SURRENDERING TO THE ESTABLISHMENT? — PART 1

In our day we are sadly caught in a trap generations the making.  That’s one reason on Saturday we nominated the Republican Party’s Establishment candidate.

Ed Gillespie, a former advisor to Mitt Romney and chairman of the Republican National Committee, has been selected by the GOP to be their candidate for the Senate race in Virginia.

Mr. Gillespie will face off against Senator Mark Warner, an incumbent Democrat and former governor who is serving his first term in Congress.

“He’s got the resources and I think he’s got some name recognition,” said Carl Tobias, a law professor at the University of Richmond.

Mr. Gillespie is an “establishment choice” with a “broad base” of support, the kind of candidate the GOP seems to have been favoring in the most recent primaries, Mr. Tobias said.  (continued here)

So why is Ed Gillespie a bad choice for the Republican Party? As an attendee of the convention, I could tell I was in the right place. I always find plenty of people who share my political views at a Republican convention. Yet these folks knowingly chose The Establishment’s candidate. Why?

The Sin of Partiality

What do I mean by The Establishment? That is something I wrote about in this series: WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO CHALLENGE THE ESTABLISHMENT — PART 1. So I won’t try to define the expression, “The Establishment,” again.

Why did the folks at a Republican convention vote for the Establishment’s candidate? There are a number of reasons.  In this post, we will consider the moral issue. In the following verse the Apostle James speaks to the sin of partially.

James 2:1-12 English Standard Version (ESV)

The Sin of Partiality

My brothers, show no partiality as you hold the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory. For if a man wearing a gold ring and fine clothing comes into your assembly, and a poor man in shabby clothing also comes in, and if you pay attention to the one who wears the fine clothing and say, “You sit here in a good place,” while you say to the poor man, “You stand over there,” or, “Sit down at my feet,” have you not then made distinctions among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts? Listen, my beloved brothers, has not God chosen those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom, which he has promised to those who love him? But you have dishonored the poor man. Are not the rich the ones who oppress you, and the ones who drag you into court? Are they not the ones who blaspheme the honorable name by which you were called?

If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing well. But if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors. 10 For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become accountable for all of it. 11 For he who said, “Do not commit adultery,” also said, “Do not murder.” If you do not commit adultery but do murder, you have become a transgressor of the law. 12 So speak and so act as those who are to be judged under the law of liberty.

I suppose I some will read the passage above and call me an arrogant Bible thumper, but the passage above is not just about me, you, or even Gillespie. That passage condemns humanity’s ignorance and stupidity.

Think about what James is saying. He does not call being rich evil. He just observes men too often become rich and powerful by doing evil things. Nonetheless, because of their “success,” James observes that even the victims of the rich honor the rich. Therefore, James condemns our tendency to judge others by surface appearances.

Have Americans always “honored” the rich? Imagine Abraham Lincoln. We consider Honest Abe one of our greatest presidents. Could Lincoln be elected today (see The Net Worth Of The American Presidents: Washington To Obama). Was Lincoln an effective fund raiser? Would any honest man be an effective fundraiser? To be effective, what promises does an “effective” fundraiser have to make? What do we think of the deals our politicians have been making lately? Congress is popular, right?

Posts To Come

  • Are The Rich Robbing America?
  • Do Establishment Republicans Keep Their Promises?

 

 

WHICH TEAM ARE YOU PLAYING FOR?

We all belong to some sort of political group or faction. Some of us affiliate with divisive groups. Others work for the betterment of the entire country. Some of us see the gain of others as a good thing. Others see the gain of anyone else as their lost. Thus, we have many world views, and we each display our world view in our choices as we interact with other people.

  • Attitude. We can be optimistic, pessimistic, apathetic, or so forth.
  • Standards. We can take pride in our work, making others work, avoiding work, begging or some other scheme for providing for our material needs.
  • Morality. We can base our behavior on Christian love, free love, the situation, societal expectations, our wants, or something else.
  • Political parties. We can actively support the Democratic, the Constitution, the Green, the Libertarian, the Republican, the Tea Party, some other party, or no party at all.

We can work to make our country better, get all we can out of our country, cheer on others as they work for our country, or curse the darkness.  Whatever we do or don’t do is a choice. Doing nothing is a choice.

Would you like to get involved? Would you like to do something for your country? Then perhaps you would like a suggestion.  Here is one from E. W. Jackson.

bobmarshallforcongress

E W Jackson endorses bob marshall

After considerable prayer and deliberation, I am enthusiastically endorsing Bob Marshall for the Republican nomination for Congress from the Tenth Congressional District.  I appeal to every one of you who believes as I do in our Constitution and what Virginia represents to the history of our nation, to do everything in your power to get him nominated on April 26th!

I am well aware that Republicans of the Tenth District have an array of good candidates to choose from, but I am firm in my conviction that Bob best personifies our values.  His 23 year legislative record in the House of Delegates serves as the most reliable predictor that the promises he makes in his campaign will be kept when he gets to Congress.  We can rest assured that Delegate Marshall will adhere to his core principles no matter the opposition because he has a record of courage and unwavering faithfulness.

Friends and foes alike agree that Bob Marshall will be a refreshing change from the political powerbrokers and dealmakers in Washington.  He is exactly the person we need standing up for us in Congress at this critical time! Congress needs a conscience and Bob Marshall will provide it, even to Republican leaders when necessary.  We know that Delegate Marshall will never trade away his conscience.

Please know that I am not making this endorsement lightly. For the most part, I am remaining neutral in nomination contests. However, I endorse Bob Marshall because he is that rare bird in the aviary of politics who is dependable and predictable on the full gamut of issues important to conservatives: adherence to the Constitution, protection of religious liberties, keeping taxes low and government limited, preserving the traditional family in society, upholding the sanctity of life and maintaining fiscal responsibility and accountability.  Bob is without peer in the record he has established over many years.

Please join with me in supporting Bob, and if you reside in the Tenth District, be sure to make plans now to vote in the Firehouse Primary which takes place for five hours only (from 10am to 3pm) on Saturday, April 26th.  For most folks the polling place will be at a different location from the one where they usually vote. Details on polling locations are available on Bob’s website at www.bobmarshallforcongress.com. Please email Bob and let him know after you’ve voted. We want to recognize and thank those who take the time to fulfill their civic duty in this pivotal election. Finally, whether or not you live in the Tenth District, I appeal to you to give generously of your time and treasure to help achieve this critically important nomination of Bob Marshall for Congress!

For God and Country,

E.W. Jackson

Because we have not been paying enough attention, we have not picked good people to represent us Washington D.C. Those people are doing a bad job, and we need to send them home.  Nonetheless, we cannot vote for perfect human beings to replace them. There are no perfect human beings. Yet we must vote for someone. Standing by and not supporting anyone is not a better choice. It’s apathy. So if you cannot support Bob Marshall — if you live in another congressional district — find someone you can support and do your civic duty.

HOW IS THE RACE TO REPLACE CONGRESSMAN FRANK WOLF GOING?

Because there is no such thing as a perfect human being, there is no such thing as a perfect politician. In fact, because We the People choose our leadership, we have very difficult time electing good leaders. That’s because we vote for people who look and think like us. If what we say about the unwashed masses is true — and we unwashed masses have nothing to brag about — why should the leaders we choose be any better than us?

That said, Delegate Bob Marshall has done a great job in the Virginia House of Delegates. Instead of trying to buy his constituent’s votes by spending “other people’s money”, Marshall has worked to protect the rights of his family, friends, and neighbors to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

What follows is an email from Bob Marshall for Congress. It is an email that’s effective because it simply says what Marshall has done.

bobmarshallforcongressFriends,

I think that we’d be hard pressed to find any serious Republican candidate for office in the Tenth Congressional District running on a platform that includes accolades for Obamacare. So when one of your candidates releases a statement on Obamacare on the fourth anniversary of that terrible legislation, restating its obvious negative impact on our healthcare system, one can only reply: Who among us would assert otherwise?

But there is a candidate in this Tenth District race who already has an actual proven track record of authoring legislation aimed at muting Obamacare…and that is Bob Marshall. As Bob indicated on his healthcare platform, he wrote the law Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli used to sue Barack Obama’s misnamed Affordable Care Act. He successfully amended a bill in the House of Delegates to curb abuses of the ObamaCare law. And he has participated in amicus briefs for federal appellate and Supreme Court cases examining and challenging the unconstitutional aspects of ObamaCare.

So when Bob says that as your Representative in Congress, he will offer amendments to legislation and Appropriations bills to reduce and eventually eliminate ObamaCare from the statute books, you know that this promise is made far more reliable in the light of what he has already done!

Promises are fine; but when there’s a history of prior performance backing up those promises, the promise means a whole lot more.

Bob Allen
Campaign Manager

So how is Marshall’s campaign doing? He could win.

10th Congressional District Candidates Forum Straw Poll 

Marshall Takes Vote; Hollingshead Second

Manassas Tea Party conducted a Candidates Forum on April 1 for the 10th Congressional District seat, which is currently held by retiring U. S. Representative Frank Wolf. Wolf’s district is large but locally includes Manassas City and a portion of Prince William County. (Find out if you are in this district HERE.) Six Republican candidates are running in their primary. The Democrat Party has already determined their candidate for the November election.

A nearly packed City Council chambers audience turned out wanting to hear from these candidates and to ask them where they stood on issues that matter to them. This was the only appearance in the area of all candidates in one setting, before the April 26 firehouse primary. (from here)

Will Marshall win the nomination? Will he win a seat in Congress. That’s up to We the People. If we want good and honorable leadership, we have to do our part. We must do our best to be good and honorable citizens.

Other Views

More Debates Are Scheduled

REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES FOR THE 10TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT DEBATE

The Tenth Congressional District Republican Committee has scheduled a debate, and they have invited all the candidates. Here is the announcement.debate announcement
Of course I have a favorite. I support Bob Marshall.

BOB MARSHALL FOR CONGRESSHere is the place, map and registration links, and the date and time.

Candidate Debate

Millbrook High School
251 First Woods Dr. Winchester, VA 22603
Map Link

http://www.vagop10.org/debate1/

Saturday, March 15

Registration/Social 3:30-4:30 PM
Call to Order – 4:45 PM
Event Conclusion: 7:00 PM

Please make certain you get the word out to your friends and neighbors.