In the beginning of a change the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot.
Catherine Engelbrecht visited the Downtown Pachyderm last week to give the hometown crowd an update on what was going on in her world. Let me just start by saying that Catherine looked and sounded great. I say this because her trials and tribulations have been well documented. Catherine’s story is important and I wanted to share her update with Big Jolly Politics readers.
Catherine spoke about the humble beginnings of True the Vote and the King Street Patriots. True the Vote was formed to ensure election integrity and filed for 501(c)(3) status in July 2010. True the Vote began as one of many projects for the King Street Patriots. King Street Patriots was created as an umbrella organization to support and defend American exceptionalism, constitutional governance, and civic duty and filed for 501(c)(4) status in July 2010.
King Street’s original location, in the parking lot of the old Northwest Mall, was always full of like-minded folks who wanted nothing more than functioning, effective, honest, and limited government. If you were running for office in 2010 and did not show up here, you likely lost in Harris County. It was the place to be. This was the hallmark of the Tea Party movement that swept over Houston and the United States.
The Tea Party movement is still very misunderstood. The progressive left always mischaracterized the movement for political purposes. Today, the movement is alive and well and Donald Trump certainly tapped into the movement’s core message. Many Tea Party leaders have become targets of the political establishment, democrats, and the progressive left. Catherine certainly was one of their biggest targets.
It is a horror story how Catherine, her family, her business, King Street Patriots, and True the Vote was attacked by the IRS, ATF, OSHA, and the FBI. Do not think for a second that democrats do not weaponize all federal agencies to use against their opponents because they do. The power of the federal government is massive and, when used for unlawful purposes, can be devastating. It helps if you have money and skill to fight back. There are so many federal laws, rules, and regulations, that any one of us can become a target (e.g., Dinesh D’Souza).
The Obama administration used every branch of the government to attack its enemies and Catherine is the prime example. Catherine has withstood a full on assault by the federal government: her family’s business was raided by the FBI and ATF; her taxes were audited repeatedly; OSHA compliance officers were inspecting every aspect of her family’s machine shop; and the list of King Street Patriot attendees were demanded by IRS officials. Catherine never wanted to believe that any of these federal agencies could be used in such a way and thought this was coincidental at first. Now she knows better. The government’s request for membership lists and social media contacts taught her otherwise.
The litigation has been relentless and expensive. Catherine is in court to this day with the IRS. It is always a David and Goliath story with this type of litigation. Catherine has sought the records of the government agencies colluding against her. Transparency is something government agencies always fight against and there is a lot to hide.
The integrity of our electoral process was the focus of True the Vote long before it was fashionable. The narrative pushed by the democrats is that the Russians stole our elections, but any Bernie Sanders supporter can explain in great detail how democrats steal elections. The 2016 democratic primary between Hillary and Bernie was the definition of election fraud.
It was great to see an old friend fighting the good fight. I have been worried because I have seen bits and pieces of her fight and know there have been ups and downs for her in the process. Catherine is a strong person and I would take her to any fight. Catherine can use your support and here is a link if you would like to help with her expenses. I am going to send her some money and encourage you to do the same. Any amount will help! Litigating with the Federal Government is costly. Catherine spoke about Senator Cornyn and his support and help with the IRS. Thank you Senator Cornyn for helping my friend!
Catherine is an honest woman who has been treated badly, very badly, by our government. Her fight is our fight and for all those patriots who seek to fill the gap against tyranny. Catherine honors all freedom loving patriots through her deeds and action. I wanted her to know that her suffering is not unrecognized by her friends and neighbors in Houston and what she went through strengthened all of our resolve to win the day for justice, righteousness, and freedom.