RPV and our Judeo-Christian Principles – a divided house cannot stand
Dear Delegates to the RPV State Convention,
Right now, the RPV is a house dangerously divided upon itself. On one hand, the RPV must recruit new voters among the conservatives in single issue and ethnic groups that we have not yet served, if we are to survive. On the other hand, a small but significant segment of the RPV fears that non-European, non-Christian groups inside the U.S. are a potential threat.
A lot of good folks are scared of extremists right now. I know the threat first-hand. I spent 7 years of my professional life in the Middle East, fighting Islamic extremism, including 3+ years on the front lines in the war zones. I have seen first-hand what Islamic extremists can do. And, I volunteered to go to their home turf to take the fight to them before they bring it to the U.S.
So, in the face of that specter, how do we protect the U.S., but hold to our conservative ideals? To me, we need to use the strategy that I learned in the Marine Corps: Hold to our values and go after the enemy with an all-out fight.
Our political system and our values are based on Judeo-Christian principles. Our country is founded on the idea that we have inalienable rights that come from our Creator, not man. It is woven into the fabric of our Constitution. If one accepts the Constitution, which I swore to defend, one accepts those principles.
Another cornerstone of our freedom is we do not have a State religion. Our Founding Fathers wisely did this to avoid the centuries of politico-religious wars that convulsed the Europe that they had just fled. Our Founders could not imagine a society and a government without religion, but adamantly insisted that government had to stay out of religion.
Conservative principles state we deal with people as individuals, not tribes or sects or groups. That is why our Constitution does not start with “We, the states…” or “We, the ethnic groups…”. It starts with “We, the people…”
So, how do we cut this Gordian knot? We need effective law enforcement and intelligence agencies to deal with those who threaten us, and we need education and engagement to deal with the culture wars. But we need to treat people as individuals and bring into the fold everyone that accepts our Constitution, our values, our culture, and the Republican Creed. We need their support and they need our protection. That is how we bring our house back together. When we do that, we will start winning elections again.
Chairman, Lancaster County Republican Party
Candidate, Chairman of the RPV
More Information on Dirty Trick Texting
We are seeing continued text messages being sent to delegates attacking Rich Anderson, and being attributed by the sender to Mike Schoelwer’s supporters. These are not coming from any part of Mike’s Campaign. They are gross distortions or outright lies, and we share Rich Anderson’s strong condemnation of the messages and the senders. We will not have anything to do with these tactics.
We have asked the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to investigate, and are proving them with all the phone numbers (we have 5 of these), and copies of the text messages.
Note that by forwarding the text message to a short code, 7726, which spells SPAM, it will allow the cell phone carrier that is being used to take steps to limit this numbers ability to text. If anyone has further details on this unacceptable practice, please contact us or the Anderson campaign.
RPV State Conventions – Polling Locations
The information below is as of Aug 10th from the RPV website, but things may still change. It is best to check with your local GOP Unit to confirm the location where you will vote.
Delegates may cast ballots only at the polling location in which the unit they represent is listed (All delegates from a particular unit vote at the same polling location; Congressional Districts are listed for convenience; split units will vote in the District in which they have the highest Republican Party Voting Strength unless the unit requested a different polling place; please use the chart to verify your polling location)
- Meadow Event Park, 13191 Dawn Blvd, Doswell VA 23047 (CD 1)
- Law Enforcement Training Center, 411 Integrity Way, Virginia Beach VA 23451 (CD 2)
- Windsor Town Center, 23361 Courthouse Highway, Windsor VA 23487 (CD 3, CD 4)
- Tree of Life Ministries, 2812 Greenview Dr, Lynchburg VA 24502 (CD 5, Zones 2 and 3)
- Madison County High School, 68 Mountaineer Ln, Madison VA 22727 (CD 5, Zone 1)
- Augusta County Government Center, 18 Government Center Dr, Verona VA 24482 (CD 6 North)
- Salem Civic Center, 1001 Roanoke Blvd, Salem VA 24153 (CD 6 South)
- Atlas 42, 4032 Cox Rd Ste A, Glen Allen VA 23060 (CD 7)
- National Right to Work Building, 8001 Braddock Road, Springfield, Virginia 22160 (CD 11)
- Wytheville Meeting Center, 333 Community Blvd, Wytheville VA 24382 (CD 9)
- EIT, 309 Kelly’s Ford Plaza SE, Leesburg VA 20175 (CD 10)
- The Coal Yard, 205 S Henry St, Alexandria VA 22314 (CD 8)
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