November 2022

Volume 51:11

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Tea Party 2022: A Libertarian Reboot

By Mike Saliba

Tea Party groups are inspired by the colonial protest against a tax on Tea in Boston Harbor. Mike Saliba says it's time for another.
Tea Party groups are inspired by the colonial protest against a tax on Tea in Boston Harbor. Mike Saliba says it's time for another.

By Mike Saliba, Past organizer of "The Boston Tea Party"

If you can remember the mid-term elections of 2010, you can remember the Tea Party.

After back to back years, 2008 and 2009, back to back Presidents, George W. Bush and Barack Obama, signed engaged in record spending for record bailouts and stimulus packages ($852 Billion total stimulus in 2008 from Bush and $831 Billion in 2009 from Obama) a grassroots insurgency emerged to reshape the political landscape with the goal of shrinking the federal government to its constitutional limits. They named themselves “The Tea Party”, after the Boston Tea Party tax protest of 1773 that kicked of the movement towards independence that would spark the American Revolution and create The United States of America.

By the midterm elections of 2010, members of this movement had won primaries to make themselves candidates of the Republican Party. They ran on tickets focused on cutting spending, cutting regulations, cutting taxes, and restoring constitutional limits on the federal government. Many won their elections and the establishment members of that party were forced to bend to the newcomers will.

Time passed, little changed, and the Tea Party died.

Trump-Biden Outspend Bush-Obama Administrations

Now, after back-to-back years, 2020 and 2021, back-to-back Presidents, Donald Trump and Joe Biden signed and engaged in spending, bailouts, and stimulus that make Bush and Obama look like amateurs. In 2020, then President Trump signed packages that combined to 4.5 Trillion (that’s Trillion with a “T”) after 2019 when he signed packages that combined to $1.4 Trillion (again, Trillion with a T). In 2021, President Biden got off and set straight out into his $1.9 Trillion spending bill (that’s still Trillion with “T”).

If the $1.68 Trillion combined spending of Bush and Obama over two years could spark the first modern Tea Party movement, why hasn’t the $5.3 Trillion+ of Trump and Biden sparked a 2022 version?

The answer lies in the failures of the first Tea Party. It's activists joined the Republican Party to seek public office. Many were successful and won their elections but when they got into office they realized they were members of one of the two parties that had been doing the spending, increasing the regulations, and growing the federal government in the ways they had been protesting. The establishment members of their own party became their biggest obstacles. Then the man who killed the Tea Party was elected President of The United States.

Time passed, little changed, and the Tea Party died.

The  Enemy Within

The Democratic Party had always fought the Tea Party. But it was the Republican Party, the former home of the Tea Party, who placed into power the Tea Party’s killer, Donald Trump. I’m not the first to say so. Donald Trump ran his 2016 with all the anti-establishment fervor of a Tea Party candidate. He promised to lower taxes, cut regulations, and he even promised to pay off the debt. But self-described “King of Debt” began saying and doing things completely antithetical to Tea Party principles.

He started saying things like “who cares about the budget”. He started raising tariffs and Americans started paying more in total taxes. His spending reached the Trillions well before COVID reached the U.S. In all the four years of Donald Trump were more expensive than all eight years of George W. Bush or any six years of Barack Obama. So now that that man who killed the first Tea Party is the de facto leader of the Republican Party and his endorsed candidates (like John James) are the new party darlings, how could a Tea Party 2022 ever rely on such a political party?

The New Tea Party Must Learn From Old Mistakes

Tea Party 2022 must learn from old mistakes and not embrace the two-party system that created all the problems they are fighting against in the first place. The Libertarian Party is America’s third oldest and third largest political party. Tea Party 2022 will need a new home. The Libertarian Party was fighting out-of-control spending, record debts, and growth of government for decades before the Tea Party began. It has continued that fight well after the movement ended.

My name is Mike Saliba, I am the Libertarian Party candidate for Congress in Michigan’s 10th district. Whether you were part of the first Tea Party movement or are now becoming fed up effects we are now feeling from the damage from Trump/Biden spending, you can’t now turn to the Trump/Biden parties for solutions. Please vote for me to send the message to Washington Tea Party 2022 is coming.

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Officers & Staff

General Contact: Libertarian Party of Michigan: PO Box 27065, Lansing, MI 48909; Phone: 888.FREE.NOW.

Chair: Joe Brungardt. chair@michiganlp.org
First Vice Chair: Mike Saliba. vcaffiliates@michiganlp.org
Second Vice Chair: Mary Buzuma. vcpoliticaldirector@michiganlp.org
Secretary: Daniel Ziemba. secretary@michiganlp.org
Treasurer: Norman Peterson. treasurer@michiganlp.org
District 1 Rep: Ryan Roberts. dist1rep@michiganlp.org
District 2 Rep: Steven Fox. dist2rep@michiganlp.org
District 3 Rep: Jordan Martin. dist3rep@michiganlp.org
District 4 Rep: Rich Theelon. dist4rep@michiganlp.org
District 5 Rep: Dave Canny dist5rep@michiganlp.org
District 6 Rep: Brandon Warzbyok. dist6rep@michiganlp.org
District 7 Rep: Brian Ellison. dist7rep@michiganlp.org
District 8 Rep: Joe Hartman. dist8rep@michiganlp.org
District 9 Rep: Mike Saliba. dist9rep@michiganlp.org
District 10 Rep: Kyle McCauley. dist10rep@michiganlp.org
District 11 Rep: Bruce Jacquays. dist11rep@michiganlp.org
District 12 Rep: Daniel Muehl-Miller. dist12rep@michiganlp.org
District 13 Rep: Vacant. dist13rep@michiganlp.org
District 14 Rep: Scotty Boman. dist14rep@michiganlp.org

Judicial Committee Members

Connor Nepomuceno. judicialcommittee@michiganlp.org
Robert Roddis. judicialcommittee@michiganlp.org
Joshua Smith. judicialcommittee@michiganlp.org


Webmaster: Vacant. Webmaster@MichiganLP.org
Communications Director: Connor Nepomuceno cjnepo1@gmail.com
Newsletter Editor: Scotty Boman. newsletter@michiganlp.org
Social Media Director: Connor Nepomuceno cjnepo1@gmail.com
Historical Committee Chair: Emily Salvette esalvette@gmail.com

Affiliate Contacts

Capital Area: Luke Sciberras, Chair. 248-302-1064, capitalarealp@gmail.com
Genesee County: Chair David Canny, cannyds@gmail.com.
Huron-Raisin: Larry Johnson, 734-320-7237, MichLibertarian@gmail.com
Jackson-Hillsdale: Norman Peterson, (269) 330-2980 norman.peterson@comcast.net
Isabella County (Affiliate Applicant): Stephanie Dunn, 989-572-4450, stephaniedunn111969@gmail.com
Lapeer County: Kyle McCauley, (248) 974-5085.
Livingston County: James Weeks II, (810) 422-8769, j.weeks@riseup.net
Macomb County: Mike Saliba, MacombLP@mail.com
Northern Michigan: Chair Stephanie Dean (231) 620-5280
Political director Corey Dean phone (231) 590-8290 or email cory0269@yahoo.com
Oakland County: Connor Nepomuceno, cjnepo1@gmail.com at (508) 579-7878
Southwest Michigan: Jason Brandenburg. swmi4liberty@be-innovative.net
Straits Area: Chair Andy Evans, (231) 625-8403, . amevans_1968@yahoo.com
straitslp.com or facebook.com/StraitsAreaLP
Upper Peninsula Libertarian Party: Chair Ryan Roberts, (906) 420-2995, UPLP.org. ryan_r03@hotmail.com
Wayne County: Andrew Chadderdon, andrew.chadderdon@gmail.com
West Michigan: Steve Fox . (616) 406-7784, Email Steve Fox at sfoxphoto@gmail.com or call (616) 633-8390.

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Upcoming Events

Please contact local affiliate officers (see above listing) to learn how to get involved in their meetings.

The Michigan Libertarian recommends contacting an affiliate officer or check the Website (or Facebook page) associated with the meeting host (if they have one) before arriving at a meeting. Some meetings can get canceled, or locations can change with short notice.

November 1, 2022 - Southwest Michigan Libertarian Party Affiliate Meeting, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Traveler's Cafe and Pub. 5225 Portage Rd. Portage, MI 49002
For more information, contact Jason Brandenburg email at swmi4liberty@be-innovative.net

November 3, 2022 - Livingston County Monthly Meeting, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Brewery Becker. 500 W Main St, Brighton, MI 48116.
For more information, contact James Weeks II at 810.422.8769 or email jamestweeks@outlook.com.

November 5, 2022 - Mike Saliba, will be hosting another anti-war protest at Sterling Height's infamous boondoggle, the Golden Butthole, 2:30 PM
Park at Eastlake Commons Shopping Center at Hall Rd. and Westbrook Drive. Sterling Heights, MI 48313
For more information, contact our 10th Congressional District candidate, Mike Saliba at MacombLP@mail.com

November 6, 2021 - Northern Michigan Libertarian Party Affiliate Meeting, 5:30 PM
Stephanie's House. 5862 Old Maple Trail. Grawn, MI 49637
Agenda: please feel free to reply to all with any agenda recommendations;

  • Get out the Vote for November 8th
  • Start the outreach thoughts for 2024 candidates
  • Year in Review (accomplishments this year)
  • Road Commissioners in Grand Traverse County
For more information, contact Corey Dean at (231) 590-8290 or email him atcory0269@yahoo.com.

November 8, 2022 - Huron-Raisin Affiliate Election Night Party, 7:30 PM - 11:00 PM
The Tap Room. 201 West Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti, Michigan, 48197, USA
A substitute for our regular second Thursday meeting. Come on down to watch, analyze, and discuss the election results.
For more information, contact Larry Johnson at 734-475-9792 or email michlibertarian@gmail.com or call (734) 320-7237

November 8, 2022 - Election Night Party, 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Chadd's Under Construction Restaurant. 46858 Dequindre Rd., Shelby Township, MI 48317.
Pizza and pop provided, BYOB. Co-hosted by the Oakland and Macomb Libertarians and the Greg Stempfle for Secretary of State Campaign
We will be running a coat drive for Hope Shelter in Pontiac. Please bring us your used coats; They will go a long way to keeping people in need warm this winter.
For more information email Leah Dailey at: fuleahrd@gmail.com
or call Connor Nepomuceno at: (508) 579-7878

November 8, 2022 - West Michigan Election Night Party, featuring Governor candidate Mary Buzuma, 7:30 PM
Abacus Title’s lakeshore office, 1675 East Mount Garfield Road, Muskegon, MI 49444.
For more information contact Steve Fox . (616) 406-7784, Email Steve Fox at sfoxphoto@gmail.com or call (616) 633-8390.

November 9, 2022 - Libertarian Party of Wayne County Monthly Meeting, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Habib's Cuisine, 14316 Michigan Ave, Dearborn, MI 48126, USA.
Please visit the Libertarian Party of Wayne County's new Website for updates.
For more information, contact Andrew Chadderdon, andrew.chadderdon@gmail.com

November 9, 2022 - Libertarian Party of Macomb County Monthly Meeting, Dinner 7:00 PM Business 8:0 PM
b.d.'s Mongolian grill. 1350 Hall Rd. Sterling Heights, MI. 48313.
Please visit the Libertarian Party of Macomb County's website:
https://macomblp.org for updates.
For more information, contact Mike Saliba at MacombLP@mail.com

November 12, 2022 - Straits Area LP (SALP) Business Meeting
Hoppies @ Pellston Airport. 1395 US-31, Pellston, MI, 49769
For more information, contact Andy Evans at (231) 625-8403 or email amevans_1968@yahoo.com.

November 13, 2022 - Lapeer County Monthly Meeting, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
E.G Nicks Grill & Tavern. 825 S Main St, Lapeer, MI 48446.
For more information, contact Kyle McCauley at 248.974.5085.

November 15, 2022 - Upper Peninsula Libertarian Party Affiliate Meeting, 8:00 PM.
The UPLP will be holding this meeting by Zoom Teleconference. Please link to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89324982981
The Meeting ID is 893 2498 2981 and one can call (312) 626-6799, and enter the Meeting ID, to join.
Everyone interested in learning about the UPLP and the Libertarian Party is welcome to join.
If you would like to get involved please contact Ryan Roberts ryan_r03@hotmail.com, (906) 420-2995] or Joshua Jongema.cannyds@gmail.com.

November 16, 2022 - Jackson-Hillsdale Affiliate Meeting 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Steve's Ranch Restaurant. 311 W Louis Glick Hwy, Jackson, MI
Contact Norman Peterson, (269) 330-2980 norman.peterson@comcast.net Guest Speaker: Ms. Haili Gusa, Jackson County Community Organizer for Protect Life Michigan. Topics - Michigan Abortion Laws, Proposal 3, and Canvassing. Literature, Bumper stickers and yard signs will be available.

November 16, 2022 - Libertarian Party of Oakland County Affiliate Meeting, 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM.
Rusty Bucket Restaurant and Tavern. 30450 Telegraph Road, Bingham Farms, MI 48025.
Business starts at 7:00 PM. To confirm the meeting email Connor Nepomuceno at: cjnepo1@gmail.com or call at (508) 579-7878

November 20, 2022 - Capital Area Affiliate Meeting 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Reno's North (16460 Old U.S. 27) Lansing, MI
Contact Luke Sciberras at 248-302-1064 or email capitalarealp@gmail.com for event details and instructions to join.

November 27, 2022 - Libertarian Party of Genesee County Affiliate Meeting, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM.
White Horse Tavern. 621 W Court St, Flint, MI, 48503.
Business is from Noon to 2:00 PM. To confirm the meeting email Chair David Canny, cannyds@gmail.com.
Facebook page: LPGM Facebook Profile

November 27, 2022 - Lapeer County Monthly Meeting, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
E.G Nicks Grill & Tavern. 825 S Main St, Lapeer, MI 48446.
For more information, contact Kyle McCauley at 248.974.5085.

November 28, 2022 - Libertarian Executive Committee Meeting 7:30 PM
Please contact an LEC officer or LPM affiliate leader for the Zoom link.

December 3, 2022 - West Michigan biennial fall convention of LPWM members to select our Oversight Committee, 1:00 PM
Abacus Title’s Cascade office. 985 Parchment Dr SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546.
For more information contact Steve Fox . (616) 406-7784, Email Steve Fox at sfoxphoto@gmail.com or call (616) 633-8390.

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