In a letter to the editor, Jersey City resident Ricardo Luis Rojas states his case as to why in New Jersey, insurrectionists aren’t the only threat to democracy.
A year ago, right-wing insurrectionists overran the Capitol seeking to undermine and overthrow democracy. If you’re a regular New York Times or Washington Post reader, I wouldn’t blame you for believing democratic backsliding is a solely right-wing illness.
After all, Democrats want to pass a new voting rights act and to condemn the insurrectionists. But here in New Jersey, destroying democratic norms is a bipartisan collaboration.
The coronation of Robert Menendez, Jr. is the conservative Democratic establishment’s latest display of craven disregard and disdain for democracy: a person with no qualifications for federal office magically locked up the support of every establishment politician in the state and was given the Line before even announcing their candidacy, before even releasing the bullet points of their platform.
Yet, Menendez Jr. is only the most extreme example. New Jersey is an aristocracy.
Here nepotism is an integral part of the political establishment from the governor’s mansion down to the lowest county committee seat.
How can New Jersey’s Democrats condemn Trump’s sins when they actively enable not just the Menendezes, but also the DeGises, Vainieris, Norcrosses, Paynes, and more?
Unlike Menendez Jr., I am the son of a Cuban political refugee who fled Castro’s persecution. Abuelo Luis y Abuela Gladys didn’t have the luxury of evading the revolution years before Castro paraded through Havana.
While my father languished in jail for his political dissidence, Menendez Sr. was double-dipping as mayor of Union City and the 33rd district’s state senator.
My father came to Union City to earn an honest living for his family, to give me a better life than was possible for him. When he came to this country with only a change of clothes and a toothbrush, he believed he was stepping onto democratic soil.
To our great disappointment, New Jersey’s political culture looks like Cuba’s: where power passes between blood relations, where the children of politicians live in extravagance while enriching themselves off the misery of the working class, where the theatre of democracy is used to legitimize corruption.
Papi went to prison for daring to utter “Abajo con Fidel! Abajo con el comunismo! (Down with Fidel! Down with communism!),” but my cry for justice is “Down with nepotism! Down with aristocracy!”
We Latin people know nepotism’s stench because it’s a prevailing part of politics in our countries of origin. We saw first-hand how nepotism erodes trust in democratic institutions. We believed things were different here.
We were told in the United States there was respect for democracy and institutions. Each shady backroom stunt is a nail in the coffin of our democracy because nepotism is a betrayal of the promise of America.
The conservative Democratic establishment will try to mask the smell of their corruption with an aesthetic of democracy, progress, or social justice, but their words ring hollow next to their actions.
Nonetheless, in the face of this evil I gain strength from my faith. According to Christian tradition, Jesus Christ’s promise is salvation: that the rich will be sent away empty and the meek will inherit the earth.
In His time, like ours, wealthy, well-connected families used their power to exploit the poor; they were the moneychangers who defiled God’s house.
Today’s moneychangers defile the people’s house, and we should follow Christ’s example to turn over their tables and drive out the corrupt families who exploit us.
As we confront the modern aristocracy’s drive to slow and co-opt society’s progress to their own selfish ends, we progressives will never give up the fight for workers, the poor, the sick, the houseless, the immigrant, the marginalized, and the downtrodden.
I have faith that the moral arc of history bends towards justice for “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied.”
Ricardo Luis Rojas Estrada
Ricardo is a progressive organizer from Union City currently residing in Jersey City.
You would think the tired lie about “insurrectionists” would have gone away as no one but mostly grandmothers are charged with trespassing into the Capitol as the police opened the doors and let people wander around in the rotunda.
Not a single person was charged with sedition, insurrection or even a violent crime with a gun.
So yeah, Ricardo, get lost and take your commie pals with you.
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So true about Ivermectin. None of our dogs have had heartworm for like 25 years or more.
I love it when they do something positive for America.
Why would anyone of any decency celebrate the death of an American who died from the Wuhan lab virus? Don’t you know tens of thousands of Americans have died from the “vaccine” and far more harmed for temporary benefit at best in only the first year? A NY Times editor just dropped dead after a vaccine injection. What kind of toxic spew do you live on?
You’re too stupid to realize how easily you are recognized as the person who writes all unhinged word salad about the chinese, fascism and horse dewormer and tries to wrap it all in the flag. Therefore you’re too stupid to deserve a serious reply.
On a positive note, your movement has yet another hero. Turns out it wasn’t anthrax. It was a bunch of qanon morons taking pointless risks with their health and literally dying from denial. Congratulations.
Your ignorance is showing all around. You’re an utter moron and no facts matter to people like you due to your tribal mass psychosis. Facts are your enemy as are American civil liberties. No one cares about the dead Q grift except the Fascist Left which is stuck with PedoDaddy. Enjoy!
Please stop voting and supporting pedos. Someday.
The number 1 fetish of Qanon is pedophilia. The reason is that everyone loathes pedophiles. It makes forming intelligent thoughts about policies or ideas unnecessary.
It’s your #1 fetish too. And it’s obvious you are incapable of thinking about policies or ideas. You’re even so dumb that you think you’re better than the pedophilia fetishists in Qanon. You’re a better conspiracy theory addict somehow?
Luckily everyone recognizes you and no one has respected you for years. So by all means enjoy your sick fetish and your never documented accusations that say much more about your personal perversions than anyone you accuse..
I’m definitely pro-panda, but that doesn’t make me a commie.
Lots of traitors in America. Almost every week someone is arrested caught working for Communist China. Everyone, except Hunter and his PedoDaddy.
head, joke, whoosh!!
Keep an eye out for the wolves in sheep’s clothing, when it comes to “Christians” in Hudson County. There is a “Bishop” Militinia Bland, who hired men to assault my housemate. This was because my housemate got in the way of her ruthless political aspirations. So, she tried to snuff him out. Her nephew, whom she supports financially, plead guilty to the charges and due to her connections with the court, he was given parole. Richard Bland had a few priors and one was a felony, yet, he gets parole?!! Oh, did I mention that Militinia worked for the court system in Hudson County?
The Bishop also tried to make us pariahs , because we live an openly gay life.
I agree with your opinion/facts….
Yes, it was definitely Christians burning, looting, and murdering dozens across the US unchecked by their Dem allies in government last year. Right.
maybe we can all just vote for someone else?
not sure what the solution is when the problem is, ‘no matter what we try, 40% of the county will vote for him with no other political activity’. how do you engage the population that is, by definition, unengaged?