Born to be Chad: Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Chad Wolf has shown backbone in defending the federal courthouse in Portland, Oregon, against anarchists (despite threats made against him and his family). The left can find nothing positive about the actions of President Trump. They have been dismissive of Wolf’s appointment by demeaning him as someone “straight out of central casting” due to his movie star good looks. So beware: being handsome is considered disqualifying for getting a job in the Trump administration. The left continually shows how mentally twisted they are.
The rent used to be too damn high: It is said that over 400,000 people have fled Manhattan due to the NYC Mayor’s refusal to put down riots and looting and his undermining of the police. Plus with theaters, dance clubs and restaurants closed, why live in Manhattan? Uh oh. Rent control and rent stabilization law is based on dealing with a housing emergency. The emergency being that too few available apartments leads to unaffordable high rents. Well, there are apartments galore in Manhattan that are going begging, and landlords are reducing rents. That means the rent control and rent stabilization laws can’t be justified. Let’s see how the leftists that run the NYS legislature deal with this. They love controlling everything but they no longer have a legal reason for imposing price controls on apartments.
Restaurants eat Governor Cuomo’s lunch: Although the lawsuit to reopen New York City restaurants is considered bi-partisan, Republicans have been playing an outsized role in its support. The $2 billion lawsuit not only demands that restaurants be reopened, but asks the court to award restaurants reimbursement for financial losses already incurred. As soon as word of the lawsuit hit the newspapers, the Governor announced that NYC restaurants will open at 25% capacity on September 30. It’s obvious by the timing of Cuomo’s edict that the bad publicity was giving him indigestion. But some restaurants complain that at 25% capacity, they would lose more money than if they remain closed. The restaurant lobby is continuing with the lawsuit. They want a full plate (100% utilization).
Take it with a grain of SALT: Dems have been bellyaching that the rich don’t pay their fair share, but in this election year where everything is upside down, the Democrats want to repeal the SALT law that caps the deductibility of state and local taxes (referred to as SALT) on federal tax returns. It impacts high real estate and income tax states like New York and California. High income taxpayers owning fancy homes have to pay more taxes. Well, isn’t that what Democrats have been demanding? Yes. Until now, because Trump is president.
What’s black and white and red all over? We are referring to today’s youth. They don’t just lean Democrat, they lean socialist and communist. Of all Americans below the age of 16, non-whites are now a majority. In two years they begin to vote. Non-whites vote especially for the Democrat party. The GOP needs to get busy making its case before it’s too late. They should follow the lead of the Queens Village Republican Club which years ago began to reach out to non-white and immigrant communities and with much success. The QVRC may now be the most ethnically diverse GOP club in America.
We hope you used your time in September 2020 to get prepared (please review the US Department of Homeland Security website for specific details). As a political club how do we prepare? Well, first we never settle back and relax thinking we have control of everything. As President Ronald Reagan said we are only one day away from anarchy. Freedom is not free, and we would be better off to never forget it. Do not get lulled into a sense of complacency. Voting matters and elections have consequences.
The Queens Village Republican Club is not just the oldest active club, we are a strong club. Our responsibilities are many because we are known so well. Specifically, we need to lean in on the younger people in our areas who have yet to understand war and politics. They have no reference point on the terrorist attacks on our county on 9/11, like many of us who have never experienced World War I or World War II or any other war or invasion the United States has taken part in. It is our history and it is our responsibility to reflect on it and pass it on to the next generation. As they say, history – know it, learn from it, or you are doomed to repeat it.
September is National Preparedness Month. Are we as a club doing all we can to prepare the young and refresh the minds of those older that freedom is not free? As we watch anarchy in our streets, crime surges, 134% increase in shooting victims and 166% shooting incidents. We are sliding into chaos, disorder, crime, and fear. For many of us, our better days are behind us. The fight we are in is for future generations, our children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
National Preparedness Month is not just about a backpack, bottled water, and a few essentials. Someone must take up the mantle to move freedom forward. Someone has to train future generations about the value of civic duty, the satisfaction of instructing people how to register to vote, how to become a citizen. These tasks are our duty. Our club has a role. We should be producing social media instructional videos talking about the importance of our civic duty and voting, and we should be targeting high school and college level students. Our club needs to talk about investment in scholarships and follow students through their school years and support them.
The legacy of our club will depend on how we invest our assets today into future generations. As some of us pass the torch from one generation to the next, our performance will be measured by our success in reaching out to all communities and especially the youth of our communities.
Voting matters and elections have consequences. We are duty-bound to fight back, fight for our future, fight for the future generations, as well as fight for a great legacy. Tune in to your nation, study her Constitution, Bill of Rights, engage others on the principles for which our nation was founded and never forget the great men and women who died for our nation. Fly the flag proudly and be determined.
Honor the memory of so many who have given it all. Register to vote, passionately engage others to also do so and never forget. Voting matters and elections have consequences.
Joseph Concannon is a former NYPD Captain, Deputy Director of Public Safety in Mayor Giuliani’s administration, Republican candidate for City Council, and 1st Vice President of the Queens Village Republican Club
Editor’s Note: This is syndicated columnist Bob Golomb’s latest column as published in the news and media outlet, The Published Reporter
NEW YORK, NY – When this past winter New York State’s four term Suffolk County incumbent Republican Assemblyman Andrew Garbarino, whose 7th District covers the majority of communities in Smithtown and small portions of the towns of Islip and Brookhaven, learned that the 14 term United States GOP Congressman Peter King would not seek reelection to his seat in the Second Congressional District, which spans through southwestern Suffolk County and minor sections of southeastern Nassau County, he knew that he had a difficult choice to make.
“Whether or not to give up my seat in the assembly and run for Congress was not an easy decision for me to make… During my 8 years in the assembly, I felt that I have accomplished a great deal on behalf of my constituents,” stated Garbarino. “I have pushed for increased funding for our local school districts, supported our brave and dedicated men and women in law enforcement, worked to protect the environment of Long Island and fought against the tax hikes proposed by the governor.”
“So, my first inclination,” he continued, “was to stay in the assembly to continue this work. However, when I became convinced that I could continue this work, as well as other important work, on a federal level, I made the decision to run for Congress.”
Still, Garbarino, 37, an attorney who has lived in Suffolk County his entire life, had to first earn the Republican nomination to have the chance to win that race. Also seeking the opportunity to replace King was Republican Assemblyman Mike LiPetri, a popular one term incumbent in Suffolk’s Assembly District 9. The contest was settled in the GOP’s June 23rd primary, when Garbarino defeated LiPetri by a 61% to 39% margin. Reflecting on that race and its aftermath, Garbarino stated, “Mike was a tough competitor and ran a hard-fought campaign… I am extremely proud and appreciative that he is now campaigning for me.”
Garbarino added that due to the COVID-19 epidemic he had to run his race against LiPetri in a less voter interactive mode than he had been accustomed to in the past.
“The covid-19 epidemic prevented me from live campaigning… In the past [assembly elections] I enjoyed and learned from the one-on-one personal contact I had with voters. So, [in the Congressional primary] I had to campaign digitally, by mail and TV. My current campaign in the general campaign is being run in a similar, although a bit more flexible manner.”
Garbarino’s Democratic opponent in that upcoming November 3rd general election is Jackie Gordon, who defeated her primary opponent Patricia Maher by a more than 2-1 margin. A 29-year United States Army Reserve combat veteran who retired from the military in 2014 with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and through most of those same years worked as a high school guidance counsellor and also served from 2007 to this year as the councilwoman for the southwestern Suffolk County town of Babylon, Gordon has been said to enjoy the respect of both Democrats and Republicans, including Garbarino himself, for her work in public service.
“I hold a high degree of respect for Ms. Gordon’s military service and her work as an educator and local public official,” Garbarino stated.
However, he quickly made it clear to me that he separates his respect for his opponent’s impressive background from what he contends are her extreme leftist positions, which Garbarino asserted, she is trying to hide from voters.
“While Ms. Gordon’s resume is quite impressive, it should not be confused with the extreme leftist Democratic Party policies she supports, which she has tried very hard to hide from the voters of our district,” contended Garbarino, who added that Gordon also won the nomination of the hard-left leaning Working Families Party.
“Ms. Gordon,’’ he charged, “has carefully avoided answering questions from voters about her far out of the mainstream policies, which are in total accord with her ideological left controlled Democratic Party, as well as those of the Working Families Party.”
Citing as his first specific example of policies which he contends Gordon is trying to shield from the voters, Garbarino stated, “Ms. Gordon has tried to hide the fact that she along with her Democratic Party supports anti-law enforcement funding legislation, which if enacted, would result in cutting federal funds to local police departments, including inevitably, our own police departments here in Suffolk and Nassau.”
In addition, Garbarino asserted that his opponent is also attempting to hide her support of federal bail reform policies proposed by leading House Democrats. “Ms. Gordon’s Democratic Party’s bail reform proposals include eliminating cash bail for most defendants charged in federal criminal court cases, such as drug sales, identify theft and even child pornography. It is no wonder why she refuses to respond, when questioned about it,” he charged.
The GOP’ candidate’s final criticism of Gordon centered on the controversial 2019 Medicare-for-all bill. Currently being debated in the House of Representatives, the bill, which has been opposed by every one of the 199 House Republicans and supported by an overwhelming majority of the 235 House Democrats, would, if it became law, place the federal government in almost total control of all forms of medical care for every American, making it even more expansive than the original plan proposed in the Senate by Bernie Sanders in 2016.
To Garbarino, Gordon’s refusal to publicly state her opposition to the Medicare-for-all legislative proposal is unsettling, but not surprising. “As the experience with similar programs in such countries as England and Canada illustrate, this bill, if passed, would result in Americans waiting several long and dangerous months to have even vital surgery performed,” stated Garbarino. “It would also,” he elaborated, “empower the federal government to, as a cost cutting method, deny treatment to the elderly and seriously ill… It is troubling, but unfortunately predictable, that Ms. Gordon would not break with her own party to oppose this awful bill.”
Garbarino later described his own policy positions, which, if elected, he said, he will bring to Washington. “Just as in the assembly I fought against the bail reform bill which, when it unfortunately became law in 2020 despite unanimous Republican opposition, resulted in a severe rise in crime across the state, I’ll stand up to Speaker Pelosi, Congresswoman Cortez and the rest of the far-left Democrats to make certain that they do not pass similar dangerous laws in the Congress,” he promised.
“I will also,” he continued, “push for legislation that brings additional law-enforcement resources to the country, the state and our district; support legislation which protects the exclusive right of local governments to set and enforce residential zoning laws; and as the COVID-19 health crisis continues, it will be my priority to secure for our district sustained federal financial assistance to families, small business owners and the workers they employ.”
To accomplish those goals, Garbarino, of course, must first win this highly competitive general election contest, which, as of this writing, a majority of independent polling firms continue to calculate to be a “toss-up’’ race. So, throughout the remaining 6 weeks of the campaign, voters in the 2nd Congressional District might well expect to hear Garbarino even further urging them to separate his opponent’s resume from her polices.
Robert Golomb is a nationally and internationally syndicated columnist. His work has appeared in The South Asian Times, The Epoch Times, The Long Island Jewish World group of papers, the Muslim Community Report, the Messenger and more. You can email him at MrBob347@aol.com.
It was a rainy evening on September 3rd but more than 80 guests attended the Dinner Meeting under the Triple Crown Diner Tent in Bellerose filling the venue to capacity. The event featured Steve Bannon video conferenced in live from the War Room Pandemic, and other exciting speakers in person. Enthusiasm was evident as chanting spontaneously broke out—“USA, USA” and “Four More Years” repeatedly. Here are the videos of this energizing event.
The Queens Village Republican Club meets the first Thursday of the month at Young Israel of Holliswood - Holliswood Jewish Center
86-25 Francis Lewis Blvd.
Holliswood, NY 11427
Coffee, soda, and cookies are served at 7:30 PM. The meeting begins at 8:00 PM.There are no general meetings in July and August.