PORTRAITS OF HONOR — PART 1

Before I get into the content of this post, I would like to reference another blog.  Please see  Big Senate Vote Monday! Contact Your Senator!

Now to the subject of this post.  When we elect a man or woman to high public office, we honor that person.  With an election, we say to the winner: “you are fit to lead us.”  Being only human ourselves, we sometimes choose poorly.  We have two problems.

  • We cannot dig into another man’s heart to know what is in it.  We can only see part of what another person has done; we can only honor those deeds which we deem fit to be honored. 
  • Because we are each imperfect, we sometimes choose poorly.  Instead choosing to honor the wiser and more competent candidate, we vote for that candidate who promises to steal from our fellow citizens on our behalf. 

When we choose poorly, more often than not we have at least some inkling we have done so.  How so?  One clue is childish name calling.  When the other candidate refuses to accedes to our demands, we will say that candidate is dogmatically stubborn.  We call him, for example, an “ideologue.” 

What is an  ideologue?  Here is the definition.   

Main Entry: ideo·logue
Variant(s): also idea·logue \ˈī-dē-ə-ˌlog, -ˌläg\
Function: noun
Etymology: French idéologue, back-formation from idéologie Date: 1815
1 : an impractical idealist : theorist
2 : an often blindly partisan advocate or adherent of a particular ideology

Note that term ideologue has an emphatically negative connotation.    There are a few less negative “synonyms” that might be used to describe an advocate for a cause, terms such as apostle or exponent.  However, the thief rarely flatters his victim.

Delegate Bob Marshall

I rarely cite Greg Letiecq of bvbl.net, but I have an obligation to cite my sources, and this is one of those occasions, Bob Marshall Addresses Richmond 10th Amendment Rally. To give Greg his due, he does a good job of filming Republican rallies and Tea Party events, activites which the corporate news medias find curiously unappealing.

Thus, Letiecq posted the following video.

The video above features Marshall’s speech at the Tea Party in Richmond, Virginia, on January 18th.  In the video, we see Delegate  Bob Marshall taking a lead role in our state’s revolt against the Democratic Party’s statist agenda.  Marshall drafted and now advocates HB 10, the Health Care Freedom Act.  This is a bill that would give Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli tools to fight Obamacare. 

In spite of his steadfast courage — or perhaps because of it — Marshall’s opponents take delight in calling him an ideologue and various other names.   Because Marshall takes Christianity seriously, he frustrates them.  Marshall will not be “reasonable.”  He will not compromise his beliefs.

Instead of doing what “works” in the short term, Marshall earnestly fights to do what he believes is right.   How do we know that? 

  • We can see it his calm demeanor and confident arguments.  Marshall quite readily explains his reasons for his actions.  His opponents engage in the name calling.
  • We can see it in his record.  Marshall puts ideals before party.  Instead of going along to get along, Marshall has shown the willingness to take on both Democrats and Republicans in the General Assembly.
  • Because Marshall is serious about his Christian beliefs, his position on an issue is predictable.   He needs no finger in the air to measure the shifting wins. 

The Christian honors the Word of God; the Christian honors those men and women who strive to obey the teachings of the Bible.  Likewise, the Conservative honors our nation’s Christian heritage and a belief fundamental to our nation’s founding.  God endowed us each with inalienable rights.  Government exists only to protect those rights.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. —That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.  (from here)

In his speech, Marshall reminds us to be wary of evil.  He reminds us why we must pray and ask God for His guidance.

Evil always comes under the guise of some good.

Government exists to protect our rights.  Government does not exist to feed us, cloth us, house us, or to aid the poor.  Those are personal responsibilities.   Unfortunately, in pursuit of a selfish agenda, dishonorable men and women will abuse the powers of government.   Under the guise of some good, they will grasp for power and wealth with Utopian promises.  Unless we restrain their ambitions, they will reduce us to serfdom, and they will use force to instruct our children to adopt their beliefs. 

Do you want your children to grow up in a free land?  Then you must do your best to identify, elect, and support honorable men and women.  Marshall’s bill needs your support.  Please take the time to contact your state senator. 

Other Views

Tertium Quids is covering Marshalls fight to protect our rights.  Here is the latest, F&P Radio: Bob Marshall on his health freedom bill.

The FamilyFoundationBlog.com reminds us to call our state senator in support of Marshall’s bill and others, Big Senate Vote Monday! Contact Your Senator!

United Conservatives of Virginia reminds of the choice before us, Citizens or Serfs?

Here is the post where Letiecq used his video, Bob Marshall Defending The Bill Of Rights.

The Virginia Conservative protests against Bad Medicine

The Lee Brothers endorse Marshall’s bill, HB 10.

The Mason Conservative looks forward to Virginia’s 2012 US Senate race, Holiday Poll – US Senate 2012 RESULTS!

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