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'Revolt' of Saucon Valley

Let freedom ring, but not so loudly.

Patriots! Are we but slaves? Will we allow the word “revolt” to attract us by the hundred to overthrow our township government?

Or perhaps I misunderstood the story that ran on Patch last week. It read: “It was  The center--which would be in the vein of the popular entertainment center chain Dave & Buster’s--is suppose to include a 24 lane bowling alley, an arcade, a restaurant and bar, and could open in the fall.”

On further reflection, it sounds to me that the appeal of the title is really an appeal to hedonism. The suggestion is that rather than go to work or actually pay taxes, or, for that matter, rebuild , we Sauconites should eat, drink, bowl and be merry in "revolt" against our obligations as breadwinners and citizens.

Maybe the title is an appeal to teenagers who are usually in revolt against their parents and/or their schools. In any event, the use of wins the prize for the most bizarre idea since , also published in Patch, supporting the passage of .

is our newly-elected boy state representative--so young, in fact, that his membership in the Tea Party may be challenged on the ground that he is not old enough to drink tea. Nevertheless, he is willing to have the state spend millions of dollars to prevent a problem--fraud by non-citizens voting--that is so rare as to be practically non-existent. Perhaps Mr. Simmons believes that increasing the size of the state bureaucracy will help reduce the state’s unemployment rate.

It is increasingly true, as Mr. Simmons argues, that identification cards are used to prove legitimacy to purchase booze, get on an airplane, etc., but that does not mean that every qualified voter has one or that constitutionally a state has a right to insist on one when a citizen exercises his or her right to vote. The last time I read the Constitution, the Fourteenth Amendment provided, in part:

“No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States....”

Please note, Mr. Simmons, that the Fourteenth Amendment says any law which shall abridge....” The plain meaning of “abridge” is to cut the privileges of citizens of the United States. If requiring identity cards, which you “wholeheartedly” support, is not an abridgement of those rights, then requiring intelligence tests for state representatives is also legal. Egad!

Then, I suggest, we would really have a Revolt of Saucon Valley.

GrowUpSaucon April 03, 2012 at 05:05 PM
Bob , I don't care for the "boy" comment concerning Justin Simmons. He is a young man doing a great job. I find it offensive that he is put down BUT the superintendent , who "is a grown woman" is not put down on this patch newspaper for her decision to place our children surrounded by 11 sex offenders when we have other options. This bus stop is here because of money not safety. I apologize for being off topic , My point was to try to understand why a young man , not on a power trip is put down for doing well YET this grown woman can make terrible choices concerning children and we all push this aside. Thank you for listening.
Christina Georgiou April 04, 2012 at 04:10 AM
Actually, there is a card that is sent out when one's voter registration is accepted. It is not a photo ID, but it is labelled "Certificate of Voter Registration". However, since it's only sent once unless you move and have to reregister, I could see where residents who stay in one place 'forever' might lose or forget about it. You don't actually need it. But, IT WAS ALREADY ON THE BOOKS THAT YOU HAVE TO SHOW ID if you haven't voted in a particular district before! (Along with a signature match, which is generated when one registers, where you also have to prove eligibility to vote.) How do I know? I moved from one part of Easton to another about 7 years ago, and again to a different block in Downtown about two years ago, both times changing my voting district. And was required to show my ID at the polls to vote. However, before the new voter ID law, if you had already voted in the district, your name and (matching) signature is all that is required. Additionally, poll workers often volunteer for many years, and they are very good at remembering people, not to mention, they are often the lifelong friends and neighbors of their district's electorate. The voter ID law that just passed is clearly designed to disenfranchise certain sections of the voting public (namely, seniors and the poor) that have a tendency to vote further left than is currently politically fashionable, not clarify or verify ANYTHING.
Christina Georgiou April 04, 2012 at 04:35 AM
On the topic of "Revolt", I have to agree with you, Joel, though they are far from the first or only corporate entity to promote hedonistic consumerism as a virtue. Consider a recent ad campaign for DQ: "Stop Dreaming, Start Eating!" Personally, I see the real message there, as "Don't aspire to achieve anything, just consume." There are countless other examples, some subtle, some less so. I see them every day. But maybe that's just because I've seen the cult sci-fi classic "They Live" too many times. ;-)
Christina Georgiou April 04, 2012 at 04:59 AM
Um, could you please cite an instance in Pennsylvania where there has been a case of an illegal alien or any person that is not a US citizen even attempting to register to vote? Let alone actually going to the polls and voting? The fact is, there are virtually none. This is a non-issue.
Bob Linney April 05, 2012 at 03:22 PM
Your saying that there is a location where "children (are) surrounded by 11 sex offenders?" The should be a law against allowing such a high concentration of regestered offenders in one place!!!

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