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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Friday Funnies

The poorly educated snowflakes who believe they are fighting fascism as members of that group likes to hold riots, tried to fight back against Project Veritas but failed. This article from The Daily Caller explains it. The first line is, “Anti-fascist activists had a difficult time pushing back against James O’Keefe’s investigative reporting during a planned press conference Thursday. They got kicked out of a food court, but not before showing pornography to a reporter.

Yeah. The firsthand account of the whole event is hilarious. The snowflakes thought they had something, so they tried to get a room for a press conference, were turned away because of their violent nature, then had to resort to a food court, but got tossed from there as well. So during their chat (we can’t rightfully call it a press conference due to the laws that govern the food court they were in), one of the members accidentally showed the reporters a folder on his computer full of thumbnails for porn files. Embarrassing, unprofessional, and pretty funny.

If these are the leaders of the left’s radical faction then why in the world would anyone follow them?

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TBT To The Destructive TEA Party

Yesterday’s violent riot at the University of California at Berkeley is just the latest example of the intolerance of the radical left. They destroyed things, beat a man until he was unconscious, and pepper sprayed a college girl while she was talking to a reporter. Really, that happened. And yet somehow those uneducated criminals believed that they were protesting. Protesting what? So to honor their failed attempt at civic engagement, for this Throwback Thursday (#TBT) we would like to offer a reminder of the senseless destruction perpetrated by the TEA Party after both of Barack Obama’s presidential wins.

Below is an accurate photo of the TEA Party burning the country to the ground.

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Confirm Judge Gorsuch

Guest Post by Ryan Lodata

Yesterday, President Donald Trump announced his nominee to replace late Justice Antonin Scalia on the United States Supreme Court, Judge Neil Gorsuch of the United State Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Evangelicals, initially skeptical of a Trump presidency, may find a measure of relief in President Trump’s selection of Judge Gorsuch. Best known for decisions in support of Hobby Lobby and the Little Sisters of the Poor in their opposition to Obamacare’s contraceptive mandates, Judge Gorsuch is likely to be seen as an excellent pick by the – presumptively now less skeptical – pro-life crowd. In fact, a number of conservative Senators were on hand for the announcement of Judge Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court.

Judge Gorsuch possesses the bona fides that, aside from the aforementioned court decisions, make him a well-qualified nominee for the Supreme Court. Judge Gorsuch, a graduate from Harvard Law School, clerked for Judge Sentelle on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals and subsequently clerked for Justices Byron White and Anthony Kennedy on the United State Supreme Court. Following many years in private practice, President George W. Bush appointed Judge Gorsuch to his current seat on the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals in 2006. Put simply, Judge Gorsuch possesses the very achievements that have traditionally been used as a gauge to determine competency to the highest court.

While Judge Gorsuch may have to follow the well-respected legacy of Justice Scalia, many in the legal community see an opportunity for Judge Gorsuch to run with the conservative torch that was feared to have fallen with the late Justice. One of the most interesting questions of a potential Justice Gorsuch, however, is how – if at all – he will differentiate himself from Justice Scalia should he make his way to the bench.

Jonathan Adler, Professor of Law at Case Western Reserve University School of Law, noted one potentially transformative difference in opinion between Justice Scalia and Judge Gorsuch in a recent op-ed in the Washington Post; Chevron deference. Derived from the United States Supreme Court’s opinion in Chevron U.S.A., Inc. v. Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc., Chevron deference is blamed by many small government advocates as being responsible for the explosive growth in federal regulations passed by executive branch agencies and is seen as one factor in the creation of the so-called administrative state. The simplest explanation of Chevron deference is that courts will defer to an executive branch agency’s legal interpretation of a regulatory statute. Justice Scalia’s opinion, however, differed from that of Judge Gorsuch’s. However, I believe that analysis is best left to Professor Adler, and I highly recommend that you give his article a read.

I have no doubt that Chevron deference will remain at the center of discussions on the size and scope of federal executive branch agencies. In fact, congressional Republicans recently introduced legislation which would end the use of Chevron deference by courts as just one part of an effort by President Trump’s Administration and Congress to rein in burdensome government regulations. The potential outcome of these efforts could begin a dramatic shift in Washington, D.C. that will occupy legal and political discussions for many years to come.

Pro-life and small government conservatives have a potential win in the nomination of Judge Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. They should not celebrate too soon, however. There is no telling what sort of “jiggery pokery” may surround Judge Gorsuch’s confirmation within the Senate over the next several weeks.

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Ryan Lodata is an attorney working in Northern Virginia. Any conclusions or opinions expressed in this article are those of the author acting in his personal capacity. Linked articles are not necessarily the opinion of the author and are given only for general information purposes. And no information, statements, or conclusions from this article are legal advice and do not create an attorney-client relationship. Should you require legal services, please contact your local bar association.