"I don't think the state should be in the business of telling districts to do every single thing." ~ John Adler, New Jersey state senator, co-sponsor of the anti-Veterans Day measure
One of the things I have thought would solve a few Legislative problems in this country would be the forbidding of amendments and riders to bills. Either the bill offered is what it is and says so, or it needs to be tossed. Tacking on crap at the end, especially unrelated items, hoping it will go un-noticed, hoping the bill is too popular to be voted down, is dishonest. The New Jersey State Legislature has shown just how despicable the practice is.
Unanimously - meaning every, single representative - the New Jersey Legislature passed a bill which contains one of the vilest amendments imaginable. Buried in a bill to control the state's rising property taxes, a measure was tacked on to repeal the earlier (1967) law which mandated the schools' observing of Veteran's Day. Designed to promote "the development of a higher spirit of patriotism", that earlier bill also was intended to teach the New Jersey students "about Columbus on Columbus Day, the Pilgrims around Thanksgiving Day, and even Commodore John Barry Day, which commemorates the Revolutionary War hero for whom a bridge is named, which spans the Delaware River to connect Bridgeport, N.J., to Chester, Pa."
Yes, the Left, in its never-ending zeal to demolish this nation, something it has tried to engineer through the Public Schools for a century or more, has managed to get passed a bill that would remove teaching some of the simpler historical items of our Country. Democrat Governer Jon Corzine has yet to say whether he will sign or veto this appalling bill. Normally I would say, "of course he'll veto this lunacy!" But with this modern, Politically correct Democrat Party, that is in question.
How has the beautiful state of New Jersey come to this? They voted for Frank Lautenberg, a non-candidate rammed onto the ballots when the actual candidate was befouled by corruption. That didn't phase the populace. The Democrats managed to name as State Poet Laureate, one Amiri Baraka, a bigoted, foul-mouthed, horrid example of a poet whose defense of his reputation when his odd poems actually came to light consisted of yet another anti-semitic, bigoted, Communist-inspired diatribe. This is merely the tip of the iceberg of the Democrat-Party-inspired lunacy taking place in Trenton. For a small taste of Baraka's defense:
The recent dishonest, consciously distorted and insulting non-interpretation of my poem, “Somebody Blew Up America” by the “Anti-Defamation” League, is fundamentally an attempt to defame me. And with that, an attempt to repress and stigmatize independent thinkers everywhere.You can read the rest of it if you care to. I read his "poem" before. Utter garbage. But the Dems thought he was just peachy-keen! And still the populace of New Jersey elect that party to office!
This trashy propaganda is characteristic of right-wing zealots who are interested only in slander and character assassination of those whose views or philosophies differ from or are in contradiction to theirs.
First, the poem underlying theme focuses on how Black Americans have suffered from domestic terrorism since being kidnapped into US chattel slavery, e.g., by Slave Owners, US & State Laws, Klan, Skin Heads, Domestic Nazis, Lynching, denial of rights, national oppression, racism, character assassination, historically, and at this very minute throughout the US. The relevance of this to Bush call for a “War on Terrorism”, is that Black people feel we have always been victims of terror, governmental and general, so we cannot get as frenzied and hysterical as the people who while asking us to dismiss our history and contemporary reality to join them, in the name of a shallow “patriotism” in attacking the majority of people in the world, especially people of color and in the third world.
And now comes this act, which I consider scarcely short of treason, and wonder where the voices of reason in New Jersey are. Where are the protestors on the steps of the Capital building? Where the outraged calls for impeachment? Are there no Patriots left in New Jersey?
Hank Adams, a New Jersey Veterans of Foreign Wars adjutant and a veteran of the Army and Coast Guard, said of the proposed law, "It's not right. (Students) are not going to know the sacrifices that were made so they can enjoy the protections that they have." Other veterans groups are petitioning Gov. Corzine not to sign the bill. But after campaigning on a pledge not to raise taxes and then reversing himself shortly after taking office, Corzine has already proved how out of touch he can be with average voters.
And so have the Democrats, in New Jersey as well as throughout the nation at large. Out of touch. Divorced from reality. Hateful, power hungry, willing to toss America aside if it suits their aims, and at times evil. And there's no other way an American could truly describe this odious measure. It is evil. Will the Governor veto it? Or will he cave to Party demands? Will the patriotic Democrats fight this measure? Or will they surrender, too? Time will tell.
Thanks to Angel for bringing this up!