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

East Orange Tea Party Project

Since Earth Day of 2014, my usual project for Tax Day is to clean up the tiny park at the entrance to Old Sanford Street. At first glance, it doesn't need much cleaning this year, but that is because most of the litter is hidden by the foliage. It is very windy today and picking up litter is a challenge to get it into a bag and keep it from flying out again.

I first reported the missing lamp post, missing bricks, and hazardous conditions of this corner at the entrance to Old Sanford Street in 2014, but did not photograph it until 2015, foolishly thinking that reporting it to the city would result in a flurry of activity to repair the site. As you can see, in 2019, with a new mayor and council, the same old problem did not go away.

In fact the problem has now spread to the other side of the park at the entrance to the St. Paul A.M.E. Parking Lot. East Orange is doing its best to turn into a sheet-hole city.

The one and only tree in the center of this tiny oasis of natural beauty has been turned into a dumping spot by some of the local denizens who don't care where they dump their trash. You can see the bag of oranges someone thoughtfully dumped there, but there was a lot more than that around the base of the tree. It was disgusting, but I cleaned it up since no one else in the city was eager for the job.

Although the sewers in the area are clearly marked (for those who can read English) "Dump no waste - Drains to Waterways" that doesn't stop East Orange Society from dumping right on the sewer itself.

That brought my collection to four bags of trash. Now comes my favorite part; when I see what has been rescued.

There is no longer a foul smelling dump at the base of the tree, which has already begun to bud and soon will be covered with pink cherry blossoms.

Look closely to see the displays of tiny blue and yellow flowers that grow all over this small park.

They will soon be joined by thousands of small purple flowers that grow everywhere there is room, now that they don't have to compete with people droppings.


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 Party : http://njteaparty.com/

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

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.

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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