Monthly Archives: October 2012

Upcoming November Meeting

Susquehanna Valley Conservatives is pleased to welcome Congressman Tom Marino as the speaker for their next meeting scheduled for Monday, November 19 at 7:00PM in the Baylor East Conference Room at the Best Western Country Cupboard Inn, Lewisburg.

Congressman Marino will speak to the election results and the related government reactions.


November Meeting – Date Change

Susquehanna Valley Conservatives will meet on Monday, November 19 at 7:00 PM in the Baylor East Conference Room at the Best Western Country Cupboard Inn, Lewisburg. The date was changed from the usual 2nd Monday meeting date because of the Veterans Day observance on November 12. Information about the program for that evening will be forthcoming.

SVC is encouraging you to volunteer at your local Republican Election Center. With the General Election only three weeks away it is important that we do everything within our power to ensure that Republicans are elected at the national, state, and local levels. Your help in achieving this goal will be much appreciated.

October Meeting Summary

‘I could have stayed and listened for another hour or two.’

So remarked one attendee at the Oct 8 political forum sponsored by the Susquehanna Valley Conservatives and held at the Campus Theater in Lewisburg.

For 90 minutes, Gary Sojka, retired President of Bucknell University, guided four top panelists – two liberals and two conservatives – as they presented their ‘Vision for America’ to a packed house. Sojka did a superb job handling the sometimes reasonable, sometimes contentious give and take between panelists; and, later in the evening, as the audience grew more vocal at points made by either side.

Susquehanna Valley Conservatives offers sincere thanks to Dr Sojka.

Retired Bucknell professors John Peeler and Peter Kresl (speaking for the liberal side) and Ana Puig and Andre Harper (for the conservatives), held the attention of approximately 330 attendees as they each offered an opening statement, then posed questions back and forth, seeking to draw distinctions between their vision and that of their opponents.

Peeler and Kresl presented liberalism from a historical perspective, going back to its roots in activism against the ‘Mercantilist State’, when people banded together to fight against exploitation by the merchant class. They moved forward on the timeline – through the rise of labor unions, to Keynesian economics in which government seeks to ‘guide’ economies by expenditure of public funds – to Roosevelt’s New Deal.

On the conservative side, Puig immediately made the case against re-electing the president, citing her experience immigrating to America to escape a socialist government, her travels around the world where she has observed socialist/Marxist governments and their impact on nations. Puig’s passion about not wanting to see America go into a state of decline by following the same path was evident in her presentation.

Andre Harper described his life on, and escape from, the streets of West Palm Beach. He cited his ‘awakening’ when Rev Jesse Jackson came to Florida A & M to talk ‘politics’ with students. Harper, a student leader for the Democratic Party at the time, was taken aback when Jackson spoke to black students, not about issues of the day, but only from a perspective of how those students were being exploited – how they owed blind allegiance – to the Democratic Party. His conclusion, and the main theme of his presentation – liberals are racists because they seek to continue to oppress minorities under the guise of ‘helping’ them.

Sparks flew near the end of the give and take when Puig drew a comparison between liberals and Communists. Dr Kresl took exception to that comparison – to which Harper shot back that liberals ‘can dish it out but they can’t take it.’

Susquehanna Valley Conservations sincerely thanks the panelists for their participation and the audience for their interest. Our Founding Fathers saw the need for an informed electorate as one of the linchpins of democracy. The SVC meeting on October 8 shows that residents of the Susquehanna Valley are willing to discharge that responsibility.

Pictures of the forum can be viewed here

SVC National Debt Tracker

Due to the full agenda for this meeting, national debt data was not presented.

Next Monthly Meeting

Next monthly meeting will be held Monday, November 19. Please note this is a change to the 3rd Monday of November, rather than the 2nd Monday because November 12 is Veterans Day


A Vision for America Forum Pictures

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A Vision for America Forum at the Campus Theatre

The Campus Theatre Marquee

Panelists and Moderator:
John Peeler (Liberal), Peter Kresl (Liberal), Gary Sojka (Moderator), Ana Puig (Conservative), Andre Harper (Conservative)

A Vision for America Forum – Tonight!

“A Vision for America – Conservative vs Liberal Perspective”

Join us tonight at the Campus Theatre in Lewisburg, PA for a political forum at 7pm.


Stop by our Tent at the Woolly Worm Festival!

Stop by and visit SVC’s tent at the Lewisburg Woolly Worm Festival!

We’re right next to the Woolly Worm Races!

Today, Saturday, October 6, 2012 until 4pm