Friday, June 13, 2014


Thomas Jefferson said it. How right he was! Last night the Virginia General Assembly used the new-found GOP majority in the Senate to pass a budget that provides NO funding for the Obamacare medicaid expansion, and they struck the provision that would have left room for Governor McAulliffe to unilaterally do so. Liberty ruled the day!

Why would the GOP leadership take such a stand, particularly in the Senate, where they are known for being considerably more moderate than the House?
I propose to credit the people of Va-7.

In Virginia government fears the People far more than it did prior to this past Tuesday.
U.S House Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost his primary bid for the GOP nomination in resounding fashion, and despite all the spin from both parties, it cannot be attributed to any single factor more than the fact that he forgot who votes for him and who his bosses really are.

It wasn't K Street, it wasn't the Koch Brothers, it wasn't the media, and it wasn't John Boehner. It was the good people of the 7th who called Cantor home to get his feet back on the ground, and no one can overrule their authority.

I submit to you that last night's successful coalition of conservatives, Republicans and one Democrat- who, by the way, deserves much credit for courage in breaking with the Governor- is a direct result of Cantor's loss. Our representatives were reminded in no uncertain terms that in a Representative Republic We the People truly are the source from which government derives its power- you might say "from the consent of the governed"- and no one is beyond our reach or above our ability to hold them accountable.

Not to diminish the firm stand of Dick Black and other leaders in the Senate and House who truly acted out of principle to block Obama from gaining complete control of Virginia's health care; they deserve all the props in the world which I happily extend!

But mostly, it was you and your calls to your senator and delegate that made the difference! Self-government requires self sacrifice and you did it perfectly yesterday as you called and emailed to let your representative know your direction to them on this critical issue.

At the end of the day, Mike Rothfeld is right- "the only thing a politician really fears is the loss of his seat", and last night was clear proof of that truth. 

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Ronald Reagan, first Inaugural Address, January 20, 1981