As most of you are aware, at the end of September, the leadership of Tea Party Patriots (TPP) removed me from my leadership position within the organization. Before this happened and certainly since then, there has been quite a lot of misinformation, assumptions and rumors about what happened, how it happened and why. Many of you may have wondered where my voice has been, why I remained silent, why I didn't defend myself. Although there were many hard days, I believed that in the interest of the movement, any public discussion would be objectionable, unnecessary and a distraction.
So why speak out now? Among other issues, TPP leadership has filed a frivolous lawsuit against me. Taken together along with some other things, I determined that it was time to let my voice be heard. That being said below is a very brief recount of some of the more relevant information.
One of the underlying reasons that we began this movement back in February was due to lack of trust of our government and its leaders. They stopped listening to us. We became a means to an end – their end without our input.
Trusting your colleagues is important and listening to each other is important. Differences of opinion can be worked out, but we need to listen and move forward. Unfortunately, trust was broken and leaders of TPP did not listen.
Despite what you may have heard, I was not removed due to any inaction, omission or inappropriate activity on my part. I was removed for two reasons. Although, I would love to share those reasons with everyone, due to the pending litigation, my legal counsel has advised me not to publicly disclose those reasons in detail at this time.
As many of you know, TPP was originally going to participate with Tea Party Express. For reasons I am not allowed to discuss as indicated above, TPP canceled its involvement with the Tea Party Express at the last minute. However, during a conference call with local organizers who already spent a great deal of time and money preparing for the Tea Party Express, the other members of the leadership team confirmed that I could participate in the Tea Party Express as an individual.
Tea Party Express was a huge success and drove many Americans into the movement. It generated tremendous press coverage across the country. Although a Tea Party Express is a different organization, we play for the same team. Does it matter how people become involved or just that people get involved? Grassroots movements come with all shapes, sizes and colors. We do not agree on everything; we do not agree on which issues are the most pressing; nor do we agree on how to resolve the pressing issues facing our country. However, we can agree that we are better and stronger together, than we are alone. Numbers matters in this fight. We must put our pettiness aside; our differences aside; our egos aside. If we stand together as one, we can win this fight.
Just because a select few do not want to work with another organization should not obligate the entire movement. Let the people decide for themselves. After all, this is exactly the mentality that we are fighting in Washington.
Our country is on a fast track to socialism. Right now, we have been blessed to have this organic movement emerge from the heavens to protect our great nation and our founding documents.
Neither one person nor any one organization will be able to win this battle alone. We need an entire grassroots army to make a difference! Instead of wasting precious time and energy destroying (or attempting to destroy) other organizations and instead of destroying people within our movement, lets focus our energy on fighting government takeover of health care and the outrageous Cap & Trade taxes that could be passed in the near future.
Each of us knows that the grassroots movement is bigger than one organization. Of course, this grassroots movement will continue to grow and move forward whether or not TPP exists or whether or not other organizations exist. However, TPP cannot go on without the people of this movement. We all need to stand shoulder to shoulder within this movement to protect the movement and what we stand for as American Patriots.
It truly saddens me that TPP leadership is expending an enormous amount of time and resources to pursue a frivolous lawsuit against me when this could have been resolved amicably, which I tried to do. Personally, I believe that the people of this movement would not want any time and money focused on a frivolous lawsuit, but would rather have these resources focused on fighting the socialist agenda of the current administration.
In the end, the reasons for my “removal” from any “leadership position” and this frivolous lawsuit cannot change the fact that I am still a Tea Party Patriot just as all of you. I have not been removed from this movement and pledge to always support each of you and your local organization. I am blessed and honored to be working with great Patriots across this country.
I thank you for all of your support and kind words. Together, we will continue to make a difference.