Don’t Be Fooled, Pennsylvanians!

On Tuesday, the good people in the 18th congressional district of Pennsylvania will head to the polls to choose a new representative to the U.S. House of Representatives.  I am begging you, Pennsylvania, to please, please vote with your heads and do not send Rick Saccone to Washington!  We do not need any more of his ilk … we already have plenty like him!

In January, I wrote a piece about Mr. Saccone, who is running against the democratic candidate, Conor Lamb.  A quick overview of the reasons not to vote for this ‘man’:

  • He is such a staunch supporter of gun rights for all, that he tried to push through a bill to force children’s restaurant/entertainment center, Chuck E. Cheese, to allow people to carry guns into the establishment. He claimed that to bar guns inside the restaurant was discriminatory.  Children’s lives matter less to this man than adult’s feelings.

  • He eschews freedom of religion, as he tried (and luckily failed) to pass a bill that would have required public school districts in Pennsylvania to post “In God We Trust”in every school building.

  • He supports budget cuts to K-12 education, childhood education programs, public libraries, child welfare, and other state programs as a means to reducing federal debt.

  • His own legislative expenditures far exceed those of his fellow representatives in the state legislature.

  • He holds a Christian nationalist ideology that seeks to institute a nation governed by conservative Christians based on their personal understandings of biblical law. (Hey, bud – ever hear of the 1st Amendment, or is the 2nd the only one you remember?)

  • He defended sexual predator and child molester Roy Moore during Moore’s failed Alabama senate bid last December.

I think this should be enough to convince every voter that we do not need his kind in the federal government, though to be sure, there are already plenty there that believe as he does.  Until a week ago, I had written Saccone off as a loser, certain that Conor Lamb would carry the day.  But …

A series of events took place that may well shove Saccone down the throats of an unsuspecting public.  First, there was Trump’s announcement that he is imposing import tariffs on steel coming into the country.  Pennsylvania is a steel-producing state.  Approximately 14% of the nation’s steelworkers are in Pennsylvania. Though there are some 34,000 currently employed in the steel-related industry, most experts agree that the tariffs won’t add many jobs in Pennsylvania, and will cost jobs in other industries.  However, the facts are often not the point, and to make certain that Pennsylvanians didn’t get their heads filled with too many facts, guess who arrived on the scene?

Donald Trump entered the fray this weekend to stump for Saccone.    While Trump spent the bulk of his 75-minute speech tooting his own horn, as is typical of Trump, he did manage to get in a few plugs for Saccone.

“I love this place. Hello, Pittsburgh! Hello, Pittsburgh! You know what? Do me a favor — get out on Tuesday, vote for Rick Saccone. Personally, I like Rick Saccone. I think he’s handsome. (Seriously???) The world is watching. I hate to put this pressure on you, Rick, but the world is watching, because I won this district.”

Conor Lamb (left) & Rick Saccone

Okay, so it’s not exactly a glowing recommendation, but the people in the crowds ate it up and cheered Trump and Saccone.  Perhaps more important is the media.  The largest newspaper in southwest Pennsylvania, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has glowingly endorsed Saccone.  And not only did they endorse Saccone, but they took the opportunity to take a swipe at Conor Lamb for something he hasn’t even mentioned.  They claimed that Democratic control of the House would hurt the country by setting the stage for a presidential impeachment, and that a Democratic House would drive the country to “distraction” by immediately pushing to impeach Trump.  Lamb has not once mentioned impeachment.

“If Mr. Lamb, 33, wins, it could well be the start of a Democratic wave. The prospect of a Democratic House may please partisans, but it might be bad for the country. The Democrats in the House have only one agenda item at the moment, and it isn’t health care or jobs. It is impeachment. Regardless of whether one likes this president or his policies, one must ask what the consequence for the country will be if we dive into so great a distraction.” – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 11 March 2018

Now, Conor Lamb has had the support of the unions, even deep in what is called ‘Trump Country’.  But it remains unclear how the news of the steel tariffs, as well as Trump’s claim to bring back the coal industry, for Pennsylvania is also a coal-mining state, may affect voters’ views.  The race at the moment is very close, being called a ‘dead heat’.  Again, I urge you, Pennsylvanians, do not be swayed by Trump’s and Saccone’s words, for we do not need a bigoted, guns-on-steroids idiot taking a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives!

37 thoughts on “Don’t Be Fooled, Pennsylvanians!

    • YES, my friend, and I am decidedly ECSTATIC!!! I am less chuffed about the GOP’s plan to contest the results, and at least one republican’s claim of voter fraud, but I suppose we should have expected that. Gracefully losing is not in their playbook! But … score one for common sense!!! Yes, I did notice it was ‘below-the-fold’ news and that Tillerson’s firing took precedence over all else today. I actually feel badly for Rex Tillerson. Hugs!!!

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      • Aww poor Republicans then? Did the nastyol’ voters go and exercise their democratic rights and vote for someone else…..mean voters! Never mind here’s cookie and a paper hat, now you just go out in’the backyard and play Voter Fraud an’ I’ll call you in when the cartoon shows are on

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        • 🤣 🤣 🤣 Love it! Yes, they are rather like pouty, whiny children, aren’t they? They so remind me of the schoolyard bully who is so bloomin’ tough until he gets his own nose punched, and then he runs crying to mama.

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            • Ah yes … it’s all relative, isn’t it? Rather like the quote by Helen Keller, “I cried because I had no shoes until I met a man who had no feet”. Perspective. What’s frightening about that is wondering whether there will come a time, a leader, who will make Trump & Co seem ‘not so bad’.

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                • Well, I look at it this way. Four years ago, if I had told you that we would have a president like Trump, would you have believed me, or told me I was nuts, that it could never happen? 🤔


                • Well …. I agree they have set an all-time low, but who’s to say it can’t go even lower? I mean, four years ago we wouldn’t have believed it could go this low, right? And from my own observations, plus what I have read, there is still a large contingent that cannot be bothered to vote. Sigh. They have a million different excuses. I think we need mandatory voting for ALL, but instead, we have the states making laws to make it HARDER for certain people to vote! I also think we ought to go back to paper ballots — a bit harder for Russia or anyone else to manipulate those. But nope, they like their electronic gadgets a bit too much for that. As I look at my poor laptop, I can tell it’s been a rough couple of years, for the letters are wearing off on some of the keys, especially the “N” … perhaps the Chinese have hacked my baby Dell??? 💻

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                  • Oooh I just started using a Dell, s’cool!!
                    But I digress….

                    Those not voting would do well to read this from Martin Niemöller who managed to survive the Nazi’s:

                    First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
                    Because I was not a Socialist.

                    Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
                    Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

                    Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
                    Because I was not a Jew.

                    Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

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  1. You do realize that today’s voter seldom, if ever, checks a candidate’s record or thinks about the possible implications of a candidate’s being elected. It’s pretty much about GUT FEELING these days. So while your endorsement makes so much sense it will probably weigh less in the guts of the citizens of Pennsylvania than the twisted endorsement by our siting president. Sad to say…..

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    • Yes … sigh … I do realize this. It’s the only way to explain how we ended up with the circus full of clowns we have running the country today. I’ve been keeping tabs on the PA18 election all night, and all precincts are in, but they are still counting absentee ballots as I write this. Lamb is ahead by 579 votes, or 0.03 percentage points. A nail-biter!

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    • Unfortunately, the Hatch Act doesn’t apply to either the President or the Vice President. At the time, nobody could have predicted Trump, else it might have included them also! Sigh.


  2. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    Please, this is VERY important!! Send the correct message … ” The race at the moment is very close, being called a ‘dead heat’. Again, I urge you, Pennsylvanians, do not be swayed by Trump’s and Saccone’s words, for we do not need a bigoted, guns-on-steroids idiot taking a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives!”

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