The front-runner for the Republican nomination for New Jersey's open U.S. Senate seat, former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan, told a tea party audience Monday that young voters were "indoctrinated" against the United States of 40 years ago. From an article by John Celock:
When Lonegan was asked how he'd reach young voters he shared, "Don't be so disturbed that it's more older people who remember what America was 40 years ago and want to keep it that way, rather than the younger people who have been indoctrinated."
Gee, Steve, did it ever occur to you that if you remember America of 40 years ago that you aren't a young voter. So to say they've been indoctrinated, I think you're mixing up your verbs -- you mean educated.
He gave the conservatives and constitutionalists in the crowd plenty to applaud. He said American freedoms are "under assault like never before."
He's right. His ultra-conservative cohorts have been waging a war on women's rights, health care, education, clean air, Social Security, Medicare, voter's rights, immigration reform, student loans, et al.
He criticized what he called the "commie ... I mean common core curriculum," a federal effort to standardize educational requirements.
He's right again. Liberals and progressives are fighting a common core curriculum -- the one that teaches creationism instead of evolution, denies science, and insists on bible based studies in public school. They rail against laws that mandate that LIES about the risks of future fertility in women if they have an abortion (See North Carolina's mandated health education bill for 7th grade).
He said Obama's reluctance to approve the Keystone Pipeline System, to bring oil from Canada to the United States, is "destroying our access to real, affordable energy."
Bingo. He's hit the trifecta... only he's missing a few key points on the Keystone Pipeline. One: the risk factor. And two: No oil that flows through the pipeline is guaranteed to the US. It's to be sold overseas by Canada. So the pipeline, like a certain bridge in Alaska, is a pipeline to nowhere as far as America is concerned. We take the risks and we reap no benefits once it's up and running.
This whackjob really has his facts down. No wonder he's going to lose big to Cory Booker. It's not that Booker's so great, it's that Lonegan's so inept with facts and the facility to understand the world around him. Or even more locally, in his own state. The former Bogota mayor has taken a series of positions to the right of most Garden State Republicans, including opposing federal aid for Hurricane Sandy relief last year unless other funding projects were taken out of the package. I wonder if Governor Christie is going to give him a hug like he gave Obama.
Oh, just so you'll know, Booker is the prohibitive favorite against Lonegan in recent polls. And that's something I think you can take to the bank.