A MODERATE COMMITMENT TO JESUS, TRUTH, JUSTICE, AND THE AMERICAN WAY?

flagWhen I put together a post, I try bring together the ideas of different people. Where did the ideas for this post come from?

Item #1:

English: Bill Bolling of Virginia
English: Bill Bolling of Virginia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here is a link to the first hour (yesterday) of The Don Kroah Show: 2013-05-21_DKS_Hour_01. About one-third of the way through the show, Kroah interviewed Lt. Gov Bill Bolling. In this interview Bolling offered up his expert opinion on a convention he had not bothered to attend. Why? Bolling wanted to give his “moderate” assessment of the GOP convention in Richmond, VA. That convention selected Ken Cuccinelli as the GOP’s candidate for Governor, and Bolling was not happy with that choice.

Here are some of Bolling’s complaints and some straight-forward rebuttals.

  • Complaint: A convention limits participation.  Rebuttal: Anyone who is willing to take the time can participate in a political convention. As matter of fact, we used a national convention to get our Constitution written and statewide conventions to approve it. What political pros like Bolling don’t like about conventions has to do with money. Winning the nomination at a convention is not about money or advertising; it is about getting people to believe you. When a convention is used to nominate a candidate, if a candidate cannot get people to show up and support him, he cannot win.
  • Complaint: E. W. Jackson, the GOP nominee for Lt. Gov. has said some extreme things.  Rebuttal: Bolling never offered a specific example of what Jackson has said that is so extreme. What might make Jackson an extremist? He believes what the Bible says is true? He thinks politicians should actually abide by their oath to the Constitution? Wouldn’t it be nice if Bolling took the trouble to explain?   :grin:   Dare he?
  • Complaint: Conventions are run by ideologues.  Rebuttal: What exactly characterizes an “ideologue”? As it happens, the term “ideologue” is a meaningless insult. What Bolling apparently doesn’t like about conventions is that the people attending are dead serious about what they believe.  Because Bolling is a moderate, he apparently finds that offensive.

Item # 2: 

You, Being Evil… at Thinking in Christbible
In this post Russ White explains the human condition. Even the first apostles of Jesus were evil men, and Jesus told them that to their faces.

These men, surely, were good. Among all the men on the face of the Earth, no matter what time, or what place, we should be able to look at these men and say, “you are a good person.”

Before we get too far, though, let’s look at what Jesus actually said to these very same men.

Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him! -Matthew 7:9-11

“You, being evil…”

After they abandoned their Lord to suffer crucifixion, the apostles understood. We are only the children of God.  At best we are only newly reborn; we are not the adult children of God.

To become perfect, we need Jesus to teach us how to be good.

Item # 3:

Where have moderate politicians gotten us?

Consider what is in the news.

In fact, there have been so many scandals in recent years we cannot keep track of them. And why? We have let moderates lead us. Instead of being earnestly committed to our beliefs, we have been only moderately committed, and that kind of commitment is no commitment at all. Therefore, whenever our leaders find Jesus, Truth, Justice, and the American Way inconvenient, they now practice moderation and do whatever feels good.

TIE-BREAKING VOTES

The Virginia Senate is split evenly between Republicans and Democrats. That has provided Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling an opportunity to display where he stands.

Here is an email Bolling transmitted yesterday.

Bolling Casts Tie-Breaking Vote to Provide Educational Choice to Thousands of Virginia Students

Friends,

Today I was pleased to cast the tie-breaking vote in support of SB131 which will expand access to quality educational opportunities for thousands of Virginia students.  I believe this legislation will be very helpful in providing meaningful educational choice for students in low and middle income families who may not otherwise have the means to attend private or parochial schools.

SB131 will provide a state tax credit to encourage individuals and corporations to contribute to non-profit organizations who provide education improvement scholarships to students in low and middle income families, and to students with a qualifying disability, in order for them to attend non-public elementary or secondary schools.  The tax credit is equal to 65% of the money donated to a qualifying scholarship foundation, and the program is capped at a total cost of $25M per year.

While I am a strong supporter of public education in Virginia, no child should feel trapped in a school system that is not meeting their educational needs simply because their family does not have the money to send them to a private or parochial school.  By making these educational opportunities more available to students in low and middle income families we will make certain that these children can get the education they need to succeed in life.

Earlier this week I was also pleased to cast the tie breaking vote on several other important pieces of legislation, including:

  • SB1 – Voter ID…..This legislation will strengthen Virginia’s existing Voter ID law by requiring voters who cannot produce an acceptable form of ID to cast a provisional ballot.  Once an acceptable form of ID is produced, the voters ballot will be counted.
  • SB437 – Eminent Domain…..This legislation will protect private property rights by providing a definition of “lost profit” and “lost access” to help determine the amount of compensation that must be paid to individuals for property taken by eminent domain.  If this companion legislation to the Eminent Domain Constitutional Amendment had failed, the Senate may not have approved the Constitutional Amendment, which will now be on the ballot this November.
  • SB348 – Agency Effectiveness Review Commission…..This legislation will establish an Accountability Review Commission to regularly review state agencies for efficiency and effectiveness and provide recommendations for elimination and consolidation of out-dated and ineffective government programs.
  • SB6 – Drug Screening for Welfare to Work Participants…..This legislation requires participants in Virginia’s welfare-to-work program to pass a drug screening evaluation before receiving benefits.  If the drug screen produces probable cause to believe that the applicant has a drug problem they will be required to take a drug test.  Any applicant failing the drug test will be required to enroll in a substance abuse program or lose their benefits.

Additionally, I am pleased to report that the vast majority of the Legislative Agenda that Governor McDonnell and I have proposed, which focuses on strengthening the core functions of government to spur private sector job creation and get our economy back on track, has passed with broad bipartisan support.  Highlights include:

  • Private Sector Job Creation – Our “Greatest Opportunity” jobs and economic development agenda will increase access to capital for businesses and implement greater coordination among economic development entities.  This proposal also includes various budget recommendations to advance proven economic development and job creation programs.
  • K-12 Education Reform – Our “Opportunity to Learn” K-12 education reform agenda focuses on raising standards for schools and teachers, reducing mandates on local school divisions, expanding educational options for Virginia students, enhancing teacher quality and increasing funding for critical education programs.
  • Higher Education – Our “Top Jobs For The 21st Century” program will increase investments to prepare Virginians for careers in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and health care (STEM-H); boost job-creating research and innovation; make a college education more affordable; and advance our goal of awarding 100,000 additional college degrees over the next 15 years.
  • Government Reform –  Our “More Efficient, Effective Government” reform initiative will eliminate, streamline and merge certain state agencies, boards and commissions; and eliminate or reduce unfunded mandates on localities.

We are very pleased by the progress these important proposals have made during the first half of this year’s legislative session.  We will continue to focus on these and other important matters over the next few weeks.

If you wish to share your views with me on these or any other issues pending before the General Assembly this year, please contact Jessica Brooks at jessica.brooks@governor.virginia.gov.

Sincerely,

Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling