Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending Keith Fimian‘s Prince William Campaign Kickoff at Guiseppe’s Italian Grill in Haymarket, Virginia. Who is Keith Fimian? Well, it is my hope this man will be the 11th Congressional District’s next Congressional Representative. This post is about what happened at the Kickoff.

The Kickoff lasted about two hours, 1 – 3 PM.  The first hour provided everyone an opportunity to eat Guiseppe’s fine pizza and salad and to chit-chat. That included talking to the candidate. About a hundred people showed up. The notables included:

The last hour consisted of an introduction by Supervisor Corey Stewart (including his endorsement), a speech by Keith Fimian, and a question and answer period.  Stewart offered strong support for Fimian. He left little doubt that he respects Fimian, considers him both qualified and Conservative, and that he has gotten to know Fimian personally. Stewart noted that this is Fimian’s second attempt, and he congratulated Fimian for having the guts to run. Stewart made it clear that he believes Fimian a strong candidate and that he expects Fimian to win.

During his own speech, Fimian also addressed the fact that this is his second attempt.  He made three points in that regard.

  • He got more votes than former Congressman Tom Davis got when he won in the same district.
  • In his first attempt, he ran on a issue that has since gotten far more popular, getting government spending under control. He is still running against our big government, and he now has additional credibility. He ran against big government when it was not a popular position.
  • The Obama surge is over.

Fimian spoke about his reasons for running.

  • He wants his children to have the same opportunities he had. Americans, not America’s government, make America a great place. Instead of helping America, our government is now spending our grandchildren’s future.  Fimian spoke of speaking to some of the senior citizens at Heritage Hunt. These people, proud of the legacy they had left subsequent generations, now see that legacy being squandered. Fimian wants to get our country back to its tradition of leaving a better America for the next generation.
  • The people we have sent to Washington D.C. to govern us need to be replaced. These people are wreaking our economy, and they do not know how to fix the problems they created.

Fimian spoke about his qualifications. He is a former CEO who built a nationwide corporation from the ground up. He has created jobs and knows what it takes to create jobs. He is the only candidate in the race who can say that. 

Fimian spoke about his jobs plan. This plan is posted on his website.  Hear what Fimian has to say.  See Keith on Jobs.

During the question and answer period, no one contested what Fimian proposes to do. What this audience worried about is working hard to send another good man to Washington just watch the establishment corrupt him.  They asked Fimian how he would avoid being corrupted. What Fimian said is that he has principles that he lives by.  He gave an example. He is the President of the Washington DC-based Youth Leadership Foundation, a supplemental academic and character formation program serving disadvantaged youth in our nation’s capital.  Fimian described how this program instills discipline and helps 97 percent of its participants to get into college. Here is a brief description of the Youth Leadership Foundation.

All Youth Leadership Foundation (YLF) programs are founded on Four Pillars of Success: Challenging Academics, Character Formation, Personal Mentoring and Parental Involvement. The goal of each of these pillars, through YLF’s well- rounded academic and character programs, is to teach our students the basic human and Christian virtues that will guide them on a stable moral path. (from here)

Other Views

Here is a video of the event.

The Mason Conservative provides a comparison, Herrity Kick-Off At Country Club?


When I was younger, I thought of the Pharisees as them, and I condemned them for their vanity and pride. Then I realized that Jesus had held up the behavior of the Pharisees as an example. So now when I read about the Pharisees I am no longer tempted to point a finger of condemnation. Instead, I just worry that I too could stumble into one of the same prideful traps.

Here in this parable Jesus explains how even prayer can be warped into sin.

Luke 18:9-14 (Today’s New International Version)

The Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector

To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everyone else, Jesus told this parable: “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector.  The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’

“But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’

“I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

What had this Pharisee done? Had he had only looked upon himself as he thought others did? As Adam Smith demonstrates in The Theory of Moral Sentiments, when we see ourselves as others see us, we only begin to form a conscience.

Were it possible that a human creature could grow up to manhood in some solitary place, without any communication with his own species, he could no more think of his own character, of the propriety or demerit of his own sentiments and conduct, of the beauty or deformity of his own mind, than of the beauty or deformity of his own face. All these are objects which he cannot easily see, which naturally he does not look at, and with regard to which he is provided with no mirror which can present them to his view. Bring him into society, and he is immediately provided with the mirror which he wanted before. It is placed in the countenance and behaviour of those he lives with, which always mark when they enter into, and when they disapprove of his sentiments; and it is here that he first views the propriety and impropriety of his own passions, the beauty and deformity of his own mind. To a man who from his birth was a stranger to society, the objects of his passions, the external bodies which either pleased or hurt him, would occupy his whole attention. The passions themselves, the desires or aversions, the joys or sorrows, which those objects excited, though of all things the most immediately present to him, could scarce ever be the objects of his thoughts. The idea of them could never interest him so much as to call upon his attentive consideration. The consideration of his joy could in him excite no new joy, nor that of his sorrow any new sorrow, though the consideration of the causes of those passions might often excite both. Bring him into society, and all his own passions will immediately become the causes of new passions. He will observe that mankind approve of some of them, and are disgusted by others. He will be elevated in the one case, and cast down in the other; his desires and aversions, his joys and sorrows, will now often become the causes of new desires and new aversions, new joys and new sorrows: they will now, therefore, interest him deeply, and often call upon his most attentive consideration. (from here)

So it is that we learn from others which acts deserve approbation and which deserve condemnation. Yet should a man leave off the development of his conscience at this point, his conscience will still be of little use. We all know how easy it is to fool another. When we can do that which is evil when no one is watching, why should the approbations and condemnations of others overly concern us? When no man can see into the secret recesses of another’s mind, who is there to condemn self-centered pride?

Why does a man or a woman seek a clear conscience?  Is it because we have faith in the All-Seeing Spectator — the Deity who knows our every thought and deed? What does it mean to believe in the Holy One, Almighty God? How profound is the change in a soul when that soul knows the love of God?

Psalm 131 (Today’s New International Version)

A song of ascents. Of David.

My heart is not proud, LORD,
my eyes are not haughty;
I do not concern myself with great matters
or things too wonderful for me.

But I have calmed myself
and quieted my ambitions.
I am like a weaned child with its mother;
like a weaned child I am content.

Israel, put your hope in the LORD
both now and forevermore.


The battle to protect ourselves from government-run health care continues. Here in Virginia, that battle centers on HB 10, the Health Care Freedom Act. Here is the latest update from Delegate Bob Marshall.  He needs your help.

Protect Your Health Care Choices, HB 10 Update

HB 10, which guarantees your right to choose the Health Care plan you want or to avoid a federal requirement that you purchase health insurance offered by the Obama Administration, will be before the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee this coming Monday, March 1.

HB 10 provides that:

“No law shall restrict an individual’s natural right and power of contract liberty to choose private health care systems or private plans. No law shall interfere with the right of an individual to pay for lawful medical services to preserve life or health, nor shall any law impose a penalty, tax, fee, or fine, of any type, on an individual who chooses to decline to contract for health care coverage or to participate in any particular health care system or plan, except as required by a court where an individual is a named party in a judicial dispute. Nothing herein shall be construed to expand, limit or otherwise modify any determination of law regarding what constitutes lawful medical services within the Commonwealth. The provisions of this act shall not apply to an individual who seeks voluntary coverage under a state-administered program pursuant to Title XIX or Title XXI of the Social Security Act.”

Please contact these Senate Commerce & Labor Committee members listed below to support HB 10 by Monday, March 1.   


Propaganda depends upon two reliable constants.

  1. We are lazy. Too many of us do not bother to dig for the facts.
  2. We are biased. Too many of us will readily believe any lie which agrees with our beliefs.

Our news media is biased. We also have too many reporters with too little integrity. Since many of these reporters do not like Delegate Bob Marshall, Marshall has a little problem. He has a hard time getting his side of the story properly publicized. Instead, we get “advocacy journalism.”

So it is that Marshall is effectively being called a liar. Here is an example of comment from Too Conservative.

Our opinions aside, this story is now about a man who said something (whether you agree or not with his stance), claimed he was misinterpreted by the VCU Capital News Service, and now claims he never made the statement.

I’m disappointed with his tactical apology to the CNS. Who is giving him this advice?

Seeking the truth (from here)

Obviously, I chose this comment because of the irony of the commenter’s handle.

So why is Seeking the truth disappointed with Marshall’s “tactical apology to the Capital News Service (CNS)?”   I suspect the basic problem is that Seeking the truth is just plain confused.

Let’s review the facts. What is the statement that Marshall claimed he never made? It is contained in this article, Lawmaker: Disabled kids are god’s punishment by CNS reporter Kelsey Radcliffe.  This article begins with this statement.

Western Prince William Del. Bob Marshall, R-13th, says disabled children are God’s punishment to women who have aborted their first pregnancy.

What Marshall denies is that he ever said: “disabled children are God’s punishment to women who have aborted their first pregnancy.”  So what does the news media do? If we were buying this nonsense, we would call it bait and switch. The news media prints this statement, inferring that this is the statement Marshall is denying.

The number of children who are born subsequent to a first abortion with handicaps has increased dramatically. Why? Because when you abort the first born of any, nature takes its vengeance on the subsequent children. In the Old Testament, the first born of every being, animal and man, was dedicated to the Lord. There’s a special punishment Christians would suggest.” (from here)

Curiously, this quote cuts off part of the last sentence.

The number of children who are born subsequent to a first abortion who have handicaps has increased dramatically. Why? Because when you abort the first-born of any, Nature takes its vengeance on the subsequent children. In the Old Testament, the first-born of every being, animal and man, was dedicated to the Lord. There’s a special punishment Christians would suggest, and with the knowledge they have from faith has been verified by a study by the Virginia Commonwealth University. (from

The point that Marshall want us to focus upon is the evidence that the abortion of the first-born results in the increased occurence handicaps in subsequent children. When we sin, there are negative consequences. That is just the nature of this life.

Marshall never apologized to the news media, particularly CNS. Instead, here is what Marshall’s press release said.

I acknowledge that my extemporary remarks could have been better chosen to explain the medical research findings which show a high incidence of complications following induced abortions.

I understand how disability groups could react, but they are reacting in part to words I never said, never meant, and don’t believe. But I apologize to all for the misuse of my words especially to disabled Virginians or others offended. (from

Folks, politics is not rocket science. The information is available. We can understand it, but the people feeding us that information cannot be trusted completely. 

Please do not let the devious manipulate you.

Trust, but verify.  — Ronald Reagan