Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves are its only safe depositories.
Thomas Jefferson
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.
Thomas Jefferson

Click HERE for the Mission Statement of The East Orange NJ Tea Party

2nd Annual Tax Day East Orange Tea Party

The Second Annual East Orange Tea Party was held on 4/15/10 at 12:00 Noon in Watsessing Park by the banks of the Second River in East Orange. Last year, I stood alone; a party of one. This year I was again all alone but spoke with a few passers-by and again did the job the Essex County Parks Commission is SUPPOSED to do with our tax money; I cleaned up the East Orange entrance section to the park.

Three Bags Full: It was hard to believe there was that much litter in the entrance to the park, but as you can see, I filled 3 plastic shopping bags to the brim with litter from that one section alone. How about using some stimulus money to outfit some retired citizens with "grabby sticks" like mine and putting them to work?

I was just finishing up my "demonstration" of citizenship (I maintain that each citizen is personally responsible for his or her own environment and government), when up rolled the CBS mobile TV truck looking for the East Orange Tea Party.

I informed the reporter, Kathryn Brown, that I was all alone and that she had missed the "Tea Party Demonstration" of me doing the clean-up job that our taxes pay the Essex County Parks to do.

Upon learning that there was no angry mob inciting violence or spouting racist remarks at my peaceful Tea Party, the reporter and driver hopped back in their truck and scurried off to the Hackensack Tea Party in hopes of a jucier story for the evening news.

I am thankful that having only 1 Tea Party Member makes it difficult to infiltrate our party to make it newsworthy.

When the excitement over the arrival and immediate departure of the TV truck had settled down, I broke out my hot tea thermos and some Lorna Doones (cookies) and used up my tea bag twice while awaiting any more visitors or potential members.

Last year I made the mistake of pouring out an unused tea bag into the river. This year, I made sure the tea was well used. Waste not, want not; a lesson I fervantly wish the governments - local, state and federal - would learn.

On concluding that once again I was the sole East Orange Representative of the Tea Party Movement, I started the video camera (see video below if you can stand it!), made my annual speech and dumped my used tea into the river.

I wish it were possible for me to clean up the Second River, but that's not something possible for an ordinary citizen to do without getting arrested or at least shooed away. The river is home to a variety of wildlife, including ducks, geese, frogs and fish, but they have to put up with trash that inconsiderate humans throw in just for fun. There are plenty of trash barrels around the park, easily accessed by the public, but until each person decides to take responsibility for his or her environment, nothing will change.

After I dumped my well-used tea into the Second River (see video below) and cleaned up after myself, I went over to Cicely Tyson School and picked up my Fried Fish Dinner that the Band Parents Association was selling for the benefit of East Orange's Unified Marching Band. This is one of the most worthy benefit causes in the city; they send a group of high school students to Southern University in Louisana for a week of training in drilling, marching and playing band music. The students then return to East Orange and pass on that training to a larger number of East Orange students in a month long summer band camp. You can see what it's all about HERE. If you missed the Fried Fish Dinner, you can still help out by attending the Benefit Concert "Music Under the Stars" on Saturday evening, May 1st, 2010.

Video also available on YouTube.

Interesting Tea Party Links

Mission Statement of The East Orange NJ Tea Party

New Jersey Tea Party Coalition http://www.njteapartycoalition.org/

Mission Statement of above: http://www.njteapartycoalition.org/Documents/NJTPC.pdf

New Jersey Tea Parties United http://www.njteapartiesunited.org/

New Jersey Tea Party : http://njteaparty.com/

Americans For Prosperity http://www.americansforprosperity.com/new-jersey

Before It's News http://www.beforeitsnews.com/

Jim Gerrish

1. Take Back our Government. Vote Out ALL Incumbents.

This is a necessary first step. We, the People of the United States, have allowed politicians to do our thinking and our jobs for so long that they have begun to believe they are in charge, and not us. This will show them who is really in charge and why the Constitution of the United States begins with the words: "We the People of the United States." Vote for someone who has not yet become corrupted by public office perks, a cushy public salary, and access to our tax money. Don't think you can let someone else have a free ride by not voting. Your job is to VOTE, not to avoid personal responsibility. Find the most sincere, honest candidate of any party and vote for the person, not the party.

Join a political party; do not register as an "independent" or some third party. Become a Democrat or a Republican. Choose the party that needs the most reform so you can vote in that party's Primary Election. In East Orange, you should become a Democrat because the Republican Party has no real presence here and you can only make your vote count in the Primary Elections by being a registered Democrat. In the final elections, you can vote your conscience without regard for any political party.

See how this works at the local level using the forthcoming Orange Municipal Elections on May 11, 2010

2. No Taxation Without TRUE Representation. Vote for Tax REFORM.

Vote for Tax REFORM on all levels, local, state and federal. Vote NO to ALL bond requests, even if they make you feel good. Vote down ANY and ALL tax increases. Make them use the tax money they already have and are wasting. Don't give them any new money to play with until they get control of government spending, fraud and waste.

Begin this year on your Tax Return by letting them know what is coming and check "NO" (or leave unchecked) the box for Contributing money to the Presidential Election Campaign (Federal) AND Gubernatorial Elections Fund (State). If this makes you feel guilty, contribute that money directly to the candidate of your choice, or to your favorite charity. Tax Reform BEGINS with Fiscal Responsibility. Don't expect your governments to give you a free ride at someone else's expense. There is no such thing as a free lunch. Politicians don't yet know that. Teach them.

3. Demand Truth in Advertising. Revise the Oaths of Office to include a Perjury Clause.

This is a long term goal; one that will take time to get fixed. The IRS makes you sign your tax return "under penalties of perjury." Make politicians take an oath of office with the same wording at the end: "Under penalties of perjury, I do so swear."

For now: demand that politicians running for public office at ANY level end all of their advertising with the same clause: "I swear under penalties of perjury that everything in this political advertisement is the truth." Make them state this publicly at any and all public meetings, especially those which are recorded or televised.

4. Demand Term Limits. Two Terms (Eight Years) is enough.

This is also a long term goal and will take time to get the laws changed and the Constitution amended. If the Office of the President of the United States is LIMITED to two terms of four years each, so should every elective public office be similarly limited. If a person can't carry out every one of his or her campaign promises within that time, they were not competent to do so from the beginning. Eight years is enough. Let someone else have a turn. If they were good at their jobs and carried out all their promises, they can always run for some other office, or go home and tend the garden.

For now: Vote ALL incumbents out of office. For the near future, use your vote to limit terms of ALL public offices.

Do none harm, speak none harm, think none harm.

Demand the same of yourself as you demand of others.

Take personal responsibility for your environment and your government.

Leave the Earth a better place than it was when you first arrived.

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