Saturday, January 31, 2009
Friday, January 30, 2009
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
Why I support Sen. Cuccinelli for Attorney General
By: Willie Deutsch
My name is Willie Deutsch, I am the 1st Vice Chair of the Patrick Henry College Republicans. Since Ken Cuccinelli was unable to attend this meeting, I am going to share with you the reasons I am supporting Sen. Cuccinelli for Attorney General, and why I hope you will support him as well. As I begin I want to say that over the course of this campaign I have had the opportunity of interacting with both John Brownlee and Dave Foster. They are both good men. I am thankful that as a party we have three fine men running in this nomination contest. However, I believe that Senator Cuccinelli is by far the best candidate in this race. I first met Cuccinelli when he was running for reelection in 2007. One of the things that stood out when I first met Ken was his belief that it is more important to stand for principle than to win elections. Sadly the political process suffers from a lack of principled people in politics.
As we look at the recent success Democrats have had in Virginia, I believe that Democrats have only won statewide when Republicans forget their principles, and/or run lousy campaigns. This is why Bob McDonnell and Bill Bolling won in 2005 while Jerry Kilgore lost, it also explains why George Allen lost in 2006, why we lost the state senate in 2007, and why Virginia’s electoral college votes went to Obama last year. In Cuccinelli we have the opportunity to reverse the tide of Democratic wins in Virginia by nominating a proven conservative with a record of winning elections.
Throughout his career in the VA State Senate, Ken has fought for the conservative principles that attracted me to this party: limited government, life, the family, the 2nd amendment, and the rule of law. Even though he is the last of a dying breed of Republicans from Fairfax Co, he isn’t afraid to be a conservative leader in the state senate. When Ken says that he is conservative, he has the record to back it up.
Ken believes in the importance of property rights, and as a result fought to strengthen Virginia’s property rights before Kelo, and was the author of the bill that denied localities the ability to exercise eminent domain simply because a public benefit would result.
Ken believes in the importance of protecting the unborn, and has fought for the unborn at every opportunity, including drafting Virginia’s parental notification law in 2003, and leading the fight to defund planned parenthood last session.
Ken believes in the importance of the family, and as a result sponsored the Virginia Marriage Amendment in the Senate, and actively campaigned for it all over the state.
Ken believes in the 2nd Amendment and as a result has fought to repeal the ban on carrying a concealed weapon in restaurants, eliminate duplicate local background checks, and has become the point man on gun rights in the senate courts and justice committee.
Ken believes in fiscal responsibility, and as a result has voted against every tax increase, regularly submits budget cuts, and has never submitted an earmark request without submitting a request for an equal budget cut.
While Brownlee and Foster are good men, neither of them can give examples of how they have fought to promote such a wide array of conservative values. Ken has proven that when he is under fire, he stays true to his conservative principles.
Not only do I support Senator Cuccinelli because he is the candidate with a proven conservative record, I also believe our party should nominate him because he has demonstrated regularly that he can win tough campaigns. It appears that whoever wins this nomination contest will have a tough general election race against Steve Shannon who already has a war chest of about $740,000. Running against a tough Democrat opponent in a state that seems to be trending Democrat, we need someone who has demonstrated that he knows how to win elections. That man is Senator Cuccinelli. Since 2002 he has won 3 state senate races on conservative issues in Fairfax Co. against opponents who had more money than him.
In 2002 he won his first state senate race while being outspent 2.5-1
In 2003 he won reelection wile being outspent 2-1
And in 2007 he was once again underfunded, and was a top target for the Democratic Party, and still won.
These victories are testaments to Senator Cuccinelli’s ability to run frugal grassroots campaigns with impressive ID and GOTV operations.
Over the past month and a half Cuccinelli’s Attorney General Campaign has put an impressive grassroots campaign on display. During the petition drive that concluded n the beginning of December, Cuccinelli’s attorney general campaign turned in more original signatures than any other campaign. Under a week later Cuccinelli won the Republican Advance straw poll, an event in which John Brownlee enjoyed home field advantage. Ken took 47% in the poll, 9% more than Brownlee. A week and a half ago the campaigns turned in their finance reports for the past 6 months and Cuccinelli raised more money than the Brownlee and Foster campaigns combined, and in a true demonstration of the grassroots support for his campaign he had the most donors of the three candidates, over 600 more than Brownlee.
Senator Cuccinelli has proven that he can win tough elections on state issues, something neither of the two other candidates had to do. He has won three times running on conservative principles in Fairfax Co. against better funded candidates. Ken is demonstrating in this nomination contest that he has an army of grassroots supporters who are willing to work tirelessly for him, and if our party nominates Ken, he will use his campaigning abilities and grassroots army to win the Attorney General’s office for the GOP.
By this time some of you are probably thinking, I know Ken is a great guy, so why doesn’t he stay in the senate and keep leading the fight for our values their? When weighing weather or not to run for Attorney General, Ken realized that he could do more for the idea of limited government as Attorney General than as a state senator. As a state senator, Ken is one of forty people. As Attorney General, he is in charge of the office. One of the important functions of the Attorney’s Generals office is to be the general counsel for other government agencies. Ken believes that in this position he can use his influence as Attorney General to encourage other state agencies to reduce the unconstitutional layers of regulation and wasteful projects they engage in. As a partner at Cuccinelli and Day, Ken has served as a general counsel for small and midsized businesses. He wants to do the same type of work in the Attorney General’s office for state agencies and use that power to reduce the size of government.
Who occupies the Attorney General’s office became even more important on Tuesday with the inauguration of Barack Obama. With the Democrats running D.C. we can expect that some of the liberties we hold dear in this state will come under attack. Our pro-life laws are under attack from the Freedom of Choice Act, and our state marriage amendment, right to work status, and pro-gun laws will all almost certainly come under attack. It is important that our next Attorney General be a man who we can trust to defend these laws in the courts. Ken wrote some of the laws that will come under attack, and has fought for these values in the senate. I know he will fight to defend them through the court system if he becomes Attorney General.
While Ken has accomplished a lot as a state senator, he can accomplish even more as Attorney General. He can use his role as the legal advisor to other governmental agencies to reduce the size of government. He is also a man we can trust to defend Virginia’s conservative laws that will almost certainly be attacked by the federal government.
On May 30th this party will nominate Virginia’s next Attorney General. We have the option to nominate a proven conservative who wins tough campaigns and turn the Democratic tide in Virginia. I hope you will join me over the coming year in pouring your time and energy into making, Ken Cuccinelli, Virginia’s next Attorney General.
Friday, January 23, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
In 2005, Reps. , D-N.Y., and , D-Wash., asked Bush to show a little less pomp and be a little more circumspect at his party.
" held his 1945 inaugural at the , making a short speech and serving guests cold chicken salad and plain pound cake," the two lawmakers wrote in a letter. "During World War I, President Wilson did not have any parties at his 1917 inaugural, saying that such festivities would be undignified."
The thinking was that, with the nation at war, excessive celebration was inappropriate.
These two representative were just the tip of the iceberg. Here is an extensive list of liberals who criticized the "extravagance" of President Bush's inauguration. The BBC even took the time to criticize President Bush on this point as well.
Now as we look forward to the inauguration of the first black president, Barack Obama, it is expected to cost over $150 million. This is four times what President Bush's 2005 inauguration cost. If there ever was a time for the American people to be more frugal, it is now. Unemployment is on the rise, financial institutions are failing, the stock market is in a bad shape, and the congress is working on its second massive bailout package. In addition to this $150 million the federal government was forced to declare the event a federal emergency because of the number of people coming to D.C. This opens up even more federal money to help cover the security costs of the event.
In response to criticism that the inauguration may be too costly, the inaugural committee spokeswoman said, "That is probably not the way the country is going to be looking at it. It is not a celebration of an election. It is a celebration of our common values." Is it really possible that if the country opposed a $42 million inauguration four years ago, it loves the idea of a $150 million inauguration in the present economic condition?
Maybe part of the change we can believe in this 21st century presidency is that what was wrong is now right. If that is true though, how can you believe in something if it might be wrong a couple years down the road?
Monday, January 19, 2009
After two years of not winning the Moot Court National Tournament, the Patrick Henry College Moot Court team won it again, and dominated Moot Court all year long.
Guliuzza and Dr. Michael Farris (PHC Chancellor), made their final pick based on students’ comparative performances at the qualifying tournaments. In no particular order, the final, eight-team roster selected to attend the national tournament are: Rachel Heflin, Aidan Grano, James Mieding, Robert Kelly, Brianna Edelblut, Joseph Alm, Aaron Kamakawiwoole, Joshua Kamakawiwoole, Evan Mantel, John Miller, Jenna Lorence, Paul Sellers, Rachel Blum, Noah Oberlander, Carmen Pettus, and Ben Sayre.
Saturday, January 17, 2009
For better or for worse, the Bush presidency is coming to an end. While there are many things to criticize about the Bush Presidency, like the sellout of capitalism, one of his strengths has been the moral clarity. Having a man with this kind of moral clarity is especially important when we see the relativistic thinking of our nation. President Bush's moral clarity came through in one of the highlights of his farewell speech the other night.
At the same time, we must continue to engage the world with confidence and clear purpose. In the face of threats from abroad, it can be tempting to seek comfort by turning inward. But we must reject isolationism and its companion, protectionism. Retreating behind our borders would only invite danger. In the 21st century, security and prosperity at home depend on the expansion of liberty abroad. If America does not lead the cause of freedom, that cause will not be led.
As we address these challenges - and others we cannot foresee tonight - America must maintain our moral clarity. I have often spoken to you about good and evil. This has made some uncomfortable. But good and evil are present in this world, and between the two there can be no compromise. Murdering the innocent to advance an ideology is wrong every time, everywhere. Freeing people from oppression and despair is eternally right. This Nation must continue to speak out for justice and truth. We must always be willing to act in their defense and to advance the cause of peace.
Friday, January 16, 2009
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Friday, January 9, 2009
Thursday, January 8, 2009
If nothing is done (by the federal government), this recession could linger for years.
That is why the time has come to build a 21st century economy in which hard work and responsibility are once again rewarded.
Now, the very fact that this crisis is largely of our (the U.S. Government's) own making means that it is not beyond our (the U.S. Government's) ability to solve.
Now, this recovery plan alone will not solve all the problems that led us into this crisis.
We cannot have a solid recovery if our people and our businesses don't have confidence that we're getting our fiscal house in order.... Politicians spent taxpayer money without wisdom or discipline, and too often focused on scoring political points instead of the problems they were sent here to solve.
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Monday, January 5, 2009
As we prepare for today's debate between the Republican candidates for party chair, the media is buzzing with the news that Virginia Governor Tim Kaine has been nominated by Barack Obama to be the new Democratic Party Chair. This should be very interesting.
Sunday, January 4, 2009
Saturday, January 3, 2009
In a recent e-mail sent out by Huck PAC, Mike Huckabee announces the launch of a National Volunteer Team. The heart of the e-mail says,
Friday, January 2, 2009
So admittedly this is only a caller calling into a radio show, but it is definitely intriguing.
In the last quarter before the 11:00 hour today, a caller called into the Glenn Beck program, and said he had insider information that the military was going on high alert in light of the new incoming president. He also said it was a higher alert than normally done during transitions between administrations. Again, I recognize this is basically just an unsubstantiated rumor based on the source, but it is still interesting. We will see if other reports confirm this rumor.
If it is true, I pray the military is successful in protecting. It is generally recognized that it takes an administration a couple months to transition in, and get everything running at the White House. Not only do the terrorists understand this fact as they did in 2001, but Obama is perceived as a weak president. His talks of reducing nuclear activities, and diplomacy must encourage the terrorists. Hopefully the military is successful, and America is kept safe during this especially vulnerable year.