Regional Chairman Flyer

Well, here is our little brochure for tonight’s meeting or meetings.  I say meeting or meetings because late yesterday I found out that I my be in the Central Region instead of the Southern Region.  Thus, the flyer has the generic “Regional Vice Chairman” instead of “Vice Chairman for the Central Region” or “Vice Chairman for the Southern Region.”  Regardless of the outcome, I will go to the Botetourt meeting tonight.  However, if I am in the Southern Region, then I will go to the Botetourt and Roanoke County meetings.  Party politics certainly is interesting!

That said, if I end up in the Central Region, I will need the help of my friends in Lynchburg, Amherst, Bedford, Botetourt, City of Lexington, and Rockbridge, among perhaps a few other localities.  I will post more information as soon as I can.

(P.S. — Keep in mind, this is a tri-fold. So, it may look a little weird when viewed like this, but hopefully it makes more sense when printed!)

Much Will Depend Upon What We Now Decide

“I see the awful immensity of the dangers with which it is pregnant.—I see it—I  feel it.—I see beings of a higher order, anxious concerning our decision.  When I see beyond the horizon that binds human eyes, and look at the final consummation of all human things, and see those intelligent beings which inhabit aetherial mansions, reviewing the political decisions and revolutions which in the progress of time will happen in America, and consequent happiness or misery of mankind—I am led to believe that much of the account on one side or the other, will depend on what we now decide.”  As Henry spoke, a terrible storm rose outside the hall.  Fierce winds and roaring thunder forced him to conclude his speech.  Frightened members scurried to take cover.  For Henry’s biographer William Wirt, the “spirits whom he had called, seemed to have come at his bidding.”  (From Patrick Henry: First Among Patriots, pgs. 206-207)

Patrick Henry gave the speech partly quoted above at Virginia’s convention on the ratification of the Constitution.  It is a little known fact that Patrick Henry, George Mason, and others in Virginia opposed the Constitution.  They feared that it provided the federal government with too much power, and that the state governments would eventually be overwhelmed by it. [click to continue…]

My Grandmother’s Misplaced Hope

In school I was given an assignment to interview someone who lived through the Great Depression.  As a young boy more concerned with Kentucky basketball than United States history, I did not necessarily appreciate the assignment.  As a grown man, it has become both a treasured memory and an ominous warning.

To fulfill the requirements of the assignment, I decided to interview my maternal grandmother, Jessie Rose.  My grandmother was born on December 7, 1930.  She grew up in rural eastern Kentucky.  Her father died when she was a young girl, and times were hard for her family.  She remembered winters where all of the meat and vegetables were gone and for months they had only lard and flour to eat.

She would work in the fields as hard as any man, my mom used to say, and then go in and cook for her family and all of the work hands.  She, like the generations before her, managed to somehow scratch a living out of the hills of Appalachia. [click to continue…]

Time to Get Involved: Upcoming Republican Party Meetings and Conventions

As I am sure everyone knows, the political season is really heating up.  That said, I have become convinced that we (and by “we,” I mean true pro-life, pro-family, limited government, pro-Constitution, Christian conservatives) must get involved in the political process.

A big part of the process goes on behind the scenes in the local political party meetings and conventions.  Enormously important issues are decided in these meetings and conventions, and I am getting involved and I would encourage everyone else to consider getting involved as well.  If we don’t, I fear that America is going to go the way of Europe.  We have already gone way too far down this path, and the only hope is for large numbers of people to get active in the process at all levels.  Voting, yes, of course, everyone should vote, but involvement beyond just showing up and voting is what is needed.

If you are interested in doing that, here are some ways to get active.  First, you should attend your local Republican Party mass meetings.  At these mass meetings, delegates to the 6th Congressional District Convention and State Convention are elected, often new party leadership is elected, candidates for various offices are nominated, etc.  Here is a list of some upcoming meetings:

Campbell County: April 8, 2012, at 7:00 p.m., at the Board of Supervisors Room, Haberer Building, Courthouse Square, Rustburg, Virginia.  (http://campbellcountyrepublicans.com/)

Lynchburg: April 3, 2012, at 7:00 p.m., at the Lynchburg City Library Public Meeting Room, 2315 Memorial Avenue, Lynchburg, Virginia.

Bedford County: March 27, 2012, at 7:00 p.m., at the main Auditorium of the Bedford Center for Science and Technology, 600 Edmund St., Bedford Virginia.  (http://www.rpv.org/node/1203) [click to continue…]

A Biblical Definition of Love

I recently started reviewing Introductory Logic for Christian & Home Schools by James B. Nance and Douglas J. Wilson for possible use in Chrisman Christian Academy and found the following:

“[S]ome people believe that Jesus’ command to love your enemies is an absurd requirement because they are defining love to mean ‘believe the other person to be a nice person,’ when in fact they know their enemies to be quite wicked and depraved.  But biblically, love means [click to continue…]

A Gift from my Bride and a GoodRead: Patrick Henry: First Among Patriots

My lovely bride bought me a book recently that I really, really enjoyed and wanted to recommend to those of your who are interested in and enjoy such things.  It is Patrick Henry: First Among Patriots. She knows that Patrick Henry is one of my favorite Founders, and she surprised me by ordering if from Amazon for me.  She heard that the Patrick Henry Memorial Foundation (www.redhill.org) had presented Governor McDonnell with a copy.

She is a wonderful helpmeet, and I am thankful that God has given her to me.  We try to challenge and encourage one another to keep our minds fresh, flexible, active, and inquisitive, and what better accomplishes that than the gift of a good book!  (Thank you, my love, it was great!)

For those wanting a little more on the book, here is a short review that I posted on GoodReads: Patrick Henry: First Among PatriotsPatrick Henry: First Among Patriots by Thomas S. Kidd

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this book. For the most part, I found it to be very balanced and well done. There are some places where I felt like Prof. Kidd fell into some modern, politically-correct type analysis that I don’t find all that helpful. For example, Prof. Kidd seems to occaisionally accept the prevailing “wisdom” that the American War for Independence was only about money and taxes. [click to continue…]

Tax Reform Proposal #2: Eliminate Corporate Income Taxes

As promised, here is my second tax reform proposal: do away with the corporate income tax.  Now, I know, this is politically unpopular because we all love a good populist “stick it to the man” type thing, but hear me out.

To begin, remember my criteria for tax reform: justice and honesty.  Fairness is not listed because fairness just seems to mean whatever the proposer wants, which is far too subjective to be a workable standard.

Now, how would eliminating taxes on “big corporations” help with justice and honesty in our tax policy?  Actually, it would help on a number of fronts. [click to continue…]

Living Without Faith in the Ultimate Victory of Something

In a powerful part of his excellent book Law and Revolution, Harold Berman notes the importance of eschatology and a faith in the ultimate victory of something to a people.  He writes:

Rosenstock-Huessy has shown how the belief in an end-time, the end of the world, had influenced the great revolutions of Western history.  Each of those revolutions translated the experience of death and regeneration into a different concept of the nation and of the church.  When Christian eschatology was discarded by the Enlightenment and by liberal theology [click to continue…]

Tax Reform Proposal #1: Eliminate Social Security and Medicare Taxes

In last night’s State of the Union address, President Obama had a lot to say about “fairness” in the tax code.  I must admit that I don’t know too much about “fairness.”  My kids talk about it sometimes, at least the younger ones do.  It goes like this, “that’s not fair!”  Which, when properly translated, means “that didn’t go the way that I wanted it to go.”  My feeling is that President Obama’s populist, tax-code fairness statements are just more sophisticated versions of the way little kids use the word.  So, translated, his statements go something like this, “the tax code just isn’t set up the way that I want it to be set up!”

So much for fairness as a standard as far as I am concerned.  Fairness is in the eye of the beholder.  It is an unworkable as a standard for policy because it is too subjective. [click to continue…]

The Ministerial Exception is Alive and Well

I was pleased today to hear that the U.S. Supreme Court, in Hosana-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School v. EEOC, 565 U.S. ______ (2012), upheld the so-called ministerial exception to the nation’s employment discrimination laws.  For those of you who don’t know what the ministerial exception is, on page 13 of the slip opinion, which can be found here, Chief Justice John Roberts wrote: “Since the passage of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U. S. C. §2000e et seq., and other employment discrimination laws, the Courts of Appeals have uniformly recognized the existence of a ‘ministerial exception,’ grounded in the First Amendment, that precludes application of such legislation to claims concerning the employment relationship between a religious institution and its ministers.”  (You can read about the case here and here.) [click to continue…]