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March 22, 2021

"We’re in a bad place,” New Jersey Rep. Jeff Van Drew said to FOX NEWS’ Maria Bartiromo on Sunday. “We’re on the precipice. On tone –- everyone. The future of democracy and our republic is in all our hands. And we must come together; we must reverse course; we can’t go this way, or we’re gonna lose the greatest nation, the shining light of the whole world. I worry about it every single day.”

China is laughing at us, he said, calling us “stupid and weak.” But our nation DOES look stupid and weak, because of the way we talk to each other.

Van Drew knows firsthand what’s happened to political discourse in America. When he just couldn’t vote to impeach President Trump just over a year ago, after unrelenting pressure from Democrats, he left the Democrat Party and became a Republican, the first Democrat in ten years to do so. Van Drew stands by his decision though the bullying from the left has never let up.

Van Drew has released audio of a death threat recorded on his home phone, in the aftermath of his rejection of the certification of two states’ 2020 election results. And, no, it wasn’t from an enraged constituent.

It was from a journalist. (Correction: “journalist.”) Name: John McCall.

Here’s a sample: “As a member of the New Jersey Press Association [!}, I will do everything in my power to ensure that you are deposed –- if not dead. Anything that I can do to basically get you out of office, I will do. You are a traitor, Jeff Van Drew, and you deserve the fate of all traitors.”

It gets worse. Van Drew wasn’t the one who heard it first, as he was in Washington DC. It was his wife who heard it.

He says he’s not worried for his own safety and is “standing firmer” for what he believes. Normally he wouldn’t bring in the police or make a deal out of it. But he brings up two issues that make this threatening behavior “particularly vile.”

First, McCall also threatened the congressman’s wife, and even used sexually-charged words. The man is a freelance reporter and writes for the OCEAN CITY SENTINEL. Worse, after he left that message, he wrote an op-ed for the OCS that continued to threaten Van Drew and his wife.

Second, this swill had to get by editors and publishers to get into the paper. Wouldn’t SOMEBODY have thought that threats like these were beyond the pale? To his credit, David Nahan, editor and publisher of the OCS, published an apology, in which he even helped make our point by saying, “The partisan vitriol has become so extreme, it is easy to get desensitized to what is being said...We all need to tone down the political anger that is dividing our country.” No kidding.

Van Drew said Sunday that threats against his wife and children are “where the line is drawn in the South Jersey sand.” He’s still considering pressing charges and also suing. “This cannot be the new normal for America, for American journalism,” he said. "It is just intolerable. It’s gonna hurt our society, It’s gonna make us worse and more violent to actually think that these are things that can be printed in the newspaper or in any media.”

A defamation case in the DC Circuit Court of Appeals might seem unrelated, but the dissenting opinion of Judge Laurence Silberman could’ve just as easily been written about what the media did to Van Drew: “The increased power of the press is so dangerous today because we are very close to one-party control of these institutions. Our court was once concerned about the institutional consolidation of the press, leading to a ‘bland and homogenous’ marketplace of ideas. It turns out that ideological consolidation of the press (helped along by economic consolidation) is the far greater threat.”

Judge Silberman went on, as reported in this must-read piece, calling THE NEW YORK TIMES and WASHINGTON POST “virtually Democratic Party broadsheets.” I suppose we should add the OCEAN CITY SENTINEL in New Jersey to that list, if that editorial is at all typical of what they print.

Another snippet of Silberman’s brilliance: “...Ideological homogeneity in the media –- or in the channels of information distribution [elsewhere he makes it clear he’s referring to Silicon Valley] –- risks repressing certain ideas from the public consciousness just as surely as if access were restricted by the government.” As an example, he cited the suppression by social media of the story about Joe Biden’s involvement with his son Hunter’s foreign business dealings.

Judge Silberman, a Reagan appointee (and thank you, President Reagan), cited a book, “LEFT TURN: How Liberal Media Bias Distorts the American Mind,” by UCLA political science and economics Prof. Tim Groseclose.

"The First Amendment guarantees a free press to foster a vibrant trade in ideas,” Silberman wrote. “But a biased press can distort the marketplace. And when the media has proven its willingness –- if not eagerness –- to so distort, it is a profound mistake to stand by unjustified legal rules that serve only to enhance the press’s power.” He was arguing that, with the press as biased as it is and prone to distortion, the bar to prove defamation is too high.

Finally, in another example of the level of discourse hitting bottom, Democrat Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey –- there’s New Jersey again –- actually called Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson a racist on the floor of the Senate for comments comparing the Capitol Hill rioters to Black Lives Matter rioters. There is no pooper scooper big enough to accommodate the steaming load Menendez left on the Senate floor.

He read a letter from a member of his staff who’d taken Sen. Johnson’s comments as racist, accusing him of “hate speech” and “stoking fear against black Americans” and also grossly misrepresenting what happened that day. The letter was based on a distortion of what Johnson said; he wasn’t talking about race. Rather, Johnson's words were based on the enormous violence that Black Lives Matter has perpetrated in our cities. The BLM movement is NOT, as the letter asserted, “overwhelmingly peaceful.”

Unfortunately, Johnson had also defended those who breached the Capitol as “people that love this country, that truly respect law enforcement, would never do anything to break the law...” Now, as much as they might love their country, some DID break the law and did NOT respect law enforcement, and what they did was stupid and wrong, as I've repeatedly said.

Even so, the Senator most certainly was not commenting on race. People conveniently forget that many BLM rioters have been radical white leftists.

But it doesn’t matter. In 2021, Democrat Senators can and do call out Republican colleagues by name as racist, falsely, right on the Senate floor. They deserve censure for this new low but will receive no consequences, so brace yourself for more.

By throwing around that word, they continue taking the country down. Just as they mean to do.

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  • Vickie Fiorentino

    04/01/2021 06:58 AM

    So,,,those who threaten the "house of the people" and possibly the lives of those within are jailed, while the BLM can burn down & kill, as well as John McCall who threatens the life of a Senator and his family...all get to walk around free...those who threatened Trumps family...nothing done. We all need to "get woke" and vote these people out in 2022 and continue thru 2024.

  • Betty blasdel

    03/30/2021 12:24 PM

    Sad when a media takes it in themself to destroy a person, and without a reason, except filled with hate! This is one man’s drivel supported by the likes of Pelosi! It is time for honest evaluations of others you don’t agree with!
    But you could have done it in truth and honesty, not the way you did it and continue to do it!

  • Jeff

    03/23/2021 02:51 PM

    It looks like those who are accusing others of being racist, are usually the racist themselves.

  • Dorothy Gable

    03/23/2021 10:33 AM

    Another danger to the MSM bias is that it forces us to seek information from other sources - that are also not vetted or have their own agendas. Recently I attended a meeting where concerned citizens (these people have been small-c fiscal conservatives, common-sense people) heard some truth mixed with conspiracy theories. Without the foundation that Christ brings, we could all be victims to the winds of deception. Some of them remarked that it had been a good meeting.

  • Louise Breeedlove

    03/23/2021 08:16 AM

    I think it is terrible that Republicans can not express their opinions same as Democrats. It is one sided & this threatening needs to stop. Blm is an organization & they are not peaceful. They need to be stopped, same as white supremacy, Antifa & any other trouble causing organization. The riots in Portland were noy peaceful, they tore up much more than the Jan riot. What makes congress better than anyone else. They put up a fence but they don't want us to have a wall. The homeless ly on the streets & you put illegals in hotels. Makes no sense.


    03/22/2021 07:42 PM

    i hyave a freeling we are already too far gone and it's just waiting for that spark to light off the powder keg

  • Rebecca Spicer

    03/22/2021 06:42 PM

    It's a shame and the bigger shame is it's not just the evil Democrats there's Republicans also that are traitors, this is no longer Republican versus Democrat or Left versus Right this is good versus evil right versus wrong. This is madness far beyond election fraud, this a total COUP against our gov't we the people can't trust Congress, prosecutors, federal law enforcement, or scotus they are all compromised so when does the military step in and do what they are enlisted to do, protect the laws of Constitution against all evil foreign and DOMESTIC, the militaries sole purpose is to protect the people and constitution, do in asking where's the protection, why is evil still on the white house

  • Jon Geissinger

    03/22/2021 04:47 PM

    Good day!
    What happens if the election is proven to be corrupt? Sweep it under the table? Keep on going with this administration?
    Or will President Trump be brought back?
    We are headed for problems either way.

  • Desiree

    03/22/2021 10:14 AM

    This is a scary scenario. I hope the conservative Democrats wake up and work with the true conservative Republicans to stop this from happening. Prayers for you and your family. Be safe.

  • Phyllis Brus

    03/22/2021 09:47 AM

    Excellent article. I feel if people would just see the media for what it is and seek out articles such as you write we could get back to reality.