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The local Democrats in Monroe County, PA, worked long and hard to get signatures for Maureen Madden to oppose the Republican Mario Scavello for the 176th District.

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Maureen Madden - Democrat for the 176th District

She will be on the ballot, so we will have a fair fight in November right?  That's how a Democracy works, correct?  

Not in the 176th district, where Bagel Store businessman Mario Scavello has held sway for the past eight years.

Join me below the schmear of cream cheese for how yet another Republican doesn't quite get the whole Democracy thing.

I got an e-mail from the MCDC  -

Dear Committeepeople in the 176th PA state representative district,

You recently received an email from me asking that you help us find Democrats without Voter ID by pollwatching inside your polling places.  You may have received, in today's mail, as I did, a request from Mario Scavello that you write him in as the DEMOCRAT in Tuesday's election.  He's afraid he can't win in November with a competent, knowledgeable and honest Democrat, Maureen Madden, on the ballot. So he wants to run on both tickets, hoping we'll ignore the fact that he votes REPUBLICAN in Harrisburg.

If you have ever been exposed to his write-in campaigns, you know that he will have one or more of his supporters at every polling place, all day, accosting voters, handing them a pencil, explaining how to perform a write-in, showing them the place on the ballot where the write-in occurs, BUT NEVER TELLING THE VOTER THAT MARIO IS A REPUBLICAN.  His supporters are aggressive and dishonest.  

Mario also had a robo-call in which he "mistakenly" said the election was on "May 18th" - not April 24th.

So he wants to run unopposed, and then a robo-call is made that could result in suppressing the vote - see a pattern here?  I think you do.

I posted about this on my community's Facebook page, and people just did not get it.  I said, if you want to voter for Mario in November (biting my tongue hard) - vote for him, but please don't make this a one-party race.

Most said how nice hew was, he walked with them in a charity walk, he will get money for our gated community (not true, but they believe it).  

Republicans see nothing wrong with this.  It's ok - no problem - what's the BFD?

My head hurts.

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  •  Tip Jar (9+ / 0-)

    "I think 2008 is going to be a good year." Senator Barack Obama - Des Moines, Iowa, January 1st, 2008

    by PoconoPCDoctor on Mon Apr 23, 2012 at 11:09:19 AM PDT

  •  of course they "GET" democracy. (4+ / 0-)
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    jan4insight, Gooserock, ColoTim, Sue B

    They don't want to BE in one -- they want unilateral power.

    So it's entirely about gaming the system and trying to mess people up.

    They certainly don't RESPECT democracy, if that's what you mean...  Just ask Dick Cheney or Richard Nixon.

    Happy little moron, Lucky little man.
    I wish I was a moron, MY GOD, Perhaps I am!
    —Spike Milligan

    by polecat on Mon Apr 23, 2012 at 11:23:34 AM PDT

    •  They're Simply Taking Over. Right Now Via (2+ / 0-)
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      polecat, Sue B

      ALEC and such they're legislating directly all over the country. Don't need corruption or bribes when you can govern yourself.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Mon Apr 23, 2012 at 11:55:40 AM PDT

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  •  they're elitists and totalitarians (0+ / 0-)

    Conservatives answer to a few hundred billionaires and they want power sufficient to turn society into a vast machine for profitmaking.  Democracy is anathema to them.

    They understand it just fine - what the people want, the people get - and are able to use democratic rhetoric to sell themselves to low-information voters, especially right-leaning populists.   But unlike those same populists who embrace democracy because they fancy themselves a salt-of-the-earth supermajority, conservatives know they're a minority and a radical and harmful minority at that.  They have to build false consciousness and change what "democracy" means.

    Never attribute to stupidity what can be adequately explained by malice; stupid people couldn't hurt us so effectively.

    by Visceral on Mon Apr 23, 2012 at 11:54:20 AM PDT

  •  It is not that they don't get it they are anti (1+ / 0-)
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    Sue B

    democracy, science, reality, history among other things.  Their philosophy derived from Leo Strauss.  Link

    Strauss’s teaching incorporated much of Machiavelli’s. Significantly, his philosophy is unfriendly to democracy—even antagonistic. At the same time Strauss upheld the necessity for a national religion not because he favored religious practices, but because religion in his view is necessary in order to control the population. Since neo-conservatives influenced by Strauss are in control of the Bush administration, I have prepared a brief list that shows the radical unchristian basis of neo-conservatism. I am indebted to Shadia Drury’s book (Leo Strauss and the American Right) and published interviews for the following:

    First: Strauss believed that a leader had to perpetually deceive the citizens he ruled.

    Secondly: Those who lead must understand there is no morality, there is only the right of the superior to rule the inferior.

    Thirdly: According to Drury, Religion “is the glue that holds society together.” It is a handle by which the ruler can manipulate the masses. Any religion will do. Strauss is indifferent to them all.

    Fourthly: “Secular society…is the worst possible thing,” because it leads to individualism, liberalism, and relativism, all of which encourage dissent and rebellion. As Drury sums it up: “You want a crowd that you can manipulate like putty.'

    Fifthly: “Strauss thinks that a political order can be stable only if it is united by an external threat; and following Machiavelli, he maintains that if no external threat exists, then one has to be manufactured.”

    Sixthly: “In Strauss’s view, the trouble with liberal society is that it dispenses with noble lies and pious frauds. It tries to found society on secular rational foundations.”

    Never promote men who seek after a state-established religion; it is spiritual tyranny--the worst of despotism. It is turnpiking the way to heaven by human law, in order to establish ministerial gates to collect toll. John Leland

    by J Edward on Mon Apr 23, 2012 at 12:44:43 PM PDT

    •  This comment is getting kind of spammy (0+ / 0-)

      I think I've seen it from you at least three times today, and several times (perhaps not just from you) previously. Worthy as the thought might be, I don't know that it improves with constant repetition.

      from a bright young conservative: “I’m watching my first GOP debate…and WE SOUND LIKE CRAZY PEOPLE!!!!”

      by Catte Nappe on Mon Apr 23, 2012 at 01:41:16 PM PDT

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      •  I am done with it, not everybody reads every (1+ / 0-)
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        diary is my reasoning and I am pleased that 40 people have responded to it today.  Their rotten core has to be exposed.  I usually stop before any comment, sorry I pushed it today but we must be reading all the same things.

        Never promote men who seek after a state-established religion; it is spiritual tyranny--the worst of despotism. It is turnpiking the way to heaven by human law, in order to establish ministerial gates to collect toll. John Leland

        by J Edward on Mon Apr 23, 2012 at 01:48:44 PM PDT

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