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A Sad Day Indeed. John Taylor Passes Away.

John TaylorThis was a terrible way to wake up. The world has lost an amazing warrior in the fight for freedom: John Taylor.

When I started this blog, I did not know John. But it didn’t take long before almost everyone I talked to asked “You know John Taylor don’t you?”

And I had to admit we had never met. But I became quite familiar with his work out of curiosity more than anything else. And for several months I had one person after another ask me if I knew John.

Finally, I had a chance to meet the guy, the legend, that everyone seemed so determined that we ought to know each other. John was speaking at an event near my home one Saturday morning and I would finally have an opportunity to meet him.

At the end of his speech he opened it up for questions and I asked the first question. John looked at my name tag and said “Are you THE Tom White? The one that writes Virginia Right? Ive been wanting to meet you.”

Wow! That totally blew me away. For a legend like John Taylor to say that to someone as unimportant as me absolutely floored me.

After the meeting, we talked for a good while. John was a deep thinker and a student of history and had a clarity of where we should be as a nation, where we are headed and what we need to do to survive as a nation. He had such a great and brilliant mind.

But something else I found out about John. He had a wonderful sense of humor and never took himself too seriously. He was just a down to earth guy that was put on this earth with a gift to make people understand the nation we were given and why we needed to protect our freedom.

Over the years since we met we often found ourselves at the same events and places. And we always took the time to catch up and chat about the world. And laugh.

I am honored and privileged to have known John Taylor. He was a great man and someone I admired immensely. And I know that, as I attend events where our paths often crossed, there will be one less friend in attendance in body. But not in spirit.

God Speed, John Taylor. This nation is a better place for you having been here. I will miss you, brother! We all will.

This message below was written by John’s son Caleb.

Last night, April 6th, 2016 at 10:08 PM, my father, John Taylor, passed away at Augusta Health in Fishersville, VA. For the last 20 years my Dad has fought for the freedoms that most Virginian’s take for granted. He was the man who stood in the gap against the corporatist excess that is so prevalent from both sides of the aisle in postmodern American politics. Today, my mother, my brothers and I are planning for his memorial in the capital of the state whose history he adored. I have always considered my father to be a “one-off” type of man. He acted within a framework of principle in a time when the word principle was certainly not “trending.” He strictly prescribed to the Enlightenment beliefs of our founders when many disrespect them as “dead white guys,” knowing that without the works of people like Jefferson, Madison, Mason and Washington these same detractors would be under the thumb of a continual set of overseers.

In an age when the ideals of America’s Great Experiment, nursed on the blood of Virginia’s sons, are on the verge of being extinguished, we can nary afford the loss of a single guardian. Nevertheless, our Heavenly Father has seen fit to call his servant home, leaving us with the knowledge that Virginia has lost one of its truest, fiercest and most resolute warriors.

He is survived by his wife, Lynn Taylor; three sons: Caleb, Joshua, and Zachary; and two very sad little granddaughters, Audea and Olivia, who love and miss their “Big Papaw” very much.

It is my solemn contention that the Lord required someone to anchor Heaven’s debate team.

– Caleb Taylor

The Eldest Son

P.S. – Please feel free to let others know. An email regarding the Memorial Service is forthcoming.

Amen.


Article written by: Tom White

Bill Bolling: A Case Study in Classic Delusional RINO-ism

RINO WINE

RINO WINE

We have a lot of RINO’s in Virginia. And in the nation as a whole. RINO’s – Republicans in Name Only – are responsible for the leftward lurch of the Republican Party. And one thing I have noticed is that they all believe themselves to be Conservatives and they all believe they are moderate Republicans. I am convinced that they actually do really believe this.

But I think the area where they are fooling themselves is in the way they measure the terms moderate and Conservative.

Their measuring stick is not based on the Constitution, nor is it based on a constant and stationary point on the political spectrum. Rather, it is based on the current position of the Democrats. They self-define Moderate and Conservative as being just a little to the right of the Democrats (and the media). And I think even the RINO’s would quickly admit that the Democrats are and have been racing to the left at such a pace that they are now indistinguishable from Socialists. Or Marxists, take your pick. And a valid argument could be made that they have moved so far to the left that Socialism and Marxism are almost Conservative values as far as the Democrats are concerned. Certainly the Democrats consider their far left Party of today to be the new mainstream, which is constantly in motion leftward.

So the Republicans, many of whom are staunch followers and lovers of Ronald Reagan, have become followers, constantly moving left. Ever chasing the Democrats further and further to the left in an effort to remain moderate, as measured by the Democrat’s political position du jour.

And when the RINO’s stop and take a look at where most of the people in the Republican Party are politically today from the vantage point of their constantly leftward moving position, they see those of us who have stood our ground, or misguidedly followed the RINO’s to the left for a while and corrected our course, as far right wing extremists. They believe we have moved to the right, when it is they who have moved.

It is impossible to know if the RINO’s position on Conservatives is one of deception or delusion. Or perhaps a combination of both.

Politicians in general are masters of deception. For example, Eric Cantor delivered his speeches about smaller, limited government, balanced budgets and Conservative principles with aplomb. He sounded sincere and fooled a lot of people for a long time. But when you examined his record you understand that politicians are quite accomplished in saying one thing and doing another while using sleight of hand show votes to fool the people at home. Cantor would point to dozens of votes to repeal Obamacare, for instance, none of which ever stood a chance of becoming law, while funding the Health Care Leviathan as keeper of the purse. And Paul Ryan has already mastered this art as he points to the legislation to repeal Obamacare and de-fund Planned Parenthood that he sent to Obama’s desk. Which was promptly vetoed. And now Ryan promises a veto override that has exactly zero chance of passing.

More theater. More show voted that mean nothing. But they fool the people at home.

The RINO’s are fooled at least.

Eric Cantor was shown the door last year. We know what he was doing.

Now it would be incorrect of me to write that the Republican Party has become more conservative since Obama came into office in 2009. A lot of us were blindly following the Republican leadership as they chased after the Democrats sprinting to the left. A lot of sleeping Republicans woke up and realized we were following so called leaders who were not leading, but rather were following the Democrats down Socialism Highway.

We put on the brakes and went back to the starting blocks. Back to the old time Conservatism of Ronald Reagan. And yes, we shunned the Progressive “Conservatism” as redefined almost daily by the RINO Contingency of the Republican Party.

But this weekend, I was astonished to read a Facebook post by Virginia’s former two term Lt. Governor Bill Bolling.

Bolling is one of those RINO’s who has been drifting left for years and seems blissfully ignorant of his leftward lunge. Perhaps it was more subtle than a lunge. We can just call it a leftward drift.

Now Bolling has come to despise those of us that are true Conservatives. He is oblivious of the fact that he has been in hot pursuit of the now Socialist Democrats in an effort to remain a moderate mainstream Republican. You see, he believes the equally Socialistic Media that says Republican must be “moderates” in order to win elections. Bolling has reached a point in his political prism that he finds Democrats like Terry McAuliffe more his politically ideological mate than the Conservatives in his own party. He even shunned Conservative Republican Ken Cuccinelli (along with many of his fellow RINO’s) and at the very least put up no resistance to the McAuliffe victory. At worse, he helped the Democrats win.

So does it really come as a surprise to learn the Bolling also despises GOP front-runner Donald Trump and runner up Ted Cruz? It shouldn’t.

Bill posted this on Facebook Sunday:

Bill Bolling FacebookWhen I saw that, I headed straight for the comments section to have my say on this delusional post. Ronald Reagan would have demanded Bolling be kicked out of the party.

Bolling and the candidates he has supported have put this country $19 trillion in debt, nearly 1/3 of the nation is not working and the entire country is a racial and political powder keg on the verge of a meltdown.

The “fears” that he is talking about and the “division” in America are due to the policies his RINO buddies have allowed. Or instigated. Amnesty, refugees, illegal aliens, debt and a massive federal government are the RINO legacy. And the candidates that support these atrocities are not responsible candidates, they are irresponsible big government Progressive Republicans who will do nothing to change the spiral of destruction we are in, but will support the status quo.

Bolling is completely incapable of understanding that the appeal of Trump and Cruz by Republicans is a complete and utter rebuke of the “moderate, mainstream” Republicanism that has guided America to the brink of total destruction. Since Reagan left office, Bush the Elder and Bush the Younger were the direct cause of the Clintons and Obama.

Debt, wars, death and destruction has been the path America has been sprinting down. Be a Bush or a Clinton or an Obama. America has lost her soul since Reagan left.

You can blame it on the Democrats all you want, but without the assistance and acquiescence of the Republican Party that Bill Bolling thinks has been responsible this could not have happened. His “responsible” candidate, no doubt another Bush or Rubio, or worse, would indeed be responsible. Responsible for more debt, wars, death and destruction. His “responsible” candidates will not do a single thing to reverse the course we are on.

Yea. That was what I wanted to say. But you know what? I didn’t have to. Dozens of people had already responded and said it all. And much more. And there were a few RINO’s that agreed with Bolling, but they were a tiny minority.

Here are some of the responses. I will leave out the names, but this post is still up on Facebook. See for yourself here.

  • People are discouraged with politicians.
  • The people are trying to send a message, they’re tired and want change, real change not just words
  • How can anyone vote straight party lines when you tells us one thing an do another.People are so fed up with the status quo and the do nothing Washington takes care of themselves an not the voters shame on you.Its not fear that is driving people to Trump its Washington. He has enough money he can’t be bought like so many in Washington.97000 people are no longer in the work force,Welfare is thriving.It pays to be illegal.Veterans aren’t being taken care of,500 day wait to be evaluated .This country is a mess.I’m sick of the politicians double talk .Hopefully term limits will be set on these lifer dead beats
  • If the Republican Party would listen to the people instead of business as usual and doing nothing but trying their job.
  • That’s what ALL politicians do Virginia, tell people what they WANT to hear. How many other jobs can you work for 2-6 years and come out a millionaire.
  • Ted Cruz is the True conservative here. The Republican establishment is afraid of him.
  • The Republican party needs to get its act together and quit acting like Democrats. People are tired of being lied to.
  • Cruz isn’t a conservative. Not when he supports govt. overreach instead of the citizens in Oregon.
    The Republican party will continue to be a party of losers as long as it tries to be the same thing as Democrats, except for taking stands on social issues that are backward and turn people off. Republicans say one thing, but they govern exactly like Democrats. People know this. And people are angry enough that they’re willing to hang their hopes on a guy like Trump – who might well build the fence, but he’ll be just as statist as the rest.
  • What they say about Trump they used to say about Reagan in 76
  • The party can’t get out a message to save it’s life. LIke it or not, Trump’s been the loudest message ever heard.
  • Bottom line is most Americans are tired of the establishment, myself included…the narrowing margins are ridiculous, John Boehner is a disgrace, Paul Ryan isn’t much better, the RNC is out of touch, and the old guard on both sides care more about their respective political affiliations than the American people. In response to what most Americans fear, their fear is real and continues to be validated….that’s what happened to the party.
  • It is because Trump and Cruz are saying the things we are all seeing.
  • I think the GOP is a lost cause due to it’s lack of leadership
  • America is tired of the PARTY no matter which side you are on! They care about America not the PARTY! If the Congress, Senate and President did the same we wouldn’t be in the state we are in and going down the road we are going! We are all tired of our elected officials just wanting to do what is best for themselves! Trump is a business man and really knows more about dealing foreign Gov.s than any other candidate that I have seen! I agree it is scary but the raod we are on isn’t getting America anywhere but wrecked!
  • I do not believe anyone in our party loves Mr. Reagan and what be stood for more than me, but remember he was the outsider when be ran, the establishment wanted Bush. I don’t think the problem is with what the party finds conservative, it is what the establishment t wants to call conservative. Like it or not Trump is simply brave enough to say what most of us are thinking and the pc police tell us we cannot. I will also remind you, Trex was sent to Washington as a VP so the political establishment could nuetralize him. He seems to have been OK as President.
  • Bill, I can answer that question. We’ve been ignored for 4-7 years and we are in search of a leader. It doesn’t appear anyone can bring a stop to the Socialism agenda on the current team…..
  • The party left Reagan a long time ago.
  • The Republican party is to blame for Trump. They were given a shot in 2010 and have done nothing. Said they needed the Senate. We gave them the Senate and they have done nothing. They just keep giving in to obama without anything in return and he keeps blaming them for all that’s broken. We want someone that will stand up for our values. Is there risk? Yes but at this point no one is stepping up. Bush has shown us just how weak he is. The people like Cruz and Paul have been demonized by the mainstream GOP. Let’s face it, it is time for change.

And there are many, many more.

You see, Bill, you represent the failures of the last couple of decades. Your Milquetoast brand of “Conservatism” is an ever changing experiment in redefinition. People have blindly followed the GOP for years. Like robots (or Cantor Zombies) marching to the polls, voting straight Republican and expecting things to get better. Expecting Republicans to keep their promises. Can’t you see it? We have supported losers like McCain and Romney. We supported “W” and he managed to make Obama appealing. Nothing will change if we nominated Bush, Rubio, Christie, Kasich or any of the RINO pack. It will be more of the same.

Trump, Cruz, Carson and Fiorina have had such appeal because they are not moderate mainstream Republicans who are responsible for the state we find ourselves in.

We tried it your way. We followed you. In your second administration Republicans were given the three top offices in Virginia. We ended up with the largest tax hike in Virgin9ia history and a governor who is praying the Supreme Court will hear his corruption case and keep him out of jail.

In 2010 we gave Republicans the House and took the gavel from Nancy Pelosi. In 2014 we added the Senate to the Republican column. And what has changed?

Nothing! Not a damn thing.

John Boehner squandered his power and it became his downfall. The Senate has done absolutely nothing. Paul Ryan gave Obama everything he dreamed of and more. Pelosi and Harry Reid marveled at the stupidity of the Republicans cave on the Omnibus bill and wouldn’t have dared to spend money that recklessly. Your “responsible” RINO’s were ridiculed by the likes of Pelosi and Reid for their spending. And it was not even Conservative spending. It was the left’s bucket list.

And Cruz is being rewarded for having the stones to shut down the government over Conservative principles. And what do you do, Bolling? You ridicule him. You promise Dave Brat that you will not forget his “betrayal” in voting against Boehner. Brat actually listened to the voters, something the 7th District was not accustomed to under the Cantor machine.

The people who are supporting Trump and Cruz want a candidate that will address the problems facing America.

We have a president now who is proud of leading from behind. But what Americans find even more disgusting than “leading from behind” is leaders who chase Democrats.

We are fed up. We have watched the RINO Republicans fail to deliver on a single promise over and over again.

This time we have choices. This time we have an opportunity to actually elect a candidate that won’t cave in as soon as he is elected.

You may remember Conservatives who vote against the status quo, but America remembers the lies and broken promises you “moderate” Republicans have inflicted on her.

And God willing the Republican Party will soon turn back to the true Conservatism that is Ronald Reagan’s legacy.


Article written by: Tom White

Arizona’s Cardozo? Justice Clint Bolick Might be Exactly That!

Since I do not practice in Arizona, I have no fear I will be accused of currying favor with the newest Justice of that state’s supreme court:  Clint Bolick.  Bolick is a co-founder of the Institute for Justice, one of the best libertarian advocacy firms in the nation.  He also is a litigator at the Goldwater Institute, a thinktank that promotes constitutional government.  This appointment is an exciting development for liberty in law.  Here’s the Arizona Republic article.  I think Bolick could be a Cardozo for our era.

Who?

One of our greatest judges in our history was Judge (later Justice) Benjamin Nathan Cardozo – he served for six weeks as what we in Virginia would call a circuit court then was appointed and then elected to the Court of Appeals of New York (this highest court in the state of NY) from 1913 to 1932 and then was appointed to the US Supreme Court.  Cardozo was a Tesla of judges – a great writer with the unusual ability to come up with new ways to see existing legal problems.  For example, Cardozo in McPherson v. Buick Motor Co., came up with the idea that a manufacturer who places a defective project in the stream of commerce can be held liable even though the purchaser of the car did not directly purchase it from Buick but from a Buick dealer.  That is the basis of present products liability law that protects consumers from poorly manufactured items.

Now I disagree with Cardozo on his tendency toward legal realism but I admire his brilliance and vision.  I think Justice Clint Bolick could be a 21st Century Cardozo and he will defend liberty in law.  I’ll be interested in how he does.  Here’s a neat article at Powerline that already suggests Justice Bolick could be a short-lister for SCOTUS if a Republican wins the Presidency.  You just got to read this post yourself but even Jeb Bush twitted his support for Bolick.  Bolick also ran for California state legislature in 1980 as a Libertarian and got just over seven percent of the vote.

 

 


Article written by: Elwood "Sandy" Sanders

Your Huddled Masses Yearning for Jihad On the Dirty Boulevard

The New Colossus

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.

“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

There was a time when America was the new world, full of hope and wonder. A land that welcomed the cast offs. The unwanted from foreign shores that yearned to live in a land that was free. A land where they could start over with a clean slate and they and their generations to come would build a land that was to be the envy of the world. The beacon of light that shone around the world. A land that welcomed all who would come and share the goal of freedom and human rights and the desire to belong to something where the whole was greater than the sum of it’s parts. Where immigrants, refugees and the ones already here by birth could work hand in hand with one another and form a new, better place and a society that afforded far greater opportunity than the lands they left behind.

And they came. And they built the greatest nation that the earth had ever seen.

A nation built on unity that shunned the diversity that is pushed on us today. For what is diversity but the opposite of unity? America became a great melting pot where people melded together in spirit and shared the best of their culture and history that was combined and forged into something new, unique, strong and wondrous. Diverse people with a single mind. And the goal was to create a new, different and better land.

And America prospered and grew to become a shining example of many people becoming one nation. E pluribus unum. From many, one.

It was immigration that made America great and immigration made America strong.

But those days are long gone. Today’s immigrants, by and large, come here not to help build an even greater society, but to suckle at the breast of American largess and revel in the bosom and enjoy the fruits of the labor of those that built this society.

Today’s immigrants come from horrible places that make their flight perfectly understandable.

But today’s immigrants are not interested in joining the prosperity of this new way of life. They are intent on making America in the image of the country they fled. Manf of today’s immigrants have no interest in blending in with America, rather their interest is in preservation and recreation of the abysmal situation where they once lived.

Entire communities of those from the Muslim world covertly and more and more overtly bring Sharia Law, persecution of homosexuals and women, a culture of child abuse and animal abuse to America. They are not interested in joining the nation, but rather intent on creating their repressive lifestyle in a new place.

And many Hispanics refuse to learn English, the common language in the US and they, too, recreate their old homeland, culture and ways.

And the Eastern Europeans and many other ethnic groups are not interested in joining America, but prefer instead to bring the undesirable place they left behind to America.

This is not immigration. This is colonization. This is invasion!

Diversity has come to trump unity. It is now considered a good thing. Heritage. Culture. And even the Socialistic and repressive governments they fled are becoming a way of life. Again. Unity is long forgotten. Even disparaged. “Where seldom is heard a disparaging word” as become commonplace. #BlackLivesMatter is the new racism which implies #WhiteLivesDon’tMatter.

Today’s Americans hardly set a shining example of the unity we once had.

The new wave of immigration is not building America, it is destroying the once unified nation. Out borders are meaningless and we no longer control the flow of the invaders. And yes, they are invaders.

And now, despite the fact that some of the poor Syrian “refugees” who were displaced by war turned out to be terrorists in Paris, Obama still plans to import a few hundred thousand Syrians into America. Various numbers have been tossed out, 100,000 up to 250,000 Syrians will be resettled here, free to set up the same oppressive ways they knew in Syria.

But Obama claims they will be vetted. Vetted?

These people don’t even have birth certificates, the government from their homeland neither keeps nor shares criminal records. And the truth is, killing or wanting to kill non believers is not even a criminal act where they come from. It is simply not possible to weed out the would be terrorists from the ones that will simply go about setting up Little Damascus. But either way they will not assimilate into America. They will bring yet more diversity. Not unity.

And what percentage of the 250,000 are actually ISIS? Terrorist infiltrators that Obama will bring to our home towns? 1%? 1/2%? So 2,500? 1,250? There were only 8 who perpetrated the nightmare in Paris. Eight!

Today’s immigrants are not the same as those decades and centuries ago.

Today’s immigrants are Your Huddled Masses Yearning for Jihad. Muslim or not.


Article written by: Tom White

Sandy’s ARTICLE on Better Ballot Access OUT Today in Style Weekly!

It’s OUT!  And it’s so much fun to have my name in print again (and I even get a small stipend – enough for a nice dinner for the best looking most wonderful girl in the world!) but the message is clear and compelling:

Here it is at Style.

Couple of highlights:

Virginia has some of the most restrictive ballot-access laws in the nation. Either a political party must get 10 percent of the vote in a statewide election, not counting ones for president, or each statewide candidate for that party must get 10,000 signatures.

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All these uncontested elections in Virginia might be nice when the candidates are favorites of yours without opponents, but they’re corrosive to the process in that the incumbents feel less accountable to the people. Such elections also prevent candidates from having mandates when they go to Richmond. Uncontested elections discourage voting even for the occasional contested race on the same ballot.

Read my solution at Style but it is a party-based petition concept.  It is out this week starting today.


Article written by: Elwood "Sandy" Sanders

Note to PM Tsipras and the Greek People: Do What’s Best for Greece and the Greek People – not the EU!

Only July 7, the Greek people will vote on whether to accept a bailout from international sources.  But it is really a vote on stay in the Euro or out.  And Greece should do what it thinks is right:  Restore its financial sovereignty and send a message that a nation can get out of the Euro and maybe the European Union as well.

The Reuters article has a balanced viewpoint and I like it:

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, elected in January on a promise to end years of austerity, urged people packing Syntagma square in central Athens to spurn the tough terms of an aid deal offered by international creditors to keep the country afloat.

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Tsipras says they are bluffing, fearing the fallout for Europe and the global economy. A ‘Yes’ vote may bring him down, ushering in a new period of political instability for a country reeling from five days of shuttered banks and rationed cash withdrawals.

EU leaders aren’t bluffing:  They want to continue their dominance and bullying of Greece:

European policy makers, however, issued fresh warnings of the costs of a ‘No’ vote in a plebiscite called with just eight days’ notice after the breakdown of talks with the European Commission, the IMF and the European Central Bank.

Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble dismissed Tsipras’ argument that his government would be able to move smoothly to negotiate more favorable terms if Greeks backed his rejection.

“If the Greeks will vote ‘No’, the Greek position is dramatically weakened,” Juncker told a news conference.

 

These German leaders ought to be more diplomatic in light of the Second World War!  Here’s more threats:

The euro zone’s rescue fund, Greece’s largest creditor, said it was reserving the right to call in 130.9 billion euros of debt ahead of time after Athens defaulted on an IMF loan.

I do not expect this post to turn the tide (I can’t even impact a local race it seems) but I need to place this  on the record and the No forces can use it as they see fit.

Greece and its people must do what’s right for Greece and its people.  If that means no more bailouts, so be it.  If that means restoring the drachma, so be it.  Nations can work together and should do so.  But no bullying or threats.

The United States ought to help smaller nations be sovereign over these nascent superempires.  But instead the GOP leaders just gave the President power to seek to bind the USA to yet another trade agreement.

The No side in the future EU referendum ought to realize:  This fight will be nasty and evil.  The kitchen sink and then some will be thrown at the British people to get them to vote yes.  Lies and deceit and promises.  Don’t trust the politicians.  Vote NO on the EU.


Article written by: Elwood "Sandy" Sanders