Sussex Dems' poor timing: Anti-Trump rally in Newton the day before a terrorist attack?
Do you remember Kate & Gina? Those two Democrats who ran for the Legislature as part of Phil Murphy's team. Well they've been in the news again.
On Saturday evening, the day before running mate Gina Trish would rally on Newton Green in favor of a "no-questions-asked" travel policy for countries that even the United Nations says are infected by violent Islamic extremism, the insiders who compose the "executive board" of the Sussex County Democrat Committee (SCDC) named Kate Matteson as their executive director. Not the entire county committee, mind you, just the insiders on the executive board. So they're "democratic" in name only... what's new about that?
The boss of the little politburo that runs the SCDC -- Leslie Huhn -- worked herself up into her usual lather and issued a statement about the "vicious attacks" Matteson had to endure from those mean Republicans. Leslie won't tell you this, but she voted Republican until a legislator happened to forget her name. It pissed her off to no end. Out of spite, she ran against the woman and spit all kinds of bile at her. And so began Leslie's career in politics. Yep, she's in it for all the right reasons... pride, with a dollop of hate thrown in.
Hey, it's all personal for some people, but before you go throwing around words like "vicious" -- maybe you should think back to how your committee and your state committeeperson, and your candidates, tried to destroy the reputation of a family and its business and the livelihoods of its employees. Nobody did that to Dr. Matteson. Nobody called the school to complain about you, Leslie. Nobody called Centenary College to complain about Gina Trish.
You see, it is all a question of perceived entitlement. Kate, Gina, and Leslie all believe that they are entitled to take any position they want and to trash anybody they want to trash, and nobody is supposed to fight back. And when somebody does, these Democrats become outraged. They say it's not fair. They call for a time out, put on their pussy cat hats and go to the Green and protest how unfair the world is and how against them it all is.
Gina Trish has every right to front a rally on Newton Green in favor of a "no-questions-asked" travel policy for countries that are infected by violent Islamic extremism, but when -- the very next day -- someone from one of those countries infected by Islamic extremism attempts to blow up Americans commuting to work in New York City... somebody else has the right to bring it up and say, "Hey Gina, hey Sussex County Democrats, what the hell are you thinking!" Free speech works both ways. If you want to be in politics, you are going to need to grow up and get used to it.
If you are going to condemn "hate" and say you support "respectful discourse," then you cannot have your photo taken vandalizing the free speech of someone who disagrees with you. Tearing up their posters, throwing them on the ground, stomping on them, shoveling snow on them... these are not respectful acts. In fact, these are the well documented antics of the National Socialists. Why don't you just burn the words that you disagree with! Do it up if it makes you feel better, but don't confuse yourself with a "democrat" when you do. Democracy requires goodwill, patience, and -- most of all -- humility. All of which seems in short supply.
And finally. We all remember the good time Kate and Gina and Leslie had calling Parker and Jill Space names because they happened to attend a Hank Williams Jr. concert and were photographed next to the band's banner which (oh heaven forbid!) features what used to be called "a rebel flag." Well... you just spent the day before a terrorist attack protesting for weaker laws to combat terrorism. If you want to call someone a "racist" over a band's banner, be prepared to be called at the very least an "enabler of terrorism." It works both ways.
Should a letter now go out to every board member and donor to Centenary College demanding the same of them that was demanded of the customers of Space Farms? Or do we treat each other like neighbors who just happen to have different points of view?
It is time for Kate, Gina, and Leslie to look into their hearts and acknowledge that it is they who behaved very badly and that it was only in response to their bad behavior that they felt any heat at all. Only in response to their bad behavior. Going forward, they have the opportunity to behave like human beings instead of entitled ideologues. For the good of the community, we suggest that they take the opportunity.
It is time for Kate, Gina, and Leslie to look into their hearts and acknowledge that it is they who behaved very badly and that it was only in response to their bad behavior that they felt any heat at all. Only in response to their bad behavior.
Going forward, they have the opportunity to behave like human beings instead of entitled ideologues. For the good of the community, we suggest that they take the opportunity.