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Eugene DePasquale vs. PA Sportsmen

Until a few years ago, Eugene DePasquale was to me just another career politician who was making the rounds of political seats in Pennsylvania, with his eye on the eventual governorship. There are people in both the Republican Party and Democrat Party (I used to be a Democrat) who do this, so I am not going to hang this boring and nettlesome practice around the neck of one particular political party.

Political careerism in a republic like America is inevitable, and while it bothers most voters, those same voters also overwhelmingly re-send their own elected representatives back to office repeatedly. So the idea of term limits is only as good as the voters are willing to make them, themselves.

Don’t like career politicians, most of whom make a hundred promises and say one thing and then do another thing altogether? Then stop voting for the same damned people over and over and over again. This power to inflict term limits is held in the hands of the voters in every election. But like old married couples who argue with one another and poke at each other with their canes, voters eventually become comfortable with the career politicians in their own lives, and repeatedly send them back to office, even while finding their voting record or behavior disagreeable. For whatever reason, this is especially true with registered Democrat Party voters. Senator Bob Casey , Jr. is probably Exhibit A in this phenomenon, because you cannot find anywhere a more do-nothing guy career politician than Bob Casey, Jr., who nevertheless keeps getting re-elected, despite having zero to show for his time on the taxpayer dime.

Eugene DePasquale is another example of this phenomenon, an Exhibit B of revolving door careerism, hunting down one political seat and then moving on to the next. I am unaware of DePasquale actually having a real world job. Ballotpedia lists his biography as:  

DePasquale received a B.A. in political science from the College of Wooster, an M.P.A. from the University of Pittsburgh, and a J.D. from Widener University School of Law. He worked as an attorney and for the City of York as director of economic development. DePasquale then worked as deputy secretary for the Department of Environmental Protection. He also served as chair of the York County Democratic Party from 1998 to 2002.”

In other words, DePasquale’s actual real-world, hands-on life and work experience is about zero, or it may be zero. Candidates from either political party like DePasquale sicken me, because they are power-hungry and their policy lens is shaped entirely by what others (donors, political bosses) tell them to think, or worse, by what they believe will sell to the most voters. This is how we get such polarized political contests; candidates whose entire adult lives and professional careers have been in an insulated, unaccountable womb, where they are being groomed for the next step.

Yuck yuck yuck.

I met DePasquale once, a couple years ago, at a sportsmen’s round table he held in Lewisburg, PA. He was there at the urging of a lobbyist close to him, and to his credit he sat down with about ten of us from around the state, to discuss two things. First subject was his audit of the Pennsylvania Game Commission, focusing on the deer program, including chronic wasting disease, and the collection and use of royalties from oil, gas, minerals, and timber removed from State Game Lands. Second was his openly anti-gun public policy position, which he had found creative ways to implement or promote through his role as Auditor General.

In our discussion with him that day, DePasquale struck a severely cagey disposition. You could just so easily tell that our comments on his various positions and doings were passing right in one ear and out the other. He did not care. This was a perfunctory meeting set up to give the appearance of a career politician listening to constituents, when in fact the politician was probably thinking about dinner out with his wife or mistress or drinking buddies.

DePasquale evinced little concern that his obviously political investigation, designed to burnish his own credentials at the cost of whatever happened to get damaged in the process, could really hurt the PGC. And especially damage both its science-based deer management and its erstwhile political independence. Erstwhile, because as DePasquale’s Grand Inquisition into the PGC books showed, no public agency is bulletproof against meddling politicians. Had PGC officials or staff mis-spent public money, then by gosh fry ’em.

But of course, DePasquale found nothing that the PGC’s own regular annual audits had not found. And thus, the PGC did not have to change course on a damned thing it was doing. But DePasquale benefited politically from making it seem that he had possibly found something. And that is where I come out on this election he is in.

Here we have a candidate who has almost zero private work experience, who is 99.5% a political party construct and product, who has been sucking at the taxpayer teat for his entire career in one role or another, who tried to damage Pennsylvania sportsmen’s interests for his own political gain, running against incumbent congressman Scott Perry. To me, there is little to nothing compelling or exciting about Eugene DePasquale. He is another career politician drone who could be from either political party, except that he hates guns, used his elected position to beat on gun owners, and tried to hurt Pennsylvania sportsmen by hurting the PGC.

In great contrast to DePasquale, his opponent, Scott Perry, has been a complete champion for gun rights, AKA our Constitutional rights. He does not blame law-abiding citizens or manufacturers for other people’s criminal acts. And he has had a whole career in the private sector, including as a small business owner, prior to becoming a politician. I admire these two things about Scott Perry. Yes, yes, yes, I know, I know, I know, he also served in the military, as a chopper pilot, at a high rank.

I am one of those voters who only gets excited about a candidate’s military duty when it shows real gumption and leadership, and I guess Scott Perry has that. But it is his real-life business experience, his willingness to work hard, take risks, and make sacrifices that impresses me the most.

In contrast to Eugene DePasquale, whose biggest risks were wondering which pressed suit to wear to whatever fundraiser, and whether it was worth it to burn the Sportsmen enough to impress his gun-grabbing supporters to a degree that they would really, really write him bigger campaign checks.

In this election for Congress, it is not even close. It is Scott Perry who is the best candidate. That is who I am voting for. The other guy DQ’d himself a long time ago.

Czechoslovakia, USA

Is the USA becoming Czechoslovakia?

Everything political happening right now in America is following the path of the 1948 Communist takeover of Czechoslovakia. Literally every mis-use of government power here, from the smallest and most obscure political subdivisions to the highest offices in the federal government, either exactly or almost exactly mirrors actions the Czech Communists did to forcefully take over what had been one of Europe’s leading democracies.

So much information has spilled out in the past week, about the corruption, abuse of power, and pure evil anti-democratic behavior of so many senior Obama Administration officials. The warrantless domestic spying, the lying to get warrants, the lying to frame people and get false convictions by withholding exculpatory information from them. The use of massive coercive government force to achieve political goals….Things you cannot believe just happened in America.

And the other big story is about just how freakin’ long it has taken to wrest this information from the hands of government employees who are using their taxpayer-funded public offices for political purposes. Political activists have been quietly burrowing deeply into government roles for decades, and basically have formed sleeper cells throughout government. Now they turn American government against Americans.

The core of the problem comes down to this: One political party, its members and its followers have the mindset that they are going to get control of America “by any means necessary.” They intend to control all of us with an iron fist, just as their governors have tried to tyrannically rule their states over the past two months. They want mail-in voting so they can literally stuff the ballot boxes and cheat everyone out of a fair election. They are enabled by the feeblest of reasons, like the “stay at home” movement. (Hey, if you want to stay at home, then go ahead, but I am moving forward with my life, and what I do with my life is my business, not yours. And no, this virus isn’t going to kill a whole bunch more people, and if you oppose risk, then yes, just stay at home and suck your thumb.)

The other political party has only a few members who actually fight back against this anti-democracy movement.  Yes, there is a slowly growing group of American citizens who are anticipating some sort of violent show down, for which they are preparing, but they have very little political voice. Only a few elected officials are strong enough to actually stand up and promote good government. I am fortunate to have Congressman Scott Perry represent me in the US House, where he is distinguishing himself as an ardent defender of the Constitution and individual rights triumphing over anti-democracy government. But I am not in good company, as Scott is one of a handful of strong willed elected officials. We are fortunate to have President Trump championing the America of freedom and equal opportunity…because no other Republican candidate for president had the guts to do what Trump has done.

And thus we have Czechoslovakia, 1948, happening all over again right here in America. Just as then and there, the literal communists (yes, Comey and Brennan are avowed communists by their own admission) here and now are determined to steal power through all illegal means, a swarm of attacks on American democracy from top to bottom, and then under color of law demand that everyone else obey them once they are in.

Yes, the Democrat Party will break every law to gain control of the law.

The Democrat Party will use the democratic process to achieve non-democratic results.

In 1950 one of Czechoslovakia’s great show trials was held, where political opponents were treated as criminals by the communists who controlled the courts and secret police. Almost exactly seventy years ago, totally innocent feminist democracy advocate and lawyer Milada Horakova was garroted as Communist officials gleefully looked on, her own prosecutor encouraging the hangman to slowly suffocate Horakova, instead of breaking her neck.

The day of her hanging, Horakova wrote to her two girls: “The reason was not that I loved you little; I love you just as purely and fervently as other mothers love their children. But I understood that my task here in the world was to do you good … by seeing to it that life becomes better, and that all children can live well. … Don’t be frightened and sad because I am not coming back any more. Learn, my child, to look at life early as a serious matter. Life is hard, it does not pamper anybody, and for every time it strokes you it gives you ten blows. Become accustomed to that soon, but don’t let it defeat you. Decide to fight.

My dear fellow Americans who are registered Democrats, this is not the political party of your youth. It has become an evil corruption, and you honor yourself by leaving it now.

My dear fellow Americans who love freedom, the moment is upon us to fight the communist Democrat Party’s attempt to take control of America, to turn us into the Czechoslovakia of 1948, to steal our freedoms and set government above the people it is supposed to serve. Do not allow our free nation to succumb to tyranny and corruption.

Decide to fight.

Czech freedom and liberty advocate Milada Horakova defending herself and democracy while on trial in Prague, 1950, for merely opposing the communist Democrat Party of her time and place. She was hung slowly to death shortly after.

 

 

 

George Scott: Fake Candidate for Congress

George Scott is a candidate for the local US Congressional seat presently held by Scott Perry, covering a large swath of Central Pennsylvania.

Both Scott Perry and George Scott are military veterans, and both were senior military officers.

And that is where their shared anything diverges.

After watching George Scott gleefully burn a .22-caliber small game rifle in a small bonfire (see screen shot below, and another screen shot at the end showing that George Scott removed his own self-damning video, because he doesn’t want hunters to know he is hostile toward them), which he incorrectly calls a “weapon of war,” I could only conclude that this man is unfit for service in any capacity, and it is a good thing he is no longer wearing the uniform of our nation’s military. What a shameful embarrassment.

George Scott advocates for a mandatory registry of every single gun in America, from the dinky .22 caliber rifle he burned to your average sporting shotgun and deer rifle. This means he wants to put government bureaucrats in charge of our Constitutional rights. When people say they want “common sense gun control,” like George Scott says, what they really mean is they are against private gun ownership altogether. His policy positions demonstrate that he is hostile toward gun ownership, even for hunting.

George Scott also wants to outlaw basic semi-automatic rifles that are the firearm of choice for coyote hunters across America, and which share a basic appearance, but not a mechanical ability, with fully automatic rifles used by the military.

When a military officer equates a basic hunting gun with a “weapon of war,” then you know this is a guy who either doesn’t know anything at all about guns, especially the guns he supposedly oversaw in the armed services, or he is simply hostile to the idea of private firearms ownership….Contrary to American history to date, to what the Second Amendment plainly says, and to what the US Supreme Court has repeatedly ruled it means.

When a military officer takes an oath to uphold and defend the US Constitution, which George Scott did, and then he turns around, runs for elected office, and takes an official campaign position directly against that same Constitution, then the guy cannot be taken seriously. He is either clueless and unworthy of being in Congress, or he is a bald-faced liar, or a power freak and closet tyrant.

US military officers are supposed to trust and defend the American People, not use coercive government force to disarm them and then make them dependent upon government for their rights. That is no longer America, it is a dictatorship. Like many people, I remain leery of military men who do not think citizens should own guns. Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, and Mao come to mind, as does Venezuela’s current socialist strongman, Maduro.

Whatever issues you may have with Scott Perry, and I think both liberals and conservatives are grumpy with him, one thing I like about Scott Perry is that he is the complete opposite of George Scott. In the sense that he is a stable and normal person, who says what he means and means what he says.

On the other hand, based on his own actions and public statements, George Scott demonstrates that he is unfit to serve. He is a fake candidate and cannot be taken seriously.