Weekly Update – September 2, 2012


1,???? Second Chance to hear Trevor Loudon this Tuesday, September 4 at 7PM at meeting of Greenwich Tea Party Patriots, Grange Hall, 535 Daretown Road, Elmer, NJ? (Off of Traffic Circle at Routes 40 and 77).??? About 75 people came to here Trevor ?at our LibertyAndProsperity.org breakfast last Saturday, in spite of suggestion for $10 donation, in addition to paying for breakfast

2.???? Trevor Loudon is a political researcher and journalist from New Zealand.??? About 20 years ago, he was working on a project to learn why the Parliament of New Zealand, a close ally of the United States, suddenly cancelled its alliance with the United States, and banned U.S. Navy ships from its ports.??? He found out that the government of the old Soviet Union had trained, funded, and instructed a handful of left-wing organizers in New Zealand to persuade various labor unions and ?peace? organizations to advance its agenda by barring all nuclear weapons from New Zealand ports, knowing that most U.S. Navy ships carried nuclear weapons.

3.???? While doing that research on New Zealand politics, Trevor Loudon accidentally discovered those same government officials in the Soviet Union trained, funded and led left-wing organizers here in ?the United States?and that many of those were in close contact with and greatly influenced Barack Obama as a young man?and launched his political career.? Much of that information is found on his website http://www.trevorloudon.com/ and his book Barack Obama, The Enemies Within.

4.???? An important lesson learned from the presentation is that although very few people today? believe in the old fashioned ?and unworkable philosophy of Karl Marx, ?those on the left believe that they are smarter and more knowledgeable than anyone else?and are therefore entitled to run the government.??? Because they look down on most Americans, they believe it is OK to lie, cheat, abuse the power of government, ?bully and threaten people, and do anything else it takes ridicule and discredit anyone who opposes them, to keep themselves in control of the schools, the news media, labor unions, and all public debates.??? The only way to defeat them is for us to? be just as determined, active, and smart in advancing our principles of liberty, as they are in advancing their agenda.

5.???? That is why our two events to remember Richard Somers this Sunday, September 9, are so important.??? Two weeks ago, Seth Grossman published a column in the Current Newspapers pointing out how America?s ?culture of individual liberty, limited government, low taxes, and basic education for all American gave us more freedom, justice, and prosperity than any other people in history during the past 400 years.

6.????? However, that truthful and common sense view of American history was quickly challenged by several letters to the editor repeated the false history taught in most colleges and public schools today–only a few enjoyed wealth an comfort in America, and that slavery and the exploitation of ?working families? and poor countries like Mexico are ?what made America rich.? ??That is because many of the young leftist agitators of the 1960?s that Trevor Loudon talked about? made their careers in training teachers an professors, an writing school textbooks.

7.???? The story of Richard Somers is very important in understanding American history as indicated below.??? Join us at the ceremony? at 2:00 PM? Somers Point City Hall,? Shore Road and New Jersey Avenue in Somers Point to learn the story of Richard Somers and how it proves how most Americans embraced liberty and rejected slavery in 1801, when Thomas Jefferson was President.?? And? bring your children so they can learn what ?progressive? history books don?t say about the greatness of this country.

8.???? But we also need your financial support at our annual fundraiser right after the ceremony.? ?Please buy your ticket now for our fundraiser from 3PM to 4:30 PM at Gregory?s Restaurant and Bar one block away at 900 Shore Road in Somers Point.?? Tickets are $25 per person, $35 per couple, and includes dinner and cash bar.??? You can pay for them online at http://www.libertyandprosperity.org, or from any Liberty and Prosperity member, or at the Seth Grossman Law Office at 453 Shore Road, Somers Point, or call 609-927-7333 or email sethgrossman49@gmail.com.?? We must sell? 20 tickets just to break even.?? We can only continue our present level of activity if we sell about 75 tickets above that.?? You can of course by tickets at the door, but it would make things easier if we knew in advance how many people are coming.

9.???? We know that we should have a committee of three or four people to systematically call our members and prospects, and personally urge them to support events like this.??? But once again, two few people are trying to do too many things, and we do not yet have such a committee.? So please make a personal commitment to attend this event and buy your ticket?online, by phone, from a member, or at the door?and to bring a friend or family member along?even if nobody personally approaches you.??? Thanks.

10.???? LibertyAndProsperity.org on the radio.?? Saturday morning 8AM to 9AM on 92.1FM, WVLT Vineland, is heard in Philadelphia, Wilmington, Cherry Hill, and most of South Jersey.?? Seth Grossman is also a guest with Larry Trulli and Dan Klein on 1020AM, WIBG (Ocean City, NJ) on Mondays from 8AM to 10AM.

11.?? ?Governor Christie signed a new law for the state to to borrow $750 million on various union only construction projects for New Jersey state colleges.?? Stockton College already borrowed some $200 million for its ?wow? student? center, the Seaview Country Club,? the Woodbine Synagogue, new buildings in Hammonton, and planned new dormitories, off-campus housing, performing arts center, solar panels, over? its parking lots, and proposed new construction near the Revel Casino in Atlantic City.?? This proposed new $750 million of state debt must be approved by voters in a special ballot question in the November election.??? The Press of Atlantic City has not reported anything about this proposed massive borrowing?or the hardship caused by big tuition hikes– other than to say that Stockton College has bigger budgets, more buildings, and more students than ever.12.?? Fox News reported that ?Republican Chris Christie was the keynote speaker at the Republican National Convention last week he started the Republican comeback by defeating Democrat Governor Jon Corzine in 2009.??? But Republican Bob McDonnell of Virginia also defeated a Democrat in a previously Democrat run state in 2009.??? But unlike Christie, McDonnell cut government spending and taxes, and succeeding in helping Republicans retake both houses of the Virginia State Legislature.?? Republican Governor Christie was unable to win a single legislative seat for Republicans in last year?s 2011 elections.?? Was it because Christie said he said he ?loved? collective bargaining for government employees??? Was it because he appointed liberal Democrats to most key positions, while freezing out Steve Lonegan conservatives?

12.?? By the way, the Republican comeback in New Jersey did not start with Chris Christie in 2009.?? It started when Conservative Republican Steve Lonegan organized the statewide opposition to the $450 million bond issue supported by Democrat Governor Jon Corzine in 2007.??? It continued when Lonegan was the only Republican leader to organize statewide opposition to Democrat Corzine?s toll hike scheme to hock the Parkway, Turnpike, and Expressway for $30 billion.?? And it continued? when Lonegan and his supporters went all out to support Christie in the critical weeks before the November, 2009 elections.???? Did the Republican comeback in New Jersey fizzle out in the 2011 elections because Christie made deals deals for windmills in the ocean with Democrat Senate President (and Ironworkers Union boss) Steve Sweeney.?? But refused to let any Steve Lonegan conservatives or other Tea Party conservatives hold any key positions in his administration, or be candidates for state senate or assembly? ??(But Christie did invite some ?Tea Party? leaders to breakfast at his house once each year.)

13.??? Become a full voting member of LibertyAndProsperity.org! Dues are $60 per year, attend 3 business meetings each year, and work on at least one volunteer project each year. Or be a non-voting supporting member for just $30 per year, with no other commitment.

14.??? Please? read the rough draft of Seth Grossman?s proposed column for the Current and Gazette weekly newspapers in Atlantic and Cape May Counties.??? Please forward your corrections and suggestions for improvement to Seth at sethgrossman49@gmail.com. Thanks.

“Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past”.? George Orwell? (British journalist and author of 1984 and Animal Farm (1903-1950)

In 1783, America won its independence from England after eight years of war.?? But our peace treaty with England got us into a new war with four Arab kingdoms (the Barbary States)? on the Mediterranean coast of North Africa– Morocco, Algiers, Tunis, and Tripoli.

They were allies of the powerful Muslim Turkish Empire conquered much? of Eastern Europe, and almost seized Vienna, Austria.?? While doing this, they grew rich and powerful themselves from the slave business.

The Barbary Kings gave ?letters of marque? to Muslim sea captains (including European pirates who? converted to Islam) to attack ships or villages of non-Muslim countries they were at war with?and share their profits with the government.? This made them lawful? ?privateers? (?corsairs? in French) rather than criminal pirates.

Scholars estimate that these Muslim ?corsairs? captured and enslaved some 800,000 to 1.2 million Europeans during the 300 years between 1500 and 1800.??? Corsairs even raided villages in Ireland and Iceland, since blond, blue-eyed women got the highest prices in the Turkish slave markets.

The Barbary corsairs outfought most European navies at the time because money from the slave trade bought them the best ships and weapons.?? Arab ships were faster and did not depend on wind or tide because they were powered by the oars of? an endless supply of slaves.?? And Muslim fighters were fearless, since they believed they went to paradise, redeemed of all sin, if they were killed fighting non-Muslims.

By 1783, most European nations gave up fighting the Barbary corsairs, and paid ?tribute? (bribes) to have their ships and village left alone.?? When America was part of the British Empire, our ships were protected by the English payoffs.????? But we attacked after 1783 when England recognized our independence.

In 1785, Thomas Jefferson, failed to persuade Congress and the Europeans to fight the Barbara States.???? It was cheaper for us to pay tribute than to build a navy and go to war.

But the more we paid, the more the Barbary States demanded.??? Finally, in 1798, Americans said ?Millions for defense!? Not one cent for tribute!???? Congress agreed to spend millions of dollars to build warships and a navy academy in Annapolis.??? Richard Somers of Somers Point, then 20 years old, was among the first to enroll.

When Thomas Jefferson became President in 1801, he persuaded Congress to send our new fleet to fight the Barbary corsairs.??? Richard Somers, then 23 years old,? commanded one of those ships.??? The oldest ship commander was 30.?? The youngest was 15.

The Europeans ridiculed us, and predicted our quick defeat.??? But those young Americans astounded the world.??? In three years, they put three of the four Barbary fleets out of action, and blockaded the last one in its home port of Tripoli.???? On September 4, 1804, Richard Somers and his entire crew were killed as they tried to sneak a ship loaded with explosives into that harbor to destroy that fleet.

Although he failed, Richard Somers inspired both Americans and Europeans to continue the struggle Within 12 years, we ended the Muslim slave trade in the Mediterranean once and for all.

America?s struggle with slavery overseas also inspired many Americans, including Benjamin Franklin, to demand the end of slavery in this country.??? Slavery was ended in all federal territories in 1787, an in all northern states soon afterwards.?? The importation of new slaves was outlawed in 1808.?? When efforts to free slaves in the remaining southern states failed, many in the north, like Abraham Lincoln,? organized to contain slavery.? Others helped slaves from the south escape.? Anger at this ?anti-slavery agitation? caused South Carolina to start the Civil War in 1861.

This Sunday, September 9, LibertyAndProsperity.org and the Somers
Historical Society will remember Richard Somers.??? We will hold a
ceremony at 2PM at City Hall, at New Jersey Avenue and Shore Road in Somers
Point, rain or shine.??? At 3PM, LibertyAndProsperity.org will hold a
fundraising buffet with cash bar to fund these events at Gregory’s Restaurant, 900 Shore Road, in
Somers Point.? Get tickets for $25 per person, $35 per coupleat 609-927-7333 or at the door.
Please join us.? Once, every American child learned this story in school, plays, and popular books.?? But now, ?progressives? run our schools and pop culture.?? So it is your job to teach yourself and your children the true history of America.

  • Seth Grossman

    Seth Grossman is executive director of Liberty And Prosperity, which he co-founded in 2003. It promotes American liberty and limited constitutional government through weekly radio and in-person discussions, its website, email newsletters and various events. Seth Grossman is also a general practice lawyer.

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