Today, June 3rd, is Primary Day in New Jersey. This is not a time for Garden Staters to yawn and shrug their shoulders. It’s time to get yourselves to your polling places and press those ballot buttons.
The last time New Jersey had a Republican United States Senator, Air India Flight 855, a Boeing 747 passenger jet, crashed into the ocean near Bombay, killing 213. Film director Roman Polanski skipped bail and fled to France, after pleading guilty to charges of engaging in sex with a 13-year-old girl. American porn publisher Larry Flynt was shot and paralyzed.
St. Paul, Minn. became the second U.S. city to repeal its gay rights ordinance after Anita Bryant‘s successful 1977 anti-gay campaign in Dade County, Fla., In Atlantic City, N.J., Resorts International, the first legal casino in the eastern United States, opened.
California voters approved Proposition 13, which slashed property taxes nearly 60 percent. Where is California now? The Supreme Court of the United States bars quota systems in college admissions but affirms the constitutionality of programs which give advantages to minorities.
Pope Paul VI died in Castel Gandolfo. Menachem Begin and Anwar Sadat begin the peace process at Camp David, Maryland. Vietnam attacks Cambodia. On Oct. 16, Pope John Paul II succeeded Pope John Paul I as the 264th pope, resulting in the first Year of Three Popes since 1605. He was the first Polish pope in history, and the first non-Italian pope since Pope Adrian VI (1522–1523).
In Guyana, Jim Jones leads his Peoples Temple cult in a mass murder-suicide that claims 918 lives in all, 909 of them at Jonestown itself, including over 270 children. Congressman Leo J. Ryan is assassinated by members of Peoples Temple shortly beforehand.
Dianne Feinstein succeeds the murdered George Moscone, to become the first woman mayor of San Francisco, California (she serves until January 8, 1988). Cleveland, Ohio becomes the first major American city to go into default since the Great Depression, under Mayor Dennis Kucinich. Despite this, Kucinich would go on to serve in Congress for 16 years.
Artificial insulin is invented. Actors James Franco, Josh Hartnett, Katherine Heigl and Katie Holmes were born in 1978. Actors Will Geer (The Waltons – and a noted Socialist), Robert Shaw, Bob Crane, James Daly, Dan Dailey, Gig Young, and Charles Boyer. It was also the year the newly-minted Pope John Paul I died, along with Golda Meir, artist Norman Rockwell.
That was 36 years ago. What will people remember in the year 2050, 36 years from now? Will New Jersey be like Ohio, electing a corrupt mayor to the Senate? Will the mayor of Detroit wind up on a list like the one above, being elected to Congress?
Is this what you people who shrug your shoulders at primary and state elections want? In this day and age of the Internet and Google, there’s no excuse for not looking up a candidate you say you don’t know. With the tip of your finger, you can find out everything you need to know about Rick Van Glahn, running for Congress in New Jersey’s 11th District, or Richard Pezzullo, the 55 year-old candidate running for New Jersey’s Senate seat. You can look up the other contenders – Murray Sabrin, Jeff Bell, and the moderate RINO, Brian Goldberg.
Or you could waste your time googling Obama’s golf scores. As I was going out to vote, my upstairs neighbor was passing by. I asked her if she had voted yet. She pished-poshed. She’s retired. There was no excuse for her not to vote. My Mom is 90 and it’s 90 degrees out today. She had an excuse.
The rest of you slugs need to get out there and vote. You won’t have another chance to choose.
If you don’t, and you’re around in 2050 and you don’t recognize your country, let’s hope you have a good excuse for why you didn’t vote when you could have. Your children and grandchildren, living in tyranny, will have a right to know just what the heck you were thinking.