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A Reflection: Political Vitriol finds its way to Morris Township
By Dan Caffrey, Morris Township Committee
The vitriol on the left since the November Election has been stunning. The name calling, personal attacks, and violence have disgusted many, except for those on the progressive left, who feel they haven’t yet gone far enough!
The double standard exhibited by the media, Hollywood, and the left has now come into full focus and simply cannot be denied.
I have often disagreed politically with friends, and constituents but have welcomed a professional honest debate. In the end, whatever the outcome, it becomes time to move on and “work with” the victorious candidate or party…..of course until now.
I don’t think it’s any secret that I did not, nor the overwhelming majority of the right, support the policies of President Obama. After 2008, and 2012 election we lost and it became time to move on and voice our opinions in professional debates on chamber floors.
There was no name calling…no protests…no violence…no starting of fires or smashing storefront windows. No likening our next President to the evils of Nazism.
Could you imagine the liberal media and the snowflakes on the left if there was…they certainly wouldn’t be applauding, as they’re currently doing.
There now are generations of millennials, and adults, who feel everyone should win…you know the “everyone gets a trophy” mentality. The left feels left out …they didn’t get a trophy in November…losing seats in the House, Senate, and of course the White House.
So hence, they now feel it is time to attack …with name calling and violence because they don’t agree with the new policies. And instead of dealing with it professionally, they feel their current actions are more than justified.
This name-calling was not left on the steps in Washington DC. Unfortunately it has made its way to Morris Township, and as I say that …it is truly unfortunate and sad.
The Chairwoman of the Morris Township Democratic Committee has disagreed with me on my thoughts of what Township Residents are truly looking for from their community, and elected officials.
For the record, it is a fair disagreement, and I have voiced my side, recalling the thousands of conversations I’ve had with residents over the nine years in office.
It is all about community, safety, and being a hawk on keeping taxes low, certainly not what Ms. Wilson claims people are interested in.
Ms. Wilson has repeatedly asked this committee to “take our eye off the ball” on working on the important issues, and focus on ones that the majority of residents are not interested in, and will raise taxes.
Well…that wasn’t good enough…it now came time to personally attack me with name calling…because she didn’t get a trophy!!!
Ms. Wilson, who videotapes our meetings, and has stated publicly that they would be posted in their entirety, and without political comment…unfortunately has gone back on her word.
She posted my public comments from December on YouTube when I spoke about what folks are really looking for…she titled the piece on YouTube as “Dastardly Dan’s Comments.”
The unprofessional and childish nature of it…I must admit truly makes me question motivation and intent. If I had displayed to that level of unprincipled behavior and coined her with a disparaging name, believe me she would have filed an ethics complaint against me inside of 24 hours…which by the way she did, to one of my colleagues on the committee when she didn’t agree with him.
That complaint, by the way, was immediately dismissed without merit. In yet another example of far left vitriol, Ms. Wilson emailed her constituents, and asked them to attend the Planning Board meeting, and be an obstructionist over an issue…. that once again…… didn’t go her way….once again, no trophy.
It is now time for the left nationally, and here in Morris Township, to realize that the brilliance of our democracy…THE PEOPLE…did not elect them…and it is now time…if you disagree, to engage in PROFESSIONAL conversation.
That’s right…no name calling…no expressing publicly that my ideas are “beneath the office that I hold.” Keep this in mind…. you may not get a trophy….but then again, that’s what elections are for.