I Love a Parade
Dear Friends and Neighbors:
When I speak to people across the district, they all want the same things: safe communities, good jobs, and strong families. This past week was a stark reminder that we have a lot of work to do towards achieving these three ideals.
Safe Communities- The world is on fire. We have war in the Middle East (again), war in Europe (still), war in Asia (are you tracking Azerbaijan vs. Armenia?), and war in Africa (nine coups since 2020). Our southern border is a disaster. Countries across South and Central America are falling apart. Iran and North Korea sow discord. Meanwhile, China just sits back and watches us play “whack-a-mole” as it quietly unleashes its new “Axis of Autocracy” against the United States.
When the United States projects weakness to the rest of the world, terrorist enterprises, rogue states, and peer adversaries see what they can get away with. And that’s exactly what’s happening right now. Under Joe Biden and Susan Wild, a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, our resolve is splintered, our budget is strained, and our military is unprepared for a multi-front war. If we don’t retake our rightful place as leaders of the free world, this chaos will only get worse.
Good Jobs- Yesterday, we learned that the Lehigh Valley was rejected as a $75 million “Tech Hub” by the federal government (here). Apparently, the application submitted by Susan Wild and a team of local economic developers wasn’t good enough to impress the reviewing bureaucrats.
But there’s a bigger issue here: We don’t need the federal government to deem our region “qualified” to create good jobs and improve technology manufacturing. I’ve already written how this whole process is just a big waste of time and money (here). Susan Wild invested a ton of political capital in this CHIPS Act application, and I’m shocked we didn’t receive the funding. Perhaps there is a silver lining: Now that the grant application is rejected, the local technology industry can get back to work innovating instead of filling out government forms.
Strong Families- With all the turmoil in the world, it’s easy to get depressed about our state of affairs. And driving around our own community provides ample evidence of hardship and decay. Crime is terrible. Traffic is jammed. Prices are way too high. The border crisis is affecting communities throughout the region. And the culture wars are tearing us apart.
Then I went to a parade, two, actually. I spent Saturday morning in Nazareth and Saturday afternoon in Lehighton. My son Jake was home from college, and he walked with me as my dad drove his 1948 Ford. Some members of the Dellicker campaign team joined us along with other GOP volunteers. Everybody had a blast.
We have a lot of problems. But our community is amazing. And our country is still strong. We just need different leadership to get us out of this funk and get us headed in the right direction. Let’s get to work!
Keep America Free.
Kevin Dellicker, from Heidelberg Township, Lehigh County, is a Republican running for United States House of Representatives in Pennsylvania’s 7th District. He owns a technology company and is a 28-year veteran of the United States Armed Forces. To learn more about his campaign visit www.dellickerforcongress.com.
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