SATP at World Golf overpass
Tea Party supports the trucker’s
“Ride for the Constitution”
On October 11,2013 the Saint Augustine Tea Party engaged the motoring public on Interstate 95. The Tea Party members took a position on the overpass at the World Golf Village, which is located in the northern part of St. Johns County, Florida. From the moment the first Gadsden flag unfurled the horn-honking began. The Tea Party was out to support the trucker’s “Ride for the Constitution” program. The interstate has three lanes north and three lanes south. The overpass also has three lanes in each direction, east and west. According to the tea party members, approximately 20,000 vehicles passed by during the 2 ½ hour outing. This estimate was based on sample counts during the course of their activities. They report that the local traffic on the overpass and interstate traffic were equally supportive. It appeared to this reporter that about two thirds of the passing traffic responded with arms waving, thumbs up, flashing lights, and of course, almost continuous honking of horns. “We did have some opposition if you consider the two thumbs down and three middle finger gestures. Comparing the positive responses to the negative, the score appears to be 13,200 to 5. “Makes you wonder about national polls,” a tea party member said. “It seemed that the great majority of school buses passing also showed their approval by blowing their horns. It makes one wonder, if the bus drivers get it, it seems odd that those in the classrooms don’t,” another Tea Party member questioned.
The Gadsden flag was the attention getter
Signage that was used for the demonstration was borrowed from the Town Criers, a committee of the St. Augustine Tea Party. [See “A look at Town Crier’s history” in this publication August 24, 2013 Ed] The lettering on the signs are usually used with the public being at a much closer distance, so it is unlikely that the passing traffic could easily read the signs. Their response was, almost exclusively, to the yellow flag associated with the Tea Party. In jest, a Tea Party spokesman said, “I wonder what kind of response you would have gotten if a donkey or an elephant was used?”
To ‘Serve and Protect’
A remarkable addition to this story was observed. Early in the demonstration, a St. Johns County Sheriff’s patrol car went by. The Tea Party personnel were concerned as there had been reports of difficulties with law enforcement on the overpasses, in other States. In August, two participants in overpass demonstrations were actually arrested in Missouri. When the first patrol car didn’t stop, the demonstrators felt that their activities were on safe ground. When another patrol car appeared, a couple hours later, the group expected trouble. What transpired was just the opposite. The Deputy Sheriff had stopped to provide them with drinking water and to thank them for what they were doing for the country! Imagine that! Despite all the propaganda and beating up on the Tea Party in the mass media, there have been no arrests and no violence at all by Tea Party patriots in St. Augustine, or St. Johns County, and for that matter, in the entire Country.
The Tea Party members commented concerning the Deputy Sheriff pictured above, “This goes back to the ‘good old days’ when law enforcement was about serving and protecting. The St. Johns County Sheriff’s Department, so far, has treated the Tea Party with respect. We will be in good hands if the system breaks down. Today, many other law enforcement authorities, particularly the Feds, are vested with the idea of ‘enforcement and control’ verses ‘serve and protect’. The County Sheriff is the highest Constitutional Officer in his locality. It will be the Sheriff who will either protect you from federal abuses or not. That is why we all have to make sure the local Sheriff is elected, not appointed, and does not take grants from Washington, D.C.”
The Saint Augustine Tea Party has had no adverse problems with either the Sheriff’s Department or the City of St. Augustine Police
The Saint Augustine Tea Party (SATP) has had no adverse problems with local law enforcement. There seems to be mutual respect. This is not so, however, with the National Park Service (NPS) which maintains the Castillo de San Marco. [See “Today, American Patriots had their First Amendment Rights assaulted, yet, again by the Feds on a public street” June 29, 2013 and “Federal agents violate Saint Augustine Tea Party’s civil rights” July 4, 2013 in this publication ED]. The Tea Party has had First Amendment issues with the NPS.
Now it is reported that the NPS has abused elderly tourists in Yellowstone Park and has disrespected World War II Veterans in Washington. The SATP reports that the NPS Rangers have violated their civil rights, repeatedly, over a two year period at the Castillo de San Marcos. The SATP has asked Congressman Ron DeSantis to look into these constitutional violations by the NPS, which is Part of the Department of the Interior, controlled and directed by the Obama Administration. Profiling and harassment of the Tea Party and the Veterans, by the Federal Government in D.C., is truly an ‘Obamanation’.
“God bless you and thank you for the cold water, Deputy,” the SATP members said.