Monday, October 20, 2014

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Mark Warner on the Ropes?

The following is a guest post from my friend Tom O'Connor:

“We’ve got Mark Warner on the ropes. His campaign is scared. How can we tell? Ed just saw their latest ad attacking us -- it’s a sign of desperation from Warner's campaign. And Senator Warner’s attacks on Ed are nothing compared to his attacks on Virginians, like:

1. Warner put the democrat party and his own slavish following of Obama ahead of us citizens and voters. He voted with Obama 97% of the time and consistently voted the dem party line when even his fellow Democrat, then-Senator Jim Webb voted in the best interests of Virginia.

2. Warner worked for Obama helping to pass Obamacare and eventually voted for Obamacare, which means hundreds of thousands of Virginians are losing the health insurance they like and losing access to the doctors they choose; and generally paying more with Obamacare to get less

3. He Played politics with a lifetime appointment to the federal bench in order to help his democrat party impose Obamacare on Virginia.

The ad Warner is running now is the ad a campaign in danger of losing runs when they don’t have anything else to say. The Warner campaign has already outspent our campaign by at least 3 to 1 -- and it hasn’t worked!

That’s because we’ve outworked them! Will you help us continue to spread the word by inviting your friends on Facebook to become a part of our campaign.”

Monday, October 6, 2014

Statement of Virginia House of Delegates Speaker William J. Howell

Virginia House of Delegates Speaker William J. Howell (R-Stafford) issued the following statement Monday:

“I am disappointed that the United States Supreme Court declined to hear these cases. The debate over Virginia's constitutional amendment defining marriage needs a clear and decisive resolution from the Supreme Court. The Court’s decision today leaves Virginians without an affirmative answer on this issue, unnecessarily prolonging the political debate and creating long-term uncertainty regarding the status of same-sex marriages in Virginia depending on the outcome of litigation in other parts of the country.

“Unfortunately, Virginians have not been represented throughout this legal process. Attorney General Mark Herring refused to defend a duly-adopted provision of Virginia’s Constitution, unilaterally placing his personal, political views ahead of the people and their elected representatives. I am a strong supporter of traditional marriage. There are many Virginians who agree with me and some who do not. Regardless of how one feels about marriage, we should all agree that Virginians deserve to have their voices heard and votes vigorously defended in Court. That did not happen in this case.

“As I have said before, the ramifications of the Attorney General’s refusal to defend the law extend much further than any one court case. His actions represent a dangerous threat to the rule of law, show disregard for the oath of office and demonstrate contempt for the legislative and democratic processes by which Virginians adopt their laws.”

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Gilmore for President?

We live in a very dangerous world. I would say the threats facing our country today are greater than at any other time in history. We have a hostile Russia bent on expansion, a middle east which is in flames, Islamic terrorism on the rise, a southern border unsecured and deadly diseases making there way into our country. Making matters worse we have a commander and chief who is seemingly unaware of all these threats. For example, writing off a terror group (ISIS) that now controls much of Iraq as a “JV Team.” He also is unsure of whose side we should be on in the case of Syria. Safe to say our next President will need to be well versed in foreign policy and intelligence.

Now as a staunch Republican I naturally hope that the next president will come from my side of the aisle. Our nominee will need to be well versed in foreign policy and security issues to lead our country. Our next President will have to be tough and have an understanding of the world we face. Not a silly politically correct worldview that believes blaming America first, convincing Putin that we will be more flexible, and reminding everyone that Islam is the religion of peace will solve every problem. Our next President will need to have the intellectual firepower to deal with this chaotic and hostile world we find ourselves in.

By that criteria I think one of our strongest candidates might be right here in the Old Dominion. Former Governor Jim Gilmore. Gilmore has a strong foreign policy and military resume. The credentials the next President needs. After college Gilmore enlisted in the United States Army, where he was trained for service in Military Intelligence. Gilmore also received rigorous foreign language education at the United States Defense Language Institute in Monterrey, California. Gilmore then worked for three years in the early 1970's in the 650th Military Intelligence Group.

Wouldn't it be great to have a President who understands intelligence? And how our intelligence services work?

After 911 Gilmore was asked to head a commission to assess domestic response capabilities for terrorism and weapons of mass destruction. The commission is often referred to as the Gilmore Commission. The Gilmore Commission's made 164 recommendations to Congress and the President. Of those recommendations the federal government has adopted 146 in whole or in part.

Gilmore cares deeply about foreign policy issues as evidenced by his blog American Opportunity. He writes extensively on the issues facing our country including vital foreign policy discussions.

In 2016 the American people will be looking for a presidential candidate who has experience with foreign policy and national security. On these issues Gilmore is one of the strongest possible candidates the GOP can nominate.

I have no idea if he is interested in running, but I think he would be a strong candidate.