Look at that crazy shit they pulled in Burlington County. Those over-the-top attacks on a Sikh, trying to make him out to be a Muslim. Nuts!
But that's how it goes when GOP establishment types try to fashion a message they think will appeal to conservatives. They don't try to communicate to Bill Buckley -- it's more George Wallace they have in mind (except, he was a Democrat). GOP moderates think poorly of their conservative brethren, and it shows by the way they try to motivate us to vote their way. They do more than talk down to us... they use grunts.
Case in point: The Burlington County freeholder election that resulted in victory for two Democrats and accusations of over-the-top campaigning against one of the Democrats, a Sikh. Now calling a Sikh as Muslim is just plain ignorant. The Sikhs are like the Scots and are the backbone of the military class in India, a decidedly non-Muslim nation (although Muslims are free to worship there). You could not ask for a more loyal comrade to fight beside than a Sikh.
According to some of the media coverage, GOP radio ads mocked the candidate's last name, Singh, which means "sovereign prince" and is common to male Sikhs. This is as silly as mocking the "Mc" or "Mac" that means "son of" in Gaelic names or the "ski" (also "sky" and "ska", female) that means "from or of" that ends many Slavic names.
This fellow was running on a ticket with "sanctuary state" Phil Murphy and is part of a party that has embraced the Women's March co-chaired by a genuine radical named Linda Sarsour. It was Sarsour who called for "jihad" against the elected government of the United States of America and the Women's March that honored terrorist cop-killer Joanne Chesimard. There are plenty of real things to call out the Democrats on without getting silly about it.
Here's the problem. The GOP establishment actually believes that its base -- that unwashed mass of voters who are either working class or grew up working class --are a bunch of racists who think in terms of skin color. In fact, they are not.
But they do think in terms of jobs and opportunity. They know that the same party that says it's helping them with the minimum wage is screwing them by flooding the market with cheap labor and then failing to give a damn as the gray economy expands and the on-the-books economy contracts.
Standing in opposition to Phil Murphy and the Democrats' plan to make New Jersey a sanctuary state is not about the color of anyone's skin -- or their religion, or their shoe size. It is about milk on the table and a roof over your head. It is about losing your job to a non-minimum wage robot and having to cobble together three jobs in the gray economy -- while competing against the whole world. Because globalists like Phil Murphy have advocated the economics of outsourcing your jobs while advocating the economics of cheap illegal labor.
Ever ask yourself why the globalist lobby dominated United States government makes it so easy to come and work here illegally but such a bureaucratic pain-in-the-ass to apply for legal residency and citizenship? The answer is easy: They want it this way.
Politicians like Phil Murphy appreciate the functionality of illegal immigrants because for them they represent the modern equivalent of slave labor. They eat poorer, live in poorer housing, and cannot complain about it -- either as voters or members of a labor union. And they block the ability of legal workers to collectively stand up to crony capitalism. That is pretty good if you are a global crony capitalist like Phil Murphy.
Here is a primer on how Murphy and the Democrats intend to screw the working people of New Jersey:
A "sanctuary state" will mean a huge influx of people who need the social services safety net more than average. The Democrats have promised to impose a so-called 'millionaire's tax' that will chase away those who currently fund the state's social safety net. Those who are left... the middle class who can't leave because of a job, or because they can't sell their home for what they paid for it, or because their child wants to finish school -- they will have to make up for the shortfall in higher taxes.
That won't be easy, because at 26.1% of income, the cost of living in New Jersey is, according to Bloomberg, by far the most expensive in the nation. Meanwhile, state household income is nearly seven percent lower than it was in 2008 and has only grown by a little more than one percent since then.
Those coming to the new Sanctuary State of New Jersey will enter the workforce of the gray economy, where the minimum wage doesn't apply. But for everyone else it does -- which will leave trade union workers, manufacturing, medical care and health workers, service industry workers, and mothers with part-time jobs all at a disadvantage when competing for a job. It will be bad news for people trying to pay their mortgage, their property taxes, those hoping to avoid foreclosure.
And just where will all these newcomers to the Sanctuary State of New Jersey reside? Why in subsidized sanctuary housing -- courtesy of COAH and its plan to build tens of thousands of new subsidized no-questions-asked units throughout New Jersey.
This will require massive infrastructure investment by taxpayers -- and an increase in property tax collections. To pay for it, the Democrats intend to scrap the 2-percent cap on local government spending. Under the Democrats property taxes rose an average of 6.1 percent a year -- triple the rate of inflation. Since the cap, property taxes have gone up an average of just 2.1 percent a year.
On top of this, there is the question of what happens to the flow of illegal narcotics, human trafficking, crime, and terrorism when you set out to obstruct law enforcement: Do those ills go up... or down?
In short, what is wrong with candidate Balvir Singh is that he is Democrat. As a Democrat, he is part of a party whose platform calls for higher taxes for everyone and the destruction of the social safety net; less job creation and greater economic uncertainty; and using property taxes to subsidize a flood of opportunity-killing cheap labor. That is anti-worker while refusing to confront modern day slavery and it will make working people poorer, more susceptible to foreclosure and poverty, and more vulnerable to violent crime and terrorism.
Unless Balvir Singh stands up to his party and openly fights it (or becomes a Republican) he will be one of the bad guys and worthy of defeat.