We like Rodney Frelinghuysen because, unlike Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, he didn't try any bullshit, got drafted into the United States Army, and served in Vietnam. That qualification alone carries him far in our book.
Last spring, a few media boys tried to create a "working class hero" out of a lawyer and bank executive named Saily Avelenda. In covering her manufactured controversy with Congressman Frelinghuysen, the media boys consistently neglected to provide their readers with Ms. Avelenda's full title: Senior Vice President and Assistant General Counsel of a bank. Yes, a fully-fledged member of the one percent! Before landing her job with Lakeland Bank, in 2010, Ms. Avelenda was general counsel for Hann Financial Service Company, and was a vice president and counsel for Hudson United Bank.
The media tried to make Ms. Avelenda into Northwest New Jersey's version of "La Pasionaria" -- just an average employee standing up to a powerful member of Congress. In fact, Ms. Saily Avelenda is the co-founder of her own SuperPAC. You know, S-U-P-E-R-P-A-C, those largely unregulated tools of the super rich that allow the one-percent to wield enormous power to lobby and affect policy in the least transparent way possible.
Yep, Saily Avelenda started her own Super-PAC with GOOGLE multi-millionaire Jonathan Bellack. Bellack uses his vast wealth to shout down working class voters who can't throw the kind of money around that he can. While most people worry about their kids' college tuition, property taxes, and staying out of foreclosure, Bellack uses his money to select those who tell everyone else how to live.
Bellack is so stinking rich that he can afford to spend $33,400 on a single dinner ticket, just to hang out with Barack Obama. $33,400 is what the average working American pays for a new car if they can afford it. Hey, if you had $33,400 in your bank account could you afford to spend it on ticket to a political fundraiser? Thought as much.
Now for a word from the great George Carlin.
Carlin is right. The education establishment sucks. The establishment media sucks. And GOOGLE -- the richest corporation in the world -- sucks! GOOGLE already exercises a creepy corporate control over way too much in our daily lives, but they want more. Not only does GOOGLE off-shore what should be American jobs to low-paid sweatshops overseas, GOOGLE off-shores its profits to avoid paying taxes to the United States of America. GOOGLE, corporate lawyers, lobbyists, corporate executives, bankers, one percenters, owners of SUPER-PACs... This is what your Democrats have become.
They complain about Trump when they damned well know they gave us Trump when they rigged the Democrat presidential primaries to cut off Bernie's nuts. For once, the "obedient workers" refused to do as they were told and rebelled against allowing the corporate establishment and their media to anoint "Big Mama."
And Saily Avelenda? Well, the one-percenter Senior Vice President and Assistant General Counsel of a bank has reshaped her media image into...
Yep... she's a "warrior princess"! You see, this is what comes from playing video games too much and for too long. You become detached from reality and actually believe yourself to be one of the characters in the game.
You also start to think that a good, decent fellow like Rodney Frelinghuysen is a monster because... well, that's how it is in those games. There's the "baddies" and there's the "goodies." Not the kind of character development you get in a novel, but who has time to read a book these days, right Saily?
Actually, the world is a bit more complex than our "warrior princess" would like us to believe. Less black and white than she'd like us to think. We'd like Ms. Saily Avelenda to examine with us the policy positions lobbied for by the corporations who paid her so handsomely. We'd like her to tell us if she showed any compassion at all for those displaced, forced into foreclosure, made homeless by those policies and/or subsequent actions of the corporations she served.
In the real world -- the gray world -- maybe it is Saily who is a bit of a monster herself, and Rodney a bit of a hero?
We'd enjoy debating Ms. Saily Avelenda or Mr. GOOGLE himself -- Jonathan Bellack -- about the need for Super-PACs in our already corrupt political environment. We would enjoy a back-and-forth with these two walking, talking advertisements for Citizens United... and all the rest of what is wrong with our political process.