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Meet Gabe Hill – 19 Year Old Candidate for GOP National Delegate From Henrico County (VA-7)

GabeHillGabe Hill is only 19 years old but is a veteran of at least 3 political campaigns and is currently running to be a delegate to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland this summer to pick the nominee that will run for President of the United States. And this would not be his first Convention, he also attended the State convention a couple of weeks ago.

It always gives me hope when I meet someone so young that is already working to shape the world he will spend his life living in. While most of his peers are attending Bernie Sander’s rallies demanding more free stuff, Hill has been demonstrating a work ethic that shows he understands the principles that this nation was founded upon.

When he was 17, Gabe volunteered for the Dave Brat campaign for a Government class project (which is where I first met this young Republican) and he quickly moved from working the phone banks to reaching out to other young people to bring them in to the campaign.

After the Brat campaign, Gabe moved on to help Vince Haley in his bid for the State Senate.

I spoke to Zach Werrell who was one of the brilliant Campaign Managers for the Dave Brat Campaign and also managed the Haley Campaign. (Zach is currently managing the Congressional Campaign of State Senator Tom Garrett). Werrell told me, “Gabe Hill has tremendous tenacity and a passion for politics I have rarely seen from a person his age. Though I never worked with Gabe directly on the Brat race, Gabe was a tremendous asset for Vince Haley, for whom he knocked thousands of doors own his own.

I asked Hill what his plans were as far as a career and he said he plans to major in business entrepreneurship and try to do his part to create jobs and, of course, make a living. Not surprisingly, he also sees a future in politics. He would like to start at the state level and see where it will take him.

Gabe Hill is a bright and energetic young man with a passion for all things politics. He is mature beyond his years and has a tremendous future ahead of him. He is a perfect candidate to send to Cleveland and I would hope the Delegates to the 7th District Convention will elect Hill to represent the District in Cleveland. The GOP needs as many enthusiastic young men and women as they can get to preserve the future of the Party. And this is an opportunity to show the “Grand Old Party” is also the “Grand Young Party” by sending Gabe to Cleveland.

Folks, Gabe Hill is the real deal.

Gabe Hill bio:

Dear fellow 7th District conservatives,

My name is Gabe Hill and I am running for Delegate to the Republican National Convention representing the 7th Congressional District.

I am a 19 year old TRUE grassroots conservative from Richmond, VA. I will stand up for the Virginia Republican Creed and our conservative values in Cleveland, Ohio. Some quick political background information:

I began working in grassroots politics in September of 2014 while working as an intern on Dave Brat’s U.S. Congressional campaign. I had the privilege of working my way up from phone calling to being in charge of bringing in young students to phone bank and canvass.

I then had the opportunity to work on Vince Haley’s Virginia State Senate primary campaign in March of 2015. As an intern my responsibilities ranged from raising funds to helping staff events, phone banking, and canvassing.

In August of 2015, I started working as an intern on Siobhan Dunnavant’s general election campaign. We were able to pull off a huge win for Siobhan!

Currently, I work for a political organization called Turning Point USA as the Richmond Field Director. The organization’s mission is to identify, educate, train, and organize students to promote the principles of fiscal responsibility, free markets, and limited government.

I appreciate the opportunity to share a little bit more about myself. I look forward to meeting and speaking with many of the 7th district’s residents before the District Convention on May 21st. I humbly ask for your support and your vote. God Bless


Article written by: Tom White

Bike Races in RVA: Residents Disrupted; Taxpayers Shafted!

I am back from a short hiatus with the blog – sometimes it is other things and sometimes it is bloggers’ block (what to write about) and sometimes it is pure laziness.

So about the elections:  Three of my four Commonwealth Attorneys in western Virginia were elected and so was the Tesla of court clerks (only Flux Neo lost) and you know how close to losing the state senate we came (better invite free of charge to the Advance or better yet – split ’em up between committee chairs –  Thanksgiving dinner for those four candidates for Powhatan Sheriff!) and we lost a seat in the House.  King William County will have better government as insurgents won and will assist tax cutting Democrats Stephen Greenwood in his work.

And there is a by-election in the UK and UKIP better win it unexpectedly or the people of Britain may have to endure the EU misrule for 25 more years.  I’ll be covering it a bit.

But one thing I should do is put more stuff on the record and one of them – I told several people around town but not here at the blog – was:  You know what’ll happen with the bike races?  The locals will be disrupted, not that many people will come and the taxpayers will get screwed.  Again.  (Think proposed stadium deal, Fine Arts Museum and Redskins training camp among other things…)

GUESS WHAT?!  I was right on every point.  Here’s a great article on this in the Times-Dispatch:

September’s bike races not a ‘financial home run’ for Richmond

Not a home run?  Not even sure it’s a bunt single in the infield.  Let’s start with this:

Early economic indicators show Richmond saw a small uptick in overall economic activity during September, when the city hosted the UCI Road World Championships, but a decrease in hotel occupancy and flat restaurant sales.

Or this:

The region as a whole appears to have fared better. Henrico, the only other locality in the region to assess a meals tax, saw receipts increase during September.

And the Richmond-Petersburg hotel market as a whole saw a 1.2 percent increase in hotel occupancy during the month, with the biggest gains in Chesterfield and Hanover counties.

But Henrico’s meals tax revenue (and that increase may or may not be due to the race) only increased about $75k!

Henrico posted a year-over-year increase in restaurant sales, with a roughly $74,000 increase in tax receipts.

But the county paid $300,000 to get a piece of the racing action!  (This is from this article in Richmong magazine from 2014)

Henrico is prepared to spend up to $1.4 million on the event, including a $300,000 cash contribution to Richmond 2015. Up to $1.1 million will go to infrastructure projects and overtime costs for police working the event, says County Manager John Vithoulkas. “If revenue forecasts are remotely close, many of those costs will likely be recouped,” he says.

OOPS!  The first corollary to Sandy’s First Law of Private-Public Partnerships (That the taxpayers always get screwed unless someone keeps them in mind and puts them first) is that the vivid projections given to wide-eyed public officials are never realized.  If I were a Henrico supervisor, I’d have the county manager in a hot seat at the next meeting.  But it won’t happen because they are complicit in the deal and cannot attack the manager without attacking themselves.  Need proof:  Check this out from 2012 – Henrico initially said no and they were asked to pony up MORE and then did so indirectly:

The Board of Supervisors informally accepted a recommendation by County Manager Virgil R. Hazelett on Tuesday to provide $300,000 in cash support of the UCI Road World Championships instead of the $1.4 million requested by Richmond 2015, the nonprofit group planning the nine-day event.

The county would make up the difference with indirect donations through its share of regional contributions, as well as in-kind support services such as traffic control and security for cycling time trials held in Henrico and, if requested, helping neighboring Richmond.

The decision represents a reversal of Henrico’s position last month, when Hazelett and members of the board said they would not consider participating in the cycling championships without much more information to justify the cost to the county and disruption for residents, businesses, and churches.  (I bolded this)

And here we unveil Sandy’s second corollary to his First Law:  The Tip of the Iceberg corollary:  The announced taxpayer monies spent is the tip of the iceberg!

How about Hanover?  Here are the numbers according to the aforesaid Richmond magazine article:

Hanover will pay $100,000 to Richmond 2015 next year and provide services up to $65,000 for administrative costs and public safety assistance, according to county spokesman Tom Harris.

Hanover does not have a meals tax and the recoupment is bound to be smaller than Henrico.  Here is a confirmation from the Ashland Herald-Progress and the attitude so many took about this whole thing/boondoggle/disaster:

If so, it may be difficult to place a price tag on the economic benefits that accrued and weigh them against the costs to the counties involved. In addition to the cost of Hanover’s sponsorship ($100,000) and  the enhanced video promotions that aired world-wide during race broadcasts (about $7,000), there was the extra cost to public works and emergency services to close roads and maintain order during the event.

On the other hand, many millions of people around the world were at least presented the opportunity to realize that there is a Hanover County, Virginia. Hopefully most of those who attended the event and went back home overseas will spread the word that the event was a success and that Central Virginia is a pretty nice place to visit.

Besides, how many counties can claim that they co-hosted a world-class sporting event?

Let’s hope no one in RVA has a crazy idea to bring the Olympics here to Virginia!  One hundred grand might not sound like a lot but assuming Hanover had say a thousand teachers, that $100,000 could have been an extra hundred bucks for school supplies…

And then – let’s add insult to injury:  Nobody came!  (Remember that corollary to the Sanders’ First Law?)

Mike Watkins, president of the Richmond Region Hospitality Association, disagreed.

“I don’t think the rates were a factor at all,” he said. “Were there one or two hotels that maybe had some tall rates? Initially, yes. But I think the people that were coming for the races were coming for the races.”

He said the races simply did not deliver the number of visitors organizers initially anticipated. But, he quickly added, that’s not to say it wasn’t a good event that netted the region good international exposure.  (I bolded this, too)

So what happened?  How many small businesses downtown got hurt like this guy in the R T-D article:

Johnny Giavos, who has eight restaurants in the area, said the race hurt his business in heart of the city and helped his business outside the race area.

Perly’s on East Grace Street downtown, he said, would have gone out of business as a result of the event if it were a standalone business without revenue from other properties to fall back on.

“I loved the bike race,” Giavos said. “I thought it was good for Richmond.”

He continued: “Did it hurt businesses in Richmond? Yes. Did it help businesses outside of Richmond? Yes.”

Hey, I love the bike race, too.  Civic pride and all that.  And I’ll love it better when it is somewhere else!  The local people here got disrupted:

Some downtown businesses did not ask their employers to come into work during the races, and VCU canceled classes, essentially giving students the week off.

That sure hurt local businesses and restaurants.

There is one (partial) hero in all this:  Chesterfield County.  They largely resisted the siren song of glamour and fame and rosy projections and said NO to taxpayer involvement in the bike race:

Then there’s Chesterfield, which is reluctant to use taxpayer dollars to cover the $200,000 fee Richmond 2015 requires to start a race in the county. “At this point, we’ve not been able to come to an agreement that satisfies all parties,” says David Pritchard, special project manager in county administration.

The county is prepared to spend $30,000 on public safety costs if a race did start in Chesterfield, and it is still in communication with Richmond 2015 about getting involved, Pritchard says.

Although they did indirectly contribute:

Additionally, Chesterfield waived its portion of the Greater Richmond Convention Center fees that Richmond 2015 will pay to rent the facility for two weeks next September. That amounts to $71,500, Pritchard says.

For the record, here’s the city’s and state’s contribution (most of which if not all was your tax dollars at work) was:

Locally, the city is spending $1.6 million to resurface more than 26 miles of roads in 2014 and 2015; another $880,000 will go toward sidewalk, curb, gutter and wheelchair ramp improvements along the courses, according to the city’s Public Works spokeswoman Sharon North. The city has committed $5.5 million in cash and in-kind services to the event, by far the most of any locality involved. The state has pledged $2 million.

For the record, the road improvements were largely needed.  You could say the city moved up public works projects from future fiscal years to this one.  That is not ideal but perhaps helpful in long run.  And you cannot do an event like this without police and other support.  BUT, you can see the road work was not even half of the $5.5 million spent.

And you wonder why nobody wants the Olympic Games!

So let’s sum up:

  • Bike race did not meet projections
  • Nobody came!
  • Locals and businesses got disrupted
  • Taxpayers got screwed

Another brilliant example of Sandy’s First Law of Public-Private Partnerships:  The Taxpayer Gets Screwed

Will the lesson be learned?  Probably not since Sandy has no interest in running for supervisor.  (Delegate or state senator maybe but never supervisor!)  But they tend to offer these sporting events again to the areas that hosted it before.  And my answer would be and is: HELL NO!


Article written by: Elwood "Sandy" Sanders

Wow! Garrett’s Got Guts!

I was listening to the John Fredericks Show today and he promised Senator Tom Garrett and a blockbuster announcement.  Now I knew Tom when he was an assistant attorney general and he and Rusty McGuire were both working in the same building (maybe same department; Rusty was also an assistant attorney general) and they were both running for Commonwealth’s Attorney in their home counties:  McGuire in Hanover (unsuccessfully) and Garrett in Louisa (he won – beat a incumbent) but in an O’Henryesque ending, Garrett victoriously runs for state senate and McGuire, his deputy at the time, ends up the elected CA for Louisa!

Fredericks and Garrett did not disappoint:  For Senator Garrett threw down the gauntlet to his majority leader, Senator Thomas Norment – you can be Finance Committee chair or majority leader but not both at the same time.  Garrett even cited former senator Chichester as an example of the dangers of too much power.  All I kept saying was:  Garrett’s Got Guts!

Now you only take on your majority leader if you are foolish or principled and don’t care about the political consequences or you know something.  I suspect Tom knows something for he is not foolish.  He is principled but he’s interested in a future in politics.  In fact he laid another blockbuster:  He’s thinking about running for Governor.

I would have to pray hard about Garrett for Governor but I would be inclined to help him.  I think Tom Garrett could be a surprise – independent minded, principled, tough, but also willing to hear out the other side.  (The senator did vote against Chap’s appellate defender bill but I’ll work on him!)  Speaking of Chap, he had nice things to say about Senator Chap Petersen (Sandy’s favorite Democrat) calling him his second favorite Democrat senator (I did not catch the name of Tom’s favorite!) and Garrett also mentioned something I plan to follow up with him on:  The $16,000.00 bachelor’s degree.  Tell me more, Tom!  He wants 67% of the education monies to go to the classroom not to administration!  More!  More!  And who is that favorite Dem?

I hope to follow up after I reach out to Senator Garrett.

 

 


Article written by: Elwood "Sandy" Sanders

Winchester Commonwealth’s Attorney Abrams Says FOIA Does Not Apply to Campaign Work During Business Hours

We have a very interesting race going on in Winchester. It seems the acting Commonwealth Attorney claims that work done at the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office on his campaign by office workers during the working day is not subject to FOIA requests.

A better question is why are the employees of the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office working on a campaign when they are supposed to be at work for the people?

The letter below is a response to Marc Abrams refusal to hand over the documents requested in the FOIA.

You just can’t make this stuff up! It’s definitely time to look at strengthening Virginia’s FOIA laws.

Mr. Marc Abrams

Acting Commonwealth’s Attorney and Custodian of Records

Office of the Winchester Commonwealth’s Attorney

24 Rouss Avenue, Suite 200

Winchester, VA 22601

Re:       Followup to Your September 29, 2015 Freedom of Information Act Response

Dear Mr. Abrams:

We received your response to our second Virginia Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) request on behalf of Darryl Major, a citizen of the Commonwealth of Virginia. You will recall that on September 23, 2015, inter alia, we asked for records in your office relating to time spent by your staff on your candidacy for election as Commonwealth’s Attorney including a certain appeal to the 10th District Republican Committee relating to your campaign.

In your response of September 29, 2015, you declined to provide many of the records requested, stating that “Any discussion pertaining to political matters would not constitute a public record” and thus is not “required to be disclosed pursuant to the Virginia Freedom of Information Act.” We make the following follow-up requests on Mr. Major’s behalf.

From your refusal to provide the requested records, it appears that you are taking the position that even if your staff had spent substantial time during working hours on your political campaign, you would not be required to disclose records confirming that work because they are not “public records” within the definition of the Virginia FOIA. Based on this same rationale, you also refuse to disclose campaign emails sent from private accounts during work hours to advance your political campaign. And, you also refuse to disclose certain “personal pictures of Marc Abrams” stored on office computers, which were attached to two emails, both dated July 14, 2015, which emails were provided in response to our initial request, also dated July 14, 2015.   (We certainly cannot understand why you originally believed that the two emails you provided was responsive to our request, but then took the position that the three photographs attached to those emails were personal, and not responsive to our request.)

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However, we know that several, if not all, of the employees of the Commonwealth Attorney’s office for whom you are responsible, have been involved in your campaign.

  • Several of the employees of the Commonwealth Attorney’s attended the over three-hour civil hearing in Winchester Circuit Court on July 17, 2015, in which some members of the Winchester Republican Committee unsuccessfully attempted to stop the primary which was held on July 18. And, it must be remembered that this was a hearing in which none of these employees had any official role — attending only to observe a case apparently brought by your political allies.
  • In addition, several of the employees of the Commonwealth Attorney’s office attended two of your public campaign events — one where you announced the launching of your campaign for the Republican nomination (on June 17, 2015), and when that proved unsuccessful, a later one where you announced the launching of your campaign as an independent candidate (on July 31, 2015).[1]

This conduct occurred during work hours when your office staff was being paid with taxpayer funds to do the public’s business. Although you provided no actual records relating to employee leave, you created a summary sheet purporting to evidence leave taken by your staff members on two days only: for you and two staff members on the date of the July 17 hearing in Winchester Circuit Court involving the Republican nomination, and for you and nine staff members on the date of your July 31 campaign event. Of course, from this summary sheet, it cannot be determined whether leave was requested at the time, or if it was requested only after your office received Mr. Major’s request for records.

In view of the foregoing, we have two requests.

First, regardless of your view of the statutory requirements for compelled disclosure of records, the people of Winchester have a right to know whether you have been faithful to your responsibility as Acting Commonwealth’s Attorney to prevent your staff from spending office time on your campaign, misusing tax dollars for that purpose. Therefore, we would again ask that you disclose the actual payroll records reflecting the taking of leave by your employees on the dates previously requested, rather than summary sheets, as well as all other instances where your employees have been involved with your campaign, revealing whether they were on leave or on official time.

Second, section 18.2-112.1(b) of the Code of Virginia provides:

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Any full-time officer, agent, or employee … of any City … who, without lawful authorization, uses or permits the use of public assets for private or personal purposes unrelated the duties and office of the accused or any other legitimate government interest when the value of such use exceeds $1,000 in any 12-month period, is guilty of a Class 4 felony.

Accordingly, based on the incidents cited above, and your refusal to provide the actual payroll records, and your refusal to provide other emails and photographs and other records developed by or emailed by your staff, we would respectfully request that you forthwith either refer this matter to another Commonwealth’s Attorney for investigation, or apply to the Court for the appointment of a Special Prosecutor, or refer the matter to the “Bureau of Criminal

Investigation of the Department of State Police.” See Virginia Code § 19.2-155 and § 52-8.1.

Lastly, our September 23 FOIA request asked a question about a June 19, 2015 email to you from a Frederick County Sheriffs Deputy which included a veiled threat against one of your political opponents. In response, you said your office has no records about investigating that apparent threat, thus implying you have done nothing with respect to this written threat.

Please confirm that you took no official action whatsoever in response to this apparent threat.

Sincerely yours,

William J. Olson

cc:         Mr. Darryl Major

[1] Additionally on October 16, 2015, several of the employees of the Commonwealth Attorney’s office for whom you are responsible, attended a press conference held by Howard Mannheimer endorsing your candidacy.


Article written by: Tom White

Meet David E. Hansen: Running for BOCS in King William! Only One Term for me if Elected!

How about this platform for a BOCS candidate:

Public Office is a serious undertaking and I approach this with a strong ethical commitment to do the best job I can, and to serve one term.

  1. I have specific ideas on how to attract business to King William County, which would bring some relief to the burden homeowners are currently shouldering. Candidates always make this promise to bring in more business but rarely go beyond generalities. My business experience and education will be brought to bear in my service as the 4th District Supervisor.
  1. I will work with our School Board to identifying areas of savings that could be then used to provide raises to our hard working public school teachers, from those savings. I will work to get our classroom teachers a 5% pay increase; and each school system employee currently earning less than $20,000 a 10% pay increase.
  1. I will not vote for any tax increase, but rather, I will work with each County Department to reduce their budget by 5% each of the following years. This includes the Schools, with no teacher layoffs.

  1. I will work to reduce the Tax .94 cents per 100 assessed value, with a goal of .80, or less, within four years.

  1. The County ‘checkbook’ must be put on-line, to allow immediate taxpayer knowledge as to where their money is being spent.

Well, hearten those in the Fourth District of King William County (Will I be accused AGAIN of being out of my lane!) for you have such a candidate:  David E. Hansen.  Here’s Hansen’s bio:

I joined the Naval Reserve while a Junior in High School; and transferred to active duty Army upon college graduation, graduating from OCS, and Ranger/Airborne training prior to my first assignment to the Army Honor Guard. After service as a combat Infantry Platoon Leader in the DMZ of Korea, I served in several overseas assignments. I have a Master’s in Health Science and a Master’s in Business Administration.

At the completion of 12 years military service; I became a State Trooper serving 12 years, prior to entering private industry in Regulatory Compliance, with focus on Training and Risk Management; retiring from FedEx as an operations manager, and 17 years in Corporate Programs analysis, development, and implementation.

Here’s more platform and how to get ahold of David:

1. I will immediately begin the elimination of the forestry exemption for everyone other than family owned land i.e., no LLC will be allowed to take this County tax relief. I believe that agriculture, a ‘family owned farm,’ should remain within a designated Land Use Exemption Program; however, I will sponsor an evaluation of the existing Agriculture (family farm) exemptions, documenting the Federal, and State funding given each vs. the ‘need’ for any additional County support.
2. I support a documentation of every ‘Regional Authority,’ that King William participates in, to include the exact statute requirements with focus on the protection of individual property rights within the County and the absolute minimal required dollar cost of each. This list and support data will be made available for review on the County web page. I do not agree that an ‘unelected’ body has any ‘right’ to infringe upon individual rights. This includes County Departments, who will not be allowed to take any ‘grant’ monies and or make any agreement / commitment without full approval of the majority of the Board of Supervisors prior to taking any money and or making any agreement / commitment.
3. The number one issue in King William is that of the continued devaluation of home ownership coupled with the increasing reliance of tax rate increases upon homeowners. The B.O.S. first priority is to reduce home owner taxes.
 You can email David Hansen at dehansen11@yahoo.com.  Be blessed on the campaign trail or it is trial!  :)
Dave's Photo
 Here’s his pix!  There are others in KW worth talking about running for supervisor so stay tuned…

Article written by: Elwood "Sandy" Sanders

The Iran Deal is an Executive Agreement; Practicalism is Problem

Brian Schoeneman has published a brilliantly written piece over at Bearing Drift entitled, The Iran Deal is not a Treaty, wherein he endeavors to demonstrate that this whole Iran Nuclear Deal really is what the President says it is, an Executive Agreement. He begins his piece by offering up the arguments which he seeks to dispel, not to lay waste to or even criticize these perspectives, but merely to state them, honestly, in the unedited words of those who expressed them. I mention this, I suppose, out of respect for the proper form of argument, which I rarely see anymore these days, but which was executed perfectly in Brian’s piece.

Mr. Schoeneman goes on to detail the legal history and relevant rulings of the courts with regard to Executive Agreements; which is to say, that he explains to us exactly how bizarre and corrupt our government has become, even though, I suspect, that was not his intention. I have a few disagreements with a couple of his premises, but those counter arguments have been made at Bearing Drift by others, and if debating this article interests you, it ought to be debated where it was written.

I suggest that you read the article, because I will not quote it here. Instead, I intend to address a larger problem with the Republican Party which the Schoeneman piece perfectly depicts. This is not a problem that originates with the Republican Party, nor is the GOP Leadership the only group of people guilty of it. The problem is something I refer to as Practicalism. It’s a term I coined in my notes while studying philosophy at Virginia Tech. A term I used to describe something for which I didn’t have a word.

Practicalism is not a philosophy, but rather a way of thinking. I say that it is not a philosophy, because it has no adherence to any set of principles, nor does it necessarily consider principles. Instead, Practicalism is a word I use for people who think in terms, primarily, if not exclusively, of what is “practical”. Practicalism accepts whatever is commonly accepted. It adopts the language, ideas, and “reality” most prevalent within a system, a culture, or within the larger set of ideas, being that which is common. Anything which contradicts that which is commonly accepted is impractical and therefore unreasonable, or so the Practicalists believe.

Another excellent example of what I refer to as Practicalism is the 14th Amendments’ infiltration into every aspect of American Life. The 14th Amendment, written to protect the rights of slaves, freed slaves, and the children of slaves, states in Section 1:

All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside. No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

Now, the words, “equal protection of the laws” has come to refer to everyone and in almost every circumstance or situation. The Amendment was clearly written to protect African-American slaves and their decedents from mistreatment under the Democrat Rule in The South, or wherever Democrats had amassed power. It was not intended to address the rights of women, homosexuals, diplomats, or illegal aliens. Yet, through the perversions of our Courts, the 14th Amendment has grown in scope and this new scope is now commonly accepted as the only correct interpretation of the amendment. Anything contradicting this popular and modern view of the 14th Amendment is considered to be wrong, by virtue of its’ being impractical.

Soldiers_military_combat_field_dress_uniforms_Iran_Iranian_army_013Republicans don’t want to deport illegal aliens, because it is impractical. It is hard, expensive, and it will hurt business (especially business as usual). Republicans don’t really want to overturn Roe v. Wade, because women have accepted that access to infanticide is a right, and it would be impractical to take away a right to which women have become accustomed. Republicans don’t want to talk about gay marriage, because the Supreme Court ruled on DOMA and “everyone” accepts that gays have the right to marry, and it would be impractical to oppose it. Republicans don’t want to stop Iran from getting the bomb, because most of the world despises Israel anyway and figures that world peace would be greatly increased if there were no Jews in the world; for, as we know, Jews are offensive to Muslims and offending Muslims causes war and war is impractical. Republicans aren’t going to cut back on spending or reduce the debt, because Maryland and Virginia now have economies entirely predicated upon federal government spending, and millions of people would be put out of work, and Maryland’s and Virginia’s economies would be upended, and it would just be all together impractical.

If “everyone” accepts that the President has the right to call a Treaty an Executive Agreement, then it is impractical to oppose it. That is the nature behind the thought of Brian Schoeneman’s piece. Do you really think Brian, or anyone over at Bearing Drift actually likes the Iran Deal? They don’t! Even the idea that because the super wealthy Wall Street and K Street crowds stand to make a fortune off the Iran Treaty, doesn’t mean that men like Brian Schoeneman or Shaun Kenney stand to make a penny off it. In fact, I suspect that neither of them like the Iran Deal. I suspect that most of their principles would lead them to be in utter opposition to the Iran Deal. But principles don’t matter when you are a Practicalist, when you practice Practicalism.

I listened to about 3 minutes of Rush Limbaugh on my way home from work. I listened to Mark Levin’s Friday evening show on my way to work. Even Mark Levin and Rush Limbaugh don’t understand the mindset they are up against. Everyone is looking for a sinister reason, a maleficent motive, an evil at the heart of the Republican Party which has caused it to disappoint so many of us who call ourselves Republicans, or who place our hope in Republican opposition.

It’s not that they are evil.

Mitch McConnell and John Boehner do not believe that it is practical to fight Obama while he is in the White House. It’s hard, difficult, troubling, and impractical. It’s not practical to pass a bill that the President could veto, so they don’t do it. It’s not practical to oppose Welfare or Federal Spending or bureaucratic overreach if most of the American People don’t even know that these things are a problem. It’s impractical. Why fight losing battles? Why take unpopular positions? It’s impractical.

This is why the Republican Party you gave control over the United States Congress is working more closely with President Obama than they are with the citizens that put them into power in the first place. Obama has the real power, not you. Therefore, listening to you is impractical. Working with Obama is practical.

You must understand the way these people think in order to understand why we are where we are. McConnell and Boehner aren’t really evil, even though they enable evil. They accept the world, the system, the rules, the common lexicon, and the common understanding as intrinsically valuable because they are common, because they are accepted. Principles and philosophies are impractical, to them.

So, when it comes right down to it, if Judges, Presidents, and Congressmen all agree that something is what they say it is, then to them, it is just crazy for anyone to challenge it. The majority accept it – deal with it. That is the America you live in. That is just how shallow and thin our thinkers and politicians have become.

Frankly, on some level, I think this is why Trump is so popular. He’s the most impractical man in the game. He just says whatever the majority of people wish was the case, and is riding a wave of unprecedented support. But that’s a topic for another day. This article is already too long and if most people refuse to read an article this long, then you can rest assured that such an article was impractical in the first place!

UPDATE: Shaun Kenney weighs in with the same thinking. Virginia Politics is a whore up for sale. Jeb Bush is willing to purchase us. Bush To Fundraise For Virginia Senate Republicans. Jeb Bush accepts the way our politics works and is working it. Jeb Bush is practical.

 

 

 

 


Article written by: Steven Brodie Tucker

Request For TEA PARTY Action: Ensure A Conservative On Virginia Ballot!

Like most young men who major in Philosophy, I am the son of a father who is considerably more intelligent than I – the following idea was his and it’s genius.

Virginia TEA PARTY’S – It has come to my attention that conservative candidates have been reaching out to TEA Party’s to help secure enough signatures to get on the ballot in Virginia. Here is the suggestion: get as many signatures for as many conservative candidates as possible to ensure that as the whittling down of candidates begins, Virginia will have at least one Conservative to vote for come the primary.

While working on a separate, unpublished, article, I marveled at the opportunity Virginia has to engage, truly, the best this Republican Party has to offer in 2016. There are so many great candidates, so many great conservative candidates – shouldn’t we be working hard to ensure that we have as many of them on the ballot in Virginia as possible? Who knows who will still be standing when it’s our turn to vote in a Republican Primary.

I ask that every TEA Party Leader in Virginia, reach out to the campaigns of every conservative candidate in the Republican Party, and to work tirelessly to ensure that they get the 10,000 signatures they need to get on the ballot in 2016. Surely, we don’t want a repeat of 2012!

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In 2012, we watched conservative after conservative crash and burn under media scrutiny, hype, and chicanery. Let’s ensure this doesn’t happen in Virginia in 2016. This is something the TEA Party is uniquely qualified to accomplish. I leave it in your hands.


Article written by: Steven Brodie Tucker

What Rebellion Looks Like…

Rebellion. Civil Disobedience. Revolution.

I keep hearing these words and phrases and cannot help but be interested by the sentiment. However, I do not see patriots and warriors calling for change, real change; I hear bloggers and writers and mouth pieces. I have heard similar sentiments from those with guns, people who hunt, fish, and work for a living; and Mark Levin.

It would make a great movie.

But let’s be honest with ourselves – I don’t see anyone rebelling. Texas is often held up as a proud, American State, unwilling to put up with tyranny. Texas takes money like the rest. I’m not buying it.

Rebellion, real rebellion, is war. It looks, sounds, feels, and tastes like war.

War is awful, hard, and bloody; and usually, tenacity isn’t enough.

rebellion-jewellery_111060If this federal government decides to embrace tyranny, tyranny is what we’ll have. It doesn’t matter how many movies we watch or how much Rage Against the Machine we listen to – power is the ability to do work and the federal government has almost all of the power. So, let’s drop these dreams of rebellion. Because what rebellion looks like is Death.

What we require is not rebellion or Hollywood fantasies of a Rising Generation. What we need are politicians and bureaucrats, public school teachers, journalists, and businessmen that can see further then their own bank accounts. Being angry never solved anything.

Hating your liberal schools won’t stop them from being liberal. You must invade them the way they invaded them. Change them the way they changed them.

Hating your Statist government won’t stop them from being Statist. You must invade it the way they invaded it. Change our government the way they changed our government.

If we don’t retake our political parties, school boards, and our state and federal representatives, then there is no hope.

Freedom looks an awful lot like chaos when there is no Social Contract to protect it.

Morality, philosophy, and engagement are necessary to protect liberty. You cannot rest upon your morality to save you. Christians and Jews have been wiped off the maps in certain countries and their morality and religion didn’t save them. They just died.

Conservatives are being targeted now. Americans are being targeted now.

Rhetoric won’t save you. Facebook posts won’t save you.

The government is organized.

Get organized.

Just saying.

The moral of the story is this: drop what you are doing – whatever it is that is so important to you. Take your schools, communities, states, and federal government back. At best, it will take 100 years. At worst, you’ll all be living in Barack Obama’s Brave New World 6 years from now. Our country is quickly embracing insanity. Ask yourselves, if you trust the people working on your school boards more than yourselves. Do you trust Rob Wittman? Do you trust Bob Goodlatte? Do you trust Rigell?

No? Then do something about it. The establishment Republican Party is about to come down on you with all its’ power, Virginia. Get ready. If you find someone who you think can win, you badger them until they run. You knock on doors until they win. You are not free. This is not a free country. If you don’t take over your governments, it’s over. Period.

Do not read this and say, “Yes!”. Do something. Anything. Everything.

If you don’t know what is going on in your governments, you are a subject. If your politicians and bureaucrats won’t tell you what’s going on in your governments, then you are a subject. Don’t be a subject. A successful rebellion requires hundreds of millions of people.

People follow examples.

Be an example.

We don’t have to be subjects. We can all be the sovereigns we were meant to be. Our government is organized and motivated. We have to be more motivated and more organized if we are to stand a chance. This is reality. I’m just saying. Do something. 2016 won’t save us. We have to save us. Violence and rhetoric in this country will be easily defeated. Don’t believe me? Turn on a TV. If you want to change the world and save it from the Statists, throw out your school boards and your county supervisors. Run against your delegates. Find qualified people – not just angry people. Run a Vince Haley against every Republican you can find. Lose. Win. Doesn’t matter. At this point – just fight.

 


Article written by: Steven Brodie Tucker

The Official Blog Interview with the Libertarian candidate for the 10th State Senate District: Carl Loser

Carl Loser is one of the bravest persons I know. He is running for office. And he does not try to hide his last name or try to get people to pronounce it “Looser” or “Lusay”, no, it’s “Loser” and he embraces it.

Carl is the Libertarian candidate for the Tenth Senate District of Virginia. I spoke with him and his campaign manager, Corey M. Fauconier (full disclosure: Corey is a good friend and fellow brother in Christ and fellow Toastmaster, too!) at separate places.

Vital statistics: Carl is single (I warned him: Women might be after him while he runs for office – see my story here!) and no kids. He’s 24 or so.

He got involved in the LP because of Robert Sarvis running for governor in 2013. He first ran for Powhatan Clerk of the Court and finished six out of eight!

Carl wants to do three things if elected:

  1. End prohibition. For most Libertarians, that means drugs. Carl is no exception. (No he does not use the drugs!) He would start with marijuana and work to other drugs. But Carl is also concerned about prostitution and gambling. Making prostitution legal could cut the market out from under the terrible trafficking we see today. Gambling is virtually illegal in Virginia except for small states poker, charitable gaming and the state lottery. Carl would privatize the lottery (I agree there) and also legalize gambling, too. He wants most private contracts (other than obviously illegal like hit man contracts) fully enforced.

  2. Economic Opportunity: Loser wants to enhance economic development through lower taxes, less waste in government, vocational education (He would get rid of the compulsory education law), abolish the Certificate of Public Need required for many expansions of medical facilities, Carl would also abolish ABC and allow private sales of liquor instead.

  3. Equal Treatment under law: Loser is very concerned about how politicians exempt themselves from so many laws like Obamacare. There is also a scandalous system called Land Use that hobbles counties – 8% of the land in Powhatan is under Land Use. That causes 92% to subsidize the 8%. Local businesses pay more in taxes but get less benefits than huge crony capitalists. Carl is opposed to such things as public subsidies of baseball stadiums.

I think Carl is the real deal and is trying out new ideas, too. Still developing the things he wants to speak of, Fauconier is working on a hip-hop song or series of songs for the campaign and the ideals of the LP. I told Corey that has potential to be a major impact on LP campaigns throughout the nation. Here is a picture of LP National Chairman Nicholas Sarwark doing the “Loser for Liberty” sign – a left hand on the forehead – that is the trademark of the campaign.

Of course any independent candidate has a uphill battle. But Carl Loser hopes to make an impact and maybe even win, too!

I had to ask: How is your last name playing on the trail? Carl Loser’s name has helped him get all sorts of publicity – mostly free – not just in the district but around the country, too!

Here’s a presser from the campaign:

Video / Song Release for “Nice: Libertarian Theme is set for video / song release on Wednesday, July 8, 2015 between 7 pm and 11 pm at Blithe 1719 E. Main Street Richmond, Virginia. Carl R. Loser, who is the Libertarian running for the Senate seat in Virginia’s 10th district is getting a good rap. Loser’s Campaign Manager Corey Fauconier used his alter ego ‘Sage” an independent Hip Hop writer has recorded “Nice: The Libertarian Theme”. The song explains the current state of government is poor and goes into platform issues that the Libertarian Party deems important. From deregulation of health care, decriminalization of marijuana, reducing government waste in spending and the flat tax. “Nice: The Libertarian Theme is set for a July 8, 2015 release on I Tunes and Google Play.

Fauconier says, “I came to be introduced to the Libertarian Party when Robert Sarvis and James Carr came to participate in the Candidates Forum sponsored by the Richmond Crusade for Voters back in November 2014 at Virginia Union University. African Americans are still fighting freedom. Why not try another party. It is my personal opinion that neither the Democratic or Republican parties are working in our best interests. Major party politicians always raise hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign monies. This does not mean that they are the leadership that we need, it just means that they have access to a great deal of money. Hip Hop is a cultural method of expression. I just wanted to express my support for a party which wants change in our community. I hope that more African Americans seriously consider the Libertarian Party”
The instrumental for “Nice: Libertarian Theme” was produced and arranged by Fauconier’s long time producer friend Robert “RoBeaTs (yes he spells it that way) Wilkenson formerly of Glen Allen who now resides in Woodbridge, Virginia. The track was recorded by Jonathan “Skunk” Scott of MSB804LLC Studios in Manchester. On June 15, 2015 the video in support of “Nice: Libertarian Theme” was filmed on location in Richmond, Virginia by Reid Schiff of Virginia Beach. Schiff recently graduated from J Sargent Reynolds and is looking to continue his studies at Virginia Commonwealth University in the fall.
Loser explains. “The two established parties feel threatened by third-party candidates who more directly represent the citizen’s interests.“Government is the result of where our community is today. It has problems and it is time to face them. I can only do so much to help while I am not in office. When I am elected, I will handle our problems more efficiently.”
For more info on the Loser for Liberty Campaign, visit Loser4liberty.com or text “good life” to 72727.

Article written by: Elwood "Sandy" Sanders

The Official Blog Interview with the Libertarian candidate for the 10th State Senate District: Carl Loser

Carl Loser is one of the bravest persons I know. He is running for office. And he does not try to hide his last name or try to get people to pronounce it “Looser” or “Lusay”, no, it’s “Loser” and he embraces it.

Carl is the Libertarian candidate for the Tenth Senate District of Virginia. I spoke with him and his campaign manager, Corey M. Fauconier (full disclosure: Corey is a good friend and fellow brother in Christ and fellow Toastmaster, too!) at separate places.

Vital statistics: Carl is single (I warned him: Women might be after him while he runs for office – see my story here!) and no kids. He’s 24 or so.

He got involved in the LP because of Robert Sarvis running for governor in 2013. He first ran for Powhatan Clerk of the Court and finished six out of eight!

Carl wants to do three things if elected:

  1. End prohibition. For most Libertarians, that means drugs. Carl is no exception. (No he does not use the drugs!) He would start with marijuana and work to other drugs. But Carl is also concerned about prostitution and gambling. Making prostitution legal could cut the market out from under the terrible trafficking we see today. Gambling is virtually illegal in Virginia except for small states poker, charitable gaming and the state lottery. Carl would privatize the lottery (I agree there) and also legalize gambling, too. He wants most private contracts (other than obviously illegal like hit man contracts) fully enforced.

  2. Economic Opportunity: Loser wants to enhance economic development through lower taxes, less waste in government, vocational education (He would get rid of the compulsory education law), abolish the Certificate of Public Need required for many expansions of medical facilities, Carl would also abolish ABC and allow private sales of liquor instead.

  3. Equal Treatment under law: Loser is very concerned about how politicians exempt themselves from so many laws like Obamacare. There is also a scandalous system called Land Use that hobbles counties – 8% of the land in Powhatan is under Land Use. That causes 92% to subsidize the 8%. Local businesses pay more in taxes but get less benefits than huge crony capitalists. Carl is opposed to such things as public subsidies of baseball stadiums.

I think Carl is the real deal and is trying out new ideas, too. Still developing the things he wants to speak of, Fauconier is working on a hip-hop song or series of songs for the campaign and the ideals of the LP. I told Corey that has potential to be a major impact on LP campaigns throughout the nation. Here is a picture of LP National Chairman Nicholas Sarwark doing the “Loser for Liberty” sign – a left hand on the forehead – that is the trademark of the campaign.

Of course any independent candidate has a uphill battle. But Carl Loser hopes to make an impact and maybe even win, too!

I had to ask: How is your last name playing on the trail? Carl Loser’s name has helped him get all sorts of publicity – mostly free – not just in the district but around the country, too!

Here’s a presser from the campaign:

Video / Song Release for “Nice: Libertarian Theme is set for video / song release on Wednesday, July 8, 2015 between 7 pm and 11 pm at Blithe 1719 E. Main Street Richmond, Virginia. Carl R. Loser, who is the Libertarian running for the Senate seat in Virginia’s 10th district is getting a good rap. Loser’s Campaign Manager Corey Fauconier used his alter ego ‘Sage” an independent Hip Hop writer has recorded “Nice: The Libertarian Theme”. The song explains the current state of government is poor and goes into platform issues that the Libertarian Party deems important. From deregulation of health care, decriminalization of marijuana, reducing government waste in spending and the flat tax. “Nice: The Libertarian Theme is set for a July 8, 2015 release on I Tunes and Google Play.

Fauconier says, “I came to be introduced to the Libertarian Party when Robert Sarvis and James Carr came to participate in the Candidates Forum sponsored by the Richmond Crusade for Voters back in November 2014 at Virginia Union University. African Americans are still fighting freedom. Why not try another party. It is my personal opinion that neither the Democratic or Republican parties are working in our best interests. Major party politicians always raise hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign monies. This does not mean that they are the leadership that we need, it just means that they have access to a great deal of money. Hip Hop is a cultural method of expression. I just wanted to express my support for a party which wants change in our community. I hope that more African Americans seriously consider the Libertarian Party”
The instrumental for “Nice: Libertarian Theme” was produced and arranged by Fauconier’s long time producer friend Robert “RoBeaTs (yes he spells it that way) Wilkenson formerly of Glen Allen who now resides in Woodbridge, Virginia. The track was recorded by Jonathan “Skunk” Scott of MSB804LLC Studios in Manchester. On June 15, 2015 the video in support of “Nice: Libertarian Theme” was filmed on location in Richmond, Virginia by Reid Schiff of Virginia Beach. Schiff recently graduated from J Sargent Reynolds and is looking to continue his studies at Virginia Commonwealth University in the fall.
Loser explains. “The two established parties feel threatened by third-party candidates who more directly represent the citizen’s interests.“Government is the result of where our community is today. It has problems and it is time to face them. I can only do so much to help while I am not in office. When I am elected, I will handle our problems more efficiently.”
For more info on the Loser for Liberty Campaign, visit Loser4liberty.com or text “good life” to 72727.

Article written by: Elwood "Sandy" Sanders