Our battle against busybody socialism continues. In Virginia, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli now leads the defense. Cuccinelli will use the legislation sponsored by Delegate Bob MarshallHB 10, the Health Care Freedom Act  

March 30th, 2009
Dear Friends,

What a week it has been!

A week ago today, Attorney General Cuccinelli filed a lawsuit to challenge the constitutionality of the individual mandate contained in the “health care reform” bill. 

Today, President Obama came into Virginia and signed the reconciliation bill – which is the “fix” to the original healthcare bill – into law. 

As of this writing, 12880 grassroots activists across the Commonwealth and the country have signed our petition to support Ken’s action.  That’s impressive! 

Just as importantly, news outlets across the Commonwealth have opined in support of Ken’s legal action.  Don’t forget – Attorney General Cuccinelli is bound to support the Constitutions of the United States and of Virginia. His vow to do so is first and foremost the reason he was elected.    

On Sunday, the Richmond Times-Dispatch wrote, “Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli’s lawsuit against Obamacare is right on the merits. Nothing in the Constitution grants Congress the power to force every American to purchase a particular consumer good.”

Furthermore, much has been made over the cost of this lawsuit to the taxpayers.  Mark Fitzgibbons, president of corporate and legal affairs at American Target Advertising, wrote an excellent piece in the Washington Examiner entitled, “Virginia Democrats suddenly discover spending discipline”, link here

Another piece in the Washington Examiner, authored by Mark Hemmingway, “Is the Va. attorney general wasting tax money on Obamacare lawsuit? No.,” is an excellent breakdown of the costs involved (as it turns out, the total cost of the lawsuit for you the taxpayer is $350).

So – what do we do now?

We keep the momentum going.  Please make sure to speak to your friends and family (inside and outside of Virginia) and let them know what Virginia is doing to lead the push to overturn the unconstitutional healthcare mandate.  The law is on our side – but it is essential that we show that the people are as well. 

If you haven’t already done so – please sign the petition today and then forward it to your friends.  You can always access the petition by visiting our website,

Thank you for all your help!


Noah Wall
Political Director
Ken Cuccinelli for Attorney General

P.S. Please don’t forget to forward Ken’s petition to five of your closest friends today!  Click here for the direct link to the petition. 

Tell others to sign up for The Cuccinelli Compass at General Cuccinelli’s Website: (look in the upper left corner)


From time-to-time I analyze an email that circulates a myth, a hoax, or a lie about the Internet. Yet the Internet hardly serves as the only means for circulating and perpetuating myths, hoaxes, and lies. Consider where you first heard the ignorant notion that Christians start wars, that Christians cannot live in peace.  That notion is foolishness. We fight because we are foolish men who do not believe. Look at what the Bible teaches about contentment.

1 Timothy 6:2-10 (Today’s New International Version)

False Teachers and the Love of Money

These are the things you are to teach and insist on. If anyone teaches otherwise and does not agree to the sound instruction of our Lord Jesus Christ and to godly teaching, they are conceited and understand nothing. They have an unhealthy interest in controversies and quarrels about words that result in envy, strife, malicious talk, evil suspicions and constant friction between people of corrupt mind, who have been robbed of the truth and who think that godliness is a means to financial gain.

But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.

In our own time we still have envious and acquisitive people. Such may call themselves Christian, but they do not practice Christianity. Nonetheless, the silly notion persists that Christians start wars. 

Was Jesus a conquering warrior? No. Did his disciples take up the sword to conquer the Roman Empire? No. Then what did they do? As odd as it may seem, they told the new Christians they discipled to honor Roman authorities. See A MATTER OF LEGITIMACY at the Prince William-Manassas Family Alliance blog.


I routinely get emails or hear people use quotes that they have not taken the time to fact check. Here is the latest.

When I was a kid, Ike was president, I couldn’t ever imagine why he was so popular. Maybe this has something to do with it:

General Eisenhower Warned Us

It is a matter of history that when the Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces, General Dwight Eisenhower,found the victims of the death camps he ordered all possible photographs to be taken, and for the German people from surrounding villages to be ushered through the camps and even made to bury the dead.

He did this because he said in words to this effect:

‘Get it all on record now – get the films – get the witnesses – because somewhere down the road of history some bastard will get up and say that this never happened’.

This week, the UK debated whether to remove The Holocaust from its school curriculum because it ‘offends’ the Muslim population which claims it never occurred. It is not removed as yet. However, this is a frightening portent of the fear that is gripping the world and how easily each country is giving into it.

It is now more than 60 years after the Second World War in Europe ended. This e-mail is being sent as a memorial chain, in memory of the 6 million Jews, 20 million Russians, 10 million Christians, and 1,900 Catholic priests Who were ‘murdered, raped, burned, starved, beat, experimented on and humiliated’ while the German people looked the other way!

Now, more than ever, with Iran, among others, claiming the Holocaust to be ‘a myth’, it is imperative to make sure the world never forgets.

This e-mail is intended to reach 400 million people! Be a link in the memorial chain and help distribute this around the world.

How many years will it be before the attack on the World Trade Center


because it offends some Muslim in the U.S. ???

Do not just delete this message; it will take only a minute to pass this along.?


Whenever I get an email like this, I fact check it. Frankly, I was a bit surprised and at first puzzled by the results. Most said emphatically that there is no problem. 

Nonetheless, there are few indications of trouble from sources across the ocean.

What is the answer? I think we should consider how our own public school system deals with controversial subjects. What the law says and what people do are two different things.  Look what a persistent special interest group can accomplish in the United States. In the interest of “religious tolerance,” we have secularized our public school system. In fact, just the prospect of teaching American History has gotten a bit weird. For example, consider this excerpt from an article in a UK paper on the Texas School Board.

In a move that has sparked controversy from coast to coast, together with a slew of headlines about the “Texas schoolbook massacre”, the Lone Star state has just narrowly approved a series of conservative-minded alterations to its social studies curriculum.

The school board’s decrees range from the surreal to the faintly sinister. One dictates that the Republican former House speaker Newt Gingrich should be studied. Another says that the speeches of Jefferson Davis, the slave-owning president of the Confederacy, should be taught alongside those of Abraham Lincoln. And the National Rifle Association should be praised for upholding the Constitution. (from here)

Government is ill-equipped to make most decisions. Even when politicians do make a good decision (How likely is that?), school administrators may still not understand what they are suppose to do. Moreover, with respect to such a touchy-feely matter, enforcement — the key to making any law work — can easily become nightmarish.

Our nations traditions place the responsibility for the education of children on parents. We need a return to that tradition. From the perspective of our society, there is an important advantage in letting parents take charge; parental authority would remove the majority of political considerations. Instead of worrying about the nitnoid details of writing a textbook, our government would then just have to worry about the relatively few parents who abuse their children. Isn’t that task alone difficult enough for our government?


Prince William County Republicans met in convention yesterday. The primary purpose of this meeting was to elect the Chairman of the Prince William County Republican Committee.  Since Lyle Beefelt has done a good job, and he wanted the job again, nobody else contested the position. 

The meeting served three other purposes:

  • Formalize the reappointment of Lyle Beefelt.
  • Provide each of the congressional candidates in the 11th Congressional District an opportunity to speak.
  • Pep up the troops for the Fall campaign.

Gainesville Supervisor John Stirrup served as the convention chairman.  Stirrup initiated the theme for most of the speeches, overcoming the excesses of the overreaching Democrats in Washington, DC.  In his presentation, Stirrup quoted a statement written by James Madison in the Federalist Papers: “Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm.” Here is the context in which that statement occurs.

It is in vain to say that enlightened statesmen will be able to adjust these clashing interests, and render them all subservient to the public good. Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm. Nor, in many cases, can such an adjustment be made at all without taking into view indirect and remote considerations, which will rarely prevail over the immediate interest which one party may find in disregarding the rights of another or the good of the whole. (from here)

Keynote Speech

Chairman-At-Large Corey Stewart provided the Keynote Speech. Stewart began his speech by reciting some key lines from the Declaration of Independence.  These lines have to do with certain unalienable Rights which we were endowed our Creator. Stewart next praised the Tea Party movement, and he compared the movement to the Tea Party movement that drafted the Declaration of Independence

Stewart also talked about specifics. He addressed what our local government can do about the Health Care Bill recently passed by Congress and signed by the President. Stewart noted that the implementation of this program depends upon local governments. He said that although the Federal Government will fund these programs initially there is no guarantee that funding will continue.  Therefore, Stewart proposed to refuse to implement what he regards as a costly, unconstitutional Federal mandate. He intends to submit a proposal for consideration by the Board of County Supervisors. 

Note that Greg Letiecq of took a video of the convention. As I suspect there will be considerable interest, I hope he will post this speech in a separate video. With any luck, our BOCS will be even more effective opposing health care nationalization than illegal immigration. 

Author’s note: Most people are well familiar with at least one aspect of the checks and balances in the Constitution. They know the President, Congress, and the Supreme Court can thwart each other’s ends.  Usually, no end can be achieved unless at least two of the three branches favor that end. What most us don’t understand is that we each have a responsibility to interpret the Constitution. What most of us cannot figure out is how we can oppose an out-of-control Federal Government. That is because our educators have little to say about how the People, local governments, and state governments can work together to check Federal powers. It seems that we now have the unfortunate opportunity to substitute academic education with some practical experience.

11th Congressional District Candidates

When each of the Republican candidates for the 11th Congressional District spoke, they were each well received. 

  • Pat Herrity spoke first. He emphasized his experience in government, a Conservative record, and his opposition to big government spending.
  • Keith Fimian spoke next. Fimian reminded the convention that when he ran against Connolly the first time fiscal conservatism was not selling well. Nonetheless, he ran against big government spending then, and he is still doing it. Further, Fimian emphasized his experience as a businessman. He knows how to create jobs; he has created jobs.
  • Kurt Riesenberg spoke last. This was the first time he had spoken to the PWCGOP. So he introduced himself, admitting that he had gotten off to a late start.  (Author’s note: At this point, Riesnenberg is at best a darkhorse candidate. Nonetheless, he spoke well. If his background can withstand some investigation, he may eventually assume a leadership role.) 

Instead of attacking each other, each candidate made the point that he is exceedingly unhappy with our current congressman, Gerry Connolly. That went over well.  Each also made it clear that he would not let Obamacare stand.

Stirrup closed this portion of the event with an observation. The important thing is doing our part to win back the country. Our job is to unseat Gerry Connolly.

Report from the General Assembly

Several of Prince William County’s delegates took the time to give the convention a report.

  • Rich Anderson gave a good summary of accomplishments. Highlights included reducing taxes to 2006 levels; passing HB 10, the Health Care Freedom Act; and rolling back revenue shortfalls.
  • Jackson Miller observed that the past session was his fourth session.  He spoke of the great advantage of having a Republican governor. That vastly improved his ability to get the job done. He noted, however, that the Democrat majority Senate remains an obstacle.
  • Bob Marshall spoke about his principal accomplishment, the passage of HB 10, the Health Care Freedom Act. He said that the government has no right to tell us to buy something.  He explained that states have an obligation to reign in Congress. We must prevent President Barack Obama and the Democrat Congress from turning us into their serfs. (Author’s note: Marshall is putting current information on his website. It is worth checking.) In addition to HB 10, Marshall got two other important bills passed. He explained how his bill to promote education on the healing potential of umbilical-cord blood can save lives.  He also spoke about his bill to require that the denial by an Insurance Company of additional medical services requested by the treating physician must be affirmed by a medical peer of the treating physician. This bill is intended to protect patient rights. In addition, Marshall added a comment that Conservatives and Tea Party adherents can take to heart. When Liberal Democrats start name calling, that is an admission that they do not want to debate. They know we have already won the argument.

All three gentlemen emphasized the role of activists. They underlined the fact they cannot win election and get the job without the help of dedicated supporters.