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The Anderson Tea Party is a group of hard-working, tax-paying citizens of Anderson, SC, defending their Constitutional freedoms from the tyranny of the U.S. Government.

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2014 Primary Election Information

Election Day: June 10th, 2014

The Anderson TEA Party does not endorse candidates. We have provided the information below as a resource, so you can make an informed decision on who to vote for. If you know of any voter guides or relevant news articles or blogs that we can include, please post a comment below.

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My Picks

I am sometimes asked, “who are you voting for?” This is my personal take:

  • US Senate: Lee Bright. He’s the only one who has done the job and has a record, and he is a fighter.

  • SC Lieutenant Governor: undecided, leaning toward Ray Moore. Also looking at Pat McKinney. As the president of the Senate, the Lt. Governor has a key role in the state legislature. Moore supports nullification and school choice.

  • SC Superintendent of Education: undecided, strongly leaning toward Sheri Few who is the strongest opponent of Common Core. Also looking at Meka Childs, endorsed by Sen. Kevin Bryant and the SC Club for Growth. This race is critical, because the next Superintendent will be tasked with re-writing many of our standards since we’re pulling out of Common Core. We need a Superintendent who will not simply re-brand Common Core, while retaining the substance of it.

  • SC Treasurer: Brian Adams. From my observation, the incumbent, Curtis Loftis, has been narcissistic and plays the victim too often. His has made some questionable decisions, such as settling with the Bank of NY for chump change and then locking SC into a 10-year contract with the same bank.

  • SC Adjutant General: Bob Livingston. Yes, he is an incumbent but has achieved rank before taking office, unlike his opponent. His opponent also opposes making this an appointed position, which I support.

  • SC Secretary of Agriculture: Joe Farmer. The incumbent has held office for more than 8 years, and Farmer has good ideas on how to generate state revenue from state property which is currently unused.

Note that the County Council and Probate Judge races are very important. If you need help getting in contact with any of these candidates, please email me at jhill@andersonteaparty.com with your contact information and which candidates you want to talk to.

June 4, 2014   No Comments

Shape the Republican Party for the next election cycle

Fellow Tea Partiers,

Every two years, grassroots gather statewide in their communities to re-organize the Republican Party. In light of the outspoken animosity toward TEA Party activists like you from moderates and liberals within the GOP, now is the time to have your say in the values and activities of the South Carolina Republican Party for the next 2 years.

The Anderson County Republican Party is re-organizing at 6:30 PM on Monday, 3/17 at a community center near you. A list of meeting locations is at the bottom of this message. Check your voter registration card if you don’t know what your precinct is.

If you are unable to attend, there will be a make-up session for any unorganized precincts at 5:00 PM on 4/1 at the Anderson County Library Main Branch.

Got questions?

Call Dan Harvell at 864-221-1221 or Jonathon Hill at 864-287-4401.

How does it work?

This video explains it all, but in a nutshell you simply need to show up, bring a few friends to vote for you, and become the Executive Committeeman and also become a Delegate for your voting precinct.

The Anderson County Republican Party Executive Committee meets monthly at 6:30pm on the 3rd Monday of each month at Concord Community Church located on Concord Rd in Anderson to conduct official business, pass resolutions, and hear from conservative speakers and candidates. The Anderson County Republican Party Convention meets every two years to choose ACRP officers and delegates to the state convention. The convention will be held on April 15 at 6:30 PM at T.L. Hanna High School.

Where to go for precinct re-organization

Listed below are the community locations where you will need to go to re-organize your precinct.

Anderson: TL HANNA HIGH SCHOOL

W1/P1, W1/P2, W2/P1, W2/P2, W3/P1, W3/P2, W4/P1, W4/P2, Anderson 5/A, Anderson 5/B, W6/P1, W6/P2, Appleton-Equinox, Bowling Green, Broadway, Centerville A, Centerville B, Cox Creek, Edgewood A, Edgewood B, Green Pond, Hammond, Hammond Annex, Hopewell, Lakeside, Town Creek

Belton/Honea Path: BELTON HONEA PATH HIGH SCHOOL

Barkers Creek, Belton, Broadway, Chiquola, Craytonville, Friendship, High Point, Honea Path, Neals Creek, Rock Springs, Shirley Store, Toney Creek, Wright School

Pendleton: SANDY SPRINGS WATER COMPANY

Bishops Branch, Denver-Sandy Springs, Five Forks, LaFrance, Melton, Mt. Tabor, Pendleton

Powdersville: WREN HIGH SCHOOL

Brushy Creek, Concrete, Hunt Meadows, Piedmont, Piercetown, Powdersville, Mt. Airy, Simpsonville, Three & Twenty, White Plains

Starr/Iva: STARR FIRE DEPARTMENT

Center Rock, Flat Rock, Gluck, Grove Hall, Homeland Park, Iva, Jackson Mill, Mountain Creek, Rock Mill, Starr, Varennes, West Savannah

Townville: TOWNVILLE FIRE DEPT

Fork 1, Fork 2, Townville

Williamston: CALVARY BAPTIST CHURCH, WILLIAMSTON

Cedar Grove, Pelzer, West Pelzer, Williamston, Williamston Mill

March 17, 2013   No Comments

Nullification: Then and Now

Guest post from Harry Kibler of RINO Hunt.

I have talked with some elected officials and have been told “I stand with you on principle, but….” The question is, will you stand with me in the implementation of principle? If South Carolina is a Sovereign State, and if the federal government is limited in its power, and if the 10th Amendment really means something, then several questions must be addressed.

What are the limits on the federal government?

The limitations can be found in the U.S. Constitution.

  • Article 1 Section 8 limits the powers of Congress to specific powers.
  • The Ninth Amendment assures the un-enumerated rights of the people.
  • The Tenth Amendment reasserts the enumerated power of the Federal Government and the reserved power of the states.

Who is responsible for enforcing the limits on the federal government?

History has taught us it is not:

  • The U.S. House of Representatives,
  • The U.S. Senate,
  • The President,
  • or the U.S. Supreme Court.

The reason none of these bodies can/will enforce limitations of power is because they are all the same body: the Federal Government. Asking the Federal Government to limit itself is like asking an unsupervised child to limit how many cookies they eat.

The Federal Government was never a party to the contract (Constitution); it was the object of the contract. Only the States were party to the contract and only the states can be counted on to enforce limitations on the Federal Government.

Who has enforced the limits in times past?

  • Virginia and Kentucky – Resolutions of 1798 in response to The Alien and Sedition Acts
  • South Carolina – nullified the Federal Tariff of 1832
  • Main, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, Maryland, Washington, Iowa, and D.C. – nullified the Defense of Marriage Act
  • Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Main, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington and D.C. have nullified Federal Drug Law concerning the possession and use of marijuana.
  • The following cities have decided to not follow Federal law concerning illegal immigration: New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Santa Ana, San Diego, San Jose, Salt Lake City, El Paso, Houston, Detroit, Jersey City, Minneapolis, Miami, Denver, Baltimore, Seattle, Portland, New Haven, Somerville and Cambridge. These Cities have adopted ordinances banning city employees and police officers from asking people about citizenship status.
  • In 2005 the Real I.D. Act became Federal law. By 2009 the following States nullified the Federal law: Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Arizona, Minnesota, Missouri, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Alaska, Maine, New Hampshire, Virginia, Georgia, South Carolina
  • In 2011 South Carolina introduced H-3735 known as the Incandescent Light Bulb Freedom Act.  This legislation would nullify Federal law requiring the phasing out of incandescent light bulbs.

If not now, then when?

We have witnessed the unchecked power of the Federal government for nearly 100 years. We’ve witnessed the expansion of federal power concerning energy, education, environment, firearms, housing, banking and much more.

  • In 1977 President Jimmy Carter signed into law the Department of Energy Organization Act.  The stated purpose was to reduce our energy dependence from foreign sources.
    • 35 years later, we are more dependent on foreign sources than before.
    • February 3, 2011 – Federal Judge holds Obama administration in contempt over drilling moratorium.
    • March 2011 – While holding to the Obama administration’s ban on offshore drilling in the United States, President Obama told Brazil “We will finance your offshore drilling and be your best customer.”
    • Cost of a gallon of gas in 1977 – $0.62
    • Cost of a gallon of gas using the U.S. Inflation Calculator today should be $2.36
    • National average price today – $3.28
    • With modern technology and opportunity for domestic energy production, some estimates show our cost per gallon could be less than $2.00 per gallon. What would $2.00 per gallon gas do to improve our economy and job creation?
  • In 1979 President Jimmy Carter signed into law the Department of Education Organization Act.  The stated purpose was to increase test scores and decrease the drop-out rate.
    • 33 years later would you want to make the argument that our children are better educated
  • Burst of the “Housing Bubble” and Federally manipulated Banking
    • In 1992 the Housing and Community Development Act was signed into law. The stated purpose of this law was to assist home ownership to the underserved and low income individuals.
    • In 1995 the Community Reinvestment Act was signed into law. The stated purpose was to “encourage federally regulated financial institutions to help meet the credit needs of the local communities. To enforce the statute, federal regulatory agencies examine banking institutions for CRA compliance, and take this information into consideration when approving applications for new bank branches, mergers and acquisitions.
    • In other words, force banks and mortgage lenders to make loans to low income borrowers.
    • Federal regulations are enforced by preventing new bank branches, mergers and acquisitions if the lenders do not comply.

In another 20 years we will hardly recognize the United States or what is left of our Constitution. Delaying the hard decisions and actions will not make it easier in the future. Delaying hard decisions and actions will make it more difficult to reverse the unconstitutional actions taken by our Federal government.

Nullification is a form of discipline toward the Federal government. Discipline is not enjoyable and is rarely welcomed, but it is necessary if the object of the discipline is cherished. One day we will have to explain to our children and grandchildren why we delayed preserving their liberty and freedom.

If not you, then who?

Contrary to the Main Stream Media and the Wizards of Smart, nullification is the right and useful remedy for usurpation of unconstitutional authority.

  • Nullification by states places checks on the authority of the Federal government.
  • Nullification has been used dozens of times.
  • Nullification is not a regional response (i.e. a Southern theory, concept or idea).
  • Individual citizens cannot nullify Federal law. They do not have the authority or the resources to resist the Federal government.
  • States have an obligation to interpose their authority to defend citizens of their state.

“That this Assembly doth explicitly and peremptorily declare, that it views the powers of the federal government, as resulting from the compact, to which the states are parties; as limited by the plain sense and intention of the instrument constituting the compact; as no further valid that they are authorized by the grants enumerated in that compact; and that in case of a deliberate, palpable, and dangerous exercise of other powers, not granted by the said compact, the states who are parties thereto, have the right, and are in duty bound, to interpose for arresting the progress of the evil, and for maintaining within their respective limits, the authorities, rights and liberties appertaining to them.”
– James Madison’s Virginia Resolution

 

January 5, 2013   4 Comments

Be sure to vote today!

When you vote today, be sure to cast an informed vote, and I encourage you NOT to vote straight-party. There are a number of good, conservative petition candidates on the ballot statewide that are worth consideration. As personally affected as they were by politics-as-usual, you can bet they will be driven to clean it up.

Regarding the Constitutional Amendment that is on the ballot, here is some information you may want to consider, from a friend of mine, Evert Headley:

“Although I would like to see a change in the SC Constitution on this issue, I believe the price this amendment is asking of us is too high. If we pass this amendment, the office of Lt. Governor will have all power and authority stripped from it. Since the President of the Senate (the presiding officer) would then have to be elected from within the Senate, one of two problems will happen:

  • The Senate President could follow typical parliamentary procedure and not cast a vote unless he is breaking a tie. This means that (unless there is a tie), that senator’s district would lose its voice and its vote. A presiding officer does not usually speak to an issue.
  • They could permit the Senate President to vote on every issue. However, this would then give that senator an opportunity to vote twice—once as a member and again as a tie-breaker. That senator’s district would then have a double vote.

“I understand that the purpose of this amendment in theory is to strengthen the Governorship by allowing the Governor to choose his/her running mate. However, this would be hollow if the Lt. Governor’s office is stripped of its authority. We do not need to strip the Executive Branch of any existing power only to hand it over to the Senate. There are plenty of good people on both sides of this debate. Many of our House and Senate members support state restructuring and voted in support of this bill and Randy Page supports this change. On the other hand, Doug Wavle, Jim Lee and I all oppose this version of the amendment, although we support the principle idea behind it (of a joint ticket). While I would love to see the office of the Governor strengthened, I believe this amendment will instead further strengthen the State Senate.”

November 6, 2012   No Comments

Debate: Capitalism vs Corporate Welfare

Tonight at 7pm the SC Policy Council and the Initiative for Public Choice and Market Process will host a Roundtable Discussion titled “Economic Incentives: Capitalism or Corporate Welfare?”

Live stream:

A video recording of this event will be available at http://www.youtube.com/thescpolicycouncil.

This debate will be held at the College of Charleston, SC and moderated by Dr. Pete Calcagno,  Associate Professor of Economics, College of Charleston. The panelists are:

  • Russ Sobel, author of Unleashing Capitalism
  • Ashley Landess, president of the South Carolina Policy Council
  • Frank Hefner who contributed to the follow up book, Unleashing Capitalism in SC
  • Grant Jackson – Sr. Vice President/ Community Development & Communications, Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce
  • Kim Statler, Executive Director, Lowcountry Economic Alliance
For more information, click here.

October 25, 2012   No Comments