It is said that a lie goes halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its shoes on; in an age of instantaneous communication I would suggest that a lie circumvents the planet before truth has even gotten out of bed. We saw the veracity of this adage a few days ago when Paul Mulshine – a conservo-gnostic hack in the employ of the Newark Star-Ledger – published a hit piece on the Bayshore Tea Party that effectively endorsed a six month long campaign of libel and defamation waged against the Bayshore group by his thug buddies at the Conservative New Jersey blog.
Thus was Jeffrey Grant of the Montgomery Tea Party impelled to e-mail members of his organization two days ago with the following message:
A recent editorial in the Newark Star Ledger, by who is perhaps the only conservative writer on staff, Paul Mulshine showcased the Bayshore TEA Party in a very negative light. Refer to the NJ.com web link below:
Although it is surprising that Mr. Mulshine took such a tack, his piece represented that Bayshore had been co-opted by the “Christie crowd” and if in fact this is true, which I have no reason to doubt, it serves as an example of what happens when a TEA party allows itself to become part of any political system. One cannot help but relate the fable of Icarus to what might very well have happened to Bayshore.
Actually, it isn’t all that surprising Mulshine took this tack: one-sided hatchet jobs bereft of fact and replete with half-truths are his stock in trade. Fortunately, my private e-mail address is on the Montgomery mailing list and I received a copy of the missive.
I immediately contacted Jeff Grant and explained that Mulshine and the CNJ zoo crew had directed him down the wrong fork in the road. As it turns out, Barbara Gonzalez also contacted him. Jeff was linked to the series I wrote that exposes the truth about CNJ’s baseless and defamatory campaign against the Bayshore Tea Party. After spending some time studying my defense of the BTPG, he issued a second e-mail:
Yesterday I posted a piece on “The Future of the TEA Party” (please return e-mail me if you would like a copy) following an editorial by Paul Mulshine on the same subject. My remarks criticized the Bayshore TEA Party for its approach in becoming a political TEA Party when in reality my judgment of Bayshore’s strategic decisions are at minimum as equally meaningless and misplaced as Paul Mulshine’s editorial. I offer my sincere apologies for my disparaging remarks to Barbara Gonzalez and all of the Bayshore TEA Party Leadership and Members.
Unquestionably, Bayshore, Montgomery and all TEA Parties are Patriots sharing the common goal to restore and preserve our Country and I am grateful that because TEA Parties exist, our Country has a chance to survive (and thrive) and that we all have the privilege to be part of the solutions.
Still, the truth about what has happened between the Bayshore TEA Party and Paul Mulshine must be addressed as it seems the real issue behind Mulshine’s editorial is the strength and substance of Bayshore as a force to be reckoned with in shaping the course of NJ politics. You might recall that through Bayshore’s efforts, Anna Little bested her Republican primary challenger this past election cycle.
I know very little about Paul Mulshine except that I enjoy his reads and that he is one of the few conservatives that write for the Star Ledger. As often happens in the media, only one side of the story is told and the Bayshore TEA Party was kind enough to provide the below articles written during the past month or so that detail the goings on between the conservative media and the Bayshore folks that prompted Mulshine’s negative editorial. In short, Bayshore has taken a path to re-define the politics of NJ and by the accounts of the articles below, has been remarkably successful as evidenced by Mulshine’s editorial.
Hear, hear! Jeff Grant’s measured and thoughtful words should give pause to anyone whose perception of the Bayshore Tea Party group has been stained by the CNJ/Mulshine tar brush. I’m wondering how much time will pass before the CNJ/CWA hit squad turns its guns on Jeff Grant and the Montgomery Tea Party.
CNJ’s war against the Bayshore Tea Party should serve as an object lesson to every Tea Party group in the Garden State: not all our enemies are on the Left and the destruction wreaked on the movement by arrogant, hubristic conservatives determined to make the Tea Party movement a tool of their personal political agenda will inflict incalculable damage to our cause even as it aids and abets the enemies of liberty.
The Montgomery Tea Party understands that an unjustified attack on one of us – whether from the Left or the Right – is an attack on all of us and Dr. Franklin’s words ring every bit as true today as they did over 230 years ago:
If we do not hang together, then most assuredly we shall all hang separately.
I urge any and all Tea Party members who read this post to forward it to as many people as possible and link to it on their Facebook pages. Let’s see if we can get the truth to circumvent the globe before the lie gets out of New Jersey.