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Author: Joshua Sotomayor-Einstein

Interview with the Libertarian

By Joshua A. Sotomayor-Einstein | The Save Jersey Blog

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Dorit Goikhman

Save Jerseyans, you may recall that in June I had the pleasure of debating Dorit Goikhman, Vice Chair of the NJ Libertarian Party and her party’s nominee for the House of Representative in CD 6, in a forum sponsored by the Hudson County Republican Club (HudsonRepublicans.com). It was a great debate and the questions we asked each other and were asked by the audience were challenging and intellectually provocative.

I’m all about building a big tent GOP family with libertarians inside the Republican Party despite my many reservations with the dominant libertarian approach to foreign policy, so I recently asked Dorit to share with the Save Jersey community a little bit about herself, why she is running, and her campaign. 

The 26 years old attorney and Morganville native had a lot to say. Enjoy…

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Understanding the ISIS Crisis

By Joshua Sotomayor-Einstein | The Save Jersey Blog

“Yet today, with Sunni jihadists pushing towards Baghdad, Iraq looks less like a Middle Eastern “City on a Hill” than a sectarian thugocracy, rapidly degenerating into a dystopian hellscape.”

- Gene Healy, Washington Examiner

“…there’s little reason that America should get involved in Iraq’s ongoing sectarian war yet again.” 

- Kevin Drum, Mother Jones

Sunni protests in Iraq

Sunni protests in Iraq

Isolationist on the Right and Left are rallying to the ISIS banner celebrating the disintegration of Iraq as vindication of their foreign non-policy of “disengagement.” Engaging in a campaign of brazen historical revision, they seek to erase the last two plus years of our hands-off relationship with Iraq, the relative calm and stability of the troop surge, and the Anbar Awakening from the public record.

Yet the truth remains that the sectarian blood bath Iraq has become is a direct result of the very “disengagement,” i.e. retreat, for which isolationists on the Right and Left advocated.

The Mashrek (Arab world east of the Nile) is in the throes of a war in which Sunni fundamentalists control not only a huge swath of territory but the very WMD stockpiles that our de rigueur intellectual class claimed never existed (Saddam had WMD’s – we subsidized his WMD program during the Iran-Iraq war; only one dictator [Qaddafi] has ever voluntarily given up his WMD’s, and that was a result of and after our toppling of Saddam). Complicating the situation is the involvement of Shia fundamentalist and an expansionist power – Iran.

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Debating: Conservatism vs Libertarianism

By Joshua Sotomayor-Einstein | The Save Jersey Blog

Debate StageThis Save Jersey contributor invites all of you in North Jersey to attend The Great Debate: Libertarian VS. Neoconservative Thursday, June 19th at 7:30 in Willie McBrides (616 Grand St) in Hoboken. The event is being organized by the Hudson County Republican Club (http://hudsonrepublicans.com/) and I am honored to be one of the debaters.

Which one will I be? The NeoCon of course!! Presenting me with a serious intellectual challenge will be the NJ State Libertarian Party Vice Chair and her party’s CD6 candidate (http://doritfornj.com/), Dorit Goikhman.

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Christie Takes On Fortress America

By Joshua Sotomayor-Einstein | The Save Jersey Blog

Photo credit: Fox News

Photo credit: Fox News

On Sunday evening, I had the pleasure of attending the “Champions of Jewish Values International Awards Gala” in New York hosted by Rabbi Shmuley Boteach. You may remember Rabbi Shmuley from radio, TV, his many provocative books, or our Save Jersey interview with him during his 2012 congressional run. The gala was attended by 700 people, of which five tickets were kindly given by Rabbi Shmuley to the Hudson County Republican Club who invited me to attend.

The event was watched by the Republican political world because of the presence of Governors Christie and Perry, and co-host (former Gingrich backer and casino billionaire) Sheldon Adelson.

Governor Christie’s speech, in which he criticized the current American leadership for failed policies at home and abroad, tied domestic policies which have led to uncertainty with similarly resulting foreign policy. That Christie’s address at a primarily Jewish forum more accustomed to hearing about Israel, Islamic extremism, and making the world a better place, included domestic issues was as unusual as it was important.

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Paul’s Foreign Policy Problem

By Joshua Sotomayor-Einstein | The Save Jersey Blog

rand and ron paulSenator Rand Paul was, until recently, a serious contender for the GOP Presidential nomination but his recent piece in the National Review Online demonstrates why a President Paul would leave a lot to be desired, Save Jerseyans.

The Kentucky Senator, heir to the libertarian dynasty founded by his father, has been making waves doing voter outreach among African-Americans, college students, Hispanics and more. These efforts should be praised and emulated, not merely by those on the right but by all who value the electoral system and want no vote taken for granted. Senator Paul has been a straight talker when discussing the failed war on drugs and the horrible consequences of prohibition which result in millions of Americans sent to jail for mere recreational possession.

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Meeting Hudson’s Republican Club

By Joshua Sotomayor-Einstein | The Save Jersey Blog

Hudson CountySave Jerseyans, Hudson County may be bluer than Bergen but there remains a bastion of solid red conservative and libertarian grassroots activism in the form of the Hudson County Republican Club (hudsonrepublicans.com, HCRC).

Founded in 2011 separate and apart from the official county committee “by a coalition of Hudson County conservative and libertarians tired of the political status quo,” its stated goal is to “support serious candidates, spread small government ideas, and fight the bloat, excess, and corruption that is the Hudson County political world.”

I recently had pleasure of talking about the organization with some of the HCRC leadership and involved members.

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Why I Am a Neocon and Isolationists Suck

By Joshua Sotomayor-Einstein | The Save Jersey Blog

Originally published by Thought Catalog at www.thoughtcatalog.com

USArmySoldiersIsolationists like to pretend the neoconservative movement has failed. They suffer from historical amnesia and root for the war-weary public’s rejection of all foreign policy. The reality is that the neoconservative movement and its policies have been massively successful and become mainstream. This is not to argue that there have been no policy failures, it is to argue that these are overshadowed by its vast successes. Isolationists like to typify the movement as an imperial plot bent on global domination but two out of three neoconservatives’ greatest successes were domestic policy issues.

First, and most relevant to urban dwellers, was the NYC implemented policy of zero tolerance based on the Broken Windows theory. The theory, in simple terms, is that if a neighborhood is left to crime that crime will get worse. By having fast and visible (but proportional) responses to even minor crime, greater and violent crime can be avoided and quality of life increased.

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Senate Candidates Meet with YRs

By Joshua Einstein | The Save Jersey Blog

bcyr board membersOver 25 people attended the Bergen County Young Republican “Meet the Candidates” meeting at 8:00pm at local watering hole The Poitin Still in Hackensack last Monday, Save Jerseyans, and they were joined by three of five candidates for the Republican nomination for US Senate: Rich Pezzullo, Murray Sabrin, and Brian Goldberg.

For Bergen County Freeholder, Dr. Dierdre Paul, Bob Avery, and Brian Fitzhenry each spoke (Bernadette Walsh was unable to attend). Addressing the BCYR’s as a surrogate for Bergen County Executive Kathleen Donovan was County Administrator Edward Trawinski.

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U.S. Options to Turn Back Putin’s Russia

By Joshua Einstein | The Save Jersey Blog

View of Yalta from the Tsar's Path in Crimea

View of Yalta from the Tsar’s Path in Crimea

In the short term, the de facto annexation of the Crimea (and possibly more of Ukraine) by Comrade-Czar Putin will have little to no ramification for US national interests, Save Jerseyans.

In the long term, however, it emboldens totalitarian regimes everywhere and many, though not all, harbor expansionist dreams. One need only look at Putin’s actions in Europe to understand the totalitarian playbook of manufactured crisis and territorial expansion.

Revanchist Russia has been aiding and abetting the Iranian nuclear program, assisting the Syrian Assad regime and views itself as juxtaposed the US. Despite the billions in aid we donated to the post-Soviet Russia, the U.S. is blamed for all of Russia’s problems. That the aid we graciously gave to a former enemy was misspent is clear; that it was part of the era of rampant Russian crony capitalism is as well. What is unclear and thoroughly irrelevant to the current crisis is how Russia’s socio-economic downward spiral is ours to blame.

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Meet John Sebik

By Joshua Einstein | The Save Jersey Blog

John Sebik

John Sebik

Bayonne, NJ – Team Zanowic, the fiscally responsible slate for Bayonne Mayor and city council, are practicing the big tent coalition building in which GOPer’s everywhere should be engaged.

Comprised of Republicans and Independents, conservatives and libertarians, they have been reaching out to and are building bridges across traditionally-Democratic Bayonne. Part and parcel of the cross community relationship building and communications they have done has been their use of social media which was recently recognized by Turning Point USA as a model for local campaigns across the nation.

I recently had the pleasure of posing a few topical questions to Team Zanowic’s Council-At-Large candidate and registered Independent, John Sebik

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Red Bayonne Rising?

By Joshua Einstein The Save Jersey Blog

tony3January 9, Bayonne – Packed to capacity and brimming with possibility, Save Jerseyans, KP Sarelli’s a Bayonne Italian restaurant was (bustling with optimism as it played) host to the Team Zanowic official campaign launch at the end of last week.

The candidates were greeted by a violin solo and 120 supporters that spanned the spectrum from republican to democrat; black, white and Hispanic; blue and white Collar; and the launch brought together the coalition of concerned Bayonne citizens that want to rebuild their neglected city.

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Fending Off Progressive Fables

By Joshua Einstein | The Save Jersey Blog

“You wouldn’t be here if not for progressive policy.”

– Unknown NJ mass transit commuter

incoming-train-signAt some point in November 2013, Save Jerseyans, I was handing out cards advocating against a NJ ballot initiative calling for a minimum wage amendment to the NJ State constitution that would require yearly minimum wage increases pegged to inflation.

It was part of an initiative by The Coalition to Preserve Jobs and Our Constitution to distribute literature about the job killing effects of the proposal at over 10 major commuter train stations across NJ.

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Tearing Down the Total State

By Joshua Einstein | The Save Jersey Blog

Big Brother PosterThe normative Left today is (unfortunately) an example of a successful totalitarian movement, Save Jerseyans.

Though neither a jackbooted National Socialist German Workers Party (aka the Nazi’s) clone, nor a USSR Politburo copy it nonetheless has been thus far effective in its efforts to make the State totally synonymous with society.

The Left routinely confuses the notion of social interaction with government and does so with ill effect and results.

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A Dose of Deutschland

OPINION: The World (and Especially Europe) Needs Germany to Step Up

By Joshua Einstein | The Save Jersey Blog

GermanyDear Germans,

Often times I read in international magazines and newspapers articles about a new German film, art show, or historical exhibit that has you examining the Nazi past from a new angle.

While it is true that those who forget history are doomed to repeat it, those who tread water in its great currents condemn themselves to drown.

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Free Speech Flap at Montclair

freespeechBy Joshua Einstein | The Save Jersey Blog

Free speech is one of our fundamental first freedoms, Save Jerseyans, but it’s in danger at Montclair State University. 

A pillar of classical liberalism and the American way of life is under assault by those who have been charged to pass its wisdom on to the next generation of citizens.

The reported facts by NJ.com: Montclair graduate student Joe Aziz was recently suspended and banned from campus. His alleged offense? Aziz purportedly commented on a Facebook-posted video. The video (which has since been taken down) featured a heckler and a female friend at a Steve Lonegan speaking event on campus.

Aziz made light of the female’s weight and, not long after he posted his comments, he received a University No-Contact Order (viewable here: http://thefire.org/article/15323.html)…

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Young Republican Holiday Red

A few nights ago, Save Jerseyans, over 40 young adults were in attendance at the Bergen County Young Republican hosted Holiday Party in East Rutherford, NJ.

The party, co-sponsored by Hudson County Young Republicans and charged with raising money to help New Jerseyans in the aftermath of Super Storm Sandy, took place in the back room of Italian restaurant Café Capri.

Festivities were organized by Stephanie Rubin and featured speakers Bergen County Freeholder Maura DeNicola and former Assembly Majority Leader Paul DiGaetano (also of Bergen County).  State Young Republican Chairman Tony Howley was also in attendance…

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Israel: the Least Effective “War Criminal” Ever!

There are many people on the Left and some on the Right who are up in arms about the State of Israel defending itself against the bombing of its cities and population centers. 

They accuse Israel of war crimes and excuse the actions of any and almost all Arab parties to the conflict. They do this based on selectively chosen numbers – in the present conflict they point to the five Israelis (including an Israeli-Arab) murdered by terrorists launching rockets out of hospitals, schools, and homes and the roughly 100 Palestinians who have been killed both by rockets that have landed short and when Israel has sought to bomb the rocket launchers and terrorist leadership.

That the Geneva Convention prohibits combatants from using human shields does not bother Israel’s detractors. That Israel defends itself by bombing those sites instead of lettings more of its people become casualties to rockets launched from them does.

Were the presumptive “policy” of these detractors carried out and Israel to accept several hundred rockets per day (recently up from the average of 3 a day over the last decade), surely the number would continue to increase, more Israelis would be murdered, and Israel would not be able to function as a country.  But by the twisted logic of the morally underdeveloped, Israel would be in the right because more of its citizens would be dead.

Moreover, the anti-Israel crowd loves to assert that Israel is engaging in genocide. If so, Israel is perhaps the least effective perpetrator of genocide ever!

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