King George Tea Party
The King George Tea Party is:
The Mission of the King George Tea Party is to:
Preserve and promote the ideals and principles of our nation's founders as expressed in the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of the United States, and the Bill of Rights,
Empower all citizens with a voice and influence in demanding conservative, limited, and Constitutional governance,
Encourage and facilitate citizen participation in the local, state, and national political system,
Participate peacefully, respectfully, and lawfully in the political process,
Effectively impact our community through civil discourse and education,
Influence our local, state, and federal governments through grassroots activism, and
Hold our elected officials accountable to the ideals set before them by the Founding Fathers.
The Values, Principles, and Activities of the King George Tea Party are:
Limited government. Government is the negation of liberty; therefore the federal government should be strictly limited to exercise only those powers authorized to it by the U.S. Constitution and all others being retained in the people. Therefore we advocate for the conduct of an audit of all federal government agencies in order restore a Constitutionally limited government and to reduce federal regulation.
Constitutional fidelity. The U.S. Constitution is at the heart of what we stand for and we demand that our government maintain fidelity to its own governing document without exception at all levels of government. Therefore we advocate for the identification of constitutionality for every existing and proposed law and require each to identify the specific provision of the Constitution that gives Congress the power to do what the law specifies. Any law that is not constitutionally authorized is to be declared void.
Decentralized government. All issues that divide us do not require settlement at the federal level and then forced on every American community. Therefore we advocate for returning political power to the states and the people via the humane alternative of local self-government, as called for in the U.S. Constitution.
Rule of law. Our Founding Fathers established a republic of laws with no elected official above the law. Corruption, if found, must be eliminated in order to ensure legitimacy for those laws and the republic built upon them. Therefore we require that federal laws be upheld and advocate for the impeachment of any government official that neglects this duty.
Fiscal responsibility. Reducing the overall size, scope and reach of federal government will help to eliminate inefficiencies that result in adding to our country’s debt and leads to deficit federal spending. Therefore we advocate for a sustainable government through eliminating deficit spending, limiting overall spending, and implementing budget reform to include a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Debt freedom. The burden of debt is as destructive to freedom as subjugation by conquest. Massive increases in the national debt have created, and continue to create, a huge burden for the next generation of Americans thus imperiling the country’s economic health and prosperity. Therefore we advocate for eliminating the U.S. national debt by implementing fiscally conservative policies at all levels of government.
Minimal taxes. Excessively high taxes are a burden for those exercising their personal liberty to work hard and prosper as afforded by the U.S. Constitution. A fiscally responsible government protects the freedom of its citizens to enjoy the fruits of their own labor without interference from that government to exceed its necessary size, scope and reach into the lives of its citizens. Therefore we advocate for the federal, state, and local governments to reduce income and capital gains tax rates, replace the current tax code with a simple, comprehensible, fair, flat tax, and repeal the death tax.
Free markets. The free market is the most just and humane economic system, the greatest engine of prosperity the world has ever known, and that opportunity and prosperity come through economic and trade freedom. America’s free enterprise system allows businesses to thrive as they compete in the open marketplace and strive toward ever better services and products. Therefore we advocate for allowing free markets to prosper unfettered by government interference.
Economic freedom. The American people, given their guaranteed freedoms, will thrive in a democratic republic, capitalist environment which allows individuals to strive toward ever greater achievements, innovations, and the efficient production of needed and valued goods and services. Therefore we advocate for public policies that encourage a high growth economy and those policies should have no unnecessary barriers to entrepreneurship and opportunity.
Sound economy. Central banking distorts economic decision-making and misleads entrepreneurs into making unsound investments. Devaluation of the American dollar, via such mechanisms as "quantitative easing", only creates inflation which robs every citizen of their savings. Therefore we advocate for a full and complete audit of the Federal Reserve and a tightening of the money supply.
Sovereignty. America should never be subservient to any supranational organization, it is in the nation's best interest to retain a strong national defense, and sovereignty is gained with the integrity of our borders. The federal government should never encroach upon those issues rightfully controlled by the states. The individual has a God-given right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Therefore we advocate for American independence from supranational organizations in which the people possess no elected representatives. We advocate for a strong national defense and secure borders. We advocate for the re-establishment of sovereignty to the individual states in accordance with the 10th Amendment. We advocate for the full recognition of all individual rights enumerated in the Bill of Rights.
Individual liberty. America was created to protect the God-given rights of the individual. Freedom is the exercise of those rights including, but not limited to, economic liberty, civil liberties, religious freedom, privacy rights, the right to property, and all the personal freedoms protected by the Bill of Rights. Therefore we advocate that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among them are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Individual responsibility. All citizens have a right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness but there is no guarantee of equal results. Freedom requires responsibility and we hold our fellow citizens and ourselves to a high standard of character and conduct. Therefore we advocate for the proper role of government in protecting equal rights and opportunities for all individuals but reject efforts of the government to mandate equal outcomes.
The History of the King George TEA Party
---- By Rich Lorey, Founder of the King George Tea Party
In early July 2009, I noticed a (quite small) advertisement in the Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star newspaper about a July 4th Tea Party Rally in Stafford at the Courthouse. Ginny and I attended and signed up to join the John Adams Patriots Tea Party. The early meetings were held in the John Adams Patriots leaders home and had very few attendees –sometimes 4 to 6. As members of this group we carried protest signs in Stafford (about health care) and attended the 9/12 Rally in Washington, DC (there were millions of people from all over the US).
In April 2011 I gave a speech at the Tax Day Rally in Stafford. The speech was entitled, “An Angry American” (still on YouTube I believe). After the Rally I was asked to give the speech at the Culpepper Tea Party Rally on the actual Tax Day. This I did and after my talk we joined the Culpepper Tea Party on the bus to the Rally in Washington DC. At that rally I was approached by some people who had attended the Rally in Stafford and was asked why we didn’t have something like the Tea Party in King George, I thought about it for about 2 seconds and said, “Yeah, why not!”
A few days later, Ginny and I made some flyers and walked around our neighborhood and handed out the flyers and talked with as many of our neighbors as we could. We had our first meeting in our home at which 9 people (7 besides Ginny and I) attended. Shortly thereafter we began meeting at the county library once a month. The group began to grow in numbers and we needed more space. I inquired about using the American Legion Post and we started meeting there (Ginny and I remained members of the John Adams Patriots). When we became large enough and with the sponsorship of the John Adams Patriots Tea Party we joined the Virginia Tea Party Federation – that was in the early Spring of 2012.
The King George Tea Party has been rolling ever since.