Donald Rumsfeld, Cruz’s father headline N.J. Reagan Day

By The Staff | The Save Jersey Blog

1,000-ish Republicans gathered for Assemblyman Jay Webber‘s annual Reagan Day dinner on Wednesday night, Save Jerseyans, this year at the Westmount Country Club in Woodland Park. The annual event’s attendance continues to grow (adding an overflow room this year) as the young Morris County legislator, who is a member of the Reagan Ranch’s board, continues to remain in the discuss for a future statewide office or congressional seat campaign.

nj reagan dayThis year’s headliner: Donald Rumsfeld, the charismatic and controversial former Congressman, White House Chief of Staff and Secretary of Defense for two presidents in addition to a Reagan-era foreign policy ace.

Rutgers economist Milton Friedman once said that Reagan’s selection of George H. W. Bush was “the worst decision not only of his campaign but of his presidency” and that Rumsfeld, “had he been chosen… would have succeeded Reagan as president and the sorry Bush-Clinton period would never have occurred.”

Wednesday’s remarks focused on the challenges of our present day.

“This isn’t the kind of thing that’s going to end with a signing ceremony,” explained Rumsfeld, referring to the War on Terror while addressing an audience question. “We can’t defend everywhere. The only solution to this kind of problem is offense; we’ve got to go after them and kill them.”

The event was attended by Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno and opened with a solemn invocation from Rafael Cruz, an evangelical minister and father of presidential hopeful Ted Cruz

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4 Comments on "Donald Rumsfeld, Cruz’s father headline N.J. Reagan Day"

  1. I was in attendance! Every year the event gets more and more impressive!

  2. The Secretary’s solution is exactly backwards. “The only solution to this kind of problem is offense; we’ve got to go after them and kill them”?!? Seriously? Haven’t we had enough war against this insurgency? Donald Rumsfeld, WHY were we attacked on 9/11? Why did OBL have such hatred for the United States? Did it have to do with unfulfilled promises made by George H.W. Bush to freedom fighters in Afghanistan in the 1980s? Isn’t the solution NOW for us to turn inwards and invest in ourselves and in Public Education and Public Infrastructure? Isn’t the solution to LEAD BY EXAMPLE? The Tao tells us that there is no greater misfortune than underestimating our enemies. Underestimating our enemy means thinking that he is evil and thus destroying our three treasures of simplicity, patience, and compassion, and becoming an enemy ourselves. The Other Side needs Leadership as much as we do. If we occupy the moral high ground and are stronger and smarter, then we ought to be LEADING them. Enough War. How do we engage in the known unknown of Peace? U.S. Department of State, John Kerry, Paul Ryan, Ted Cruz, Clinton Global Initiative, Cory Booker

  3. Gene Hoyas | April 28, 2016 at 7:24 am |

    Justin writes: “Isn’t the solution NOW for us to turn inwards and invest in ourselves and in Public Education and Public Infrastructure? Isn’t the solution to LEAD BY EXAMPLE?”

    Spoken like the dimwitt you truly are. They hate us not because of Dubya, Clinton, George H.W., Reagan or the founding of Israel or our support for Israel or even our presence in the Middle East.

    The answer to your puerile and hopelessly ignorant query is simple: NO. Ignoring Mohammedanism and the devout who slaughter and destroy in the name of Allah and his pedophile Prophet will not make the problem go away. Rumsfeld is entirely correct: we must take the battle to them and slaughter them whenever and wherever we find them.

  4. Thanks Matt Rooney & The Save Jersey Blog!

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