Those that read this blog regularly (and there are more of you than will admit it…) know that I have been focused a lot on the #CAPANDTRAITORS and nailing some or all of them to the wall. In the midst of it, I was treated to a real-time meltdown of the State of Jefferson.
I received an email out of the blue one day that I thought was odd. It indicated that Larry and Carla Virga of Sutter Buttes Tea Party Fame were “retiring”.
The Sutter Buttes Tea Party would like to share the news of the retirement of our matriarch and patriarch. After 7 years of dedicated, passionate and unrelenting service to the Sutter Buttes Tea Party Patriots, co-founders Larry and Carla Virga are stepping down. We are sad to see them leave their place of leadership in our group but hope they will continue to be a blessing to the SBTPP and will stay involved sharing their valuable wisdom and insights with us. We are thankful for the years of selfless service and sacrifice they have devoted to the Sutter Buttes Tea Party and we bless them in their future endeavors.
Then I received the following the next day:
Contrary to the 8/5/17 email (shown below) from Sutter Buttes Tea Party Chairman Bill Beeler, Larry and Carla Virga did NOT “retire” from the Sutter Buttes Tea Party (SBTP). We resigned, effective August 3, 2017, the day after the last Wednesday night Executive Committee meeting where Paul Preston (a long-time member and friend who was not present) was excoriated and banned from participating in our regular twice-a-month Monday meetings. Given the years we have dedicated to SBTP, the vitriol from our “friends” and the guilt-by-association anger directed at us was disrespectful and intolerable. The team we built since we co-founded SBTP seven years ago is being led in a direction we will not go.
Through SBTP, we have met many wonderful people; helped raise awareness and brought information to the Sutter-Yuba area of issues not reported by the media; provided a public forum for political candidates, elected representatives, and other notable guest speakers; and testified before our city councils, county supervisors, and state legislators seeking actions in the best interests of the people.
Alexander Graham Bell said, “When one door closes another door opens; but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us.” We look forward to what is beyond the next door.
I received two phone calls after the original post. The content has been updated. I was informed that there was a board vote of the Tea Party to disinvite Paul Preston from speaking, but he was not expelled.
So, arguments and splits in the Tea Party are not uncommon. Ken Campbell had a very public and nasty split from Mark Meckler and Ginni Rappini for example, and there are others that think Jenny Beth Martin, who went from a welfare mom to making $300k a year off the Tea Party is a charlatan and a fraud.
I started looking for some answers and I happened upon this video of the aforementioned Beeler in the office of Assemblymember James Gallagher filming video in the State Capitol. I was informed by Bill Beeler himself that Gallagher and Staff knew they were being filmed. Then they went the office of Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher, and the recording device was in Mr. Beeler’s Hand. Bill was filming. Bowen and Beeler are the current facilitators of the Sutter Buttes Tea Party. According to Beeler, they visited every second floor office, most did not care about being filmed.
Then, Terry and Sally Raposa got in to the act, this time un-hidden. Raposa is alleged to have decimated the Shasta/Redding Tea Party as well as causing division within the State of Jefferson movement. If you take the time to watch this video through you will see the ineffective tactics being employed by the people – including an invasion of Senator Jim Nielsen’s Office. (Update – there will be follow up to this later)
The link to the “sting” on Jim Nielsen’s office will reveal that they filmed without the consent of the Staff (a possible felony) and you will see a youtube account filled with videos. I attempted to watch some of the videos and was unable to sit through more than 90 seconds and was cuing the first video I found to the section where they were harassing Jim Nielsen’s staff.
These actions prove why the State Legislature is not taking the State of Jefferson seriously. Worse, did Beeler, Bowen and the Raposas commit felonies in the course of trying to promote the State of Jefferson?
Back to the Virgas, I certainly identify with their plight. As I wrote on this blog, My Brother and I were tossed out of the CRA by a lynch mob of maladjusted folks who were convinced of how right they were. The CRA has been in a free-fall since. I fear the same for the Sutter Buttes Tea Party.
Often times people resent leadership and since politics seems to bring out extreme people, it alternates between Lord of the Flies and Game of Thrones in terms of people’s behavior. Regardless of how much the aforementioned would be photojournalists think they are right and are on a mission from God, the other 99% of the world looks at this behavior and wants to go the opposite direction as far away from it as possible.
And away goes the State of Jefferson with them.