Susan Stimpson, the past Chairman of the Stafford County Board of Supervisors, and a candidate last year for Lt. Governor, is like any other Conservative these days. She busily tilts at what some think windmills. Are her battles pointless and unprofitable?

I cannot predict the future. I just know quitters never win, and I can read fundraising letters. Here is one she wrote on behalf of Delegate Mark Berg.

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The Inner Ring

C.S. Lewis is the author of the well-known children’s book series “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.” He was also a brilliant philosopher and joined the faculty at Cambridge University as a Literature Professor.

He delivered a speech at Kings College called the “Inner Ring.”  It sums up the desire each of us has to be drawn into the inner ring, where we are popular and accepted by our peers.

Stay with me…

I’m writing to you today on behalf of Delegate Mark Berg and am asking you to please consider donating to his campaign before the June 30th  deadline because I believe he is unique and worthy of our support. I also believe he’s motivated toward truth and transparency, not toward the Inner Ring. But that also makes him a target.

After years of being involved in politics, watching many people (including myself) at times be dazzled by the allure of power in D.C., Richmond or in local politics, I’ve decided that I will be very select in those individuals on whose behalf I will ask people to give financially.

If you have the time, C. S. Lewis’ speech is well worth reading. Stimpson’s application of that speech to corrupt politicians is certain something to think about.

Note also that C. S. Lewis’ speech has a lesson for all of us, not just politicians.

Should we contribute to Delegate Mark Berg‘s campaign? That’s what Stimpson is writing about. If you live in his district, and you are happy with his performance, contributing to Berg’s campaign is a good way to let him know. And it is certainly much cheaper than letting a Democrat replace him.

Note: After getting scout’s comment, I decided I should have included more of Stimpson’s email. So here is a bit more.

Mark Berg is someone worthy of a portion of your hard-earned treasure. He won his seat in the House of Delegates just this past November against all odds. He was up against a popular incumbent who was very much a part of the Inner Ring. He is a quiet warrior. Humble. And very dedicated to doing what is right and what is just. Without his help and knowledge, we would not have been successful in our #BlackorBust effort, where we used our grassroots unity of effort to add transparency to the budgeting process, stopping games that were being played by our leaders to leave a back door open for Medicaid Expansion.

C.S. Lewis talks about the desire which draws us into the Inner Ring where we are popular and accepted. How terrible to be left out. The fear of being on the outside is often what is leveraged by others to compel us toward measures we might not normally take.

He describes this desire as “one of the great permanent mainsprings of human action.”

And in that rare case, you find the man who is willing to be the “sound craftsman.” Willing to just work hard and try to do what is right.

I don’t profess that Delegate Mark Berg is perfect. But I can vouch for him that in his first six months of office, this “sound craftsman” has been indispensable in our fight for liberty. He possesses that rare quality of quiet dignity, intelligence, skill and determination that I believe is what we need to see more of in our elected officials.


Susan Stimpson, Chairman, Stafford County Board of Supervisors, is running for Lt. Governor. So she wants you to know where she stands on taxes.  Here is an email she sent out on 23 Jan 2013.


Dear Friend,

This past Saturday night the Lynchburg Tea Party and Liberty University Law School hosted a forum for the Republican candidates for Lieutenant Governor.  While we had a great discussion, some did not forcefully address the topic of the Governor’s transportation plan.  I addressed it head on and stated my opposition to this tax increase.  I don’t know about you, but I could not be more frustrated with our Republican Party right now.

Thanks to the hard work of grassroots conservatives we have a Republican governor, Republican House and Republican Senate. Do we get tax and spending cuts? No.  We get a Republican plan to raise taxes.

Watch Susan’s comments to the Lynchburg Tea Party on the tax increase:

In 2004 Virginians were forced to shoulder a nearly $1.5 billion tax increase we were told would fix transportation. We know today that not a dime of that money was spent fixing
transportation.  If Governor McDonnell is successful in raising the sales tax and abolishing the gas tax, you can bet Democrats, and some Republicans, will work overtime to reinstate a gas tax on top of the sales tax increase. Even worse, there is no lockbox on transportation funds so if history is any indication, your tax dollars will be squandered growing government.

Virginians are taxed too much already at the local, state and federal level. That is why I’ve fought successfully to lower the tax burden as Chairman of the Stafford County Board of Supervisors, and will continue to do so. And that’s a big reason I am running for Lieutenant Governor. I have seen Richmond grow government and hide spending by passing it down to the localities in the form of mandates—and we still managed to cut our budget and reduce taxes while running a budget surplus.

Our problem is not that government does not have enough money – in fact it has more than enough.  Virginia’s budget has more than doubled since 2000. In the last three years we have seen the size of the state workforce grow.

Our problem is that government does not focus the money it takes from us on the highest priorities and the legitimate roles of government.  There are cuts to be made and transportation funding needs to come from the general fund.

I am for transportation reforms that promote solutions at lower cost, and for focusing more of our state revenues on transportation projects.  I am also open to reforms in our revenue sources to achieve this.  But I am adamantly opposed to anything that increases the overall tax burden on Virginians, and believe we must pursue means to achieve tax relief on Virginia families and small businesses.  Any transportation plan should be at a minimum revenue-neutral on the overall state budget.

I believe we need innovative transportation solutions toward alleviating congestion, particularly ones that promote private sector initiatives for moving people and commerce while leveraging free market competition.

If you share my opposition to this Republican tax increase, I hope you will  join our campaign and sign up to be a delegate for our campaign  at the May 18th Republican Convention.  Sign up here


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What are the legitimate roles of government? That is a question we should ask everyone running for public office. Here is why. Our politicians think it is okay to take our money from us and spend it on their supporters. That is stealing, but we have been educated by government-run schools to think otherwise. Therefore, we shamelessly use taxes to steal from each other, and we are going bankrupt.