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Author: Dale Glading

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By Dale Glading | The Save Jersey Blog

GOPAs if on cue, the day after I wrote my previous post about the not-so-well-intentioned advice being disseminated to the Republican Party by liberal columnists, along comes E.J. Dionne with another useless piece of unsolicited dribble.

In his most recent bit of nonsense, Dionne claims that the Republicans in congress are hopelessly splintered because some of them voted for the budget deal hammered out by Rep. Paul Ryan and Sen. Patty Murray and some didn’t.

STOP THE PRESSES!

According to Dionne, we have ourselves a breaking news story that is of such national importance that it would have pushed the Lindberg kidnapping or the Kennedy assassination off the front page.

Do editors really pay journalists to write this stuff?  If so, maybe they should change Dionne’s byline to read, “Captain Obvious.”

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We Don’t Need No Stinking Advice

By Dale Glading | The Save Jersey Blog

Barack Obama“In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.”  Benjamin Franklin penned those words in 1789, but I think it is time to add a third “definite”, Save Jerseyans.

Whether it is E.J. Dionne, Eugene Robinson or other syndicated columnists, you can pretty much count on a liberal Democrat advising the Republicans on what they should do if they ever want to win another election.  Or to win over a single young voter.

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Please Stop Campaigning, Mr. President!

By Dale Glading | The Save Jersey Blog

Air Force OneI have a favor to ask of President Obama. As an American citizen, I assume I have that right because as a taxpayer, I pay his salary.  So here goes…

Mr. President, please stop campaigning!

I will readily admit that I didn’t vote for then Senator Obama in 2008 because I disagreed with his positions, and found him to be both too shallow and too inexperienced to serve as president.  And after his disastrous first term, I sure didn’t vote for him in 2012.

But the point remains that he is our duly-elected president.  Unless fraud was committed on a grand and unprecedented scale, Mr. Obama won fairly and squarely both times.

Which is why I scratch my head every time I see President Obama out on the campaign trail, delivering one canned stump speech after another.

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Limit Debt By Creating Less

A Partial Solution to the Problem of Student Loan Debt

By Dale Glading | The Save Jersey Blog

Nassau Hall at Princeton UniversityThe year was 1973 and I was in the 8th grade.  The physical education teacher at our school thought it would be a good idea to see how many students could qualify for the President’s Physical Fitness Award.

For whatever reason, one of the requirements was to walk half a mile.  Two trips around the track, I thought.  Piece of cake.

Except that these weren’t to be solo laps.  On the contrary, they were to be completed with one student carrying another student on his or her back.

“Houston, we have a problem.”

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The Obama Foreign Policy Fiasco

By Dale Glading | The Save Jersey Blog

Obama in Egypt“Our friends don’t respect us and our enemies don’t fear us.”

With those words, former Vice President Dick Cheney summed up the Obama administration’s disastrous foreign policy.

However, Cheney’s scathing analysis remains at odds with President Obama’s own self-assessment.  In his address to the United Nations General Assembly on September 25th, Mr. Obama declared that the world is “more stable than it was five years ago.”

Which begs the question: is President Obama delusional?  Or is he simply so narcissistic – or naïve – that he believes by declaring the world to be safer, it simply becomes so?

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I’ve Had It Up to Here!

More Conservative Musings, Wisdom and Ranting from Dale Glading

By Dale Glading | The Save Jersey Blog

Not Gonna Take It AnymoreI don’t know about you, Save Jerseyans, but I’ve had about all I can take with the spineless, gutless, selfish and near-sighted federal officeholders in Washington.

How’s that for an indication of how I really feel. Actually, I feel more betrayed than I do angry.  Or perhaps a whole lot of both.

There’s an old axiom that says “either lead or get the heck out of the way.” And you’d better believe that, as a minister, I cleaned that one up a bit!

My fellow Americans, I think it’s time that we told Congress and the current occupant of the White House to do that very same thing – instead of abdicating their leadership responsibilities to placate voters, special interest groups or worst of all, their own egos and political ambitions.

And so, with no further ado, here are some more ranting and ravings from a middle-aged man who fears for the kind of America that his children and grandchildren will someday inherit.

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A Random Conservative Rant

Some Rantings and Ravings from a Jersey Boy Living in the Sunshine State

By Dale Glading | The Save Jersey Blog

ElephantsFrom what I can see, the proposed Reid-McConnell deal in the Senate is nothing but another “kick the can further down the road” abdication of fiscal responsibility, Save Jerseyans. How I long for men and women with the political courage to take a bold and unwavering stand against out-of-control government spending… regardless of the consequences.

So what if they lose the next election – at least they can return to the private sector knowing that they did the right thing for the right reason.

I also long for an informed and educated electorate that not only holds our representatives in Washington accountable, but also votes accordingly.

Until we cast our ballots based on what is best for America instead of what is best for us individually, we will continue to elect career politicians who promise us goodies – paid for with our own tax dollars – in exchange for our votes.

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Long Morning Lines in GOP Areas

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

voting booth

Updated 4:49 p.m.

Don’t get too excited, Save Jerseyans.

It’s very, very early. The polls are open until 8:00 p.m. tonight. Did I mention it’s early?

That being said, I’ve heard anecdotal but consistent turnout reports this morning that bode well for a strong Lonegan performance in today’s #njsen special election.

Example? More than one person has told me about voting lines wrapping out-the-door in Oakland, New Jersey. The Bergen County community of just under 13,000 is home to approximately 1,000 more registered Republicans than Democrats and voted 55.8% for John McCain in 2008.

There are conflicting reports, but PolitickerNJ is also now reporting higher-than-expected GOP turnout contrasted to lackluster Dem turnout in many key spots; MoreMonmouthMusings cites a source who says it’s unusually quiet in Newark’s East Ward…

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Here We Go Again

Is History Repeating Itself Yet Again… This Time with a Clueless Obama Playing the Role of a Duped FDR?

By Dale Glading | The Save Jersey Blog

IranI’m not pretending to be Carnac the Magnificent, but I think I can see how the potential U.S. – Iran talks will play out, Save Jerseyans.

Iran volunteers to give up its nuclear program if Israel will do likewise. If Israel does – which it won’t – it will be vulnerable to attack, conventional or otherwise. If Israel refuses – which it will – it will be portrayed as a warmonger, further ostracized by the international community and once again, vulnerable to attack by the surrounding Arab nations.

It’s a win-win for Hassan Rouhani and a lose-lose for Benjamin Netanyahu.

Meanwhile, President Obama will be played by the Iranians the way FDR was by the Japanese when he unwittingly negotiated with them while they were finalizing their plans to attack Pearl Harbor.

I hope I’m wrong, but the mayonnaise jar under Funk & Wagnalls’ front porch says otherwise.  

Daily Devotional: On Hypocrisy

By Dale Glading | The Save Jersey Blog

Benjamin Franklin“I wake up every morning at nine and grab for the morning paper.  Then I look at the obituary page.  If my name is not on it, I get up.”

– Benjamin Franklin

A rather surprising quote, coming from the man who once wrote in Poor Richard’s Almanac that “early to bed and early to rise; makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.”

But like most of us, Franklin’s life was often at contradiction with itself.  We obey (usually) our parents, listen (again, usually) to our teachers, and then as adults develop our own philosophy of life.  If we are Christians, that philosophy is deeply rooted in Scripture and biblical truth.

However, what happens when we act in opposition to our very own philosophy of life?  Does that mean that we are hypocrites?  In Franklin’s case, does that make his admonition about the value of getting an early start to the day any less true?

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The Value of Vouchers

By Dale Glading | The Save Jersey Blog

SchoolhouseLost in the midst of the Syrian conflict is a battle that is taking place right here on U.S. soil.  It has been going on for quite some time, but unfortunately there is no end in sight.

The battle I am referring to is the one for the hearts and minds of our children.  On one side stand parents and professional educators.  On the other, the federal government and the teachers’ unions.

Case in point, Louisiana passed a statewide education reform bill in 2012 that allows school districts to issue vouchers.  These vouchers are to be granted to parents who earn less than 250% of the poverty line and whose children are languishing in failing schools.

The purpose?  To enable them to send their children to better schools in order to get a quality education.  Makes sense, right?

Thirty-four different school districts in Louisiana planned to issue the vouchers, but they may never get the chance.  That’s because the Department of Justice recently filed suit in federal court asking a judge to issue an injunction instead.

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‘Network’ Revisited

By Dale Glading | The Save Jersey Blog

Peter FinchOne of the most famous scenes in cinematic history is the one where an enraged anchorman, portrayed by Peter Finch, leans out of an office window and shouts the words, “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore.”

Well, I think it may be time for each of us to grab some popcorn and watch the movie “Network” again and this time, to actually put those words into practice.

I’m not suggesting that we all hang out of random windows and scream at the top of our lungs, although it may make us feel better in the short term.  After all, bottled-up stress is a real killer.

Instead, what I am advocating is that we start taking the necessary steps to stop the insanity that is taking place all around us.

Let’s start with foreign aid and work our way “back home.”

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4 Reasons Not to Bomb Syria

By Dale Glading | The Save Jersey Blog

070329-F-9999G-096Bomb Syria?  For who?  For what?

Remember when, following a 1995 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Eagles halfback Ricky Watters defended his reluctance to catch passes across the middle by asking the following questions: “For Who? For What?”

Eighteen years later, I find myself asking those same questions in relation to President Obama’s push to attack Syria – and praying that Congress will develop a severe case of alligator-arms themselves.

O.K., so it’s not exactly David Letterman’s Top 10 List, but here are just a few of the reasons why I oppose intervening militarily in Syria.  Feel free to chime in with some additional reasons of your own, Save Jerseyans:

1. We sat idly by while Bashar Assad killed more than 100,000 of his own people, but now that he has changed his method of murder we are supposed to attack simply because he crossed President Obama’s “red line”? Oh, that’s right, according to the president, he never said it was “his” red line; it was Congress’s and the international community’s.

Puhleeze, Mr. President… we have you on tape!

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Obama Still Dithering on Syria

Obama Administration’s Syrian Policy at the Crossroads of Incompetence and Impotence

By Dale Glading | The Save Jersey Blog

Syria CiviliansHelp, Save Jerseyans: I feel like I’ve been abducted by aliens or teleported to an alternative universe somewhere!

Did President Obama REALLY just hold a press briefing to announce that he hasn’t made a final decision on Syria? Since when is a non-decision news? And since when do we broadcast our hesitancy and incompetence to the rest of the world, including our enemies?

And during his briefing, did President Obama REALLY go to great lengths to assure Assad that any attack would be limited in scope and duration? Since when do we announce our military plans to our intended targets ahead of time?

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Some Random Thoughts on Syria

By Dale Glading | The Save Jersey Blog

Damascus, SyriaIs it just me, Save Jerseyans, or has President Obama continued – and even expanded – virtually every foreign policy for which he criticized President Bush?

We still have troops in Afghanistan; Gitmo remains open; the Patriot Act is still in effect; NSA surveillance has been greatly increased; we overthrew a dictator in Libya and told another one in Egypt to step down; and now we are thinking of acting unilaterally – and without congressional approval – against Syria?

Does anyone remember Joe Biden in 2007 stating emphatically that he would initiate impeachment proceedings against any president who launched an attack on another country unless they attacked us first?

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The Ten Greatest Speeches

By Dale Glading | The Save Jersey Blog

MLK SpeechIn honor of Dr. King’s historic “I Have a Dream” speech 50 years ago today, Save Jerseyans, I have listed my Top 10 Greatest Speeches by an American in chronological order.  

Please feel free to comment and/or chime in with a list of your own:

  1. Patrick Henry’s “Give Me Liberty” Speech to the Second Virginia Convention, March 23, 1775

  2. George Washington’s Farewell Address, September 17, 1796

  3. Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, November 19, 1863

  4. Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address, March 4, 1865

  5. (a tie) FDR’S First and Third Inaugural Addresses, March 4, 1933 and January 20, 1941

  6. JFK’s Inaugural Address, January 20, 1961

  7. JFK’s “Ich bin ein Berliner” Speech at the Berlin Wall, June 26, 1963  

  8. MLK’s “I Have a Dream” Speech, August 28, 1963

  9. Ronald Reagan’s “The Boys of Pointe du Hoc” Speech in Normandy, France, June 6, 1984

  10. Reagan’s “Mr. Gorbechev” Speech at the Brandenburg Gate , June 12, 1987

Honorable Mention to Reagan’s Challenger Disaster Speech, January 28, 1986…

A Sad Day in Mudville and a Sadder Day in Trenton

OPINION: Christie’s “Gay Conversion Therapy” Ban is a Government Overreach

Oh, somewhere in this favored land the sun is shining bright;

The band is playing somewhere, and somewhere hearts are light,

And somewhere men are laughing, and somewhere children shout;

But there is no joy in Mudville — mighty Casey has struck out.

Casey at the bat

By Dale Glading | The Save Jersey Blog

All right, I am willing to give Gov. Chris Christie the benefit of the doubt and say that his recent signing of a liberal piece of legislation has nothing to do with his presidential prospects in 2016.

And in the interest of full disclosure, I have no ax to grind with the man.  After all, he did endorse me in 2010 when I ran for the U.S. House of Representatives.

That being said, Gov. Christie couldn’t have been more wrong when he signed a bill outlawing attempts to change the sexual orientation of children demonstrating homosexual behavior.

 And here is why…

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