A Question on Presidents Day

Our 16th resident was a master of the epigram. This one, whether he invented or adapted it, is more relevant today than ever before in American political life:

“If you call a tail a leg, how many legs does a dog have?”

Does 2 + 2 = 4 (as in 2 forelegs and 2 hind legs)? Things are not so simple in the alternate facts world.

There’s a reason so many people are rereading George Orwell’s 1984.

Happy Presidents Day!

February 20, 2017

Cowardly Republicans Are Running Away from Voters and Cancelling Town Meetings This Weekend

By Steven Rosenfeld / AlterNet, February 17, 2017

Only 19 GOP members—a tiny number—will face critics in public.

Almost all congressional Republicans are scared of facing voters in town hall meetings over the long President’s Day weekend. Only 19 representatives and senators—a tiny number—will hold town meetings during the first recess of the current session of Congress, according to the Town Hall Project. But the group’s listing of these democratic mainstays barely tells the story.

According to an eye-opening Washington Post account, Republican officeholders have been cancelling planned town halls because they don’t want to face critics upset that they may soon lose their health insurance or see an increase in costs as the GOP plans to undermine Obamacare. Even worse, they don’t want organized progressive groups to show up with posters and video camera and determination to challenge them in public and post the confrontations on YouTube. …

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According to the Town Hall Project, the closest congressional Town Halls to Chester County are in Delaware and New Jersey. Congressional District PA 06 constituents have scheduled a Town Hall in Phoenixville for Feb. 25, 1-3 p.m., but at this point it is not known whether Rep. Ryan Costello (R-PA 06) will appear or whether it will be an “empty chair” event. It will happen in either case.

February 19, 2017

“Immigration – what will your legacy be?”

open letter to Rep. Ryan Costello (R-PA 6), 1/30/17, and similarly to Sen. Pat Toomey, and Speaker Paul Ryan

Dear Congressman Costello,

As a constituent from Chester County, I am writing to you to ask you to STAND UP for the immigration rights of this county. Donald Trump is abusing his Executive Order privileges by not following the Constitution and bullying his personal agenda on my country. He CAN NOT have the power to do this! Our nation was founded on Democracy. What he is doing is illegal. This Executive Order has not been reviewed by legal council, voted on by house and senate. 

Please, Congressman Costello, stand up and OPPOSE this Executive Order! Stop the Madness! What will YOUR legacy be? Will you stand up for what is right and just? Will you be remembered, along with your fellow republican Senators, as opposing the most disastrous executive order, EVER? 

The executive order reads: 

President Trump signed an executive order on Friday titled “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States.” Following is the language of that order, as supplied by the White House.

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and laws of the United States of America, including the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), 8 U.S.C. 1101 et seq., and section 301 of title 3, United States Code, and to protect the American people from terrorist attacks by foreign nationals admitted to the United States, it is hereby ordered as follows:

Section 1. Purpose. The visa-issuance process plays a crucial role in detecting individuals with terrorist ties and stopping them from entering the United States. Perhaps in no instance was that more apparent than the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, when State Department policy prevented consular officers from properly scrutinizing the visa applications of several of the 19 foreign nationals who went on to murder nearly 3,000 Americans. And while the visa-issuance process was reviewed and amended after the September 11 attacks to better detect would-be terrorists from receiving visas, these measures did not stop attacks by foreign nationals who were admitted to the United States. Continue reading

February 17, 2017

Chesco Dems cite new enthusiasm

By Michael Rellahan, Daily Local News, 2/16/17

Members of the Chester County Democratic Committee met to endorse candidates for county elected offices that will be on the ballot in the upcoming Municipal Primary Election, and found a new enthusiasm among people worried about the age of Donald Trump, leaders said Thursday.

“There’s a new army of people that are showing up and want to get involved,” said Lani Frank, the committee’s vice chairwoman and a member of the party’s state committee. “We saw an increase in the number of guests (at the committee’s Wednesday convention), people interested in learning about the local Democratic Party is all about how to get involved.”

Frank said that a host of groups had been formed in the county since Trump’s election, grass roots organizations tackling a variety of issues such as gerrymandering, health care, and immigration “It is a challenge to see so many groups that are forming around various issues. We are talking about the basic levels of understanding about the politics that have created the situation we are in,” she said.

In addition to the 200 or so credentialed members of the county Democratic committee, Frank and others said there were an estimated 100 non-members who attended the convention at Stetson Middle School outside West Chester….

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