WARRING AGAINST SIN OR STRIVING FOR CHRISTIANITY? — PART 3

elephantgop.pngIn Part 2 of this series, we considered the consequences of not fearing God. Until we learn to fear God, we risk living in a bit of Hell. In this post, we will consider our electoral choices.

To Fear God

As if we could be gods, we too often find ourselves seeking to shape the world to suit our own desires. When Adolf Hitler‘s Propaganda Minister in Nazi Germany attempted to help Hitler bend the world to his will, here is how he explained to himself.

What does Christianity mean today? National Socialism is a religion. All we lack is a religious genius capable of uprooting outmoded religious practices and putting new ones in their place. We lack traditions and ritual. One day soon National Socialism will be the religion of all Germans. My Party is my church, and I believe I serve the Lord best if I do his will, and liberate my oppressed people from the fetters of slavery. That is my gospel. —Paul Joseph Goebbels (29 October 1897 – 1 May 1945) (Diary entry for October 16, 1928; from here)

How did Goebbels “new” religion work out? He discovered the same fate that all who put their trust in a man have found.

Psalm 146:3-4 Good News Translation (GNT)

Don’t put your trust in human leaders;
no human being can save you.
When they die, they return to the dust;
on that day all their plans come to an end.

After Hitler killed himself, “Goebbels along with his wife Magda killed their six young children, and then committed suicide” (from here). Fortunately, there is an alternative.

Psalm 118:5-9 English Standard Version (ESV)

Out of my distress I called on the Lord;
the Lord answered me and set me free.
The Lord is on my side; I will not fear.
What can man do to me?
The Lord is on my side as my helper;
I shall look in triumph on those who hate me.

It is better to take refuge in the Lord
than to trust in man.
It is better to take refuge in the Lord
than to trust in princes.

Instead of seeking leaders who insist upon transforming us to their liking, we need leaders with more modest ambitions. We need leaders who respect our right to make our own choices. Instead of ambitious men who can only pose as being powerful, we need to rely upon the reality of an Almighty God.

Which Candidates Have Modest Objectives In This Election?

On Tuesday, November 5, 2013, we will have a choice. Here are the candidates I will vote for.

Why these candidates?

  • Are Democrats evil Nazis? No. Democrats are not Nazis, but they are Socialists. Moreover, this generation of Democrats lies without shame, and they unconstitutionally grab for power. When we know our constitutional republic will work just fine if we allow it to do so, why would we even want to start a journey down a road that can only lead to tyranny?
  • The gentlemen I support are Republicans, but they are not part of The Establishment (see WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO CHALLENGE THE ESTABLISHMENT — PART 1). Because each strongly defends our Constitution, those benefiting from the status quo (Big Government spending and regulation) consider them a threat. If you are a greedy beneficiary of Big Government, the last thing you want is a restoral of constitutional government. However, the average citizen would do far better with lower taxes and less government regulation.

The Distinguishing Issues?

What are the main issues in this election? The depends upon whether or not you are a low information voter.  Consider the ad on the right. To the Democrats, the main issues are: abortion, the environment, and “gay rights.” anti Cuccinelli adSupposedly, with respect to these issues, Cuccinelli and his fellow Republicans are monsters, but that’s nonsense.

Anti-Choice?

Since we addressed this issue in HAVE YOU CONSIDERED HOW PATHETIC WE HAVE BECOME?, I see little reason for going over it again. If you need further reassurance, check out Women Sick of Stupid Lies.

Anti-Environment?

We have an ongoing debate in this nation. Is Global Warming real? What proof exists that it is? We have repeated assertions that Global Warming is real, but we have no proof. That’s propaganda (see BEFORE YOU VOTE, INVESTIGATE), not proof. Meanwhile, In tight Virginia governor’s race, McAuliffe backs Obama’s new coal regs. What does that mean for us?

The regulations would limit the amount of carbon that new gas- and coal-firing electric power plants can put into the air, which would make opening one almost financially impossible.

Republican nominee Ken Cuccinelli swiftly characterized his opponent’s position as a show of support for the Obama administration’s so-called “war on coal.”

“The war on coal in Virginia is a war on our poor,” he said Saturday night at a fundraiser he and Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz attended for the nonprofit Family Foundation, the state’s best-known lobby for socially conservative legislation. (from here)

Cuccinelli states his position in Cuccinelli Statement On McAuliffe-Obama War On Coal.

Anti-LGBT?

Here is what Cuccinelli has on his facebook site.

I have always been a supporter of Virginia’s Marriage Amendment. You will never have to guess where I stand on defending it. (from here)

Is that position anti-LGBT or pro-children? Is marriage about protecting the right of each child to a mother and a father, or is marriage about approving a relationship between two sex-crazed adults who can’t figure out which end is which? Does government exist to protect the rights of the innocent, or does government exist to force people to sanction an unhealthy “lifestyle” choice?

If two people of the same sex want to have sex, that is their business. They have NO RIGHT to force their stubborn stupidity on everyone else.

Have You Heard About Obamacare?

What do we have in Washington D.C. right now? Don’t we have a bunch of undisciplined leaders who cannot resist the urge to spend other people’s money? Look at Obamacare. The Obama administration cannot even get a website to work, but they insist upon running (ruining really) everyone’s healthcare? Why would we want them to do that?

Cuccinelli fought Obamacare Day 1.

Indeed, Mr. Cuccinelli was the first attorney general in the country to sue over the law after it was passed in March 2010, and has gone all in recently on highlighting the botched roll-out and issues with healthcare.gov as a key difference between he and Democrat Terry McAuliffe.

“This is a referendum on Obamacare, and to help us clarify that point, the president is coming tomorrow,” he told a crowd outside of a GOP office in Prince William, drawing scattered boos. (from here)

On the other hand, McAuliffe is gung-ho for Big Government.

Under the new law, the federal government would pick up 100 percent of the cost of expanding health care for poor people and the disabled until 2016. Then Virginia would be required to pay for 10 percent of the program. But what happens after that? Cuccinelli says he doesn’t want to find out.

Democrat Terry McAuliffe says it would be irresponsible not to take advantage of the money, which will be taken from Virginia taxpayers whether the commonwealth participates or not.

“We are going to bring back to Virginia over the course of the next seven years, $21 billion of our money that we are paying in,” he says. (from here)

Why doesn’t Cuccinelli want to find out? Consider what we are already spending.  Cantor says states are spending more on Medicaid than on public schools.

What About School Choice?

Cuccinelli’s Education Plan includes strong provisions for school choice in section 9.

Enact Parent Empowerment And Choice Act Legislation For Parents In Failing Schools

This legislation provides a bottom-up solution instead of a top-down fix to authorize a majority of parents of students attending a public elementary or secondary school that has been determined by the Virginia Board of Education to be a failing school to petition to have one of four reform options:

  • Closure: Allow students to attend better performing public schools.
  • Restart: Convert to a charter school.
  • Reform: Replace leadership at the school and provide flexibility for reforms or change.
  • School Choice: provide opportunity scholarships to allow parents to enroll students in the public schools of their choice, or tax credits to enroll in the private schools of their choice.

In addition, in section 12 of his Education Plan Cuccinelli advocates constitutional amendments that would allow school choice to take off in Virginia. Can you imagine Democrats supporting school choice? In an era when the government threatens to stifle freedom in our country, we must elect people willing to push back or suffer the loss of our freedom. Please vote for advocates for limited, constitutional government.

Vote for:

WHO DECIDES?

elephantgop.pngBill Card is the Chairman of the Prince William County Republican Committee. So where he is coming from is no secret. Nonetheless, he is clearly proud of the GOP ticket. Read this email he just sent out to party members and see for yourself.

Notes From the Frontline

Dear Friends,

I wanted to share a story that should outrage all of you.  On Wednesday I received a call from a reporter with the Washington Post.  That isn’t particularly unusual, but the tone of this conversation was proof of what the media is trying to do to all of us.

The reporter laid out how he saw the election falling out, talked about polls, and finished up by asking me to describe how dispirited I was.  He said “It must be tough.”  I told him that I wasn’t dispirited, rather I was buoyed by the responses that I was getting from voters throughout the county.

He was incredulous – “But what about the polls!”  He demanded.  “I don’t read polls, voters are more important” I responded.  (Keep in mind this guy is a “news reporter” and is writing something that will be published in the Washington Post).

He continued to maintain that this race is all but wrapped up – twenty-seven days before the election!  I disagree and even if we were behind – the antidote to that situation would be doing what I’m doing – banging on doors, making phone calls, and putting up signs.  I can tell you that my spirits are buoyed that way.  How?  (1) The voter’s responses inspire me (okay – except for that one knot head in Pattie) and (2) It makes me feel like I am fighting back.

The Washington Post doesn’t get to decide this election – we decide and we can still make a difference. 

The other reason that I think they are wrong at the Post – is that in all my travels through Prince William County this election cycle I haven’t met one person who has said “I’m really looking forward to voting for Terry McAuliffe.”  Think about it – has anyone heard someone say “That Ralph Northam is a great guy!  I’m sure glad he’s on the ballot!”  The very thought is ludicrous.  Has anyone out there stumbled across a “Mark Herring Fan Club?”  Don’t bother – it isn’t there.

Not long ago I asked my counterpart in the Democrat Party “There are 8.1 million Virginians out there and Terry McAuliffe is the best you can do?”  He looked down, kicked around in the dirt a little and said “Yeah, I’m not very happy about it either.”  Well guess what – I am proud to be supporting Ken Cuccinelli for governor without any reservations.  Ken has been a great Attorney General and he will be a great governor.  He also has the edge in that Ken is a great human being, Terry McAuliffe . . . . well not so much.

Politics is a participation sport and we need everyone to do their part:

1.  Help out at a Victory Office in Bristow (10490 Bristow Center Dr) or in Woodbridge (12425 Dillingham Square) next to SunTrust Bank.  Help us contact your friends and neighbors to get out the vote.

2.  If you can, take Election Day off from work and help us cover the polls.  This is an important function particularly in the down ballot races.  See dates/times for Election Day training below.

3.  If you qualify for Absentee in Person voting – go vote now. Trouble at work, a random traffic accident, or a family emergency might prevent you from voting – don’t let that happen.

4.  It’s not too late to donate to a campaign.  Anything you can provide will help counter the huge sums that are coming in from outside Virginia.  Don’t let outsiders buy this Virginia election.

That proverbial weight challenged lady isn’t singing yet.  If we all step up our game in these closing weeks we will all be pleased with the result on Election Day.

Sincerely Yours,

Bill Card

Chairman

Election Day Operations Training for next week.  I will be in Woodbridge (12425 Dillingham Square) next to SunTrust Bank Monday (Oct 14), Wednesday (Oct 16), and Friday (Oct 18) at 7:30 PM to make sure everyone knows what is expected of them on Election Day.

I will do the same thing in Bristow (10490 Bristow Center Dr) on Tuesday (Oct 15), Thursday (Oct 17), and Saturday (Oct 19).  Tuesday and Thursday we will start at 7:30 PM and Saturday we’ll do it at 1:00 PM.

You only need to attend once.  Our goal is to prepare you for Election Day so there are no surprises.

We have a choice. Because the people we elect can tax us and spend our money, we must elect honest men and women. Otherwise, unscrupulous thieves will pick our pockets clean.  We can let out-of-state money and a biased corporate news media decide our elections, or we can research the candidates and think for ourselves. We can also encourage our neighbors to do the same.

Who is on the ballot? Where do the candidate stand? What have they done that demonstrates their commitment to protecting our God-given rights? Do you care enough about your family, friends, and neighbors to find out and vote your values?  Then don’t depend upon the corporate news media or 30 second political ads. Please do your homework. Here are some of my favorite places to get started.

But you can also begin at your favorite government website.

Then visit the candidate’s websites and search the Internet. As a great man once said, “Trust, but verify.”

WHAT IS ON THE BALLOT THIS TIME?

campaign.pngOn November 5, 2013, we have another election coming up. Who/what is on my ballot? Well, if I check What’s on my Ballot? at The Virginia State Board Of Elections, here is what it looks like at the moment.

Office Jurisdiction Ballot Name Party Web Site
Governor Statewide Ken T. Cuccinelli II Republican http://www.cuccinelli.com
Governor Statewide Terry R. McAuliffe Democrat http://www.terrymcauliffe.com
Lieutenant Governor Statewide E. W. Jackson Republican http://www.jacksonforlg.com
Attorney General Statewide Mark D. Obenshain Republican http://www.markobenshain.com
Member House of Delegates – 013 013 Robert G. “Bob” Marshall Republican http://www.delegatebob.com
Member House of Delegates – 013 013 Atif M. Qarni Democrat http://www.qarnifordelegate.com

There are no Democratic Party Candidates listed for Lieutenant Governor and Attorney General. Are Jackson and Obenshain running unopposed. Almost wish that were true, but I expect the results of the Democratic Party’s primary election on June 11 will eventually posted.  Who won?

Sen. Ralph Northam of Norfolk won the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor and Sen. Mark Herring of Loudoun won the Democratic nomination for attorney general in Tuesday’s sparsely attended primary election. (continued here)

Since I am a Republican, you might wonder why I care about the Democrats. I am about to start visiting the people in my neighborhood. Even though the election is way off in November, I am going to tell them about the election and why it is important. Of course, some people will ask me who is on the ballot. Since it is a competitive race, I need to know who the candidates are, and I need the difference between the candidates.

Why will I start door knocking now? Look at the candidates. As amazing as it may seem, we Republicans have nominated Conservatives for all the statewide offices. Are these perfect people? No, but they represent our state’s best shot at turning back the rising tide of Big Government.

Think about your life and your pocketbook. Then ask yourself this question: where isn’t the government involved in your life and your pocketbook? If this growth of government busybodyism continues, can you imagine what it will be like for your children — your grandchildren? Will they have any capacity to hold to their own beliefs. Will they be able to do anything that Big Brother does not approve? Will your children still have the rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness as envisioned by the people who founded this nation?

Because I fear for my children’s rights, I am exercising my rights. So it is that I and others have already started door-knocking. Because their Democrat opponents represent special interests feeding at the trough of Big Government, we know that our Conservative candidates will never match the campaign spending of the Democrats. Nonetheless, if we work at it, we know we can turn out a majority. We can win.

Want to help? Do you want to protect the future of your children? Ken Cuccinelli has volunteer offices statewide. Click on the link and find the one near you.

THE PERFECT CANDIDATES? THE REPUBLICAN PARTY CONVENTION IN RICHMOND, VA

presentation1.pngI got home last night late, and I am not good at sleeping late. Therefore, I am tired. So I am just going to make a few cynical observations about sausage-making and thank God sausage still tastes good.

What I Did Yesterday

Yesterday, I attended the Republican Party of Virginia convention in Richmond, VA.  That made for a L-O-N-G day.

John Godfrey Saxe. Library of Congress descrip...
John Godfrey Saxe. Library of Congress description: “John Godfrey Saxe”. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Laws, like sausages, cease to inspire respect in proportion as we know how they are made. — attributed to John Godfrey Saxe (from here)

For the most part, government is disgusting work. Even structured as a constitutional republic, government still reeks of abusive power and incompetence. Hence, we think of sausages, something we find increasingly less delectable the more we learn more about it.

The Poor Acoustics

To nominate its candidates for statewide sausage-makers, the Republican Party held its convention in the Richmond Coliseum.

PWC, Stafford and Loudoun are all in the nosebleed seats on one side while Fairfax is on the other. Horrible acoustics in the Richmond Coliseum. (from here)

Of course, I sat with Prince William County’s delegation, and the acoustics were awful. Since my hearing is already poor, I had difficulty understanding the speeches.  Therefore, I cannot recall being inspired by any of the speakers — just frustrated by my inability to hear them clearly.

Could the party have made a better choice than the Richmond Coliseum? With about 10,000 people in attendance, I guess not, but I don’t know why anyone would bother paying money to attend a concert in that place.

Crummy Reporting On The Balloting

There were various shenanigans at the convention (Chesapeake bishop surprises, wins Va. GOP lieutenant governor nomination), but here is something that has not gotten much coverage. In RPV convention updates, Chelyen Davis of Fredericksburg.com had this report.

Stafford supervisor Susan Stimpson was eliminated in the second round of balloting for the Republican lieutenant governor’s nomination. But her staffers say they tried to protest the vote because delegates were misled into thinking she did poorly in the first round.

What happened is Stimpson finished second in the first round of balloting (see Tech Problems Slow GOP Convention Results). However, when convention chair Delegate Tim Hugo gave the preliminary results, he provided the convention incomplete, therefore misleading, information. When Hugo said which candidates would be on the ballot in the second round of balloting, he gave Stimpson’s name last. His choice of words, that is, the order of the names, implied Stimpson had finished in fifth place, thus barely making it into the second round. That was unfortunate. In second place in the first round of voting, Stimpson still had a real chance of winning in subsequent rounds of voting. In fifth place she had almost none.

Apparently, Hugo just wanted convention delegates to know which candidates remained eligible on the second ballot (The first ballot eliminated two of the original seven.), and he communicated more than he intended.  However, if that is the case, then Hugo misunderstood the process. Because each round of balloting allows the delegates to shift their support to another candidate, the delegates must know which candidates are garnering the most support. Even though E.W. Jackson may have been the most popular first choice, Stimpson still might have won. If the delegates thought she had a chance of winning, then the delegates might have selected her as their second or third choice. In fifth place, Stimpson had no chance of winning.

Why mention this? Although it may first appear otherwise, Stimpson made an excellent effort. Events beyond her control brought her campaign to a halt. That suggests she has no reason to give up her quest for statewide office. Instead, her supporters should take heart; Stimpson has good reason to consider running again. Even Ronald Reagan had to run more than once.

Overall Assessment

Undoubtedly, relatively few people, particularly Susan Stimpson’s supporters, left the convention satisfied with the process.

English: Sir Winston Churchill.
English: Sir Winston Churchill. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Many forms of Government have been tried and will be tried in this world of sin and woe. No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed, it has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time. — Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill (from here)

Churchill spoke these words after WWII. Even though his party led the United Kingdom to victory in the bitter struggle that was WWII, in 1945 the people voted for that other party. What might have infuriated a lesser man, Churchill accepted with surprising grace. Thus, Churchill continued to serve, eventually serving a second term as Prime Minister.

Churchill accepted the imperfection of humanity. Perhaps he just understood why better is the enemy of good.

In spite of the imperfections of the process, the delegates to the 2013 RPV Convention still managed to select three good candidates. Please check out their websites.

None of these men are perfect. What matters is whether each will do the job better than the guy they are running against. If you think they will, then please lend them your support.

Here are some blog reports.

Here are some biased news media reports (it is all biased.)