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.
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…
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!
With the reelection of President Obama, conservatives everywhere have had their faith challenged. We believed that the nation had seen the error of its ways and would leave behind this gargantuan some call government.
We were wrong.
Regardless of who loses the blame game, the truth remains that this election was a referendum on Obama and his Constitution-eroding big government policies.
That the nation wants more costly handouts and is blind to their consequences, both fiscal and constitutional, is the number one reason we conservatives must keep up the fight. Over 48% percent of the nation felt Obama had overreached; they objected enough to a coercive healthcare regime, the abrogation of the individual right of conscience, an extra-legal suspension of bankruptcy law (during the auto bailouts), failed stimulus, corporate cronyism, and shrinking Americanism abroad to vote for no one’s favorite candidate – Mitt Romney.
By the grace of God, the years ahead will be remembered as the time the economy truly rebounded. We will be able to look back and say that despite all of his horrid policies, Obama was not able to destroy the can-do American spirit of entrepreneurialism. But even if this was a likely scenario, the destruction Obama has already done to the Constitution would still be a reason to rally. And in the much more probable outcome that a weakened America and stagnant economy become the new normal, we have twice the reason to redouble our efforts.
My home of Hoboken is on the road to recovery, Save Jerseyans.
Almost all of the “Mile Square City” is back to humming with the sweet sounds of electricity and I recently received a PATH Alert email stating that the PATH train line has had partial service restored.
Although things are on their way back to normal, there are still many without heat, electricity, or even homes across NJ and NYC and our prayers are with them.
During the blackout, the people of Hoboken were out and about sharing soup, hamburgers, hot dogs, and even electricity. Residents who never blacked out (living on the two streets that by the good fortune of bad government, and are on different electrical grids from the rest of town) put out extension cords and power strips so those without could charge their phones and stay in touch with loved ones.
My building was without electricity or heat from Monday night until this past Saturday so I availed myself of these neighborhood good Samaritans. There were some fairly cold nights spent under 10 blankets but I had no choice but to tough it out (as my parents had no heat or electricity as well so what would be the point in attempting to go to them?). It wasn’t scary by comparison to the events of Monday night and what we all experienced as Hurricane Sandy arrived in Hoboken….
Mr. LaSalvia and I discussed the upcoming election, key races, and the interesting challenges associated with advocating for Republican principles/candidates as a gay conservative/libertarian in an era when gay marriage is a topic of much debate.
James Beattie interviews Steve Lonegan of AFP-NJ at the American Dream Summit
On October 15th in Parsippany, despite an unusually cold (37 degrees) fall morning, participants at the Defending the American Dream Summit were both warm and welcoming, Save Jerseyans. The mood at the Saturday conference put on by Americans For Prosperity was jovial and good spirited; the topics, however, were dead serious.
Conservatives of all stripes and types, from social to fiscal, Romneyites to Paulites, isolationists to interventionists, committeemen to Tea Partiers, Republicans and even a few Democrats, were all gathered to hear the great speakers lined up to talk about our nations future.
Speaking to the assembled was a well rounded list of well known conservative thinkers, activists, and authors including Dinesh D’souza, Jonah Goldberg, Michelle Malkin, John Fund, and James O’Keefe.
Breakout sessions ranged in topic from health care, citizen journalism, polling, to “hydrofracking” and more. Breakout sessions were lead by representatives of Townhall.com, The Franklin Center, Americans for Liberty, Texas Watchdog, Mountaintop Media, the Heritage Foundation, the Manhattan Institute, and the Independent Women’s Forum among others. Conference attendance was quoted as being somewhere between 800 and 1,100 participants and both the main hall and breakout sessions were overflowing with people eager to learn both the details of our nations present dangerous path and the tools that they can use to spread the message of a restoring a responsible and prosperous America.
The Tea Party can rightfully be described as a mass movement of fiscal conservatives simultaneously upset and galvanized by our nation’s outrageous spending.
That said, the Tea Party is a full spectrum conservative movement that includes many socially conservative loud-and-proud Christians. About one week ago, your favorite Save Jersey Jewish contributor spent the day at a Tea Party conference aimed at these conservative compatriots.
The conference was entitled ‘God and Country’ and was organized by the Northern New Jersey Tea Party. It was a day dedicated to examining the Christian roots of our great nation and celebrating freedom of religion. The speakers and over 55 attendees came from a variety of denominations but were all united in their defense of the First Amendment.
The speakers, including lawyer Demetrios Stratis from the Defense Alliance Fund, talked about attacks on Christianity in the public arena, what they had done to defend it, and what we could do to preserve the First Amendment’s promise of the free exercise of religion.
Whatever happens in November (hopefully a Romney win) the common sense struggle for fiscally responsible government will not be over. Conservative organizations need to be spreading the gospel of limited, constitutional, and solvent governance 365 days a year, every year.
That said, election time is a time like no other when the nation’s politically aware hone in on the issues.
One regional conservative leader and a familiar face to many of you, former Bagota Mayor Steve Lonegan, has been the leading New Jersey voice on this front. Lonegan, who ran in the GOP Gubernatorial primary in ’09 against Christie, has been racing across the state to rallies and speaking engagements in colleges, on the street, and even the news capital of the world – NYC.
Last week, Save Jerseyans, I had the pleasure of hearing New Jersey State Senator and GOP nominee for U.S. Senate Joe Kyrillos speak at an event organized by the Hoboken branch of the Women for Kyrillos.
The Senator and I chatted, and he was kind enough to spend some time with Save Jersey last Friday to discuss his political background, experience, and what our nation needs to do to get back on the right footing. A special thanks goes out to the Kyrillos campaign as well as Diana Davis, Chairman of the Hoboken Municipal Republican Club, for helping make this interview happen: