Apr 152018
 

Simon Campbell wrote the below Guest Opinion recently published in The Intel and The Courier: See the Judges ORDER HERE.

“This paper recently reported that former Republican committeeman for Yardley Borough, Dan Mohn, filed suit against the Bucks County GOP. In 2016, the GOP kicked Dan out of his own party. I predict the GOP is going to lose this legal fight and statewide precedent will be set that forces the totalitarian-run Bucks County GOP to clean up its act.

Pat Poprik, Bucks County GOP chair, is ultimately responsible for this Republican-on-Republican war. The Executive Committee of the party — at least 50 percent of whom are hand-picked by Poprik per GOP bylaws — were the people who recommended that Poprik kick Dan out and she accepted the recommendation.

Mohn’s alleged wrongdoing? In 2016, he had campaigned in a Republican primary election for Lower Makefield supervisor against a RINO (Republican in name only) candidate. The candidate didn’t like Mohn’s political speech, a speech that was fully protected by the First Amendment. (1) So he complained to Poprik that Mohn’s speech had violated the ethics rules of the GOP, even though it’s hard to say “ethics” in the same breath as “Bucks County GOP” without laughing; and even though the ethics rules don’t apply to committee people.

Committee people are the foot soldiers of the political parties and they perform important public functions like voting on a replacement if an unexpected vacancy occurs in a public office. Who these people are and how they get to be in their positions is, therefore, of public interest. The words of Dan Mohn’s lawyer in Mohn’s Commonwealth Court brief of March 26, 2016, summarize the legal dispute perfectly; a copy of Mohn’s brief has been placed on my website, www.parighttoknow.com.

From page 11: “Committeepersons are not chosen by party bosses. (Yes, they are. The Republican Party selects the people who will be on the ballot.) They are elected in a taxpayer-funded public election by local voters, and they serve as those local voters’ chosen representative voice inside a political party. (That’s a rather naive way to explain things. (The purpose of the committee people is to carry out what the party bosses want done.) At times, voters may choose to elect a committeeperson precisely as an agent of reform within the party. At the heart of this dispute lies the unfortunate reality that the Bucks County GOP chair wishes to undo the result of a free and fair public election, inside the confines of a private back room.”

Perfectly said. My party, the Bucks County Republican Party, has become a disgrace. Its democracy-hating agenda isn’t just a slap in the face to all Republican voters. It is a slap in the face to our Constitution. (The Constitution has nothing at all to do with political parties.) 

 That’s why I’ve decided to run for Republican committeeman myself this year. This way, I can get inside the party and cast a vote to throw Pat Poprik out of her role as chair. My Republican constituents of Lower Makefield North 3 have said they want a new chairperson and a new direction and my job will be to represent them.

I will also be campaigning for fellow reformers running for committeeman and committeewoman against the Poprik regime. Maybe I’ll also seek the position of “executive” inside the party so I go to the executive committee meetings with Poprik to see what a group of clapping seals looks like. Gee, I wonder if they’ll kick me out of the party for saying that?

Bottom line: Our Founding Fathers never envisioned free and fair public elections being undone inside the back rooms of a political party. When the cronies who run the Bucks County GOP lose this fight in court, it will be a wake-up call. They will finally have to start respecting the wishes of “We The People.”

Simon Campbell is a resident of Newtown and a candidate for Bucks County Republican Committeeman, Lower Makefield Township North 3.

(1) That’s incorrect. The First Amendment protects speech from government interference. The Republican Party is not government. 

For example: Speech in your house is not protected by the First Amendment. You are free to regulate what is said on your property.

 

Apr 152018
 

Full transcript of American President Donald J. Trump’s address on Syria airstrikes………
By Washington Post Staff April 13 at 10:27 PM
President Trump announced on April 13 that the U.S. conducted a military strike against the Syrian government in response to suspected chemical attack. (The Washington Post)

President Trump announced late Friday that the United States had conducted a military attack against the Syrian government in retaliation for a chemical weapons attack that killed civilians in a rebel-held town outside Damascus last weekend. This is the text of his speech.

My fellow Americans, a short time ago, I ordered the United States Armed Forces to launch precision strikes on targets associated with the chemical weapons capabilities of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad. A combined operation with the armed forces of France and the United Kingdom is now underway. We thank them both.

Tonight, I want to speak with you about why we have taken this action.

One year ago, Assad launched a savage chemical weapons attack against his own innocent people. The United States responded with 58 missile strikes that destroyed 20 percent of the Syrian Air Force.

Last Saturday, the Assad regime again deployed chemical weapons to slaughter innocent civilians — this time, in the town of Douma, near the Syrian capital of Damascus. This massacre was a significant escalation in a pattern of chemical weapons use by that very terrible regime.

The evil and the despicable attack left mothers and fathers, infants and children, thrashing in pain and gasping for air. These are not the actions of a man; they are crimes of a monster instead.

Following the horrors of World War I a century ago, civilized nations joined together to ban chemical warfare. Chemical weapons are uniquely dangerous not only because they inflict gruesome suffering, but because even small amounts can unleash widespread devastation.

The purpose of our actions tonight is to establish a strong deterrent against the production, spread and use of chemical weapons. Establishing this deterrent is a vital national security interest of the United States. The combined American, British, and French response to these atrocities will integrate all instruments of our national power — military, economic and diplomatic. We are prepared to sustain this response until the Syrian regime stops its use of prohibited chemical agents.

I also have a message tonight for the two governments most responsible for supporting, equipping and financing the criminal Assad regime.

To Iran and to Russia, I ask: What kind of a nation wants to be associated with the mass murder of innocent men, women, and children?

The nations of the world can be judged by the friends they keep. No nation can succeed in the long run by promoting rogue states, brutal tyrants and murderous dictators.

In 2013, President Putin and his government promised the world that they would guarantee the elimination of Syria’s chemical weapons. Assad’s recent attack — and today’s response — are the direct result of Russia’s failure to keep that promise.

Russia must decide if it will continue down this dark path, or if it will join with civilized nations as a force for stability and peace. Hopefully, someday we’ll get along with Russia, and maybe even Iran — but maybe not.

I will say this: The United States has a lot to offer, with the greatest and most powerful economy in the history of the world.

In Syria, the United States — with but a small force being used to eliminate what is left of ISIS — is doing what is necessary to protect the American people. Over the last year, nearly 100 percent of the territory once controlled by the so-called ISIS caliphate in Syria and Iraq has been liberated and eliminated.

The United States has also rebuilt our friendships across the Middle East. We have asked our partners to take greater responsibility for securing their home region, including contributing large amounts of money for the resources, equipment and all of the anti-ISIS efforts. Increased engagement from our friends, including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Egypt and others can ensure that Iran does not profit from the eradication of ISIS.

America does not seek an indefinite presence in Syria under no circumstances. As other nations step up their contributions, we look forward to the day when we can bring our warriors home. And great warriors they are.

Looking around our very troubled world, Americans have no illusions. We cannot purge the world of evil or act everywhere there is tyranny.

No amount of American blood or treasure can produce lasting peace and security in the Middle East. It’s a troubled place. We will try to make it better, but it is a troubled place. The United States will be a partner and a friend, but the fate of the region lies in the hands of its own people.

In the last century, we looked straight into the darkest places of the human soul. We saw the anguish that can be unleashed and the evil that can take hold. By the end of World War I, more than one million people had been killed or injured by chemical weapons. We never want to see that ghastly specter return.

So today, the nations of Britain, France and the United States of America have marshaled their righteous power against barbarism and brutality.

Tonight, I ask all Americans to say a prayer for our noble warriors and our allies as they carry out their missions.