Conroe, January 9 – Renowned historian and local businessman Dave Thomas Roberts spoke to the Montgomery County Tea Party on Monday, January 7, 2019, and didn’t mince words about some locals who call themselves “Republicans.” Roberts’ topic was his upcoming book, “The Death of Liberty,” which he will release right before the April tax season and discusses the history of the federal income tax, since the adoption of the 16th Amendment to the United States Constitution in 1913, and its impact on the destruction of freedom in the United States.
After Roberts concluded his remarks, he took questions from the floor. The first question was “As a historian, what do you believe Samuel Adams or Patrick Henry would have thought of the five current members of the Montgomery County Commissioners Court?”
Roberts, responded, “They would have tarred and feathered them.”
The citizen then asked, “Why?”
Roberts explained, “Because they’re not patriots. They’re politicians who’ve never made a payroll in their lives. They even take money from out of state donors.”
“[Samuel Adams and Patrick Henry] would have tarred and feathered…[the five current members of the Montgomery County Commissioners Court]…because they’re not patriots. They’re politicians who’ve never made a payroll in their lives. They even take money from out of state donors.” – – – Historian Dave Thomas Roberts, January 7, 2019.
Roberts mentioned that two years ago the United States passed an “historic milestone” when “more people are now government employees than there are people who are self-employed.”
Conservative icon Gregory Parker, who is a former Comal County Commissioner and participated in the meeting through the Internet since he was traveling on a job Monday night, asked Roberts how conservatives can appeal to young people.
Roberts said, “Millenials love free enterprise. They like to have their freedom. That’s how real conservatives can appeal to them.”
Roberts’ reference to “the death of liberty” is to the time period when the federal government passed the income tax regardless of apportionment among the states. “That’s when federal taxation became an agent for social change in this country,” Robert explained.
The historian discussed the Tea Party movement in the United States. “It’s not dead at all,” Roberts said. “The Freedom Caucus in the United States House of Representatives is the most worthwhile political organization there is. I’ve stopped giving money to every other organization…While Congressman Louis Gohmert isn’t a member of the Freedom Caucus, he votes with them. Gohmert and those guys have chops; that’s why they’re meeting with President Trump in the Oval Office right now.”
Asked whether he thought Congressman Kevin Brady, who claims to be a Republican from The Woodlands, was in the Oval Office with the Freedom Caucus members, Roberts took a long pause and then answered “I seriously doubt it.”
Roberts also spoke briefly about the unwillingness of Montgomery County Republican Chairman Wally Wilkerson to comply with the duly-enacted Party Bylaws or to work with the young group of conservatives who so successfully ran the Party during the last half of 2018 without Wilkerson’s assistance. “What the conservatives are doing in the County Republican Party is absolutely right. We should thank Wilkerson for his 54 years of service and tell him that it’s time for the Party to move forward,” Robert said.