Last Evening (March 13th) York College and the York Daily Record hosted a “Voters Talk/Candidates Listen” event in the Humanities Building on York College’s campus. The event began at 7pm and was intended as an “experiment in democracy”. As far as I know we are a constitutional republic. As to the event; there is a big chunk missing from my recollection as I was thrown out within 20 minutes of it beginning.
That is the tired old line so many that host debates use to not include and marginalize anyone not a part of the “two party system”. It is no secret among Libertarians that the York 912 leadership is and has been for years adamantly against the Libertarian Party. It is no less a secret that York 912 is only interested in being a power broker within the Republican Party. They’ll have a Democrat speak because their membership is uniformly conservative. No threat there. They will not have Libertarians “split the conservative vote” as we have heard endlessly cried yet see no proof of. But if enough people say the sky is falling it’s falling. Right?
The House of Representatives is not back in session until January 17th, and the Senate not until January 23rd. A nice break for the people. We cannot lose any more of our liberties while they are away! One of my inspirations into becoming more informed and active in politics died a few days before Christmas. Ron Smith of WBAL in Baltimore was a true independent and was the most well informed, well read, principled radio talk show host that I have ever heard. Rest in peace “The Voice of Reason.” He always felt that the best we could hope for in the U.S. Congress was gridlock. One party being the “stupid party,” and the other, the “evil party.” Bipartisanship was considered both stupid and evil. A cynical view certainly, but until things change, and we vote for someone outside the two party dichotomy, perhaps gridlock is the best we can hope for.
The fight for the 19th Congressional District has now become the fight for the 4th! Governor Corbett signed the bill into law from the Pennsylvania legislature just days before Christmas. The new 4th District still includes all of Adams and York Counties and loses parts of Cumberland County, but it now also adds all of Harrisburg City.
Merry Christmas to everyone! I hope that you can find the time to sit back, relax, and enjoy some of your time during the busy holiday season. Decorating, buying presents, preparing dinners, and everything else that goes with this time of year should emphasize what is really important – spending time with your family and friends. I also want to wish everyone a happy and healthy new year that is filled with hope that our government can be returned to a limited, constitutional one, and that our long lost liberties can be returned to us.