Edward Ryan’s Memorial Park in Kent was full of Nan Hayworth supporters Sunday at a barbecue event, with good food, good entertainment, and good company. Kudos to Corrinne and Joe DiVestea for brilliantly managing the logistics and for doing the huge amount of legwork to set everything up; to master chefs Lou Tartaro, Lana Cappelli, Karl Rohde, and Jack Hufnagel for manning the hot grills; and to the Young Voters and our other volunteers for covering the tables. The sausage and peppers, burgers, hot dogs, and Caesar salad, among other dishes and an array of desserts, were a terrific lunch for more than 80 guests (including one surprise guest!).
This is the mindset we’re up against: it’s gotten to the point where the Democrats in Congress and the Administration are so hair-trigger defensive about regular people having the nerve to object to high taxes, even a good-natured jibe by a small business manager gets cranky backtalk from an official visiting as his guest.
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June 15 was a beautiful day in Hopewell Junction. It was a pleasure to hold a small event there with Nan (many thanks to our hosts and friends at the Joe DiMaggio American Legion Lounge 2248). And what a surprise to find not one, but two video stalkers joining us at the behest of John Hall’s campaign!
On Tuesday the House voted on whether to attach to a small business jobs bill an amendment that would have repealed the wholly unconstitutional “individual mandate” portion of the Democrats’ health care law. The individual mandate, in short, legally forces every American to buy health insurance from private companies, under threat of a government fine.
Aside from the harmful effects such a measure will have on small businesses, employer-based health insurance, and the economy as a whole, the individual mandate is fundamentally unconstitutional, for two reasons.
(Courtesy of Young Voters for Nan Hayworth.)
In 1964, Lyndon Johnson’s Presidential campaign released “Daisy”, an ad that was so striking in its evocation of Americans’ fears of Cold-War annihilation that it only ran once. That one time was enough, though, to secure its place in our cultural memory. And, thanks to a combination of factors over the ensuing decades, the eventuality described in “Daisy” did not come to pass.
That does not mean, however, that Americans are now free of any fears about our country’s future security and prosperity. In fact, as Governor Mitch Daniels of Indiana noted in a remarkable speech yesterday in Washington, our enormous and mounting debt means that “the American experience is mortally threatened.”
And the outcome this time may not be so reassuring. If our Congress and Administration do not stop making politically convenient but fiscally disastrous decisions, we will, in no uncertain terms, squander our children’s future. President Reagan said, echoing Churchill: “there are simple answers, they just are not easy ones.” Fiscal discipline is the simple (and only) answer, and we are going to have some very difficult choices to make, but our candidate, Nan, has the intelligence and the integrity to make them.
The Young Voters have adapted “Daisy” for 2010 to make clear what will happen if we ignore that imperative:
Feel free to browse other videos from Young Voters, as well as from Nan herself, on the Hayworth campaign’s YouTube channel.