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Faith Leaders: Nation's Destiny Hangs In The Balance

Need a reason to vote? You can always check this out to understand a few of the reasons why this election is important. Last week, though, several Christian leaders, including senior leadership from The Family Foundation, met in Northern Virginia to discuss the election, its importance and the role of the Christian vote (see CBN.com). Focus on the Family vice president Tim Goeglein told the meeting that this election could impact the nation's destiny as much as Abraham Lincoln's victory in 1860 or Ronald Reagan's landslide in 1980, and that evangelical Christians — who practice their faithful citizenship and vote — had the opportunity to affect that destiny. He said:

What is the future of marriage? What is the future of the sanctity and dignity of every human life? And what is the future of religious liberty and our rights of conscience? Those are giant issues and they're all at play in this election.

In the American experience and currently in the 21st century, men and women of faith constitute a very large percentage of successful candidates.

Family Foundation of Virginia President Victoria Cobb noted that conservative Christians were responsible for Governor Bob McDonnell's historic landslide in 2009, leading a conservative sweep of traditional values candidates across the state and in the legislature. As she told CBN:

Exit polls from that election revealed that more than half his supporters were self-identified evangelicals. If they show up in those same kind of numbers this year in such a crucial swing state, they could be the Americans who determine who's president.

Is that not enough of a reason to vote? That conservative, family values, Christian voters could tip one of the most important swing states and therefore the election — and therefore America's destiny? Then again, you can always watch this.

Here's the CBN News video report on the meeting, which features TFF President Victoria Cobb:

America's destiny will be determined by Christian values voters. Will you be counted on elections day? (Notice our voter guides in the frame!)

Lost In More Ways Than One (Or, The Devalued President)

This is why you should never talk politics with strangers. Or perhaps, looking at this another way, think of this (sent to me by a cousin in Atlanta) as a parable of sorts:

A woman in a hot air balloon realized she was lost. She lowered her altitude and spotted a man in a boat below. She shouted to him, "Excuse me, can you help me? I promised a friend I would meet him an hour ago, but I don't know where I am."

The man consulted his portable GPS and replied, "You're in a hot air balloon, approximately 30 feet above ground elevation of 2,346 feet above sea level. You are at 31 degrees, 14.97 minutes north latitude and 100 degrees, 49.09 minutes west longitude."

She rolled her eyes and said, "You must be a conservative."

"I am," replied the man. "How did you know?"

"Well," answered the balloonist, "everything you told me is technically correct. But I have no idea what to do with your information, and I'm still lost. Frankly, you've not been much help to me."

The man smiled and responded, "You must be an Obama liberal."

"I am," replied the balloonist. "How did you know?"

"Well," said the man, "you don't know where you are or where you are going. You've risen to where you are, due to a large quantity of hot air. You made a promise you have no idea how to keep, and you expect me to solve your problem. You're in exactly the same position you were in before we met, but somehow, now it's my fault."

Truth often is found in humor. In the Age of Obama, it is acceptable for leaders to forsake responsibility, blame their predecessors and demonize ordinary citizens (who hold no office) simply for exercising their rights to petition the government and exercise freedom of speech to espouse their views on issues (see Debra Sounders at SFGate.com). In their view, this is acceptable because they are here to be served, not serve, thus the appetite for bigger and bigger government as the answer for every problem — even as that formula has failed so demonstrably — the more government, the more they are needed to run it. Anyone getting in the way of that is trash (or at least trashable).

As blogger Kim Priestap observed recently on Facebook, the video below is prophetic (almost three million views, to boot). It has featured here many times and we gladly post it again. The circumstances are uncannily similar and appropriate to view once more given our country's current decrepit circumstances. Substitute US for UK and Barack Obama for Gordon Brown and you have America in August 2011, smack in the middle of the Age of Obama. Now, who will it be in America to be the man in the boat who stands up to the arrogance and incompetence of the balloonist . . . who will be America's Daniel Hannan?

America in the Age of Obama: A devalued country under a devalued president. 

Planned Parenthood: In Their Own (Shrieking) Words

As with yesterday's post about the NEA, where a high ranking official without shame articulated that group's real objectives (money and power) in contradiction to its stated goals of improving education, today we bring you something similar, though thoroughly crude and disturbing, by Planned Parenthood. It's a video, by our friends at Catholicvote.org, of a Planned Parenthood march and rally earlier this year. The video simply records pro-abortion radicals saying (often screaming) what they believe, while (to put it kindly) distorting what pro-lifers believe. Of course, the Mainstream Media won't embarrass its own movement by covering such nonsense (but when there's a Tea Party rally calling for commonsense spending restraint . . . you know what happens). Neither did the MSM cover this rally of "liberals" last year, where participants gladly called themselves socialists and communists. (But let a conservative call these radicals what they admit to being and the media contrives a firestorm.) Still, it's important to hear what the pro-abortion side truly believes (government funding and insurance coverage of abortion on demand), in their own (shrill) words. Nothing close to "safe, legal and rare." Of course, liberals claim that conservatives distort their positions and it is conservatives who are out of touch. But it's hard to claim Planned Parenthood is reasonable after watching this. As with the teachers union, what Planned Parenthood says (and how it acts) for public consumption and what it sincerely shrieks when it thinks no one is watching is vastly different.

"Government should fund Planned Parenthood."

"I want Planned Parenthood to be like Starbucks. I want a Planned Parenthood on every corner."

Victimization Politics

Just curious about something: Why is it when something from way back in a conservative candidate's past comes to light, or even something more recent that was taken out of context, or even something he or she has apologized for, the angry left and the mainstream media hound on him or her about it forever, no matter how irrelevant it is to the office the candidate seeks, and portrays the conservative as the most despicable human alive? But when even the slightest embarrassing revelation comes to light about a liberal candidate . . . the conservative opponent still is the meanest, most despicable human alive because, of course, he or she must have had something to do with it. Not to mention the fact that the media and left wing lionize the liberal candiate into an aggrieved, victimized hero.

Watch Values Voter Summit Live Free, Now Through Saturday!

Today and Saturday, beginning at 8:00 a.m., FRC Action is partnering with the American Family Association for a live Webcast from the 2010 Values Voter Summit. The free Webcast will feature all the action from the ballroom of the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. Watch live as our stellar lineup of speakers address the critical issues facing our country today. The speaker lineup is impressive and includes our Virginia's own, Governor Bob McDonnell and our 25th Anniversary Gala speaker, Congressman Mike Pence (R-Ind.), chairman of the House GOP Conference, as well as:

Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), Dr. Bill Bennett, Ken Blackwell, The Duggar Family, Sean Hannity, David Limbaugh, Mike Huckabee, Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Delaware Republican U.S. Senate nominee Christine O'Donnell, Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and many more respected defenders of conservative, traditional values.

View the Webcast online beginning at 8:00 a.m. each day at  ValuesVoterSummit.org. Watch live what you'll read about in the headlines later. After the summit concludes, many of the highlights and speeches are archived, so be sure to return to ValuesVoterSummit.org next week to see matters of interest that you may miss during the weekend.

Jim DeMint Learns Putting Principle First Is Praiseworthy Except When You're Conservative

Party or principle? Politicians are between that rock and hard place every time they must make a decision. However, in the mainstream media, the pundit class and to those inside the circles of power in Washington and state capitals — the "ruling class" — there seems to be a double standard for conservatives. It's really peculiar to hear liberal talking heads say what's good for the Republican Party. You hear them scoff when a conservative wins a nomination because, "only a moderate can win in" certain states. What they mean is that in nominating a "moderate" the Dems can't lose. Either their candidate wins, or they get someone who will "reach across the aisle" and help them push through their agenda. It's funny that we never hear about Democrats reaching across the aisle to help usher through conservative legislation.

Although the "ruling class" lionizes most office holders for making decisions based on principle over party, it's really ostensible praise. When a conservative Republican makes such a decision, especially when he shows true courage (in a certain case, being the only one in his caucus to stand up for a certain candidate), he is branded as destructive to the party. 

Thus, the case of Republican U.S. Senator Jim DeMint of South Carolina. He is not content to be in a Republican majority because, as he says, he was in one once before and the Republicans "embarrassed" themselves. He wants to be in a conservative majority. According to Senator DeMint, it's not good enough to be Democrat-light. It is an admirable stance but it brings with it the inevitable attacks — from both parties. The Left demonizes him as an extremist while establishment Republicans hammer him as divisive. But if you're not in it for power or to make influential friends, it's amazing how much you can do for your country. Senator DeMint's backing has led to the unheard of defeats of two GOP incumbent defeats in primaries and the victories of several more insurgent conservatives over establishment choices. It gives the lie, as explained yesterday, to the mantra that "conservatives can't win," especially in certain states.

Here's how he explains it in a mash-up from Politico.com:

Republicans "embarrassed themselves in front of the country" the last time they had a Senate majority.

Here's a more in-depth interview (5:09) yesterday on Fox News Channel.

DeMint: "Outside of Washington, Republicans have never been MORE united." While Washington tries to divide us, Americans unite over enduring Judeo-Christian, core American principles.

Congressman Stark: The Federal Government Can Do Anything It Wants, New Rasmussen Poll Shows Americans Vehemently Disagree

U.S. Representative Fortney "Pete" Stark (D-Calif.) has been in Congress close to 40 years and is one of the most hardcore leftists in the House (see Michael Tennant at The New American). He also is known for outrageous and derogatory comments that, were he a conservative, rightly would hound him out of office (see Elisabeth Meinecke at Human Events). Last year, at a town hall meeting, he told a constituent that, "I wouldn't dignify you by peeing on your leg." (See YouTube.) In June, he mocked those who want the federal government to do something it is supposed to do — secure the border — by asking, "Who are you going to kill today?" (See YouTube.) Those examples only scratch the surface. He's been known to yell at and threaten colleagues, as well. Suffice it to say, he's an arrogant bully, who does not care about anyone but himself, his radical left-wing idealogue colleagues and far left special interest power brokers.

Then, occasionally, he speaks the truth. At least the truth as he wants it. Which is instructive in that it reveals what the Leftist Ruling Class in Washington has in store, should they continue to go unchecked. You can hear for yourself what this senior member of the House thinks about unlimited federal power, an attitude likely to mean the far-left leadership of the House is likely to continue overreaching. It also demonstrates that there's only one way to curb this power — November is coming — as a new Rasmussen poll showed only 9 percent of Americans share Mr. Stark's view of American governance (see Ed Morrissey at HotAir.com). 

In the video below, from a town hall meeting two weeks ago, Congressman Stark dismissed a constituent's concern over the health care law's expansive reach into personal lives by telling her Congress is not limited by the U.S Constitution:

Congressman Stark: We have unlimited power to do whatever we want, except that which we are supposed to do.

But Mr. Stark isn't alone. According to the poll (see Rasmussen Reports), 54 percent of the political class align themselves with him (see Mark Tapscott of the Washington Examiner's Beltway Confidential blog, here). Steve Watson of PrisonPlanet.com adds that the disconnect extends to the Health Care law, too, with 83 percent of the political class supporting it and 72 percent of voters opposing it.

Who Could Follow Mike Huckabee?

How about Mike Pence! In case you missed yesterday's big announcement, we ended months of speculation as to who the mystery keynote speaker is for The Family Foundation's 25th Anniversary Celebration Gala. I am absolutely thrilled to announce that it will be Congressman Mike Pence!

Congressman Pence describes himself as "a Christian, a conservative and a Republican, in that order!" An outspoken advocate for the values we share, he has been named one of the 20 most influential conservatives in America and has repeatedly received the "True Blue Award" from the Family Research Council for his commitment to the family and sanctity of human life. An April 2006 profile in U.S. News and World Report said Pence "has emerged as a powerful force" in Congress. If you have not heard Congressman Pence speak you are in for a real treat!

We plan to make the 25th Anniversary Celebration a night to remember. For a quarter decade, The Family Foundation has been on the front lines of policy decisions in Richmond and we have much to celebrate! From parental consent to abortion to the Marriage Amendment to defunding elective abortion, our victories list is long. I hope you will join us to celebrate the legacy of Walt Barbee, Anne Kincaid and others.

The gala is Saturday, October 9, at the Greater Richmond Convention Center. Dinner is at 6:30 p.m. with a private sponsors' reception and photo line beginning at 5:15. Details for the evening are being finalized, but if you would like to be sure you receive an invitation, please e-mail your name, address and phone number to us at gala@familyfoundation.org. We also expect to announce other special activities surrounding this once-in-a-lifetime event that will make the gala a can't miss event. For more information, visit our Gala Web page or call 804-343-0010.

The invitation will include details of the sponsorship benefits including the private reception, and photo line. A discounted hotel group rate is being negotiated for people desiring to spend the night in Richmond. So please mark your calendar today and plan to be in Richmond the evening of Saturday, October 9, to hear Congressman Mike Pence at The Family Foundation's 25th Anniversary Celebration Gala!

Fimian Receives Cuccinelli Endorsement For 11th District GOP Nomination

There was more big new in the increasingly high profile Virginia Republican 11th Congressional District nomination campaign. Overshadowed by the Tea Party dominated 5th and 2nd district races, Republicans Keith Fimian and Fairfax County Supervisor Pat Herrity have methodically raised the decibel level over charges and counter charges of who has raised taxes and who's more electable in the general election against first-term incumbent Democrat Gerry Connolly. Today, Fimian made more news: Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli endorsed him. His endorsement statement reads:

Today, I am proud to endorse Keith Fimian for Congress. Keith's experience and record of creating jobs here in Northern Virginia makes him an ideal candidate to face off against Gerry Connolly this fall.

Keith is staking out the same conservative positions now as he did in 2008, and his steadfast support of the Constitution is an asset we could use on Capitol Hill. And unlike Gerry Connolly, Keith has shown that he will not change his tune to win votes. He will stand up to the Washington insiders and fight for what is right, no matter what.

As an entrepreneur, small businessman and job creator, Keith Fimian is exactly the kind of leader we need in Congress right now to turn this economy around. He will focus on creating jobs, cutting spending and he'll work hard to get government out of the way of businesses doing business. Keith Fimian is 100% pro-life — he's someone we can trust to always vote to defend our traditional values and stand up for families.

If Republicans are going to make a meaningful comeback in 2010, we need candidates like Keith who will carry their conservative principles to Congress — not return to the business-as-usual politics that lost us the majority in the first place.

Keith Fimian has the qualities and experience we need to win in November. We need Keith Fimian in Congress, and that's why he's earned my endorsement. ...

The endorsement by Cuccinelli, the most popular statewide official among conservative and libertarian activists, and a rare pol not afraid to jump in where principle matters, should be a real asset to Fimian among primary voters. Fimian, who started and runs U.S. Inspect, the nation’s largest provider of residential and commercial property inspection services, ran a spirited campaign but lost the Northern Virginia swing district to Connolly in 2008, a poisoned year for Republicans. The seat was open due to the retirement of former moderate GOP Congressman Tom Davis. It is targeted by state and national Republicans.

Virginia News Stand: April 29, 2010

Annotations & Elucidations The Comeback Continues

The last 48 hours have been good ones for the culture and religious freedom in America and Virginia. Pro-life laws in Oklahoma, a Cross allowed to stay at a memorial and, now, the reversal of a horrible and discriminatory policy in Virginia: the gag on State Police chaplains to pray in Jesus' name. Add that to the elimination of taxpayer funding of abortions in the commonwealth and tighter abortion restrictions in Nebraska, and it's been a reassuring spring in America at the state level, proving there is a movement (that gets results) looking to make its first strike back at a national government governing opposite the will of the people.

We are featured prominently in the lead, as one might expect, with four articles seeking Family Foundation response on Governor Bob McDonnell's reinstatement of the policy allowing state police chaplains to pray in public as they deem. That executive order dominates the news, but there is a curious item that slipped in the news cycle amidst all the chaplain coverage: The governor's reappointment of several Kaine administration officials, including State Police Superintendent Steven Flaherty (who needlessly started the chaplain mess, and boy musn't that been a fun conversation: Colonel Flaherty, if you want to stay, you will let them pray); Daniel Timberlake as director-Department of Planning and Budget; Richard Sliwoski as director-Department of General Services; and Patricia Wright as state superintendent of public instruction. He previously kept Secretary of Finance Ric Brown.

While they may be good folks, at first glance it seems odd to holdover people after getting elected with such a large mandate to make change in economic and education policy. One appointment we do like for certain is that of former colleague Mark Early, Jr. — his Family Foundation connection omitted from the Richmond Times-Dispatch article notwithstanding.

Among the other features in today's News Stand: Governor McDonnell's Rest of Virginia Ask The Governor from earlier today on WRVA-AM in Richmond (yesterday we had the N.Va. version), more reports on the Mojave Desert Cross decision by the U.S. Supreme Court and, speaking of the court, another case it heard regarding the privacy rights of those who signed a petition to initiate the repeal of Washington State's homosexual unions law. 

News

*Governor Lets Va. Troopers Refer to Jesus (Washington Times)

*McDonnell Rescinds State Police Prayer Policy (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot)

*Va. reinstates prayer policy for state police chaplains (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

*Va. Reinstates Prayer Policy for Police Chaplains (AP/WJZ.com)

McDonnell Reverses State Police Prayer Policy (Roanoke Times)

McDonnell reappoints several Kaine administration officials (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

McDonnell promises a statewide housing policy (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Audio

Ask The Governor (38:59) (WRVA/WRVA.com)

National News

Court skeptical on keeping petitioner IDs private (AP/GOPUSA.com)

Mojave Cross Case: A Signal on Religious Symbols (AP/FoxNews.com)

Supreme Court Allows Mojave War Memorial Cross (Los Angeles Times)

Illegal immigrants plan to leave over Ariz. law (AP/GOPUSA.com)

Democrat senators developing immigration bill (AP/GOPUSA.com)

Fla. gov. on cusp of independent bid for US Senate (AP/GOPUSA.com)

Obama warns of a 'conservative' judicial activism (AP/GOPUSA.com)

Census mail results could be trouble for 5 states (AP/GOPUSA.com)

In financial regs debate, senators look to details (AP/GOPUSA.com)

Commentary

After Policy Stumbles, Obama Turns to Politics (Michael Barone/GOPUSA.com)

Democrat Cabal Dangles Bait For Unwitting Republicans (Christopher G. Adamo/GOPUSA.com)

The National Day of Prayer: The Value of Offending (Paul A. Ibbetson/GOPUSA.com)

America's Political Grand Canyon (Debra Saunders/GOPUSA.com)

Another RINO Punch to the Conservative Gut (Bobby Eberle/GOPUSA.com)

Application Deadline For Virginia Boards And Commissions Extended

Over the last couple of weeks we've sounded the call about the opportunity to serve on the hundreds of boards and commissions that set policy for the Commonwealth. The McDonnell administration is looking to fill hundreds of positions subject to gubernatorial appointment for everything from college boards of visitors to commissions that deal on crime, sanctity of life, women's issues, education and government reform, housing, medicine, transportation and just about any aspect of policy and government that affect life in Virginia (see list here). The deadline to apply for (or nominate someone) to a board or commission originally was yesterday. However, in a letter from Director of Appointments Jennifer Aulgur yesterday afternoon, the administration announced that it is extending the application deadline one more week:  

A few weeks ago, we notified you of the new online system for applying to serve in the McDonnell administration on a board or commission.

Thank you for your cooperation, patience and positive comments as we launched this new site and process.

Today was the original deadline to apply for boards or commissions with openings between now and June 30. However, to allow time to ensure that the everyone's application is complete in the new system and to provide grace to any folks who waited until the deadline to apply, we have extended the deadline to Thursday, April 22nd.

If you have questions about OASYS, the board and commission application process or if you need technical assistance in filling out your application or nomination please contact the Appointments staff, and we will gladly assist you. Additionally, anyone who does not have access to a computer or the Internet or who needs assistance filling out the online application because of a disability can contact us as well.

We renew our encouragement for pro-family Virginians from across the Commonwealth, who have an interest in moving Virginia in a positive, pro-traditional values, conservative, limited government direction, to get involved and apply to serve the Commonwealth and influence its public policy in a way that reflects our values and improves lives of all Virginians. For more information, click hereor e-mail Ms. Aulgur at Jennifer.Aulgur@governor.virginia.gov or her deputy, Courtney Groves, at Courtney.Groves@governor.virginia.gov. You may also call their office at 804-786-2441.

Tony Perkins To Urge Conservatives To Stop Giving To RNC

The Politico has learned that influential Christian conservative Tony Perkins, the president of the Family Research Council, will urge conservatives in his next e-mail newsletter to stop donating money to the Republican National Committee. An episode in which RNC staffers spent $2,000 at a "lesbian bondage club" was the last straw. Mr. Perkins will write:

I've hinted at this before, but now I am saying it: Don't give money to the RNC. If you want to put money into the political process, and I encourage you to do so, give directly to candidates who you know reflect your values.

This latest incident is another indication to me the RNC is completely tone-deaf to the values and concerns of a large number of people they are seeking financial support from.

Another point of contention for Mr. Perkins, and perhaps much more serious, is that the RNC has hired attorney Ted Olson to represent it in a campaign finance case. Mr. Olson initiated a law suit of his own to overturn California's Marriage Amendment, a case that may have implications for the many state constitutional amendments and statutes that define marriage as between one man and one woman.

Also, not pleased with the tone deafness of the RNC and Chairman Michael Steele is major Republican donor and Christian conservative Mark DeMoss, who earlier announced that he no longer contributes to the RNC. The burgeoning boycott is bad news for the RNC, already reeling in irrelevancy from the independent conservative/libertarian Tea Party movement, and a lack of funds to funnel into targeted 2010 Congressional mid-term campaigns.

The Smartest President Ever!

We've been told repeatedly since 2008 that Barack Obama is a genius. He is the smartest man ever to hold the presidency. Sure enough, he proved it almost immediately after he was sworn into office — he won the Nobel Peace Prize! (Even though he couldn't deliver the Olympics for his hometown of Chicago.) Yes, he is fawned over by the elite. Chris Matthews told the nation he gets a "tingling sensation up my leg" when Mr. Obama speaks. His adorers consider him the "anointed one" or some type of secular "messiah." He even has the power to redefine "success," as he continues to label his "stimulus" bill even though it has saddled us with debt and the loss of four million jobs. He is worshiped and glorified by people who have no frame of reference. He does nothing wrong. Except say the U.S. has 57 states (YouTube.com), confuse Memorial Day with Veterans Day or any number of other gaffes that would've left Conan O'Brien in business if it was a conservative president making the embarrassing pronouncements. Now comes this: We know he can't give a speech without a teleprompter, but a teleprompter can't pronounce words for you. So, just the other day, even with the 'prompter working, the commander-in-chief showed his ignorance of the military he leads by mispronouncing "corpsman" as "corpse-man." Watch and hear for yourself. With what kind of feeling does it leave you?

He's commander-in-chief, but can he create a new rank? Maybe a "corpse-man" buries the dead?

Two For Traffic Congestion Two: Hampton Roads Chamber Of Commerce Endorses McDonnell

The Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce officially endorsed Bob McDonnell today giving the Republican candidate for governor the endorsements of the business communities of the two most traffic congested regions of Virginia. Jim Nolan of the Richmond Times-Dispatch has it here. Along with former Governor Doug Wilder's tax increases are "not leadership," non-endorsement of fellow Democrat Creigh Deeds, it looks as if it's advantage McDonnell in the transportation debate. Despite the stereo-type that chambers of commerce are some type of conservative monolith, as Bill Pascoe points out on CQPolitics' In The Right Blog, the Fairfax Chamber, for example, has been very friendly to Mark Warner over the years. In fact, the whole myth of "business being conservative" needs to be exploded. Business is for business, whether it gets its way via free markets or government assistance. (Who was among the most fervent property rights reform opponents? Who typically is for taxes increases for roads for their commercial developments?)

In this case, in this economic condition, they understand — confiscating wealth is no way to create it. Without people keeping their hard-earned money, there's no transportation. So, the people who know their region's problems best seem to favor McDonnell's no-tax approach to transportation problem solving.

Watch The Values Voter Summit Live On The Web!

If you cannot be in Washington today or tomorrow (maybe you were there last weekend) for the annual Values Voter Summit, the American Family Association and FRC Action have made it possible to view all the great speakers live via Webcast! Don't miss a litany of great conservative, pro-life, pro-family leaders speak, including Gary Bauer, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee (our Gala speaker), Phyllis Schlafly, Star Parker, Texas Governor Rick Perry, Bill O'Reilly, Ken Blackwell, Bishop Harry Jackson (who has spoken at several of our events) and many more.

To register for free, click here or click here

The summit also will feature a health care town hall meeting with members of U.S. House of Representatives that you will not want to miss. The Values Voter Summit is the largest meeting of social conservatives this year and doesn't end until Saturday evening. So, please, register and log on to the (virtual) Values Voter Summit and forward this link to family and friends.

New Term For Virginia Campaign Lexicon: "Buena Vista-Style Politics." Pictures Of Labor Day MisDeeds!

The term "Chicago thug politics" has been used to describe some events in national campaigns over the last two years or so — a conviction in the Midwest of a liberal activist who slashed tires on a conservative get-out-the-vote van on election day and all of the forged and made-up voter registration signatures from ACORN last year, come to mind. But after an eyewitness account and the pictures below were sent to me, we may have a new term for campaign misDeeds.

Although less physically intimidating than tire slashing and not quite the level as felony vote fraud, it seems liberal activists are practicing a more deft style intimidation in this year's statewide elections. It may not have started at the traditional Labor Day Parade in Buena Vista, but it was well documented there. Thus, the term, "Buena Vista-Style Politics." However, as the campaign now heats up, we're sure this kind of activity is only the tip of the Angry Left Spear.

Here is the eyewitness account:

Basically, McDonnell and Bolling's crews came in early on Saturday/Sunday to set up signs in preparation for the parade. Deeds' crew, plus purple shirted SEIU folks, acted overnight Sunday to cover those signs with Deeds' signs, sometimes stapling signs over the top of the big 4x8 foot signs. The locals said they'd never seen anything like it in all the years that they've been having this event. Chicago thug style politics have arrived in Va.

. . . . see how Deeds signs covered all of McD's signs. This was EVERYWHERE. It was truly a disgraceful display, with the Dirty Deeds crew in all their full regalia. I have started to refer to the CreighP Deeds' sign with the blue stripe with the white stripe down the middle as 'the road to nowhere' sign. Sigh.

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Before: This baseball backstop is dominated by signs for the GOP statewide candidates and Delegate Ben Cline. Notice that Democrat gubernatorial candidate Creigh Deeds only has signs on the second row and a few small signs (appropriately) on the left side.

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 After: Everything but the top row Bob McDonnell signs and one Bill Bolling and Ken Cuccinelli sign are covered with the small Deeds signs. Union muscle at work for Deeds.

Also FWIW one of the Bolling volunteers told my husband that Sunday night while they were putting up signs one SEIU type held a crowbar and shouted, 'Who wants to get their ass kicked by a liberal?' Lovely.

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 Here, two large Bill Bolling signs, obviously there first, were covered up by lefty union workers for Deeds and delegate candidate Jeff Price.

We also have pictures of another instance of Deeds' crew standing guard while others plant his signs in front of prepositioned McDonnell signs. We hope to get them up later.

Furthermore, thanks to Bearing Drift, we have this picture of a large McDonnell sign defaced with Deeds stickers. But what makes this distasteful is that the Deeds crew went on to a McDonnell supporter's private property in the Hampton Roads area to do their mischief — and was caught! According to Bearing Drift, one of the red-handed begged that the police not be called, while another of the perps was recognized as a paid Deeds Hampton Roads staffer.

Hampton Roads McD sign deface

Doing dirty deeds but begging for mercy. What else do you expect from liberals?   

So, as the boys from South Park would say, "We've learned something today." We've learned that despite what we're taught, the early bird ethic and initiative have no place in liberalism. Be lazy, but use your muscle, and overcome others' hard work. Then, expect a double standard, because it's due you (for no discernible reason) and not be held to account for you illegal actions. I can't think of anything better that exemplifies what we see in liberal policies than in Buena Vista-Style Politics.

More "Tolerance" In The Age Of Obama

From Concord, North Carolina, we have this: A kiosk vendor, who trades as Free Market Warrior and sells conservative swag at one of that state's most popular malls, is getting kicked out for practicing his freedom of expression rights by displaying three bumper stickers and a t-shirt with anti-Barack Obama messages. Mary Curtis, who has the story at Politics Daily, calls it the Battle of Concord — Mall. It's led to protesters at, and boycotts of, the mall. Meanwhile, the vendor, Loren Spivak, is selling his t-shirts and stickers, including those with pro-life messages, faster than a hungry Tar Heel can scarf down a BBQ sandwich. But the kibosh of the First Amendment doesn't stop there. From Curtis, herself:

Mall offices were closed on Sunday, according to the security guard who eventually shooed me away for reporting without permission. ...

A letter to the editor published in the Charlotte Observer started the controversy. It read, in part:

While freedom of speech is a Constitutional right it's difficult not to believe that something just isn't quite right here.

It's not surprising. In fact, it's the leftist-liberal canon — very much like "health care reform" — you do whatever you want except for what we say you can do.

Fourth Circuit Chief Judge Karen Williams Retires

A couple of weeks ago, we explained why the vote of the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals to uphold Virginia's ban on partial birth abortion was so close (read here). It was a 6-5 vote from what is — or was — considered the most constitutionally sound appeals court in the country. Former President George W. Bush mismanaged his appointments to the court and was outmaneuvered by Senate liberals, not to mention sabotaged by "moderate" Republicans. Those who prayed for the just outcome of the court on the partial birth ban  might not know how truly their prayers were answered: Only a few weeks after the ruling was handed down, Chief Judge Karen Williams, who voted in the majority in that decision, has resigned from the court because of health problems brought on by the early stages of Alzheimer's (see Richmond Times-Dispatch). Now we need to pray again, for what surely will be her mountainous struggle.

As sad as this development is for Judge Williams, it is a fact of life that her seat must be filled — along with the four vacancies Mr. Bush failed to fill. With those four, President Barack Obama already had the opportunity of a lifetime to completely flip one of the nation's most important courts (one level below the Supreme Court). Now, with a super majority in the Senate and five vacancies, a 6-5 conservative majority could very well become a 10-5 liberal domination for several years to come.

What An Honor!

In May, we noticed that none other than Right Wing Watch, the blog of the well known national liberal organization People For The American Way, had commented about us. In fact, it was concerned about the launch of our "Winning Matters" program, which engages pastors to lead their congregations into full participation into the public square. We noted at the time that we must be doing something right if such a large, national organization and RWW were keeping their eyes on us, a lil' ol' state policy organization. So, imagine how we feel now that they've mentioned us again (see here), this time ridiculing Bishop Harry Jackson, Jr., for speaking at some of our pastors events around the commonwealth. Wearing this online red badge of courage, we thought we'd report on something they really could chew on.

People For The American Way and other liberal, secular progressives believe, given recent election trends, that the death of Christianity in America is near — or at least we've been minimized to the point of a curious, but irrelevant, nuisance. It's apparent to the collective liberal institutional genius (media, academia, public education, special interest groups, unions, etc.), that many Americans finally are enlightened, no longer hold the traditional values that are the result of one's faith in God, and that the country has reached the Rubiconof a mother state with no looking back (the flipping of conservative Virginia their prize possession).

Those of us who still dare live in the Stone Age are so few in number that we can be essentially forgotten by society and left to dwell in our caves. Finally the progressives can officially progress . . .  

But maybe not. In Roanoke last week, we hosted a pastors event in connection with the Winning Matters 2009 Campaign. Approximately 40 pastors from around the region filled the room and were encouraged, equipped and empowered to continue influencing their congregations and communities on traditional values issues. (For information on other pastor events around Virginia, click here.)

Mat Staver, founder of Liberty Counsel and Dean of Liberty University's School of Law, reminded them of their personal and congregational rights to speak freely on the issues of the day. Rick Scarborough, of Vision America, challenged them to speak truth to their communities and leaders, as he has done for many years with great success. Family Foundation staff offered practical steps to make their churches more effective voices, including:

» Preaching a citizenship sermon; » Holding a voter registration drive; » Distributing General Assembly Report Cards; and » Distributing voter guides.

Each pastor there decided to stand up and be counted for the cause of Biblical values. They certainly didn't look dead in their passion to make a difference. Besides, even if they were, secular progressives forget that we serve a God who raises the dead. That alone, should give Right Wing Watch plenty to blog about.

This Pretty Much Sums Up The Direction Of Our Country

When Venezuela communist leader Hugo Chavez whined last week that he and Cuban best friend forever Fidel Castro "risk being more conservative" than "Comrade Obama," you know we're is a desperate mess. Reuters broke the story; read it here, or another version at FoxNews.com, here. Not only that, but Chinese prisoners at Gitmo and the Russian communist organ Pravda concur. Or, as Captain Thurston says, here, at The Big Feed Blog, take it from people who know.