Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Shephard For Delegate

Ordinarily, when one election cycle ends, we wait for a certain period of time before we start focusing on the next campaign.

Well, time is up!

I want to let you, my fellow bloggers and the people that have been kind enough to check my page from time to time over the last 10 years or so, to know that I will be a candidate for the House of Delegates in 2019.

I know it will be difficult and I know I couldn’t do this without the support of my wonderful wife. And support from my friends and fellow conservatives. I may be a long shot, but by nature I am an optimist.

As a homeowner, taxpayer, native Virginian and resident of Prince William county (13th Legislative district), I am concerned about the direction of my state. I don’t want to see my state become a high tax, high regulatory blue state. Simply a bigger and prettier version of Maryland.

I conscientiously believe Virginia is the greatest state in the union. I have always believed that. Virginia has been blessed. She has beautiful beaches, beautiful mountains, a great history, great people.

What other state has produced geniuses and leaders on par with the likes of Jefferson, Washington, Mason and Madison?

But sound state government policy is a large part of our success. And unsound policy from Richmond could irreparably damage our state.

The keys to our governing success? Historically, Virginia has been a low tax, business friendly state. A state that has been tough on crime, for law order, and policies that fosters personal responsibility. And Virginia has had a reputation as a fiscally conservative state. I still remember as a kid hearing the expression “pay as you go.”

Sadly, all these sound principals are being undermined. The fact is we can’t expand welfare and every government program, expand Medicaid, pump 150 million dollars into the Washington Metro, and expect to remain a low tax state. At some point Virginians will have to pay New York or California tax rates.

Virginia politics and policy has been a significant part of my life. I have written about Virginia policy on this blog since 2009.
My interest in politics began years ago.

When I was a student at George Mason University, I was told that to graduate I had to do an internship. Being inside the beltway I could have had my pick of good internships.

I could have done an internship on Capitol Hill, working for a solid conservative Republican, or I could have gone to work for a number of conservative organizations, but I went in a different direction – literally!

I went 90 miles south to Richmond to intern for Delegate Dave Albo. I much prefer Capitol Square to Capitol Hill.

In Richmond I saw, by the example of Dave Albo, how valuable a good legislator can be for the people of his District. I learned how important state government can be. Powerful enough to make Virginia a little better or a lot worse.

I believe I can make a positive difference for the people of the 13th legislative district, and I look forward to discussing my positive agenda.
I will keep you informed on the date of my kickoff. It will probably take place early next year.

More to come my friends.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Election Eve

It is election eve, less than a week away, and with it comes to mind one of my favorite stories. On the eve of the 2000 Presidential election I happened to walk into a McDonald’s in McLean Virginia. Yes, I admit McDonald’s food is a habit I have, and probably never will, outgrow.

While there I noticed former Republican Congressman Phil Crane. Crane was a conservative from Illinois. He ran for President in 1980 on the belief that Ronald Reagan was not going to run.

Well, not being shy I walked up to him and introduced myself. I should say I re-introduced myself to him. I met him at a college Republican event. He didn’t seem to remember me, but he remembered the event.

And in the conversation, I asked him who he thought would win the election, Bush or Gore. I’ll never forget his answer, he said “Son, I don’t know who is going to win, but I do know this, this is the most important election in our lifetime.” Actually, he probably didn’t say “son” since I was well into my twenties but the rest of the quote is verbatim.

I do remember thinking he was right, this is the most important election. But it seems that every election since is the “most important.”

It is the most important because the parties are so competitive, the stakes so high, and the consequences are so great.

If we Republicans keep the senate we can keep nominating and confirming conservative judges. If not, we won’t get another conservative on the bench. If we keep the senate Trump can get rid of Sessions, Rosenstein, and maybe Mueller.

If Democrats take the House they will investigate the hell out of the Trump administration. Subpoena every member of the administration down to the clerks in the mailroom.

If Democrats win they will move to impeach the President. They will push to repeal the tax cuts that have given a great boost to our economy and a terrific bull market. (My IRA is up big!)

If Democrats get elected they will push to grant amnesty to illegal aliens, they will push to abolish ICE. If Democrats get elected they will push for insane programs such as Medicare for all, and “free” college. Just think you didn’t like paying for your college tuition how do you feel about paying for someone else’s.

So, every election eve I think about my chance meeting with Phil Crane. And his words still ring true today, “this is the most important election of our lifetime.

Sunday, September 30, 2018

CNN and The Politics of Personal Destruction

It is true that CNN is a purveyor of fake news, but that does not tell the whole story of what motivates and animates CNN. Their goal is to advance a political narrative. It is not just to spread lies (fake news), rather it is to advance a misleading narrative. It is a narrative in the direction of socialism.

As President Trump racks up wins and advances his make America great again agenda CNN gets more hyperbolic. Take the Kavanaugh nomination.

Two months ago they simply advanced the idea that Brett Kavanaugh, on the supreme court, would try to take away “a woman’s right to choose”, or deny people healthcare, or protect President Trump from justice.

Now their attacks have entered a new phase. The politics of personal destruction. The other night they had on a classmate who said Kavanaugh was a “heavy drinker” back in school. What a crock of you know what.

For every one person that they could dig up who would say that he was a heavy drinker I bet they could find ten that would swear that they never saw him take a drink. However, CNN is not interested in the truth. They want to spread a narrative. The narrative is that Kavanaugh was a drunkard. Didn’t he say under oath that he was a moderate drinker, wow that could be perjury? A drunkard and a liar.

They have even promoted discussion of whether as a young person he was a rapist. This based on an unsubstantiated charge, and it turns out that the person who made the charge is a liar.

They even discussed a charge that he pulled his pants down and exposed himself at a college party. I thought that was a regular occurrence at college parties where alcohol is on tap.

I will tell you this if I am at a party and someone drops their pants I would leave. And I would not do an interview with the New Yorker describing it 30 years after the fact.

For CNN it is not enough to oppose him on philosophical grounds rather they have decided to destroy his character.
Shame on CNN. What a disgrace.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

The Obsession With Roe

H.L. Mencken once observed that the greatest glory of the Constitution was that it can be read and understood by anyone at a 10th grade reading level, and it could be done in 15 minutes. Now we have added a few amendments since Mencken, but I agree with his observation.

Now take that same 10th grader, give him a copy of the Constitution, and the task of finding any justification for the Roe vs. Wade decision. Even give him a hint, “Johnny look for a penumbra of rights.” Johnny wouldn’t be able to find it. Because Justices Blackman, Stewart, Douglas, Potter, Burger, Marshall, and Powell made it up.

One thing liberals don't understand is that we conservatives are not looking to the courts to stop abortion, rather we want the courts to rule on the law and the Constitution, and not legislate from the bench. Overturning Roe would not outlaw abortion, it will simply allow states to have their own abortion laws. If Roe were to be overturned would New Jersey outlaw abortion? Would Massachusetts or New York? I highly doubt it.

But to the left Roe v. Wade is sacred. It is precedent don’t cha know. It is settle law, like anthropogenic global warming is settle science. Off limits to all debate.

The Supreme Court’s job is to interpret the Constitution as it was written and amended. This statement may keep me from ever being nominated to the Supreme court, but I will say it. Precedent is not that important, actually it doesn’t matter. In other words, it deserves very little consideration.

In minutes after Kennedy announced his decision to retire the mainstream media started wringing their hands with worry about the legacy of Roe. The sky is falling, the barbarians are taking over. As if a country without Roe would be akin to the fall of Rome.

In the weeks before President Trump nominated Judge Kavanaugh and since I estimate that NBC leftist Chuck Todd has spent at least 60 percent of his time on air discussing abortion, which may or may not ever again be taken up by the Supreme Court. Jake Tapper and Wolf Blitzer may have spent even more time talking about it.

But as Bob Dylan once sang, “These times they are a changing.” One more conservative on the Supreme Court and we will have a conservative Judicial branch of government for at least a decade. Precedent be damned.