Sunday, August 13, 2017

Virginians must rally with President Trump

By Bob Dewey

The Republican Party did not win the 2016 election, Donald Trump did on behalf of the American people not a political party. The reason for the unsuccessful but continuing Democrat and Republican joint effort against President Trump is that the "Forgotten American People" found a leader.

Virginians have the opportunity in 2017 to demonstrate to the nation what "We the people" can do to join President Trump with "our" campaign "To make America Great Again". Virginians can stand united to expand the political fight to again govern as intended by our Founders. The national political parties have contrived a role for the Senate not expressed by our Constitution. The Senate was created to represent the several Sovereign States not political parties which have their own agendas. Obamacare and "Repeal and Replace" are the poster children of the Senatorial corruption.

Virginians must inspire the Virginia Republican candidates to rally in common cause with President Trump by advocating a restructuring of Virginia's statewide election process to remove the political power of the national political parties. A statewide election by Legislative District would remove the current national political party power and restore Virginia's intended station in the Senate. Let the results of state elections be the voice of Virginians not a national political party. Champion for Virginia to be a beacon, shining for the citizens of other states, to follow in our common march behind President Trump's campaign to "Drain the Swamp" for "Forgotten Americans".

This is the election for citizens of the Commonwealth to stand and shoulder the responsibilities of our heritage. If we are silent, we bow to our current station as serfs to our "Elite Political Establishment" Masters.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

AFP: See VP Mike Pence in Virginia!

Americans for Prosperity is excited to announce Vice President of the United States,Mike Pence, will be the keynote speaker at our National Summit on Saturday, August 19th at the Richmond Marriott-Downtown.  Vice President Pence will be on the main stage talking about economic freedom and advancing prosperity for America.


Register soon!  Tickets will be going quickly with this announcement.



AFP has a growing list of speakers and panelists that will be in Richmond on August 19th.  Including:

  • Forbes Incorporated CEO, Steve Forbes
  • FCC Chairman, Ajit Pai
  • President of Americans for Prosperity, Tim Phillips
  • Virginia candidate for Governor, Ed Gillespie
  • Virginia candidate for Lt. Governor, Jill Vogel
  • Virginia candidate for Attorney General, John Adams
  • Farm rights advocate, Martha Boneta


AFP Virginia is excited to be hosting our 11th National Defending the American Dream Summit in Richmond.  A great venue at the Richmond Marriott-Downtown.  The event starts at 9:30am and concludes at 5:30pm.  Your ticket purchase includes full access to all Summit speaker and break-out sessions as well as lunch.


Register today!  Click this link to purchase your tickets via our Eventbrite link:



Americans for Prosperity is a grassroots, policy organization committed to limited government.  We advocate for policies to limit taxation, improve health care access, explore energy resources, and expand school choice options for Virginians. 


We look forward to seeing you on August 19th!


For Freedom,


Flint Engleman | Western Region Senior Director | Americans for Prosperity-Virginia

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Sunday, August 6, 2017

“Ed Gillespie will be a strong education governor for Virginia”

August 2, 2017

What They Are Saying:

"Ed Gillespie will be a strong education governor for Virginia"

Honorary Policy Chair and former governor George Allen: "Ed Gillespie will be a strong education governor for Virginia. That's important, because I believe that education and public safety are the top two responsibilities of state government. And, the best way to pay for these priorities is with a vibrant economy. Ed's education plan recognizes the need to innovatively provide better opportunities for young people to learn core academic subjects as well as skills to ultimately gain good paying jobs.  And, there's no backsliding from the principles of accountability: What gets measured, gets better. And, when Governor Gillespie delivers on his promise of access for every child to an excellent education, the student and Virginia will grow and thrive."

Speaker Bill Howell: "Virginia should be first in the nation when it comes to educational opportunities for our children. Education is the foundation to fuel prosperity and growth. We owe every child the opportunity to attend an excellent public school. Ed will work every day to make that happen."

Policy Leadership Team Co-Chair Speaker-designee Kirk Cox: "As a retired teacher, lawmaker and parent I know that Virginia will be better off thanks to Ed Gillespie's education policies. I look forward to working alongside Ed, Jill Vogel and John Adams to advance student-centered policies for Virginia."

Policy Leadership Team Co-Chair Senator Mark Obenshain: "I've worked for years to advance high-quality public charter schools for our underserved communities. The McAuliffe-Northam Administration continues to stand in the way of any meaningful progress for Virginia's children. Ed Gillespie will be a strong partner to get things done for Virginia's kids." 

Education Working Group Co-Chair Delegate Dave LaRock: "I am proud to support Ed Gillespie's plan to get Virginia back to number one in education. That means bringing innovation to education, rewarding excellence and celebrating teachers. Ed will be a governor for ALL Virginians."

Chairman of the Senate Education and Health Committee Senator Steve Newman: "Virginia needs Ed Gillespie's leadership to strengthen our K-12 education system. The focus of Ed's plan is on students' outcomes and parental choice.  Ed understands that strong and motivated teachers are good for Virginia's education system and our local schools.  Ed and will ensure Virginia students receive an education tailored to their needs, so that every child is most likely to succeed."

Education Working Group Co-Chair Delegate Tag Greason: "Education is the key to unlocking Virginia's full potential, and Ed Gillespie is the leader we need to keep moving forward. His comprehensive Education plan will help all Virginia Students succeed, allowing for more personalized learning and individual student growth."

House Education Committee Chairman Delegate Steve Landes: "The House of Delegates Education Committee has taken great strides to advance teacher leadership, innovation, more opportunities and excellence for Virginia's children. Ed's plan is thoughtful, creative and student-centered."

House Appropriations K-12 Subcommittee Chairman Delegate Jimmie Massie: "Virginia needs a governor who is willing to fight for our children and inject innovation into our K-12 education system. Ed's plan strikes the right balance between accountability and flexibility. Opportunities for Virginia's children will be much better because of Ed Gillespie's education policies."

Delegate and Retired Teacher Dickie Bell: "As a retired teacher, I am delighted to support Ed's agenda for Virginia's students. Teachers across the Commonwealth will benefit from an education system that rewards innovation. I am proud to support Ed and his vision for education."

Former President of the Virginia State Board of Education Chris Braunlich: "Ed Gillespie understands that every parent wants their child's education to lead them to a good job and a bright future, and every child in Virginia deserves the best education we can give them.  Ed's education plan embraces innovations that will improve children's educational outcomes, powers teachers to excellence, and meets the needs of an increasingly diverse Virginia."

Chesapeake School Board Member Sam Boone: "As a school board member in Chesapeake, I work hard every day to ensure Virginia's children receive the best education possible. I'm proud to support Ed's agenda and look forward to having a strong partner in the governor's office in Ed Gillespie."

Harrisonburg City School Board Member Kaylene Seigle: "Ed is dedicated to providing an excellent education for all Virginia students. I'm proud to support Ed in his run for governor. He will make things better for Virginia parents, students, teachers and school leaders - Ed is the best choice for education."

Teacher Leslie Lenhert: "I appreciate the fact Ed has taken the time to listen to teachers to determine how they can be supported in the classroom. He is dedicated to putting forth policies to address the needs of ALL students."

Education Advocate Antione Green: "Ed Gillespie's heart for children and opportunity is what drives him every day. I applaud Ed for his strong leadership and big ideas. This plan is good for families, students, teachers and school leaders. Ed will be a strong governor for Virginia."

Madison County Republican Women Newsletter on VFRW website

Each month, The Blue Ridge Messenger
is posted online at the
Virginia Federation of Republican Women website.

You will also find many newsletters from other clubs there as well.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

A Political Condition

By Bob Dewey

In the early 1970's, female contraception became very effective. Women became singularly influential in the decision to have a child. This is an issue today because the Federal deficit spending is driven by the "assistance programs" targeting, in large part, single parent families.

Why, when we have such effective female contraception, are 41% of all births today out of wedlock? Why have we forsaken our heritage of self reliance and the arms of family for government domination?

A most limited glance at American political history answers from whence came the siren's call. The 1913 Progressive Movement's Constitutional Amendments, the Roosevelt "New Deal" and the Johnson "Great Society" set the stage for the application of Saul Alinsky's "Divide and Conquer" political campaign strategy which the Democratic Party has employed for decades. Republicans, while politically incompetent, hold hands with the Democrats in this matter and create the "Elite Political Establishment", better known as "The Swamp".

It is a terrible thing to find that God's gift of birth has become a political marker.
The question is, do we wish to allow this political condition to persist? The concept of marriage has been reduced from an obligation to insure that God's gift is placed in the arms of loving responsible parents, to a political theme. A lack of commitment to marriage by parents adds power to "the swamp's" station.

Approximately 25% of the Federal Budget targets welfare programs. Some 80% of that goes to single parent families. It must then be acknowledged that unwed mothers and divorced parents are a significant cause of the Federal Deficit. Is our Christian Heritage so tarnished that we find no problem with this?

When did the Halls of Congress repeal the responsibilities of our Christian Heritage? 1937, "The New Deal".

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Family Research Council Statement on Senate Vote on Motion to Proceed to Obamacare Repeal

 July 25, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Today, the Senate agreed to proceed to a debate on H.R. 1628, the House-passed American Health Care Act of 2017. In order for the Senate to debate the important elements of Obamacare's repeal and replacement, senators needed first to support a procedural motion to begin consideration of H.R. 1628. Family Research Council (FRC) scored in favor of the motion to proceed to H.R. 1628.

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins released the following statement:

"Finally, the U.S. Senate has taken a crucial step toward repealing Obamacare, redirecting dollars away from the abortion giant Planned Parenthood and putting America's healthcare system on a path to recovery. For more than 7 years, Republicans have promised the American people that they would repeal Obamacare, they did so in 2015, and now Congress finally has a president who will put his signature on the legislation.

"Family Research Council supported beginning debate on this health care legislation in order to get to amendments to repeal Obamacare with its massive expansion of subsidies for health care plans that cover elective abortion, to defund abortion organizations from mandatory spending programs and pull back on this onerous law that has harmed so many families. The motion to proceed was only the first step, and now senators need to support amendments to rid America of the moral, regulatory, and cost burden that the so-called 'Affordable' Care Act has been.

"We owe a deep debt of gratitude to the many Members of Congress who make the protection of unborn children in the context of health care reform a high priority. The eyes of the pro-life movement are now intensely focused on the U.S. Senate as they vote on amendments to repeal Obamacare and replace it without also subsidizing elective abortion. We strongly support amendments to ensure that, if abortion funding protections on credits are struck on procedural grounds, that Americans' tax dollars are redirected in a way that does not subsidize abortion coverage.

"We strongly oppose any amendments to continue funding for abortion organizations, such as Planned Parenthood. It's the moral responsibility of Republican senators to support the repeal bill and fulfill their campaign promises that helped them secure the congressional majority," concluded Perkins.

Family Research Council Praises President Trump's Decision to Focus on Military Priorities Over Obam

July 26, 2017

WASHINGTON, DC -- Family Research Council (FRC) praised President Trump's decision today rescinding the Obama era transgender policy. A Rasmussen survey released last month finds "just 23% of likely U.S. voters think the U.S. military's decision to allow openly transgender people to serve is good for the military."

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins, a Marine veteran, released the following statement:

"I applaud President Trump for keeping his promise to return to military priorities -- and not continue the social experimentation of the Obama era that has crippled our nation's military. The military can now focus its efforts on preparing to fight and win wars rather than being used to advance the Obama social agenda.

"President Trump recognizes what the nation's military leadership and the American people realize, this Obama policy makes no sense.

"The last thing we should be doing is diverting billions of dollars from mission-critical training to something as controversial as gender reassignment surgery. However, the cost to readiness, recruitment, retention, morale and cohesion would have been even greater under the Obama policy. As our nation faces serious national security threats, our troops shouldn't be forced to endure hours of transgender 'sensitivity' classes and politically-correct distractions like this one.

"Now that we are assured that the Defense Department has its fiscal priorities in order, Family Research Council withdraws our opposition to increasing the budget of the Department of Defense through the 'Make America Secure Appropriations Act' and looks forward to seeing that legislation pass," concluded Perkins.

Transgender Policy Could Cost Military Billions Over Ten Years

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Participate in the Good of the Country

By Robert Klaus


1. I don't know if the Rappahannock News is really ready for another debate, but I could not leave this cute partisan contortion unanswered ("A Prince…", Comment, RN 13 July, 2017).  First, let me commend Mr. Gorfein, who has again demonstrated that he is capable of reading our founding documents.  Not a lot of citizens today are aware that the bulk of The Declaration of Independence is an enumeration of England's breaches of contract, which was the legal basis for our decision to separate.  Unfortunately, he neglects to first understand those introductory philosophical paragraphs which frame the arguments, so his musings are myopic.


First, he is critical of President Trump's supposed imperious ("rule" not "govern") approach; this without even a blush from a supporter of the guy who ruled by "I don't need Congress; I've got a pen and a phone", violating his own statements of the limits of executive authority.


Hank still has not been able to digest the fundamental premise of The Declaration: EACH person is endowed with God-given rights, and proper government exists to guard THOSE innate rights.  (I apologize to those who need a "safe-space" from this language, but the document says "endowed by their Creator.")  A government that violates that paradigm is not exercising "just powers".  Therefore, this society cannot have taxpayer-financed healthcare, where government forcibly takes one citizen's "pursuit of happiness" and gives it to another citizen; this violates that first-order principle.  Hence, "repeal[ing] the ACA" without replacement, bemoaned by Mr. Gorfein, only fulfills the primary tenet of our founding document; it is not a capricious imperious gesture (I wish; the Republican proposals so far all leave swaths of ACA in place.).


The problem conservatives have with the ACA is not only its current implosion, but the precedent of arbitrarily taking citizen's rights, which could be extrapolated to domains even Mr. Gorfein might object to (if 10% of your earnings "should" support someone else's healthcare, why not 25%?  40%?  How about for elective rhinoplasty?)  Until Mr. Gorfein can appreciate this not-subtle nuance of our government, his other complaints cannot be considered seriously, so I won't bother to challenge the individual merits of his other complaints.


2.  ("Trump a Troubled Man", Comment, RN 13 July, 2017)  Ms. Bynum needs to visit the Constitution: the House, not the the Senate, prepares articles of impeachment (Article 1, Section 2: right in front!  Read it sometime).


The "20 Million Americans" who will be deprived of healthcare (this number varies widely) was assessed a few months ago by the GAO as 14 million, of which 11 million were able-bodied adults without dependent children who had been added to the Medicaid dole in lieu of getting a job and paying for their own healthcare.  A large portion of the remainder are, for instance, nuns who don't want abortion coverage, and healthy young males who prefer to pay for a gym membership than for healthcare they won't use.  I am sorry if your friends want benefits they don't pay for, but that "want" does not create a "right" for them nor an "obligation" for me.


You complain President Trump is not qualified.  The last President, who was a career Community Organizer (!!), was tapped for political promotion by a self-acknowledged and un-repentant terrorist, inserted into State legislature for which his participation was mostly voting "Present" for the half-term he served, promoted to national office by political conniving which torpedoed the opposition at a critical juncture of the campaign (deftly, if not honorably, done), and then spent most of his abbreviated U.S. Senate career campaigning for president.  Please explain to me how this individual was more qualified than a man who built very successful businesses in a competitive real estate development market.  Embarrassing us to the world?  Contrast the un-paralleled reception President Trump received from 50 diverse Muslim-majority nations' rulers to President Obama's deference to the Saudi king.  Etc..


I do not believe that you are concerned about the "greater good of this country and of this world"; I believe you are part of a group of people who are OBSESSED (ponder that specific word choice) that the venal, flawed, self-absorbed candidate that the DNC cultivated could possibly have lost.  Get over it; participate in the good of the country instead of your choreographed petulance.  Or emigrate.

August 2nd: Invitation: AFP trip to hear House Freedom Caucus Chair Mark Meadows

Announcing a great opportunity to hear the Chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, Congressman Mark Meadows, in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, August 2nd.


Americans for Prosperityis working with Congressman Meadows and the House Freedom Caucus to advance key, pro-growth tax reforms.  And, we need your help in DC to let Chairman Meadows know he has our support.


Americans for Prosperity is providing a full complimentary tripto the incredible Newseum on Pennsylvania Avenue on Wednesday, August 2nd.  Our visit to D.C. includes:

·        Seating in the Newseum Knight Broadcast Studio for our keynote event with Congressman Meadows, AFP President Tim Phillips and others.

·        Free round-trip bus transportation from Charlottesville and Harrisonburg

·        Complimentary on-board breakfast and lunch at the Newseum

·        Free ticket to tour the amazing Newseum after the program



Register today to reserve your seat!  Click this link to complete your FREE registration and select your bus pick-up location:


Bus pick-up locations for Wednesday, August 2nd:

8:00am  Harrisonburg:  Harrisonburg Crossing at Barnes & Noble parking area.

9:15am  Charlottesville:  Hilton Garden Inn on Route 250-East/Pantops Mountain.


Learn more about the Newseum experience:


Register soon to be a part of advancing economic freedom for America!


For Freedom,


Flint Engleman | Western Region Senior Director | Americans for Prosperity-Virginia

m: 540.226.4591 | e:  

Saturday, July 22, 2017

The Path to Freebies

By Bob Dewey

The wisdom of our Founders is finally being recognized. The purpose and constraint of the "Enumerated Powers" provision in the Constitution has been made clear. A "Freebee" is hard to take back. The "Enumerated Powers" offered no "Freebees" to the voting public. Our public policy is now awash in "Freebees".

The path to our current "Freebee" station is clear. 1913 was a banner year. Both the 16th Amendment, which destroyed the marriage between taxation and representation, and the 17th Amendment, which effectively silenced the political voice of the Sovereign States in the Congress, were ratified. 1937 brought us the Supreme Court approval of the "New Deal" and the destruction of the "Enumerated Powers". Remember the "Court packing" threat. 1964 presented us with the "Great Society" gaggle of "Freebee" legislation. 2010 gifted us with the "Student Loan" and "Obamacare" legislation "Freebee" merger. The nation was but one step away from total dominance by the "Elite Political Establishment".

Contrary to the apparent beliefs of the two political marketing companies, the Democrat and Republican political parties, the American People understood that there was something wrong. Remember the over half a million person turnout of "Tea Partyers" on the Washington Mall in 2010 and the loss of the House to Republicans. The tide was turning. Down the escalator came a guy who said "Make America Great Again". Despite the stacking of the primary list with 16 other candidates and the political hijinks by the Republican Party, he won. The last step to political dominance by the "Elite Political Establishment" was, on 8 November 2016, left hanging in mid air.

The problem recognized by our Founders was simple, no "Freebees". The political issue today is not Obamacare. It is how to wean "We the people" off of "Freebees".

"Freebees" ain't free.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Family Research Council to Host Michael Stokes Paulsen for Discussion on Objections to Religious Lib

July 18, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- On Friday, July 21, Michael Stokes Paulsen, a distinguished University Chair & Professor of Law at the University of St. Thomas, will give a lecture at Family Research Council headquarters on the main controversies toward religious liberty due to society's declining acceptance of the religious premises upon which the First Amendment was written.

Professor Paulsen is the author of more than 90 scholarly articles and book chapters on a wide variety of constitutional law topics, and one of the nation's leading scholars on the U.S. constitutional law of religious liberty. In Professor Paulsen's presentation, he will share what he thinks are the four chief objections to religious liberty and provide possible responses to each objection.

Michael will be on hand after the lecture for a Q&A session on the issues impacting religious liberty in our culture today.

WHO: Michael Stokes Paulson
WHAT: Family Research Council Speaker Series
WHERE: Family Research Council headquarters, 801 G Street, N.W. Washington, DC 20001
WHEN: Friday, July 21st at 12:00 PM Eastern

Watch the lecture on Facebook Live.