Monday, November 11, 2013

Thank you, Veterans!

Thank you, Veterans, for your service to our nation. Your strength, dedication, sacrifice, and love are cherished and honored by all true Americans.

"And the living have a responsibility to remember the conditions that led to the wars in which our heroes died. Perhaps we can start by remembering this: that all of those who died for us and our country were, in one way or another, victims of a peace process that failed; victims of a decision to forget certain things; to forget, for instance, that the surest way to keep a peace going is to stay strong. 

Weakness, after all, is a temptation -- it tempts the pugnacious to assert themselves -- but strength is a declaration that cannot be misunderstood. Strength is a condition that declares actions have consequences. Strength is a prudent warning to the belligerent that aggression need not go unanswered.

Peace fails when we forget what we stand for. It fails when we forget that our Republic is based on firm principles, principles that have real meaning, that with them, we are the last, best hope of man on Earth; without them, we're little more than the crust of a continent. Peace also fails when we forget to bring to the bargaining table God’s first intellectual gift to man: common sense. Common sense gives us a realistic knowledge of human beings and how they think, how they live in the world, what motivates them. Common sense tells us that man has magic in him, but also clay. Common sense can tell the difference between right and wrong. Common sense forgives error, but it always recognizes it to be error first.

We endanger the peace and confuse all issues when we obscure the truth; when we refuse to name an act for what it is; when we refuse to see the obvious and seek safety in Almighty. Peace is only maintained and won by those who have clear eyes and brave minds. Peace is imperiled when we forget to try for agreements and settlements and treaties; when we forget to hold out our hands and strive; when we forget that God gave us talents to use in securing the ends He desires. Peace fails when we forget that agreements, once made, cannot be broken without a price.

Each new day carries within it the potential for breakthroughs, for progress. Each new day bursts with possibilities. And so, hope is realistic and despair a pointless little sin. And peace fails when we forget to pray to the source of all peace and life and happiness. I think sometimes of General Matthew Ridgeway, who, the night before D-day, tossed sleepless on his cot and talked to the Lord and listened for the promise that God made to Joshua: 'I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.'" 
~ Remarks by President Ronald Reagan, Veteran's Day, 1985

Thursday, November 7, 2013

This Is Country Music

Just one of the many reasons why I love country music. Check out part of the opening from Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood. The crowd reaction says it all...

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Tea Leaves

Just a comment before a longer post on the election numbers later...

Conservatives can deliver a victory without the RNC. Look what happened in Virginia without the RNC money, support, or backing. A strong conservative candidate very nearly won the election. An election that saw the liberal with millions in outside money and advertising.

Perhaps conservatives need to just forget the RNC machine and start funding their own candidates.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Give Me Liberty

Some people out there are shocked that the polls are so close this evening. It is 9:44, and Fox News is predicting that McAuliffe will pull out the win. Although this is a huge blow to Virginia and a great loss that sets the stage for national repercussions, there is one bright spot in the darkness.

Virginia fought for freedom.

The numbers we saw tonight showed that your average, everyday, hardworking Americans would not just sit back and accept the Democrat plans for the Commonwealth. They voted. They fought. And they showed that Virginia might be taken, but it will not be defeated.

We'll hang on over the next few years. Is this truly the death knell for Conservatives in Virginia, as so many liberals will claim? I say, "No." This may just be the alarm heard in the Piedmont, through the Shenandoah Valley, across the Blue Ridge, and straight to the Heart of Appalachia. The results of tonight will not truly be known for another three years--and that is more than a lifetime in politics.

We can count ourselves among those fortunate enough to have Patrick Henry and Thomas Jefferson as our first governors. And we can still hear the echo of Henry's immortal words, spoken in Richmond so many years ago:

"They tell us, sir, that we are weak; unable to cope with so formidable an adversary. But when shall we be stronger? Will it be the next week, or the next year? Will it be when we are totally disarmed, and when a British guard shall be stationed in every house? Shall we gather strength by irresolution and inaction? Shall we acquire the means of effectual resistance, by lying supinely on our backs, and hugging the delusive phantom of hope, until our enemies shall have bound us hand and foot? Sir, we are not weak if we make a proper use of those means which the God of nature hath placed in our power. Three millions of people, armed in the holy cause of liberty, and in such a country as that which we possess, are invincible by any force which our enemy can send against us. Besides, sir, we shall not fight our battles alone. There is a just God who presides over the destinies of nations; and who will raise up friends to fight our battles for us. The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave. Besides, sir, we have no election. If we were base enough to desire it, it is now too late to retire from the contest."

Where the Power Is

Just a little observation...Cuccinelli is awaiting election returns in Richmond, the capital of the entire Commonwealth. McAuliffe is in Tysons Corner, the crown jewel of Northern Virginia's government-funded wealth.

Guess we can already see which constituency each man would serve.

Keep the Commonwealth Free!

Get out and vote today, Virginians! Don't let the Cradle of the Presidents turn into the Gutter of the Liberals. Tell McAuliffe, Clinton, and Obama, "Not in my state." Keep Virginia free.

Virginia is the bellwether for the elections in 2016. The liberals don't want McAuliffe to win because he's in the best interest of our people. They want him to win so they have a strong foothold to make Virginia permanently blue in the next national election.

Vote Cuccinelli. Vote Jackson. Vote Obenshain. Vote LaRock. Vote.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Charlottesville is Drone Free!

You may have seen the Drudge headline about the first city to ban drones. That's right--it's beautiful Charlottesville, VA that just added another reason for me to love the city.

Thomas Jefferson would most certainly be proud.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Get Off My Lawn

So Biden's swinging down to Richmond to push his insane anti-gun message by once again exploiting the Tech shooting from several years ago.

Get off my lawn, Joe.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

McDonnell Drives Virginia

Interesting proposal from our great governor to remove the gas tax in Virginia. Although I generally am wary of tax "cuts" or "breaks" that add new fees elsewhere--paying Paul by robbing Peter--this might actually turn out to be a good thing. 

Guess if the Obama Administration blocks oil and gas drilling off the Virginia coast, Governor McDonnell will just find a way to sell more if it in the Old Dominion.