Eight months ago The First Coast Tea Party stumbled and fumbled through their first interaction with the Jacksonville City Council in an attempt to stop a second 9% tax rate hike in two years. It was initiated with a rally in front of City Hall. The Tea Party was told they are too late to stop the tax increase and it was passed with a .5% decrease at the September 28th meeting of the council. There were four or five television stations at that rally in Heming Plaza with news crews interviewing rally attendees. I answered a few questions and made a few comments on the tax subject. The interviewer’s parting question was on the line of “What happens if the council passes the tax increase?” (I forget the exact exchange and I didn’t DVR the news cast). I do remember that I replied “We will see at the next city election”.
After the elections the president of the Jacksonville City Council is voted out of his District 6 council seat and the body of the City Council has many more conservative faces in it. The Times Union says the biggest loser in this election was the Tea Party. This statement is made to vastly diminished subscribers. I quit the paper many years ago because of its decidedly liberal reporting and blindness to reality. The Tea Party movement was initiated on national tax issues two years ago. The First Coast Tea party is just getting organized on local issues. Judging by the Times Union posts attacking and demeaning the Tea Party, the progressives are afraid of us.
I was raised Catholic and I firmly believe everything I have been taught until the 80’s when Saul Alinskiy’s book got major circulation. “Turn the other cheek” will just get you “b...h slapped anew”. Saul Alinsky has changed the dynamics of human interaction in America. Another man’s word is “just words” unlike the days of our fathers when a man would stand behind his word, even in court of law. If you didn’t vote because you thought all politicians were alike, you got “b…h slapped anew”. I “hope” you “change”.
For the Children
“Live long and Prosper”, dump Obamacare, - me.