By Nathaniel Smith, Columnist, The Times of Chester County, Jul 30th, 2018
After each school shooting, our national government essentially says to the survivors and their families: “Just get used to it, it’s the new normal around here.”
Or, as the Republican candidate for governor recently said to Chester County native Rose Strauss, “You’re a little young and naive” —no doubt thinking to himself: “Take that, kid. And what are you going to do about it?”
Her answer: social media. The exchange between the two—the seasoned recipient of fossil fuel industry largesse and the environmental science major—is a hit on the internet, in addition to being featured in the national press.
In 2016, Donald Trump said “I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose any voters.”
Our government is now essentially saying the same to us all. National life has become like one of those pain tolerance experiments….
keep reading at The Times of Chester County
by Dan Levin, New York Times, 7/25/18. See also the video of her encounter with the R candidate for governor along with her guest editorial “Scott Wagner called me ‘young and naive.’ But I’ll be voting in November” at PennLive. See the CCDC calendar for the July 28 “Young and Naive” rally in Downingtown.
Rose Strauss is an environmental science sophomore at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a climate change activist who said she has been studying environmental issues since she was 12.
In recent days, though, the 18-year-old has been better known as “young and naïve,” as Scott Wagner, a Republican candidate for Pennsylvania governor, called her after she asked him at a July 18 town-hall-style meeting about $200,000 in campaign contributions she said he has received from fossil fuel executives, lobbyists and political action committees.
Videos of the exchange quickly went viral on social media with the hashtag #YoungAndNaive, and this week Teen Vogue published an editorial by Ms. Strauss in which she vowed that “young and naïve” voters like herself would be canvassing across America this summer, promoting the ouster of politicians who they believe aren’t working for their generation.
Ms. Strauss answered a few questions on Wednesday about how she plans to turn this newfound fame into action with Sunrise Movement, an activist group composed of young people concerned about the environment….
keep reading at New York Times
It’s unlikely you’re a fan of either, however, if you’re viewing this site.
Scott Wagner, far right-wing Republican candidate for PA Governor in 2018, is an admirer of extremist Trump associate Steve Bannon. Photo cropped from “Scott Wagner Seated Next to Steve Bannon at “Put Americans First Rally,” Raging Chicken Press, 9/24/17.
[N.b. The gubernatorial election will be in 2018. Sen. Wagner is generally considered an extremist even within today’s R party.]
By Alana Horowitz Satlin, Huffington Post, 5/3/17
A Pennsylvania lawmaker got into a heated confrontation with an activist who was filming him during a speech on Tuesday.
State Sen. Scott Wagner (R), who is running for governor, had been addressing constituents at a country club in York, Pennsylvania, when he realized he was being filmed.
“Who are you with?” he asked the videographer, who said he was from the liberal super PAC American Bridge 21st Century….
Keep reading and see video at Huffington Post