The world does not conform to our wishes.  It is as it is.  Such is Delegate Scott Lingamfelter message for President Barack Obama.

Obama’s Reality Check

Well, President Barack Hussein Obama has finally met his primary nemesis. Reality. For those who remember their literature, Nemesis was the Greek goddess of retributive justice. And that is exactly what confronted Obama last week when terrorists attempted to kill 300 plus innocent citizens over the skies of Detroit. I wish I could tell you that as a result of Federal efforts, we averted another terrorist act of gargantuan proportions. But alas, I can’t. Thanks go to the brave passengers of the Northwest Airlines flight that took action against a passenger who had all the markers of a person who should NEVER have boarded a flight, whether bound for the United States or the most remote spot in the Sahara Desert, a disaster was averted. Yet this happened.

Reality showed up for Obama last week and it was a retributive justice for sure that rebukes the President’s silly notions of reality where profiling doesn’t fit, the term “war on terror” is offensive language, and the idea that if we apologize incessantly for America and suck up to foreign satraps, we’ll all “get along” swimmingly. In other words blame America first. This may get huge applause in Copenhagen, but it falls flat in the heartland.

And Obama’s response to this near tragedy? “We’ll fix it”. Really. Well, no he won’t. And here’s why. Obama is a prisoner of his own self-delusion.

Obama is the most naïve, unprepared, and unrealistic man who has ever been handed the reins of power in the post nuclear world. It’s a frightening fact that he lacks a basic understanding in the judicious use of military power. He chafes at the notion that you must play hardball with (1) nations who are at best dangerously neglectful of the collective security of the free world, or at worst, (2) our outright enemies. And he is so wedded to politically correct thought that he is incapable of taking objective and sober action in the face of real threats to our security.

Want proof? The moment—the very day—it was known that the Netherlands permitted a demented nut bag with a one way ticket, no checked baggage, and no passport to board a US-bound aircraft, we should have barred ALL—count them folks—ALL aircraft flying from Holland to the US until they got their act together. But what did we get? We were treated with three days of stumbling and bungling and “we’ll fix it” excuses that makes us no more secure than we were when this terrorist attempted to blow up an aircraft over a major US city. Obama now tell us that this was a “systemic failure”. No, Mr President, it’s your failure. The only “systemic failure” we endure to this day is your Presidency. THAT is a “systemic failure”; the election of an incompetent man who possesses a warped sense of reality.

Folks. It’s time to wake up. Obama and his Administration are feckless. They, by their neglectful omissions, have made our nation more vulnerable to terror. And our enemies know it, which is why I am not very optimistic about the year that lies ahead. Gird yourself. It’s going to be a rough ride.

But patriots have recourse. What can you do? First, you can help elected leaders like me get the word out. That means supporting my PAC by clicking on the donations tab at the top of this report or at this link. It’s easy and I need your help. So please help by making a donation today.

Second, join the Heritage Foundation get the truth about what confronts us. They didn’t ask me to do this. But it will help. They’re great conservatives.

Third, be a voice. Write letters to the editor, call talk radio shows, and wear out the phone lines to your Federal elected officials.

And finally, vote Democrats and Obama out of office. This can’t happen too soon in my book. Start working and organizing now. They are putting the nation at risk. Wake up.

Whatever you do, don’t do this: sit passively. One day your grandchildren may ask you “what did you do when our freedoms were at stake?’ I would tell you that you want to be able to reply “I took action”.

Have a Happy New Year. But please, resolve it won’t be passive action.

L. Scott Lingamfelter
Delegate, 31st District
Virginia House of Delegates

Those who object to profiling ignore a simple truth.  What we believe makes a difference.  We each act upon our beliefs.  That is normal human behavior.

When people believe in a religion that condones suicidal violence, they will engage in suicidal violence.   When people believe in a religion that does not respect the right of others to practice their own religious beliefs, they will not allow others to practice their own religious beliefs.  Thus, when people from a certain region practice a religion that condones violent jihad against the followers of other religions, it is only sensible to be particularly suspicious of the people from that region.


teabagThe corporate news media is stoutly deaf, dumb, and blind to the fact.  Nonetheless, patriots are gathering and organizing in Richmond, Virginia on January 18, 2010.  Google the web for Richmond Virginia “tea party” “january 18, 2010”.  See for yourself.  Then google the news.

What is it about?  The goal is to defend the 10th Amendment.  Why is that important?

The Lynchburg Tea Party, for example, puts it this way.

This Rally has been organized by Virginia Campaign For Liberty and Virginia 10th Amendment Revolution in support of the final item in the original Bill Of Rights – one crucial to the freedom and liberty intended by our Founding Fathers:

“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

This right was enshrined in our constitution to prevent the sort of overreaching federal government which now threatens so many personal freedoms, including the right to make individual choices with regard to health care.  (from here)

Virginia Campaign For Liberty and Virginia 10th Amendment Revolution provide this description.

The Virginia 10th Amendment Revolution Lobby Day/Rally is to be held on capitol grounds in support of 10th amendment legislation to challenge the powers of the federal government not delegated to it by the states. Lobbying will begin at 9:00AM and go on throughout the day with a Rally hosted by Virginia Campaign for Liberty at the Bell Tower from 10 – 11AM. Patrick Henry impersonator, Mike McHugh of the Virginia Gun Owners Coalition, will emcee the event dressed in period costume and will give the famous Patrick Henry speech.

Keynote speakers include:  Attorney General Elect Ken Cuccinelli, Delegate Charles (Bill) Carrico, Delegate Robert (Bob) Marshall, and Senator Jill Vogel.

See the event page at Virginia Campaign For Liberty (here) or at Virginia 10th Amendment Revolution (here) for details.

Note that those attending this rally will have the opportunity to lend their support to a concrete proposal, HB 10 (See WHAT CAN WE DO TO PROTECT OUR HEALTH CARE? for details.).  Additional explanation of HB 10 is available at Virginia TomorrowDelegate Bob Marshall: Questions and Answers About My Health Care Freedom Bill.    H/T to Tertium Quids (see here).


I just finish reading a post at Smash Mouth Politics about a story that most likely has the rapt attention of more than a few folks, Israel about to do what the rest of the world refuses to do.  It appears Israel is getting ready to go after Iran’s nuclear facilities.  That, of course, will rile more than a few Muslims fanatics.  Unfortunately, the cost, particularly for Israel, of not riling Muslim fanatics would be far higher.

So what can we do?  The cost of freedom is more than just eternal vigilance.  We must get involved and do some hard work.  Don’t think so?  Need motivation?  May I suggest this post, FAMILY FOUNDATION DAY AT THE CAPITOL, at the Prince William-Manassas Family Alliance?  The excerpt from Alexis De Tocqueville‘s Democracy in America is quite timely.


How should one end a disastrous old year and get the new year started off right?  I think the best thing to do is to review the basics.  Thus, this seems to be a good time to review Back to Basics for the Republican Party by Michael Zak.  What exactly does Zak’s book do?  The book tells us about the history of the two major political parties and their roles in charting the course of our nation.  This history begins at our nation’s founding and ends with President William J. Clinton‘s impeachment (the book’s copyright is 2003).  In addition, the book helps us to understand the basic principles of the Republican Party.

The History

Is Back to Basics for the Republican Party biased?  Yes, of course it is, and Zak makes no effort to hide his bias.  Zak wrote the book to teach Republicans about the Republican Party’s beginnings and to urge Republicans to stand for the principles that originally brought the party into being.  The history lesson is in fact the most interesting part the book.  Here we learn something about men whose role in our history is often glossed over or presented unfavorably.

Consider the current congressional leadership listed here at  In a couple of hundred years, how well will our descendents understand the issues of our time if they do not learn something about  Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senator Harry Reid, Senator Mitch McConnell, or Congressman John A. Boehner?  Would we not say poorly?   Nonetheless, most of us learn little about the congressional leaders who helped to form the Republican Party and led it through the Civil War period.  

In addition to helping to end slavery in our nation, Congress’ leadership during the Civil War and Reconstruction also helped to pass the 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments to our Constitution.  These amendments we use in our day to guarantee the civil rights of minorities.   Zak writes about some of these men.  In particular, he writes about two men, Congressman Thaddeus Stevens and Senator Charles Sumner.   Most histories list Stevens and Sumner as the foremost leaders of the Radical Republicans.

Some members of the Republican Party were not only in favour the abolition of slavery but believed that freed slaves should have complete equality with white citizens. They also opposed the Fugitive Slave Act and the Kansas-Nebraska Act.  This group became known as Radical Republicans.  (from here)

These Republicans were radical in the sense that they wanted an immediate end to slavery and equality for the Negro, and (unlike President Abraham Lincoln) they were unwilling to compromise on the issue.  The problem with their “immoderate” position is that some feared the border states would join the rebellion.  Latter, after the Civil War ended, the Radicals worked to ensure that the freedmen would be be treated in the South as equals.    After Lincoln’s death, the Radical Republicans achieved ascendency in Congress.  However, this period of Radical Republican leadership is rarely described favorably.  Here is an example from the 1911 version of Encyclopedia Britannica. 

This revolution within the Republican party between the years 1865 and 1867 was fostered by a marked recrudescence of sectional feeling in the North, and by the character of the successor of President Lincoln and of the party leaders in Congress.  President Johnson while eminently patriotic and courageous, was tactless and imprudent to the last degree.  Mr Sumner, the leader of the Senate, was not conciliatory in manner, and while incapable of revengeful feeling seemed more considerate of the freedman than of the Southern white.   Thaddeus STEVENS’ influence over the House of Representatives was stronger than that of Sumner over the Senate, regarded the South as ” a conquered province, and his feelings towards the ruling class of the South were harshly vindictive.  (from here)

Zak notes the persecution of Blacks that followed the Civil War, and he observes President Andrew Johnson‘s bigotry against blacks.   As eminently patriotic and courageous as Johnson may have been, his plan for the readmission of the South back into the Union did not include political rights for blacks.

The question of the status of the negro proved the crux of the issue.  Johnson was opposed to general or immediate negro suffrage. A bitter contest began in Feb. 1866, between the president and the Congress, which refused to admit representatives from the South and during 1866 passed over his veto a number of important measures, such as the Freedmen’s Bureau Act and the Civil Rights Act, and submitted to the States the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution. (from here)

At the end of the Civil War there were four million exslaves, nearly all illiterate and ill prepared for freedom.   Here is what Zak says about Stevens’ solution for this problem.

As usual, Thaddeus Stevens foresaw clearer than most anyone the fate of the emancipated slaves:  “To trust to the tender mercies of their former masters and to the protection of State legislation, without giving them any voice in making the laws is simply to turn them over to the torture of their enemies.  To turn them loose unaided and unprotected is wholesale murder.”  Several hundred thousand emancipated slaves are estimated to have died in the months immediately following the Civil War.  Previously, slave-holders had cared, however inadequately, for sick or elderly slaves, but once freed, southern blacks were on their own, and Democrats back of charge of southern state governments did not lift a finger to alleviate disease and malnutrition.  Before the war, whites were reluctant to kill blacks because they were valuable slaves, but again, once they were freed, any white could prey upon them.  (from Chapter 6, page 88)

It is said that history is written by the victors, and there is some truth to that.  In the war between the North and the South, the North won the military conflict, but the South largely won the cultural contest.  Although the North destroyed the institution of slavery, in practice the South continued to subjugate the black race.  Moreover, the Democratic Party remained a force in national politics, and its version of events (particularly with respect to Radical Republicans) became part of our national lore.

The Principles

Zak has woven into his history book the principles he believes form the core of the Republican Party.   Often he illustrates what he thinks these principles are by taking Republicans to task for going against them.   In particular, he laments the Republican Party’s diminished status as the defender constitutional rights.  He chastises Senator Barry Goldwater, for example, for not supporting the Civil Rights Movement during his presidential campaign.  However, there is far more to Republican principles than that.  This paragraph, from the chapter that describes President Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society Program, illustrates the general theme that runs through the book.

President Johnson saw to it that millions more people were placed, if indirectly, on the Democratic Party payroll and that still more millions came to depend on government spending for some or all of their personal income.  Increasing the American people’s dependence on government was precisely the opposite goal of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which was intended to liberate people from the unconstitutional exercise of power.  This distinction is crucial:  socialism is a policy which government officials are free to adopt or not, while protecting constitutional rights is the solemn obligation of everyone who swears loyalty to the Constitution of the United States.  (from Chapter 9, page 196)

Zak closes his book with a chapter that emphasizes that Republicans must not allow themselves to be distracted by sideshows.  Our party must focus on the protection of Constitutional rights.  Here is an excerpt which illustrates that chapter’s contents.

To keep us on the right path and reach the journey’s end, we Republicans must bear in mind the trail-blazing careers of Thaddeus Stevens and Charles Sumner.  Stevens knew that for the emancipated slave, acquiring land of his own was a “sine qua non,” meaning “without which, nothing.”  If Stevens had succeeded in implementing his proposal to provide each slave family with “40 acres and a mule,” countless economic problems would have never have arisen.  If after the war, Sumner’s agenda for rigorous protection of constitutional rights had been enacted and enforced, the Democrat’s political degradation of black Americans might have been prevented.  Not taking these crucial first steps cost our nation a century of socialism and suffering.

The free market is voluntary cooperation, with self-interest the goal and societal advancement the result.  Ronald Reagan was  acutely aware that to preserve the free market society, the drift toward socialism has to be stopped.  To seize and hold the policy initiative, we Republicans must charge right at the Democratic Party in a battle of ideas, our best weapon a clear vision of the free market society we are fighting for.

No distinction can be drawn between a free society and a free economy.  Consider the numerous civilizations of the past which flowered when the central government was unable to tightened its grip on the economy.  For evidence of how socialism impedes progress, consider the cultural decline in Communist nations or the relative cultural stagnation of many European countries today.  (from Chapter 10, page 226)

Thus, Back to Basics for the Republican Party illustrates what the Republican Party stands for by showing what it has stood for and failed to stand for.