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    A Teacher for Tom Malinowski

    Honesty, humility, integrity, the pursuit of knowledge, consideration of others, and hard work. These were the values my parents and teachers instilled in me as I grew up in the 1960s and 70s. They were presented as American values. Sadly, as a teacher, I see each of these values seriously endangered in today’s America—even in my classroom. I feel like Donald Trump and the Congressional Republicans have made a liar out of me and other teachers like me. Every day, I stand before my students and hold them responsible for their work and for their behavior. I preach the values I have always believed our country stood for, and I do my best to model them. But I worry that my words and actions fall on deaf ears. With each passing day since Mr. Trump’s election, I ask myself “Why would my students believe a word I say when a man who has been caught in thousands of lies, who gropes women with impunity, who cheats people out of the money he owes them, and who may have cheated his way to victory holds the most prestigious job in the world?” And I wonder, “Doesn’t Mr. Trump’s immunity from all accountability give young, impressionable minds the idea that honesty and integrity are for suckers?” Our presidents are role models; and I shudder to think about the messages my eighth grade students get from our current president. But, he would not get away with any of this if Congress did its job. So as much as Mr. Trump assaults our cultural values, the Republican Senators and Congressmen who protect him are equally responsible for the daily attacks on our institutions and the erosion of our democratic norms. Thus, we need to vote them out. On November 6, 2018 we will have the opportunity to do just that in NJ-7. Our vote on that day is our last best hope of protecting our democracy from further erosion. We all need to vote to replace Leonard Lance, our current Republican U.S. Representative (and a solid vote for the Trump/Republican establishment and Tea Party agendas), with Democrat, Tom Malinowski. I’ve met Mr. Malinowski and I feel confident that a vote for him is also a vote for honesty, humility, integrity, the pursuit of knowledge, consideration of others, and hard work--the values that I strive to instill in my students. Miriam KohlerGrade 8 English Teacher
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    The Silence of the Lance

      Lance is silent on the moral train wreck in the White House.  And he is silent on Republican policy.  Why?  Does anyone really doubt that the White House is in the grip of a malignant narcissist, who is incompetent, unprincipled, and unethical? Why is Lance silent?  Because, while the rest of us are riveted by the White House spectacle, Lance and his colleagues are enacting a conservative revolution, but they want no discussion of the implications. So he is silent.  He knows the damage the tax cuts have done.  He knows the benefits went to the top 1%.  He knows that the next step is to go after your entitlements. In a federal budget in which military spending and interest on debt payments are rising, there is nowhere else to cut.  So he is silent.  He knows that healthcare is under serious threat.  He knows up to 52 million Americans with a pre-existing condition couldbecome uninsured.  So he is silent.  He knows that our environmental policies have been shredded to favor fossil fuel companies.  He knows what climate change and declining air quality mean for the health of our kids and grandkids.  But he is silent.  He knows that the Supreme Court has been highjacked.  He knows what Kavanaugh’s appointment will mean for women’s rights; for gun safety; for the powers of the President.  So he is silent.  He knows that an assault on our public school system is coming.  He knows that the Koch brothers and Betsy Davos and their ilk     see “privatization” of education as the next frontier. And he is silent.  He knows there is no money left for infrastructure, that Trump would love to torpedo the Gateway project.  So he is silent.  He knows his political future is tied to the Congressional Leadership Fund SuperPac and their ability to drown the midterm campaign with fearmongering and disinformation.  So he is silent.  And he will be silent on November 7, because we will rise up in a Blue Wave that will send him sprawling onto the retirement beach of his choice!  VOTE! VOTE! VOTE!  #RememberinNovember #NJ07
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    Lance’s Platform A Disaster: Constituents Need Change

      What on earth is Leonard Lance running on?  Is he proud of legislation that targeted Blue states to limit our tax deductions? Of enabling the likes of Bob Hugin to benefit from extraordinary treatment for the wealthy, while we remain a donor state for Trumpland? Of generating $1 trillion in share buybacks to boost the net worth of the top 1%?  Does he strut and swagger about the fact that real wage growth has been flat or even declined since Trump took office?  Does he highlight the meteoric growth in the National Debt? Is he saying what Republican deficit spending will mean for Social Security and Medicare?  What is his stance on healthcare now?  Does he know yet how many of his constituents are on Obamacare? How, exactly, will he cover pre-existing conditions?  Is he pointing to Scott Pruitt’s bonfire of regulations that protect our kids and grandkids? To President Trump’s abandonment of fuel economy standards, or the coal emissions rollback?  Is he touting his new-found status as a moderate on gun safety? Or does he prefer to run on his 93%, A-, NRA approval rating?  Is he supporting Betsy Davos in her efforts to use Federal funding to arm our schoolteachers? Is that the limit of his educational policy?  Or is infrastructure his signature accomplishment? No funding for the Gateway Project, other than a set of lottery tickets for funds that MIGHT provide SOME of the money that Trump removed in a fit of personal pique.    Is he happy to defend a corrupt administration, led by a President whose defense is to subvert the rule of law and to turn the DoJ into a personal fiefdom to be aimed at his adversaries? Is he advertising the long list of investigations Republicans swept under the rug, and now fear Democrats might instigate?  Or is he going to fall back on time-honored Republican tactics of phony press releases, whisper campaigns, character assassination, voter suppression and scare tactics?  It looks as though Leonard Lance has allowed Paul Ryan’s Congressional Leadership Fund to make that decision for him.  Remember, empty vessels make the most noise. Don’t be fooled.   #RememberinNovember #NJ07 #TimeforChange  
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