TIME TO GET TO WORK ON THE 2013 ELECTION

Every year in Virginia we have another election. Sometimes it seems like an exercise in futility. So most of us just do what we must and grumpily participate. Some, fortunately, find a bit of satisfaction in the struggle. Thus, Delegate Scott Lingamfelter is on the campaign trail.

Here is an email Lingamfelter sent out on December 29, 2012.  Lingamfelter is one of the better candidates running for Lieutenant Governor, and he is asking for our support.

An Appeal to Think About

Dear Friends,

What would you do if you got an appeal that went something like this?

“Dear Friend (or insert name here J), I’m candidate “X” and I want to send my money to you so you can afford to pay your rent, send your kids to college, fix your leaky roof or put something aside for a rainy day for you! Please provide me with your website so I can dash off my hard earned money to you today! Don’t delay!!! I only have 72 hours until I hit my deadline to give my money to you!!!”

I don’t know about you, but I think I would fall down in shock. Well don’t hold your breath. It’s not likely to happen. And news flash! I have sent these money appeals in the past and all 6288 of us running for Lieutenant Governor in 2013 will over the weeks and months to come.

But this email is not a money appeal. When I got up this morning, I went down to the kitchen to have a cup of coffee with my wife, Shelley. The snow was just starting and I put a fire in the fireplace and sat back to take a moment to reflect on the past year, on my family, on the campaign…so much to think about, so much to be grateful for, so much work that lies ahead.

Running for statewide office is a remarkable experience. You meet so many great folks, you learn things you had no idea were important to people, you see things through the eyes of others, and you come away even more inspired by the majesty of our great Commonwealth and the patriotism, goodwill, and good nature of our people. It’s truly humbling and a blessing to be sure.

If you’re like me, the last year has left you wondering as we enter 2013 what will become of our nation? The election this year seems to have enshrined the very same people who made a mess of things in 2012 making things worse in 2013. All that money and work seems to have been for nothing because we appear to be on the same awful path of debt, burdensome and obsessive government, shrinking constitutional freedoms, stressed small businesses, joblessness, and yes, more evidence than ever that the demise of the family has resulted in miserable dysfunction and violence that stuns us to the core.

Despite all of this, travelling Virginia for the past half year, meeting folks, learning from them, and thinking critically about the conservative solutions I am confident we need-ones that will work-I remain optimistic that together we can pull free from the hands of those who would wreck our nation and Virginia, not reform it.

As I go forward with this Lieutenant Governor campaign, I will be sharing with you what I have learned and what I think we must do to take Virginia to new heights of freedom and prosperity for our families and small businesses. But not just yet. I am busy getting ready to head back to Richmond in my current legislative role; lots of freedom-work to do there as well. But after that, I will be out sharing with you my vision for Virginia and what we must do to restore our freedom and expand our prosperity.

I hope you will stand with our team as we make the case for a better Virginia. Please go to www.scottforva.com and sign up to be a delegate for me in the May convention. And keep this thought from Patrick Henry the first Governor of Virginia:

“Bad men cannot make good citizens. It is impossible that a nation of infidels or idolaters should be a nation of freemen. It is when a people forget God that tyrants forge their chains. A vitiated state of morals, a corrupted public conscience, is incompatible with freedom. No free government, or the blessings of liberty, can be preserved to any people but by a firm adherence to justice, moderation, temperance, frugality, and virtue; and by a frequent recurrence to fundamental principles.”

Henry’s appeal is one to think about. I am committed to that “frequent recurrence to fundamental principles” and ask you to join me in restoring America and making Virginia a better place to raise and family, grow a business, and enjoy the pursuit of happiness.

Happy New Year! On to Victory!

This year the Republican Party of Virginia has decided to hold a convention to select its  candidates for statewide office. What does that mean to you? To win the party’s nomination, these candidates have to find people willing to spend some time in a convention hall in Richmond, VA. If you want to keep our nation strong and free, here is a good way to invest a little time.

Why will this time be well spent? It is an investment in your children’s future. Some of the people we elect as local officials eventually run for and win an office in our state government, and some of the people we elect to run our state government eventually run for and win an office in the Federal Government. In particular, the government officials running Federal Government spend lots of our money. In fact, because we have not chosen the officials running the Federal Government wisely, they are bankrupting us.

So please do a little research. Find out how the convention process works. Pick your favorite candidate. Then act like an interested citizen and show up. If you just do that much, you will have won half the battle.

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