Tea Party Promoted Socialist Candidate Wins Election
With the disappointing Presidential election results and the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, it was easy to miss the results of this local election in Monmouth County. The Red Bank Regional High School District elected 19 year old Socialist Pat Noble to their school board. This is notable because this candidate was promoted by a “conservative tea party” group in New Jersey as a “fine young man too young to do any harm.” At the time, CNJ argued vehemently that no conservative group should ever give a platform to a socialist. The first of many articles on that can be found here.
Yes, the community where this “conservative tea party” has it’s headquarters, has elected the only known, avowed socialist, to any office in the State of New Jersey. With “conservative tea party” groups like this, doing the stellar and effective job they are, it should be an interesting election cycle next year.
As conservatives, we need to pay attention to those who are able to articulate our principles and beliefs before it is too late and more Socialists are elected right under our noses, in our own communities.
We Did It
We did it.
Today, 1,033 people in Red Bank said yes to socialism, and elected a socialist to the Red Bank Regional High School Board of Education with 54% of the vote.
While officially non-partisan, the message of this campaign was clear. We promoted ideas that are socialist in nature, specifically the empowerment of teachers and students alike. Words were not minced, and we promoted my candidacy for what it is. I am a 19 year old socialist, uncompromisingly anti-capitalist, and I would like to work against budget cuts and help make students free to learn.
Thank you to everyone that supported the campaign over the past eight months, as well as to all of the individuals and organizations that gave endorsements.
Along with my election, Socialist Party USA candidates across the country are making significant gains. In Indiana, John Strinka will likely win 10% of the vote in his bid for State Senate. In a State Senate race in Texas, Angela Sarlay took in 5,200 votes (18%). Peter Diamondstone has won over 2,000 votes for US Senate (1%), against “socialist” Bernie Sanders. Here in New Jersey, Greg Pason will likely win roughly 2,000 votes for US Senate, against Democratic war-hawk Bob Menendez.
While we celebrate this electoral victory, we must remember that the radical change that we desire will not come from the ballot box. Capitalism was not voted into power, and it cannot be voted out of power. Our liberation will come through mass struggle and a united movement that is committed to democracy, solidarity, and freedom.
Let’s use this election as a building block towards a stronger movement for a better education system. Consider joining the Socialist Party USA, a multi-tendency, democratic socialist organization that is committed to building a free, liberated society. Additionally, consider joining Revolutionary Unity, a new and energetic organization that seeks to unite anti-capitalists of various stripes under one banner.
Thank you all. I look forward to continuing our struggle, together.
Yours in Solidarity,
You don’t even need to read between the lines of that statement to know what this 19 year old believes, and what he is advocating for.
As he said in his statement, there was no doubt that he campaigned for Socialist ideas. Their platform can be found here. The Socialist candidate, now elected School Board Member, is the Chairman of the Monmouth County Socialist Party.
What part of the statement above makes you comfortable with what the young men and women in the Red Bank Regional High School District may be learning about in the near future?
What might their next textbooks contain inside them?
Does any conservative look at the election of a Socialist to any level of government as a step in the right direction?
Does any conservative look at the election of a Socialist at any level of government as harmless?
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