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Tomorrow Is Almost Here: The Election Is In Your Hands

What seems like one of the longest presidential campaigns in history comes to a conclusion tomorrow (we hope!) as Americans go to the polls. Pundits and prognosticators are predicting a close election, with Virginia being one of the states that the experts believe is still hanging in the balance. As national Christian leaders remarked last week, one state — Virginia — can determine the outcome of the entire country's future. Does that motivate you to vote and get others to the polls? I know I don't have to tell you about the importance of tomorrow's vote. Obviously our nation is in a tenuous place, morally and economically, and whether or not one election can change our course or not remains to be seen, but we have a clear choice between presidential candidates on both moral and economic issues. For weeks, The Family Foundation Action has worked to ensure that pro-family, pro-life voters are identified, educated and mobilized. I know pastors around Virginia have been encouraging their congregations to vote the principles of life, marriage and religious liberty when they make their decisions tomorrow.

If you haven’t yet, please review our 2012 Presidential and U.S. Senate Voter Guide at vavotes.net and be sure that your friends and family have seen it as well. I believe it presents very clearly where the candidates for President and the U.S. Senate stand on issues that are important to you and me.

Please remember the new voter ID requirements in Virginia. You can learn more about what you need to bring with you to vote at the State Board of Elections website. Also, if you have any doubt about your polling station's location, please click here to find it. It's important that you show up at the right place! Polls are open from 6:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.

Remember also that there are two state constitutional amendments on the ballot. The Family Foundation Action supports both. Question 1 would protect property rights and limit the government’s power of eminent domain. You can read more about this amendment by clicking here and here.

Question 2 is a technical change to the constitution regarding when the General Assembly’s veto session is held during years when veto session falls on a religious holiday.

Everyone who walks into a voting booth tomorrow will "vote values." The question is whether they will vote for the things they value or the things God values.

The answer is now in your hands.

 

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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!)

You Know You Live In A Battleground State If . . .

It almost sounds like a joke: You know you live in a battleground state if . . .  In this case, the punch line is: There's a national bus tour making a stop in your neighborhood.

Already this year rolling through the Old Dominion this year, to name a few, have been the: Women Speak Out: Abortion Is Not Health Care Bus Tour (which featured our 2012 Day at the Capitol keynote speaker, Jill Stanek); Americans for Prosperity's Obama's Failing Agenda Bus Tour; Concerned Women of America's She Votes Bus Tour; and the Your Money, Your Values, Your Vote Bus Tour, co-sponsored by The Heritage Foundation and FRC Action, which is informing the public on the relationship between strong traditional family values and economic well-being and security (click the links for in-depth information on the two topics).

The Family Foundation has participated in some of the stops on a couple of these tours. The "Values Bus Tour" may sound familiar to you. This past summer, in an earlier leg of its travels through Virginia, it's where this happened. It's worth a view. Now, it's making another run through the commonwealth, just as the campaign goes all out the final 10 days.

With only 30 million values voters out 60 million who could be registered to vote, there is still much work to be done in mobilizing Christians to actively participate in faithful citizenship. We need strong families and a strong economy to lead the way to restoring prosperity.specially when you consider:

» Each of us owes more than a $200,000 share of the national debt;

» Unemployment is at a chronically high rate of about 8 percent (and much higher when considering those who are underemployed or withdrawn from the workforce; and

» Our debt at $16 trillion and annual budget deficits projected to top $1 trillion for years to come.

If you see this bus, you know you're in a battleground or swing state!

So The Heritage Foundation and Family Research Council continue their road trip in order to start a dialogue on today's critical issues with citizens and leaders. So, if you see the bus pictured above, you know you're in an important electoral state. Take advantage of the opportunity to drop by a tour stop near you to hear great speakers,ask questions, learn how to get involved and make a difference, and pick up some excellent materials for free. The events feature community events and local and nationally known speakers. Learn the critical issues and the action steps to make a difference. The tour also has special web page resources: Click here to learn about restoring the American Dream and click here to learn how to get involved and take action at the grassroots level.

Your Money, Your Values, Your Vote 2012 National Tour in Virginia

Friday, October 26 8:00-9:00 a.m.

Your Money, Your Values, Your Vote Campus Rally

Featuring Genevieve Wood of The Heritage Foundation, Bob Morrison of Family Research Council and local elected officials

Location: Near Liberty University, 3700 Candlers Mountain Road, Lynchburg

 

Friday, October 26 11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Your Money, Your Values, Your Vote Citizens Rally

Featuring Genevieve Wood of The Heritage Foundation, Bob Morrison of Family Research Council and local elected officials

Location: State Capitol, 1000 Bank Street, Richmond

 

Friday, October 26 3:00-4:00 p.m. 

Your Money, Your Values, Your Vote Family Event

Featuring Genevieve Wood of The Heritage Foundation, Bob Morrison of Family Research Council and local elected officials

Location: The Prayer Furnace, 4430 Lee Hill School Drive, Fredericksburg

 

Friday, October 26 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Your Money, Your Values, Your Vote Citizens Forum

Featuring insights and live Q&A with Genevieve Wood of The Heritage Foundation, Bob Morrison of Family Research Council and local elected officials

Location: Reconciliation Community Church, 14654 Joplin Road, Manassas

 

Saturday, October 27 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Values Bus at Roanoke Valley Gun Show

Offering free materials and action steps to make a difference in Virginia

Click here for ticket information and discounts

Location: Roanoke Civic Center, 710 Williamson Road, Roanoke

Media Seeks TFF's Opinion On President Obama's Political Coming-Out-Of-The-Closet

The unintended consequences of President Obama's coming out of the political closet to tell everyone what we already knew — that he supports homosexual marriage — we're in the news! Family Foundation of Virginia President Victoria Cobb was interviewed by WRIC-TV (see below or click here), the Richmond Times-Dispatch (click here) and the Washington Post/AP (click here) about the president's declaration and its impact on the dynamics of the presidential campaign in Virginia, seen as a key swing/battleground state in this November's election, and WWBT-TV ran a statement TFF issued on its 11:00 newscast (click here). It reads:

President Obama is busy pandering to his dwindling base in an election year. It's the sign of a desperate candidate.

In the WRIC report, Delegate Joe Morrissey (D-74, Henrico), just can't contain his glee. He hasn't smiled so broadly or been this giddy since his law license was restored last week. Offering different perspectives are Delegate Bob Marshall (R-13, Manassas) and Victoria.

But if President Obama is being so courageous, as some on the left in these (and other) media reports are saying, why didn't he come out before the North Carolina vote Tuesday, where Tar Heels passed its Marriage Amendment by a 61-39 margin. (It also bans civil unions.) After all, he won North Carolina in 2008 and the Democrats will have their convention in Charlotte. Leading from behind, once again. Never was a man so brave where risk was so unapparent. No wonder he's so loved.

Also interviewed on WRIC is Governor Bob McDonnell, who has an interesting take. While he is continues to be for traditional marriage and supportive of Virginia's Marriage Amendment, he agreed with the president in one respect. He said marriage should be a state issue, not a federal one. Hmmm. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney thinks there should be a federal Marriage Amendment. Does this affect his Veepstakes candidacy?

Ahhhh. Good to see Delegate Joe Morrissey smile again. He didn't have much reason to during the General Assembly this winter.