An interesting case study is emerging in New Jersey political circles that could have national implications and might very well, in the long run, change the way people look at who the "Establishment" really is. First, the setting...
This story takes place in the same week that a committee of the New Jersey Legislature passed a bill to discriminate against people who do not engage in homo-erotic carnality when handing out government business assistance. How they determine that, they haven't quite figured out. Does experimenting in college count? Does one act count or a dozen? Is there a time cut-off? If somebody applied based on the sex partners one had in the 1990's -- would it count? Do you need to go all the way -- oral, anal, and so on? And who certifies it? Does just thinking about it count? Does someone who is sexually abstinent, but who considers themselves to be part of the LGBT community get the money? And it is money we are talking about here... taxpayers' money.
Hey, we are all for helping members of the LGBT community -- or indeed, ANY community -- to get a leg up in starting a business. But make it about NEED. Base it on their ECONOMIC CLASS -- not on what someone does in his or her or whoever's bedroom (or indeed anywhere else one can think of). Rich people, no matter what their sexual orientation, don't need any more help. Money attracts money, and it's all green and all spends the same. Make it about ECONOMIC CLASS, not about how someone gets off.
So that's the backdrop. Now here's the story...
We all know that we live at a time when saying the wrong thing about the wrong people can earn someone a media-stoked one-way ticket to demands for your public shaming, loss of employment, and calls for your assisted suicide. Seemingly normal people will spit on your children or poison your dog and think that they are doing so for the greater good... that they are on the side of the angels.
Some have put it down to a state of madness brought on by environmental factors -- as in the Terror during the French Revolution (when apparently a bread mold made everyone take to beheading each other) -- and blame it on all the crazy dieting we do. Does it never occur to anyone to just ignore the media and stop buying ever varying things to stuff down our gullets?
But we digress...
There are some groups that are sacrosanct. This is true in every age. For every time -- there are those who you dare not speak against. It is a form of blasphemy. Try saying something against them and there is an immediate backlash from all the forces of Establishment culture. They are the agreed upon, "sacred" objects.
And everyone else is dreck.
Well, Roman Catholics, it's official -- so far as the New Jersey media is concerned, so far as most of the political blogs in the state besides this one are concerned -- you are dreck.
Every week someone is calling on someone to resign because they said something or did something. Go to the wrong concert and stand in front of the wrong band banner and it's... resign; call out some Democrats because they talk like 1930's Fascists and it's... resign; make a joke about the Women's March (which lauded a cop-killer) and it's... resign; and the madness just goes on and on.
The Star-Ledger's Tom Moran can write in introspective detail about how he loathes Catholics and he is praised by the Establishment... they even lay-off a few more workers in celebration! A few weeks ago, some Democrat who ran for mayor in Bogota claimed that -- 12 years ago -- Steve Lonegan called him a "faggot". Hey, gay people call each other that, not to mention students in junior high. It is a rude word. But a hanging offense?
And it was just an accusation. A dozen years old. That the accused denied making. And the accuser said that he wasn't gay. Soooo.... a hanging offense?
Apparently, yes. The Star-Ledger's lead moron -- Tommy Moran -- said to hang him high. He played judge, jury, and executioner and said that Steve Lonegan had to resign from his campaign for public office over the allegation.
A few weeks later and there is Steve Lonegan again, holding a meeting of those who question the modern day sacrament of abortion. The idea that in the passage from adolescence to adulthood, a woman's womb should first hold death before it holds life. That's a heavy duty concept... Wiccan, even.
Steve Lonegan is a Roman Catholic. Like many millions of Roman Catholics (as well as other religions and philosophies), Lonegan is Pro-Life regarding abortion. He takes the exact position that his Church takes.
So someone from the campaign of Joshua S. Gottheimer -- a Member of the United States House of Representatives -- fires back at Lonegan and his gathering of mainly Roman Catholic Pro-Lifers. The Gottheimer campaign calls them a "brand of extremism."
Come again? The Roman Catholic church's teaching on abortion is very clear. It believes the fetus to have a human soul and so, the body encompassing that soul is worthy of human protections. It is a spiritual idea that one can respect even if you disagree with it from a pragmatic aspect.
But to dismiss it as a "brand of extremism"? And from a Congressional office that wouldn't be caught dead saying the same thing about a tenant of the Muslim faith? Or about a giveaway to rich members of the LGBT community? Or about anyone or anything that the Establishment has said that we can't get away with criticizing?
Lots of media outlets covered the exchange and published the words of Gottheimer campaign spokesperson Andrew Edelson. But a curious thing happened when the Lonegan campaign shot back a reply...
It wasn't covered. It wasn't published. In fact, so-called political blogs and websites that post EVERY press release from EVERY kind of critter imaginable would not post Lonegan's reply.
So what was it that InsiderNJ and NJGLOBE and Politico and all the rest of the state's media didn't want you to read? Well, here it is...
Yes, that's it.
They didn't publish an attack on Josh Gottheimer because it accused him of being an anti-Catholic bigot.
See, you can accuse Republican Steve Lonegan of being an anti-gay bigot, based on a 12-year old accusation by a straight guy, but you can't accuse Democrat Josh Gottheimer of being an anti-Catholic bigot, based on a days-old statement from his campaign spokesperson.
This isn't about Republicans and Democrats as much as it is about anti-Roman Catholic hatred. The Establishment -- its politicians, its media, academia, and the PC corporate world -- hates the Roman Catholic church. They don't recognize anti-Catholic bigotry because, in their collective view, you cannot be anti-Catholic enough.
They want to tax all non-conforming, politically-incorrect religions out of existence. For them, spirituality is meaningless unless it can be monetized and a good profit made from it. They have no time for our old-fashioned Gods who speak of selflessness and balance.
Most of the media outlets in New Jersey -- and especially its political blogs -- are the trained lapdogs of the Establishment. They will not even consider that something can be anti-Roman Catholic. In their collective view, all things should be... anti-Roman Catholic. They -- as is much of the rest of the Establishment -- are already operating in a Post-Christian world. Their attitudes are visceral and displayed thoughtlessly. They are the enemies of Faith.
And the enemies of justice.
Because shilling for someone like Josh Gottheimer sets a very low bar. The behavior of this kitten from the Clinton years has been as astonishing as it has been repulsive, to all persons of good-will.
Hey, don't take our word for it. Here's what MSNBC's Rachel Maddow had to say about the firm where Josh Gottheimer held the number two position as International Vice President (his buddy Mark Penn was International President):
Yep, Josh Gottheimer and his pal Mark Penn ran the "PR Firm from Hell"! So now we know who it is that the NJ media is shilling for.