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Some personal observations and reflections about the ultimate
take-over of the Virginia Republican Party RPV, by the TeaParty,
that was completed with Irrational Exuberance at the Richmond Republican
Convention of 2013.
The outcome of that
Convention was the selection of candidates that resulted in the loss to the
Democrats of the Governor, Lt. Governor and Attorney General. This is in addition to both US Senators now
Democrats and the subsequent special elections have given control of the Va.
Senate to Democrats.
In the last national
election the TeaParty Leaders ran Sharron Angle (instead of a so-called
organization candidate) against Harry Reid which sealed the Senate for
Democrats, and with Mark Warner’s able assistance, sealed the vote for
ObamaCare and lots of other regressive wrong-headed actions we will be living with
TeaParty Leaders support candidates who do NOT appeal to: Most Republicans, Lots of Independents and
Some Reagan Democrats; and they like to select them at caucuses and conventions
instead of inclusive open primaries.
From the numerous Emails I
am receiving, from around the country, it appears the TeaParty Leadership
are now busy locating any surviving Moderate Republican Senators, Congressmen
and local Officials so that they might “help” them as well.
Perhaps one of our Lady
Delegates can come up with yet another Magic-Wand that can help the Democrats
totally convenience voters that Republicans really do dislike women. And while we’re at it let’s bring-in
Pennsylvania Loser Rick Santorum
to convince voters that we’re really not
interested in governing, we just want to proselytize about ideology and litmus
tests and labels like Rhinos.
Also, let’s shut-down the
government again and suffer more nonproductive self-inflected wounds just to
demonstrate how pain-tolerant we are.
The current view expressed by some of my
TeaParty-Fundamentalist friends is that we’re losing elections because we’re
not conservative enough! That certainly isn't clear to me.
Winning Battles and then losing the War is NOT a plan
You can’t drive a train from the caboose or win a
game from the bleachers!
Storms Never Last: Jessi Colter
and Waylon Jennings
You have to be in it, to win it!
Disunion = the splitting up of something into separate
smaller parts or groups
Schadenfreude = German
for pleasure derived from the misfortunes of others.
The content and
tenor of the “State of The Union”
was a sad occasion for all Americans.
Instead of a
“United” States of America we are now “Divided” into groups aligned by
economic, social, political, ethnic and religious interests without the
positive leadership necessary to bring these elements together for the good of
all. We are now closer to the state of
the union in 1860 and we are very far from that “Shining City
on The Hill”.
It would have been better for the country if Obama had
forgone his speech last PM and instead used the joint meeting of Congress to
address the list of jobs and economic growth bills that the House has
He could have used positive
leadership to establish the priority of the bills and then he and the Senate
and the House could have negotiated and enacted good bills for the welfare of
everyone in our country.
Now that we’ve banished God from our midst, it’s probably a
little late to call upon his help and good Grace.
How sad is that!
Roanoke Times, 1-28-2014, Pg
6: Conserve power as cold hits, utility asks
Today, Jan 28, 2014 is yet
another very cold day in the South with no wind, no sun and therefore no alternative
power can be supplied by our local grid, PIM, that serves 61 million people in
13 area states.
It’s unlikely Obama will focus on these facts during his State of The Union tonight; he and his minions and Pravda Media are very selective.
Obama will likely continue
to hype his war on the discredited hypothesis of man-made global warming and
climate change AGW that he claims can be won with solar panels and wind
turbines. Really? Apparently it’s a good thing he hasn’t been
able to shut down all our current power plants already!
Like most of Obama’s other failed
initiatives, his war on our current utility power infrastructure systems will
result in massive additional problems and not positive solutions.
It’s difficult to find
examples of prior administrations that have been so misdirected and inept.
-What Catastrophe? MIT’s Richard Lindzen, the unalarmed climate scientist
Click through these links for a realistic view of this
Tuesday is scheduled to be The State of The Union Day.
However, that program will be interrupted for a presentation
of all the reasons why our current national challenges are NOT the
responsibility of the occupant of the White House who has performed so miserably
for the past five years.
The American People are well aware of The State of The Union
A January 2013 Poll of The American People indicates:
Obama Job 42% 53%
No measurement is starker or more foreboding than the
January Jobs Report:
Jobs = Need 200,000, Expect 120,000, Got 74,000, Lost 374,000
The early news from Obama’s minions is that he will seize
additional power through “executive action” because he can’t unilaterally get
his agenda enacted. Apparently the “Constitutional
Professor” has not yet grasped the concepts embedded in The Constitution. How sad is that!
The House of Representatives has passed numerous bills that
address the major issues clouding our economic recovery. All Professor Obama need do is call Harry
Reid and his Democrat associates in the Senate and address these job and
economic stimulating initiatives:
Roanoke Times, 1-23-2014, Pg 8: Costly do-nothing government
by a “Professor Emeritus” of political science at Hollins University
We are so impressed to see Obama’s current talking points
about “wealth inequality” being regurgitated by a distinguished academic at a
Lacking in both their hyperbole are two salient points:
1. Obama has been in office five years and his policies are a
key component of the economic problems we now suffer.
2. The key to personal wealth is JOBS STUPID!
Perhaps they both should focus on the latest jobs results
after five years of Obama’s failed on-the-job-training and relate that to “wealth
Obama Jobs =
Need 200,000, Expect 120,000, Got 74,000, Lost 374,000
Obama and the good Professor clearly are not supporters of the
American Free Enterprise System and the associated focus on stimulating small
business creation and expansion!
Or as Obama said at Fire House # 1: You didn’t build that –
with the associated implication that it’s the “government” that is the
important element in our economy.
Of course it’s understandable that tenured professors and street
organizers would not be enamored with “real jobs”; like I worked at for over 40
That “tenured” thing sure makes
socialism a nice warm reality! Good for you Professor!
The following chart contains just a sample of the job bills
that have been passed by the House, none of which has the Democrat Senate even
discussed. Perhaps Obama and the Professor
could focus on these constructive bills as a starting point for getting our
people back to work and thereby improving their family condition, assets and
Some thoughts about the current effort in the Virginia
Legislature (SB507 & HB194) to change the political party nominating
Currently an "office holding incumbent" has the option to
choose between a primary and a convention to get their party's endorsement for
The party organization makes that decision (choice) for potential new
candidates seeking party endorsement. A new potential candidate
may have to present his/her case for a primary to the "party insiders" who are theoretically supposed to remain neutral until the voting is complete.
Conventions are attended by representatives of the local
party organizations where they vote for a party nominee for a specific
office. Those attending and voting in
the convention are chosen at party caucuses and are not bound or required to vote for any particular candidate and
they are not required to report back to their "caucus unit" explaining how they voted or
why they voted the way they did. For
state level office the conventions are typically held in Richmond, thereby requiring significant
travel for most attendees.
Primaries are usually of two types: fire-house and full
district-wide. Fire-house primaries are
run by the local party organizations and RPV and are limited to a few voting
locations and may be limited in voting time.
Several years ago in Franklin
County there were only 2
locations open out of 23 and the time was limited from 3 PM to 6 PM. Hardly an inclusive venue, especially for
working and rural people in a county 30 miles by 36 miles.
Full district-wide primaries are typically managed by the formal county
election commission with locations and times prescribed by the Commonwealth and are usually audited and monitored by party
A complicating factor in party politics in Virginia is that there is no provision for
formal Party Enrollment in which only enrolled party members may vote. Therefore primary voting can be done by any
registered voters in the district in any primary without regard to party
loyalty or affiliation.
Many Virginians have a very keen view of personal voting. Delegating their vote to a person, chosen at a caucus, who
is not committed to vote for a particular candidate and who has no obligation
to report back with who they voted for and why they voted that way may not be viewed as an
acceptable representative process.
It appears that is the focus of the current debate in Richmond.
It's of interest that The Constitution does not directly address Political Parties.
I am one of those persons who like and want to vote in an
inclusive open primary whenever possible.
The negatives of these primaries is that they are expensive
and disrupt the schools where many polling places are located – however – they
are the most democratic and inclusive method of selection for all voters because
of convenient known locations and timing and formal management.