Merrily merrily we go skipping down the road to Progress selectively expunging whichever parts of American history offend with no sensitivity to consequence. Might we awaken to find we have so mangled and distorted the facts of our story that we are left incapable of recognizing who we are and where we came from? One might even wonder, where are we going? I know for many the answer lies in a “shift from ancient hierarchy” and indeed that path will require a complete decoupling of ourselves from our past. Unfortunately for America, half of us don’t want to take that path. This is where we see it going.
When we empower a popular majority to decide what goes and what stays in our shared culture, what is the check on that crowd? How do we maintain any semblance of cultural stability? Is anything sacred? Will ...
As President Trump pushes forward on his campaign promise to build a border wall, estimates for the project are coming in at staggeringly high price tags ($24.5 million per mile). In an effort to tame costs and potentially improve effectiveness, Representative Will Hurd (R-TX) has introduced the Secure Miles with All Resources and Technology Act, or the SMART Act, which purports to find the “right” combination of physical structures coupled with detection technology. The incorporation ...
Senator Reschenthaler introduced SB10, otherwise known as the Municipal Sanctuary and Federal Enforcement Act (SAFE), in order to thwart the advance of sanctuary cities in the Commonwealth. He designed the bill to discourage municipalities and counties from designating themselves as “sanctuary cities” in order to evade federal law against illegal immigration.
Unfortunately, several municipalities in Pennsylvania have taken steps to oppose federal immigration law; measures which include preventing police from honoring immigration detainer procedure and ...
Republican History Bite
Jeannette Rankin (1880-1973) went from Montana rancher’s daughter to first woman elected to US Congress. Jeannette was the eldest of eleven children, received a public school education and proceeded to earn a college degree in biology. She dabbled briefly in a variety of careers but circumstances sparked an interest in improving slum conditions, working with children and pursuing social work.
However, social work was unable to retain her attention for long but women’s suffrage did. She became a public advocate supporting women’s right to equal vote and was such an eloquent and competent speaker that she became field secretary for the National American Woman Suffrage Association.
As the threat of world war loomed, Ms. Rankin, a strong pacifist, turned her attention to the promotion of peace and, in 1916, she was inspired to run for a seat in the US House of Representatives for the state of Montana and won. She was not only the first woman to the US Congress but the first woman elected to a national legislature in any western democracy.
While acting in strong opposition to war in the halls of Congress, she simultaneously bolstered support for civil liberties, suffrage, birth control, equal pay and child welfare. By 1917 she enjoyed a strong presence in Congress so much so that she opened debate on the Susan B Anthony Amendment which became the 19th Amendment of the US Constitution granting women the right to vote.
Ms. Rankin suggests:
“Is it not possible that the women of the country have something of value to give the Nation at this time? It would be strange indeed if the women of this country through all of these years had not developed an intelligence, a feeling, a spiritual force peculiar to themselves, which they hold in readiness to give to the world.”
Jeannette Rankin was a Republican.
House of Representatives (R-MT)/ 65th and 77th Congress
We're on it..
Thank you to everyone who attended our first annual
"Picnic Under the Tent"
Thanks to such generous support, our event was oversold! A special thanks to Representative Mustio and Congressman Rothfus for sponsoring a table!!
Maria Napolitano gave a captivating account of her childhood experiences having grown up in Russia. She highlighted the distinctions between her perceptions as a child as compared to the reality of life around her; an authentic glimpse into communist Russia.
We were also joined by many local and statewide legislators including our own Mark Mustio and Senator Guy Reschenthaler, also Jim Christiana and Rick Saccone both running for US Senate, our Allegheny County Councilman Sam DeMarco and our 12th District, US Congressman Keith Rothfus.
We hope to see you at our upcoming events.
GOP Think Tank
We know our country is changing
We know our form of government is in question
We know we have detached from the US Constitution
We know reform is needed
Once we are able to talk with each other again
We must discuss how we, as Americans, define the role of government
Begin to consider issues with that question in mind.
So begin here…..What do you think of...