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Conservative Picks for the New Jersey Primary

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New Jersey was just as bad as one would think. They do not send a single Conservative to Congress. You’d think Conservatism would have made advances under a Republican governor, but, alas, Chris Christie was too busy making advances on the Golden Corral. That being said, there’s nowhere to go but up.

Best Picks: Brian Goldberg, Steve Lonegan, Raafat Barsoom
Worst Picks: Lindsay Brown, Leonard Lance, Martin Hewitt
Best Race: District 5, US Senate
Worst Race: District 7

US Senate

Looking to take Bob Menendez’s seat are two Republicans, Brian Goldberg and Bob Hugin. This race isn’t getting a whole lot of attention among Conservatives, and perhaps because Menendez is a heavy favorite. Still this race is a classic Conservative vs Establishment showdown. Bob Hugin isn’t even running as a Conservative. He isn’t even running as fiscally responsible. By his own campaign platform, he seems like the candidate that would seek crony policies for his backers.

There’s nothing on Hugin’s website to dispute Goldberg’s claims. Hugins is running a campaign that gives in to the Democrats. What’s the point in voting for him? Goldberg is running to the right and is strong on life and Supreme Court appointments, a Senator’s function as opposed to creating jobs.

Conservative Pick: Brian Goldberg

District 1

Paul Dilks is the only Republican in this race.

District 2

Four Republicans are running. The strongest of which seems to be Hirsh Singh. After failing to win last years primary for governor, Singh is back for District 2. His website doesn’t list his platform, but his Twitter is full of Ted Cruz retweets. When running for governor, he emphasized school choice and also supported marijuana legalization. He’s strong on guns. He also seems to have all the endorsements signifficant or otherwise. In 2013, Seth Grossman, primaried Chris Christie. Of course he failed, but he seemed to campaign on genuine local issues. Now, he’s campaigning on Trump, immigration, Obamacare, and something about self defense but not the 2nd Amendment. There’s no indication he would cut spending. Next is Sam Fiocchi. He was a former legislator voted out. Fiocchi also has an emphasis on Obamacare repeal. He’s a step up from Grossman but still no emphasis on spending cuts.

Conservative Pick: Hirsh Singh

District 3

Tom MacArthur is a major RINO. He is unchallenged.

District 4

RINO Chris Smith is unopposed.

District 5

This is a winnable House seat for Republicans seeing that Trump won the district. After failing against Tom MacArthur, Steve Lonegan is back in District 3 this time to be the lone NJ Conservative in Congress. He has the backing of major Conservatives such as Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Mark Levin, and Tea Party affiliates. Opposing him is John McCann who is campaigning on how he brownnosed Trump during in 2016 when Lonegan was a Cruz supporter. We’ve seen how Conservative Trump sycophants fail to be.

Conservative Pick: Steve Lonegan

District 6

Rich Pezzullo is unopposed.

District 7

New Jersey is so blue even a staunch leftist is running as a Republican to oust RINO Leonard Lance. Her name is Lindsay Brown. She supports single payer healthcare. The last hope in the District is Raafat Barsoom. Barsoom has an interesting perspective as a Christian born in Egypt. He is a Conservative and the only good option.

Conservative Pick: Raafat Barsoom

District 8

John Muniz is running unopposed.

District 9

Eric Fisher is running unopposed.

District 10

Agna Khan is running unopposed.

District 11

Democrats are going to want this vacated red seat. Four Republicans are running. Martin Hewitt is a clear RINO. Jay Webber is skilled campaigner. Furthermore he has an decent record in the NJ General Assembly. He’s the frontrunner if there is one and has the best chance at holding the District.

Conservative Pick: Jay Webber

District 12

Daryl Kipnis is unopposed.

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Justin Fairfax let off the hook by Virginia Democrats, but not accusers

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Justin Fairfax let off the hook by Virginia Democrats but not accusers

Democrats in Virginia’s House have ended calls for Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax to resign following two accusations of sexual assault. But his accusers continue to speak out, saying they want to testify against Fairfax in an effort to both remove him from office and possibly bring him to justice.

The excuse Democrats are making for ending their calls for impeachment or for Fairfax to step down are because they want a criminal investigation to proceed unimpaired. This is a solid argument, but one that doesn’t echo the sentiment from the around the country or in Virginia itself.

Calls were relatively universal just a week ago following the second sexual assault accusation against Fairfax. The sad part is the calls for Governor Ralph Northam to step down over a photo on his yearbook page depicting one person in blackface and another person in a Ku Klux Klan outfit were also very heavy before the first Fairfax accusation. It’s as if Democrats were all gung ho about making an example out of Northam until they learned his successor had problems of his own.

If there is to be consistency within the #MeToo movement, the Democratic Party, and American politics in general, then there needs to be an understanding of what is considered sufficiently acceptable evidence in the court of public opinion to demand a resignation. This is impossible, of course, as each situation is different. Would Al Franken have been forced to leave the Senate if there weren’t pictures of him groping a sleeping reporter? Probably not. Is the presence of two credible accusations the tipping point, since following the first accusation the responses were muted? Perhaps.

If that’s the case, though, does that mean if someone commits a single sexual assault, that they’re still morally qualified to lead? Of course not.

These are the conundrums that face a society bent on finding the moral high ground but unable to come together on how that moral high ground actually manifests. Should Fairfax step down? That question may be asked for another three years if he doesn’t.

 


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Mashup video of Jussie Smollett and Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson tells a sad story

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Mashup video of Jussie Smollett and Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson tells a sad story

Mashup videos are usually intended to be funny. There’s nothing funny about the outrageous alleged actions taken by actor Jussie Smollett in his attempt to garner victim status and increase his pay for the show Empire.

According to police, Smollett first tried to gain sympathy by mailing a letter to the studio threatening himself with a “ransom” to keep him safe. When that didn’t get him the instant status of victimhood through which he could parlay higher pay from the studio, he allegedly paid $3500 to orchestrate a hate-crime stunt that drew so much sympathy from the gullible left that it’s hard to find anything that compares. The outpouring of support from Hollywood, leftist politicians, and mainstream media was immediate and unquestioning.

They were blinded by a desire for the hate they believe exists among supporters for President Trump to actually manifest in a tangible hate crime against a beloved gay black actor. This blinding prevented them from calling into question the inconsistencies and outrageous accusations made by Smollett. All they heard was “bigoted Trump supporters attacked a minority” and the latched onto it as their gospel truth.

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It’s very impressive to hear the words of Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson who is clearly outraged by the hoax itself. He is proud of the progress he’s made in Chicago and to falsely attack the city over a desire for more money rightly disgusts the public servant.

This isn’t just a condemnation against Hollywood or the detachment so many actors have with reality. It’s a condemnation on the leftist ideology that has made victimhood a badge of honor to be sought at all costs.

 


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Nicolás Maduro, stop being obtuse

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Nicols Maduro stop being obtuse

By Friday, there will be 190 metric tons of aid ready at the border between Colombia and Venezuela ready to be delivered to a people who desperately need it. The only thing standing in the way is the ego and ineptitude of a failed leader who is more concerned about his own power than the lives of the people he supposedly serves.

Contested Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has set up a military blockade to prevent the aid from reaching the people. His reason: the aid is just an excuse for the United States to invade Venezuela. This is ridiculous, and the United States plans to get the aid to the people one way or another.

Mark Green, the administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is hoping Juan Guaido, who the United States recognizes as the leader of Venezuela, will be able to assert enough control over the situation to bypass or remove the blockade and allow the aid to reach the people.

“That really is up to Juan Guaido and his people and his team,” Green told Fox News. “We are working with them to try and pre-position that assistance and give them the tools to lead their people and provide hope.”

For the last couple of years, the collapse of Venezuela’s economy has been pointed to by fiscal conservatives in the United States as an example of how socialism fails, even for a country as well-off as oil-rich Venezuela once was. But we’re now well beyond calls to condemn socialism. It has obviously failed and it’s up to the international community to prevent a catastrophic humanitarian crisis in which masses of people could die.

Yes, the situation is rapidly deteriorating that badly.

Whether through Guaido or Maduro, this insane refusal to help the people must be averted immediately. It’s odd that starving Venezuelans must somehow bypass their own government’s idiotic pride in order to receive the aid that’s ready and waiting for them.

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How the United States goes about forcing the aid into the country is a delicate proposition. If they don’t want it, there’s nothing we can do to force them to take it. The question is, who is “them” in this equation? If the vast majority of the people would welcome the aid, as I suspect, then we must coordinate with the international community and Guaido to secure passage and distribution of the aid to where it’s needed the most.

Unfortunately, there’s not a ton of information hitting mainstream media about the situation on the other side of the border. Is it as bad as we think? If so, then something short of a U.S.-backed coup should be considered. We must continue to respect Venezuela’s sovereignty and just because we believe Guaido is the rightful leader doesn’t make it so. It’s up to the people of Venezuela to say they’re done with Maduro.

But if Maduro continues to control the military, it’s a moot point. There’s no recourse for the people or Guaido in the immediate future. They’ll have to continue to fight Maduro’s regime through information and revolt in order to sway the military to Guaido’s side. Outright civil war seems impossible at this point because Maduro’s forces are too strong. Waiting them out seems untenable as well because the people are dying today. They may not have time for a slow, steady revolution.

It comes down to someone convincing Maduro to stop being obtuse. We’re not invading Venezuela Aid that we would deliver is just as good if not better than what they can receive from Russia or other Maduro-friendly countries and it’s clearly more abundant; Maduro said Russia was sending 30 metric tons of aid “soon.”

Maduro has two choices: Maintain power and let his people die or give up power and help his people live. It’s insane that he seems to be leaning towards the former, but that’s the nature of despots.

 


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