Election Day is your chance as an American to be heard.￼
Tomorrow is one of those off-year elections where there is not a presidential election attached. It doesn’t mean it’s not important.￼ It’s important.
To those of us who live in Chester County it’s important local races, county-wide races, and judicial races￼￼.
Yes I do express at times who I feel is a good candidate and who I feel is a poor candidate and I’ve done that this election season. And no one has to like my opinion, it’s my opinion because it’s what I’m thinking about.
I’m just asking you all to think period.
There are issues with both major political parties. Hello? That’s why I became a registered Independent.
Tomorrow is the general election. I would be happy to vote in the primaries but that’s what I gave up for the ability to be an Independent. Other states have open primaries, Pennsylvania is not so progressive￼￼￼.
I believe in splitting my ticket because I think we are best served by balance not one party rule. One party rule is like the monarchy our founding fathers escaped from to found this country in the first place!
Get out and vote. Make your own decisions and be educated about it. Read the campaign finance reports.
Keep an eye on the birds of a feather of it all. And my other favorite, our wolves in sheep’s clothing, the politically expedient who become members of political parties they weren’t originally not because their belief system necessarily changed and they had an epiphany, but because it’s politicallyexpedient to become something else to get what they want. That’s patently dishonest.
And remember the pipelines. Make them an election issue.
Soon it will be election day. It’s an off-year nationally one might think, so why bother?
Easy. Your vote is YOUR voice in YOUR community. This year is a more local focus….supervisors, commissioners, borough council members, mayors, city councils — just depends on where you live as to what and who you are voting for.
Local candidates are now more seriously making the rounds. They will pop up spiffed and shined to check out community events, civic associations, and so on and so forth. Yes, be warned, literal baby-kissing may ensue.
They may even come door-knocking. Where I live (in my opinion) they are inconsistent at best on the door-knocking, or if they do show and you do vote for them, often you do not hear from them ever again, after that.
Be informed. And don’t just vote for someone because they may share the political party you are told you should vote for. Why? Because on a local level, that is NOT what matters. What matters is who they are, and what they stand for, and if you find them passably believable. On the local level, you should vote the PERSON, not the PARTY. Because trust me, in spite of what they say, it has been my long standing belief that on a local level, political parties will often make deals with each other, and well, how do you feel about that?
I believe in balance. Saying that, I do not think you have balance necessarily if one group of the same people (which is NOT the same as the same party) is in control for too long.
I believe in term limits. We need to get some of those. It’s time to curb political monopolies.
Don’t be afraid of checking out the new kids on the block, but make sure you understand what they are truly about. Also check out WHO endorses them, WHO backs them, WHO gives them campaign donations, and WHO they hang out with politically. The more independent, the better in my humble opinion.
And in as far as incumbents you think may have been around long enough? Simple motto: when in doubt, vote ’em out.
The sanctity of the voting booth is for you alone, so vote your heart and conscience always.
And above all else, vote. Your individual power of the vote is a powerful voice. Be the change you seek. Take back the power in your communities. Vote.
I voted. Who I voted for in any race is my business. But I got off my rear end and voted. I hope all of you go out and vote today.
One of the greatest rights we have as Americans, male or female, is the right to vote. It is ultimately our best way to be heard. And you don’t have to vote a straight party ticket, you can split it up any old way you want –it’s your business.
I will tell you that I also made a call to Chester County Voter Services today. And it’s not because I saw voting shenanigans. It’s because there’s a flaw in the system of getting people to the polls.
While there are many volunteers to drive the elderly and infirmed to vote, a lot of polling places in Chester County have paths that are long enough that it is hard for some of these people to get from the parking lot to the actual voting booth.
I saw this at my own polling place today. There are plenty of handicap parking spaces, but the paths although perfectly level are long enough that I watched some elderly people struggle.
Now you don’t want to presume, and a lot of them would rather walk on their own steam even if it takes a long time, but I think it would be helpful at some of these places if there were golf carts or portable wheelchairs if needed. It would also be helpful if there were some folding chairs at the beginning of the paths and the end of the paths in case these people want it to sit a minute before going into vote.
Anyway, it’s a beautiful day there are no excuses – GO VOTE! And if you can help someone elderly or infirmed even more the better.
As a general rule of thumb, this blog doesn’t endorse. But given the election shenanigans, dirty tricks, property vandalism and general mayhem of desperation in West Vincent Township Chester County, it is the right thing to do.
I have met and I have spoken with Mike Schneider on more than one occasion. Several occasions over more than a year as a matter of fact. West Vincent, he doesn’t want to be your “road master” and have taxpayers fund his health benefits and an additional source of income off the backs of hardworking individuals. (And is it true taxpayers fund a pension plan for Ken Miller as well?) Mike Schneider just wants to represent the residents and do better for West Vincent Township.
I might not live in your township but I have been going to it since I was a teenager. You have a beautiful township that is precipitously close to being completely overdeveloped. Your roads are a disgrace. Favoritism and political cronyism rule the day, every day. And you, the residents can stop ALL of this on election day with one vote per person for Mike Schneider.
The people who love Ken Miller would have you believe he is like the second coming of Christ. He’s not. He’s just a guy who was a farmer and got into politics and now doesn’t seem to do either job particularly effectively, does he? So actually you would be doing Ken Miller a kindness he doesn’t deserve by retiring him to his farm – he really needs to concentrate on his family farm full time because eventually can we say those tractors left topsy turvy in a field all add up?
Ken Miller got shown the door by his own political party in the spring primary. He is only on the ballot as a Democrat from write ins because he and his supporters are thatdesperate for him to keep his job. You see, if he loses power, so do all the mean people.
Yes, mean people.
These people do things like vandalize private property, leave nasty letters in mailboxes and slanderous broadsides on community bulletin boards. Why? Because they are scared of any truth seeking individuals like one with the Internet handle of Chickenman. It is completely maddening to them that they can’t unmask him. They like to tell you how he lies, even though he backs his writings up with public documents. Documents sourced from court records and West Vincent Township.
Recently those who practice the Religion of Miller have put their propaganda in an anti-Frank Perdue web page. They did this because well, they got outed with their cutsie-folksie-country life West Vincent Voices page basically got outed not so long ago as existing solely to prop up Ken Miller’s sagging campaign. You see, people were very upset when Dave Monteith’s property was vandalized and then people started talking about development. That was apparently too much honesty and sunshine. I am told the page was scrubbed of certain postings and residents who didn’t tow the line removed. And as they are cajoling you with syrupy sappy fakeness, they are out stealing lawn signs, aren’t they? And when residents post rewards for information on those who are stealing lawn signs, why those posts are removed, aren’t they?
Anything that challenges their desperate status quo is removed. But hey they like making phone calls, stopping at your homes, and sending nasty e-mails, right? And well, when all else fails you can always blame Barry DiLibero, right? Did you know when it rains or snows, it is actually Barry’s fault? Yup, just ask the Religion of Miller. Barry is a dear friend and well very talented, but he hasn’t mastered making it snow and rain…yet.
Now the tea and scones set act all nicey-nice but the truth is they do things like support cyber bullying and cyber -stalking efforts. They did that to me. They are just not nice people. They are past masters of smiling to their neighbors’ faces while they stab them in their backs. People live in fear where they pay taxes because of these people and their middle class thuggish mob mentailty behavior. And they seem to do all the talking for Miller, don’t they? It needs to stop, doesn’t it?
Bring civility back to West Vincent. Bring a real sense of community that is not selective but is all- inclusive back to West Vincent. Embrace public servants who work for all of you and not just a select population but mostly for themselves.
Election day can be your Emancipation Day West Vincent. You just have to step away from the Miller Mob. It’s not so hard, it’s just a vote.
Please note I am NOT being compensated for my opinion. I am not a recipient of special favors. Endorsing Mike Schneider is the right thing to do and Mike Schneider is the right guy to be supervisor and if I lived in West Vincent I would be voting for him.
At the end of the day Chester County needs more Mike Schneiders and fewer Ken Millers. And that is why I wrote this post.
Politics and I have a love hate relationship. Lately it has been a supreme turn-off basically because I feel under assault from robo calls and a mind boggling display of obnoxious lawn signs (from both parties).
Seriously GOP, a robo call from Newt Gingrich at 7:15 in the morning is a bit much. This morning Arizona Jan Brewer called me. Because you know she and I are tight BFFs, right? I have also received robo calls from Barbara Hafer, Newt Gingrich, and no foolin’ home schoolin’ Rick Santorum. And Ann Romney – she and I have also made a date to go shopping, apparently.
If the political inundation isn’t enough from THAT side of the aisle, there are all the people who call for Obama that aren’t Obama. And then there are the Democrats’ ads. You know like pick your congressman by their hair. Really Manan Trivedi, that was the best you could come up with?
Here is how I feel about Jim Gerlach: I like the man and have known him for years. I will admit I am a little disgusted the way he seems to have been sucking up to the fringe of the Republican Party and may have drunk too much tea, but I think that is more his campaign than him. I know the good Jim Gerlach is capable of and does do every day. He was my congressman in Lower Merion before my move to Chester County. I am no one special and he has made much time for me and my questions over the years, so for the measure of the man, I still think he is aces.
I have met Manan Trivedi too. He gets bonus points for being a candidate that doesn’t politick at non-profit sponsored events. Which is more than I can say for Lower Merion ex-pat Bret Binder (but I will get to that in a moment.)
Manan Trivedi might be nice, he may have served his country admirably, but that doesn’t mean he is the right choice or equipped for public office. He was plucked up last Obama election cycle by the Democrats to ride Obama’s coattails. I think they figured their other election strategies hadn’t worked against Gerlach (they had pitted the whiny Lois Murphy against him, and others like Bob Roggio who used to politick at every non-profit event possible) so they picked Manan.
I think they picked Manan Trivedi basically because he represented another minority. That type of political pandering is disgusting. He is a nice man, but he doesn’t have the chops, nor am I sure he actually lives in the district. He is sort of like the Democrats’ answer to Rick Santorum on the whole residency thing and we all know how well that worked out at the time, don’t we?
I can’t vote for Manan Trivedi. He is a nice guy who will just be a puppet. There is enough of that in Washington.
But let us talk about the PA senate race for a minute, shall we? As a woman, Tom Smith terrifies me. Period. Bob Casey will never light the world on fire, but I just can’t go the extreme to Tom Smith as a woman. (And I believe interestingly enough that before Tom Smith was a tea partier, he was a Democrat? Is that like confusion in politics?) I also have a parent who collects social security and is on medicare, and I don’t believe his about-face on social security and medicare. He can trot out aged mama in all the television ads he wants but the simple truth is his mother would never be affected by cuts to either as her son is a very wealthy man. And Tom, global warming is not a hoax. Look at Hurricane Sandy.
Onto State Senate. I am new to Chester County, but I like Andy Dinniman. truthfully, I could not even tell you the name of his opponent. Andy truly tries to work in a bi-partisan way for all the residents he serves. I happen to respect and like that in my state senator.
However, I can’t say that I will show that love to Democrat Bret Binder. Bret Binder is running for State Representative. He is an ex patriot of Lower Merion Township, and to be honest, having recently moved out of Lower Merion and having lived how the Democratic majority there has made a mess out of Lower Merion even though they claimed they wouldn’t, I just can’t support someone like Binder.
And I am annoyed when he tells people he is “fully local” and is from Lower Merion in the same breath. Never the twain shall meet.
Hey look, as someone new to Chester County from Lower Merion I am not going to tell anyone I am “fully local”. I am not. I am new to this area. Period. And as someone who literally feels like they can breathe because I have escaped the horrid politics of Lower Merion I am not going to support someone born out of Lower Merion Democrats. And that is not to say all Lower Merion Democrats are bad, but those who are in power do not even represent all the voices of Lower Merion Democrats. Suffice it to say it is very Boss Tweedy in Lower Merion and I don’t want that again where I call home and I do not believe without the financial support of those outside the district he wants to run in, would he have made it this far. Bret Binder’s campaign finance reports tell a tale of support from OUTSIDE Chester County. That is fine, everyone has a right to contribute how they see fit, but the thing is this: he is going to represent us, and who the heck is he? Other than a Democrat from Lower Merion?
And what else? Oh yes, Bret Binder is currently running an ad against Dan Truitt where he laments the public school system. People, he went to Harriton, which is a study of privilege and excess. It’s certainly not your average public school, so I wouldn’t bet the farm on him from that angle, either. Bret Binder also stretches and shapes the truth to fit his needs (as any good lawyer is wont to do) as far as Charter Schools getting money. What is wrong with charter schools seeing some of the educational money available? Does Mr. Binder have or has he had children in the public school system in West Chester? The West Chester Area School District is haphazard and broken in my opinion (and I am allowed even if some will find that opinion irritating).
Mr. Binder should not be judged harshly if he is single and has no children in the district, don’t misunderstand me on that. But I do know a lot of people in the West Chester Area School District who have pulled their kids out of this school district because of the problems in this district. If you can’t afford private or parochial school, charter school is one of the few options out there. And let me tell you this much: because of the West Chester Area School District feeling threatened by charter schools, charter schools in this area probably get about half of what they deserve. And do not tell me that the WCASD can’t be petty about this, just ask anyone who wants their kid on a bus for any school other that West Chester Area School District Public Schools.
Mr. Binder made an appearance at the East Goshen Farmers Market which was recorded for posterity. Now the East Goshen Farmers Market is run kinda by a non-profit, right? The Friends of East Goshen? So why would Lisa O’Neill who is a member of this 501(c)(3) and one of the people who runs the farmers market be in a political ad so to speak? Binder gets a grade of an F of politicking at a non-profit sponsored event that is SUPPOSED to be NON political and using it for campaign purposes like advertising and marketing, but wow really? One would think the farmers market folks would have known better? That is the kind of stuff that can harm a non-profit status is it not?
Bret Binder candidate for State Rep. at East Goshen Farmers Market with Lisa O’Neill who runs the market for Friends of East Goshen Township
Now onto the presidential vote of it all. I have to tell you that as of this minute writing this post, I am torn. There is quite frankly so much I do not find appealing in both major candidates.
At the end of the day it may come down to the size of government, however. While we have suffered through an economic period potentially as devastating as the Great Depression there is one sector that has had enormous job security: big government. It keeps getting bigger and more Orwellian big brotherish. I am not comfortable with that.
In this case, maybe change is good? Tomorrow will see. But please, whatever you do, vote your own conscience tomorrow. Do not vote a certain way because you were told to. Hope, change, and forward are just words. Remember that.
I remain, as always, an opinionated inveterate ticket splitter. I have not been compensated for any of my opinions by any candidate, nor do I donate finacially to campaigns. I make my own decisions and am my own woman politically. Sometimes it makes me feel like Alice in Wonderland Party of One, but seriously? I think that is the best way to be. Politically Stepford I am not, and no matter how you vote tomorrow, that is what I encourage people to do: do not be politically Stepford.
Do not just pull one lever for one party if you have doubts about some candidates. Mix it up. It’s between you and your God, no one will know unless you tell them.
In my mind, the solution in American politics is simple: we need a return to balance. Political extremism is ruining this country. So is not being able to hear the actual voice of the candidates over the din of the political party machines.
One size does not fit all in politics, either. And my last word on the subject? I wish municipalities would zone the SUPER sized political signs out of existence. They are obnoxious.
I have several photos in almost all of the DVRPC categories of the Classic Towns Photo Contest . Below are links to categories where I am entered. You can only vote once in each category each day. Public voting ends May 14th, 2012.
(The DVRPC is the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission.)
If you are so inclined, I would love it if my blog readers would consider voting for me. My name is under my photos. Just click on the one you like and scroll to the bottom of each page and hit the submit/submit vote button .
Photos I took of the following Classic Towns were accepted: Ardmore, Phoenixville and Manayunk.
Yes, this is in the category of self-promotion, but I am proud of my photos and it would be super fun to win this contest and get my photography more exposure.