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.

Take Back Virginia

Have you had the chance to see Prince William County Board of Supervisors Chairman Corey Stewart’s first commercial for his campaign for governor? Video embedded below. The Stewart campaign is showing a lot muscle with this ad, both in messaging and in the fact that they are on TV this early.

And if you like it and you want it to stay on the air then consider making a donation through this link.

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End Sanctuary Cities

President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order today that calls for federal grants to be withheld from states and cities that do not enforce federal immigration law. This is the necessary first step in ending the lawless idea of sanctuary cities.

Enforcing immigration law has nothing to do with being racist. The left needs to stop hiding behind their false accusations of racism and join the conversation for real. An illegal immigrant is someone who broke the law, regardless of which country they came from. An “undocumented worker” is a cute term. Ask a proponent of the term to explain its origin and its meaning, then they’ll make the case for how silly it is for you.

Advertising that a city will not enforce immigration law is an invitation that travels out of the country and offers incentive for someone to break the law in the first place. Rahm Emanuel had the best ad of all when he said that Chicago “always will be a sanctuary city.” He also said in the same press conference, “you are safe in Chicago.” It is crazy to think that when the mayor of America’s murder capital said you’ll be safe he was talking about not enforcing the law instead of talking about how he plans to reduce his city’s record murder rate. Lawlessness begets lawlessness.

President Trump is right when he said, “A nation without borders is not a nation.” Know your history. But kids today are not taught history, or when they are exposed to history, it is in a strange attempt to change it so that it is more palatable to today’s whims. Sanctuary cities are unlawful. Period. They were poorly conceived to begin with. Our nation is an open door with very generous access to lawfully becoming a citizen. Sidestepping the law and then hiding behind false cries of racism is a disingenuous way to discuss reforming existing immigration laws. End sanctuary cities.

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Beer Me

Twitter always has a hashtag trending for whatever national day it is. For example, today is Beer Can Appreciation Day (#BeerCanAppreciationDay). Kind of silly. But this one is somewhat relevant to Virginia because today marks the first day that canned beer was sold, and it happened in Richmond.

In 1935 Krueger’s Finest Beer was delivered and sold in Richmond, Virginia and the people loved it. Virginians stamp of approval led the way for the mass production of the canned drink industry. Call us pioneers.

Recently the commonwealth has developed an unfortunate reputation of being a place for snobby microbrew elites who proudly fork over $9.79 for a pint of a beer whose name is a combination of a season, a breed of horse, and a fruit. It would be nice for a return to a simpler time when a can of ice cold Pabst Blue Ribbon was the choice over a glass of Orange Spring Friesian.

I prefer bottles, but I’ll revisit that preference this weekend now that I know canned beer is a Virginia thing.

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Snowflakes In DC

Snowflakes fell in DC on Friday. They came out to riot against President Donald Trump. Not protest, just riot and yell things. They weren’t protesting a policy, or a new law, or an executive order. They were in town to destroy the city because they find the new president to be destructive. Try to figure that out. Their intolerance and fearmongering were on full display. It was a truly repugnant display put on mostly by kids who need safe spaces when things don’t go their way.

Some of the snowflakes used hammers to smash things, like Starbucks for example. And what a more perfect example of a Donald Trump-like thing to destroy than a trendy new-age style coffeehouse that donated to Hillary Clinton’s campaign. Obviously their smashy smashy was well thought out.

Some were claiming to oppose fascism. But, of course, they failed to connect anything about a Trump administration to anything remotely resembling fascism. These snowflakes are just kids and yet they present themselves as such uncompromising know-it-alls. There is nothing fascist about the hour old Trump administration at all. It is very disappointing to see these kids behave in such an intolerant way. To them, identity politics is the only realm for diversity, while diversity of opinion is forbidden and all opposition needs to be labeled as hateful. That is no way to conduct appropriate political discourse.

I hope these kids will grow up and understand this. Right now, they really are delicate little snowflakes. They need to understand that that is not a good thing. No snowflake has ever endured a change of seasons, and these kids are proving the metaphor fits them perfectly. Their current state can only be described as a meltdown.

trump inagurationPictured above could be Cecile Richard’s limo, or maybe it was Ashley Judd’s or Madonna’s. We don’t know, and neither do the kids who burned it on Inauguration Day.

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Day One Executive Orders

On Donald Trump’s first day as president he signed an Executive Order halting any further implementation of the Affordable Care Act and setting up its repeal. This was something Trump campaigned on and it was something his supporters expected to see from him.

On Barack Obama’s first day as president he signed an Executive Order closing the military prison at Guantanamo Bay. This was something Obama campaigned on and it was something his supporters expected to see from him.

The difference between the two orders is one is about helping the economy and the other was just symbolic bull. But there could be another yuuuuuge difference here…

Obama failed at closing the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, it’s still open eight years later. Trump has a bar set pretty low to beat. Or will the Affordable Care Act be to Trump what Guantanamo Bay still is to Obama?

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Dunbar Endorses Stewart For Governor

Virginia’s National Committeewoman Cynthia Dunbar has endorsed Prince William County Board of Supervisors Chairman Corey Stewart for Governor.

Dunbar is a grassroots activist and constitutional scholar who ran for her current position with the goal of leading the RNC toward a more conservative message which greater adheres to the constitutional principles of limited government, states’ rights, and individual freedom. So from that perspective it is no surprise to us that Dunbar has chosen to support Stewart for Governor.

Below is the statement released yesterday by Stewart’s campaign, also linked here.

Conservative Leader Cynthia Dunbar Endorses Corey Stewart

Woodbridge, VA – Today, Corey Stewart announced the endorsement of Cynthia Dunbar, Virginia’s National Committeewoman to the Republican National Committee and conservative leader. She has led the charge successfully on life and education issues, among many other conservative causes.

A strong advocate for conservative principles and highly respected statewide grassroots leader, Mrs. Dunbar stated, “People are tired of politicians who are long on message and short on action. They want real leaders, leaders willing to confront the political elite, NOT join them. Corey has proven he isn’t afraid to speak out for what is right and to fight for what is in the best interest of the people. He is directed by an internal moral compass which is why he does not back down from a fight. There are many politicians driven by compromise to make their fellow elected officials happy, but there are very few leaders like Corey Stewart who are driven by conviction to make the people happy. That is why I am endorsing Corey Stewart for Governor of Virginia.”

In response, Corey Stewart said, “Cynthia is a key leader in Virginia who not only has been successful as a party official, but also has been successful as a leader of the people. A steadfast conservative dedicated to principle, never backing down from a fight even when it’s unpopular. I am honored to have her support and will not let her and others in the conservative movement down. I look forward to working with Cynthia to Take Back Virginia.”

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Too Much Hate

Unbelievable. For those of you unfamiliar with the author of the below tweet, he lives in Maryland where he is the basis for the character Tommy Carcetti from HBO’s The Wire. Since losing the presidential election he has lost his mind. And this is from the political party that describes itself as the most tolerant while their conservative counterparts are [fill in the blank, I can’t keep up with the name calling].

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Hey Tommy, delete your account.

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Friday Funnies

Scandal rocks the gubernatorial race in Virginia as Pengate now dominates the news. It all unfolded earlier this week when Frank Wagner’s campaign shared a picture of Wagner “at work.” But the cap was still on the pen! This was properly pointed out (photo below).

wagner's penScrambling to save their credibility the Wagner campaign re-created the same photo, because it was that great of a shot, and posted the new photo like nothing happened (updated below).

wagner's pen 2But it’s too late. Pengate has exposed that Sen. Wagner doesn’t really work when he is in his office at the General Assembly.

It’s all in good fun. What really happened was the Wagner campaign made a careless error and one of his opponents was quick to point it out, which was done in a lighthearted way. Nominating contests keep us honest and make things much more meaningful when calling out Democrats for their mistakes. So for now, Pengate will lead the nightly newscasts and we’re ok with that.

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RPV Response To McAuliffe’s SOTC

The Republican Party of Virginia’s chairman John Whitbeck released the following statement in response to Governor Terry McAuliffe’s annual state of the commonwealth address, also linked here;

“Forced to stay in Richmond for one final session instead of being whisked away into the Hillary Clinton administration, Terry McAuliffe is trying to build a political legacy, something that he could be remembered for other than booze and investigations.”

“Unfortunately, he remains more focused on his political ambitions, anointing his chosen successor, and playing partisan games rather than doing the job of Governor and solving the challenges the hard working people of Virginia face.”

“Instead of working to solve the problems he has admitted instead he huddled with Obama and Nancy Pelosi to plot out a vast national network to return Democrats to power, and is now trying to bring that plan to Virginia under the guise or reform to hide his true agenda – one that has the full support of Ralph Northam.

“In fact, one of Terry McAuliffe’s partners in this effort will unveil their plan at the ultra liberal Center for American progress – where ultra-liberal Tom Perriello landed after being fired by voters in the 5th Congressional District.”

“From day one of his administration, this Governor has been all in to build out the Obama-Clinton vision of governance in our Commonwealth. While he lectures on ethics, he remains under investigation by the FBI. While he talks about the urgent need to reform our economic development efforts he fails to mention his own failures that cost the taxpayers millions.”

“Voters have had more than enough of failure and ham-fisted management in Richmond. Virginians have had enough of his political posturing and shady deals. In the end, Terry McAuliffe’s true legacy will be one of craft beer – and a Republican sweep this November.”

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