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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

Blogger Sandy is Where? Doing What? Today?

Where’s you know who, oops I mean where’s Sandy the blogger today?

He’s on a panel to interview several of the Libertarian candidates for President right here in RVA TODAY!  It is at the Hilton Garden Inn Richmond Airport from 130pm to 300pm.  Here’s the list of who I understand are coming:

Might not be too late to sneak in!  Ought to be interesting – although not as entertaining as the GOP debates!  (I admit:  I’m not as attractive as Megyn Kelly!  But I have some good questions for the hopefuls!)

No I am not joining the LP (not yet!  As I have said to paraphrase the President:  All I need is a pen and sheet of paper!) but if you join a political party you submit to its discipline and I am not sure a blogger should do that.  But I hope the Libertarians regard me as a friend.

Article written by: Elwood "Sandy" Sanders

If I Had Ten Minutes to Speak With Donald Trump…This is What I Would Say

The Donald Trump phenomenon is the MOST fascinating thing in politics I have ever seen.  I got up to see what would happen (I actually thought Senator Marco Rubio might win) and I heard the media heads and curvy girls go crazy over it – that Trump ceiling seems to be rising a bit into the 40s!

I have not been supportive of Donald Trump in this election.  But I could do so.  I was elated at his attacks on the Bush war issue.  I would suggest that this Trump thing was started by Ron Paul!  He had to do spade work for economic and political nationalism, non-intervention, no multilateral trade deals and liberty!

I also offer a unique (perhaps) perspective to the Trump appeal to evangelicals.  I did not get it at first.  It seems strange to see so many followers of Christ are prepared to vote for a casino magnate who has been married three times!  But I was a panelist (the one conservative) at a Urban League event at VCU last night (I reminded the students that if the economy fails due to the national debt we will be in serious trouble as a nation) and on the way home I wondered:  Maybe many believers are angry about the gay marriage decision and this is the blowback – to support Trump.

Here’s what I’d say if I had ten minutes with the Donald.

  1. Millions of people have placed their trust and hope in you.  You can’t let them down.  You got to try to win and to try to do something (what you promised of course) if you win.  If they lose hope, the political system in the US is in huge trouble.
  2. Cut the bad language and the threatening, abusive comments.  Just decide for a second or two before you tweet – is it worth it!  Reach out to people like Megyn Kelly – now you do not have to place your throat before the knife!  But try to watch the anger.  You have made your point about the media and how DC has failed.  Now be nice.
  3. Try to continue to reach out affirmatively to Hispanics and blacks.  Find some Hispanic and African-Americans who used to work for you and have them say:  You don’t know Trump like we know Trump.  Not a biased bone in his body.  Great leader.  Listens to good advice.
  4. Support the police and others who are marginalized by left-wing policies.
  5. Keep up the economic nationalism – try to say – let’s try non-intervention.  Let’s oppose trade deals and no law will be repealed due to WTO edicts.  However you might feel about climate change – tie it to world government.
  6. Better tax policies to help the little guy or gal.
  7. Don’t fall for the AARP trap about Social Security (they want you to make a plan and then they’ll criticize it) and keep the vet benefits vague but they need help – the VA is a huge bureaucracy that can be reformed.
  8. Be humble about your relationship with God – He’s bigger than you.  Give Him some credit.  If you need to come to the Lord, ask Jerry Falwell, Jr. to lead you to Jesus and then keep it quiet.

Well, that’s ten minutes.

This is a total eclipse of elections; perhaps appropriate since there is an eclipse in 2017 in the USA (and one in 2024, too)!

Article written by: Elwood "Sandy" Sanders

Del. Rasoul’s Ballot Access Bill fails in Virginia House Elections Subcommittee

Del. Sam Rasoul’s bill to reduce the percentage of the statewide vote for a political party to avoid petitioning failed in the Virginia House of Delegates Elections Subcommitee on a voice vote.

One delegate, Luke Torian (D) of Prince William County, did move to report the bill favorably (I sent him a email thanks) but but that motion failed without a second and the voice vote appeared to be overwhelming in opposition.

This bill would have given ballot access to the Libertarians if it had passed due to the over six percent turnout for Robert Sarvis in the governor’s race in 2013 by virtue of the provision that allows ballot access to continue for two statewide elections if it is won by vote percentage.

Delegate Rasoul spoke on how the median percentage for ballot access is between 2 and 3% and how only a few states are at or above Virginia’s percentage (Alabama has a 20% requirement).

Two citizens spoke on this bill along with Del. Rasoul; Elwood Sanders (yes this blogger) had a detailed presentation including the chart from Richard Winger (with credit given) which was introduced into evidence before the subcommittee.

Sanders opened with Jefferson’s quote:

The ballot is the rational and peaceable instrument of reform…

But the ballot does little good if there is only one choice.  Sanders argued that there are too many uncontested elections at the local and state legislative level, citing over 60 of the House members and half of the Virginia General Assembly, every county officer in Hanover County in the general election (one had a primary), many members of the Board of Supervisors throughout Virginia, and all five school board members in King William County for example.  He also suggested that many voters voted in real elections for Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck or similar characters to protest single candidates on the ballot.

This led to a vigorous exchange between Sanders and Delegate Steve Landes on the need for this bill to increase participation.

Landes suggested there are other reasons for people not seeking to run for office.  Sanders agreed, including politics of personal destruction, “ungodly” (I apologized for the use of the word at the time but I am wondering if the word is accurate!) amounts of money to run and gerrymandering among others.  This is only one solution among many.  Landes cited the ease to get signatures for the House (125) and that even incumbents have to get signatures in the event of a contested primary.  Sanders agreed; however the petitioning requirement is onerous for statewide offices and the funding of Robert Sarvis’ gubernatorial petitions (the false account of the “Obama bundler”) was actually an issue in the election – and how a candidate gets signatures should not be an issue in a campaign.

Sanders stated truthfully that he is not a member of any political party which led to Landes asking about what third parties have difficulty getting on the ballot:  Libertarians?  Socialists?  Communists?  Sanders’ response was that the Libertarians have had trouble getting on the ballot – several did not get the signatures to run for Congress for example and had to abandon their campaign or run a write-in campaign.  Sanders also cited the ability of the Democrats without petitioning to place Prof. Jack Trammell on the ballot against Republican Dave Brat and felt other parties might ought to have the same.

It might be great now and then to not have to contest an election but continued uncontested elections are corrosive to the political process and hurts the mandate that victory brings to the winner or at least it can do so.  This also discourages voting and participation.

Finally Sanders suggested the ten percent political party requirement might be flirting with a constitutional violation since new parties have a right to start and have reasonable ballot access.  Five percent in this case is still above the median.  Alas, Del. Landes was unconvinced as the chair had to call time on Sanders.  Del. Rasoul’s bill failed.

Blogger’s note:  I am sorry I do not have at this writing the name of the other speaker who basically agreed with me.  I thank him for coming and participating in the political process.

Article written by: Elwood "Sandy" Sanders

Status of Ballot Access and Similar Bills in Virginia – It Depends on YOU!

The status of better ballot access in the Commonwealth depends on YOU!  But here’s the leading bills you can help with:

HB 82 – introduced by Sandy’s new hero – Del. Sam Rasoul – would lower the threshold for a political party to reach the ballot without signatures from ten to five percent based on the last two statewide elections.

HB 1040 – This is Del. Rasoul’s “open primary” bill.  I am still not sold on it but I do admit he made a good case for it at the Crusade for Voters meeting Tuesday night.  It would or at least could open up the political system in a county like Hanover.  Rasoul thinks a primary like this would encourage the candidates to reach to the center rather than extremes.  I think its strength is that groups such as African-Americans who might in a county like Hanover feel disenfranchised or marginalized due to the GOP primary being the effective election would be encouraged to vote and candidates would be encouraged to reach out to these groups to win one of those top two spots and then expand that electoral coalition in the general election.  Political parties could endorse candidates but not have conventions to elect candidates.  (This also might do away with the need for the “incumbent protection bill” – see below – where an incumbent office-holder chooses his or her method for running – primary or convention – and also it does away with unethical interference in the party primary.)  Maybe I am warmer to it already…

Alas, there is no other bills (There are related issues such as political party registration and this interesting bill introduced by Del. Freitas that would abolish the “incumbent protection act” allowing office-holders in the General Assembly to decide if they want to run in a primary or convention) on ballot access.  No one introduced the Sanders proposal in Style last November.  No one introduced a bill to reduce number of signatures for statewide office, either.  Ought to be reduced to 5000.

If you want to help provide better ballot access in Virginia, both of these bill go to the Elections subcommittee and here’s who sits on this subcommittee:

House Privileges and Elections
Sub-Committee: Elections


Ransone (Chairman), Landes, Fowler, Adams, Sickles, Torian, Cole

So, if one of these is YOUR delegate, you know what to do!  (Again, click on the delegate’s name and you’ll find his or her email address.)  This committee is scheduled to meet at 730 am (yes that’s right!) on Thursdays!  There is perhaps something a bit ironic about such as meeting time to get more transparent government but there is only a limited amount of time in session to get these meetings conducted.  Check the dockets carefully here.  I’ll try to make it for both.


Article written by: Elwood "Sandy" Sanders

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



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

He Did It Again! Del. Rasoul Introduces Ballot Access Bill!

Yesterday, we discussed about the visionary bills of Del. Sam Rasoul (D-District 11 [Roanoke]) on opening up the political system (and juvenile sentencing reform) and your blogger sent the post by email to the delegate and asked him to consider a ballot access bill…well…

He DID it!

Here is the bill courtesy of the Virginia General Assembly’s website. This is the blurb:

LIS > Bill Tracking > HB82 > 2016 session

Elections; definition of “party” or “political party.” Changes the definition of “party” or “political party” to mean an organization of citizens of the Commonwealth that, at either of the two preceding statewide general elections, received at least five percent of the total vote cast for any statewide office filled in that election.

It is not as radical as what I wanted but it is a reduction of the percentage requirement from ten to five percent in the last two statewide elections for ballot access.

I do support this bill.  We’ll advise you of details.


Article written by: Elwood "Sandy" Sanders

Why I Am Supporting Donald Trump

DonaldIt seems that in my circle of Conservative friends, you are either a Donald Trump supporter or a Ted Cruz supporter.

The rest of the field might as well all be named Hillary Clinton. There is one caveat, however, and that is Ben Carson. I know a number of people that support Carson, but they will eventually come around as they find that he is just learning about the 2nd Amendment, goes after pro life folks for Planned Parenthood shootings and is simply totally and completely out of his element when it comes to terrorism and ISIS. But the guy is an empty suit.

Rubio is picking up the support as voters leave the Bush nightmare behind, but only because he in the most popular RINO left standing.

People supporting Rubio or the lesser RINO’s – Kasich, Christie and the rest of the wannabees just can’t seem to get it into their heads that nothing will change if we elect these people. We will be on the same trajectory that Obama has put us on and these people are all owned by the US Chamber of Commerce and big business who have bought and paid for their soles. Amnesty and open borders will happen. Or keep happening. Because these people want cheap labor to maximize profits. They do not care about the country, just the bottom line.

So the RINO candidates, no matter how pure they claim to be, no matter how pure they start out, will be 100% corrupted by the time the elections are over.

The Chamber of Commerce and the big money fat cats do not make political donations. They make political investments. And they demand a very high return on their investment.

So I cannot support a candidate that is beholden, not to the voters, but to the money behind the curtain.

I get the attraction to Cruz, but his connection and donations from Goldman Sachs, where his wife is a VP. Cruz also voted for the Trade Promotion Authority (ObamaTrade) before he was against it. And the 800 pound gorilla in the room is his Canadian birth.

Whacko Alan Grayson has promised to file suit should Cruz win the nomination challenging his eligibility to be on the ballot. And since something like this can drag on for years, it is possible Cruz will fail to qualify for the ballot in many states. It will certainly be an expensive distraction as Hillary waltzes into the White House.

According to “The Hill“:

Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) says he will file a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-Texas) presidential bid if Cruz wins his party’s nomination.
Grayson said Cruz, who was born in Canada to an American mother and a Cuban father, is “unqualified” to be president “because he’s ineligible.”
“I’m waiting for the moment that he gets the nomination, and then I will file that beautiful lawsuit saying that he’s unqualified for the job because he’s ineligible,” Grayson said on Fox News Radio’s “The Alan Colmes Show” on Wednesday.
“Call me crazy but I think the President of America should be an American,” he added. Cruz is an American citizen.
The Florida lawmaker compared questions of Cruz’s eligibility to “birthers” who claimed President Obama was born in Kenya and therefore not eligible for the office.
“It’s interesting to me that the people who had a problem with Obama’s birth certificate don’t have a problem with Ted Cruz, who literally was born in another country and renounced his Canadian citizenry,” Grayson said.
Other candidates who have run for president over the years have been born outside the U.S.
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) was the Republican nominee for president in 2008 despite being born on a military base in Panama.
And George Romney, who ran for the Republican presidential nomination in 1968, was born in Mexico to American parents.
The Constitution’s Natural Born Citizenship Clause states that “no person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President.”
The Supreme Court has never ruled on the meaning of “natural born citizen” in the clause.

So that makes my decision to support Donald Trump a pretty easy one. Not by default, or process of elimination, but because of his common sense, no nonsense, won’t back down approach. Trump isn’t afraid to say what is on the minds of the majority of Americans. Often and loudly.

And I agree 100%. Let’s build the damn wall.

Do you know the first dead give away that someone is a RINO? If they call you a nativist or a racist when you say “build the wall”. Typical Alinsky tactic. If you have no real argument, call your opponent names. Accuse him of being a horrible person. But they use those pejoratives, not actually believing them, but because their stance, ordered by the big money Chamber and the RINO bosses is one of open borders and total amnesty.

The vast majority of Trump supporters believe strongly in legal immigration. And rule of law. We cannot have a sovereign nation without borders and control of who comes in. There is no shame and nothing wrong with a pro legal immigration stance and anyone that tells you otherwise is a lying RINO bought and sold by the big money string pullers.

One of the worst things that has happened in America is political correctness. Trump has single-handedly driven a stake through the heart of political correctness.

So who is peeing their pants over the possibility, the strong possibility, that Trump will win the Republican nomination? Well, the media, the Democrats and the RINO’s. That alone is enough to tell you Trump is the best candidate.

And I have had all of the arguments used against Trump tossed my way.

  • Trump donated to Hillary. Well, that means that she is for sale.
  • Trump donated to McAuliffe. Yep. For sale. Pay for play.
  • Trump supports eminent domain. Well, how else would you build the Keystone pipeline? And the “wall”.
  • Trump made fun of …. whoever. Yep. So? Not politically correct.

And it goes on and on. Trump is not “conservative”.

Well, neither are the RINO’s who always claim to be.

And the media and the RINO’s do not get Trumps supporters. I have attended many political rallies in my time and one thing I always notice is, I know just about everyone there. Not so at Trump rallies. These people are the ones that normally stay home because the choices are bad and worse. Trump “gets” them. And they “get” Trump.

I am 100% convinced that every candidate running will eventually turn out to be a liar as their masters pull back on the reins as soon as they are elected.

That will not happen with Donald Trump. And while he is now taking donations, these are small donations. Absolutely no one will be allowed to donate enough money that they will have Trump in a bind. And after decades of letting big money call the shots in America, it is time we had a president actually make his own decisions.

See you at the Manassas rally tomorrow!


Article written by: Tom White

Should More Millennials Run for State Legislature as a Democrat? Well, After They Treated Dr. Larry Lessig, Why Should They?

Emma Roller writes a nice op-ed in the New York Times about the apparent difficulty of the Dems to get people to run for state legislatures.  Here’s a useful highlight:

Another problem for Democratic Party operatives: There are plenty of other outlets for left-leaning millennials’ sense of altruism that do not involve running for political office. The Peace Corps recently reported receiving the highest number of applications since 1975. Why bother entrenching yourself in petty party politics when you could have a more direct impact overseas, or make more money working for a start-up?

Democratic Party operatives hope that they can find millennials who can get as excited about running for state assembly as they are for the new craft cocktail bar opening up in their neighborhood.


Finding experienced Democratic candidates to put up in future cycles means recruiting young people to serve in state legislatures as soon as possible. One option would be for the Democratic Party to start branding itself as a political disrupter, in much the way Republicans have adopted the language of Silicon Valley.

The Democrats would have a better case if they did not have awful policies:  Pro-abortion, increased spending and government power, a willingness to cede sovereignty to international institutions, etc.  (In fairness not all Democrats favor all those things and they do have a concern for the little guy and for justice not always seen in the GOP.)

But Roller is right:  State legislatures are a laboratory, not just as Justice Brandeis wrote years ago for ideas, but for people to run for Congress and statewide offices.  Remember my new fifty cent book I got at the library about running for state representative or senate I wrote about a few weeks ago.  (I got a nice email back when I told one of the authors how much I liked about the book and he recommended two other books he helped write.)  It awakened in me a desire to consider prayerfully at the right time a run for the state house!

Let me tell you:  Running for office can be the most fun with clothes on, but only if you run for the right reasons:  You have to have some idealism, some non-negotiable items to work for if elected.  A willingness to say:  I am not interested in budget committees or being speaker or committee chair but rather to get ideas debated and passed.  Seek term limits and perhaps other aspects of the Sanders Platform.  It’s almost too bad that my delegate and senator are both Republicans.  I do not like primary fights unless there is a good reason.  But we need something more in the GOP than thanksgiving that there was a contested race for sheriff in Powhatan County.

Finally, a note to the Dems:  Maybe if you want idealistic Millennials to seek political office, consider how you treated Dr. Larry Lessig.  I thoroughly disagree with him but I think the party could have found a place for him in the debates.  But Lessig did something I thoroughly disagree with:  He quit the race.  I think with all the duest respect that I have for Dr. Lessig’s effort that he should have taken a page from the Ron Paul book:  Practice guerrilla politics.  Have rallies.  Raise huge amounts of funds on one day.  Have the first flying blimp in the history of presidential politics  Walk hundreds of miles for liberty.  For Dr. Paul changed the tone of the political debate in our nation in the direction of liberty and several Paulites have run for a seat in their state house.  Some of those Lessigites would have made great Democrat candidates for state legislature in 2020.

Article written by: Elwood "Sandy" Sanders

The Trials and Tribulations of the Grassroots Activist

The sheer amount of emotional fortitude required to be a conservative, constitutional, or libertarian grassroots activists is broader and deeper than anyone could imagine. Faced with the most frustrating realities, activists are forced to soldier on against impossible odds. Groups of average Americans come together to take on impossible enemies like the Mainstream Media, Wall Street, K Street, the Chamber of Commerce, the National Republican Party, the National Democrat Party, the House of Representatives, and the United States Senate. These grassroots activists are fighting the wealthiest and most powerful people, organizations, and institutions in the world, pouring all of their time, money, energy, and hope into these ambitious endeavors.

And that’s just national politics.


State and local politics are no less difficult and infuriating. National Special Interests pour money into local and statewide campaigns, in order to deprive the constituents of their own unfunded agendas. This outside money wouldn’t be so impregnable if it were not for the fact that most of our local Republican Parties are controlled by one or two powerful families. These families rule over the plebes in their towns, cities, and counties with an iron fist. They dictate to the school boards and the boards of supervisors and the town councils. If representatives cross them, these wealthy families launch primary campaigns, stirring up division and discord. There is no part of our Constitutional Republic that has not been corrupted.

You see, the average American lives in the real world, with real consequences, and real causes. We don’t wake up in the morning and think to ourselves whether or not the troubles of the day relate to reality itself or to the perceptions of something called political reality. Bribery is illegal, so we can’t skirt the consequences of our actions by buying off those intended to hold us responsible. We can’t print more money when we run out. We aren’t given unlimited amounts of credit. We can’t take some money from some people to give it to other people so that the other people will take care of our bills. The realities of politics are dark, corrupt, and cruel. Our governments are never held responsible for the unintended consequences of their actions.

But we are.

And despite all this, the duty to go on, to continue fighting, to search for small victories while fighting for big ones, remains. We can never stop, never surrender the real world to those who live in a political one. People who live in a political world, who think in terms of politics and political agendas, will never succeed in the real world. This is why our government can’t win wars, can’t balance budgets, can’t achieve greater prosperity for their people. The reality they perceive is different from the reality that actually exists. Their world is a world of contradiction, compromise, and paradox. Our world is an objective world, without contradiction or paradox, where A=A and 1=1. Success or failure in their world is measured by the arbitrary powers they hold at the end of the day, and not by the objective consequences their actions have had on those they govern.

Our politicians don’t really believe that their lies are lies, since in their world, if you have to say X to achieve Y, then X is a categorical imperative, and one cannot be held guilty for doing what is necessary. These people we are fighting in Washington D.C. and here at home are truly lost. They do not live in reality. They are incapable of reasoning or taking responsibility for what they do. We must understand this, because we must understand that our failures have not come at the hands of our inability to reason or communicate. People living in a make-believe political reality cannot understand the words and motivations of those who live in the real world. They are lost. They cannot be reasoned with. All you can do is replace them and then desperately try to hold whomever you send through the black gates of our nations’ capital accountable. That is what it means to be a grassroots activist. Thankless, hopeless, and utterly necessary! And who knows, a day may come when those living in reality are in the majority, and our government will conform to reality, instead of trying to make reality conform to it.

Article written by: Steven Brodie Tucker