Over two hundred people were in attendance, including our great Attorney General, Mark Herring, and our Lt. Governor and next Governor, Ralph Northam.
I took the opportunity to tell the people gathered there what my campaign is about, and to have some fun in the process.
UPDATE by Lowell: April Moore rips into supposed "small-government conservative" Mark "Let's Block Medicaid Expansion Just to Stick it To President Obama" Obenshain, Mark "Let's Give Dominion Power Everything It Wants" Obenshain, Mark "Transvaginal Ultrasound is Just What the Doctor Did NOT Order," etc. She also notes, correctly, that Obenshain is on the wrong side of our democracy and a liveable planet, that he is "serving the Koch brothers" and their "anti-democracy agenda," and that he wants to do to Virginia "what Scott Walker has done to Wisconsin." Great stuff and so true; go April! :)
I know I'm not the only one unhappy with the state of our politics these days. Here's the change I'd like to see in how our politics are conducted.
Our founders were men of reason. And they tried to set up a system of government in which the people would elect representatives who, reasoning together, would achieve the public good.
Wouldn't it be nice if, in our General Assembly, our leaders would engage in reasoned discussion to find those policies that would lead to the best possible Virginia? Wouldn't it be good if we citizens could discuss our public business in the same spirit?
Some recent criticism of me helps show the gulf between how we discuss issues these days and how the men of reason who founded our nation would have wanted us to discuss them.
This criticism took note of my saying we should act responsibly in the face of the challenge of climate change- took note of it, that is, to dismiss it as a "doomsday message."
Nothing reasonable in such dismissal.
Reason tells us that on scientific questions, we should listen to the scientists. The question, "What's happening to earth's climate?" is a scientific question. And 97 percent of the scientists in the field of climate agree there's a problem we urgently need to address.
When the best understanding that humankind has available to it is sending us such a clear warning, it is not a "doomsday message" to say we should heed that warning. It's simply common sense.
In science, 97 percent agreement means the scientists are virtually unanimous. There is no conceivable justification for any politician - or any other layman, for that matter - to pretend to understand a scientific matter better than the scientists. Or to ignore the scientists either.