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Kathy Weppner Gets Participation Award

Now that the Erie County Democratic Committee’s biennial re-org shenanigans have devolved into Pigeon/Mazurek self-parody, let’s check up on Kathy Weppner, the very serious candidate for very serious congress

Ms. Weppner took to Twitter and Facebook to tout her 1st place award in the ArgleBargle olympics. Or something. 

She received some sort of press-release-only “award” from a school choice advocate in New Jersey.  For the uninitiated, New Jersey is quite far from here and not at all within the 26th Congressional District. Rabbi Israel Teitelbaum is the head of this “Alliance for Free Choice in Education”, which has one of the reddest, whitest, and bluest webpages in all of the world. 

Rabbi Teitelbaum’s cause is to force taxpayers to fund religious schools under the guise of “school choice”; a clear violation of the Establishment Clause of the Constitution. Under the Supreme Court’s test in Lemon v. Kurtzman, any alleged violation of the Establishment Clause will be determined through a three-prong test: (1) whether the government’s action has a secular or a religious purpose; (2) whether the primary effect of the government’s action is to advance or endorse religion; and (3) whether the government’s policy or practice fosters an excessive entanglement between government and religion.

Handing out taxpayer money to fund religious schools violates all three prongs of the Lemon test; to be unconstitutional, in need only violate one. As Kathy Weppner points out, if we don’t enforce the law, we’ll become a lawless society

So what does western New York’s most unintentionally hilarious candidate do? She accepts an award from a ersatz Constitutionalist group that advocates violating the Constitution. 

The Alliance for Free Choice in Education is pleased and proud to congratulate Kathy Weppner, Republican & Conservative candidate for the House of Representatives from New York’s 26th District, for leading the battle to restore Constitutional Government. She joined candidates from across the country who visited the new nonpartisan website [omitted], and took the pledge to do all she can in support of the Constitution, beginning with lower taxes, individual-controlled healthcare and parental choice in education.

So, in order to get this “congratulations”, all Weppner had to do was scour the internet for some cockamamie pledge to take – a pledge not to her putative constituents, but to a particular special interest group that seeks to starve the public schools and subsidize religion with taxpayer money

The site was recently developed by the New Jersey based Alliance to provide the ways and means for citizen candidates to identify themselves as champions of the Constitution, and where voters may meet them, vet them and support them.

While the site is nonpartisan, its mission is to restore Constitutional government by identifying and supporting those who are truly committed to the Constitution and its clearly-defined limited powers. Although most Americans profess to support the Constitution, and every public official takes an oath to do so, a plain reading of the Constitution’s opening paragraph – the Preamble – does not resemble twenty-first-century America.

What’s great about that passage is that the Preamble has absolutely no legal effect.  It’s an introduction.  

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

The Constitution has been our founding document for over 200 years, and some obscure Rabbi in New Jersey has declared that it bears no resemblance to contemporary American society, and Weppner touts this as totally cool.  So, what the hell are these people talking about? 

One-million-four-hundred-thousand gang members roaming the streets of American [sic], and a crime rate that impacts at least three percent of Americans annually, cannot be described as “domestic tranquility.” Open borders will not lead to “the common defense,” and the “blessings of liberty” are inconsistent with government financially coercing parents to send their children to substandard schools where they are subject to government indoctrination.                                                                                                                                            

Gosh, that doesn’t sound nice at all. Gang members roaming the streets! Remember back in 1787 when there was no crime at all? Remember how we committed genocide against the American Indians? Now that’s what I call “domestic tranquility”.  Also, the War of 1812, slavery, the Alien & Sedition Acts, the Burr/Hamilton duel in New Jersey – all of these things are ostensibly better examples of “domestic tranquility” and “liberty” than what idiots call “open borders” and public schools -an idea pioneered by Horace Mann.  

The United States was a product of the Enlightenment – not the middle ages. 

One need not be a Constitutional expert to recognize that we have veered far off the Constitutional track. In an attempt to turn the tide, masses turned out to vote in the most recent midterm election of 2010, and changed more seats than in any midterm election since 1938. Yet, the distance from our founding principles continues to grow more quickly than ever. It will take informed and activated voters to drive us back on track.

I thought this was a “nonpartisan” organization? 

We can restore Constitutional government, provided we not only vote, but also vote for those who stand for the Constitution and its essential principles of liberty, limited government and equal opportunity under the law. Ideally, we need to meet the candidates and vet them, just as we would do if we were hiring an employee. Alternatively, we may rely on those who have done so. Modern technology now makes it possible for this to be facilitated online.

The ways and means to restore our nation back onto its Constitutional track are now available. It’s now up to every American to do what it takes to turn our government onto the right track. We are most grateful to Kathy Weppner, of New York’s 26thCongressional District, for her courage, fortitude and tireless efforts on behalf of us all. 

TL;DR: Phony Constitutionalist Kathy Weppner gets a “thank you” from an obscure New Jersey crank who doesn’t understand the Constitution. 


  • UncleBluck

    Like the song goes Alan…..”when you aint got NOTHIN’, you got nothin’ to lose……

  • Thomas

    The Rabbi thinks you’re a racist.

    • FrJesusGaylord

      That rabbi is full of shit.

    • ckg1

      My response to the rabbi(H/T to Penn Jillette for this line; he used this more than once on Penn and Teller: BS!):

      “Fuck you in the neck, motherfucker!”

  • Mike_Chmiel

    “a crime rate that impacts at least three percent of Americans annually…”

    I like those odds.

  • The “Lemon Test” is a pile of hooey. It is written by the State to perpetuate Government Schools (read propaganda) and limit the ability of parents to decide where and how their children should be educated. All parents should be able to avail themselves of monetary educational support, regardless of the school(s) they choose, while under a system of compulsory funding of public schools.

    • My tax money should not go to subsidize a religious entity under any circumstances.

      • Perhaps, but then the government should not be taxing people for education. The Establishment Clause, much like the Commerce Clause, is a gross exaggeration of what was originally written for the purpose of granting government powers that are not enumerated.

      • Except most education funding is through state taxes, not federal.

      • So, you’re saying The Establishment Clause, as interpreted, doesn’t apply to state tax money regarding education?

      • No, you brought up the Commerce Clause, which governs interstate commerce and federal budgeting. No one’s talking about federal funding of secular schools.

        The Establishment Clause forbids any federal or state government from establishing or subsidizing any religion.

      • Areas with voucher programs allow parents to use them at Catholic schools. The Commerce Clause reference was an analogy to show how the Constitution has been twisted to enable the government to grab powers not granted by the Constitution.

  • JP Fitzpatrick

    counted 5 Weppner for Congress lawn signs on Youngs Rd across from ECC North this week. they look like they were made in 1st grade art class (the ones that had their funding cut)

    • jerkwagon420

      I LOL’d when I read this.

      • JP Fitzpatrick

        They were all gone today! Someone must have left some of Alans articles in their mailbox! I wonder if Weppner-Shaming is considered bullying?

  • bugmenot2013

    If you haven’t yet, check out the This American Life installment from two weekends ago, titled “A Not So Simple Majority.” It was previewed on WBFO about being a mudslinging clusterfudge between factions on a New York school board, so I thought, Hamburg- but no. It’s East Ramapo downstate, where a faction of Hasidim (whose kids don’t even go to the public schools) essentially took over the district, cut public programs right and left, and found a way to funnel extra special ed money to yeshivas who, by federal and state law, cannot provide that kind of un-mainstream education for those kids. It sounded like a preview of what your Clarence Fundie Dude is trying to pull.

    • I heard it and it was beyond chilling. Just an awful story.

  • jerkwagon420

    This award reminds me of Doonesbury’s Self Esteem Camp.