judges and justiceWhat is a “power play”? There are several definitions (see power play), but the third applies here.

power play

an action, stratagem, or maneuver, as in politics or business, by which power is concentrated or manipulated in order to subdue a rival or gain control of a situation.

Unfortunately, because men are sinful, we find it difficult to provide a system of justice. Our desires get in the way. Whether it is right or not, we want what we want. Nonetheless, we try, and we have learned at least one thing. When judges do not produce decisions in accordance with then law — when their verdicts are nothing more an abuse of power, a power play — the men and women who preside in such courts do not provide anything that resembles justice.

Here of late, instead of justice our courts have produced decisions that look more and more like power plays. What is one of the most visible examples. That is the effort of judges to force same-sex “marriage” upon an increasingly horrified nation.

In an email he sent out today, Delegate Bob Marshall discusses the latest court decision.


The Court of Appeals refusal today to deny a stay of starting so-called same sex marriages in Virginia is lacking in moral clarity, historical precedent, social benefit and authentic constitutional grounding.

Their arrogant refusal of a stay was issued in defiance of the stay that the Supreme Court has already issued in the Utah same-sex marriage case.

The two erring judges in Virginia’s marriage case failed to show that same sex marriage, a union based on immoral behavior, is “objectively, deeply rooted in this Nation’s history and tradition,” as would be required if they were acting as jurists.

They fail to cite even one US Supreme Court decision that affirms an ostensible constitutional right to “marry the person you love.”

In fact, their novel ruling is compatible with the claim of three lesbians in Massachusetts who seek to have a threesome or “throuple” recognized as marriage.

In their radical hubris, these judges in attempting to foist same-sex “marriage” on Americans, seek to suspend the “Laws of Nature and Nature’s God,”

Look for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) groups to target church tax exemptions for failure to perform same sex marriages or rent church facilities for same sex marriages.  The “Human Rights Campaign” is now defending teachers fired from Catholic schools after allegedly marrying same-sex partners against Catholic teaching and school policy.

Soon, pastors who refuse to conduct same-sex marriage ceremonies will be sued for hate speech.  Church charities that feed, clothe, house and care for the less fortunate will suffer as these lawsuits increase.

From 1884 to 1926 over fifty constitutional amendments were proposed in Congress to give Congress authority to regulate marriages,  None passed because in our federal system this has historically been a state matter, until now that is.

Why the rush to judgment?   Why not wait for the US Supreme Court to make their decision on this issue?

I applaud, Prince William Clerk of the Circuit Court, Michele McQuigg, for appealing to the Supreme Court to stop marriage licenses from being issued until the Supreme Court has heard the case.  Even Attorney General Mark Herring has been cited as saying he thought a stay appropriate in case SCOTUS rules in favor of Virginia’s Marriage Amendment so that any same-sex marriages done between now and then will not have to be undone.

I urge intelligent Virginians to read the well-researched dissent of Judge Neimeyer.​


Delegate Bob Marshall

Below are several news articles that discuss this case. When you read these articles, keep in mind that Virginia’s Attorney General, Mark Herring, is working to overturn Virginia’s Constitution. He is suppose to represent the citizens of Virginia, not work against us. Nevertheless, we have unwisely put such treacherous people in office. Instead of blaming the people we elect, perhaps it is time we considered what we are doing wrong.


voteLast Friday, Delegate Rob Bell put out an email describing Virginia’s Attorney General’s , Mark Herring, attempts to thwart Virginia’s attempt to enforce voter ID.

What is voter ID? How we vote is a secret. How many times we vote is not a secret. Each of us only gets to vote once, and we have to be legally registered to vote where we want to vote. Voter ID is how we make one citizen, one vote, happen.

You are not a citizen of Virginia? You don’t reside in the precinct where you want to vote? Then you are not suppose to vote, and voter ID just prevents unscrupulous people from doing what they are not suppose to do.

If we don’t want folks from out of state, illegal immigrants, and felons voting in our elections, we have to accurately identify the people who have the right to vote. If we don’t want people voting more than once, we have to accurately identify the people who have already voted. That requires a good system of voter ID.

Dear Friend:

On Tuesday, Attorney General Herring expanded the Democratic Party’s war against Virginia’s new photo ID law.  Asked for his legal advice, Herring argued that the law could be unconstitutional unless registrars accepted expired drivers’ licenses.

This is nonsense.

In the spring of 2013, the General Assembly passed a series of bills to address voter fraud.  In addition to Mark Obenshain’s photo ID bill, we passed my House Bill 1764 to help prevent people from voting in more than one state, and several others.

Since the laws passed, there have been numerous media reports on the extent of this problem.  See the New York Times article here, and these others about voter fraud in Texas, New York, and Nevada.  Closer to home, Virginia made international news when Congressman Jim Moran’s son was caught on video explaining how to falsify utility bills to fool registrars, and Fox News reported that a recent private study identified over 40,000 voters registered in both Maryland and Virginia.

In 2013, Mark Herring opposed new these laws, saying they were unneeded and that Republicans were just trying to “confuse” the voters.  This avalanche of new evidence demonstrates that he was – and is – wrong.  Please contact him here and demand that he ensure the integrity of Virginia’s voting system.

Rob Bell
Delegate, 58th District

Why does our Attorney General and the Democratic Party oppose voter ID? Obviously, they expect people who should not be voting to vote for them. If that how they expect to win elections, then they are crooked politicians. Such politicians cannot be trusted, not even by the dishonest people who vote for them.

You want to run the crooked politicians out of office? Then give your support to the politicians who think they can win with an honest vote.


elephantgop.pngBill Card is the Chairman of the Prince William County Republican Committee. So where he is coming from is no secret. Nonetheless, he is clearly proud of the GOP ticket. Read this email he just sent out to party members and see for yourself.

Notes From the Frontline

Dear Friends,

I wanted to share a story that should outrage all of you.  On Wednesday I received a call from a reporter with the Washington Post.  That isn’t particularly unusual, but the tone of this conversation was proof of what the media is trying to do to all of us.

The reporter laid out how he saw the election falling out, talked about polls, and finished up by asking me to describe how dispirited I was.  He said “It must be tough.”  I told him that I wasn’t dispirited, rather I was buoyed by the responses that I was getting from voters throughout the county.

He was incredulous – “But what about the polls!”  He demanded.  “I don’t read polls, voters are more important” I responded.  (Keep in mind this guy is a “news reporter” and is writing something that will be published in the Washington Post).

He continued to maintain that this race is all but wrapped up – twenty-seven days before the election!  I disagree and even if we were behind – the antidote to that situation would be doing what I’m doing – banging on doors, making phone calls, and putting up signs.  I can tell you that my spirits are buoyed that way.  How?  (1) The voter’s responses inspire me (okay – except for that one knot head in Pattie) and (2) It makes me feel like I am fighting back.

The Washington Post doesn’t get to decide this election – we decide and we can still make a difference. 

The other reason that I think they are wrong at the Post – is that in all my travels through Prince William County this election cycle I haven’t met one person who has said “I’m really looking forward to voting for Terry McAuliffe.”  Think about it – has anyone heard someone say “That Ralph Northam is a great guy!  I’m sure glad he’s on the ballot!”  The very thought is ludicrous.  Has anyone out there stumbled across a “Mark Herring Fan Club?”  Don’t bother – it isn’t there.

Not long ago I asked my counterpart in the Democrat Party “There are 8.1 million Virginians out there and Terry McAuliffe is the best you can do?”  He looked down, kicked around in the dirt a little and said “Yeah, I’m not very happy about it either.”  Well guess what – I am proud to be supporting Ken Cuccinelli for governor without any reservations.  Ken has been a great Attorney General and he will be a great governor.  He also has the edge in that Ken is a great human being, Terry McAuliffe . . . . well not so much.

Politics is a participation sport and we need everyone to do their part:

1.  Help out at a Victory Office in Bristow (10490 Bristow Center Dr) or in Woodbridge (12425 Dillingham Square) next to SunTrust Bank.  Help us contact your friends and neighbors to get out the vote.

2.  If you can, take Election Day off from work and help us cover the polls.  This is an important function particularly in the down ballot races.  See dates/times for Election Day training below.

3.  If you qualify for Absentee in Person voting – go vote now. Trouble at work, a random traffic accident, or a family emergency might prevent you from voting – don’t let that happen.

4.  It’s not too late to donate to a campaign.  Anything you can provide will help counter the huge sums that are coming in from outside Virginia.  Don’t let outsiders buy this Virginia election.

That proverbial weight challenged lady isn’t singing yet.  If we all step up our game in these closing weeks we will all be pleased with the result on Election Day.

Sincerely Yours,

Bill Card


Election Day Operations Training for next week.  I will be in Woodbridge (12425 Dillingham Square) next to SunTrust Bank Monday (Oct 14), Wednesday (Oct 16), and Friday (Oct 18) at 7:30 PM to make sure everyone knows what is expected of them on Election Day.

I will do the same thing in Bristow (10490 Bristow Center Dr) on Tuesday (Oct 15), Thursday (Oct 17), and Saturday (Oct 19).  Tuesday and Thursday we will start at 7:30 PM and Saturday we’ll do it at 1:00 PM.

You only need to attend once.  Our goal is to prepare you for Election Day so there are no surprises.

We have a choice. Because the people we elect can tax us and spend our money, we must elect honest men and women. Otherwise, unscrupulous thieves will pick our pockets clean.  We can let out-of-state money and a biased corporate news media decide our elections, or we can research the candidates and think for ourselves. We can also encourage our neighbors to do the same.

Who is on the ballot? Where do the candidate stand? What have they done that demonstrates their commitment to protecting our God-given rights? Do you care enough about your family, friends, and neighbors to find out and vote your values?  Then don’t depend upon the corporate news media or 30 second political ads. Please do your homework. Here are some of my favorite places to get started.

But you can also begin at your favorite government website.

Then visit the candidate’s websites and search the Internet. As a great man once said, “Trust, but verify.”