The First Coast Tea Party and The Jacksonville Elections.

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”.

John Sauer

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Comment by John Sauer on June 23, 2011 at 3:56pm


We will be meeting again next Thursday Same place, same time.


Comment by John Sauer on June 21, 2011 at 10:39am


The first link is to the brown bag lunch announcement found on the main page tab and the second link is to a map to Tea Party HQ found in Contacts tab. Don't forget to RSVP a seat at the table. I'll see you there.

Comment by Eric Ingram on June 21, 2011 at 9:55am

Hi John,

Where is the HQ? I will see if I can make it over. I should have a couple of hours free Thursday afternoon.



Comment by John Sauer on June 21, 2011 at 9:33am


It sounds like we might have similar goals. There is a brown bag group organizing Thursday from 12-1 at Tea Party HQ. I am retired. Would you be able to meet there and we can then continue sharing our thoughts after 1 PM?

Comment by Eric Ingram on June 20, 2011 at 11:48pm

Hi John,

I wasn't really proposing a war of words, I meant this as more of a tongue -in-cheek thing. While the subject is a very serious one, I find that if I can't laugh at them every once in a while, they only serve to drive up my blood pressure. And, what can I say, I find irony somewhat amusing...With regards to your overall point, When people start complaining about the Obama administration, and whether or not Obama is eligible, etc etc, I have to come back to the logical starting point that the bigger issue is that like it or not there were sufficient numbers of gullible and/or worse folks who turned out last presidential election cycle and voted him into office. That concerns me more than most of the other issues being debated with respect to his administration. We have to do something to start dragging folks screaming and kicking back to reality. It isn't going to be easy...

Comment by John Sauer on June 20, 2011 at 9:45pm

Hi Eric,

I don't intend to get into a war of words with the liberals/progressives. It'd be a waste of energy and bandwidth. My purpose for introducing the concept of turning the other cheek was to fire up the eligible voters that didn't come to the voting booth. Whatever their reason for staying away, it subjects them to being slapped around from now until the next election and nobody will come to their rescue. I HOPE they CHANGE.


Comment by Eric Ingram on June 20, 2011 at 1:33pm

Hi John,

For more on turning the other cheek...see:

Comment by Eric Ingram on June 17, 2011 at 1:26pm
I used to turn the other cheek, but I ran out of them a long time ago. I say that we fire the progressive b@$turds each and every one, but only because tar and feather are not in vogue any longer. If Alinsky's disciples keep gaining ground, a "tea party" won't be sufficient, we will need to form a "jingo" party just to be on the safe side...

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