought that redefines a physician’s duty, insisting that it includes working for the greater good of society instead of focusing only on a patient’s needs. Many physicians find that view dangerous, and most Americans are likely to agree.
(Excerpt: Read more at The Wall Street Journal)
Study finds IRS suppression of Tea Party swung 2012 election
By Sean Higgins, The Washington Examiner, 10/3/13
A new study by the American Enterprise Institute -- " Evidence From The Tea Party Movement" -- finds that the movement boosted Republican turnout by three to six million votes in the 2010 election. This effect was blunted in the 2012 election, though, because growth in the movement stalled.
"The data show that, had the Tea Party groups continued to grow at the pace seen in 2009 and 2010, and had their effect on the 2012 vote been similar to that seen in 2010, they would have brought the Republican Party as many as 5 to 8.5 million votes compared to Obama's victory margin of 5 million."
Given those numbers, it is reasonable to be suspicious of the IRS targeting, Veuger said.
(Excerpts. Read more at The Washington Examiner)
State Rep. Drew Darby and State Sen. Robert Duncan were both given the grade of F in the for the 2013 Legislative Session.
This Index was prepared by .
Rep. Darby received a score of 35.7 out of 100. He ranked number 85 out of 94 Republican representatives. for key votes plus some articles on Darby.
Sen. Duncan had the lowest score of any Republican senator at 48.8 out of 100. He ranked last out of the 19 Republicans in the Senate. He even ranked below some Democrats. for key votes plus some articles on Duncan.