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Newt's Notes for Virginia|
First, I want to thank VCAP for allowing me the opportunity
to engage in a dialogue with its members. I hope these
missives can be the beginning of a genuine two-way discussion.
To that end, I hope everyone with questions or comments will
write me at my website, newt.org
this first installment, I thought it fitting to go back to the
first days of our country. It was 400 years ago this year that
the first English settlement was founded right here in
Virginia, at Jamestown Island. From the start, the seeds were
planted that established a uniquely American view of the
rights of man. Some highlights:
So what about the next four
hundred years for America? Can our liberties, and those of our
children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and down the
line, survive if we fail to keep alive this first principle -
that our rights are a gift from God? I believe, as Jefferson
did, that they cannot.
- Before settling at Jamestown, the settlers landed at
Cape Henry. On the third day after landing the settlers erected
a cross to give thanks to God for their safe passage.
- The first representative assembly in the New World took
place in a Jamestown church in 1619.
- A Virginian, Thomas Jefferson, declared that we are
"endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights." We
fought a war for independence to secure those rights God had
given us, led by another Virginian, George Washington.
- Jefferson applied that same principle of creator-
endowed rights in denouncing slavery in his 1785 Notes on
the State of Virginia. "Can the liberties of a nation be
secure when we have removed a conviction that these
liberties are a gift from God...Commerce between master and
slave is despotism." And again, we fought a war to secure
those rights for all.
This is why I wrote in Winning the Future and Rediscovering
God in America,"There is no attack on American culture
more destructive and more historically dishonest than the
secular Left's relentless effort to drive God out of America's
public square." To do so would unravel the foundation of the
rights and freedoms we hold dear.
This core principle
is at the root of every challenge facing this country - from
our war with enemies who would crush the Creator-endowed
rights of man underneath the jack-booted authoritarianism of
dictatorship or religious fascism - to the battle to secure
our property rights from our own government whose impulse is
always to tax and spend more and more at the expense of the
well-being of American workers.
In the end, our mission
as conservatives is to preserve that which God endowed upon
us, and generations of Americans before us preserved - our
"unalienable rights" to "life, liberty, and the pursuit of
I look forward to engaging in this dialogue
with you in the coming months.
P.S. I hope to meet
you in person at CPAC,
March 1st through 3rd, in Washington, DC. I will speak on
Saturday afternoon, but plan to have a get together for VCAP
members and readers of my weekly Winning
the Future newsletter sometime during the conference.
VCAP Event with Newt Gingrich|
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VCAP Candidate Update|
On Monday, Scott Sayre (R-Rockbridge County), announced his
candidacy against District 24 Senator Emmett Hanger. The day
started in Lexington and made four other stops throughout the
district before wrapping up in Highland County. At each
location, Scott was welcomed by a cheering crowd of
enthusiastic supporters looking for a change in District 24.
Senator Hanger is another perfect example of a moderate
Republican who's strayed from the tried and true principles of
limited government and low taxes.
out VCAP's day long coverage of Scott's announcement tour!
To learn more about Scott, check
out his website.
Joe Blackburn (District 12)
Thursday, the Joe Blackburn for Senate campaign held a very
successful fundraiser with Congressman Bliley. The former
Congressman gave a great speech about the need for fiscal
discipline, stating how ridiculous it is that Republicans are
raising taxes by the billions, especially in surplus years,
and gave his endorsement of Joe in the June
Check out VCAP's blog
post about the event.
website for more information on the campaign.
Jill Holtzman Vogel (District 27)
Holtzman Vogel continues to more her campaign forward against
District 27 State Senator Russ Potts and Mark Tate.
Check out her latest
press release on the State Senate's failure to advance
pro-life legislation. Jill's
Protecting Private Property|
As a result of the United States Supreme Court's ruling in
Kelo v. New London, citizens rights to private property
continue to come under attack here in Virginia. We need to
urge the Senate to protect this fundamental right.
encourage you to support HJ
723, a constitutional amendment preventing the taking of
private property for public uses. However, we discourage the
passing of HB
2954, which seeks to define the term "public uses."
Read the Free-Lance Star Op-Ed: What's
the General Assembly doing to protect our property rights?
Also, check out the Virginia Institute of Public Policy's
latest study detailing the history and state of property
rights in the Commonwealth.
Real Story of Eminent Domain in Virginia: The Rise, Fall, and
Undetermined Future of Private Property Rights in the
This study details amazing
abuses of Virginians’ property rights; exposes legislators who
stop every effort at eminent domain reform while their law
firms make hundreds of thousands of dollars from the state’s
largest condemners; and recommends what must be done to
protect the property of the citizens from the special
interests and those who do their bidding in state and local
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