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Status Quo Crowd getting desperate?

By Bob Shannon Central Garage

Having attended the majority of the Board of Supervisor meetings the last 8 years, I can’t say until Land Use Exemption Programs came under threat, and the tax shifting game was exposed, do I even recall Mr. Mills attending these meetings.  To disguise why he is now showing up he portends that it is because these new Supervisors “ can’t be trusted “ ?

  I have read the 8 page protocol on how a Board  meeting is to be conducted so I might begin with pointing out a few FACTS, those annoying things that get in the way of propaganda, a tactic employed these days by the very folks who call out my behavior as intimidating or unruly.

Mr. Mills waxes poetically, longing for the good old days when as he states….. “ whereas in the past we trusted all of our Supervisors to do so, which is no longer the caseTranslation: King William now has at least 2 Supervisors who won’t dance to the Oligarchs band.  He then states…… “ Their actions bear watching and their questionable decisions scrutinized” Translation:  Hansen & Ehrhart ( legally elected by the voters in their districts to do what apparently the voters agreed with) don’t mesh with Mr. Mills agenda………therefor can’t be trusted ?  The subtle message in Mr. Mills writing indicates his true colors…..unless your opinion and views align with his——you can’t be trusted ?  I would at least respect him if he was just direct and said what he thinks….. he is simply annoyed because he can’t control 2 of them as opposed to the past when Supervisors danced to he and his crony pals tune. Should any citizen share their opposing views/opinions with elected officials, well in Mr. Mills warped world that automatically makes the elected officials suspect ?

  Up to and including the meeting on Monday February 22,( the circus ) I have sat through no fewer than a dozen meetings where speakers during the public comment period were generously allowed to ramble on and on and on , well past any 3 or 5 minutes afforded them,  without a scintilla of objections from a single Board member……..until after the February 22 meeting when things clearly got out of control. I wrote the Board members that very evening offering the suggestion that they indeed implement the very controls afforded them in the 8 page memorandum outlining how a Board meeting is to be conducted. Odd that Mr. Mills and or Mr. Wagner NOW CALL FOR ORDER ? Mr. Wagner to the best of my recollection never objected when countless other speakers went well beyond their allotted time, but dare someone like me who refuses to cower go 15 seconds over the limit……we can’t have that now can we .. Hypocrites employ selective memory, and why …..because they just don’t like what I have to say.  Conservatives in the county begin to speak up, and all of a sudden protocol takes on new urgency.

Mr. Mills in his letter of April 20th states that I ignored the Chairs direction that my time had ended. This is untrue. What I did was simply point out what I reference above, how this time limit has been totally ignored over many years, but now is a issue , now that an opposing point of view is gaining some traction in the community , the status quo wants to shut us up. My last words I spoke before walking away after speaking were ….“Thank you gentlemen for your time”.  Odd how Mr. Mills cites my lack of respectful manner but excludes the individual sitting in the room who said loud enough for everyone to hear “ shut up and go sit down”.   Equally telling is the lack of the Chair gaveling the person making those comments. I have often times bit my tongue when I sat in these meetings and had to listen to others make outlandish statements, or drone on and on ,but I always observed the common courtesies denied me on April 4th.

As for me storming out of the building, I quietly and calmly returned to my seat, recognized what time it was and left because I start my day normally at 4:30 am, but heh ,what’s a little lie on top of the first one ?

“ Protecting our County”,  particularly telling that Mr. Mills didn’t say “ the county” —but our county…. what Mr. Mills and others of his ilk are protecting is the status quo. To assign nefarious motives to Hansen and Ehrhart ( who he is clearly referencing) is an insult to the voters who sent these 2 honorable men to that Board to do a job, cut spending and lower taxes. Apparently or conveniently Mr. Mills overlooks that the majority of voters in both the 4th & 5th districts have another point of view, one that he insults by implying their very votes for these 2 gentlemen somehow don’t matter.   It is the likes of Mr. Mills who has no respect for others point of view.  Just what did the election results mean to Mr. Mills ?  These voters and the opinions they expressed at the polls in November according to Mr. Mills are not valid ? News Flash Mr. Mills……you don’t run the show anymore.

Very few Supervisors of the past displayed any independence, often times jockeying to publically portray themselves as independent, but maintaining the status quo so as to not upset the delicate arrangement existing to keep the Oligarchs happy. Policy decisions told the real story. If revenue needed raised—go tap the beleaguered homeowner or small business owner who didn’t have the special status assigned to a very small well connected group .

Their game plan has shifted out of necessity…..turn the new Supervisors who won’t bow and a handful of out spoken members of the County into villains. The  only problem is we are not beholden or silenced with the pathetic & obvious form of manipulation these folks now employ. They lost at the ballot box so pull out the villain card. Rest assured Mr. Mills the only folks buying this are already in your corner, your reach  is restricted to the self serving crowd who want things to remain just as they are. Bloviating won’t change the minds of the folks with their eyes now wide open and tuned into how things here in King William have been run for far too long.

 

 

 


Article written by: Tom White

Trump Doesn’t Have to be Conservative, Humble or Polite to Fix America

DonaldIn most elections I find myself gravitating to the most Conservative candidate. I have supported Conservatives for every level of office. Sometimes my pick wins, sometimes not.

Now I don’t fall for that “most Conservative that can win” claptrap. That is a dog whistle call for a RINO. They believe that chasing after the Democrats to remain “centrist” is the way to win and keep office. And they are now well past the point the entire Democratic Party was a couple of decades ago.

I think all of my Conservative friends today would gladly follow a leader who said “Ask not what your country can do for you…”. JFK, if he were alive today would no doubt be branded a far right Tea Party whack job by the Media and the Democrats. Today’s Democrats say “Ask what we can do for you we are not already doing”. And the RINO’s are reaching across the imperceptible aisle to be just like them. Only less.

But the biggest reason I work to elect Conservatives is that they are less likely to be completely compromised by big money. It is rare when even the most Conservative of politicians does not succumb to the enticing call of the US Chamber of Commerce and Wall Street with the long number of zeros on the checks they dangle in front of their eyes. A candidate that is Conservative will still be compromised, but not to the extent of, say, Eric Cantor. He became quite adroit in the art of illusion. And there are a lot more examples. $19 trillion worth to be exact.

Conservatives bend, lesser men break to the wiles and seduction of the Almighty Dollar, and the strings that come with it.

When I looked at the field of candidates running for President on the GOP side, I immediately cast off all of them but Cruz. Ben Carson never seemed to have what I was looking for and being a Computer and IT guy Carly Fiorina was someone I remember from HP. A definite no.

And I also wrote off Donald Trump. I even think I wrote a snarky blog post about him not being a serious candidate and expected him to flirt with the idea of running for attention.

But an unexpected thing happened in the midst of Trump’s successful flirtation with the prospect of running and announcing he was, indeed, running. Now I do not believe for one second Donald Trump ever expected he would be leading the GOP field by large margins for 9 months running. And I do not think Trump walked into his first rally, or which ever rally it was, with a prepared strategy. But something happened on the stage that day. Something happened to the crowd, but more importantly, something happened to Donald Trump.

He said we would build a wall. And the crowd exploded with applause and cheers. I think that was the defining moment when Trump found the pulse of an America that has been battered and abused by the government. By both parties. He realized that America was mad as hell and was looking for someone to lead them into not taking it anymore.

And that was the beginning of Trump’s strategy that coincided with the decline of Jeb Bush and dashed the hopes of RINO’s everywhere that had counted on the fact that it was theigen-stonewall-jackson-1ar turn to take over the screwing of America. To most people caught in the middle, the Republicans and the Democrats have been playing a tag team match and the American People were the victims.

I imagine that the day Stonewall Jackson earned his nickname was the same type of moment. “There stands General Jackson like a stone wall. Rally behind the Virginians!”

So a man who has perfected the New York persona – loud, narcissistic, pompous, arrogant – and more – stood head and shoulders above the politicians and poked the establishment in the eye. And the nose and eventually the gut. I imagine that as the platform moved from an accidental off the cuff “build the wall” statement to the current list of populist grievances, no one was more surprised at this than Trump. He found the pulse of a large swath of the formerly silent majority and they are angry with where America has gone. They are furious at the loss of freedom and they blame the Republicans who promised to fix it. And failed. Hell, they never even tried.

Trump is, I truly believe, the accidental candidate. The most unlikely front runner. And the man that scares the hell out of Republicans, Democrats and the Media. But is surrounded by masses of adoring fans. And the energy is real. And the anticipation is unlike anything I have ever seen in the political world. I had the opportunity to speak at a Trump rally in Manassas Va a few weeks ago and the crowd was alive. And when Donald Trump finally arrived, Elvis would have been impressed with the reaction.

And when you add in the fact that Donald Trump is self funding, and 100% immune to corrupt influences and slavery of big money, how could anyone who cares about America not support Donald Trump? Is it his New York Persona? His New York Values?

If you were to sit down and make a list of what you want the next President to accomplish, what would you write?

Well, here is my list:

  • Stop nation building and constant wars. These countries are not ready nor are they compatible with Democracy. And America today is no shining example of Democracy anyway.
  • Our military has become a joke under Obama. We are weak and ill prepared.
  • Let’s have a foreign policy built on strength instead of leading from behind.
  • Terrorists belong in Gitmo. Not the US court system.
  • Stop the currency manipulation from China.
  • Treat OPEC like an organized crime mob. An oil cartel is no different than a drug cartel.
  • Secure the freaking border. Build a wall. And enforce the laws already on the books.
  • Repeal Obamacare and replace it with a well thought out plan and limit lawsuits.
  • Fix the out of control spending.
  • But take care of our people and keep the promises of Medicare and Social Security.
  • Reform welfare (again). The reforms from the Clinton Administration are gone and we have massively increased welfare.
  • Climate Change is a hoax. Kill it.
  • Common Core should be scrapped.
  • Stop funding abortionists
  • Leave my guns the hell alone.
  • Let states decide who can marry whom.
  • Stop refugees until we can properly vet them. Better yet, kill ISIS and send them all home.
  • Protect Christianity. Jews and Christians are being killed all over the world by Muslims. That MUST stop.
  • Make Political Correctness politically incorrect.
  • Jobs. We need jobs, jobs and jobs. Bring them back!

FixItThere are more, but this is enough to start on. This is what Trump plans to do. America has told him that we need these things fixed. Donald Trump has a long career of solving problems and making money. Under budget and ahead of schedule.

When Trump said most of these things, many in the GOP and the media said that he was done. He crossed the line. But his poll numbers rose with each line.

And the detractors are screaming from every corner. So, just for the record, I will set things straight.

  • I don’t care if Trump gave money to Hillary, Harry Reid, Pelosi or whoever. He didn’t give them money to help them, he gave to help himself and his business. Purely selfish reasons. He buys politicians. That is good business. NOw I would take issue with his donations if I thought he wanted to help people like Pelosi and Hillary.
  • I don’t care if Trump is not very Conservative. I don’t need him to be conservative, just fix the things on my list. Big money is not going to own him.
  • I don’t care if Trump is not a good Christian. I’m not saying he is not, I wouldn’t make that judgement. But he understands that Christians and Jews are under siege and he plans to put a stop to it. His relationship with God is between him and Him.
  • I don’t care if Trump has New York Values. I don’t even know what that means. Just fix the stuff on my list.
  • I don’t care if Trump is rude, crude and socially unacceptable. Just fix the stuff on my list.
  • I don’t care if you call me or Trump a racist, nativist, xenophobe, homophobe, or jerk. Just fix the stuff on my list.
  • I don’t care if Trump is in favor of eminent domain. He believes the land owners should be well compensated. You can’t build the Keystone Pipeline without it. But it is not something a president would use. Just fix the stuff on my list.

So for all of the people who support some other candidate and can’t figure why us Trump supporters don’t give a rip about all those reasons you keep tossing out expecting us to run away from Trump, I don’t care. We don’t care.

The list. Remember?

And then there is that little issue of the Republicans lying to us again and again and again. The reason Trump, Carson and Fiorina polled so well was their status as outsiders. Even Cruz gets a bit of street cred as an outsider despite his couple of years in the Senate as a Republican.

President is a completely different animal than any other office. We need as many Conservatives as possible in the House and Senate to fend off the liberals. The more the merrier. But the sad truth is, even an A+ Conservative like Dave Brat who has not allowed the Big Money puppeteers to attach their strings to his votes, they are unable to change a lot of things because they are pushed away because they do not play the game. They have a hard time raising money and are ostracized and isolated by their big money controlled colleagues. They may be Republicans, but they face a tough fight every day.

And the intent of this post is not to bash Cruz, but he can expect the same treatment if he were president as Dave Brat and the rest of the Conservatives. A President Cruz would not have to fight the Democrats nearly as hard as he would have to fight the Republicans. He called McConnell a liar on the Senate floor. McConnell is a liar, but that is one bridge Cruz has burned. Obama has found a soulmate in McConnell, Boehner and now Ryan. Cruz will find it hard to accomplish anything at all with the present makeup of Congress.

Trump, on the other hand, has given money to a lot of politicians. Left and Right. And he is a master with the press. If he had to shut down the government to implement my list, the press would trump-hatbe powerless to blame the Republicans or Trump. He simply won’t let that happen.

So you can hate Trump if you want, make fun of his hair, his religion, his New York values or anything else you want. But no one else has promised to work on my list of objectives. No one else has the proven successful track record of Trump. And no one else is able to own the press and his detractors like Donald Trump.

Which is why I say Donald Trump doesn’t have to be Conservative, Humble or Polite to Fix America.

He just has to execute the repairs. Preferably under budget and ahead of schedule.

And I truly believe Donald Trump can and will Make America Great Again!

 


Article written by: Tom White