2014 Election Richard Falknor on 15 Mar 2014
“ Put not your trust in princes . . . .” – Psalm 146
The Virginia Tenth District Republican Congressional Committee announced here the
“Western 10th District Debate & Forum
Saturday, March 15, 2014 from 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM (EDT)
As the invitation helpfully listed–
“Six candidates have officially filed to run for the Republican Nomination.
They are Delegate Barbara Comstock, Delegate Bob Marshall, Stephen Hollingshead, Marc Savitt, Howie Lind and Rob Wasinger. All have been invited to attend!”
Many conservatives and conservatively-inclined independents see our country in grave peril.
They find, to put it charitably, that uncritical cheering squads for this or that GOP celebrity candidate are way out of place in these times.
Detailed voting — or position records — or both — matter. Loyalty to the Republic (to use an old-fashioned phrase) matters. And grit matters almost equally.
Blindly following Party “talking points” and reflexive “team playing” over the last decade and a half have contributed substantially to our present discontents.
Perhaps the biggest obstacle for all conservative activists is the reluctance of our solid GOP citizens to question — face to face — their politicians.
Angelo Codevilla summed it up–
“Our founding generation was very well educated. Abraham Lincoln — Stephen Douglas debated on the highest level in front of a bunch of farmers – who understood what they were saying. The debates were recorded by a stenographer. The stenographer recorded the crowd saying, ‘Stick to the point, Lincoln.’ ‘No, no, Douglas — not so!’ Now can you imagine our people, our audiences, at the debates challenging the logic of the debaters?” (Highlighting Forum’s.)
We have no idea what questions will be allowed to be raised at today’s debate; nor do we believe that politically incorrect but revealing exchanges will suddenly burst out between the candidates.
The Legacy Media will do its best to intimidate any of the six Republicans who transgress the rules of Cultural Marxism.
But today is a good starting point to get some of the tough candidate questions into the Republican conversation for coming meet-and-greet sessions and into the wider blogger media.
“Tenth District Virginia GOP Candidate X–
(1) Amnesty. Conservative immigration experts have said here that we should not even negotiate over amnesty until the border has been secured, until interior enforcement has been underway, and until both have cleared all legal hurdles and have been successfully in place for more than a few months.
Do you agree?
(2) Defense cutbacks. Defense experts have been sounding the alarm here (beginning at 6:00) over serious Administration cutbacks in our combat forces and our nuclear capability. The Constitution prescribes “the common defense” as a central duty of the Federal government.
If elected, what would you do to strengthen the common defense — even if it is an unwelcome priority for the House GOP leadership?
(3) Last week the Virginia House of Delegates commended “A Mosque With A Dark Past” here. We reported that the Virginia state senate followed suit and approved here this reckless resolution. Why reckless? Because the Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center can now use this “endorsement” of the Virginia General Assembly for everything from money-raising to helping justify zoning requests to intimidating critics with the help of a credulous old (and new) media. The General Assembly commendation will be a badge of respectability. John Guandolo declared here: “One has to wonder if gross ignorance among elected officials of the jihadi threat to America could get any worse – then in walks the Virginia Legislature.” Consider the details in Guandolo’s post “Virginia State House Commends Hamas”
If you are a delegate, how did you vote on this commendation and why?
For all the candidates, what is your view on the “Civilization Jihad” threat to America? To northern Virginia?
(4) Death panels in Obamacare (IPAB). One of the most toxic provisions of the Obamacare legislation is the so-called Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB). Stanley Kurtz has called the IPAB “the real death panel” here. The wider-ranging constitutional dangers of the IPAB are listed here.
If elected, what will you do to see that this provision gets defunded particularly since there is substantial doubt that the current House leadership plans to do more than “fix” Obamacare — even if the GOP makes substantial gains next November in the Congressional elections?
(5) House Republican leadership. If elected, will you vote to continue the Boehner-Cantor Leadership Team?
If so, tell us your reasons why. If not, explain whom you would prefer.”
These “five [not-so-]easy pieces” constitute the first set of our questions to these GOP primary candidates for United States Representative from Virginia’s 10th District.
Big Republican Donors vs. Conservative Voters
More questions are coming on whether the House should assert its constitutional powers of the purse and of initiating impeachment proceedings; and whether the GOP should, as senator Jeff Sessions urges here, reach out to Blue Collar America of all ethnicities — rather than to keep embracing the Beltway GOP’s post-Reagan posture of accommodation, ‘managing’ not downsizing big government, and quietly accepting the prevailing politically correct culture.
Again, a fundamental question for conservatives across America and in — or apart from — the GOP: who will help us take our country back?
Sadly, at this point, the House GOP leadership has left us “political orphans.”