2012-06-07 / Local & State

Ramsburg To Appear At Library


Ramsburg Ramsburg Karen Ramsburg, candidate for U. S. Congress and author of “Smith Rebellion 1765 Gives Rise to Modern Politics” will sign copies of her book and meet with the public at the Fulton County Library, 227 North First Street, in Mc- Connellsburg Saturday, June 9, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Following the book signing, Ramsburg will ride through the streets of McConnellsburg in a 1957 Thunderbird as part of the Strawberry Festival’s fireman’s parade, which begins at noon at Fulton County fairgrounds and proceeds down Lincoln Way to First Street.

Ramsburg won the Democratic nomination for U. S. Congress in the recent primary elections as a write-in candidate, receiving votes from all over the 9th Congressional District of Pennsylvania. She will oppose incumbent Congressman Bill Shuster in the November election later this year.

Ramsburg’s Web site can be seen at http://ramsburg4congress.com/. The 9th Congressional District includes all of Fulton, Franklin, Indiana, Fayette and Bedford counties and parts of several others.

Ramsburg’s Smith Rebellion relates significant but little known events that took place in what are now several of the counties of the 9th Congressional District. The action took place prior to the Revolutionary War when early Pennsylvania settlers objected to and interrupted shipment of British goods into the frontier. Karen has been active in bringing attention to these events and their historic importance in determining the relationship between governments and the people they serve. The Smith House was located in Mercersburg, where it will be restored, and the battle over the shipments involved Bedford, Fulton, and Franklin counties. Ramsburg’s home is in Mercersburg within a few yards of the restoration site.

From a review at Amazon.com: “The author ... managed to work in the likes of Ayn Rand, John Locke, Thomas Hobbs, Albert Camus, et. al., in a clever and rather successful attempt to use the Black Boys Rebellion as a backdrop for how we got politically to where we are today. Essentially she takes Locke’s vision of government being a contract in which men give up a small part of their natural rights in exchange for the right to life, liberty and property that a government could protect and insure, and posits by extension that the contract, if broken, would justly empower individuals to take up arms against the government to resist and form a new contract.”

“Her contention is that the American Revolution really didn’t have anything to do with the Stamp Act, the Boston Tea Party, or any other flap over representation issues in the halls of Parliament, but by a failure of the British colonial government to live up to the terms of their ‘contract’ with

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