I’m pleased to announce that my “Strong Cup of Tea” series – in which I come to the defense of the Bayshore Tea Party against what is essentially a libelous and defamatory campaign of personal destruction launched by CNJ’s Dick Zuendt and carried forward by his various butt puppets – has been a resounding success. Recent stirrings in the fever swamp indicate that the Gang Who Can’t Think Straight has chosen to double down on their jihad, thereby ensuring a surfeit of chew bones for the old Bulldog.
Among the litany of BTP’s crimes against conservative humanity is an act committed by Bayshore that is so heinous, so reprehensible and so indicative of their collusion with the forces of darkness that I urge pregnant women, little children and those with heart problems to please leave the blog for the next hour. Yes, my friends, it’s even worse than cats and dogs sleeping together. Oh dear…whatever could these sublimely naughty people have done to incur the wrath of New Jersey’s answer to the Jacobin Club?
They…they…(O Lord, give me the strength to say it)…they invited…(gasp!)… a Socialist to come and speak at one of their meetings.
OH NOES!!!! (cue the garment rending and teeth gnashing) A SOCIALIST!? How could they do this to the Conservative Movement?
(Cue Neo-Jacobin Master Thespian for his dramatic soliloquy):
“O, how heavy is my heart and darkened are my spirits. Serviceable villains who would call themselves our kindred and our dearest cousins, genuflected on bent knee to the infernal dictum of their most vile imperatrix, that Queen of the Tea Party Quislings, Middletown Barbi, whose very name spoken aloud doth cause a bilious gorge to rise in my throat and foul the taste in my mouth.
For they have consorted with a servant of the very Devil himself and in so doing, have sullied our Holy Cause. O cruel Fates, who have thrust into our midst this den of vipers, this brood of pretenders, this murder of traitorous carrion crows – have thee all taken leave of thy sensibility?
Hark! Let the bonfires of alarm be lit that patriots good and true come forth and defend the hallowèd virtue of Movement Conservatism e’ermore in the state where gardens flourish, Rotundus Magnus rules with blust’ry edict and the difficult questions are seldom asked.”
Or something. I wouldn’t be surprised at all if some version of that pensée passed through the overly-spacious crania of the CNJ brain bund and their dutifully blinkered, Know-Nothing commentariat.
The Socialist in question is an 18 year-old fellow named Patrick Noble, who was (and still is) campaigning for the office of Freeholder in Monmouth County. Sensing that this might present an interesting opportunity to actually sit down with a real, live Socialist and pick his brains in an effort to understand what he and his ilk really think, Barbara Gonzalez and Bob Gordon invited him to address the organization. It’s worth noting that no Democrat had the testicular fortitude to march into the lion’s den and yet this lone teenage Socialist was willing to stand up in front of a crowd of free market patriots and make the case for his cause.
And so it came to pass that in late April of this year, Patrick Noble spent two hours with the Bayshore Tea Party. I’m pleased to report that no Bayshore Tea Partiers were harmed or infected by Socialism in the course of this meeting. At the time of this writing I am unable to locate the Youtube videos of this meeting and so I leave it to La Gonzalez and El Gordono to relate what happened and why:
I’m reminded of a passage from the Gospel of Mark:
14And as he passed by, he saw Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting at the receipt of custom, and said unto him, Follow me. And he arose and followed him.
15And it came to pass, that, as Jesus sat at meat in his house, many publicans and sinners sat also together with Jesus and his disciples: for there were many, and they followed him.
16And when the scribes and Pharisees saw him eat with publicans and sinners, they said unto his disciples, How is it that he eateth and drinketh with publicans and sinners?
17When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. (Mark 2:13-17)
The initial response from the CNJ fever swamp might at best be described as restrained apoplexy. But when the young Socialist dared cross their hallowed borders and dirty their e-pages with his Socialist invective, a collective gran mal seizure ensued:
After reading this post and the subsequent lively discussion, I felt it a good idea to make my presence known as the fabled socialist candidate that spoke to the BTPG in late April.
I was surprised that Barbara invited me to speak, but she said that the BTPG had previously invited all of the other Freeholder candidates to speak (I didn’t announce my candidacy until late March, the major party candidates did earlier because of primaries). It was comedic irony that the Democrats said no and the socialist said yes.
I feel the need to clarify that the event wasn’t some rallying speech to convert the entire BTPG to socialism. I spent about ten minutes or so talking about my campaign, then it went to structured Q&A for an hour or so, then to unstructured Q&A for a while after that. Structured Q&A was a list of questions that BTPG members had submitted, and unstructured Q&A was simply picking people who raised their hand with a question.
The majority of the event was filmed and streamed online live (I believe there were technical difficulties early on). You should be able to find it on youtube if anyone is interested.
I think that the event was positive for everyone involved. I spoke to the BTPG because they are a group of county residents that wanted to hear from a candidate for county office, regardless of their political beliefs. While I obviously know that the BTPG wouldn’t endorse a socialist candidate, I think that it says something when a group doesn’t automatically jump behind one of the major parties without looking at the whole field of candidates first.
That is when the long knives came out:
Silence Dogood says:
Thanks for coming on here and confirming Bayshore’s insanity. You should contact Hoyas too, as I am sure he will want to put something positive about you on his blog.
How many Reagan conservatives have you had speak at your Socialist meetings? How many have you invited? We all know the answers, because we all know how inappropriate it would be.
Our meetings are always open to the public, so “Reagan conservatives” could show up if they chose to do so.
You’re right in saying that inviting a conservative to speak to the local Socialist Party would be inappropriate. The reason that it would be inappropriate, actually pointless is a better word, is because we do not have a vetting process for candidates like the BTPG does. We wouldn’t endorse a candidate not running under the Socialist Party banner, which is why a speech from any candidate not doing so would be pointless, regardless of whether they were a conservative, liberal, libertarian, etc.
It’s apples and oranges to compare a political party with a non-party political group.
Silence Dogood says:
Actually, tea party groups are supposed to be conservative.
Thanks anyway for your response.
Roland Hosey says:
This is simply incredible.
A socialist comes to a conservative blog to defend a TEA party that invited him to speak?
This so called tea party is a travesty. The more I read about them, the less they make any sense. Do they have any principles at all? Is there any liberal/rino/socialist they won’t take money from or let speak.
Why does this group exist? It appears they are doing everything they can to ensure the status quo. The more you find out about them, the more they appear as a.branch office of the NJGOP.
Silence Dogood says:
I see a new fundraising opportunity for Bayshore: Socialists and their allies.
Have your pet Socialist ask his ex-1960s radicals turned brokers and suck up a little more money from anti-conservatives.
Par for the course for CNJ, where knee-jerk neo-Jacobins stand ready to purge the Cause of everything that remotely smacks of anything they believe is opposed to the Cause. I’m not sure which is more breathtakingly appalling: their willfully ignorant, recrudescent, Pharisaical Know-Nothingism or the fact they are so proud of it.
Ladies and gentlemen, is THIS the variety of conservatism originally cultivated by Ronald Reagan and promoted by him throughout his presidency? Is THIS what passes for the legacy of the Gipper?
Honestly…is THIS the face of conservatism in New Jersey? If so, we’re in more trouble that I ever imagined.
Insofar as Dick Zuendt himself derided Bayshore for letting a Socialist address their organization and has yet to disassociate himself from these commenters, it’s fair to conclude that he shares their sentiment. If so, he has put the Conservative Leadership Caucus in an awkward position and, as usual, I’m the one addressing questions to the CLC that everyone else is apparently terrified of asking:
- Do you approve of Conservative New Jersey’s sustained and unsubstantiated attacks on the Bayshore Tea Party? If not, will you make a public statement to that effect?
- If so, are you willing to throw the Bayshore Tea Party under the bus to preserve the perceived unity of Movement Conservatism in New Jersey?
- Do you understand the earth-shattering effect this will have as Tea Party organizations sympathetic to the cause of the Bayshore group react to your decision?
- In light of the foregoing, do you really and truly want the likes of CNJ as a major conservative blogosphere supporter in New Jersey of the Conservative Leadership Caucus?
Simple questions, for the most part, and I have e-mailed them to selected members of the Conservative Leadership Caucus. The answers – assuming they are forthcoming – should prove quite interesting.