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At 6:49am on May 18, 2013, Andrea Van Meer said…

We need YOU to join your Florida Tea Party group! Please click on the link below and look for the tab at the top of the group page that says, 'Join Group' Click on it to join, and please get involved!

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At 7:55am on June 24, 2012, Donna Rogers, Florida State Dir said…

Hi,

If you haven't already done so, you still need to join the Florida group to receive all the action updates I send out.  Here is what you need to do please.  Let me know when you have done this.  Thanks.

Understanding the mechanics of how the groups work is the first hurdle in getting folks active. The next hurdle is in getting all the members we have onsite ONTO their state group. The Florida group has 226 members on it, but there are 58 pages of Florida members onsite. That's 21 members per page, or well over 1,000 members.

Action Item #1

Sign up under the Florida Group at http://teapartyorg.ning.com/group/florida/, otherwise you will not receive the various action items we need you to respond to affecting and infecting the citizens of this great state. Then you need to click on the link provided on this page.

We need YOU to join your Florida Tea Party group! Please click on the link below and look for the tab at the top of the group page that says, 'Join Group' Click on it to join, and please get involved!

Join the Florida Tea Party, CLICK HERE NOW!

Also, please send me your email address to donnarogers777@yahoo.com. Why? The ning platform the TeaParty Command Center has does not allow me to quickly send to your inbox action items needing immediate response. You have my word I will not use your email address for any other reason. I will need the following information please.

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Respectfully,

Donna Rogers

Florida Director TeaParty Command Center

At 11:33am on February 21, 2012, Donna Rogers, Florida State Dir said…

The only way we are going to save our Republic is to take back the power and authority the federal government was never intended to have in the first place and restore it back to the states. Therefore, please take the time to register under the Florida group so you can get timely action alerts impacting our state. To do this  you go to the main tool bar and put your cursor under the groups title and you should see a link to the state groups appear.  Click on the state group link and register under the Florida group please. If you need help please contact Josh Conway at conway072002@yahoo.com. Thank you we need your help for the state of Florida desperately at this time.

 
 
 

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Political Cartoons by Steve Kelley

Political Cartoons by Jerry Holbert

ALERT ALERT

OMG!! -> Government Now Wants To Seize Your Car For Going 5MPH Over The Limit

We’ve discussed this on and off for several years now. Civil asset forfeiture is a legal process that allows the government to seize assets and cash from citizens without any due process or judicial oversight.

You don’t even have to be charged with a crime. You are assumed guilty unless you can somehow prove your innocence.

Of course, not everyone has this ability… if you aren’t local, state, or federal law enforcement, this is called stealing, and you go to prison.

But the government is actually a bigger problem than common thieves.

A 2015 report showed that law enforcement used civil asset forfeiture to steal more from US residents than every thief, robber, and burglar in America combined.

About $4.5 BILLION worth of cash, cars, homes, and other property is taken by civil asset forfeiture each year – hundreds of millions more than common criminals steal.

And it happens at every level. Your local cop can use civil asset forfeiture just like your state trooper. And then any one of the armed agents of the US government—from the FBI to the Fish and Wildlife Service—can rob you for whatever reason they want.

This travesty continues to grow because the cops who take your stuff get to keep it. Police departments and government agencies around the country depend on civil asset forfeiture to boost their budgets.

Cops will literally keep some of the cars they take as squad cars. And they make a fortune auctioning off the houses, boats, and anything else they confiscate.

Obviously this gives cops an incentive to steal, whether or not they actually think the property was used in a crime, or acquired illegally. Remember, civil asset forfeiture adds billions every year to their bottom line.

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court heard arguments in a case of civil asset forfeiture.

Tyson Timbs was convicted of selling a small amount of drugs to an undercover police officer. He was sentenced to house arrest, and paid about $1,200 in fines.

But then police used civil asset forfeiture to take his $42,000 Land Rover which Timbs purchased with money from a life insurance policy after his father died. The money did not come from selling drugs, or any other illegal activity.

Timbs sued, and the case made its way to the Supreme Court, because every lower court in Indiana said the forfeiture was perfectly legit.

The case revolves around whether or not the seizure of the Land Rover was an excessive fine under the 8th amendment, and whether or not this protection against excessive fines applies to state governments.

And the public got some crazy insight into the government’s position.

The Indiana Solicitor General was arguing in favor of civil asset forfeiture when Justice Stephen Breyer asked him a hypothetical.

Breyer asked, if a state needs revenue, could it force someone to forfeit their Bugatti, Mercedes, or Ferrari for speeding? Even if they were going just 5 miles per hour over the speed limit?

And the utterly appalling answer from the Indiana Solicitor General was, yes.

That’s right… the official government position is that they can steal any amount of your property in “connection” with any crime whatsoever, no matter how trivial the crime may be… even exceeding the speed limit by 5 miles per hour.

This is how overbearing and authoritarian the government has become in the land of the free.

This is how much power your local cop has… and the power only grows as you go to state, and federal officials.

If there is any solace in any of this, it is that the other Supreme Court Justices were reportedly laughing at this exchange.

The justices seemed incredulous that Indiana’s top lawyer was using such absurd assertions and flimsy reasoning in his arguments.

So, for now, we can keep our cars if we get pulled over for speeding. But that may not always be the case…

Depending on how this is ruled, it could pave the way for even more egregious abuses of power… or it could curb the practice, and reign in these thieves in uniforms.

Just understand where the government is coming from. These politicians, bureaucrats and officers think they can do whatever they want. Absolutely anything goes, with no limitation whatsoever.

And that makes it a little tough to feel like you really live in the land of the free.

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