Who We Are


We are a community of Americans, united towards a common cause: Restoring the Power of “We the People.”



Our Leadership Team


Merlin Miller

Merlin Miller was born and raised in Des Moines, Iowa, and graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY. He served several years in the U.S. Army where he commanded two units and then worked as an Industrial Engineering Manager for Michelin Tire Company. In 1983, he was accepted into the University of Southern California’s “Peter Stark Motion Picture Producing Program,” graduating in 1985 with an MFA degree in Cinema/Television.  Merlin has since been an independent screenwriter, motion picture producer/director, and media instructor, and his award winning films include; “A Place to Grow” and “Jericho.”

In 2007, Merlin became politically active in support of grassroots efforts to restore our republic and America’s best traditions, and was recruited in 2012 by an independent party to be their Presidential candidate.  He has travelled extensively (including Iran and Russia) in search of truths, to promote freedoms at home and “Peace, commerce, and honest friendship between all nations” – in defiance to an oppressive, elitist New World Order.  In 2015, Merlin helped found the American Eagle Party, www.AmericanEagleParty.com, and has just completed “Eagles Are Gathering”, a comprehensive book, connecting his unique experiences with ongoing political, military, and media deceptions – and the correctives needed for “We-the-People”.  Merlin has been married to Susan for 41 years and they have four grown daughters.

Tina Carlton

Eustina (Tina) Carlton was born and raised in the mountain state of West Virginia. Coming from a family of educators and military personnel, she was interested in Government and Politics at a very young age. Tina is probably one of the few people working at this level who has a father who served in World War I, something she is extremely proud of and which furthers her dedication to supporting our Military. She has worked in many fields Including Dept. of Social Services, Dept. of Agriculture, Dept. of Defense and Veterans Administration.

Ms. Carlton finally settled in Nashville, TN and took a position with the National Weather Service. She is now retired from the NWS after 25 years of service. She has been active in several Grassroots Groups and TN State Conventions in their endeavors to return our country to its Constitutional Roots.

Jennie Byers-Layne

Born in central Indiana, Jennie attended Purdue University (but her true education began outside of the government controlled educational system, which prompted her passion for educating others). Her career in business management began in Lafayette, IN. In 2005 she accepted a position in professional racing in Indianapolis for Eddie Cheever’s IRL series race team, Red Bull Cheever Racing. By 2006 she was their multi-company financial Controller. She started her own small business and financial consulting company in 2009, with the intention of helping small business owners who struggle to pay unreasonably high fees to CPA’s for basic financial assistance. She has serviced clients nationally for over six years. Through her background in business finance, she experienced first hand the overwhelming struggles of the typical small business in America due to the overreach of government power over the people. She observed the intimidation and bullying of the IRS to the small American business unable to get ahead due to extravagant expectations from corrupt “government” agencies. She is passionate about taking action to bring the power back to the American people. She moved to east TN with her family in 2012 and, since that time, has been actively educating people about the current state of America and our need to become actively involved in facilitating change. She is passionate about spreading pertinent and powerful information to fellow Americans and helping us create a platform from which to unite and take back our voice and power in OUR government.


Jesse Mise

Jesse was born in Jonesville, Virginia and gradutated from Tennessee Tech with a BS degree in Mathematics. He also attended Virginia Tech University where he took basic engineering courses. Jessee started working for the Virginia Highway Department near Richmond where he began his work in highway design and bridge investigations. He was brave enough to start working on various temporary jobs doing structural design. Finally Jesse was qualified to take a test at UT, which he passed to become a structural engineer in Tennessee in 1974. After moving to Knoxville in 1976 to be a structural engineer for TVA, he worked for over 8 years on nuclear power plants. Jesse formed his own structural engineering company which is still serving greater Knoxville to this day.

After spending a decade in Knoxville, Jesse discovered a small group of Patriots and has been meeting with them to seek the truth about how to deal with our current government. Jesse still continues to be a part of this local group called the East Tennessee Research Institute. Jesse is also a member of the National Liberty Alliance which has started helping people internationally. This involvement with the NLA is how Jesse met Merlin Miller, who appointed him as the American Eagle Party Treasurer in late 2014.

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