I Would Like to Talk to You on Tuesday September 2

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Hi. Bill Hennessy here. If you can, please stop by 111 Clarkson Executive Park, Ellisville, MO 63011 on Tuesday, September 2 at 7 p.m. (RSVP Here if you’d like.)

I have something I’d like to talk to you about. It’s about the tea party movement. But it’s really about understanding two very important concepts:

  1. Living to our purpose.
  2. Doing what’s important.

This is not a training session. It’s not an After Party. It’s not a rally. It’s an honest conversation with a call to action.

It’s about the things that made St. Louis Tea Party the most effective and most talked about tea party in the country in 2009 and 2010, where and why we strayed from our original purpose, and what I am going to do to get back to that original purpose.

I don’t know if this new mission will be an official St. Louis Tea Party Coalition project or not. That’s one of the reasons for this conversation.

I want you, the people who’ve stood with me through all my many failings, to hear the mission I’m going on. I hope you’ll join me, but I understand if you do not.

Why St. Louis Tea Party Went to Ferguson To Shop


You can’t change the world in your living room.

That’s why a small band of (mostly) white people from (mostly) West County drove to Ferguson (and Dellwood) to shop tonight.

We targeted the small businesses that were hit hard by violence–violence committed (mostly) by out of town agitators, criminals, vandals, and hooligans.

We drove to Ferguson to make two statements with our actons: 1) Ferguson is OUR community, and 2) Ferguson is open for business.

I met Dellena. Dellena owns the 911 Beauty Salon on West Florissant in Dellwood. Her landlord got foreclosed on, which meant she lost her home, just before the riots. So she moved all her inventory from her house to the store. Then the riots happened, and they took her inventory.

God bless Dellena.

I insisted on buying something–all the people in the salon were so happy and kind. She didn’t have much for white guy gray hair, but she took the time to pull together some gift bags. Then she didn’t want money, but I made her take it.

A gentlman (my age) in the salon (husband?) asked who we were with. I told him “St. Louis Tea Party.”

“Tea party?” he said. “You bad boys,” and chuckled. Then he looked at me, very serious. He said, “The tea party came up here to do this?”

“Oh, yeah,” I said. “we don’t want to see Ferguson go south.”

He laughed. And he looked at me. Then he was quiet, lost in thought for a minute. When he came out of it, he was like our best friend. Laughing, giving us crap about stuff, telling stories. He admitted baseball can be like “watching grass grow.”

In that moment of reflection, I’m sure he was trying to reconcile “tea party” with what he was seeing–four white people, ages 18 to 50, laughing, spending money, empathizing.

That moment made the whole event worthwhile.

In other shops, we’d get hard stares when we walked in and shopped. Once we told them “we’re with the tea party, and we’re here to shop,” these people actually shouted. “Thank you, thank you, thank you so much.”

The greatest statement an organization or person can make is to say with actions, not words, “what unites us is stronger than what divides us.”

This wasn’t a big win in breadth, but it was monumental in depth.

Dellena rocks.

I don’t know, yet, how much money we spent. I don’t even know how many people participated, but it looks like about 40. It was the hottest day of the year (so far). And it was an area that’s now known for rioting.

But the Ferguson Buycott was more successful than I could have dreamed.

I have much more to say, but had to say this much before going to bed.

Why did we go to Ferguson? Because Ferguson ain’t goin’ anywhere.

Next Buycott is Labor Day Weekend. Ask your Missouri State Rep and Senator to pass emergency legislation for a Ferguson Sales Tax Holiday during the veto session.

Very special thanks to my friend Marty Bennett who was one of the first to put his boot down in Florissant tonight–and the last to lift his boot from W. Florissant. God bless you, Marty.

Thanks, too, to Dottie Bailey, the best PR specialist and getaway driver St. Louis Tea Party could ask for.

Ben Evans, who join the movement on September 12, 2009, in Quincy, Illinois, continues to make himself indispensible.

And Alex Cohen. He’s like 18. America’s future is cool if Alex is any indication of the Millennials.

Everyone who came to Florissant tonight, thank you, thank you, thank you. Include Senator Claire McCaskill who magnanimously join the St. Louis Tea Party Coalition’s BUYcott of Ferguson. Here’s the video.

Ferguson Shopping Ideas

Here are some businesses people should frequent:

Eat at Sweetie Pies on W. Florrisant, or head to Paul’s Market on Elizabeth, Drive down N./S. Florrisant for Shop-n-Save, Chinese Food, local eats, bakeries, dollar tree, etc.  Ferguson also extends to New Halls Ferry and 270, where there is a Home Depot, another Shop-n-Save, Party store, UPS store, and more.

Also, there is Ferguson Bike shop, The Whistle Stop,  and Sportsprint (where you might find an I heart Ferguson shirt).

So, besides the hard hit area I know you are planning on going to, there are other stores

http://www.paulsmarketdeli.com/ (awesome meat/butcher shop and deli, with a mini store)
https://www.facebook.com/theflavorofmexico (El Palenque)
http://www.whistlestopdepot.com/index.html (Frozen Custard and food)
http://www.marleysferguson.com/ (bar and grill – cheap and good)
http://www.corkwinebarstl.com/ (upscale eating, great wine menu)
http://www.fergusonbrewing.com/ (local brew and good menu)
http://www.cose-dolci.com highly rated Bakery
http://www.andywurm.com/location.aspx (tire and wheel – not the looted rim store)

And don’t forget!
Every Saturday Morning 8 am-noon – through October: http://fergusonfarmersmarket.com/





The Buycott is underway. Great turnout on Thursday. Fantastic support from the media. Even Senator Claire McCaskill joined the buycott. Read all about it here.

In the meantime, keep shopping Ferguson/Dellwood if you get the chance. And make an appointment on your calendar to shop Ferguson/Dellwood on Labor Day Weekend. Have out-of-town guests? Take them on a tour and have a meal in one of the great restaurants in the area.

Wherever you live in Greater St. Louis, the world judges your home town by what it hears. Let the world hear that Ferguson came back stronger than it went into the terrible riots of the last two weeks.

Finally, find out how you can help get a Sales Tax Holiday for Ferguson/Dellwood.




  1. Dress for very hot weather and hydrate.
  2. If you can’t make it today, that’s okay. See step 3.
  3. After your shopping spree, please email photos of your receipts to bill.hennessy@stlouisteaparty.com using the subject line “Ferguson Receipt.”
  4. After shopping, we’ll be heading to Fallon’s Bar & Grill in Overland.
  5. Thanks to Jamie Allman 97.1, John & Kane Show, Lisa Payne-Naeger, KMOX’s Brett Blume, and everyone else who’s helped spread the word.
  6. Please remember, this BUYcott is in the name of peace and prosperity. Smile. Those are both good things.

*****Original Post Follows*****

Thursday, August 21, 5:00 to 6:00 pm.

Dozens of Ferguson businesses have suffered damage. Not only do those businesses need healing, their customers need their services.

We can help. BUYcott Ferguson.

Just as we helped Whole Foods by BUYcotting September 1, 2009, we can help small businesses in Ferguson by BUYcotting Thursday, August 21, 5 to 6:30 pm.

Here’s what you need to do.

  1. Go to W. Florissant on Thursday between 5 and 6:30.
  2. Bring a shopping list: groceries, beer, smokes, something for the kids, whatever
  3. Look for businesses with boarded up windows and spray painted OPEN signs
  4. Shop

Why You Should Do This

Because there’s not much else you and I can do right now. Yeah, protests feel good in the moment, but they don’t really change things.

On the other hand, every store you shop will be one step closer to recovery. Every store that recovers makes life easier for residents. Every life made easier gets you one step closer to heaven. And that’s the only reason we’re here.

Please watch HennessysView.com in the coming days for more details. Pray for this mission. It’ll work.

I’d like to see 20 people join this demonstration of faith, healing, and free markets. Everything over that is gravy.


First, thanks for the great response. I’m excited.

Next, here’s the details for Thursday:

  1. The situation is fluid, and we don’t want to interfere with police OR with peaceful demonstrators. So WATCH THIS BLOG AND YOUR EMAIL on Thursday in case things change.
  2. Some stores might be low on inventory. If it looks that way, ask. We don’t want to leave local residents without stuff that we can buy somewhere else. With the traffic restrictions, Ferguson residents have a hard time getting out to distant shops.
  3. NO SIGNS OR SPEECHES. We’re not their proselytize or politic. We’re their to lead recovery, healing, faith, and free markets.
  4. MUSTER on the Sam’s Club lot, southeast corner, around 5:00 pm. If you’d like to start earlier, please don’t wait. Here’s a link to the map: Sam’s Club, 10735 W Florissant Ave Ferguson, MO 63136
5. OBEY POLICE and respect peaceful demonstrators. We have been in their shoes many times together in the past.
6. SMILE and be friendly. It’s been a hard week and a half in Ferguson, and a friendly smile will go a long way. 
7.  Listen to Jamie in the Morning at 6:10 am Wednesday for the latest updates.
8.  We’ll designate a post BUYcott meeting spot tomorrow if you’d like to get together for a little After Party. I’ll update this post.
9.  Thank you, again. You are wonderful people.
Finally, I read a story not long ago about a man who jumped from the Golden Gate Bridge. He passed about 40 people as he walked to a spot on the bridge. He looked around for a few minutes as more people rushed passed. Then he jumped.
When police investigated his apartment, they found a note. Among other thoughts, the jumper wrote: “If one person smiles at me, I won’t do it.”
You never know how your friendly smile will change a life. Or save one. 
God bless you. 


Francis Slay Destroys the Transportation Sales Tax Trying to Support It **UPDATE**

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Doesn’t it suck when Jay Nixon and Francis Slay get on opposite sides of an issue?

Where do we go?

They’re on opposite sides of Amendment 7, the largest tax increase in Missouri history. And you need to choose a side before August 5, because the ball’s in the voters’ court.

But there’s no need to fear; Hennessy is here. And I heard Francis the talking Mayor on KMOX this morning (or maybe it was yesterday) talking about how much he loves, Loves, LOVES the 3/4 cent sales tax increase theoretically for transportation.

Note the keywords: theoretically and transportation. Not roads, highways, bridges, and infrastructure. In fact, taxes raised by a $480 million per year sales tax increase could go to anything–anything at all. And that’s why Mayor Slay loves, Loves, LOVES Amendment 7.

And it’s also why St. Louis Tea Party’s eyes and ears in Jefferson City (and our favorite St. Louis Police Sergeant) Gary Wiegert has organized a Stop 7 Sign Wave, about which more in due course.

First, Hizzanuh on Amendment 7, straight from the Mayor’s blog:

Amendment 7 is a breakthrough for urban transportation policy in Missouri. For the first time ever, the state would support major funding not just for highways and bridges but also for special transportation needs and opportunities in cities like ours.

If Slay had stopped there, we still wouldn’t know how he’d squander spend those $480 million. But he wasn’t finished.

A ‘Yes’ vote would make state funding available for large-scale mass transit, pedestrian, cycling, greenways, access for the disabled, and “complete streets” projects in neighborhoods throughout the City of St. Louis.

Ah, greenways. More grass for the city to maintain at $10,312 per acre (as opposed to the county’s $2191 per acre) (H/T Rex Sinquefield and Jen Bird). NextSTL obtain the whole list of stuff the city plans to build with your sales tax dollars. As far as I can tell, none of the city’s plans will get you from Wildwood to Scottrade and back any faster or safer. But if you like biking through city parks on a Saturday, well, there a $100 million in it for you.

Nothing the city plans will make roads wider, safer, or stronger. No crumbling bridges will be replaced. But Slay’s union boss buddies will get a big payout, and so will left-leaning construction millionaires.

Amendment 7 is a scam.

Mike Lee and Tom Graves Already Solved This Problem

Luckily, there’s good news on transportation. We can upgrade the interstates, improve the bridges, widen the lanes. Hell, we might even get some Kramer lanes in Missouri–if only our Congressional delegation would get behind the Transportation Empowerment Act.

I’ve blogged about the TEA (like that acronym?) before, and I like it better now. Senator Mike Lee and Congressman Tom Graves originated this bill that would allow states to keep the federal gasoline tax generated in each state. That money would be allocated by the legislature and MODOT where we need it, with no federal strings attached. And Mayor Slay would have to fight dollars against the rest of the state.

And Ronald Reagan supports TEA!

Rally on Thursday

Now that we’re clear on the downs and downs of Amendment 7, here’s your chance to fight it.

Gary Wiegert has organized a Stop 7 Sign Wave. It’s Thursday, July 17 from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm on Olive Blvd. from Lindbergh west. Kenny Newhouse will have the signs at the intersection. DO NOT STAND IN MEDIAN. If you can get there. people do.

Update: A concerned taxpayer sent in this evidence of MoDOT using tax
dollars to beg for more tax dollars:

Thanks, Ed.

Found: The One Question John Boehner Doesn’t Want to Answer About Defunding Obamacare

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Q: If the Republicans don’t have the stomach for shutting down the government now, how will they have the stomach to take away insurance from millions of people in 2017?

Boehner, Cantor, and the House GOP leaders don’t want to use the continuing resolution to fight Obamacare. They’re afraid that doing so–even if they succeed–will cost them seats in 2014. They say the only solution is a full repeal. But that’s a dodge.

The House leaders know the Senate won’t consider a repeal bill if the House won’t go to the brink. The CR is the House’s only leverage. So Ann Wagner and John Boehner can pass all the repeal bills they want, nothing will happen.

And even if the GOP won the Senate in 2014, Obama would veto any repeal bill. And they won’t have a veto-proof majority in either house. And the Democrats would filibuster.

So Boehner’s strategy is to hope the GOP wins the House, the Senate, and the White House in 2016. But the GOP won’t have the guts to repeal Obamacare then, either.

Here’s why.

  1. The GOP majority and President won’t take their seats until January 2017.
  2. They won’t be able to craft a repeal bill until March or April at the earliest.
  3. By that time, millions of Americans will have signed up for Obamacare insurance plans.
  4. The press will echo the Democrats in howling that 20 million formerly uninsured Americans who have gotten insurance under Obamacare will be thrown out into the street if Republicans repeal the law.
  5. The Republicans will then look ahead to 2018 and 2020 and tell us, “if we repeal Obamacare now, we’ll lose the next election.”

That’s why there’s no tomorrow on this thing. Ask Ann Wagner to commit to defunding Obamacare by signing the Meadows letter. Ask Roy Blunt to sign the Mike Lee letter in the Senate. You are their courage.

Republicans who lack the courage to do the right thing now won’t get a medal for courage from The Wizard in 2017. They won’t.

Right now Republicans in the House have all the power they need to force Obama and the Democrats to the bargaining table. If they don’t use it now, we will need to find new leaders who have the stomach for the tough fight.

Head To Jefferson City Wednesday To Fight Common Core and Medicaid Expansion

Senator John Lamping

State Senator John Lamping is sponsoring a bill in the Missouri Legislature to curb privacy invasions built into Common Core State Standards. Missouri liberty groups will support him in Jefferson City on March 13.

John Lamping is one of the brightest stars for liberty in the Missouri Senate, and he needs our help this week. Let’s support liberty by fighting Medicaid Expansion and Common Core State Standards in education.

Tell Us You’re Going!

RSVP on Facebook!

Committees hear two big bills on Wednesday, March 13, in Jefferson City.

  • Medicaid Expansion
  • Common Core restrictions

“The more I look into this Common Core data collection, the more onerous it gets,” Lamping told me. “I’d say it’s Orwellian, but Common Core cuts literature from secondary school curricula, so kids probably won’t know who Orwell was.”

It’s the data collection that scares Senator Lamping and many others.

“They want to collect data on the private lives of children and they families.”

You can read more about Senator Lamping’s bill here.


Life As You’ve Known It Is About To Change

You have a choice. You can drive that change, or you can be swallowed by it.

In a free society, people have liberty to do anything except a few prohibited things.

In a totalitarian society, people have liberty to do nothing except a few permitted things.

In a free society, the people have a black list of things they must not do, and government has a white of a few things it may do.

In Barack Obama’s America, the government has the black list and the people live by a short white list.

You have a choice. You can live in a society where a few things are prohibited but everything else is up to you. Or you can live in a society where you must get permission to do anything.

Yes, the choice is that stark. It’s up to you whether your society is free or controlled.

And voting is not enough. If you want a free society, you must bring others like you to the polls.

We can help you do that.

Saturday, Sunday, and Monday St. Louis Tea Party’s Liberty HQ is open all day. We can provide everything you need to sustain the free society, including a walk list—paper or smartphone—so you can call out others to vote for freedom with you.

Come to 9966 Lin Ferry Dr, St. Louis, MO 63123, at Lindbergh and Tesson Ferry, to control your destiny.

You are not alone. But you will be if you don’t act.

Obamacare Ruling Comes Down This Week, and We’re Having a Tea Party


Pack clothes, flags, and signs for an Obamacare Tea Party at Forest Park on Art Hill this week.  The rally will begin at 7:00 PM on the day the Supreme Court rules.


We don’t know the day, but we do know the time: 7:00 pm in Forest Park on Art Hill (map below). The most likely days are Monday or Thursday, but because of the magnitude of this case, it could be any day of the week.

So be ready.

It’s how we spent the Summer of 2009: fighting a government takeover of healthcare in America.

This week, the Supreme Court issues a historical decision: have we delegated to Congress the power to force people to buy something?

If the Supreme Court answers “yes,” then we need to work on fixing the Constitution.

If the Supreme Court says “no,” then we need to celebrate.

Either way, the ruling is a just cause for demonstrating.

Let’s show LOTS of FLAGS and SIGNS.  Let’s dress in lots of RED, WHITE, and BLUE.  Let’s pray that we’re celebrating our Second Independence Day—this time, independence from the arbitrary rule of other men.

Once again, that 7:00 on Art HIll in Forest Park. Here’s a map with Art Hill circled in red:


ACTION: Steve Tilley and Kevin Engler Want to Implement Obamacare. Stop Them.


Missouri House Speaker Steve Tilley and Senate Leader Kevin Engler never tire of implementing Obama’s totalitarian agenda.


This time, Tilley and Engler are shoving HB 1193 through to passage. This bill is designed to score brownie points with Sibelius and Obama by creating a prescription spy network that monitors the prescription drug purchases of every Missouri resident.

If Tilley and Engler get their way, every time your doctor writes a prescription, your pharmacist will be required to inform Jefferson City and Washington bureaucrats.

Ron Calzone has identified a plan of action for everyone in Missouri.  Here it is in Ron’s own words:

1) Please email the senators listed below and tell them you fully support them and “have their back”!  (Don’t call unless you have a special relationship with them — there’s no need to tie up their phones.)

Ask them to take as long as it takes to kill HB 1193 — the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Act.

2) Throughout the filibuster, send emails to molibertytools@gmail.com. While senators are filibustering, they will read these emails on the senate floor.  (You can listen to the live debate by clicking HERE.)

The filibuster may go all night long and into the morning, so check in occasionally and keep the emails coming!

We will try to provide updates on various Facebook pages and at www.mofirst.org.

This is an important battle — please pass this on and stay tuned!

Please also call your own senator and make sure he or she knows you don’t want more “Big Brother” government intrusion!

HURRY! You still have time to send emails before they drop the puck in LA for Game 3 of the Blues series against the Kings.

ACTION: Jefferson City February 26 *UPDATE*

Your country needs you today—Saturday, February 26—in Jefferson City, MO.  Radical unions threatening a Wisconsin-style hatefest at the State Capitol.  But some great Americans like Phil Todd and Elizabeth and Paul Couture have secured a permit for

Tea Party

on the

Capitol Steps

beginning at

10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 26


Please pass the word.  If you can’t be there at 10:30, come later.  We’ll need people there ALL DAY. 

**RSVP Right Now**

I heard that Rep. Todd Akin is vacating Lincoln Days to help defend America in JC.  Please join us.  I will be there. Michelle Moore. 

Please tweet, facebook, email, and blog about this.

Jefferson City is 2 hours from most parts of St. Louis. 

St. Louis Tea Party Coalition will have Tea Party Gear (cool hats, shirts, hoodies), books, bumperstickers, Free U.S. Pocket Constitutions. 

Bring water and food. [Directions via I-44]  |  [Directions via I-64/40/70]

Bring signs, but no flag poles.  (Same rules as Arch.) 

Bring LOTS of people.  Akin

*UPDATE*  CONFIRMED:  Congressman Akin will sprint from Lincoln Days to Jefferson City to speak at Restore Common Sense Rally.  Come to JCMO tomorrow to thank the Congressman for rallying with the people

**UPDATE** Martin Baker will be at the Restore Common Sense Rally at the Missouri State Capitol.  Who else?

Special Thanks to American Majority

American Majority Action deserves a huge dose of the credit for Ed Martin’s tight race for Missouri’s 3rd district in 2010.  But their ground help in September and October was only the tip of the iceberg. 

Dana Loesch and I met American Majority back in April.  Ned Ryun, the founder and president, asked us to speak at the group’s Post-Party Summit in Kansas City.  The weekend was fabulous, informative, and fun.  That’s a winning combination, especially the fun.

Ned kept in touch throughout the summer.  St. Louis Tea Party helped coordinate American Majority training sessions which, in turn, helped spawn tea party and other grassroots organizations around the area, including the Southern Illinois Tea Party.

Testimonial from American Majority Post-Party Summit in KC

When election crunch-time arrived, American Majority Action was there. In addition to helping run our office on Hampton, they produced handouts, yard signs, and other materials to help in the campaign—materials far beyond STLTPC’s budget limits. 

Most valuable, though, were AMA’s people.  Beka Romm, Raz Shafer, Rachel Hassani, Austin James, and, of course, Ned Ryun are friends, leaders, and tireless workers.  They made Ed’s race and the STLTPC their mission and passion. 

Moreover, through AMA’s efforts and evangelism, young volunteers from Arkansas and other states poured into St. Louis the last week before the election for the final drive.  They knocked on thousands of doors, talked to thousands of voters, and spurred on the natives to push a little harder. 

In my view, American Majority is the most promising of young, new education and action organizations in the country.  Ned and his crew deserve our thanks. They helped St. Louis, and they continue to advance the cause of liberty. 

Please take a moment to add your name to their New Leaders project.  And, if you are able, drop a few coins in their bucket.  They do great work.