This website — va99teaparty.com — previously served the 99th District Tea Party (99DTP) located on Virginia’s Northern Neck. In mid-2016, the 99DTP went out of business, Defunct. Closed their doors. They let their website lapse and in late 2017 the site became available. I grabbed it and now will use this site to proclaim truth — truth that you never heard from the 99DTP.
This domain and website at one time belonged to the 99th District Tea Party. No more. They let it lapse. Still, their signs point people to this site as do the many links on state and national Tea Party sites. I’m now using this old Tea Party domain and website to reveal the hypocrisy, ignorance, bigotry, and nonsense that is the Astroturf Tea Party movement.
Read on for the details.
Tea Parties: NOT a grassroots movement
Charles and David Koch—who, if their individual fortunes were combined in one place, would quite possibly represent the wealthiest person on earth—have almost certainly spent or raised more than a billion dollars to successfully bend one of the two national parties in America to their will. The long rise of the Tea Party movement was carefully orchestrated, well funded, and deliberate. Its aim was to break Washington. And it has nearly succeeded, as America saw in the debt-ceiling debacle of 2011, prompted by the Republican Party’s demand that the president negotiate over deficit reduction in exchange for an increase in the maximum amount of money the US Treasury is allowed to borrow. There are no mistakes or accidents in the Tea Party movement. Its leadership has made certain of that.
The themes of the Tea Party anti-tax, anti-regulation, and antigovernment revolt were developed almost simultaneously by two of the largest tobacco companies — Philip Morris and R.J. Reynolds — under the guise of political and business coalitions to fight excise taxes of all sorts, including cigarette taxes. In successive phases in the 1990s, with the Kochs’ Citizens for a Sound Economy (CSE) as its core mobilization network partner, Philip Morris and RJR helped create state-based anti-tax and anti-regulation propaganda campaigns such as Get Government Off Our Back, Enough is Enough, and Citizens Against Regressive Taxation.
Over the years, the Koch brothers and their various colleagues and protégés have occasionally talked publicly about what would be needed to take over one of the two national political parties from the outside and place Libertarian, free-market principles at its center. It would take:
- an extensive academic network to support it intellectually;
- policy networks in every state to draw on that intellectual underpinning from hundreds of American universities;
- a political alliance that appears to be from the grassroots and that extended to all of those state capitals and worked closely with the academic and policy network;
- a propaganda arm that could bring tightly controlled messaging and narratives to the fore in the state networks in a way that looked like independent journalism;
- and, a national coordinating group that could enforce discipline in what would otherwise be a chaotic, unruly, wildly disconnected political network that ran the gamut from the patriot movement to American exceptionalism.
Their careful strategic planning started to pay off as the Tea Party movement appeared to emerge from nowhere at the start of President Obama’s first term in office. That Tea Party movement looked an awful lot like the efforts the Kochs’ CSE had led in the Clinton and Bush years—just with more money, broad state-based causes, better-trained leaders, and a willingness to integrate and coordinate more efficiently with each other.
According to publicly available IRS records, the five essential pillars of just such a Tea Party movement network were all funded and in place by that spring of 2009—the Sam Adams Alliance to direct grassroots efforts; the Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity to direct propaganda efforts in state capitals across the United States; the State Policy Network to coordinate funding and free-market policies at state-based think tanks; hundreds of grants from the Koch foundations to American universities that were linked in through SPN; and, of course, CSE’s successor, Americans for Prosperity, built to coordinate the effort nationally.
All of them saw their budgets expand significantly as Obama ran for the White House and then took office—months or even a full year before the Tea Party movement erupted into public view. This explains why the Tea Party movement was able to mobilize, spread, and network so rapidly, as if by magic. This also explains how and why the Tea Party was not by any definition a “grassroots movement.” Instead, the Tea Party — including local Tea Party organizations — were carefully, skillfully manipulated “Astroturf” groups, appearing to be grassroots but, in fact, being part of a centrally-controlled network.
Now, as of late 2017, the Tea Party movement and the Koch Brothers have led to the election of Donald Trump, an amazingly unqualified carnival barker, motivated solely by his huge ego, ignorant of history and policy. Most knowledgeable observers look with dread upon 2018 as they see the year likely to be marked by the most dangerous Constitutional crisis since the Civil War, all thanks to the Tea Party and the Koch brothers.
The Local “99th District Tea Party”
The 99th District Tea Party (99DTP) emerged in eastern Virginia in mid-2008. Allegedly a locally-inspired grassroots organization, the 99DTP was nothing but an extension of the national Tea Party Alliance, bought, paid for, and controlled by the Republican Party.
The 99DTP takes its name from Virginia’s House of Delegates 99th District, the bulk of which is located on Virginia’s Northern Neck — a peninsula bounded by the Potomac and Rappahannock rivers (north and south) and the Chesapeake Bay (east). The 99DTP met in the crossroads village of Lively in Lancaster County, VA. From their formation in mid-2008 until their demise in mid-2016, the 99DTP grew in size and reach, then, suddenly faded. Their demise was similar to that of local Tea Parties nationwide — they had lived out their usefulness to the Republican Party and the Koch brothers, thus, they were simply allowed to die.
The 99DTP sailed along from mid-2008 until mid-2016 with well-attended monthly meetings, growing attendance, boisterous meetings and rallies, coordination with other Virginia Tea Parties, all of which they proclaimed to be “grassroots.” They even sponsored a certifiable nutty candidate for the Virginia General Assembly — one Catherine Crabill whose contribution to political discourse was to proclaim on the steps of the Northumberland County (VA) courthouse: “If we don’t win at the ballot box, we should take it to the bullet box!!”
Gradually, however, the craziness took its toll. In late-2015/early-2016, three events came together to end the 99DTP.
- 99DTP President Don Johnson has never been accused of being the sharpest knife in the drawer. Johnson began to frighten people away from the 99DTP with his increasingly unhinged rants aimed at President Obama, Muslims, and anyone who disagreed with him.
- At a local candidates’ forum in Kilmarnock, VA, in October 2013, Johnson — acting as moderator — ignored questions from the audience; berated several audience members; and generally made a mess of things.
- In early 2015, Johnson invited a series of serious nutcases to address the 99DTP. Chief among these was one John Guandolo. Tossed out of the Marine Corps for poor performance, Guandolo was hired by the FBI. He was fired by the FBI because — as he claimed — he had developed information that “radical Muslims” had infiltrated the US government and he was fired to shut him up. IN FACT, Guandolo was fired because he was carrying on a sexual affair with a confidential source; he was trying to extort money from the confidential source; and, was carrying on an extra-marital affair with a female FBI agent. Guandolo entertained the 99DTP meeting by proclaiming that President Obama was a “closet Muslim” and CIA Director John Brennan had “converted to Islam” while visiting Saudi Arabia. 99DTP President Don Johnson fawned over Guandolo while most of the rest of the membership was disgusted with the show. Johnson followed up Guandolo’s appearance with an increasingly nutty series of meetings in which he encouraged members to “prepare” for the coming Muslim invasion, collapse of law and order, or something like that — no one could quite determine what Johnson was raving about.
As a result of the foregoing, by mid-2016 the 99DTP was defunct. This email message confirmed what everyone already knew:
——— Forwarded message ———-
From: Gene Underwood <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, Jun 20, 2016 at 2:22 PM
Subject: FW: Notice of NO 99th District Tea Party June Meeting-
Announcement of Special July Presentation on Refugee Resettlement
To: Gene Underwood <email@example.com>
Mark you calendars for July 13th!
From: The Neira’s [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Sunday, June 19, 2016 4:38 PM
To: Neira Lyn & Art
Cc: Keeler Bob; Paula Nachman; Sherrill Sue; Rainville Marilyn; Don
Mitchell; King Dave; Clingan Sue; Blackstone Joan
Subject: Notice of NO June Meeting- Announcement of Special July Presentation
The 99th District Tea Party will not hold a meeting in June. We hope
all will attend the July event mentioned below that is being sponsored
by the First District Freedom Coalition, newly organized by concerned
patriots in the Middle Peninsula and the Northern Neck, including the
99th District Tea Party.
We are preparing for a special event scheduled for 7:00 P.M.
Wednesday, July 13 at White Stone Church of the Nazarene, located just
off Rt. 200 outside Kilmarnock on the left, ( 57 Whisk Dr. just past
the pottery shop)
Our speaker next month will be Chris Gaubatz who works with John
Guandolo’s Understanding the Threat organization. You must remember a
year ago January, in the packed, standing room only audience, John
spoke with us concerning the threat of Islamic terror at the Ruritan
Club in Lively.
July speaker, Chris Gaubatz is the son of a career Air Force OSI
Special Agent, and grew up in England, Korea, California, and Utah.
Today Chris calls southwestern Virginia home. He worked for several
Fortune 500 companies, conducting fraud investigations and asset
protection, as well as insurance. In 2007, Chris began researching the
threat of jihadi organizations in the United States by infiltrating
and attending conferences of Islamic organizations in the United
States whose goal is a global caliphate that will eradicate all other
religions in the U. S. and institute sharia law.
Today, there is no threat analysis within the myriad of U. S.
national security agencies that even identifies Islam nor jihad. The
reason for this is due to the terrorist organization known as the
Muslim Brotherhood having insulated itself within our government,
military, White House, the national security establishment, education
system, transnational bodies, and even interfaith communities.
Mr. Gaibatz will address the problem of refugee settlements. This
administration is bringing these refugees in with practically no
notice to the localities of their arrival. We understand if areas
notify federal and state officials of their refusal to accommodate
these refugees they have leverage in keeping them out. Citizens,
County and City officials have the opportunity to pass resolutions
that supports legislation that will place an immediate prohibition on
all federal and state government officers and agencies from aiding
Syrian refugees to settle in the U. S. and the Commonwealth of
Virginia for a period of at least two years.
The recent radical jihadist terrorist attacks in San Bernardino and
Orlando forewarn what is to come. While Americans remain apathetic,
refusing to believe “that will never happen here.” refugee settlements
have planned to use this tactic to recolonize America into their own
culture.. Our Virginia Governor is all in favor of accommodating these
“victims from the Middle East.” Is the public aware of how these
“victims” will increase our taxes to provide housing, schooling in
their languages, health care for the diseases they bring, and the
culture that is totally counter to our Constitution, Declaration of
Independence and American law. American citizens will suffer personal
safety consequences and endangerment. We should have a voice and VETO
this insane policy dictated by tyrannical forces of this invasion of
Syrians to our country.
Web references: Understanding the Threat.com
The Virginia Free Citizen Watch
Refugee Resettlement in Virginia
Above attachment – Immigration & Nationality Act
Lyn Neira Vice President
99th District Tea Party
GOD BLESS AMERICA
GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS AND FIRST RESPONDERS
GOD BLESS YOU
VISIT OUR WEBSITE: http://www.va99teaparty.com
Note the 99DTP was still wrapped up with the “radical Muslim” threat. The new organization — The First District Freedom Coalition — was stillborn. Their first meeting that was announced in the above email was cancelled for lack of interest.
And now, as of the end of 2017, the 99th District Tea Party is no more. Some of their ugly yellow signs still dot the highways around Northumberland County, VA. Their Facebook page has not been updated since April 2015. And now, their website is not even their own — I have it!!
The Montross Tea Party
North of the 99DTP area is Westmoreland County, VA, home of the Montross Tea Party which is on life support. As of late 2017, their last meeting was April 2017. Future meetings will be held at the call of the Board of Directors; no one is certain who the Board is.