Adolph Hitler Fascist Dictator Award Goes To Ray Gonzales of Burleson, Texas

UPDATE: Letter From Mayor Shetter to MsPlacedDemocrat 4/3/09

Go Here for an update on this post!

FROM: Mayor Ken Shetter, City of Burleson

RE: Burleson Tea Party

SUBJ: City of Burleson is Not Shutting Down Tea Party

Concerned Citizen:


Members of the Burleson Tea Party group have contacted the City of Burleson wanting permission to conduct a demonstration in an area near the intersection of Wilshire Boulevard (State Highway 174) and Hidden Creek Parkway. The area is across the street from the location of the Burleson Super Wal-Mart, and adjacent to a residential area. The area where the demonstration has been planned includes right of way for the state highway, municipal right of way, and a city street. The organizer said the event is expected to draw between 300 and 500 people to participate in the demonstration.

From the beginning the city has made it clear that no city permit is required for the gathering. This being said, the city has also made it clear that there are a number of safety related concerns that need to be addressed at the originally proposed location. It is one of the busiest street intersections in the city. The posted speed limit on Wilshire/SH 174 is 50 mph. It is a 4-lane highway with a center turn lane. It is a heavily travelled highway, particularly during the hours of the planned demonstration (3-7 pm) when school is dismissing and evening going home drive-time traffic is at its peak. The original request also included the barricading of four residential streets to keep group members from parking in the neighborhoods. The city’s main concerns are safety of the demonstrators and other pedestrians, traffic safety, and the ability for fire trucks to get in and out of the residential streets and hook up to fire hydrants. In speaking with representatives from the Texas Department of Transportation, it is clear that TxDOT and the city share the safety concerns.

The city has a special events committee that reviews requests for street closures (for example, neighborhood block parties, festivals). That committee met Thursday to review the request. Due to the topography of the area and the design of the highway, the number of anticipated participants in the demonstration, and the other safety concerns the special events committee has suggested that an alternative site be considered. In fact, in an attempt to accommodate the group, City Hall, site of many community festivals, was offered as an alternative site. Nevertheless, although the site originally proposed for the demonstration presented numerous safety concerns, the committee was willing to take steps to accommodate the event if certain steps could be taken by the organizers of the event to assure safety for everyone involved.

At the time the attached news release from the city was issued this morning, we had not heard back from the organizers of the event. We since have had several discussions with the organizers and it is our understanding that an alternative site has indeed been secured. You can contact the organizers of the event for the final location.

There are a few things that need to be made clear. First, Rey Gonzales, one of the members of the city’s special events committee, is a good man and dedicated public servant that works very hard every day to make our city a great place to live. He is not trying to stop the tea party, and from my understanding has worked hard to accomodate the organizers. Second, our city functions with a Council-Manager form of government. As such, the mayor is not responsible for running the city on a day-to-day basis, and I have no authority to try to stop a function like the tea party. Third, a number of people have e-mailed nasty comments about our city and our city government–Burleson is a great place to live, work, learn and play. The members of our City Council and staff are concerned with one thing only–doing what’s right for our citizens. If you come to Burleson I think you will agree it’s a great place, and I hope you spend some time in some of our great stores and restaurants–you might want to check out our “Old Town” area.

By the way, I have read and studied our Constitution–I’ve even taken an oath to preserve, protect and defend it. I take that oath very seriously.


Ken Shetter

Mayor of Burleson, Texas


I just saw this item over at MsPlacedDemocrat and tracked it back to

Time to jam the email boxes, phones and fax machines and let Mayor Kenneth Shetter of Burleson, Texas know that the Tax Day Tea Party WILL BE ALLOWED (oh please, I can’t believe I even have to type that – carry your copy of the Constitution as your official permit and proof of insurance), and ask that Mr. Gonzales (fascist-not-even-in-charge) must be fired or step down for not reading the Constitution and not being a true American.

City of Burleson Tries to Cancel Tea Party

BREAKING NEWS: The City of Burleson, Texas is trying to shut down a Tax Day Tea Party planned for April 15th!!

According to local organizers, unelected “street supervisor” Ray Gonzales, informed them that he was going to prevent the event from happening.

Mr. Gonzales told organizers that he is on a special events staff, which is under the city manager’s office in Burleson. Gonzales explained to one local organizer that the special events staff had decided this protest was “not in the public interest.” He is telling organizers that David Wynn, the city manager, is his boss, and could overturn this decision. For the record, the city manager’s office told local organizers that they do not need a permit to demonstrate in Burleson, and they are not saying that the organizers need one now.

I will post an update as soon as I get one from the local organizers, but I have been told that Mr. Gonzales is trying to get the Texas Department of Transportation to stop the tea party from happening.

Those who cherish liberty must stand with our friends in Burleson, Texas, and demand that the local government immediately drop all attempts to cancel the Burleson Tea Party.

Call and email them now!!!

Burleson Mayor Kenneth Shetter

Burleson City Manager David Wynn (817) 447-5400 x 234

Burleson City Council

I can tell you that the people will show up anyway, but we need to send a message to the city of Burleson, just like we did in Cape Coral, Florida.

Burleson Tea Party

April 15, 2009
3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Location: Across the street from Wal-Mart
951 SW Wilshire Blvd.
Burleson, Texas 76028 (

By Logistics Monster


  • I sent the following to the Mayor, City Council and City Manager of Burleson on 4-2-09.

    I am one of the grassroots members of the Kansas City Tea Party. Let PJTV know what is going on as well (

    I wish you the very best and Godspeed!

    Iris James

    I also sent this email to the Tea Part contact in Burleson and she responded as follows:

    Thank you very much for sending the emails. We have found a new location and will be moving forward!

    Thanks! Amy

  • Letty Bromenschenkel -

    Emails sent from OREGON

    Thanks for the heads up:

    Subj: Please HONOR the rights of all citizens.

    We the people, still have a right to free speech, thank you

    The constitution gives us that right at this moment in history:

    We demand that you honor the rights of all citizens of the USA.

    We stand with the rights of the citizens of Burleson, Texas, to hold their Tea party demonstration.

    If it were ACORN you would probably give them the use of your city buses

    Thank you for respecting the rights of the Citizens of the USA.

    Letty Bromenschenkel
    State of Oregon

  • ReverendCirca53 -

    ..An number of Tea Party’s are trying to be cancelled by various city officials, some are claiming that Permits are needed. They are being ignored per the Constitution….SEE… for Tea Party lists all over the country, and JOIN Resistnet(The Patriotic Resistance) while your there….Later…Rev….

  • Tea Party Practical Madness
    By Larry Noel AKA The Practical Madman
    Our founding fathers did a great job creating this grand experiment in government, but they have been let down. Due to our lack of education in exactly what a Republic is, our responsibilities in maintaining it, and our being led astray into believing that we live in a Democracy, we have let this grand Republic fall into disarray. It is time to follow in the footsteps of our founding fathers, and follow through in their quest for a free country of “We The People”, so that we may pass it along intact to the next generation.
    It is time to learn and to educate others about the treasonous entity called the Federal Reserve Bank, which is not Federal, nor has reserves, nor is a bank, and to demand that it is abolished. Henry Ford said “It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning!” Thomas Jefferson said “I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around the banks will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered.” Think about these statements, and think about where America is today. Another great statement from this great man is “I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them”.

    We must also learn and educate others of the truth about the IRS and it’s illegality, and free ourselves from this tyranny. The 16th amendment was never ratified by the states and therefore has no hold on us, and the IRS works under a dark cloud that threatens us with the loss of our liberties if we do not submit to their illegal practices. The tax code is 85,000 pages in length, and no one can be held in account to know it all, and no one can comply with it all. Anyone they wish can be found guilty of something because it is so cumbersome and contradictory by design. We do not have the right to the 5th amendment and not testify against ourselves in dealing with this group of thugs. With them you are guilty until proven innocent and this and every action committed by this entity is against the very principals that this country was founded on, as well as the Constitution.
    The tea parties are a good start, and just the right opportunity to talk to your neighbors and to start the ball rolling. If everyone that attends a tea party will go down to the local police department and swear out a complaint, and demand that the congressional delegates for their area be charged with treason and dereliction of duty, maybe we can do something. They all took an oath to defend the Constitution, and have defaulted on that oath. It is also illegal to hold office in more than one Branch of the Government at a time, and all of the Congressmen that are lawyers, and our President too, are members and representatives of the court, the Judicial Branch, and therefore ineligible to hold office in either the Executive or Legislative Branches. Do not go to the police department alone, or go in a mass, I think it would be better to go in small groups of four or five, and be witnesses for each other. Get the name and badge number of the officer that took the complaint, and follow through with the DA in about a week. Contact the local Federal Attorney General, and do the same. This will take coordination and the time to start is now!
    It is our government and we have the obligation to pass it on in good shape to the next generation, and to educate them on how to keep it (like no one did for us…thank God for the internet and the ability to communicate, educate, and pass important information around). We must ALL file charges of treason and dereliction of duty charges on them and demand that they be honored. Police officers are servants of the people, and by law they have to take formal charges filed by a citizen and follow through, or they are in default of their oaths and subject to the same charges.
    If tens of thousands of formal sworn complaints are filed, the charges must be honored. The criminals must be arrested and stand trial. Lets see the main stream media hide or spin that! Maybe we can avoid another civil war, just have them all arrested and thrown out of office simultaneously!
    Our founding fathers tried desperately to settle their demands for redress with the King in a peaceful way. Every American has an obligation, sworn to or not, to defend the Constitution against ALL enemies, foreign AND DOMESTIC! If the First Amendment fails, we are forced to try the Second!

  • brityank -

    I advise that everyone get hold of and keep with them at all times a copy of the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution, and bring them forth anytime some officious pipsqueak requires you obey their unconstitutional directive.

    Pocket-sized copies can be obtained from either the Heritage Foundation ( or from the Cato Institute (, among others.

    Stay strong, stay safe, stay ACTIVE!

  • Some one needs to send these morons a copy of the Constitution, with…..THE RIGHT OF THE PEOPLE TO PEACEABLY TO ASSEMBLE… highlighted!I will be going to the tea party in Sacramento, which is where Neil Cavuto will be appearing.

  • Another update on the website:

    By Brendan Steinhauser on Apr 03, 2009
    I just got off the phone with the local organizers of the Burleson Tea Party. They told me that the city’s press statement contained false explanations of what happened, but ultimately the local organizers will be able to hold their tea party. The city manager agreed to cooperate with the tea party planners to ensure that the tea party is safe, and a success. According to organizers, the city manager said that the city ”dropped the ball” and that he could not get any work done all day, due to the flood of emails and calls.

    This just goes to show you what conservative activists can do with one dose of technology, and one dose of Rules for Radicals. Local organizers are ecstatic about the success, and they wanted me to extend a warm thanks to everyone that emailed and called the city manager, the mayor and the city council. If you live near Burleson, be sure to get there and support them on April 15th!

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