Graham supporters accost Pro-Lifer at GOP event

On Friday evening there was an event held at the former headquarters of the notorious American National Socialist Bund.  For some strange reason, instead of demolishing the former Camp Nordland, the town leaders of Andover Township have maintained the building that hosted numerous Nazi, Fascist, and Ku Klux Klan rallies in the 1930's.  Sussex County historian Wayne McCabe has written a book about the goings on at "the barn at Lake Iliff in Andover Township."


Shortly before the event started, information from the 20/20 Project was placed on each table.  The 20/20 Project was started by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese but is an ecumenical movement embracing members representing many religious denominations.  The person distributing the information in Sussex County is a member of the Religious Society of Friends (also known as Quakers).


The goal of the 20/20 Project is to pass legislation to address the scientific fact that unborn babies are pain-sensitive at 20 weeks.  Every other country on earth recognizes this fact except North Korea, China, Vietnam, Singapore, Canada, and the Netherlands.  Senator Steve Oroho is the prime sponsor of legislation in the State Senate, while both Assemblyman Parker Space and Assemblywoman Gail Phoebus have co-sponsored companion legislation in the State Assembly.  Similar legislation has been passed in 14 states and 2017 has been designated as the year of the big push to bring our laws into line with the rest of the civilized world.


Freeholder George Graham and his people waited until the end of the event to make their move, after Sheriff Mike Strada and other members of law enforement had departed.  First Graham approached and placed his arm around the old Quaker, then two elected officials cornered the old guy.


 One of the elected officials was heard to say that he would "just as soon punch someone in the face."  Quakers are strict religious pacifists and, according to onlookers, the Pro-Lifer appeared confused by the Graham supporters' talk of violence.  The onlookers included at least two elected officials from other towns and other prominent members of the Sussex County community.  They all expressed shock at the attempt to goad the Pro-Lifer.


In the end, one of the Graham supporters expressed his support for the Oroho-Space-Phoebus legislation, while the other expressed skepticism, became angrier, and then finally stormed off.


Using the threat of violence to intimidate the free exercise of religion and the free exercise of speech in a public place or by a guest at an event open to the public is a well-known Fascist tactic.  These are civil rights protected by federal law and the Constitution of the United States of America and its Bill of Rights. 


The threat or use of violence against political opponents for merely expressing a view different from that held by a political faction or a township committee, or even some mob, is a feature of Fascism.  For an historical perspective, here is some footage of the Bund's rally at Madison Square Garden in 1939: