Blog - NJ7 Citizens for Change

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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Leonard Lance Looks Away

Leonard Lance likes to position himself as a man of integrity.  Yet he remains silent on ethical issues surrounding his own campaign, and on the moral carnage that is consuming the Presidency.  Lance has been substantially outraised by Tom Malinowski in the Congressional race. He was slung a life belt from the Congressional Leadership Fund, Paul Ryan’s SuperPAC, in the form of $2.1 million in media buys. The big donors to CLF are listed here.  Personally, I don’t want Sheldon and Miriam Adelson of Las Vegas deciding who should represent NJ7.  And if you want to find out who is behind the donors listed as “American Action Network”, good luck. Anonymous donors account for almost half of CLF’s funds.  CLF’s first contributions on behalf of Lance feature a scurrilous attempt to paint Malinowski as a supporter of terrorist rights.  Further, CLF created a faux-Malinowski website to amplify that message. The Star Ledger called on Lance to denounce this Dark Money-funded jiggery-pokery, but our “man of integrity” claims his hands are tied.  Now, two Trump associates, his ex-lawyer, and his former campaign manager, emerge from court as felons, guilty of illegal payments, and tax and bank fraud. Can we just let the Times headline sink in?   “PLEADING GUILTY, COHEN IMPLICATES PRESIDENT” “In coordination with and at the direction of a candidate for federal office.”    We now know from court papers that as far back as August 2016, the owners of the National Enquirer agreed to identify stories potentially damaging to Trump and his campaign and, when necessary, buy the silence of the women who wanted to tell them, a narrative that has been flatly contradicted by the White House for months.  This stinks to high heaven.  And the response from our “man of integrity”? Nothing, even when called upon by the Star Ledger.  Aesop said “a man is known by the company he keeps.”  By aligning completely with an immoral and dishonest President, by wading in the muck with CLF, Leonard Lance tells us everything he would rather we not know about his character. Silent. Weak. Complicit.  #RememberinNovember #NJ07
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What does white complicity look like?

[NOTE: Following the enactment of racist border policies, the discovery of white supremacist flyers and posters throughout our congressional district, and the lack of leadership from Congressman Lance on this issue, we have solicited blog posts from activists and concerned people about the issues. If you would like to add your voice to the discussion, please contact us.] What does it mean for a white person today to look at white onlookers in an old photograph of a lynching? One piece in the recent Racial Imaginary Institute exhibit in New York City On Whiteness asks us this very question. I just visited this exhibit during its final week, and while there were many thought-provoking works, The Wonder Gaze (St James Park) by Ken Gonzales-Day has stayed with me (see his website for the image http://kengonzalesday.com/on-whiteness/). It is a giant photograph of part of an original photograph of a lynching, and we only see the people who attended, or perhaps even participated in the lynching, not the person who was lynched. White people who stand in front of this giant photograph are forced to look in a mirror of sorts. We ask: who are these people? The answers present several challenges that white people must confront if we are to dismantle white supremacy.
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Paul Ryan Creates Fake Website to Support Lance and to Deceive Constituents in CD7

Millions of Americans were exposed to fake Facebook ads and posts generated by Russian operatives who sought to influence voter behavior and exploit division in America before the 2016 election. Intelligence Agencies are warning that this will continue and warn it is expected to escalate as we move closer to the midterm elections. The voting public has heard the words “fake news” more than any fair minded person can tolerate. I think we can all agree that enough is enough. We deserve better than this.  NJ7 Citizens for Change discovered that GOP House Leader Paul Ryan’s Super PAC (The Congressional Leadership Fund) has created a FAKE WEBSITE at the domain www.malinowskiforjersey.com. This website is deceptively disguised as the true site for his opponent, Tom Malinowski. The purpose of the deceptive domain is to malign his opponent with false claims and more negative ads. The Congressional Leadership Fund is also running attack ads on television.  
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Silent Acceptance of Racism: Lance and the Trump Administration

Last Saturday night, I was headed uptown on the D train, crowded with other passengers heading home after a night out.  As usual, I was struck by the incredible diversity of my fellow passengers. African Americans, Africans, Latinos, South Asians, East Asians, Europeans, chattering, texting, flirting, or just minding their business. No confederate flags, no neoNazis. Just New Yorkers getting along with their lives. Is this so hard? As Rodney King asked, Can’t we all get along?  The question came fresh into my mind after watching Spike Lee’s great new movie, “BlacKkKlansman,” on Sunday, the anniversary of Heather Heyer’s death in Charlottesville.  The movie “fast forwards” to the horrible events of that weekend to ask how far have we come, how far back have we fallen?  Our President is a racist to his fingertips, who managed to find moral equivalence between those who marched under a Nazi flag, and those who chose to protest its presence. A President who a year later could not condemn racism without adding a dog whistle to his supporters who believe whites are the targets of racists. A President whose gesture of reconciliation was to entertain “Bikers for Trump” at his Bedminster golf course.  Those who think the President’s words do not have consequences should ask themselves why is hate speech on the rise, why is anti-semitism resurgent? The President emboldens those who,  once threatened by the election of an African-American President, are now empowered by his successor’s words and actions.  And we don’t have to look far in our district for evidence of a Trump effect. All over Lance country, in Bedminster, Bernardsville, Branchburg, Bridgewater, Chatham, Gladstone, Hillsborough and Morristown, and on campuses at Princeton, Rutgers and Raritan Valley, a racist, white supremacy group has been posting recruiting materials on telegraph poles and street signs.  Just as we can be proud that the “Unite the Right” march in DC yesterday was massively outnumbered, so we should be proud of our citizens who responded here by forming the Community Values Coalition to counter this muck. In NJ07, we know the answer to Rodney King’s question. “Yes we can!”  Congressman Lance recently shared a few forceless words on Twitter on this subject.  Unfortunately, he is consistently unable to directly speak out against the racism in his own party or, more importantly, to this President. His blind eye is how he earned the nickname #WeakStanceLance and this is why our district must vote for CHANGE in November.  #RememberinNovember #NJ07
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Lies, Damnable lies ... and Lance

Silence is compliance, Congressman Lance! When your President and his team are caught telling lies, and damnable lies at that, then all Members of Congress, including YOU, Leonard Lance, have an obligation to speak out.  In June 2016 Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort met in Trump Tower with five other people, including a Russian lawyer and a Russian-American lobbyist.  When news of that meeting first broke, it was characterized in a statement by Donald Trump Jr. as “a short introductory meeting" during which they "primarily discussed a program about the adoption of Russian children."  First lie.  Then we were told by the President’s lawyer "I do want to be clear -- that the President was not involved in the drafting of the statement." Second lie.  Then the ground started shifting about the statement. "The President weighed in as any father would, based on the limited information that he had," according to Sarah Sanders. Third lie.  But Trump’s legal team sent a note to Robert Mueller indicating that “the President dictated a short but accurate response to The New York Times article on behalf of his son, Donald Trump, Jr.”  Faced with disclosures by the “failing New York Times,” Trump Jr. admitted that he was promised documents that "would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia and would be very useful to your father." Trump Jr. also was told that the documents were "part of Russia and its government's support for Mr. Trump.”  And the famous reply - “If it’s what you say I love it.”  Whether or not the President knew in advance of the meeting as Michael Cohen asserts, Trump now admits  that “this was a meeting to get information on an opponent, totally legal and done all the time in politics.”  Actually, federal law prohibits a candidate from asking for or receiving something of value from a foreign national.  And now both the President and his son have admitted that the meeting was set up in the exact expectation of getting dirt on Hillary Clinton. That’s not collusion?    This is not Fake News.  Who really is the Enemy of the American People here??  #RememberinNovember #NJ07.
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Lance’s Silence is Complicity as Trump Attacks Media

Their finest hour?   Our President is a pathological liar.  Look it up.  His statements are tracked by multiple fact checking sites, such as Snopes, FactCheck, and WAPO.  All agree that overall, the President has averaged about 6 or 7 false or misleading claims a day; in June and July, the president averaged 16 a day. That is pathological.  His response to being exposed as a liar multiple times a day is to shout “fake news” about any story he does not like and to attack the source.  He has called the media “the enemy of the American People.” He has said that “our country’s biggest enemy is the Fake News so easily promulgated by fools!” He has described journalists as “the most dishonest human beings on Earth.” On Thursday he called the media “horrible, horrendous people.”“They can make anything bad, because they are the fake, fake disgusting news,” he said.  Why does he do it? Leslie Stahl of CBS said that Trump told her“you know why I do it? I do it to discredit you all and demean you all, so when you write negative stories about me no one will believe you.”  Let that sink in.  The President is carrying out a campaign of disinformation. By creating an environment for his supporters where nobody believes anything any more, he makes informed opinion impossible and opens the door for the lunatic fringe of conspiracy theorists, like QAnon.  By casting himself as victim, he invites his supporters to see themselves as victims also. If Trump is being attacked, they are too.  And they will attack the attackers.  This is getting dangerous. Jim Accosta Tweeted frightening scenes from a rally in Tampa.  Bret Stephens has described threatening phone calls he has received. The publisher of The NY Times told Trump, reporters are going to get hurt – here in the U.S. Or overseas where Trump has legitimized attacks on the media by authoritarian regimes.  Reach out and hug a journalist today. And while you are at it, call Leonard Lance and tell him to condemn the President’s attacks on our freedoms. His silence is complicity. NJ 7 deserves a Congressman that defends a free press. Your vote matters in November.   #RememberinNovember #NJ07
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NJ7 Congressional Candidates on Healthcare

The following is a collection of public statements and voting records on healthcare by Tom Malinowski and Leonard Lance, candidates for NJ's 7th Congressional District. Please refer to candidate websites and social media accounts for additional information and to interact with candidates.
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Crisis at the Border: How We Got Here

People in America are at shock of what is happening at the Mexico-United States border. Images, especially of a 2-year-old girl from Honduras crying while a U.S. border agent pats down her mother has been seen by millions throughout the country and our world. Families being separated, children placed in detention or sold to human traffickers being combated by the slogan #KeepFamiliesTogether. But this is just the latest iteration of the crisis at the border. A crisis that has its foundation established centuries ago, and now, it’s apparatus well maintained into the 21st century. Washington D.C. need not look past a mirror to see how that monster had been created.
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