We are just 24 days from the primary election on April 24th that will determine who will be on the ballot for this November’s election. On Thursday former Congressman Joe Sestak, who ran for the U.S. Senate in 2010 and is an admiral in the United States Navy retired, endorsed Karen Ramsburg. She is running as an Independent Candidate for U.S. Congress in Pennsylvania’s 9th Congressional District against sitting Congressman Bill Shuster. The Shuster family has held this seat for forty years.
Ramsburg identifies herself as a nurse, activist and mother who became interested in Pennsylvania’s history through trying to save the Justice William Smith House in Mercersburg, Pennsylvania. This site served as the meeting place in 1765 where the first armed resistence against British rule in North America occurred prior to the American Revolution.
While researching the history of Smith’s Rebellion Ramsburg discovered that many of the issues the Smith’s asserted for the rebellion are prevalent today. All men have a right to a say in the decisions that affect their lives. They also have a right to defend themselves. These were the founding principles of Smith’s Rebellion. “There are two histories of this nation and the one that includes the Middle Class is often ignored”, Ramsburg noted. “The ideal of the rugged individual is a history of the 1% and includes the right to profit at others expense but not the right to a fair wage.”
The 1% have often profitted at the expense of what today we call the Middle Class. In 1765 it was trading scalping, knives, tomahawks, lead and gun powder to the very Native American tribes who attacked Pennsylvania frontier settlers. Today the 1% profit by outsourcing good paying Middle Class jobs while shirking their responsibility to America and evading paying taxes. The Smith’s would find many of the same political issues if they saw America today.
Along these lines Terry Bouton in his 2007 book, Taming Democracy noted that James “Black Boy Jimmy” Smith, William Smith’s cousin and co-leader of Smith’s Rebellion, wrote a rough draft of what becomes Pennsylvania’s Right to Bear Arm’s Law in 1776. This is the first such law in the colonies. It becomes the foundation of the Second Amendment to the U. S. Constitution thus making the Smith House the birth place of the Second Amendment as well.
Ramsburg wrote a book, Smith’s Rebellion 1765 Gives Rise to Modern Politics published by iUniverse as a result of saving the Smith House in which she shares her political insights from this history. The ideas created the mood for armed rebellion in 1765 become a major portion of Ramsburg’s ideas about saving the American Dream today. She believes the Scots-Irish immigrants coming to America from 1710 to 1775 to seek a future for their families through ownership of land, gave birth to our modern conception of the American Dream.
Ramsburg has never run for offfice before but is becoming known for delivering spirited speeches that remind the audience of what this nation has accomplished, what has happened to these idealistic beliefs our ancestors began with, and where we need to go to save the Middle Class.
Sestak’s endorsement letter states the following:
“I am proud to endorse Karen Ramsburg as an Independent running for Congress in Pennsylvania’s 9th District. She is exactly what this nation, the state, and the 9th District needs: a believer that we can rebuild the American Dream for the middle class together, bringing respect across the political divide to unite people in what needs to be done”
He goes on to note that Ramsburg places people above party or corporate profitability. As a nurse she understands what it is to work for a living and pay bills and worry about the future prospects for our children. Sestak notes in closing,”everyone needs to get behind her because our nation needs real solutions, not more ideological posturing.”
Ramsburg is waging a write in campaign to gain ballot access on April 24, 2012. She asks all her Democratic and Republican friends to write her in on their respective party ballots. Lets face it, the two party system is completely dysfunctional and awash in money therefore is unable to continue to be government by, of, and for the people. Ramsburg hopes to change that starting on April 24th.