The author next to honor of famed Scranton playwright/actor Jason Miller

I was the 2006 Republican Nominee for the U.S. House in the Pennsylvania 11th Congressional District.             I am a Conservative Republican and having run a grassroots, shoe-leather, underfunded campaign for office, I have a unique insight into the issues facing our country.
What you’ll get here is my honest insight into the goings on in today’s political world.
My opinions do not always sync up with the current Republican Party. They are what I believe to be genuine, Conservative viewpoints, regardless of who is in office.
It is my firm belief that respectful and meaningful dialogue is the only way to arrive at real solutions to our problems. We have lost our way from the time when President Reagan and Speaker O’Neil would battle it out as adversaries during the day, but have dinner as friends in the evening.

Below are some of my affiliations and awards:

United States Navy Veteran
Good Conduct Medal
Sea Service Ribbon
Phi Chi Omega Chiropractic Honor Society
New York Chiropractic Distinguished Service Award
National Republican Congressional Committee Leadership Award
2004 National Republican Congressional Committee Physician of the Year
2005 National Republican Congressional Committee Physician of the Year
Honorary Co-Chairman National Republican Congressional Committee Business Advisory Council
2005 National Republican Congressional Committee Ronald Reagan Gold Medal
Knights of Columbus
San Cataldo Social Society
National Federation of Independent Businesses
Editor, “the Impulse”, Student Publication of New York Chiropractic College


19 responses to “WHO I AM AND WHY I WRITE

  1. Joe,

    Thanks for pointing me to your True American Heroes post.


    gary poole

  2. Jeff F


    I’m a born-and-raised-in-NE-Penna Democrat who finds your blog a breath of fresh air. I’ve been looking high and low for a conservative blog that I can read with respect and reason, and I’ve finally found it. Even though you and I may disagree at times, I’m happy to now be a regular reader. Keep up the good work.

    Jeff F

  3. Jeff F

    I should’ve said Northern Central Penna. and added that I’ve lived in California for the past 28 (!!) years.


  4. Hi Jeff,

    Thank you for the kind words and comment.

    Keep up the Dialogue


  5. I just linked to your post about Fred Thompson.

  6. t.g.

    I’m pretty sure that last year Luzerne County paid Kevin Lynn to help out with making a film about the river common project. Guess that prevents him from speaking out about the damn dam. take care…t.g.

  7. Joe, just found your site, linked over from “Divided we Stand.” It’s good to hear another voice disavowing the current GOP as NOT the “real” GOP. You may be interested in this effort.

    Reference here: http://centralsanity.blogspot.com/2007/06/update-on-letter-to-republican-leaders.html

    And here: http://centralsanity.blogspot.com/2007/06/revised-letter-to-republican-leaders.html

  8. Michael Edmund

    I happened upon your blog from a link at either Huffington Post or Raw Story. I’ve taken the time to go back and read several months of your posts and although I don’t agree with everything…lol, I do appreciate the overall tenor of your posts and your responses to the comments as well. I especially like the “Keep up the dialoge” trailer you include on all your responses. One area in which I completely concur with you is that the current vitriolic climate of extreme partisan rigidity offers nothing in the way of solutions to the ever increasing problems we face as a Nation. It is reflected in every aspect of the Government and has seemingly contaminated other institutions as well. I once was told that you are either part of the problem or part of the solution. That one small comment resonated with me. Tolerance and patience , practiced in all our affairs can reveal previously unperceived conduits of grace and inspired insight if only we have the courage to entertain honest self appraisal and allow the notion of perhaps having been mistaken. I’ll continue to visit and chip in my two cents worth from time to time. Keep up the good work. If we all stop talking… then we are really in trouble.

  9. Thanks for the kind words Michael. While we may not always agree the idea is to get us to talk, or in this case write.

    Keep up the Dialogue


  10. John K


    I am sending along the following because I feel it is people like you who express how they see the world as the start of dialogue to seek the correct answers. Keep up the good work.

    To Dare
    To laugh is to risk appearing the fool.
    To weep is to risk appearing sentimental.
    To reach for another is to risk involvement.
    To expose your ideas, your dreams, before a crowd
    is to risk their loss.
    To love is to risk not being loved in return.
    To live is to risk dying.
    To believe is to risk failure.

    But risks must be taken, because the greatest
    hazard in life is to risk nothing.
    The people who risk nothing, do nothing,
    have nothing, are nothing.
    They may avoid suffering and sorrow,
    but they cannot learn, feel, change,
    grow, love, live.
    Chained by their attitudes, they are
    slaves; they have forfeited their freedom.
    Only a person who risks is free.

  11. Hi Joel,

    Those are good credentials friend. I just found your blog and am reading through it.

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  13. Herb

    I’m A conserative Republican ,But I Believe Burock Obama will Do The Best Job As President
    Of The United States,I Support Obama 100%

  14. Dear Joe,

    My name is Pat Baxter and I work for WPSU-TV, the PBS affiliate for Central Pennsylvania. For the upcoming elections, we’ve developed a website featuring video, audio and interactive quizzes to help provide easy to use information about all the state and U.S. congressional candidates that fall within Central PA and parts of Western PA. It features over 80 candidate profiles from 27 counties. I just wanted to let you know about this site and thought you might consider posting it as a non-partisan resource for your readers. You can view it here:


    This is a comprehensive, impartial website. It is meant to be an informational resource for voters, especially concerning local races that don’t normally get much attention in the media. It features video and audio interviews, a questionnaire on where candidates stand on key issues, and other such features. It also includes a “My Ballot” feature where users can enter their county and township to see which candidates are running within their area.

    Please let me know if you decide to post this website. Thanks very much and I look forward to hearing from you.


    Pat Baxter
    WPSU – Penn State Public Broadcasting

  15. Thank you for keeping us updated. I incredibly appreciate it and find all of the facts really useful.

  16. I learned about this blog from my college roomate. You should submit this to rss directories. It would make it easier to find. Best wishes and keep up the good info!

  17. What a great blog. Im truly a fan of your writing as well as your writing style. Dont stop writing. Keep up the good work.

  18. Bob Smith

    Dear Joe,
    My wife and I are retiring to NEPA, because we love the people and slower pace of life. Currently live i Bryn Mawr, PA. We have a summer home in Falls, PA. Lost it in the flood last year. Still moving to the area, just nned to find a home. Your website is just what we were looking for. Keep up the great work.

    Bob Smith

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