They began the night pledging their allegiance to the country and ended with a common allegiance and understanding that there are problems in the government that must be solved.
Members of the Naples Tea Party and veterans gathered at the VFW Post 7721 in Golden Gate to hear best-selling author Martin Gross unveil the details of his yet-to-be-titled new book, which will be released in time for elections.
Like all his literature, Gross focuses on government overspending, the lack of an educational system and overall conspiracy of the government.
“We have an internal enemy,” Gross said, among cheers in the crowd. “The federal government has an assortment of tricks to fool the people and they are good at it. In my books I have named maybe a hundred of the thousands.”
Gross questioned the current education system of America, calling teachers “good people” who just don’t have the education to teach. Gross said the 77 billion dollar structure is failing.
“The public school system is destroying the mind of our young,” Gross said. “When it comes to stupidity, our children excel.”
Education is just one of the topics that Gross touched upon. He criticized the excessive government spending and the corruption of our political leaders.
“Washington tries to hide the truth from the American people,” he said.
But, despite the negative nature of the discussion the crowd was pleased to see him.
“I am just so happy he was able to speak,” said Sue Smith, of Naples. Smith said she is fighting for future generations. She feels a sense of responsibility for “solving” government issues.
“We as people must be thinking and involved,” Smith said “I will walk on a walker to do what I can.”
Gross has authored more than a dozen books, including the best-sellers “The Government Racket: Washington Waste from A to Z,” “A Call for Revolution” and “The End of Sanity.” Gross, who made his second visit to Naples in as many years, has been a guest on dozens of conservative radio shows and has been featured on national television. He is known for his staunch view of government conspiracy.
But not all agreed that the government is conspiring.
“If you want to call it a conspiracy, call it a conspiracy,” said Jude Reichenthal, 63, of Bonita Springs. “Mr. Gross pointed out a lot of problems, but I would have liked to see more solutions.”