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.”
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!