It Was a Very Good Year
Posted January 8, 2018, 10:40 am
“Year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us”. – Hal Borland
By any account, other than that of the main stream media and the left, 2017 was a very good year. This nation returned to economic growth and a positive business environment not seen during the business killing years of the Obama administration. The unemployment rate is at a 17 year low for all ethnic groups. The Stock market set 87 new high closes during the year. President Trump is well on his way to restoring our court system to one based on the Constitution and the rule of law with the appointment of Justice Gorsich and 73 additional federal judges. Illegal immigration is down 50%. The President’s new tax plan is now a reality and its impact already being felt. The onerous Obamacare mandate has been repealed. Yes, 2017 was a very good year.
By what other measure do we know it was a very good year?
Rather than examining the usual numbers and metrics, maybe the best way to judge that is through the eyes of real people in this area. Real people whose lives are affected by government policy and laws.
There are many examples I could cite but let’s look at two.
The first is a young family with two children who live in southern Washington County. The husband is an underground coal miner and his wife is a stay at home mom raising their two small children.
The husband has an excellent job as a skilled equipment operator, makes very good money and has excellent benefits. At least he does when the mine is operating.
The Obama administration’s war on coal threatened to devastate the coal industry in this region, and with it, the lives of people like this couple.
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GOP invites public to witness candidate selection for 48th Legislative District
Posted January 11, 2018, 11:10 am
Washington County Republican Party committee members representing voting precincts in the 48th Legislative District will gather locally during the morning of Jan. 27, to select a candidate for the May 15 special election to fill an unexpired term.
Registration of conferees will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the Golf Club of Washington, 599 Country Club Road, in advance of the 9 a.m. meeting.
Seventy-eight Republican committee members are eligible to choose the candidate whose name will appear on the ballot to fill the term for the remainder of the year.
A vacancy occurred when Brandon Neuman resigned Dec. 31 to become a Washington County judge. He had held the seat since 2011.
The 48th Legislative District includes Washington, East Washington, Canonsburg, Houston, North and South Strabane, Chartiers and North Franklin townships.
The meeting is open to the public, but only committee members will participate in the selection of a candidate.
Three men – Jerad Cypher, Joseph DeThomas and Timothy O’Neal – have announced their intention to seek the nomination.
In candidacy announcements submitted to the Observer-Reporter, Jerad Cypher, former president of East Washington Borough Council, said he intends to focus on an overhaul of state pensions and educating youth about the danger of opioids.
He also called for reform of the political culture in the state capital. “We have a self-serving political system,” he said in a news release. “I want to go to Harrisburg to serve the people. That’s why I’m declining the taxpayer-funded pension and unaccounted-for per diems and perks.”
Thoughts on Meaningless Stuff that Means Something
Posted January 8, 2018, 10:42 am
by Dave Ball
Full disclosure – I don’t go to movies, I don’t care about Hollywood, I couldn’t care less what awards the no minds bestow at their clam bakes like the Golden Globe Awards but what they do and don’t do does have some relevance, unintended as it may be. Let’s unpack that statement a bit.
For the record, a bunch of very wealthy, very liberal and mostly very disconnected Hollywood people gathered last night ostensibly to bestow awards for cinematic achievement on their own. History clearly tells us that, because this shindig is a self indulgent “from us to us” affair, seldom is it objective or truly reflective of artistic accomplishment. Increasingly, the “winners” reflect the current politically correct positions of the liberal elitists. The Master of ceremonies is expected to deliver a scathing denunciation of political positions the leftists deplore (which means denouncing us deplorables) and nominating and acceptance speeches tend to focus on shrill political fusillades. Notice that very little in this whole scenario has anything to do with motion picture or artistic achievement. True to their self -assumed position, the leftist elites, our “betters”, feel somehow obligated to lecture us “inferiors” on our shortcomings and how we should be thinking. Unfortunately, they are speaking in an echo chamber.
To read some of the reviews of last night’s Golden Globes, some strange things happened. Sure, the awards went to the liberal left wing favorites and some very good pictures were totally ignored but that is to be expected. What apparently did not happen was the usual “Deplorable Bash”. Little was said about the President. They failed to do their usual attack on Republicans for offering “thoughts and prayers” for the victims of natural disasters.
What they didn’t say was the story. Maybe some of them are beginning to realize that they are the problem. Nah, that won’t happen but maybe they realize the sailing isn’t as clear as they thought. Not much, apparently, about Harvey Weinstein. Maybe there is a realization he is their very own pig. Not much about “sexgate” in the political world. Maybe because they realize it is predominately liberals. Maybe they realize that the Hollywood lifestyle created much of the mess they now deplore. Not a word on the Iran revolt. This is more of the silence of American feminists who possibly realize they can’t have it both ways. Not a word on guns. Maybe that was on the advice of their armed security details.
I detect a palpable change in the mood of America. I really do think that America has lost its patience with the smug, entitled ultra-liberal leftist elitists. The Hollywood glitterati has been irrelevant for a long time. They are in their death throes and maybe are just beginning to realize it.
The Democratic Party, however, continues to move ever leftward which, for us, is a good thing. They are moving toward terminal oblivion. It is up to us to drive the nails into the coffin. The Democrats are the party of Bernie “the Red” Sanders, Elizabeth Fauxcahontas” Warren, Hillary “the Crook” Clinton, Nancy “the California nut” Pelosi, Huma “take the passwords” Abedin, Loretta “meet me on the tarmac” Lynch and all the rest.
Under President Trump, America is good and getting better. Time to close ranks, get solidly behind our Republican candidates and keep this slime out of office.
Dear Fellow Pro American Republicans
Posted December 29, 2017, 9:37 am
I ask that you read this article carefully as we head into the 2018 election season. The author, Rich Logis, summarizes a great deal of what we have been preaching here in Washington County since the beginning of the Trump campaign. The lessons before us are simple but profound:
- You win elections by getting more of your people out to the polls and voting for your candidate than the other candidate can get out
- Democrats win when Republicans don’t get out and vote
- Democrats will increasingly fan the fires of hatred and divisiveness because they have nothing else to talk about
- Republicans will win by sticking together as Republicans
- Attack, attack, attack. Battles are not won by playing nice or by playing defense. This somehow is thought to be “un-Republican” but we need to get used to going after the left unmercifully. The days of the Marquise of Queensbury in the political arena are over my friends. This is not to say we have to be untruthful (as the MSM and Democrats) or malicious or spiteful. It says we need to seize on occasions to attack legitimate targets of opportunity and press home the advantage.
- Get past the idea of “working with the Democrats”. Work with and for the people of America. The Democrats no longer represent the people. They are a growing European style socialist party as is pointed out in this article. “Working with the Democrats” means helping build socialism. Actively work against the Democrats. Politicians work for the people, not the other party.
- One difference between a good football team and a great team is that the great team does not go into “prevent defense”. They trust the offense and defense that got them the lead. In politics, as in football, there is no shame in running up the score. Winning by huge margins in politics helps assure that your challengers are more hesitant to challenge and your supporters are more solidified. It provides the opportunity, just like in football, to develop bench strength.
- We play to win exactly as we have been in Washington County, from the ground up. We win the local races so we can win the county races and then the legislative races and the State Senate Races and then the Congressional races and the statewide and national races. That all works because we focus on one voter at a time. Personal contact, get out the vote.
- 2016 was a huge win and a huge turning point for America. American business and the American economy is back on the map. 2017 has proven that. 2018 will prove if we have learned anything from 2016 and 2017. Are we, as Republicans, as fired up as the Democrats to go out and get voters out to the polls? Are we ready to take a serious fight to the field? Alabama certainly didn’t demonstrate that. Virginia didn’t demonstrate that. What are we going to do here in Pennsylvania? We have a Congressman to elect in the 18th, a State Legislator to elect in the 48th, State Senators, State Representatives, A Governor, a Lt. Governor and a Senator. We cannot afford to play defense, my friends.
- It is time for full out offense – get everyone you know lined up to vote in every election this year. Our future depends on it.
Dave Ball – Vice Chairman WCRP
The Republican Red State is Dead
The most important lesson from Judge Roy Moore’s U.S. Senate loss to Doug Jones in Alabama is that the reliable red state is dead.
It died a slow, bloody death. And its murderers were Republicans.
In the days following Moore’s loss, the predictable excuses from the right were resurrected:
Jones is a “NeverTrump” ally
Unlike a good bourbon, these rationalizations haven’t aged well. Perhaps they played some part, and yes, Moore was a terrible candidate. At least Republicans didn’t attribute Jones’s victory to Vlad Putin or libelous dossiers chock-full of details akin more to pornography than to politics.
However, you can make excuses, or you can win elections – you just can’t do both. Alabama was the reddest of red states, and a Democrat got elected. Loath as I am to admit it, the win was big for the Democrats; even if he’s a two-year rental, Jones could be a hindrance to the America First brand of politics ushered in by President Trump’s stunning victory last year. Exacerbating the situation is the constant opposition to the president from a handful of fellow Republicans in the Senate, where the GOP majority is razor-thin. (I call these resistance RINOs Et Tu, Brute Republicans.)
Veterans’ Perspective Senator Guy Reschenthaler
Posted December 11, 2017, 12:02 pm
The YouTube link below is an interview with State Senator Guy Reschenthaler in which he describes how he joined the U.S. Navy, became a JAG officer and some of his experiences serving his country.
Just a reminder
Posted November 27, 2017, 9:02 am
Just a reminder to Republicans as we head into a very busy 2018 about why it is so important to elect true conservatives – small government fiscally responsible conservatives. We have recently witnessed eight painful years of big government bad government. We simply cannot let that happen again. It starts with Rick Saccone against a liberal machine backed candidate for Congress. It will continue with State Representative and some State Senatorial elections and a US Senatorial race. We also desperately need to send the ever more left Governor Wolf on to pursue his life’s work somewhere else.
2018 will be a great year but it will require each of us to work at full speed to get Republicans out to the polls. Elections are not won by discussing great ideas – they are won by getting your people out to the polls to vote.
Dave Ball – Vice Chairman WCRP