Candidates speak at Republican Fall Rally
BY HELEN B. FOSTER
County elected officials running for re-election, District Justice Suzanne Brainard; Sheriff Lance Benedict and Prothonotary Susan Eddleston were all given the opportunity to speak at the Republican Fall Rally held on Friday night, October 25, at the Montrose Bible Conference.
All three thanked everyone for their past support and asked for that support again in the upcoming election.
Brainard is completing her first term, while Benedict and Eddleston are completing their third term. All the speakers, including County Chairman Mike Redding and state candidates, Representatives Sandra Major and Tina Pickett asked support for Vic Stabile who is running for a seat on the Superior Court.
Major said every election is important and noted the importance of electing Vic Stabile to the Superior Court.
Pickett said Stabile will stand by the law as it is written, while asking for his support.
“Governor Tom Corbett has done what he said he would do, no tax increase,” Major added.
Dan Meuser who is serving as Secretary of Revenue in the cabinet of Governor Corbett was the keynote speaker and also said that the governor has done what he was elected to do, raised revenue but not taxes.
“Pennsylvania is moving in the right direction while the country as a whole is moving in the wrong direction,” Meuser said. The speaker also said if Corbett is not re-elected next year the person taking his place will be headed in the direction of the national government.
Meuser compared he state’s ability to raise revenue while the federal government has not been able to do the same.
“Special interest groups will fight what is best for the general public just to make Governor Corbett look bad,” he added.
Meuser concluded by saying what a great place Pennsylvania is to live, go to school, raise a family, work and retire and the way to keep this is to work for the re-election of Tom Corbett.
District Attorney Jason Legg spoke on how the American Dream is misunderstood by some, believing it can only be achieved through wealth.
The Founding Fathers did not dream of wealth when they signed the Declaration of Independence – they risked their wealth, Legg said.
The Founding Fathers were for the most part prominent citizens prospering under British rule. They risked their wealth for a dream – a dream of liberty, freedom, independence, equality and self-government, Legg continued.
For centuries immigrants from around the world risk their lives to get to America, not for wealth but to escape tyranny. They came here with the knowledge they would have an opportunity to better themselves, achieve the American Dream, he added.
There are two Americas, Legg said. There are those who believe in self-reliance, rugged individualism, freedom, equality, liberty and independence and for them they live the American Dream every single day simply by virtue of the freedom they enjoy.
There is another America, a growing America that wants to be cared for by a government that they largely do nothing to support.
There is an America that believes in responsibility and another that believes in entitlement, Legg said.
Legg continued by saying, “Our soldiers fought and died for the American Dream and they achieved it, they preserved it and they personified it. Not because they had achieved some level of wealth but because they knew they fought for something bigger than themselves—to protect and defend previous God-given gifts, natural rights that no tyrant should be permitted to take.”
County Commissioner Alan Hall told those gathered for this annual event, “Our county is in good shape. All the officials do their best for the county, all work hard, and we work as a team, he said. “We need to get more Republicans running for office to take control of the federal government,” he added.