bad taste and far away from their founding values: the union league club of philadelphia has lincoln rolling over in his grave.

The Union League Club in Philadelphia is this majestic building down Broad Street from City Hall. They like to boast about being occasionally ranked as #1 in city clubs in the country, but I wonder if they will get there again with their distasteful choice of Florida’s own human trafficking politician, Governor Ron De Santis for their “Gold Award.”

The Union League self-describes on their own website as follows:

Founded in 1862 as a patriotic society to support the Union and the policies of President Abraham Lincoln, The Union League of Philadelphia laid the philosophical foundation of other Union Leagues across a nation torn by civil war. The League has hosted U.S. presidents, heads of state, industrialists, entertainers and dignitaries from around the globe and has proudly supported the American military in each conflict since the Civil War. The Union League continues to be driven by its founding motto, Amor Patriae Ducit or Love of Country Leads.

~ The Union League on The Union League

From The Philly History Blog in 2006:

A striking building ….Union League of Philadelphia building stands at 140 South Broad Street in the heart of Center City. It was completed in 1865 and features a French Renaissance design.

The story of the League began in December 1862 when two weeks after the crushing Federal defeat at Fredericksburg, Virginia, Dr. J. Forsythe Meigs held an organizational meeting for a “Union Club” at his Walnut Street home. Members dedicated themselves to upholding the Constitution and to supporting President Abraham Lincoln’s often unpopular policies. Lincoln’s vigorous measures to stifle disloyalty alienated many northerners already fatigued by a protracted war. Union Leagues (a.k.a. Loyal Leagues), including the Philadelphia chapter, lent their unwavering patriotism to a weary chief executive and to a grueling war effort. By the time of the Philadelphia Union Club’s founding, the pro-war enthusiasm of 1861 had dissipated. The peace wing of the Democratic Party enjoyed considerable strength in the city. Unconditional Unionists were disturbed….The Union Club sought to reinvigorate Unionist fervor. Originally limited to fifty members of Philadelphia’s aristocracy, the organization rechristened itself the Union League and expanded its membership to several thousand by the end of the Civil War. The League functioned as a society for the burgeoning business class being ushered in by rapid industrialization. Members supported many efforts on the home front, including the United States Sanitary Commission’s commitment to improving health conditions in military camps and hospitals. At the USSC Fair in 1864, the Philadelphia League raised money for wounded and disabled soldiers. Its Committee on Employment located jobs for thousands of veterans and widows.

~ PHILLY HISTORY BLOG “In League With Lincoln”

When I was growing up, The Union League was this treat to visit for whatever the occasion. Amazing art and so beautiful inside, one of the things I remember most from growing up is one of my closest friend’s fathers used to take us to the second floor facing Broad Street every New Year’s Day for years so we could watch the Mummers’ parade from the windows of the Union League.

Other memories? Weddings, birthday parties, Orpheus Club Concerts, receptions. Tales of clubs within the clubs with men in kilts to men in diapers.

Back to Abraham Lincoln as their raison d’être at The Union League. Ron De Santis ships immigrants across state lines for shits and giggles. Ron De Santis has been described by MSNBC as a “politician unmoored from fundamental democratic principles….what makes DeSantis such a uniquely worrying character is that there is seemingly no political sewer into which he won’t wade…” He is the complete antithesis of anything decent, and has issues with the First Amendment when it comes to critics. We are also a nation of immigrants, it makes you wonder about De Santis, doesn’t it? And then there is his basic everything phobic and he should just get an award for being a general asshole and overuse of the word woke, right?

City & State: Some Philly Union League members oppose club honoring DeSantis with major award
Florida’s governor has come under fire for using government funds to relocate migrants from Texas to Massachusetts.

Some Union League members oppose club honoring DeSantis
Alec Larson TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER Sep 30, 2022

If I was feeling kind, I would say The Union League has lost it’s way. I am not feeling kind. The Union League has lost it’s damn mind.

Craig Mills is the Club President. What are his thoughts? Is he okay with this?

I am disgusted. My disgust does not matter to the Union League. I am also sad. My sadness at a Philadelphia tradition to so many generations doesn’t matter to the Union League. But this should matter to the membership. How about a vote of no confidence in their entire club leadership at a minimum? How about lots of membership resignations? After all The Union League with all of their properties has a pretty big overhead nut to crack, correct?

But think about it. According to The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Clout Columnist Chris Brennan, Abraham Lincoln was the first recipient of the gold medal in 1863.

Clout obtained a flurry of letters from club members to Union League president Craig Mills, calling for the event to be canceled. Some members vowed to resign unless the club changes course.

One letter came from William Hangley, a local law firm founder who called DeSantis “a man who has made political and territorial disunion his stock in trade” and “has shown only contempt” for oppressed people, in direct contrast to the Union League’s original mission.

“Exactly what quality or tradition of our League is he thought to emblematize?” wrote Hangley to Mills, also an attorney….Clout had questions. The Union League did not have answers.

“The Union League is a private club,” Mills told Clout. “And this is a private event.”

~Brennan/Clout/Inquirer

Yes, The Union League of Philadelphia is a private club. But this is now what they will be known for. They are to be known for going forward as how far the Republican Party has fallen and how there quite literally is no longer “The Party of Lincoln.”

Somewhere, Abraham Lincoln continues to roll in his grave. And on October 13th, I hope protestors greet people entering the event. But I predict membership will not do much more than blunder and bluster. Clubs are like the embodiment of a huge FOMO (Fear of Missing Out.) Social status for so many will always outweigh doing the right thing. It’s sad but for some, it will just be too hard.

Cheers to The Union League of Philadelphia for killing the ideals and values of President Abraham Lincoln in one fell swoop.

when politicians attack, or more “oh theresa, really?”

Yesterday Saint Theresa of West Whiteland didn’t like something I said. I mean imagine that? A politician not liking something a blogger says?

Truthfully, she probably doesn’t like most of what I say. I am fine with that. I made a comment about her not appearing at a local community event when the other two supervisors of West Whiteland and other public officials did. Now was that poking a very unpleasant bear? Yeah probably, BUT why did I point this out? Simple: when the other two supervisors appear at public events and she is not there she has huge problems with that doesn’t she? So it was just a pre-emptive strike, truthfully.

At 10:07 PM last night, on a Saturday, I was finally the recipient of what is know as “Theresa gold.” She messaged my personal Facebook page looking for a fight. We do not know each other, I do not choose to engage with angry out of control politicians AND MOST IMPORTANTLY? It was 10:07 PM and isn’t that just rude? Where are her boundaries? Ooops sorry to ask semi-rhetorical questions.

I will note that Supervisor Saint Teresa messaged me at 10:07 PM to say it was none of my business, that she was absent from the community event because her daughter is apparently ill and she wasn’t resigning. She’s right, it’s not my business, but she’s made it everyone’s business, as I was told that she posted it on her page as well. (see screenshot)

I hope her daughter recovers, but it doesn’t change my opinion that this is a rather unpleasant local politician who should not be in office. She also shouldn’t message people late in the evening. It’s also questionable that she makes her family business public like a political tool, which truthfully, isn’t that so sad? She could have simply (1) messaged her fellow supervisors and said she had a family emergency and wouldn’t be at local events on Saturday or (2) put out a statement later congratulating residents and others for wonderful community events that bring communities together for the greater good and she was so sorry she was unable to be there. Truthfully, if she was smart like that she would have silenced any criticism instantly. But she has no style, does she?

Flash forward 7 hours or at 1 AM, Supervisor Saint Theresa of West Whiteland continued her conversation with her sycophants (or maybe just herself?) about me. So here she is, a public official with her pathetic attempt at doxxing someone who is well…not a public official.

Theresa doesn’t seem to grasp in her latest somewhat gaseous explosion of hate and vitriol, that there was NOT going to be some back and forth because I was not having some back and forth with her at after 10 PM or at any point. She has a habit of messaging people late at night whom she doesn’t know.

This is a person who is incapable of having a dialogue with anyone, and she proves it during most public meetings.

This is a person who is a politician who uses her office as a bully pulpit. If I was a resident in her township she would probably try to send someone from the township to try to intimidate or harass me, wouldn’t she?

This is a politician who has issues with pretty much everyone, including political higher ups within her own party whom she should actually attempt to cultivate, and isn’t that just common sense? She is a politician whom other politicians look away from, isn’t she?

This is the local politician who tried to just literally order West Whiteland’s now former finance person who was also a former supervisor to cut a big old check to the former manager whose contract wasn’t renewed without going through proper channels, remember? For that alone as one example of ethically and morally wonky she should have been removed from office, shouldn’t she have?

This is a person whose Facebook page I don’t actually follow and people collect screenshots on, just like they did overnight. “Hey she’s talking about you” was the message. “Of course she is.” was my reply. What I will add here is I now join the ranks of every one of her constituents and others I know she has harangued from her Facebook page or in some social media forum if they don’t tow her line. This is a person who can’t ever seem to keep it together for even public meetings, so is it any wonder MANY people want her to resign? And was this not the woman who this past January started the year in West Whiteland by accusing a new supervisor who has familial ties and the incoming solicitor of nefarious things at a public meeting?

And let us never forget the politician who called the police on sidewalk chalk?

Theresa you are a politician who is a troll and you called me one, so “meh” on that insult. I also don’t have to justify my existence to you in this world, never have. Neither do any of the constituents or others who challenge who and what you are as a politician, although should it be said you are worthy of an ethics inquiry?

Can I get you to resign? I don’t believe I have that power, although I do believe you should resign, and freedom of speech allows me to articulate that comment. As often as I choose.

The comment Saint Theresa makes about my replacing her with a friend is curious, don’t you think? Do I have a friend running against her? Her term ends in 2024, correct? Is a friend in this case literally anyone who runs against her? Asking for a friend.

And finally, because she is obviously a social media Luddite even though she misuses it so regularly, I blocked her on messenger when she messaged me after 10 PM on a Saturday night, so I cut nothing off, I couldn’t see it and when she went to hit send she would have been told that she could no longer reply to the conversation. She was never interested in a conversation, I was merely a target to scream at in that moment.

Saint Theresa of West Whiteland always is the champion of pretzel logic or bad spin. As well as her own worst enemy every time she opens her mouth.

She calls me a troll with a capital T like it is a nationality. That’s actually pretty funny. Maybe I am my own race and nationality now??? Cool!!!!!

She is the one using her adult child as a political prop and public sympathy attempt. I am not. She made whatever her adult daughter is experiencing public, as in a public post. That’s her choice, but not my fault. I have not said anything disparaging about her daughter, nor would I. I hope she gets well soon.

I don’t hide Theresa, I am right here saying out loud that you are a deeply troubled woman unfit for public office. You make your entire township and Chester County Democrats look bad every single time you open your mouth.

Save your pity for yourself Saint Theresa, except that is part of the problem and always has been, hasn’t it? How you see yourself? You do any woman who would ever wish to run for public office a disservice. Truthfully you kind of act like Marjorie Taylor Greene a lot of the time and that is saying something, isn’t it?

If making me your latest target of public posts happy Saint Theresa, that’s on you entirely. But all you are doing is digging yourself a bigger political grave and proving every single critic right. And oh my goodness, the Chester County Democrats should be embarrassed to have you as one of their own.

(And by the way, Saint Theresa by now has deleted or hid her latest crazed screenshots about me from overnight including the public one mentioning her poor daughter. Sadly she doesn’t get that DOESN’T make them go away. It’s like she gets social media Tourette’s syndrome. Seriously, that is a thing.)

And as someone who is probably better versed in the history of Pennsylvania than she who skews life, a reminder that pilgrims weren’t the only ones to come to Pennsylvania or to the new world. And all who came before us would be appalled by the behavior of this local politician. They didn’t fight for her to muck things up, did they? Or did they give us the freedom of our mistakes? If so, why does she never have ownership of her mistakes? She flips out, and thinks deleting everything is all she has to do.

And last night? If she had just let it go and accepted I had no desire to correspond with her after 10 PM at night, let alone sit there and be her whipping girl on messenger, we wouldn’t be here. I would have just laughed about it privately and moved on. But she took it to that next level, made it public, had to be extra nasty. She is an elected official. This isn’t some random flame war on social media.

Bless her heart, Theresa Hogan Santalucia still doesn’t get it.

Oh and Theresa? The grammar police are coming for you 🤣

#RESIGNTHERESA

from the past: same words still ring true with politics

I wrote this in 2008. Not much has changed except my State Senate and State Rep districts and where I call home:

Politics fascinates me. It’s like watching a bad reality television show in secret: you just can’t help yourself sometimes in the guilty pleasure of it all. Will the bachelor or bachelorette get their dream mate and a ring of super sized bling? Or in this case, will the candidate survive?

Election Day 2008 is already shaping up to be one of those election seasons like no other. Is it merely a case of desperate times mean desperate measures?

What do I know? The full complement of cute buzzwords to nowhere including:

Change.

Solutions.

Experience.

I know the definition of these buzz words, but what do they mean to me in this context? As in me, one ordinary American voter? What change, solutions, and experience will a candidate bring to my life to rock my world?

I have asked that of several dialing for dollars telephone solicitors for U.S. presidential candidates and they have all gotten downright agitated with me. Why was I questioning the word from on high? Why couldn’t I just accept the platform?

What platform?

Buzzwords are not platforms. They are buzzwords. If you want my vote, here’s an antiquated idea: earn it. Tell me how you, the candidate, are going to make a difference in my life. What are your positions on issues important to me? Will you remember my name just like those millionaires funding your flight time on private jets?

But does anyone give me answers? No. I just get more spin and more regurgitated political rhetoric spiced up with au courant jargon. And repeated requests for money. Just because.

Well now, I might purchase perfume “just because,” but I don’t believe in purchasing elected officials like a random pair of shoes.

Here’s an idea: why don’t candidates pay the American people to listen to all of the rhetoric and spin we are all going to be subjected to between now and November?

Getting down to it more locally and regionally, I am also in a politically irreverent state of mind, and perhaps am adding a dash of political inconvenience as well. I am being asked to choose both a state representative and a state senator with my vote, along with a U.S. congressman whom I chose not to put up top with the 2008 Presidential Follies.

With regard to the U.S. congressional race for the 6th District, I am going to come right out and say it: if it is like last time, I am taking two ibuprofen and calling it a day. Period.

Next we move onto our state races. I will be curious to learn who the contenders for state representative are in my district. At this point they all seem rather invisible. But since I am not sliding on glossy candidate advertisements by my door, as of yet, perhaps I am secretly grateful to be blissfully ignorant of all candidates at this point.

With regard to our state senate race for our senate district: we know the players, haven’t even reached primary day yet, and already it’s amusing.

As Pennsylvanians, we are most fortunate in our state races to have buzz words and phrases to delight and assault our senses, as well as the aforementioned presidential buzz and spin. Spin-buzz like:

Life Long Party Member Experienced Focused Independent! More signatures! Oh goody, more excuses to be politically inconvenient and irreverent. Thank you, thank you, thank you. (After all, during election season we are all Bill Mahers on this bus, aren’t we?)

Let’s start with “life long” political party affiliations. I’m not sure that is something to brag about, is it? And to be honest, who hasn’t thought about switching their political party affiliation once in a while, and how many people actually have switched their party affiliations?

And then there are my other favorite political buzzwords: “experienced, focused, independent.” Wow, what three utterly fabulous, completely subjective, spinable words. Well, as they say, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so pass the hand mirror so I can have a look-see.

How about something else I have seen two or three times now? The issue of who had more nominating petition signatures? I have to ask: why and how is that crucially important to my decision making process?

What do I want from all candidates? More substance and real solutions to real issues. Don’t just tell me what the issues are; tell me specifically how you will solve the issues without creating new issues. Also resist the urge to tell me I should vote for someone just because they are of my own political party. That is sort of reverse psychology for voters who think.

Above all else, if you want my vote? Earn it.

~ BY ME 2008

And yes, I am still as irreverent about American politics.

I am still as irreverent about political parties.

I know the New World order only thinks I am picking on them, but this has been my opinion for many years.

And what is still one of the most important things today to me and other voters? If these politicians want our votes they need to earn them. And it’s not about pandering to certain political factions or special interest groups or Facebook groups with no basis in reality.

guy ciarrocchi attacks women who disagree with him

Maybe I should call this post “why Guy is not my guy“.

Guy Ciarrocchi attacked me personally on social media. Why? Because I called him on his duplicitous behavior as a political candidate.

What? Would I lie?

Guy and his campaign have decided to attack me, a woman, over my opinion. I had absolutely no idea I was such a threat to bad political status quo. It’s fascinating. I think he’s a turd and he is threatened.

So what’s next Guy? Harassment? Doxxing? But I bet you won’t get your hands dirty with that you’ll just send people after me. And I’m not being paranoid, I’m being a political realist in today’s political environment. I’m just a person who didn’t drink your Kool Aid, so I must be attacked.

Let’s begin with the fact that first he was running for Governor and now he’s running for Congress. What’s he going to be running for next week? And speaking of McCarthy, McCarthy’s got nothing on him it’s all Pravda in his book isn’t it?

Guy has had ants in his pants to run since he worked for Congressman Jim Gerlach. Only he’s not Jim, he’s not capable of being Jim and if you were a Republican looking at him as a candidate, that’s exactly why you shouldn’t vote for him.

I have Republican friends who told me how he was so wonderful and this is who I should vote for in the fall. Well Republican friends, he attacks women who disagree with him, so how can you trust him with the best interests of women in the six congressional district?

He can’t agree to disagree, he has to be an attack rat. He didn’t like it that I asked about his affiliation with extremist groups like the Stepford Wives for Totalitarianism. Apparently he has a very thin skin when pressed about that issue.

It’s also amusing to note that he and his little social media wombats LACK reading comprehension. I didn’t ask where he was on January 6, 2021, I asked where he stood on January 6, 2021. As in where does he stand on the assault of our nation’s capital? (and he actually did not answer that.)

Guy panders to extremism and most simply distilled down he is only running for Congress to benefit himself. There isn’t an altruistic bone in his body. He is a political wannabe.

I am entitled to my opinion as a U.S. citizen and a voter. Apparently Guy Ciarrocchi thinks my rights are subjective. He defends people who are political extremists and who have (for example) cost school districts all over his district excessive amounts of money over their shenanigans, so way to go Guy supporting fiscal responsibility. I guess fiscal responsibility is something that’s subjective in your worldview, too?

So as the campaign rhetoric starts to ratchet it up just remember this is how he treats women who disagree with him. A man who does not know how to treat women is not someone who should be elected to public office. Period. Besides, a Napoleonic complex didn’t work out so well for Napoleon in the end, did it?

Guy Ciarrocchi is not a choice for Congress we should want. The I Me My of it all is his mantra. The 6th Congressional District and this country deserve better.

Guy Ciarrocchi wants you to vote for him because he wants to run for something not because he has the best interests of our congressional district in mind. It’s all self-serving on his bus. And if people are stupid enough to elect him I will be able to say I told you so.

Kiss 💋 kiss 💋 hater Guy. We’ve got your number.

this is our country and we are entitled to free and fair elections.

A woman on the news just now said we have to keep the faith. And this is in reaction to the racially motivated mass shooting in Buffalo, New York. And then don’t forget the church shooting in Laguna Woods, California.

I think extremism in politics continues to fuel this anger and vitriol in our country. And I think we have to take back our country so we all have an equal voice. We need to use the power of the vote to do that.

Now a little bit about candidates who are just nuts or problematic. Or wrong.

Crazy Senator Doug Mastriano has been endorsed by whom I feel will be remembered in U. S. history as the most destructive and divisive President, the ultimate charlatan and destroyer of the Republican party, Donald Trump. I will also note that Mastriano is doing somewhat secretive campaign events that he isn’t letting the media into. Trump also endorsed other nut bags like Dr. Oz for Senate along with Congressmen Mike Kelly (PA-16), Scott Perry (PA-10), Guy Reschenthaler (PA-14), and Lloyd Smucker (PA-11) .

If there are any Republicans with sense out there, candidates that sought Trump’s endorsement, endorsed Trump themselves, thought January 6 was OK, or were just endorsed by him are the candidates people should RUN from as fast as possible, but will they? There exists a dangerous political cult mentality in this country. It has produced completely whackadoodle candidates like Ron Vogel, who is being propped up by the GOP in Berks county, and is still running in spite of being censured formally in Chester County. Of course the PA state GOP a could have said something but seem to have locked up their collective balls in a drawer somewhere.

Turn to the Democrat side and we have John Fetterman. He had a stroke a few days ago. But I think they kept this under wraps as long as possible, and all reporters across the state are reporting that Governor Tom Wolf is playing dodgeball with as to when exactly the governor’s office knew and what they knew. And that in and of itself is disturbing because Fetterman isn’t just running for U.S. Senate, his day job is number two in Pennsylvania as lieutenant governor. I think this will affect his campaign. Who knows if it will affect the primary, but it will cost Democrats a Senate seat if he is the candidate in the general election because I don’t think people will forget him having a stroke – right or wrong it is a medical issue that can affect a candidate. Of course there is always his wife who really should just keep her mouth shut and not Hallmark Channel herself after his stroke to voters by talking about his big heart. Oh GAK. 🤢 🤮 Barf.

I don’t wish a health issue like a stroke on any human being, but it’s not going to bring a sympathy vote for John Fetterman out of me in any election. I have always maintained I don’t like him as a politician and that will not change.

So let’s talk about the other things that I’ve seen on the news today as we get ready to go into election day for the primary tomorrow. And it’s not all of the horrible commercials that everyone is so sick of just like everyone is sick of the signs spam everywhere. It’s all the media outlets talking about where voters can get help if they think there are problems at the polls etc. And they are already predicting problems getting the tallies in at the end of election day.

I know my vote is counted I voted by mail and it was received and processed. I am still leery of in person lots of things because we are not through with Covid yet, or I should say Covid isn’t finished with all of us. I also quite frankly don’t feel like listening to the crap outside the election polls. I don’t want to hear it from either side. I’m tired of campaign signs. Commercials. Mailers. Palm cards.

I’m also tired of people in certain positions within a local voting area like judges of elections who shouldn’t be out campaigning for candidates yet they are and why? And isn’t that true, West Whiteland Republicans? i’m tired of people doing fake sample ballots so people know how to vote as per their vast knowledge.

Let’s investigate the vast knowledge. Our elections are being controlled by outside factions at this point. Groups that have an interest in playing master puppeteer on both sides of the aisle are trying to control how we think and how we vote.

Enter groups like the Stepford Wives for Totalitarianism. They are prime example number one. Those groups have no basis in our communities they are from outside our region entirely and they are playing God with free and fair elections. Liberty Moms are limited in their actual knowledge of our history, the constitution, election laws. Along with this group there are many others there all the anti-masker anti-vaxxer, anti-this, and anti-that.

If you are anti-anything there is a group or Facebook echo chamber. But these groups and the individuals who run them aren’t necessarily experts in anything. They are being told by other groups controlling these groups from outside our area with agendas as to what to say what to do and how to think.…and whom to vote for.

It isn’t enough to just say we are for or against something, we actually have to get off our asses and get to the polls. Midterm elections in an off-presidential cycle are notoriously low in voter turnout. All elections in an off-presidential cycle election year or notoriously low in voter turnout.

I have said it in so many posts about election cycles that our greatest collective voice is the sheer power of our vote as Americans. The power is within us. Educate yourself with legitimate sources to research candidates, and get out and vote. If you don’t get out and vote you deserve the candidates for office we get stuck with.

And one thing we have to think of with this primary is who is going to represent the voice of women the best and why? Our very rights are at risk as women. why do I say that? Because no matter where you stand on a woman’s right to choose, it should be the choice of individual women to make decisions about their own bodies.

So in closing if you don’t want turds in office, get out and vote. if you don’t want groups from outside our area trying to control where we call home, get out and vote. It’s that simple.

always running for something, gail loves signs

Well you know it’s election season when Gail Newman is running for something. I mean she’s always running for something isn’t she?

You can always count on Gail to be sign spam. If they are blocking sightlines I hope someone takes them down.

Gail, I hope you pick up all your little signs at the end of the election and you can keep putting the signs up I don’t think anyone wants to vote for you. If for some strange reason unknown to anyone with sanity or a brain, you make it onto the ballot for fall, I am going to laugh my way all the way to Election Day in November. Why? I didn’t think there was anyone that could make Kristine Howard look good. Who knew?

to ron or not to ron? a burning question (apparently) in chester county

Someone on Twitter said recently that Ron Vogel who is running for US Congress hoping to take Chrissie Houlahan’s seat looked like Alfred E. Neuman from MAD Magazine. Sorry not sorry, it just made me giggle.

Now Ronnie boy has been a bit controversial especially since a Daily Local article came out about his social media before it was I guess scrubbed? Even the Chester County GOP who has been saying O.K. to every nutter running for school boards was not happy. Here is an excerpt:

Around that point I got an anonymous comment to my blog:

I did not write about it on the blog then, but did share the Daily Local article. I didn’t care enough to write about it. This is always a hot congressional seat no matter what political party, there is always drama with a capital D. And today all the unseasoned candidates never, ever seem to get that people read their public social media posts. Heck the past five years or so has been nothing but stupid politician tricks via social media.

So then Ronnie was whipping them up to protest outside a town hall Congresswoman Chrissy Houlahan was having in Phoenixville. His big thing? People had to show proof of vaccination to enter? That is how The Colonial Theater is comfortable and it’s in the district and who doesn’t love that theater? Ronnie the Realtor/Ronnie the Rep? (Yawn!)

He also went politicking to a gun show in Oaks, which is good old fashioned political pandering. He went politicking at First Friday in Oxford, and that is something I abhor. Candidates for political office show up at First Fridays to politick and schmooze off of the hard work of others. People who remember my involvement in First Friday Main Line will remember when I flat out yelled at Septa’s Leslie Richards for doing that one First Friday long ago when she was running for Montgomery County Commissioner along with Josh Shapiro. I think that is seriously crappy. And then of course there is the whole Stepford Wives for Totalitarianism love fest. But still…YAWN.

Then April 22nd is when his social media firestorm broke. The next second same day as article hits, the guy runs a statement from his campaign on Facebook calling the article fake news. Pretty damn amusing considering he was dying to get their attention before.

Ok so apparently as per The Daily Local, that release came from a Washington DC dude named Matt Braynard:

In the rest of Vogel’s statement — which was emailed by Matt Braynard, a Washington-based political strategist and former Trump campaign official — Vogel did not directly address the substance of the posts and instead pivoted to his stance on transgender people.

“Throughout my campaign, I have consistently advocated for the protection of women’s sports and spaces from invasion by biological men,” the statement read. “I believe that our daughters’ athletic programs should not be undermined by allowing men to compete. I believe that women’s restrooms and battered women shelters should not be required to admit biological men, and even women in prison deserve protections from having to share intimate space with men. And I believe all of this should be codified into law. 

“This is an issue where Woke Chrissy Houlahan and I have a strong disagreement, but I know the voters of the Sixth District are on my side. Unfortunately, one of my Republican opponents in this race shares Chrissy’s support for the invasion of biological men into women’s sports and spaces and for months has been peddling doctored and wildly out-of-context social media posts attributed to me to try to cancel my candidacy.

“While the Republicans of the 6th District have rejected both this candidate and these bogus assertions, a left-wing, fake news ‘journalist’ who recognizes the threat I am to Chrissy Houlahan has taken the bait and is planning to write an article to try to cancel my campaign. While it’s regrettable that a Republican would resort to CNN-style cancel culture tactics, it’s not surprising that one of Chrissy Houlahan’s media lackies (sic) would try to smear me with fake news.”

~ Ron vogel campaign as per daily local 4/23/22

And on April 23rd, his campaign Facebook page seemingly started using the word “woke.” Have to tell you, I really dislike that phrase. It’s like misusing the world “cool” when someone isn’t – it just makes you cringe, you know?

So I truly haven’t paid much attention, and today had to go looking at stuff. I discovered he was not really talking about other than the Chrissy Houlahan platform:

Well then today arrives. I get another comment:

I don’t know if he is still running or not so it’s a case of to Ron or not to Ron. (He’s still not particularly exciting one way or the other.)

Ron Vogel are you still running for Congress? I got the question, so I am in turn asking you: ARE YOU STILL A CANDIDATE OR IS THAT ALSO FAKE NEWS?

The favor of a reply is requested.

in another episode of “as the west whiteland turns”

I received a message the other day with some new Right to Know requests in West Whiteland from my friend Tom:

The following pages contain right to know requests from
a West Whiteland trying to get personal information from a private
citizen.
The first one was filed prior to the Wednesday 2/23/2022 board
meeting.
The second was filed on Friday 2/25/2022 after I confronted
this supervisor in a public meeting about the attempted illegal
transfer of taxpayer dollars. This is a direct violation of my 1st
Amendment rights under the PA Constitution which guarantees
privacy.

~Tom Casey, resident of chester county pa

To say I am aghast is a gross understatement. Appalled is more like it.

It begs the question if this elected official,, Supervisor Theresa Hogan Santalucia is familiar with five important things contained within the First Amendment? The five freedoms it protects are: speech, religion, press, assembly, and the right to petition the government, correct?

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

~first amendment

So when you speak at public comment during a public government meeting, is that not a form (depending up the situation) petitioning government for a redress of grievances? Should you not be protected from petty reprisals on the part of potentially aggrieved politicians?

I did Supervisor Theresa Hogan Santalucia a courtesy by covering up her personal home address, but because West Whiteland Township neglected to redact her email address used in one case, can one assume they want that out there?

Let’s talk about the email address. The Right to Know Request came in on her OFFICIAL West Whiteland Township email. It begs the question of harassing appointed officials, fellow elected officials, and private citizens does it not? Wow Democrats of Chester County, have you censured her yet? Are y’all O.K. with this? And who coached her to write this because I have heard her speak and this does not read in my opinion how she speaks does it?

Here are those bits of public comment that this politician probably did not like. Note you have to actually record them yourself, because West Whiteland seems distinctly sunshine adverse when it comes to maintaining recordings of meetings:

And these public comments are referring to:

Supervisor Theresa Hogan Santalucia is a supporter of PA State Association of Township Supervisors, right? Don’t they offer education on a number of topics? Like what is Executive Session and how can it be used? Or say the basics of how monies are dispersed in a 2nd class township? Or how you can’t use Right to Know Laws in your capacity as an elected official to throw shade on fellow elected officials and as potential reprisal against regular folk questioning government?

Ok that is all I have got. Seems mighty irregular to a mere mortal and a female like myself. People are entitled to relationships OUTSIDE the scope of politics and townships, even with plain old ordinary residents, right?

Also see Daily Local article I was polite and waited for it to publish so as not to scoop the reporter:

Mimi Gleason: ‘They fired me without warning’

By BILL RETTEW | wrettew@dailylocal.com | Daily Local News
PUBLISHED: February 28, 2022 at 5:08 p.m. | UPDATED: February 28, 2022 at 5:08 p.m.

On the article I will comment that the manager contract was not re-upped. It was not renewed. That is not as simple as saying someone is “fired” is it? However the real story in this article is Supervisor Theresa Hogan Santalucia, isn’t it?

Curious and curiouser…..we all continue to tumble down the rabbit hole in West Whiteland, don’t we?

it’s about the west whiteland meeting this evening 2/23/2022…

Ahh West Whiteland. They are so shall we say…..strange about RTK (right to know) requests, like they are sunshine adverse? Maybe they don’t understand what the public can ask for? Also SO strange about recording meetings and retaining recordings of said meetings which also lends itself to transparency, n’est-ce pas ?

Sunshine is becoming a big issue in this municipality I think. Take this public comment I am about to share. TRUST me when I tell you to listen…

Oh and the emails referred to in the first recording? That came up in a RTK (right to know)? These emails:

One more comment of note:

Tonight there was also discussion about recording meetings. And discussion about retaining recorded meetings versus just kind of getting rid of recordings. It was an interesting discussion. I will note (for the record) that I told the acting manager (Pam) in their zoom reorg meeting in January That East Goshen does You Tube Meetings (West Goshen uses You Tube as well but forgot to mention), East Whiteland does Municipal Meeting (which Phoenixville also uses) and Municipal Meeting also loads to You Tube.

What I didn’t say to Acting Manager Pam is I never understood when Mimi Gleason came to West Whiteland after being in Tredyffrin WHY West Whiteland didn’t get a PEG channel? EVERY municipality is entitled to one. They are the Public Access Channels. They have different channel numbers depending upon whether it’s Comcast or Verizon. Tredyffrin has a channel, I have watched it on FiOs. And if they didn’t want a PEG channel, it is not so difficult to pay Municipal Meeting to do it or have a You Tube channel.

In my opinion, municipalities in general don’t like recorded meetings. It’s like their proverbial slip is hanging out from their proverbial dress. They can’t hide contentious meeting topics behind bland written meeting minutes. BUT if most school districts I know can record their meetings and mostly broadcast live over places like You Tube, I daresay West Whiteland can git r’ done, right?

But back to the other gloriousness that is West Whiteland Township. They have two truly wonderful supervisors: Rajesh Kumbhardare and Brian Dunn. They are all about the people they were elected to serve. And they are nice people. And whether she likes me saying so or not, the last Supervisor, Theresa Hogan Santalucia is just questionable. And that is being polite. She is a politician who is not a public servant. So who does she serve? Is it all self-interest based, or does she have another master or mistress? We know she doesn’t like sidewalk chalk, does she?

So how is it as a Supervisor she doesn’t know you can’t just order up the finance people to pay out money? After learning this, can you say OH HELL YES FOR SURE WEST WHITELAND COULD DO WITH A NICE FORENSIC AUDIT? (Oh sadly, hell to the yes.)

So as a Supervisor does Mrs. Theresa know how Right To Know requests work too? Just wondering.

Sadly, West Whiteland to me is a township in crisis. Here’s hoping the good guys hang in there, right? And good guys aren’t just two supervisors, they are the residents who care as well.

Oh and West Whiteland? You need your marketing people to come up with a better slogan. It’s NOT Exton which is the crossroads of Chester County, it is West Whiteland herself. Saying “West Whiteland: The Crossroads of Chester County” is more accurate and sounds better. Please just don’t say it with a giant LED obnoxious billboard.

Thanks for stopping by.

after election day

The final tallies aren’t out there although we can see how some races are going. It’s going to be a mixed bag in Chester County, and across this country.

In Chester County, when all the votes are counted I think it is possible at a minimum the Democrats will not have 100% control of county row any longer. Or if they maintain control, it will be a squeaker.

A friend said to me this morning that the Democrats have a lot of reflecting to do, and they also underestimated the anger driving Republicans to the polls.

So like everyone else, I will sit back and wait for the official results.

I also will remark once again about how disgusted I am with both main political parties. Once again I have to think about do I remain in the one I am currently or do I go back to being an Independent? I am thinking Independent, but time will tell.

The reason I am thinking Independent is because of the uneven way the Democrat Party of Chester County treats candidates. They don’t really support candidates equally, and they don’t truly seem to embrace the more independent Democrat candidates.

And while I know I am no longer a Republican, I need to point out that in Chester County no matter HOW unsuitable some of their candidates are, they get behind them. And what I will say about the school board races in this county is when the dust settles, you are going to see that reflected right there. There are going to be plenty of candidates who were Republican endorsed who should not be dogcatcher get onto the school boards.

This was a brutal off year election and turn out was low. And low voter turn out is nothing new, because people talk a good game about who they want elected, but then they just don’t go and vote.

Anyway these are my thoughts this morning. You can like them, or you can hate them. It’s entirely up to you and won’t make a wrinkle in my world.