TO: Media Outlets
FROM: James B. Taylor
It has come to my attention that the Harrisburg Patriot-News and other news organizations have published stories referring to me as a “white supremacist” in an attempt to damage the candidacy of Art Halvorson, a conservative running against Congressman Bill Shuster for the 9th District Congressional seat.
These accusations are false, libelous and an insult to the voters of this district. I am absolutely not a white supremacist or racist and, to be clear, I utterly reject any and all forms of racism.
It is disappointing, but not surprising, that the purveyors of this story are Bill Shuster and his henchman, Dwight Weidman, chairman of the Franklin County Republican Party. It is disappointing because when I stepped down as chairman in 2010, I endorsed and worked tirelessly for Weidman to replace me, to the point that it affected my health. And Weidman greedily accepted my endorsement.
Mr. Weidman has been using his position as the Franklin County GOP chairman to blatantly give advantage to Mr. Shuster in this race. He has used his official email to recruit for the Shuster Campaign and spread this salacious attack around Franklin County.
What makes Mr. Weidman’s attacks on me even more hypocritical is that he has been accused as a racist and white supremacist himself. A 1998 Washington Post article stated that a web site run by Mr. Weidman was described as pushing “racist and white supremacist views.”
Mr. Shuster’s involvement is very disappointing. When I first moved to the district I supported him and even donated $1500 to his campaign in 2006. My admiration gradually diminished as I observed the congressman’s bullying tactics, his poor record on fiscal votes and his less than admirable personal behavior.
As our Congressman, Mr. Shuster should condemn such baseless, personal attacks against fellow Republicans, not feed the fire.
The false accusations derive from my brief membership on the board of the National Policy Institute and a donation made by America’s PAC to the Charles Martel Group. The donation was intended to help start the NPI, and though the NPI studied issues of race while I was associated with them, it was in no way a racist organization. I left after only six months because of my participation in too many other organizations which taxed my time and energy. While I believed NPI was doing good work in 2006, I would not care to be associated with material I found on their website in recent years. No one on the board and staff of NPI in 2006 is involved with the group today.
Those reporting these lies also fail to mention my more important and long-term association with the Lincoln Institute. I co-founded and have maintained a 36-year affiliation with that Institute; a black led conservative organization on whose board I still sit. In my time with the Institute I have worked with many prominent black conservative leaders, including Alan Keyes, Clarence Thomas, Walter Williams, and many others.
I will let the voters decide for themselves what defines me: Six months on the board of NPI or 36 years supporting African-American conservative leadership.
Shuster and Weidman use the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) as their authority for painting me as a racist. But the SPLC, a radical left group, calls all manner of organizations hate groups or white supremacists. Anyone that disagrees with them on any issue, ranging from illegal immigration to Common Core, is automatically labeled as a racist or a hate group. The SPLC has even labeled Focus on the Family as a hate group.
For Mr. Weidman, acting as Mr. Shuster’s puppet, to align with this liberal hate group is desperate, distasteful and disturbing. Politics does indeed make strange bedfellows, but to ally with this left-wing, pro-Democrat group to attack fellow Republican Art Halvorson is the worst form of sleazy politics.
Warnings from George Washington’s Farewell Address
“... One of the expedients of Party to acquire influence, within particular districts, is to misrepresent the opinions & aims of other Districts. You cannot shield yourselves too much against the jealousies & heart burnings which spring from these misrepresentations. They tend to render Alien to each other those who ought to be bound together by fraternal Affection.
“All obstructions to the execution of the Laws, all combinations and Associations, under whatever plausible character, with the real design to direct, controul counteract, or awe the regular deliberation and action of the Constituted authorities are distructive of this fundamental principle and of fatal tendency. They serve to Organize faction, to give it an artificial and extraordinary force — to put in the place of the delegated will of the Nation, the will of a party; often a small but artful and enterprizing minority of the Community; and, according to the alternate triumphs of different parties, to make the public Administration the Mirror of the ill concerted and incongruous projects of faction, rather than the Organ of consistent and wholesome plans digested by common councils and modefied by mutual interests. However combinations or Associations of the above description may now & then answer popular ends, they are likely, in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the Power of the People, & to usurp for themselves the reins of Government; destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion.
“... in a country so extensive as ours, a Government of as much vigour as is consistent with the perfect security of Liberty is indispensable — Liberty itself will find in such a Government, with powers properly distributed and adjusted, its surest Guardian. It is indeed little else than a name, where the Government is too feeble to withstand the enterprises of faction ...
“I have already intimated to you the danger of Parties in the State, with particular reference to the founding of them on Geographical discriminations. Let me now take a more comprehensive view, & warn you in the most solemn manner against the baneful effects of the Spirit of Party, generally.
“This Spirit, unfortunately, is inseperable from our nature, having its root in the strongest passions of the human Mind. It exists under different shapes in all Governments, more or less stifled, controuled, or repressed; but in those of the popular form it is seen in its greatest rankness and is truly their worst enemy.
“The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge natural to party dissention, which in different ages & countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism. But this leads at length to a more formal and permanent despotism. The disorders & miseries, which result, gradually incline the minds of men to seek security & repose in the absolute power of an Individual: and sooner or later the chief of some prevailing faction more able or more fortunate than his competitors, turns this disposition to the purposes of his own elevation, on the ruins of Public Liberty.
“Without looking forward to an extremity of this kind (which nevertheless ought not to be entirely out of sight) the common & continual mischiefs of the spirit of Party are sufficient to make it the interest and the duty of a wise People to discourage and restrain it.
“It serves always to distract the Public Councils and enfeeble the Public Administration. It agitates the Community with ill founded Jealousies and false alarms, kindles the animosity of one part against another, foments occasionally riot & insurrection. It opens the door to foreign influence & corruption, which find a facilitated access to the government itself through the channels of party passions. Thus the policy and the will of one country, are subjected to the policy and will of another.
“There is an opinion that parties in free countries are useful checks upon the Administration of the Government and serve to keep alive the spirit of Liberty. This within certain limits is probably true--and in Governments of a Monarchical cast Patriotism may look with endulgence, if not with favour, upon the spirit of party. But in those of the popular character, in Governments purely elective, it is a spirit not to be encouraged. From their natural tendency, it is certain there will always be enough of that spirit for every salutary purpose. And there being constant danger of excess, the effort ought to be, by force of public opinion, to mitigate & assuage it. A fire not to be quenched; it demands a uniform vigilance to prevent its bursting into a flame, lest instead of warming it should consume.
Stresses the importance of religion and morality.
“Where is the security for property, for reputation,
for life, if the sense of religious obligation desert
the oaths, which are the instruments of investigation
in Courts of Justice?”
On stable public credit
“...cherish public credit.
One method of preserving it is to use it as sparingly
as possible... avoiding likewise the accumulation of
debt.... it is essential that you...bear in mind,
that towards the payments of debts there must be
Revenue, that to have Revenue there must be taxes;
that no taxes can be devised, which are not...
inconvenient and unpleasant...”
Warns against permanent foreign alliances.
“It is our true policy to steer clear of permanent
alliances with any portion of the foreign world...”
Rick Geist was a Republican member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for the 79th District since first elected in 1978. He lost the 2012 primary.
Not to worry though, Bo Bicky leaves office with an extremely generous pension and cadillac health care for life. In recognition of Geist’s 34 years in Harrisburg where he worked to help himself get automatic annual pay raises, an enormous pension and fully paid health care. I am pleased to present this award as One for the Road for Bo Bicky. Let us not forget that he helped himself to an average of $25,000. in per diems the last several years; no receipts, no documentation.
Monday August 31st
Herman Nagle & Jim Daski
The Altoona Scrapbook of Musical Memories
avialble at and benefitting
The Blair County Genealogical Society
Tuesday September 1st
Dial N Deal returns Friday September 11th
Greenworks Electric Pressure Washer
1700 PSI, 1.4. GPM, cold water, electric, less than a year
old, only used a few times, including 50 feet of new flex hoses - $100
Monday August 24th
A Preview of The Altoona Symphony Orchestra's
2015-2016 Season with Maestra Teresa Cheung
and Executive Director Pamela Snyder Etters
Tuesday August 25th
Wednesday August 26th