Two Ways to Deal with Hecklers–Two Ways to Protest an Issue

November/05/2014 5:38AM
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Do you remember Joe the Plumber.  He simply asked Obama a question-“did he believe in income redistribution?” Obama lied to Joe. Six years later the entire country knows he lied.Blatantly lied. The few things Obama has done, like ObamaCare, all center around income re-distribution. But, in typical Obama” vote present” style he lied and got rid of Joe. Then he had his people dig into every aspect of Joe’s life and publish every  negative thing his people found to discredit Joe. That’s how dems handle those who disagree publically. Even though they protest in an appropriate way.  Nice passive-aggressive style. David Axelrod didn’t call his man Pinochio.

Now we have this:


The 43-year-old Keady is a small businessman who runs his family’s tavern, where many of the customers are in less frequently because, Keady says, they’re out of pocket from the storm damage and waiting to get back in their homes. A former Asbury Park councilman, Keady knows something about how politics works. In the 1990s, he also played pro soccer for the North Jersey Imperials as backup goalie to Tim Howard. Yes, that Tim Howard. Need more evidence that Keady isn’t a shrinking violet? He’s a founding director of a group called Educating for Justice, which protests working conditions at Nike factories. He was kicked out of Indonesia earlier this year for joining workers at a protest of union-busting activities at Nike’s Jakarta headquarters. He said he’s never met or heckled Christie before.

During their back and forth, Christie told Keady that “somebody like you doesn’t know a damn thing about what you’re talking about except to stand up and show off when the cameras are here. I’ve been here when the cameras aren’t here buddy, and done the work.” Christie went on to tell Keady that “I’m glad you had your day to show off” and now, “turn around, get your 15 minutes of fame, and then maybe take your jacket off, roll up your sleeves and do something for the people of this state.”

Photograph by William West/AFP




But Keady is no stranger to what New Jersey has been through. He grew up in Belmar, now lives in neighboring Spring Lake, and after the storm, he said, he took a month off of work and volunteered “every day” in Belmar. “They trusted me with one of their borrowed dump trucks and I was running clean up crews all over town,” Keady said. “I wanna know how many crawl spaces the governor was in, cleaning up. But he got his photo-op in Belmar.”

Keady talked about how only 20 percent of a $1.1 billion a program to get people back in their homes has actually gone out. “His administration is sitting on $800 million of taxpayer money that was supposed to go to our fellow New Jerseyans,” Keady said.

“If I’d just stood up, sat down, and been polite, you and I wouldn’t be talking right now,” Keady added. “It’s necessary at times to do small and large acts of civil disobedience so people’s voices can be heard. And if Governor Christie doesn’t like that, he’s in the wrong business.”

Keady says he’s an independent voter, not beholden to Democrats or Republicans. Asked if there’s any chance he’d vote for Christie if he runs for president in 2016, he thought a minute and concluded, “No.”

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David Axelrod calls Christie the Tony Soprano of politics.

Keady chooses to protest by standing between the camera and the governor during a presentation blocking the governor. AGGRESSIVE, NASTY, RUDE BEHAVIOR. Holding up a sign to make sure the scene is totally blocked. Have you had a jerk with a sign or a stupid hat blocking your view at a sporting event? Did you ask them to sit please? If they didn’t, did you give them a stronger suggestion? If they turned around and started a conversation did you just say, sit down?

Remember what democrats did to Madison, Wisconsin when they brought in the union goons and tore up the state house when Walker was running for the recall? Democrats can’t protest in a polite manner. Democrats can’t respond to hecklers like you and I would. They simply lie and tell them what they want to hear. How long would an ass last with a sign blocking the great one, King Obama?

I guess I’m built like Christie, I try to handle my own problems. He’s not smooth, but maybe it’s time to have someone who isn’t so smooth.

I’m sure this might sink his ship. I’m conflicted about this. There are a lot of things I don’t like about Christie’s politics. But, I do admire his straightforward approach. He is what he is and it’s unvarnished. That I do like.


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