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A few thoughts on last nights state and local elections.

- Terry McAuliffe will be the Governor of Virginia for the next four years and pending a recount in which Obenshain was trailing by around 600 votes, Republicans will be completely shut out of statewide office in Virginia. Takeaway: if either party want to win statewide office, they must take Loudoun. Right now, for whatever reason, Loudoun is voting for Democrats for statewide office and Republicans for local office. With Mark Warner and Tim Kaine now firmly in place in the Senate, I don’t see much of a prospect for Republicans for a while in those elections. They can however try again in 2017 for the Governor’s office.

- Judging by the onslaught of ads and signs and general lack of enthusiasm I saw for Cuccinelli around Northern Virginia, I thought that McAuliffe would win by around the same margin as Northam over Jackson (55%-45%). This is not the “wipeout” that I am hearing some in the media (specifically those on Morning Joe)  present it as this morning. However, a loss is a loss.

- Loudoun, in spite of going with McAuliffe by about 5 points, voted for all Republican delegates, albeit by slim margins. David Ramadan won by around 200 votes – better than the 50 votes he won by last time around.

- I was surprised to see that Barbara Comstock, who wants to replace Frank Wolf if he ever retires, barely squeaked by.

- I predict that Chris Christie’s big victory in New Jersey and Cuccinelli’s better than expected showing in Virginia will only make the two sides of the Republican voters double down. Nationalist Republicans will point to New Jersey and want to alienate those who want nothing to do with the Leviathan. On the other hand, conservatives will point out that if the nationalist Republicans had supported Cuccinelli then he may have won.

“No free government, or the blessing of liberty, can be preserved to any people, but by a firm adherence to justice, moderation, temperance, frugality and virtue, and by frequent recurrence  to fundamental principles.” – George Mason, VA BOR

Did you vote yet? How was turnout where you voted?

We can also discuss results here later

Continuing on the theme of what is wrong with the so-called “conservative movement”, a friend of mine sent me this article on the Intercollegiate Review . I thought that it was so good that I simply must share it here with the rest of you. I will quote some of it, but please read the entire article there as all of it is quotable.

The most harmful maladies that afflict conservatism at present are: 1) its preoccupation with political activism, 2) the tendency to impose artificial ideological uniformity that discourages inquiry and intellectual curiosity, and 3) excessive enthusiasm for nationalism and national “greatness” that find expression through unnecessary foreign conflicts. Each malady is the product of placing excessive importance on goods that conservatives should value, and it can be cured or at least ameliorated by the moderation of those excesses.

The first malady is the tendency to treat conservatism as the ideology of a political movement, whose content will then be dictated by the needs of the moment. That makes it little more than a tool for mobilizing and misleading supporters. Treating conservatism as an ideology reduces and distorts it, ripping it away from its proper role as a philosophical persuasion and a temperament, and it compels conservatives to become obsessed with political activism to the detriment of the much more enduring work of building the culture that they want for themselves.

Please, read it all here. Many of this points get right at the heart of what I have been saying here for months. If we really want to see a true conservatism, then that will take painstaking work in our homes, churches and local civic organizations. We have to build an alternative culture that is attractive. A “conservative” culture of local community, volunteering, of ladies and gentlemen and of community involvement. A culture where we help our neighbor shovel the snow from their driveway, volunteer to be a firefighter and where we personally look out for our elderly family members and/or neighbors. All of this will not only sound good, but may even become necessary as the federal gov’t cuts back. And the strongest and most cohesive communities will be those that thrive (and I don’t necessarily mean dollar-wise).

…and if polls are to be believed (and I don’t see why not) then Terry McAuliffe is going to be our governor for the next four years. Good news is that governors in this state are limited to one 4 year term. There is no need for doomsday rhetoric. We will survive.

One of the matters that has been bothering me over the past few months is the doomsday rhetoric that is increasing in conservative ranks. One of them is Ted Cruz, who said the following at the Values Summit last week:

“We’re nearing the edge of a cliff, and our window to turn things around, my friends, I don’t think it is long. I don’t think it is 10 years. We have a couple of years to turn the country around or we go off the cliff to oblivion.”

A couple of years??? I mean, I’m not here to deny that we have many problems (we certainly do) but two years until we go off the cliff?? Some of the professional conservatives, like Glenn Beck, are hawking doomsday products and encouraging people to buy gold (while he stocks up on greenbacks).

And even if there is a Cruz presidency, he still has to work with Congress to repair the damage – unless he is talking about taking some extra-constitutional emergency measures because we are going over the cliff. He seems to be trying to build a similar cult of personality around himself as that of Obama in 2008. (“Oh please save us Ted!“)

I DO believe that a day is coming when the federal gov’t will be forced to dramatically cut spending (all of it, including military) and as a result we will experience some convulsions (especially here in the DC area where the economy is highly dependent on the Leviathan across the river). As I have stated before, I think that will mean that regular folk will have to step up where the gov’t steps out. Churches and other civic organizations will have to go back to their traditional roles in such an event. It might mean that our homes will be worth less. It might mean a simpler lifestyle. It may mean that you and several neighbors have to move to find work. It might mean that Loudoun County will no longer have the highest median income. It will be painful, but I won’t go as far as to say that the entire system will collapse on itself. That type of rhetoric only scares people and makes them more unyielding in their sense of urgency.

Likewise, I don’t like Terry McAuliffe, I will not vote for him, and I hope he loses, but I also realize that he will be gone in 2017 and the system in place will hopefully mitigate whatever damage he does.

I think that it is time for a serious self-examination within conservative circles and not just on tactical grounds. We are supposed to have respect for perspective. I also wish that Republican politicians would level with their constituents and tell them just how dependent they are on government spending and tell them what they need to do to prepare for the cuts that they are calling for (and likely will happen at some point in the future). Instead, everyone seems to think that it is someone else that is getting all the money.

It is funny that I get correspondence from both E. W. Jackson and JTHmishmash in the same day about the same issue. Now I could say that doctors shouldn’t be in politics, even though there have been many and some good ones. When you go to a doctor for a pain in your side, why would you want your doctor to become a pain in your neck because he asks if you own guns? Why should the CDC be involved in gun ownership in America? These things don’t make sense to me but political hacks do. This encompasses all the candidates running for office in Va. on the democrat side and Ralph Northam is one of the hacks. And a doctor. And a sleaze liar. You know, the normal stuff you see with dems most everywhere. I would steer you to JTH’s article on this subject and his picture with Sen. Cruz. I’m a Jackson fan for all the right reasons. He would (and will) be the best choice as Lt. Gov for all Virginians. Northam just wants to pass a political agenda at that his puppetmasters dictate. It must be lonely being mindless.

It would appear he is nothing more than a lying hustler that knows how to deprive people of their money and raise funds for his Democratic party. He hasn’t held office so he doesn’t know how to govern but he sure knows how to shuck and jive. With that, he manages to raise funds from fellow lying hustlers to make TV ads that pertain to nothing to make himself look good over his opponent. Watch the movie and read the articles. Tell your friends and low info voters. We need this guy as governor like we need foot fungus.

If you haven’t visited JTHmishmash blog before (blogroll on sidebar), I would suggest you drop by occasionally. The young man has great spirit, good insight and is trying to change the political landscape for young voters with an eyes open approach to the truth. I wish we had many more trying to serve us as he does. He’s given me permission to reproduce his letter here but I would suggest you stop by there and tell him how you feel. I’m sure he would appreciate your comments and insight.

” Mr. McAuliffe,

As a candidate for Governor, you’d probably want to talk to as many Virginians as possible before the election in November. That’s the impression I got from you when you said this back in April, at the opening of one of your campaign offices:

“If you’ve got someone to talk to me, I’ll go and talk to ya, no matter where that is”

I believe that statement is something every candidate should live by. It’s a pretty good idea, as a candidate for Governor, to give the people you’re hoping to represent a chance to meet and chat with you. After witnessing your actions, I’m beginning to get the impression that you don’t actually want to answer questions under the spotlight from average citizens in the Commonwealth.  You haven’t given us any opportunities and your campaign doesn’t even respond to my emails.  It seems to me that your actions are an opposite to your words.

Your opponent Ken Cuccinelli has been traveling all across our state trying to chat with as many people as possible. Mr. Cuccinelli has already held ten town hall events called “Community Chats with Ken”.  In fact, I just noticed the Cuccinelli campaign has added five more community chat dates to their event listing!  It’s pretty obvious that he’s making a continuous effort to get out and talk with average citizens instead of just wining and dining big money donors.

With a quick Google search I was able to find out about three separate fundraisers you’ve hosted with your wealthy connections from within Washington (and it looks like you have another one coming up soon with Hillary Clinton).  I spent even more time looking for events where citizens could have the opportunity to meet you and express their concerns, but came up empty-handed.

I guess the point here is, if you’re going to try to be our governor, you need to talk to the people first. Maybe you don’t want to answer my questions because I’m probably not going to vote for you, but at least talk to the rest of Virginia so they know what you’re about beyond the prepared statements and attack ads.

“If you’ve got someone to talk to me, I’ll go and talk to ya, no matter where that is”

Mr. McAuliffe, Virginia wants to talk with you, just give us a chance.

As I previously mentioned, I have a couple of questions for you, so if you read this, please let me know how I can ask them.  Thank you for taking the time to read this letter.

God bless.

Sincerely,

John Hill

A Voting Virginian “