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This is what I was supposed to say in Medford on April 14. (See video on my Facebook page for what I actually said.)

April 15, 2013

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My name is Seth Grossman.  I am running for Governor against Chris Christie, in the Republican Primary Election, on Tuesday, June 4.

Here in the 7th Legislative District (Beverly, Bordentown, Burlington, Cinnaminson, Moorestown, Palmyra, Willingboro, etc.) I am running with Joe Siano and Conni Murray for State Assembly.

In the 8th Legislative District (Berlin, Evesham, Hainesport, Hammonton, Medford, Mt. Holly,Southhampton, Waterford, Westhampton, etc.), I am running with Scott Fay and Gary Jacques (pronounced Jakes) for state Assembly.

In Burlington County, our ticket also includes Stephen “Lance” Silver for freeholder and Bill Moore for Sheriff.  And Bill Haney and Ashley Cameron for Republican State Committee.

We are doing this because after four years, we “Tea Party” conservatives must move to the next level.   We must go beyond rallies meeting, and education programs.    Now is the time to organize, run for public office, and win political power.

The tea party movement began exactly four years ago, on April 15, 2009.

I and thousands of others across the country went to rallies around the country on the day we filed our income tax returns.    It was the only way we could tell our leaders and the media that America was going in the wrong direction.

We rallied for liberty and the Constitution.    We showed our disgust for Republicans and Democrats alike who put our country thousands of billions of dollars into debt to bail out the Wall Street crooks who killed the economy, and to ruin our healthcare system.    And who refused to enforce immigration laws.

During those four years, we got weaker, and the people who ruined our country got stronger.    What went wrong?

First, we must admit that April 15 doesn’t mean much to most Americans.   Nearly half of Americans don’t pay any income tax,   Many file tax returns to get tax credits which are really welfare payments.  How can call something a “tax credit” when the person doesn’t report enough income to owe any taxes?

But you don’t have to be poor to be on welfare in America today.    Dozens of rich  corporations get bailouts and handouts.    And millions of people get big salaries, pensions and benefits working for the government.    When you add the10% to 20% of Americans who get more from the government  than they pay in taxes, you see that roughly 60% to 67% of Americans have no problem with April 15.   That is the day they take what we make.

How can we win those people to our side?   It is hard, but not impossible.   We must explain how this  cannot go on very long.   At some point, the fewer and fewer people who make will be unable—or unwilling to support the more and more people who take.     And on that day, we will see things we never saw in America since Civil War—if we don’t act now.

If you think I am too negative, open your eyes and look around.    Look at all those empty buildings and for sale signs.   Look at all the people on food stamps, on unemployment, and disability, and who didn’t make a mortgage payment in years.

It is also hard to win people over because public school teachers, college professors, pop culture celebrities, newspapers,  and TV networks attack us every way they can.   They either refuse to talk about our ideas or activities—or they completely distort what we say.

When we said we wanted our country run by the constitution and basic principles of liberty once again, they called us racists.

But there is nothing racist or bigoted about giving everybody the equal right to make the most important decisions about their own lives.

But we can deal with this too.    We must talk to our kids—and their friends.  And our nephews and nieces—even if it is often uncomfortable.   We must tell them to forget the lies the hear in school, on TV, and in the movies.   We, our parents, and grandparents must all tell them how great America used to be when we lived in a land of liberty.

Thomas Edison, the man who invented the lightbulb, the movies, and sound recordings, came to New Jersey to make his most important inventions.

Johnson and Johnson and all the big drug companies came here.   Ocean Spray Cranberry, Lenox China, Wheaton Industries came here.   Ford, Chrysler, and General Motors once assembled cars in New Jersey.

We didn’t have to worry about affordable housing or day care back then.   Almost everybody could afford a decent house, and one parent earned enough to support most families.

We didn’t have to worry about affordable health care.  There was no insurance for doctor and dentist visits, but almost everyone could afford them.  And almost everyone could afford  “major medical” for serious medical problems.

And by the way, the high school education we got for free forty years ago was better than what you get after four years of college and one hundred thousand dollars today.

And those of us who went to college didn’t have to worry about student loans, because in one summer, a student could earn enough from 10 weeks of work during the summer to pay for one year’s room, board, and tuition at Rutgers,  Glassboro, or any other state college.

We didn’t have a sales tax or an income tax.   The three percent sales tax started in 1966.   The 2.5% income taxes started in 1977.     Business taxes were a fraction of what they are today,  and we didn’t have seven dollar a pack taxes on cigarettes.

Yet our roads and public schools were among the finest in the nation.   The first clover leaf interchange in America was built in New Jersey—but we still have traffic lights on the Garden State Parkway.

Our public schools were among the finest in the country.  I know because i went to public school and was as prepared for Duke University as kids from the finest prep schools in the country.

That was the New Jersey, and America that our parents and grandparents gave to us, the baby-boom generation forty years ago.     That is the America we want our kids and grandkids to have.

But how can we get the government to change?   First, we  and ideas must win respect from the people who run our government at all levels.   .

Before we had elections, and in the world of crime today, someone without power had to kill someone with power to win the respect of others with power.    We read this in the Books of Judges and Samuel in the Bible,  in Machiavelli, and in the Godfather book and movie.

King David was an unknown  farm hand until he killed Goliath.    Vito Corleone was a petty thief until he whacked Fannucci.

Politics is much more civilized.   We remove government officials with elections instead of murder.     But  we still need to prove we can win elections and vote officials in or out of office to win their respect.

This is not easy.   Today, it is almost impossible to vote most officials out of office.    They use the power of money of their office to win votes and support from individuals and organizations.   They are usually much better known that anyone who opposes them.   They are experienced in political campaigns and hire skilled campaign professionals.

But it is not impossible.

1.   Because few people vote in primary elections, a small group of dedicated people can make a big impact June primary election.

2.  By running as a team or ticket of candidates bracketed together on the ballot, candidates campaigning together can get more support.

3.   Email, websites, facebook, twitter, and other social media make it possible for candidates to reach lots of voters with very little money.

4.  If you and everyone who receives my email and read my online posts forwards my message to his or her contacts, we can get our message without the $2 million that Christie needs to get his message out.   Martin Luther once said “Every Christian a missionary”.   If every conservative in NJ becomes a missionary, we can win!

5.  And finally, even though we don’t need $3 million like Chris Christie, I still need a few thousand dollars for road signs and literature to hand out.        Please go to www.grossman4NJ.com and make a small contribution.

Yes, there are few of us.   But there were only 300 Spartans.   Let’s show what a small group of talented, informed, dedicated people can do!

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