the Promised Land. In
his lifetime, Martin Luther King empowered
African-Americans. By his death, he stimulated Southern,
evangelical whites to search their hearts and embrace
all children of God.
Ann Davis. 1950
Americans are conflicted on the issue of illegal
immigration: torn between compassion for poor,
struggling newcomers and respect for the Rule of Law.
String of Fish.
assortment of political observations as varied as
catfish and trout, bass and shad...
Party Divided Shall Stand.
in the Republican Party is a sign of healthy struggle
between the People and politicians who have been
co-opted by the political system.
to the Camera.
Roads voters need to ask their public officials a few
tough questions before deciding whether or not to create
an unelected, unaccountable regional transportation
Reasons to Read Rosetta 6.2.
Bowden plugs his newly published novel, a
spiritual/political thriller set in the near future.
the Hokie Nation.
massacre at Virginia Tech was a horror, but tragedy and
evil confronts us daily in lesser numbers. The answer is
GOP transportation plan isn't just bad policy, it's bad
politics. Republicans are fast losing credibility as the
party of low taxes and small government.
Transportation Tax Panic.
transportation package backed by House and Senate
Republicans would raise taxes and create unaccountable
regional governments -- just to help the GOP survive the
the GOP Lost its Majority.
became the majority party in Virginia by hewing to their
small-government principles. They will revert to the
minority by abandoning those same principles.
Conservative of Conscience.
Gilmore can win the GOP nomination for president because
he embraces the conservative positions that appeal to
Humblest Apologies. While
we're begging forgiveness for slavery, genocide and
other assorted sins of our ancestors, there are a few
other offenses that Virginians should express contrition
am driven to write -- partly as a form of self
expression, but mostly in defense of values
threatened by secular humanists and totalitarian
& Mary vs the Cross.
expression is great for everyone -- except Christians.
The removal of the cross from William & Mary's Wrenn
Chapel is just one more reminder of academe's hostility
2006 elections were bad news for Republicans but not
necessarily for Conservatives.
Reasons to Vote Against
Jim Webb. They
all start with, "He can't be trusted."
Votes in the First District.
know you've been waiting breathlessly to hear how I'll
be voting in November. The suspense is over at last.
Yes to Marriage!
are ten reasons to protect the institution of
marriage in the Virginia Constitution.
you like the idea of taxation without
representation... if you're looking to enrich your
cronies without public oversight... you'll love
the idea of regional government.
Reasons to Vote for Allen.
taxes and immigration to judges and World War IV, Sen.
George Allen stands on the right side of the issues.
Real Race Problem.
is worse: calling someone "macaca" or painting
whites as racists in order to perpetuate the cult of
victimhood and keep minorities on the liberal
Taxes to Work.
use the state budget surplus to set up Commonwealth
Trust accounts, funds every citizen can use to offset a
portion of their health care expenses.
choice is simple: Does Virginia want to treat all
citizens equally or does it want to treat Virginia
Indians as a special classes of citizens to assuage
are good reasons for Virginia to define marriage
as between a man and a woman. It is the best
institution yet devised for raising healthy,
candidate Jim Webb exerts a strong, gut appeal for many
Republican constituencies. He could give Sen. George
Allen a good run for his money.
Will Come Soon".
June is a time to celebrate life, youth and
rites of passage -- and a time to count our
blessings as free men.
You Say "President" Allen?
voting against the illegal-alien "Shamnesty"
bill, George Allen is all but guaranteed the GOP
presidential nomination. He stands with 60 percent of
the electorate on all the big issues.
Senate Republicans who worked out a proposed regional
transportation authority are the same geniuses who
thought up the Transportation Tax Scam that voters
rejected in 2002.
Law and Order.
law the politicians can't repeal is the law of supply
and demand. If lawmakers want lower gasoline prices,
they must increase supply or moderate demand. Nothing
to Choose: Are
You a Peasant or a Patriot? The royals
running Virginia's House of Lords, er, Senate,
think the populace is too supine to protest
another tax increase.
all play money to the economic geniuses in the
state Senate. The senators' transportation-
financing plan doesn't make a lick of economic
Truth Shall Set You Free. Ever
wonder why life seems so hard? The problem isn't
outsourcing, or even automation. It's government
taking an ever-bigger share of Americans'
Me Before I Tax Again. Not
content with imposing a record tax increase in
2004, Virginia's Imperial Senate proposes outdoing
its meager effort with another, even bigger round.
Reasons Not to Raise Taxes. Apparently,
some GOP legislators need to have it explained why
they shouldn't raise taxes. Here's a list of
reasons to start with.
on Spending. Still
don't believe there's room to cut the state budget?
Start with $68,000 on alcoholic beverages in the
Department of Education. And that's just the tip of the
Good Year for Virginia.
tax hikers and the secular humanists are
overreaching. They can't get away with much more
without pushing a majority of Virginians into
saying, "Enough is enough!"
Winter Solstice to You.
not enough to respect minority religions. It's not
enough to practice separation of church and state.
Now some York County educators are driving
Christmas out of the schools.
A Conservative Hero.
need not apply.
Could Be Worse.
Kaine may be liberal, but he's also pragmatic. The
Commonwealth will survive the next four years
while Republicans figure out what they really
Call to Vote.
are good reasons to vote the Republican ticket
Nov. 8. Get out there and do it!
Water, Clear Politics.
candidates do everything they can to obscure the facts.
There's a good reason for that: The facts don't support
for a Faux Independent. Randy
Gilliland, a 91st House district candidate, is a
Democrat in an Independent's clothing. Here are 10
questions he should answer.
in the Gear.
moneyed interests and political establishment
have failed for years to get rid of true-blue
conservative Tom Gear, R-Hampton. In 2005, they're
giving it one more shot.
for Tax Reform.
abomination labeled "tax reform" in 2004 was
anything but. The basic principles underlying Virginia's
tax code should include fairness, appropriateness and
explore a new principle of state/local taxation:
People should pay based upon how hard they use and
abuse Virginia's finite resources of land, water
Pleasing Primary. The
pundits have written off the June '05 primary as a
loss for the low-tax movement. Let them believe
what they want. The movement is gaining
All About Taxes. It
matters who wins the Republican primary. Get out
Tax Scam. Only
six long-shot challengers are contesting the 16
House Republicans who voted last year for tax
increases. It looks like the tax grifters will get
away with a $1.5 billion swindle.
While Black. Now
that Confederate history month is over, maybe the
racial grievance mongers will let up a while--and
let black people turn their attention back to
earning a piece of the American pie.
Old Growth Strategy. Just
imagine: Bands of old growth forest criss-crossing
Virginia, accessible to hikers, bikers and
horseback riders. Truly a project for the
Shade of Terri Schiavo. Important
issues have surfaced in the Kaine-Kilgore
race, but as the judicial murder of Terri
Schiavo drives home, none are as vital as
halting the tyranny of unelected judges.
on Power. Between
tax increases and economic growth, state
government revenues are growing 13 percent this
year. But to some in the General Assembly, that's
still not enough.
the Virginia GOP stands for everything from higher
taxes to tax cuts, does it really stand for
anything? Does anything unite the party
beyond a hunger for power?
Supervision Advised. The
Higher Ed lobby defines the "charter"
university issue as all about money. But
Virginia citizens must guard against educrats
imposing an unwelcome brand of political correctness.