Van Glahn for Congress, 11th District, N.J.

U.S. Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen (11th Distr., NJ – R) was invited to the Lincoln Park Republican Club’s Candidate Forum last week.  However, he did not show up.  Nor did any of his representatives.

 

But challenger Rick Van Glahn did.  So did the Wisconsin Glacier, also known as the Laurentide Ice Sheet, which made a flood plain of Lincoln Park and all the other low-lying communities in Northern New Jersey.  The New Jersey Democrats have made an economic wasteland of New Jersey, leaving hundreds, if not thousands, of abandoned businesses and underwater mortgages.

 

That’s another story, though.

 

Van Glahn stated that although Frelinghuysen has lately taken up the Conservative standard, he’s long prided himself on being a moderate.  I can attest to this first-hand, having had many conversations with him when he made legislative visits to my company, when I was the company photographer.

 

Frelinghuysen, while a nice man, was first and foremost concerned with his committee positions.  At the time, Nancy Pelosi was the Speaker of the House and controlled who sat on what committees.  He said that the committees were where the power was.

 

He may have been right, in fact.  That’s not where the power should be but in all likelihood where it is.  The power is supposed to be with the people.  When a politician becomes too inured, or frightened of, the power within the Capitol and not with the power of the people (except at election time), it’s time to replace that legislator.

 

His campaign literature states that he’s voted over 40 times to repeal Obamacare and that he favors the sale of health (and other insurance) across state lines.  I’ve listened to him personally make this promise to insurance executives, although with a caveat.

 

“Be careful what you wish for,” he warned them.  He said that if they thought the state regulations were onerous, federal government mandates would be far worse.

 

That’s just to be fair to Frelinghuysen.

 

Van Glahn came to the Candidate Forum prepared with statistics.

 

“Rodney Frelinghuysen considers himself a moderate.  His voting record, according to The Freedom Index, ranked him as a 35 percent Constitutional Republican.  In comparison, California Congresswoman Maxine Waters, a Democrat, ranked at 40 percent.  Frelinghuysen spent more time voting in favor of the other party and against the Constitution than Waters did,” he asserted.

 

A local resident disputed Van Glahn’s statistics, claiming that the numbers were wrong and that Waters stood at 15 percent and Frelinghuysen at 45.  He alleged that Van Glahn was lying to the audience; however, the resident was citing the Heritage Action Scorecard, not the Freedom Index.

 

The Freedom Index, published in the Jan. 6, 2014 issue of The New American magazine, which Van Glahn had with him at the meeting, listed Frelinghuysen at 35 percent, and Waters at 40 percent.  Taking into account the two sets of voting statistics the magazine presented, combined, Frelinghuysen’s Constitutional score was even lower – 27.5 percent – and Waters’ was 45 percent.

 

The statistics on the New American Freedom Index website show Frelinghuysen at 40 percent and Waters at 27 percent. 

 

The Freedom Index is a Congressional scorecard based on the U.S. Constitution rates congressmen based on their adherence to constitutional principles of limited government, fiscal responsibility, national sovereignty, and a traditional foreign policy of avoiding foreign entanglements.

 

The percentages listed on the website are cumulative scores based on key votes from 1999 through 2013.   The scorecard results Van Glahn cited were for the 113th Congress (the Congress currently in session) as of January of this year.

 

The Heritage Action Scorecard measures votes, co-sponsorships, and other legislative activity to show how conservative Members of Congress are.

 

“If I’m elected, my Constitutional score will not go up and down the thermometer as the political climate dictates,” Van Glahn said.  “I will remain committed to the Constitution and my constituents.”

 

A believer in term limits, Van Glahn vowed that he would serve no longer than six years.

 

“I signed a statement vowing that I would not stay in Congress more than six years.  This is a job that anyone can do,” Van Glahn stated.  “This is not brain surgery.  People have been convinced that only professionals, career politicians, can do this job; that common people can’t understand the issues.

 

Frelinghuysen – and his family – have been in politics a long time.  I still remember when he was a member of the Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders.  Or Board of Frozen Cheeseholders, as my mother (who was driving the freeholders on a bus tour of the county) blundered.

 

Van Glahn has his work cut out for him.  Frelinghuysen is a long-time career politician with the funds of a family fortune (his mother was a Procter, as in Procter & Gamble) at his disposal.  He’s also been a familiar face in the community and served in Vietnam as an engineer.

 

Frelinghuysen has every credential but one – despite what his literature states, he is no Conservative.  As southeastern Morris County has become more liberal and Democratic, so has he.  While it may true that he’s against Obamacare, he’s in favor of amnesty for illegal immigrants, something that certainly didn’t sit well with the residents of Lincoln Park who attended the Candidates Forum.

 

If Van Glahn hadn’t been shouted down, they would have discovered that enforcement of the existing immigration laws is on his platform.  Which should make him a very popular man among the silent majority of Northern New Jersey Conservatives.

 

He also endorses the complete repeal of Obamacare, reducing government spending and deficits to spur economic growth and job opportunities, which would fill up all those empty box stores which so worried the Lincoln Park residents.  He also believes in term limits.

 

A believer in term limits, Van Glahn vowed that he would serve no longer than six years.

 

“I signed a statement vowing that I would not stay in Congress more than six years.  This is a job that anyone can do,” Van Glahn stated.  “This is not brain surgery.  People have been convinced that only professionals, career politicians, can do this job; that common people can’t understand the issues.”

 

The common people understand the issues all too well.  In this area (and not just in Lincoln Park), they understand the problem every time they walk down the street and see the growing pile of refuse and cast-off heroin needles and packets.  They understand every time their children come home with unsolvable math homework problems and communist literature as reading assignments.

 

They understand the issues.  They just don’t know what to do about them or who they can trust in Congress – or the state capitol, for that matter – who will address them.  Obviously, it’s not Mr. Frelinghuysen or the Republican Party, as it exists at this moment.  It hasn’t been for some time.

 

They say insanity is doing the same thing over and over, hoping for a different result.  We’ve sent Mr. Frelinghuysen to represent the 11th District for over 19 years.  The result has been an influx of illegal immigrants who are changing our landscape, our schools, and our country.

 

We may not be as familiar with Mr. Van Glahn as we are with Mr. Frelinghuysen.  We just can’t settle for saying, “Oh yeah, I recognize that guy; I’ll vote for him.”  Frelinghuysen’s campaign literature sticks to only one issue – Obamacare – for a reason; that’s just about the only issue, other than our veterans, on which he takes a Conservative stance.

 

Give Van Glahn a turn at representing us.  We’ve got nothing to lose, after 19 years.  We could get used to a Congressman who not only favors repeal of Obamacare but believes in the U.S. Constitution.

 

Can he single-handedly turn the economy around?  Probably not.  That’s a problem we have in our state capitol.  Maybe we can persuade more committed, constitutional conservatives to run for those offices.  If they see that Van Glahn is successful tomorrow, and in November, they just might consider running.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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