Tag Archive: gun safety

Goliath Slayers

It seems odd that in a blue state like New Jersey, our congressional delegation is evenly split – six Democrats and six Republicans. The GOP members are generally not moderate Republicans either, but rather folks that adhere to the extreme…
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A Powerful Voice

BY DECIMINYAN When Congressman Rush Holt decided not to run for re-election in 2014, many progressives were disappointed. After all, a clear, progressive voice was disappearing from the House of Represenatives. But that disappointment was short-lived. Holt’s successor, Bonnie Watson…
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Taking On the South Jersey Goliath

Whether you’re a disciple of South Jersey Democratic boss George Norcross, or just someone who is running for political office on the Democratic ticket, conventional wisdom says that you don’t get very far without kissing George’s ring. Even those people who are not part of his inner circle take pains not to piss him off if they hope to win an election here.

So challenging George’s brother Donald, who was handpicked to replace another Norcross acolyte who resigned under a cloud of scandal, is a hapless task, right?

Don’t tell that to Alex Law, a 24-year old systems analyst who has put his career on hold in order to challenge The (South Jersey) Donald.

Today, I sat down with Law to discuss his seemingly quixotic quest, his positions on key issues, and his plans for the campaign.

Just because it’s legal doesn’t make it right. Or ethical.

I’ve written before about the Burlington County Freeholders taking money from the companies to whom they award big county contracts. Under the current law, these quid pro quo arrangements are legal. But they are not right. Nor are they ethical.

The same thing applies to the gun protestors who are harassing Senate President Steve Sweeney and his family by protesting against gun safety in front of the senator’s home. Just because they may have a First Amendment right to protest there (within reason), doesn’t make it right or ethical or decent. If I were advising the gun advocates, I’d tell them to go to the State House where they’d get more coverage and even run across sympathetic legislators. Their actions at the home of Senator Sweeney are indecent. But if the gun advocates had any decency, we’d have fewer guns in the hands of those who shouldn’t have them and fewer terrorist attacks like the one in South Carolina.

From Jakarta to the Jersey Shore

Jim Keady grew up in the comfortable confines of the Jersey Shore. But he also lived with Indonesian sweatshop workers outside of Jakarta who were making sneakers for the American consumer. He’s an athlete, a small business owner, and a single dad. He’s the guy Governor Christie told to “sit down and shut up” when he tried to engage in a conversation about the sluggish response to Hurricane Sandy.

Keady did not sit down and shut up. Rather, he’s standing for office and speaking out; he’s running for the New Jersey General Assembly from District 30. Here is his story in his own words.

You can also download an audio podcast of this interview here.

Correction: The original version of this post implied that Mr. Keady was actually involved in the manufacture of Nike products in Indonesia. He was not. He lived with the sweatshop workers to show solidarity with them.

The Right-Wing (and others) Co-Opt the Language of the Debate

Once again, the media (including Blue Jersey) have fallen into the trap of allowing the right-wing to enable its agenda by choosing the name for political initiatives.

For example, much of the media uses the term “gun control” when the advocates of common-sense gun laws are really promoting “gun safety.” Technically, both terms are correct, but the former has the ring of men in black suits coming to confiscate your legal weapons.

Similarly, if I’m not in the “pro-life” camp, it doesn’t mean I’m “pro-death.” Proponents of women’s health have done a decent job promoting the “pro-choice” moniker, but the other side is more accurately described as “anti-abortion.”

Now, the topic of discussion is the bill that passed in the New Jersey Assembly yesterday – the “Aid in Dying” bill. Media outlets (including this one in today’s roundup) use the term “assisted suicide.” Technically – from a linguistic point of view – they are correct. But the term “suicide” comes with negative and often violent connotations. A more accurate term would be “death with dignity” or some variant of the name of the bill – “aid in dying.”

Language matters. The right has understood this for decades. It’s time for the left to gain control of it, too.