HALF OF THE BATTLE IS JUST SHOWING UP

Do you support Delegate Bob Marshall? In what follows Marshall requests your help. Without it, he cannot succeed.

To live as free men and women, we must do what is required of us voluntarily. Otherwise, we will suffer the fate of slaves. We will be forced to work for others. So when a good leader ask for our help, we must do what we can.

Bob Marshall Petition Help Needed March 6, 2012

Dear friends,

You already know that Bob Marshall authored the “Health Care Freedom Act” to push back Barack Obama’s grab for power. If he were your U.S. Senator, he would be in an even better position to protect you from unlimited central government. We need your help to make that happen. In fact, it will not happen without your help!

On Tuesday, March 6, the Bob Marshall for Senate Campaign will be extending its petition gathering effort across Virginia. We need dedicated, energetic, and committed constitutional conservatives to volunteer to cover a local precinct on Super Tuesday to collect signatures from folks coming to vote in the Presidential Primary.

Full instructions on the petition process as well as downloadable forms are available at the Bob Marshall for Senate website at http://bobmarshall2012.com/petition. Or, email us today and we will send you petitions in hard copy.

Barack Obama now wants churches to pay for abortion pills, in violation of their moral teaching. His imprudent policy is pushing us to choose between our God and our government. We cannot allow the state to invade the last sanctuary of our God-given liberty – our conscience. We are Virginians, and like our forefathers, we will not sit back and watch our liberties be trampled upon.

Petition deadlines are looming fast and we need 10,000 names by mid-March. Please act as if our lives and liberties depend upon our action, because in this year’s election, they really do. We thank you for whatever you can do. Please email me immediately at bob.allen@bobmarshall2012.com if you can help us on March 6th.

After entering the race January 16, Bob Marshall is only 11% behind Kaine! We expect that gap to close as word gets out that Bob has already beat Tim Kaine!

  • Tim Kaine opposed Virginia’s Marriage Amendment authored by Bob Marshall and approved by voters in 2006.
  • Kaine opposed Bob’s “Health Care Freedom Act” which became law.
  • Bob sued Tim Kaine and won 7-0 (2007) in Virginia’s Supreme Court stopping 14 taxes in Tidewater and Northern Virginia.
  • Bob helped defeat Kaine’s policy placing children for adoption with homosexual couples.
  • Bob never voted for a tax increase, is 100% pro-life and pro-second amendment.

 I hope you agree we need Bob in Washington to return government to the sovereign people.

The signatures we gather on March 6th, Presidential Primary Day, will determine whether Bob Marshall qualifies for the ballot for U.S. Senate. Please help make this happen!

Sincerely,

Bob Allen
Campaign Manager

P.S. If you are unable to work a poll on March 6, you can still collect names for Bob on petitions from your friends, church members, or at local Republican or Tea Party meetings, supermarkets, sports events, etc.

We may also need volunteers to fill in “gaps” around the state to ensure we obtain the required 400 minimum signatures from all eleven congressional districts. Please let us know we have your support.

DELEGATE BOB MARSHALL REPORTS ON A CRUCIAL VOTE

Delegate Bob Marshall request that you to call your senator.

Virginia Delegate Bob Marshall Statement on
Virginia Senate Action to Delay Vote on H.B. 1160
“Our Liberties Hang in the Balance”

February 27, 2011

This afternoon the Virginia State Senate narrowly defeated a move to recommit the anti-detention bill, HB 1160, sponsored by Del. Bob Marshall.  The effort to recommit, which would have killed the bill for this year, failed on a 20-20 vote, with Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling casting the tie-breaking vote against recommittal.  The Senate agreed to bring the bill to the floor tomorrow, Tuesday, February 27.  Delegate Bob Marshall issued the following statement:

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The Virginia Senate’s action gives the people of Virginia another day to let their Senators know what they think about Congress empowering the U.S. Military to take a citizen off the nation’s streets, incarcerate him without charges, deprive him of the right to a lawyer, and hold him for an unlimited amount of time.  That is the way things may be done in some other countries, but not here.  This bill provides that we, here in Virginia, will not assist the federal government in enforcing this law.

Even President Obama had questions about the bill, when he promised the American people that he would not use the unrestrained powers it granted him — but why should we trust any President with such powers?

During World War II, the federal government incarcerated tens of thousands of loyal Japanese Americans in the name of national security.  By this bill, Virginia declares that it will not participate in similar modern-day efforts.

There are moments in our history when our liberties hang in the balance.  This is one of those moments.  I urge the Senate when it votes tomorrow to join the overwhelming vote in the House to pass this bill, to lead the way in the nation to ensure that Virginia will not cooperate when the Federal Government strays off the reservation with laws that take away the civil liberties of our citizens.

Supporting HB 1160 are groups as varied as Gun Owners of America, and the American Civil Liberties Union.  Even Forbes Magazine states:  “The National Defense Authorization Act is the Greatest Threat to Civil Liberties Americans Face.”

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Backgrounder:  FY 2012 National Defense Authorization Act – Section 1021

On December 15, 2011, the United States Congress passed the National Defense Authorization Act for the fiscal year 2012 (2012 NDAA).  On December 31, 2011, President Barack Obama signed the bill into law.  Buried in 2012 NDAA’s hundreds of pages is Section 1021 which purports to authorize the President of the United States to use the armed forces of the United States to detain American citizens who the President suspects are or have been substantial supporters of al-Qaeda, the Taliban, or associated forces, and to hold such citizens indefinitely, or prosecute them before a military commission, or transfer them to a foreign country.

In short, Section 1021 authorizes the President to dispose of American citizens suspected of supporting “terrorism” according to the laws of war, as if the United States soil was a battlefield and her citizens enemy combatants, not entitled to the protections of the Bill of Rights, including the rights to trial by jury, representation by counsel, confrontation of witnesses, and due process of law administered by impartial judges.

At the time he signed 2012 NDAA, President Obama assured the American people that he would never exercise the powers granted him under Section 1021.  But both his administration and that of former president George W. Bush have asserted that the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force Against Terrorists already allows the President to indefinitely detain persons without charge, including United States citizens captured in the United States.

Personal assurances are, indeed, no substitute for constitutional guarantees.  And constitutional guarantees are not worth the paper that they are written on if there is no force to back them up.

Fortunately, our government is not – like that of many nations – centralized, ruled from the top down by an iron fist.  No.  The American Constitution is not only designed to secure the liberties of the people and their posterity, but it is a union of sovereign and independent states whose officials are elected, and whose oaths of office commit them, to support the constitutional rights of their respective citizenries.  To that end, state and local government officials are called to interpose themselves between the people and the government in Washington should the latter fail to honor the lives, liberties, and properties of the people of their respective jurisdictions.

Check out States march forward on anti-detention campaigns.

The arguments still are raging over whether several provisions in a national defense appropriations act authorize warrantless detentions of American citizens who may be described by Washington as “belligerents,” but states aren’t waiting for any final determination.

The Virginia House already has passed – overwhelmingly – a “bill to prevent any agency, political subdivision, employee, or member of the military of Virginia from assisting an agency of the armed forces of the United States in the conduct of the investigation, prosecution, or detention of a citizen in violation of the United States Constitution, the Constitution of Virginia, or any Virginia law or regulation.” (continued here)

DELEGATE JACKSON MILLER REPORTS ON VIRGINIA COMMONWEALTH’S BUDGET

Here is Delegate Jackson Miller‘s report on the General Assembly.

2012 Session Update: Budget

On Thursday, we passed the House version of the 2012-2014 biennial budget.  Our structurally balanced budget makes strategic investments in the core areas of government that House Republicans have emphasized this Session – helping create private sector jobs, improving education opportunities, protecting our families, and ensuring we have a more efficient and effective state government.  Most important, we have made targeted investments without raising taxes on Virginia families and businesses.

During this time of continued economic uncertainty, our top priority remains helping Virginia businesses create new jobs and opportunities.  To that end, we extended several tax credits for Virginia businesses including the major facilities job tax credits that are tied to job growth and capital investment to encourage business investment in Virginia.  We have also extended the capital gains tax credit for investments in startup businesses to increase capital for small business job creators.  To help Virginia farmers and expand Virginia’s largest industry, we have established an Agriculture and Forestry Development Fund with $2 million in funding to grow our world market. Recognizing that government can sometimes best help by staying out of the way, we removed several proposed fee increases that hinder job creation.

To improve educational opportunities, we added $575 million for K-12 public education and nearly $200 million for Virginia’s colleges and universities.  The increase for public schools will fund important programs such as K-3 class size reductions and early reading intervention.  Our $200 million investment in higher education follows on the “Top Jobs” higher education reform legislation passed with unanimous support in the 2011 General Assembly.  Part of this funding will open an additional 1,700 slots for in-state students at William and Mary, University of Virginia, James Madison University, and Virginia Tech.  We have also included funding to help our colleges expand degrees in the high demand fields- Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Health Care to support 21st century job growth.

To make our state government more efficient and effective, we have found savings in a number of areas including $2.8 million in our legislative budget.  In total, we were able to reduce agency budgets and return over $32 million to the General Fund over three years.  We have also tackled one of the biggest issues impacting future budgets – the Virginia Retirement System’s $19 billion unfunded liability.  We have designated $2.2 billion towards paying down the unfunded liability. This investment, coupled with several proposed reforms to the retirement system, represents an important step towards safeguarding the VRS for our current and future employees.  Mindful the growth of the national economy is below expectations, we have taken the prudent step of adding $300 million to increase our Rainy Day Fund to $600 million.

The members of the House of Delegates have worked very hard to create a bi-partisan budget that reflects the basic foundations of the needs of Virginians and their state government.  However, there is still much that needs to be done to finalize the state budget.

In the Senate, political gamesmanship is preventing a budget from being passed.

I call on the Senate Democrats to come to the table, just as the Democrats did in the House of Delegates, and work with the Senate Republicans to craft a compromised budget.

Virginia expects it. Virginia deserves it.

                                                                   Sincerely,

Jackson H. Miller

Majority Whip, Virginia House of Delegates

50th District

DELEGATE SCOTT LINGAMFELTER ON AMERICA’S PROGRESS DEEP INTO A HUGE HOLE

In the following, Delegate Scott Lingamfelter offers a broad assessment of what is at stake in the 2012 elections.

Obama’s Shovel Ready America

With all that is going on in the current Session of the Virginia General Assembly, now keenly focused on getting a budget, I feel compelled to take a moment to share with you some thoughts on what is going on nationally.

We’ve heard a lot about “shovel ready” projects from President Obama in recent years. They didn’t exist, something he now admits. But sadly, the only “shovel ready” situation in America today is the hole Obama has dug for the nation. Consider this.

First, Mr. Obama’s incessant spending has put American in such a deficit hole that it will take decades to crawl out, that’s if we begin today. This situation hardly needs elaboration.

Second, the President’s insistence, even as the vast majority of Americans opposed it, that the Federal government seize control of the healthcare industry is even now driving up prices for healthcare. It has caused so much confusion in the market place that doctors and insurance companies alike don’t know where to turn. Many doctors have flat stopped taking new Medicaid patients as a result of Obama’s market-distorting socialism.

Third, Commander in Chief Obama has dug a deep hole for America by his pursuit of a feckless military and foreign policy, which puts our vital national interest at stake. At home, Obama’s plans to gut the armed forces have left our military leaders perplexed and wondering if Obama actually has any grasp of what military preparedness is in the first place. Abroad, US military leaders in the field doubt Obama’s resolve to get the job done in Afghanistan, so that the sacrifice we have made is not in vain. Equally confused are America’s allies who are left guessing whether the US is a reliable partner in international challenges to mutual interests. If you were Israel, would you see in Obama a reliable ally? Here’s who loves Obama’s military and foreign policy: Russia, China, North Korea, Iran, and virtually every terror organization in the world. They stare at us from atop the hole we are in and are delighted. Not the shovel ready project any rational person would want from the man who sold us “hope and change”.

Fourth, Mr. Obama and his liberal allies have carved for us a moral crevasse through a relentless effort to force new values on America. The value set Obama expects us to embrace includes gays in the military, abandoning the Defense of Marriage Act, and compelling religious organizations to support practices that are diametrically opposed to their core values. He maintains that somehow we are not a Christian nation despite the volumes of historical facts that make clear America’s attributes of justice and freedom are a direct outgrowth of founders who were committed to Christian values.

Finally, President Obama has applied his destructive shovel to our constitution. He has appointed scores of czars who oversee intrusive Federal agencies and activities as if they were unaccountable commissars. None of them were vetted by Congress and their activities are largely unaccountable to the people. He has used Federal power to circumvent the 10th Amendment of the US Constitution, which reserves to the States those powers not granted to the Federal government. First among this usurpation is Obamacare. So too are his “recess appointments” of political allies when Congress is not actually in recess, a clear violation of the law. And remember how Obama decried as unconstitutional “signing statements” former Presidents have used to express their disagreement with laws Congress passes? Well Obama has used the same tactic. So much for that outrage.

Despite all of this, Obama now brags openly that his presidency is “not over” and that he will be in power for the next 5 years. Such a claim by a Republican would be branded as unbridled arrogance by a news media that fawns over Obama like a dreamy prom date. Disgusting.

Here’s the bottom line, folks. The President has dug us a very deep hole indeed and we have to decide here and now if we are going to reside passively in it or rise to the occasion and dispatch him back to Chicago. As the saying goes, the first step in getting out of a hole is to stop digging.

Sic Semper Tyrannis

Take note that President Obama has already started campaigning in Virginia. Virginia will be a battleground state.