“Same-sex marriage in New Jersey is inevitable!”  So proclaimed the editors of the Trenton Times today, using words that Ernst Rohm once did about a different but perhaps equally intolerant “inevitability”.


We are all slaves to fashion, so the editors tell us, and fashion bursts forth fully formed like Athena.  It is a “given” that cannot be questioned, let alone discussed, debated and – heavens forbid – voted on!

The newspaper group that owns the Trenton Times is owned by the richest man in New Jersey, of one of the richest of rich families in America – or the world, for that matter.  When you look to find why same-sex marriage became the state’s “number one issue” (so proclaimed at the start of last year’s legislative session by none other than Senate President Steve Sweeney himself) don’t look for numbers of people but rather for numbers of dollars.

New Jersey has civil unions.  Depending who you speak to, civil unions provide the same or, even critics concede, nearly the same legal protections as does marriage.  How many same-sex couples have taken advantage of what have been called “life and death” protections?  Just a little over 3,000.

To place this in context, remember that there are 1.6 million married couples in New Jersey or 3.2 million people out of a population of 8.6 million.  Even among gays and lesbians, the idea of codifying their relationships has not caught on.  3,000 is a very low figure when you remember that there are (depending on who does the counting) between 250,000 and 800,000 gay or lesbian residents of New Jersey.

So who wants this?  Billionaires like Paul Singer of New York, who decided to support his son in this matter (there is a certain nobility here) and multi-millionaires like Tim Gill of Colorado, who decided to remake society in his own image (and narcissism here).  They have to a large degree succeeded, by simply making what was once called “homosexuality” fashionable.

To do so they hired the best advertising, the biggest lobbyists, and used their wealth to flip the most unprincipled politicians they could find.  Remember Senate President Steve Sweeney who refused to vote for same-sex marriage in 2010.  Last year he stood before a crowd of his legislative colleagues and proclaimed it his party’s “number one issue”.

The Democrats are all in on same-sex marriage and are filling their jowls from the money trough.  And many Republicans are salivating at the thought of that money but the poor dears are chained by the conservatism of their electorate.  Look on pity at them, straining on their leashes to get at some of that dough, held just back from it.  The billionaires and multi-millionaires, big men big enough to change society (big enough to change the WORLD!), looking to make their fashion statement, know those Republicans want a taste too.

And so they’ve hired other Republicans to tell them that it’s O.K.  That everything will be all right, because – “everybody’s doin’ it.”

Lobbyists who were once officials in Republican administrations, who were once Republican legislators, who were once State and County Republican Party Chairmen have started trousering large sums of money in an all-out effort to convince their fellow Republicans that “it’s all right, cause everybody’s doin’ it.”

Fashion is not democratic.  That is not why fashion exists.  I think the poet Randall Jarrell hit the nail on the head when he wrote these lines.  They’re from an essay titled “A Sad Heart at the Supermarket”:

“Our culture is essentially periodical:  we believe that all that is deserves to perish and to have something else put in its place.  We speak of planned obsolescence, but it is more than planned, it is felt; is an assumption about the nature of the world.  We feel that the present is better and more interesting, more real, than the past, and that the future will be better and more interesting, more real, than the present; but, consciously, we do not hold against the present its prospective obsolescence.

Our standards have become to an astonishing degree the standards of what is called the world of fashion, where mere timeliness – being orange in orange’s year, violet in violet’s – is the value to which all other values are reducible.”

“New products and fashions replace the old, and the fact that they replace them is proof enough of their superiority.  Similarly, the Medium does not need to show that the subjects which fill it are interesting or timely or important; the fact that they are its subjects makes them so.”

Jarrell wrote that more than 50 years ago – and before you put down Randall Jarrell as a conservative, think again, he was a follower of Marx and the young Auden (in his political phase as opposed to his spiritual).  He was also the poet laureate of the United States (though they used a different title then).


It is time to set aside fashion and embrace democracy.

Don’t let the well-paid spin artists of the lobbying world steal this for their rich paymasters.


The Trenton grease machine should not be the ones to decide this.  The voters of New Jersey should be heard on same-sex marriage and the way to let them be heard is to allow them to vote at the polls on election day.

Anything less is an act of corruption.




If you get info from the New Jersey Outdoor Alliance (NJOA), it is important to remember what it isn’t.  It isn’t an organization dedicated to protecting the Second Amendment, the Bill of Rights, the Constitution of the United States of America, Due Process for law abiding citizens, or the Rule of Law.

Read the “mission statement” from its website:

New Jersey Outdoor Alliance(PAC) whose mission is to support outdoor-minded legislation and legislators who support hunting, fishing, trapping and the conservation of our natural resources in New Jersey. It is important for outdoorsmen and outdoorswomen to exercise their right to vote and determine the legislators elected to office since it is these legislators (Governor, Assemblypersons and Senators) who are responsible for making laws that affect fishing, hunting, trapping and conservation in New Jersey.

“Outdoor-minded” is liberal-speak for “gun-enthusiast”.  To liberals, gun owners are hobbyists and, as with any hobby, it can be regulated or even abolished.  Just ask the people who once kept pet turtles or fireworks “enthusiasts”.

To those individuals and organizations who really believe in the Second Amendment, the right of a law-abiding citizen to own a firearm is a part of the Bill of Rights and the Constitution.  It cannot be trifled with.  It isn’t a hobby… it’s more like a duty.

The NJOA’s mission statement reminds us of those neutered organizations in nations that don’t have a Bill of Rights, in places that used to be free.

A few years ago, the NJOA actually had a purpose.  They organized and helped defeat liberal, anti-Second Amendment legislators like State Senator Ellen Karcher and Assemblyman Michael Panter in 2007.

The Democrats’ noticed this and so they made a major effort to co-opt NJOA founder Anthony Mauro.  It worked, and by 2008, the NJOA was endorsing such major left-wing characters as State Senator John Adler for United States Congress.

Elected to the New Jersey Senate in 1991, Adler was notorious for his anti-Second Amendment legislation going back to his support of Governor Jim Florio.  As a Congressman, he doubled-down on attempts to strip law-abiding citizens of their constitutionally protected rights.

This is what NJOA’s Anthony Mauro had to say about the liberal John Adler in 2010, the year the Tea Party movement helped to send this liberal packing:

The focus of our organization is primarily on state issues and to perform the necessary steps to make a fair and thorough examination of all federal candidates and conclude with an array of endorsements is currently beyond the capabilities of our all-volunteer organization.

However, as we have in the past, we will on occasion become involved at the federal level if an individual case can be justified.

In fact, two years ago the NJOA did believe it was justified to endorse John Adler for congress. Even though we will not be endorsing federal candidates this year we want to be clear to outdoorsmen and outdoorswomen that we believe Congressman Adler has done an exceptional job representing our state’s outdoor interests in Washington, DC. We also believe it is our obligation to recognize the efforts of legislators we have endorsed and who work diligently on behalf of our issues.

This is a make-believe fantasy by the NJOA’s Anthony Mauro.  Fortunately, some of the NJOA’s own members set the record straight and published this indictment of liberal Adler:

• Adler received an “F” rating from the NRA in 2008 for his anti-gun, anti-hunter, and sportsmen votes in the NJ State Senate. (Source: NRA)

• Adler sponsored legislation revising definition of destructive device to include weapons of .50 caliber or greater. This would include all .50 caliber black powder rifles. (Source: NJ Legislature, S-1498, March 2, 2006)

• Adler sponsored legislation banning all handguns while in the NJ State Senate. Under his bill only certain “authorized persons” (police officers, military personnel, etc.) with a “justifiable need” could legally own guns. People who already owned guns legally would have been allowed to keep them only after obtaining a “certificate of ownership.” (Source: NJ Legislature, S-351, 1996-97 Session)

• Adler sponsored legislation to statutorily ban the black bear hunt while in the NJ State Senate. (Source: NJ Legislature, S-514, 1998-99 Session)

• Adler voted to eliminate the Death Penalty for cop killers, terrorists, and violent offenders who murder a child during a sex crime. (Source: NJ Legislature, P.L. 2007, c. 204, formerly S-171)

How did it happen that an organization formed to rid the State Legislature of anti-Second Amendment liberals came to be the chief apologist for anti-Second Amendment liberals?


The answer is an easy one.  The NJOA hired the wrong guy to be its lobbyist in Trenton.  Instead of finding a committed pro-Second Amendment advocate as its representative, the NJOA hired the son of liberal Democrat Congressman Bill Pascrell, who has worked very hard against the Bill of Rights to maintain a consistently “F” rating from the NRA.  Pascrell has done so since he was a member of the State Legislature – according to the ratings he’s never voted with the NRA on important legislation.

But let’s be fair.  You can’t judge the son by the father.  Maybe lobbyist Pascrell has a different set of principles than liberal Congressman Pascrell does?  Let’s take a look at lobbyist Pascrell’s biography and find out:

William J. Pascrell, III, more commonly known as BPIII, is a lobbyist with the Princeton Public Affairs Group, Inc. (PPAG)… BPIII served as a key insider and adviser to John Kerry’s National Presidential campaign. BPIII has also been an esteemed advisor to United States Senator and Governor Jon Corzine, United States Senator Frank Lautenberg, United State Senator Robert Menendez, Congressman Robert Roe, Herb Klein and Albio Sires as well as Governor James E. McGreevey. BPIII played an instrumental role in both McGreevey campaigns, one being McGreevey’s narrow defeat to Christine Todd Whitman in 1997 and the other is his landslide victory over Bret Schundler in 2001.

Does any of this sound reassuring to you?


The NJOA endorsement of Senator Steve Sweeney appears to be coordinated with the efforts of another liberal organization represented by Pascrell’s Princeton Public Affairs Group.  The group “Freedom to Marry” supports same-sex marriage and opposes Governor Chris Christie’s efforts to place the issue on the ballot to allow voters a say.  “Freedom to Marry” recently sent out a press release praising Senator Sweeney for opposing the Governor’s plan to settle the debate through democracy.

According to the IRS, “Freedom to Marry” spent more than $2.1 million to lobby legislators for same-sex marriage.  Why did NJOA choose this lobbyist to be the face of hunters, anglers, and outdoorsmen in New Jersey?


Why is the NJOA part of a far-left effort to sustain and advance the political career of liberal machine politicians like Steve Sweeney?