Biden Coulda Been A Contender

“I coulda had class. I coulda been a contender. I coulda been somebody, instead of a bum, which is what I am.” –Marlon Brando, On The Waterfront

“I had planned on running for president and although it would have been a very difficult primary, I think I could have won. I don’t know, maybe not. But I thought I could have won… I was the best qualified.” –Joe Biden, real life

The first quote is from the famous film On The Waterfront. The second quote is from the lesser known former vice president Joe Biden (quote from The Hill). I’d rather watch the movie, even though and I didn’t really like it.

Anyways, Biden is having regrets. It would’ve been tough to beat Hillary Clinton for the nomination. The Democratic Party really went all out for Hillary. They had to have their national Party chair resign for rigging things for Hillary, Donna Brazile got fired from CNN for leaking info to Hillary, there’s a video of ballot box stuffing in Chicago, and don’t forget the tie breakers in the Iowa Caucus. The game was rigged for Hillary from the start. Biden would’ve had a tough road, especially if he had got in late.

Who knows what a Biden candidacy would have brought. Probably just a few hilarious soundbites and a less spectacular defeat than what Hillary endured. Either candidate would’ve had to cancel fireworks on the night of the election. I suppose the only difference is Biden would’ve been seen on election night. There wouldn’t have been a need for a John Podesta to take to the podium to tell Democrats their anointed one would not see them at that late hour. Rockin’ Joe would’ve still been up partyin’, win or lose.

We wish Joe Biden the best. Enjoy retirement, which is a perfect way to catch up on old movies. Better off skipping On The Waterfront. We recommend The Bridge On The River Kwai.

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RINO-Care Defeated Again By Freedom Caucus

For the second straight day a vote on Rep. Paul Ryan’s substitute for the UnAffordable Care Act was pushed back. This is thanks to the Republican Party’s House Freedom Caucus. They have been working on making Ryan’s bill true to the promises of the Republicans who ran last year and won; full repeal. And this bill is not a full repeal at all.

With all the lengthy negotiations by all the involved parties, Rep. Thomas Massie had planned to “change” his vote from “no” to “hell no.” Even Virginia’s 10th District Rep. Barbara Comstock planned to vote against it, which ought to tell you a lot. Great job to the conservative House Freedom Caucus. Keep working, this is not over by a long shot. Stay tuned for more.

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Civil Rights Suit Filed Against RPV

Two veterans and dedicated grassroots activists filed suit against the Republican Party of Virginia in the US District Court in Harrisonburg. They were ejected from the Party and banned from participating in Party run elections.

A statement from their lawyer Charlie King of Loudoun County was released last week and is copied and pasted below.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 15, 2017

VETERANS FILE 1983 CIVIL RIGHTS SUIT AGAINST REPUBLICAN PARTY OF VIRGINIA TO GAIN RETURN OF VOTING RIGHTS

Contact: Charles L. King, Esq., 116 G Edwards Ferry Road, Leesburg, VA 20176,
(703) 669-3500, (703) 669-3525, charleskingesq@verizon.net

On March 12, 2017, Colonels Jay L. Marts and Dana Newcomb, two retired veterans filed a 1983 voting rights suit against the Republican Party of Virginia in the United States District Court in Harrisonburg, Virginia, seeking return of their right to vote in party nomination contests. Both men live in Frederick County, Virginia.

Jay L. Marts served twenty-eight years in the United States Army. Dana L. Newcomb, a West Point graduate, is a disabled veteran who served in Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm.

The Plaintiffs were banned from the Republican Party for four years under Article I of the Republican Party Plan, the bylaws for Virginia’s Republican Party. The Article I sanction is an automatic four year ban on party membership, voting in candidate nominating contests and running for office as a Republican. Article I also bans persons who have participated in the nomination contest of another party within five years from voting in Republican Party candidate contests.

Article I sanctions are imposed after a person participates in a party run candidate nomination process, signs a loyalty oath and then publically supports an opposition candidate.

Marts and Newcomb attended a Frederick County Mass Meeting to nominate county officials on April 27, 2015. After the Mass Meeting, both men supported independent candidates by Facebook posts, letters to the editor and making small contributions.

The Frederick County Republican Committee has a long history of in-fighting.

A petition to impose Article I sanctions on the Plaintiffs and eight others was filed with the Frederick County Republican Committee. The committee declined to impose sanctions. The decision not to impose sanctions was appealed to the Tenth District Republican Committee.

On July 25, 2016, the Tenth District Republican Committee responded by dissolving the Frederick County Committee, removing the Chairman and imposing Article I sanctions. The Plaintiffs appealed.

On August 27, 2016, the Republican State Central Committee upheld the actions of the Tenth District Committee.

King was critical of Republican Party Chairman John Whitbeck: “I tried to settle this quietly with Chairman Whitbeck. I got nowhere. These days I’d expected Mr. Whitbeck to have a more sensitive ear and appreciate the effort to resolve this privately.”

King continued: “Didn’t we just elect a Republican President who campaigned on helping veterans?”

King said: “One of my clients is permanently disabled from his service related injuries. This man literally sacrificed his body to protect us. Now John Whitbeck says my client, a retired full colonel, can’t vote because of Facebook posts and a letter to the editor!”

King called the Article I sanctions “unconstitutional, an illegal prior restraint on speech and just a bad rule. It’s not clear when the punishment starts or stops. What if the Republican Party unknowingly nominated a white supremacist? Would party members be forced to choose between supporting a repugnant candidate and political purgatory? There is no notice. No chance to defend yourself. No way to reapply early.”

King asked: “Where did the four year ban come from? Why not just make it ten years or better yet, for life? Wouldn’t that be easier?”

King urged readers to view the Party Plan on the Party‘s website: “I’m not making this up. I’m not spinning.”

King said his clients do not dispute the allegations made against them or the party’s right to discipline them: “You can kick them out of the party, but you can’t stop them from voting in party nomination contests. It’s power delegated from the state. Voting at a party convention is the same as voting at the school or community center.”

The suit asks the Article I sanctions be declared unconstitutional and for an injunction against their enforcement.

The Republican Party of Virginia, the Virginia Board of Elections and the Frederick County Republican Party are named as defendants.

King said he will also file a complaint with the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice.

The case number is 5:17 cv000022 and the suit may be viewed or downloaded on the Court’s PACER system.

Copies of the pleadings with exhibits are available upon request.

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Jackson Miller For Clerk

Red NoVA endorses Jackson Miller for Clerk of the Court for Prince William County and the cities of Manassas and Manassas Park. Miller is the only Republican running in this special election, which will be held on Tuesday April 18.

Clerk of the Court is not a partisan position, but we need a Republican in this office to protect voter integrity. Clerk is a Constitutional office that is really more about management than anything else. Miller is in the leadership of the House of Delegates serving as the Republican Majority Whip and is a member of the House Courts of Justice committee. He is  also a former police officer. This all makes Miller qualified in that he has worked in management on both sides of law enforcement. He knows the needs of the justice system at the local level which will allow him to efficiently allocate resources. He is a great fit for clerk and we are excited to support his candidacy.

Voters in Prince William County, Manassas, and Manassas Park are encouraged to vote early. A special election on the third Tuesday in April is a very odd time to vote. Best to get it out of the way when you’re think about it.

In-person absentee voting has already started in Manassas. You can vote at Old Town Hall, 9025 Center Street, Manassas, VA 20110, Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 5:00pm.

Manassas Park has already started in-person absentee voting as well. You can vote at City Hall, One Park Center Court, Manassas Park, VA 20111, Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm and on Saturdays 9:00am to 5:00pm.

And in-person absentee voting starts today in Prince William County. Voters can go to either the Prince William County Office of Elections, 9250 Lee Ave Ste. 1, Manassas, VA 20110, or the Woodbridge Department of Motor Vehicles, 2731 Caton Hill Road, Woodbridge, VA 22192, starting today Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 5:00pm until and including Saturday April 15.

Or you can always vote on Election Day at your usual voting location from 6am to 7pm. But Election Day is Tuesday April 18. Good luck remembering that. We strongly suggest getting out and voting early while it’s on your mind. Come Tuesday April 18, there will be little news coverage, not much buzz, and plenty of other things to do, so vote early and vote for Jackson Miller.

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Stewart Makes The Ballot

Prince William County BOS Chairman and conservative candidate for governor Corey Stewart passed the Republican Party of Virginia’s pre-check process for ballot access today.

This is the first step for a candidate in a state-run primary and it is no easy task. The minimum requirements for statewide candidates are at least 10,000 signatures of registered Virginia voters which must include at least 400 from each of Virginia’s eleven congressional districts. In order for a campaign to meet these requirements, they must be organized throughout the entire commonwealth. While it is just the first step, collecting signatures at such a high volume is deliberately a difficult hurdle to meet.

Cheers to the Stewart campaign for completing this phase in a judicious manner. They turned in 15,552 signatures! Well done.

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Hate For Trump Closes School District

We are still waiting to see an example of “Love Trumps Hate.” So far the left is just all about hating President Donald Trump. All hate towards Trump, in any and all forms, is considered constructive by the left. This is part of the #Resist movement.

The latest fake protest on a false premise is this Wednesday’s Day Without Women. What!? Who the hell is advocating for any day without women? What is the argument here? The crazies hate Trump so much and are so mad that a woman lost that now they believe Trump wants to eliminate women or something. Huh? What are they talking about? Would this ridiculous idea have been floated if Hillary Clinton had won? Of course not. So a Day Without Women is just another over-the-top anti-Trump rally, nothing more or less. Pathetic.

Especially pathetic because now these snowflakes have shut down an entire school district. Alexandria City schools will not open on Wednesday, March 8, because their employees have requested off of work to protest Trump. And it was granted.

Parents are upset that the City of Alexandria is allowing their teachers to cancel school because of their hyper-partisan desire to protest. You can join their calls and voice your opinion too, without taking off work. The number to call is 703-619-8000. You can also contact the Alexandria School Board through this link.

Remember, somewhere in all of this, Love Trumps Hate, but it hasn’t yet. Still waiting…

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Rep. Garrett Helped Free Christian Missionary

This is an amazing story. Congressman Tom Garrett of Virginia’s 5th District helped to free a Christian missionary who was sentenced to over twenty years in prison in The Sudan for “espionage,” which is what the Sudanese government calls reporting. Rep. Garrett is only two months into his first term on Capitol Hill and he has already done something extraordinary. It matters who we elect and Rep. Garrett is one of the good guys.

Copied and pasted below is the press release from Rep. Garrett’s office, also linked here.

Rep. Garrett instrumental in securing release of imprisoned Czech missionary

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday Petr Jasek, a Czech national who was sentenced to twenty-two years in a Sudanese prison, was freed and has arrived safely in Prague.

Initially, Jasek was arrested on charges of “espionage,” among other accusations. The case sparked international outrage when details emerged that Jasek was on a missionary trip and was arrested after filming Sudanese government officials persecuting Christians. Two other local Sudanese pastors were arrested and sentenced to ten years as accomplices to Jasek.

In early February, several constituents made Rep. Garrett aware of this grave human rights issue. In the ensuing weeks, Rep. Garrett held meetings with the ambassadors from The Czech Republic and The Sudan with his Sudanese Embassy visit marking the first by a U.S. Congressman in a decade.

Last week, Rep. Garrett was part of a Congressional delegation to Germany and spent the week with members of the German Bundestag to discuss immigration and refugee issues and their national economic and security impact. His schedule also included a meeting with the Czech Deputy Foreign Minister in Prague to further discuss Mr. Jasek’s case. This information was not released publicly at the time for fear of disrupting negotiations for the release of Mr. Jasek.

Upon release of the first three prisoners, Rep. Garrett issued the following statement:

“This unfortunate case has unfolded for over a year and I am happy to report that within a week of our meetings with these respective countries, Mr. Jasek was released. I commend each of these nations for working on a swift release and look forward to continuing my role in the negotiations to overturn the imprisonment of the remaining two Sudanese pastors and provide them refugee status under the J-2 visa program.”

Pictured is Rep. Garrett with Czech Deputy Foreign Minister during last week’s visit to Prague.

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It’s Your YRFV

Glad to see a conservative grassroots ticket has emerged for the leadership positions for the Young Republican Federation of Virginia (YRFV). Below is the email they blasted out earlier today.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 23, 2017

Contact:
Andrew Mullins
703-678-9276

“YOUR YRFV” ANNOUNCES GRASSROOTS CONSERVATIVE TICKET
Proven Young Republican Leaders Organize to Win in 2017

LOUDOUN, VIRGINIA – Proven Young Republican leaders from across Virginia announced the formation of “Your YRFV” – the grassroots conservative ticket for the Young Republican Federation of Virginia executive board.

“Engaged young conservative from every corner of our state have signed on to expand the Young Republican presence in Virginia,” said Nicole Tardif, candidate for Chairman. “I am proud to lead the ticket of Young Republicans who have a proven track record of leadership in Republican politics. I am confident this team will help statewide and down ballot Republicans win this November.”

Members of “Your YRFV” ticket include:

Chairman – Nicole Tardif
Nicole has been involved in Virginia politics for many years. She is an active member of the Loudoun Young Republican club and serves as YR representative to the 10th Congressional District Republican Committee. She has worked on Republican political campaigns from Northern Virginia to southwest Virginia and currently works on Capitol Hill.

First Vice-Chairman – Dustin Curtis
Dustin is a fundraiser who has raised millions of dollars for Republican candidates and organizations over the years. The first campaign he volunteered for was in 2009, helping the winning Republican ticket of Bob McDonnell, Bill Bolling, and Ken Cuccinelli. He has been volunteering for Republican candidates ever since then.

Second Vice-Chair – Christian Heiens
Christian is the current Legislative Assistant for Delegate Nick Freitas (R-30) and has been active in the Republican Party since High School. A graduate of James Madison University with a Major in Political Science in 2015, Christian has campaign experience at the state and federal level helping various campaigns throughout the commonwealth.

State Central 1 – Willie Deutsch
Willie is on the Prince William County School Board and has spent over a decade volunteering on political campaigns across the Commonwealth and served in numerous positions in College Republicans, Young Republicans, and his local committee.

State Central 2 – Andrew Loposser
Andrew is a legislative director in the Virginia House of Delegates and Chairman of the Arlington/Falls Church Young Republicans. He worked for the Republican Party of Virginia during the 2016 cycle, where he oversaw field operations in Northern Virginia. He has also worked on several state and local campaigns throughout Virginia.

Secretary – Andrew Mullins
Andrew is a lifelong grassroots activist who currently serves as Secretary of the Loudoun County Republican Committee and Vice Chair of the Loudoun Young Republicans.

National Committeewoman – Mary Curtis
Mary has a long history advocating for liberty and grassroots candidates and is looking forward to utilizing that experience on the national level.

Fifth District Representative – Jesse Murch
Jesse is the current Young Republican representative to the Fifth Congressional District Republican Committee and is a member of the Lynchburg Area YRs. He lives in Appomattox.

Sixth District Representative – Josiah Tillet
Josiah is the current Young Republican representative to the Sixth Congressional District Republican Committee and is a member of the Lynchburg Area YRs. He is a grassroots activist and campaigner, currently working on a gubernatorial race.

Eighth District Representative – Matthew Hurtt
Matthew is a community organizer around free enterprise issues. When he’s not traveling the country and the Commonwealth, Hurtt is working to turn the liberal tide in Arlington by volunteering with local charities like the Arlington Food Assistance Center, by growing the ranks of Republicans, and by engaging his neighbors on the Left.

Tenth District Representative – Nikhil Verma
Nikhil has been an active member with the Fairfax Area Young Republicans for the last seven years and has volunteered for many campaigns in Northern Virginia. He served as VP of the College Republicans at the University of Maryland College Park , where he was the recipient of the Maryland GOP’s “Youth of the Year” award for his contributions to the state party.

All leadership positions will be decided at the Young Republican Biennial Convention on April 1st in Richmond. Delegates to the convention must be members of their local Young Republican club. For more information on how to file as a delegate please reach out to Nicole at youryrfv@gmail.com.

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2nd Amendment Is My Permit

This morning the Governor of New Hampshire signed a law that basically recognizes the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution as your permit to carry a firearm. The bill was nick-named “constitutional carry” and the name says it all.

From today’s online Concord Monitor;

Under the new law, anyone who can legally possess a gun under state and federal law can carry it concealed in a purse, car or briefcase without a license. The licensing process will remain in place so people who want to carry outside state lines can get the necessary paperwork.

Federal law bars felons, drug users, fugitives and people convicted of certain domestic violence crimes from possessing guns. The new law took effect immediately.

New Hampshire follows a number of other states that have recently eliminated licensing requirements, including Idaho, Mississippi and neighboring Maine.

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Trump Takes It To The Press

NBC’s Chuck Todd didn’t like President Donald Trump’s press conference yesterday. Todd’s tweets were hilarious. First he sends out this one via his personal victim card, “This not a laughing matter. I’m sorry, delegitimizing the press is unAmerican.”

Then a little later more of the victim card with this one; “Press bashing may feel good to folks but when it’s done by people in power, it’s corrosive. Take off your partisan hats for a second.”

Victimhood is the rallying cry of the left these days and Todd sings it well here. His complaint is especially amusing coming from someone who buys into the narrative of delegitimizing Trump’s presidency. Never mind criticize, the press is supposed to be critical of the government, but right now there is an organized movement on the left to delegitimize this presidency. Such an idea from national news outlets is irresponsible behavior that needs to be called out for the fake news that it is. Trump won. To quote Joe Biden, “it is over.”

But I just love that second tweet. In it Todd says being a bully may feel good, except when you’re the one being bullied. Yeah, no shit, Chuck. And this is not about partisanship on our side. The blinding partisanship in any of this mess comes from you, your news organization and your Sunday morning show. You write your narrative ahead of time, then demand that those who are on a different side subscribe to your spun-up recount before offering the exact quote you demand to have. That ain’t journalism young man.

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Just Yell Russia!

With the left losing their mind over Russia, today’s Throwback Thursday takes us to when President Barack Obama told Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, “This is my last election. After my election I have more flexibility.” Sounds like a real strong leader spreading American strength worldwide. Thanks a lot, Obama.

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On National Security

Pictured below is Richard. Don’t be like him. If you see the presidential aide who carries “the football” then do not take a selfie with him and identify him by name. It will do our country no good and could only invite potential harm. Maybe, and I mean super maybe, take the selfie, then shelf it for the duration of the administration and then post after a new individual has taken over the position. Again, maybe. The best scenario is to shake the aide’s hand, thank him for his service, and don’t selfishly insert yourself into our country’s National Security! You flipping idiot!

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Sunday Morning Book Review

The Revolutionary Paul Revere by Joel J. Miller is an action-packed account of the life of one of our country’s most romanticized historical figures. The author briefly discusses the events of Revere’s life while giving the subject due credit for being as significant to the Revolution as any Bostonian. This book reads like a report on Revere’s family, business, and on the events Revere was involved in while leaving out ideological or philosophical examinations of Revere’s political leanings. Revere was a patriot; that was his politics. And he expressed his patriotism in some incredible actions that still ring out in history with inspiring awe. This book captures those events with excitement. We recommend this to all.

Taught to us at an early age, Revere’s late night ride to warn the patriots at Lexington and Concord that the British army was on the way was a significant event in the creation of our country and Revere is the story’s undisputed hero. But his contribution to the fight for democracy was not limited to that one iconic horseback ride in 1775. Revere was the leader of the Boston harbor spy ring that kept tabs on all movements of the British army and navy, he participated in the Boston Tea Party, he attended rallies at the Liberty Tree, served in the Revolutionary War, and engraved one of the more famous depictions of the Boston Massacre. He also made numerous other rides as an express messenger from Boston to Philadelphia, which in those days on horseback through pitch black conditions and rough terrain was not an easy task.

Revere did all of this while owning a small business and raising a large family. As a professional he was considered an artisan which for Revere meant he was a blacksmith, wielder, mechanic, engraver, mill owner, innovator, and you can even add in dentist to his list of trades. At home he fathered eight children with his first wife who died of exhaustion. Then he fathered eight more with his second wife. Unfortunately Revere outlived most of his sixteen children.

As for his political views, the book does not touch on them much. There is the mention that Revere supported the ratification of the Constitution, but the author does not delve into why. Instead the focus is on the action, of which there is plenty. There is one great line on how Revere felt about the government’s involvement in economic matters; “there is no greater destroyer of wealth than misguided government.” Hear, hear.

The only disappointment I found from this book was that there was no emphasis on the famous ride to Lexington and Concord. The ride is of course included and told well, but in the book it stands shoulder to shoulder with the rest of his accomplishments. This is, however, consistent in the flow of the story, but I felt it failed to highlight the ride as the consequential moment that it was (for a great book on the ride itself check out Paul Revere’s Ride by David Hackett Fischer).

The book ends with the death of Revere at the old age of eighty-three. A sad but peaceful ending in how Revere lived through the Revolution while outliving so many close to him. The author quotes one of the notices published immediately after Revere’s passing that really captures his life, as well as the theme of this book; “a life so honorable and useful.”

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Petition Against Richmond Becoming A Sanctuary City

The mayor of Richmond wants to make the commonwealth’s capital a sanctuary city and Virginia First Foundation is pushing back against this unlawful idea. They sent out an email with links to their online petition and to their written petition for volunteers to print out and circulate, info copied and pasted below. Help out Virginia First Foundation in stopping Richmond’s mayor from his brazenly illegal decree.

How you can help:

1.Print off a petition and circulate it in your community. Completed petitions can be mailed to our organization at the address located at the bottom of the petition. Petitions for state-wide signatures can be found here and for Richmond City residents here.

2.Sign our online petition by clicking here.

3. Post information about the Mayor’s action on social media by sharing information and updates from our Facebook page. We are asking that when you send out Tweets to please use the hashtag “RVA1st”.

We appreciate all your support! Together, we can push back against the Mayor and his liberal friends.

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Perfect Time To Unite

The senate confirmed Betsy DeVos as secretary of education today by a 51-50 vote, with the extra vote coming from Vice President Mike Pence as the tie breaker. This is causing the left to have another meltdown. Democratic senators went to bed on time last night while their futile procedural move only kept senate pages up all night. They called it #holdthefloor and it had even less substance than most trendy hashtags. In the end the votes were cast and nothing changed. It was all just another dog and pony show from the Democrats.

Enough of these games. The time has come to unite. Principled conservatives and angry liberals can join hands and rally behind the idea that now is the time to abolish the Department of Education. Seriously.

Conservatives have never liked the Department of Education. President Jimmy Carter elevated the Department of Education to the cabinet level in 1980 and since then conservatives have pushed back against its intrusive reach. We prefer parents and localities, not DC, to have the largest say in how their kids are educated.

Angry liberals who just can’t understand why an education secretary would favor school choice for parents can join principled conservatives in our mission to return more discretion in education to the states by advocating the end of the federal Department of Education. So what if the Democrats who sign-up are only doing so as a reaction to the individual who is temporarily in charge, their vote will count just the same.

This could happen thanks to Rep. Thomas Massie who submitted HR 899 today. It reads as follows: “The Department of Education shall terminate on December 31, 2018.” That’s all and that’s all it needs to say.

So let’s team up and unite behind the idea of returning education to the parents (or call it taking power away from DeVos if you must). She can lead this effort at the federal level along with Representatives Massie and Justin Amash, and we’ll lead the effort at the grassroots level. Together we can empower parents and local school districts to the betterment of our children.

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It Didn’t Matter

The picture below says it all. It didn’t matter who Trump announced as his nominee for the Supreme Court. The signs were ready. Oppose anyone.

It would have been funny if someone in their crowd had told people to write a name other than Neil Gorsuch, like Judy Sheindlin for example. To the Democrats out there seriously consider this; if you were in the crowd ready to oppose the Trump pick and someone told to quickly write Sheindlin on your poster you would do it. You would not stop to think if that’s Judge Judy or not (hint, it is).

Photo taken by Senator Ben Sasse the night of the announcement.

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