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.


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.

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Last week something unusual happened. I wrote a post that inspired readers to comment.


Since I post publicly, it would be silly to say I don’t care if folks read what I write. I would also be lying if I said I don’t care what people think. In fact, even when I don’t agree, I value feedback. It forces me to climb out of my box and think from someone else’s perspective. That’s a worthwhile exercise.

Nonetheless, before I posted SO YOU LIKED MY POST?, I had consider disabling the “ Likes” function. I did not see it working as I desired. However, based upon the comments I received, I have decided to keep that feature enabled. In fact, based upon the following comment, I have decided to enable an additional feature.

scatterwisdom says:

Maybe we should have three choices about a post
no like
no care

Regards and good will blogging

(from here)

Would five choices about a choice be okay?

Click on the post that interests you. Below that post you will find I have activated WordPress’ 5 Star Rating. It looks like this.

Rate ThisJust click on the star you think appropriate to the post, and your rating will be recorded.  Don’t care? Is that equivalent to not rating a post? Sure hope not.

Of course, likes are still welcome, and I enjoy the interaction that comes with comments.  Please feel free to take your pick.



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The Libertine Bell?

The Libertine Bell?

One of the things I like to do is study political terms. For some reason today it occurred to me to wonder about the relationship between the word libertine and liberal. It turns out there is a relationship.

libertine (n.) Look up libertine at
late 14c., “a freedman, an emancipated slave,” from Latin libertinus “member of a class of freedmen,” from libertus “one’s freedmen,” from liber “free” (see liberal). Sense of “freethinker” is first recorded 1560s, from French libertin (1540s) originally the name given to certain Protestant sects in France and the Low Countries. Meaning “dissolute or licentious person” first recorded 1590s; the darkening of meaning being perhaps due to misunderstanding of Latin libertinus in Acts vi:9. As an adjective by 1570s.

Wikipedia (here) claims John Calvin coined the term.  Given that lists puritan as the antonym of libertine, that sort of makes makes sense.

So what about my question? What is the relationship between the word libertine and liberal? Libertines, Leftists, and Libertarians ( offers this observation.

It’s astounding how many times liberals say “libertarian” when they really mean “libertine.” In reality, when it comes to sexual politics, the mindset is far more libertine and left than libertarian. They’re libertine when it comes to certain forms of self-indulgence (don’t tell me what I can do with my body!), but they’re leftist when it comes to the consequences (don’t make me bear the costs of my choices! I thought government is that thing we do together!). (from here)

The author goes on to make this point. While some Libertarians may or may not be libertines, Libertarians do not believe in using government to pay for the cost of their behavior.

Effectively, Libertinism in the guise of New Liberalism has replaced what some now call Classical Liberalism.

When Senator Rand Paul spoke in a speech sponsored by the American Principles Project, he made a similar point.

“‘Libertarian’ …doesn’t mean ‘libertine,’” he said. “To many of us libertarian means freedom and liberty. But we also see that freedom needs tradition.”

He added: “I don’t see libertarianism as, you can do whatever you want. There is a role for government, there’s a role for family, there’s a role for marriage, there’s a role for the protection of life.”

Paul stressed that the value of marriage is economic, as well as “moral” and “religious,” and that those virtues can be communicated through families and communities as well as through the government. (from here)

Conservatism by definition is similar to Libertarianism. Here is how Ronald Reagan put it.

The common sense and common decency of ordinary men and women, working out their own lives in their own way—this is the heart of American conservatism today. Conservative wisdom and principles are derived from willingness to learn, not just from what is going on now, but from what has happened before.” (from here)

Paul Kengor has just written a book, 11 Principles of a Reagan Conservative, that explains Reagan Conservatism. Here is his brief synopsis.

What sort of principles? In my new book on Reagan conservatism, I lay out 11 clearly identifiable principles of Reagan conservatism:

  • Freedom
  • Faith
  • Family
  • Sanctity and dignity of human life
  • American exceptionalism
  • The Founders’ wisdom and vision
  • Lower taxes
  • Limited government
  • Peace through strength
  • Anti-communism
  • Belief in the individual

(from here)

CSPAN provides a video (here) of a speech Kengor gave to the Young America’s Foundation. If you are not familiar with Conservative principles, that speech might be a good place to start learning about them.

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Should Catholic tradition have equal or greater authority than the Bible?

Citizen Tom:

I expect to do post that relates to this subject in the near future, and my approach will look something like altruistico’s. Note that altruistico is not hostile or judgemental. He just presents his case.

When it comes to our interpretation of the Bible, why should we refrain from hostility? Consider the number of different religious denominations. With few exceptions, each is based upon their founder’s particular interpretation of the Bible. In some cases, the founder of a new denomination did not even intend to start a new denomination. But that is how the founder’s adherents chose to work out their differences with the church they came from.

So what point will I being trying to make? I guess we will get to that after I write my post.

Originally posted on altruistico:

Should church traditions be accepted as equally authoritative as Scripture? Or, should church traditions be followed only if they are in full agreement with Scripture? The answer to these questions plays a large role in determining what you believe and how you live as a Christian. It is our contention that Scripture alone is the only authoritative and infallible source for Christian doctrine and practice. Traditions are only valid if they are built on the firm foundation of Scripture and in full agreement with the entirety of Scripture. The following are seven biblical reasons supporting the teaching that the Bible should be accepted as the authority for faith and practice:

(1) It is Scripture that is said to be God-breathed (2 Timothy 3:16), and it is Scripture that has the repeated, “Thus saith the LORD…” In other words, it is the written Word that is repeatedly treated as…

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Taking care of business

Citizen Tom:

Did you know a Bluebird could write stuff like this?

Here is what a commenter said.

When did Bob become an owl? Too much wisdom here for a mere bluebird.

The owls are going to get jealous.

Originally posted on bluebird of bitterness:

Jane is a retired lady in her sixties. Because her house is paid for, her health is good, and her expenses are minimal, Jane’s monthly Social Security check is sufficient to pay the bills. But last year Jane decided it would be nice to have a little extra cash, so she decided to start a home business.

Jane has always loved to knit, and the friends who have been the recipients of her creations have always raved about the beautiful sweaters and hats and gloves and socks she makes. So Jane began selling her creations online, and before long she had a thriving business with almost no overhead, doing something she loves.

Jane was happy, her customers were happy, and the folks who owned the yarn shop where Jane bought her supplies were overjoyed. So were all the people whose businesses benefitted from Jane’s increased income — the restaurant where she sometimes treated herself to…

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