Weekly Update – May 29, 2010
1. MEMORIAL DAY PARADES, MONDAY, MAY 31: CORRECTED INFORMATION — We will participate in all three Shore Road parades in Atlantic County. Northfield begins at 8:45AM, Linwood begins at 9:45AM and Somers Point begins at 10:45 AM.
a. We (participants only please) will assemble for coffee and donuts at the home of our President, Dennis Mahon at 8AM. We will then return to his home for a barbecue after the Somers Point Parade (again, marchers only). Dennis lives on the circle at “Twelve Oaks” Court (the name of the street is “Twelve Oaks”-like in Gone With the Wind) in Northfield. Please RSVP to Dennis directly or to 609-927-7333 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
b. Many community groups participate in these parades. Only a few of them, mostly veterans groups, are ?on message? with the meaning of the holiday. Our mission is to remind the community why Americans fought and died to defend liberty in the past, why we are at war today, and why every American must be prepared at any time to sacrifice everything we have to preserve the liberty of ourselves, our children and everyone around us.
c. Each year, we present our message in a simple and dignified way. We have a color guard with three flags – the American Flag, the New Jersey “Liberty and Prosperity” flag, and the Rattlesnake “Don’t Tread on Me” flag. We wear the red-white-blue sashes that the patriots of 1776 once wore. We also carry wooden pikes draped with the Phrygean Cap, the red cap of liberty. This red cap was worn in ancient times by ex-slaves who had gained their freedom, and was an important symbol of the American Revolution. For details, go to http://www.libertyandprosperity.org.
d. How effectively we present our message depends on how we dress, how we appear and how many of us are out there walking. If we appear poorly dressed and groomed, have poor posture, appear disorganized, talk and joke among ourselves as we walk and don?t take the event seriously, and if there are few of us, people will correctly assume that we are not an effective organization. If more than two dozen of us walk well dressed, well groomed and proudly walking tall and demonstrating our symbols of liberty, we can do more for liberty than hundreds of e-mails and ?Tea Party? meetings among ourselves. The choice is ours. In many ways, this event is a report card for what we did during the past year.
2. Seth Grossman Column in Current-Gazette Newspapers this week applies the recent lessons taught by Glenn Beck (http://www.glennbeck.com/) to the high taxes and failure of our public schools in New Jersey today. See http://www.shorenewstoday.com/index….-movement.html
3. Thanks to Mark Hutchinson, Dennis Mahon, Mel ?Nate? Nathanson, Debra Kurtz and a half dozen others for making the May 25 ?Border? movie and workshop with Gail Kesselman of http://www.njcic.com such a success. We had a full house and raised $215 to help us sponsor future events. We also thank Atlantic County Sheriff Frank Balles (http://www.acsheriff.org/main/aboutus/balles.asp) for taking an interest and participating in this program.
4. Why make this choice? Every day, towns and public schools choose between laying off teachers and police, or taxing citizens out of their homes. Part of this is because Republican Governor Chris Christie cut state funding, and pushed for a 2 ?% limit on public school and local government spending hikes to avoid state tax hikes. But one option is not even on the table – why not keep the same number of teachers, cops and firemen, but pay them less! Commercial fishermen are paid far less than any public employees, but are far more likely to be killed or injured on the job. Why should government employees be paid so much more for doing the same jobs? Note our newest principles. Bring the idea of ?government of the people, by the people, for the people? back to public schools and local governments in New Jersey. Let citizens and our elected officials, not appointed arbitrators, decide how much ?we the people? should compensate the people we hire as our public servants.
5. BUSINESS MEETING MONDAY, JUNE 14. The following members have been nominated as Trustees for three year terms. Our bylaws require that statements from each nominee be sent to each member 14 days before the meeting at which he or she is to be elected.:
i. Betty Lou Barnard: Statement to be supplied.
ii. Mary Kazmarck: It would be a priviledge and an honor to be able to continue as a board member with Liberty and Prosperity. I have enjoyed working with ,and getting to know each and every one of you. I would appreciate your consideration in keeping me on as a board member to help further the cause of our principles, that there may be Liberty and Prosperity for all of us and our posterity. Thank you. Sincerely, Mary Kazmarck, Linwood, N.J. 08221
iii. Joel Rubinfine: Statement to be supplied.
iv. Mark Hutchinson: I am honored to be considered for a position with Liberty and Prosperity. I have enjoyed my association with the organization, and look forward to advancing the principles of Liberty and Prosperity. Thanks for your consideration. Sincerely, Mark Hutchinson, Mays Landing, NJ 08330
6. Liberty and Prosperity Ten Point Program for 2010:
I. No eminent domain for private gain.
II. Enforce federal immigration laws. No amnesty. Deport illegal aliens.
III. Make tax and zoning laws fair, simple, and apply them equally to everyone.
IV. Cut taxes by cutting government spending.
V. Post all government salaries, contracts, and budgets online.
VI. Repudiate (refuse to pay) all state government debts incurred without voter approval in violation of our State Constitution. Repudiate all federal government debts incurred for purposes not permitted by Article I, Section 8 of our Federal Constitution.
VII. Bring “government of the people, by the people, and for the people” back to our public schools and local governments. Let parents apply taxpayer money spent to educate their children to the qualified schools they choose. Don’t force public employees to pay dues to unions they don’t want to join. Let elected officials again decide what salaries, pensions, and benefits to pay our public “servants”.
VIII. Hold frequent non-binding referendums (public votes) on all issues of public importance.
IX. Term limits for all elected officials. Pensions for none.
X Make a public audit of the Federal Reserve Banking System.
7. WE NEED YOUR HELP TO GET OUR MESSAGE OUT!!! We need 400 people to pay $30 dues to keep our message on the radio, the internet and on road signs. If you live near a well traveled rural road, please let us put a sign there! Contact Seth Grossman at email@example.com or (609) 927-7333.
Liberty and Prosperity 1776, Inc. is a non-profit, education organization. We are registered and recognized by both the State of New Jersey and the IRS as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charity. Our mission is to learn and teach why ‘Liberty and Prosperity’, New Jersey’s motto since 1776, is still true and relevant today — and how Americans can again be free and effective citizens.”
MEMBERSHIP REQUIREMENTS: Voting Members: $60 dues; attend 3 business meetings per year; work on one board approved project per year. Non-Voting Members: $30 per year; no attendance or volunteer requirements