In his capacity as President of the Objectivist Party of New York, Dr. Tom Stevens addressed an Independence Day Tea Party held on July 4, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. in Bowne Park located on the corner of 32nd Avenue and 159th Street in Flushing, New York. This Tea Party, which was advertised on four major Tea Party internet listing sites, was organized by John Procida, who currently serves as Chair of the Libertarian Party of Queens County.
Dr. Tom Stevens kicked off his speech by pulling out a Harry Potter-style wand from his pants, which he explained was a magic wand he intended to use to bring about smaller government. He waved the wand demanding smaller government. The crowd cheered but he noted that nothing happened. In turn, he waived the wand for lower taxes, more individual freedoms and for a government that doesn't devalue our currency by printing it and giving it away as if it were going out of style. Each time the patriots cheered but Dr. Stevens noted that nothing happened.
Dr. Stevens went on to explain that nothing happened because magic and mysticism do not work. He explained that the Objectivist Party does not believe in magic and mysticism and that if they wish to see results, they must use their reason and logic to take action and personal responsibility for what is going on in this country. Dr. Stevens stated that attending the Independence Day Tea Party was a good first step but they must do more. He suggested writing letters to the editor, writing to their elected officials, getting involved in liberty-oriented organizations, hosting a local cable television show or working on a particular issue that interests them such as ending the abuses of eminent domain. At that point, the crowd was so aroused they began shouting out eminent domain abuses they knew about.
Dr. Tom Stevens finished his speech by telling the patriots assembled, "This is your country! Take it back!"
After he finished speaking, many in attendance came up to Dr. Stevens offering him resources such as printers and meeting space while others told him they were so motivated that as soon as they got home, they were going to look for ways to remain active in the struggle to restore our liberties.
Other officers of the Objectivist Party of New York also participated at this Independence Day Tea Party. Ronald S. Ramo, Treasurer of the Objectivist Party of New York, was the kick-off speaker. He gave a high energy speech that inspired the patriots in attendance to thunderous applause. Dallwyn Merck, Secretary of the Objectivist Party of New York, was also in attendance. "Who Is John Galt?" tee shirts and "Atlas Will Shrug" posters were clearly visible in the crowd as there was a large Objectivist Party presence at this rally.
Over 90 people were in attendance at this Independence Day Tea Party. The event was covered by the Queens Chronicle and the Fresh Meadows Times, two local papers. The reporters for both papers took photos of Dr. Stevens and asked him for the correct spelling of his name and official title in the Objectivist Party of New York.