something terrible has happened in new jersey.

Something terrible happened last night. Yes, indeed it did. All morning, afternoon and evening polling places were opened for the New Jersey Senate race. Polls closed at approximately 8:00 PM and election results were released to the news media sometime around 9:30 PM. It was announced New Jersey somehow managed to elect a man who has accomplished near nothing in a broken city and may not even live in the state of New Jersey… And many in New Jersey seem to be happy about it.Newark Mayor and U.S. Senate candidate Booker speaks to the media after casting his ballot during the Senate primary election in Newark

I whole heartedly wish that Democratic Cory Booker was worthy for the Senate position but it is hard to find worthiness in someone who has made a political career out of being a celebrity. For the last five years, crime rates have continued to rise under the mayorship of Cory Booker. He may have been rescuing old ladies from burning buildings and convincing Whole Foods Market to setup shop downtown but he hasn’t done much that could ever be considered significant and many Newark residents would agree with that statement. Cory Booker is a political celebrity and not much else.

The culmination of this race reminds me of President Obama’s first presidential campaign. The campaign where he became one of the first candidates to employ social media marketing tactics to engage voters  – particularly voters of my generation. He then reached out by going on late night television talk shows – yes, I’m sure other candidates have done this but I’m sure not as often as President Obama has. After that, he just created tag lines for his campaign to make it fun for us young folk to promote his candidacy. Who doesn’t want hope? Change? Gimme some of that.

Cory Booker has done much of the same in terms of campaigning. His Facebook statuses are more often than not inspirational quotes for the masses and he can usually be found on Twitter chatting up strippers and defending his sexual preference (Why do people care so much about that?) The news media calls Cory Booker a rising star of the Democratic party but really he’s just a man seeking celebrity any which way he can.

It is my sincere hope that Cory Booker will live up to his Senate seat and do some good for our state but my hopes are not high. If he could not handle Newark, how is he going to handle our whole state?


are you one too?: an introduction.

Conservative, Republican, Tea Partier – they’re all dreadful words when they arise in social conversation. They’re the words you say when you would like to laugh at politics and how supposedly deceitful they have become. Those words are near jokes. It makes it unfortunate that those words represent political affiliations – especially when they represent an affiliation that you affiliate yourself with. Not that I am a Tea Partier but when someone starts rambling about Sarah Palin or Michelle Bachmann? My mind starts silently going, ‘Shit, shit, shit.’ It’s not that I don’t agree with some of their politics or don’t like their personalities – let’s be honest, Sarah Palin would probably make a lovely friend – it’s just that they’ve given us Republican minded folk a relatively bad name. Now, when political discussion arise, I am forced to keep my Republican biased mouth mum because if I don’t, I am often told that my politics are just bullying tactics. But, are they?

Early Republican ideology, 19th Century to be quite exact, founds its base through the following slogan: “free soil, free labor, free speech, free men.” Catchy, right? The Party was a firm believer that of containing and eradicating slavery – recognizing that those states without slavery, but instead free men, saw greater economic prosperity. ‘Murica.

The 20th Century found the Republican party favoring businesses. Then there was trust busting and all those new deals and old deals, first deals and second deals. After that came the Bush family – the demise of being able to be a Republican openly and publicly. But please remember, before that came President Reagan who to this day finds his ways through the polls as the most liked United States President thus far.

Then, came now – the 21st Century. The 21st Century being the heyday of supposed crazies like John McCain, Sarah Palin, Ted Cruz, Rick Perry, Mitt Romney, Chris Christie, etc. etc. One was a crazy POW, one a woman who could see Russia from her home, the next a man who read Dr. Seuss in an effort to defund the Affordable Care Act, the next a man from Texas who I can’t recall anything specific about, the 1% guy, the large waisted bully who never changes his fleece and all the other ones who have been decidedly labeled as stupid and mean.

During the 2012 election, I had a hard time juggling my political beliefs with my social politeness. When you have acquaintances so entrenched in the Obama culture that they find anyone with opposing beliefs to be “uneducated”, as they say, it becomes rather difficult to remain polite. I would like to think that with a Bachelor’s degree from a well respected University known for its Political Science department… I am kind of educated and kind of know what I’m talking about. But, alas, apparently I did not and my decided reaction to those who made that statement was to politely tell them to piss off.

History shows the Republican party as a kind political party, focused on maintaing the foundation of America. Today, it seems to be popular opinion that Republicans are waging a war on the social welfare of American citizens and have an ‘out to get you!’ attitude. Politely, I disagree. Nonetheless, this has led to a problem… Being a Republican is no longer a pretty thing. Me, being a registered Republican, is a political affiliation that when I share it, is often met with a grimace. These grimaces represent what I would like to affectionately call: Republican Problems.