Blog - NJ7 Citizens for Change

The Catastrophe of Guns in Schools

GUN CONTROL/EDUCATION:  The Catastrophe of Guns in Schools H.G. Wells once said, “Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.”  But I doubt that H.G. Wells could have conceived of the uniquely American catastrophe involving mass shootings in schools, and our response to them. 
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Improve Gun Safety and Reduce Gun Violence

“Now is Not the Time . . . .” I’m a scientist. Science is by far the best way the human species has discovered to understand the natural world, and our place within it.  So why am I not jumping with joy over Congressman Lance’s new-found respect for the scientific process, by calling for a lifting of the ban on federal research on gun violence?
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THE ECONOMY: “When you lie down with dogs. . . .”

  THE ECONOMY:  “When you lie down with dogs. . . .” The Trump budget, capricious and unworkable though it may be, illustrates how economically dishonest and morally bankrupt this administration is, and tells us everything about its priorities. 
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No More Thoughts and Prayers

No more thoughts and prayers. Another period of mourning for the victims of another horrific mass shooting, schoolchildren on the threshold of life.  
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Lance Voted Multiple Times to Repeal Obamacare- Can He be Our Advocate?

HEALTHCARE:  New Jersey Seventh Needs a Strong Advocate What does Congressman Leonard Lance want to do about healthcare?  Like most of his House Republican colleagues, he voted multiple times to repeal Obamacare.  Faced with the opportunity to do so by passing the American Health Care Act, Republicans blinked because of a massive groundswell of popular opposition. Congressman Lance was one of those who voted “No,” after voting for—i.e., failing to kill—the bill in Committee.
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Trump Refuses to Believe Women

#YouToo “Is there no such thing any longer as due process?” bemoans the President.  This from a man who has gorged himself for years on baseless accusations.  But there is one group whose accusations he has never believed. Women. Women who accuse men:
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Lance Remained Silent When Congress Failed to Advance Gateway Tunnel Project

INFRASTRUCTURE:  No Tunnel of Love Is there any more glaring evidence of our need for investment in our crumbling national infrastructure than the train-wreck-in-waiting that are the Hudson rail tunnels, dug 100 years ago under the Hudson, seriously damaged by Super Storm Sandy, and a vital link in the economy. 
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Democracy’s Doomsday Clock

The Doomsday Clock is a symbol that represents the likelihood of a man-made global catastrophe.  A week ago, the clock was advanced to two minutes till midnight, based on “the failure of President Trump and other world leaders to deal with looming threats of nuclear war and climate change.”  Scary.  But we need another Doomsday Clock for our democracy here in the US.  We are fast approaching a moment when our institutions will face the test of whether they can stand up to the demands of a crypto-autocrat, who wants to run the Department of Justice as a personal fiefdom.  And he is being enabled by his own party who refuse to put country before party. The release of the Nunes memo, and Trump’s declaration that the FBI and the Department of Justice favor the Democrats, sets us on the path to the dismissal of Rod Rosenstein, and his replacement by a DOJ employee prepared to axe Robert Mueller and his investigation.  This is willful obstruction of justice, not just by one man, but by an entire Party.  There is not, and there never was, any intention to let the Mueller investigation run its course. President Trump shows all the signs of an autocrat-in-waiting.  He has attacked the media incessantly (“enemy of the people”), while finding one news outlet (Fox News and Sean Hannity) which functions as his mouthpiece.  He has attacked the independence of the judiciary.  He clearly believes the Department of Justice is there to do his bidding. He demonizes his political opponents.  It’s “us vs. them.”  He lies repeatedly, and through the use of simple slogans, like “Fake News” and “Sad,”  he distorts reality to his own ends such that facts are no longer facts.  He clearly admires autocratic leaders – Putin, Erdogan, Dutarte, Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman-- and has been silent on human rights abuses by “strongmen” leaders around the world. Timothy Snyder in his excellent book “On Tyranny” warns of the almost imperceptible steps that build on one another to acceptance of authoritarianism.  We cannot let this attack on our law enforcement agents and system of justice go unanswered. Where do you place the hands on Democracy’s Doomsday Clock?  
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ENERGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT: Lance is Not Recyclable

ENERGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT:  Lance is Not Recyclable Creating hell on earth seems to be the goal of the current Republican Administration.  Putting the EPA under Scott Pruitt is akin to putting a tobacco company executive in the role of Surgeon General.  Amongst other iniquities, he has eliminated more than 30 environmental protection rules. AND he signed on for a 31% reduction in the EPA budget, generously scaled back to a mere $528 million cut by Congress.
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GOP Votes to Release Memo and Plans to Investigate FBI

A SPECIAL MESSAGE FROM NJ7 CITIZENS FOR CHANGE: ENOUGH! Our democracy is under attack, not from without, but from within. An ego-driven president with strong autocratic tendencies is being supported by the extreme right wing within his own party, by the remaining “go along to get along” Vichy Republicans in congress, and by a Fox News organization that feeds and thrives on conspiracy theories. The Republican Party has chosen to undermine the FBI rather than make any attempt to suppress and rebuff a clear attempt by a foreign power, Russia, to interfere in the election process. And in taking this step, they have ignored the dire warnings of the Department of Justice that doing so would be “extraordinarily reckless” and have national security implications. If it is the Department of Justice and FBI that is under attack today, then who tomorrow? Mueller? AG Rosenstein? The courts and judiciary will follow; the president has already made his views on judges known. Delegitimizing the press has been an obsession of his since even before he took office. This has all the hallmarks of a “Reichstag moment” for our democracy, the moment that the norms and values of a free and democratic society are subverted in favor of one-party demagoguery. Leonard Lance, in voicing his support for the GOP’s obstruction efforts against the Russia investigation, has chosen once again to put party before country and must not be re-elected this November. Please DONATE $10 NOW, and while the Democratic Primary candidates vie for nomination, we'll work to show the good people of NJ07 that Lance does not share their values.
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