You may wonder why Delegate Bob Marshall‘s campaign for the U.S. Senate has been so slow to start. Well, the law is an awkward thing. Even when it puts him at a disadvantage, an honorable man usually decides he must obey it.

What does Title 24.2 – of the Code of Virginia say about elections? Chapter 9.4 puts severe limits on campaign fundraising when the General Assembly is in regular session. In fact, the National Conference on State Legislatures classifies Virginia as a state that prohibits any contributions during a session (see here).

Moreover, Marshall has focused on getting some major legislation passed.  Well, we have some good news.

Dear Fellow Patriots,

On July 1 of next year, a new law will take effect to protect Virginians against abuses of federal power. My Anti-NDAA Detention bill, HB 1160, overwhelmingly passed both houses yesterday afternoon. Together, you and I can claim this incredible victory for Virginia against an ever-encroaching federal government.

Virginia is telling Congress “No Thanks,” to any participation in the unconstitutional “detention” of American citizens without trial, legal counsel, specific charges, or the right to face an accuser as authorized under the 2012 Defense Authorization Act signed by President Obama this past December.

This victory would not have been possible without strong grass-roots support for my bill from Virginians of all political backgrounds and persuasions.  I want to thank the many liberty-minded citizens across Virginia who took the time to write letters, send emails and make phone calls to the Governor and Assembly members.

And I am proud of the Assembly’s response.

Virginia is the first state to pass a law which places a legal bar between all state agencies and any federal effort to use Section 1021 of the 2012 NDAA to suspend habeas corpus rights which go back centuries.  I hope that Virginia’s enactment of HB 1160 will be replicated in other states.  States still have a significant role and duty to resist federal overreach. In the words of the Richmond Times Dispatch editorial in support of HB 1160, “Congress and the President should be made aware that their contempt for fundamental constitutional rights does not sit well with the American public.”

For Liberty,

Bob Marshall

P.S. If you want to do more to stop bad laws like NDAA — I need your help in my run for the U.S. Senate. Would you take a minute right now to donate to my 2012 campaign? While my bill HB 1160 was successful in getting Virginia to withdraw its consent from such detentions, wouldn’t it be so much better to see the entire program repealed? I could never have gotten HB 1160 through the General Assembly without you, and it is certain that I cannot get elected to the U.S. Senate without your support. Please contribute now. Thanks

Do you think Delegate Bob Marshall would be the best person to represent us in the U.S. Senate? Then please find a way to help his campaign. Please donate your time, your money, or both. If we want our public officials to support us, then we must support the election campaigns of the people we believe most qualified.

Consider a quote often attributed to Edmund Burke.

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing. (from here)

Wikiquote suggests this quote may have been adapted from these lines in Burke’s Thoughts on the Cause of Present Discontents (1770):

When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.

Will we stand by idly? Will we let bad men combine, destroy our heritage, enslave our children, and never oppose them? Will we fall one by one, or will we associate and protect each others liberty?


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