I know that this may be an odd route of questioning, but Senator Jill Holtzman Vogel has suddenly become not the same predictable politician than we have grown to know over the past five years. This Jill Vogel has stormed into this session, positioning herself in as something of the "rogue" within the Republican Party of Virginia.
You can draw some indications of an evolving legislator by simply reviewing the bills Vogel has submitted for this General Assembly session. We don't even need to drill that far into the facts of the matter, because anyone who has any knowledge of Senator Vogel's record in the Virginia State Senate must be in a state of shock after just a couple of Vogel's very public actions.
It is a very blatantly obvious change of course for the senator to have gone on the record in two very significant subcommittee votes on rather controversial issues, which she sided with the minority party. A senate subcommittee on Monday narrowly approved a bill that would ban discrimination against LGBT employees.
The 8-7 vote in support of Senate Bill 701 was passed out of the Senate General Laws and Technology Committee. Senator Jill Holtzman Vogel was the only Republican on the committee to back the proposal that currently has more than 40 co-sponsors in both legislative chambers. The passage of SB 701 out of committee, now heads to the senate floor propelled by the slim one vote margin made possible by Vogel's willingness to break from her party in support of the measure. The actual vote on SB 701 in the full senate is expected to take place in the coming days or weeks, with Vogel's vote arguably credited for the very survival of this legislation.
Then we reference Senator Vogel's public opposition, in form of casting a vote in subcommittee against her party's effort to push through a bill that would award the state's electoral votes by congressional district. This would mean that the presidential candidate that wins the most votes in the particular congressional district, would receive that district's single electoral vote.
Legislation that would apportion Virginia's electoral votes by the winner of each congressional district, instead of the current winner-take-all system, emerged from a Senate subcommittee today without a recommendation.
This effort goes even further, as it appears that the two "extra" electoral votes (which correspond to the state's U.S. senators) would go to the candidate that wins the most congressional districts in the presidential election, not the overall winner of the statewide popular vote (as is currently the case in Maine and Nebraska).
If this would have been the case last November, Governor Romney would have won a total of nine of Virginia's electoral votes, while handing President Obama just four electoral votes from Virginia. This being the case, regardless of the fact that Obama clearly won the popular vote in Virginia, he would have ended up with just four out of a total of thirteen total electoral votes from Virginia. This scenario clearly is designed to take advantage of the fact that the majority of the state's eleven congressional districts are mostly rural and considered safe Republican territory.
The vote in a Privileges and Elections subcommittee was 3-3, with Senator Jill Holtzman Vogel, once again siding with the two Democrats on the six-member panel to produce a tie. The legislation now regardless of the tie in the subcommittee heads to the full committee, where a 10-5 GOP majority is likely to send it to the floor of the full Senate for a vote.
If Senator Jill Holtzman Vogel continues to not break under the pressure of her own party and holds true in her opposition to the legislation, since the chamber is evenly divided between the two parties would decide it's ultimate fate. A single dissenting vote, which could very well end up credited to Senator Vogel if she holds the line, would be a surprising and devastating blow to the legislation and all but permanently sink to the measure. We have now recently learned that Republican Senator Ralph Smith has possiby joined Vogel in opposition to this legislation.
This is the storyline of a Senator named Jill Holtzman Vogel, to begin the 2013 chapter of the Virginia General Assembly. It's Vogel who has turned heads, publicly dissenting from the majority or entire delegation of her party. This is the same Vogel who initiated the Transvaginal Ultrasound controversy, that ended up blowing up in her face and included a wide range of collateral damage to the image of the Republican Party in Virginia. It also has pinned our governor with the unflattering title of "Governor Ultrasound." The entire controversy stemmed from Senator Vogel's initial legislation she proposed, initiating all the damage that was done.
It's our same Senator Vogel who has been frequently criticized for waging socially divisive battles, earning her own title as a "culture warrior." The actions she took, accompanied the words she spoke over the past five years. An ambitious state senator, choosing the path towards the far right to travel along with some of the most radical rightwing legislators in Virginia. The Senator Vogel who served in the same light shared with many other extreme conservative politicians in Virginia such as Ken Cuccinelli, who is only a matter of time from officially becoming the Republican nominee for Governor of Virginia.
What has happened to the Senator Jill Holtzman Vogel that walloped this former opponent of hers in 2011? Wait... She may have been spotted on foot, headed North on the side of I-95 near the Ashland exit. Could this be true? I doubt it to be factual. Hmm...
This does present an interesting possible explanation surrounding our Senator Jill Vogel, as to the possible intent behind the mask. The strategic positioning that this very calculated politician may indeed be related to the fate of her future. The reasoning behind such a significant shift of predictability in regards to Vogel's probable and/or likely actions in reaction to what she faced.
The ability to speculate is a right bestowed upon the best of us all. I shall proceed with a good dose of speculation, mixed with an ample review of the facts laid out in front of us all. This new adaptation of a Senator JIll Holtzman Vogel -- Version 2.0, can be reasonably explained and rooted deeply in that of pure AMBITION.
I do believe or necessarily pass judgement quickly upon those who clearly express in various ways, consistent acts in regards to the ambition that must exist in those few who arrive at their ultimate destination. There is definitely something going on here, with such a significant shift in precedent of someones actions. Then if these are indeed calculated moves on Senator Vogel's part, born out of such ambition, where is that ultimate destination in which she has mapped out a very detailed path to reach?
Our Senator Jill Holtzman Vogel may very well be laying the foundation necessary to shed the title of Senator, while assuming a much more attractive title as Representative Jill H. Vogel (R - Virginia) or Congresswoman Vogel. That's right... The winds of fate are at her back, having somehow been signaled the impending retirement of Congressman Frank Wolf, who represents the 10th Congressional District of Virginia. reaching out to a few respected leaders within the Republican Party of Virginia, I posed the same basic questions attempting to feel out the rumors that have been circulating about a possible Wolf retirement coming soon. The dots that I was able to connect, were inconclusive. That may be the case, but the bits and pieces of information that each person carefully crafted their words to properly comment on, without being told an absolute fact did reveal quite a bit.
In connecting all of the information that I was able to obtain, with observing subtle moves and statements that have been on the increase over the last month, have led me to believe that this may very possibly be Frank Wolf's final act. One individual passed on admitted hearsay regarding the consistent talk surrounding an announcement coming by early Fall from Congressman Wolf announcing his retirement from the U.S. Congress and would not be seeking reelection in 2014.
This all seems to make perfectly reasonable and rational sense. Wolf would be under a lot of pressure, if indeed he was seriously considering retirement sooner than later, to bow out and allow for his open seat to be filled by an election taking place during a midterm election cycle. This would be the case by providing an open seat to be filled in 2014. If he decided to put off retirement and serve another term, he'd infuriate his party's leadership by creating an open seat in 2016. This would be considered as providing a much better opportunity for the seat to be won by a Democrat, due to the historic patterns of a much stronger turnout of Democratic voters in a presidential elction year, versus the opposite being true for the GOP in midterm election years.
The possibility of Frank Wolf even considering remaining in office until 2018, the next midtem election year following 2014 is very, very unlikely. It's fair to say that there is strong evidence that Frank Wolf will indeed not seek reelection in 2014 and has made those within his party deemed as having to be informed of such a decision aware of this being the case.
It appears as if at least one of those considered as top contenders for landing as the party's nominee in an election taking place in 2014, without Frank Wolf being on the ballot once again, has come to realize fairly quickly that being branded as such a radical right-wing politician is not in their best interests. This is the most likely case with Senator Vogel, who has wasted little time in attempting to appear as a very reasonably moderate state legislator that is not afraid to break from her own party when necessary. This being a shorter session than usual for the Virginia General Assembly, means that time is of the essence for Vogel to establish such credentials to trump any mention of transvaginal ultrasounds.
I think we may have found out just what happened to the Senator Jill Holtzman Vogel, who we have been able to recognize and expect the very partisan politics that defined the sometimes radically unreasonable state senator of our past, who now must stick to a very different script fueled by the ambition behind the possibly of playing a new role in respect to such a very different script.
Ambition is not a dirty word. Piss on party congeniality. Go for the throat.
Let me be clear... This is a theory, anchored in speculation... Tied together by pieces of information found along the way... That after a reasonable review of all that such involves, makes this speculation that I present, that of a rational possibility initiated by some very interesting factual demonstrations and series of events.
The Virginia State Senate is up to fishy electoral business once again, just days after their underhanded maneuvering to force through a new redistricting plan, Republicans in the chamber are advancing a bill that would award the state's electoral votes by congressional district. This would mean that the presidential candidate that wins the most votes in the particular congressional district, would receive that district's single electoral vote.
This effort goes even further, as it appears that the two "extra" electoral votes (which correspond to the state's U.S. senators) would go to the candidate that wins the most congressional districts in the presidential election, not the overall winner of the statewide popular vote (as is currently the case in Maine and Nebraska).
If this would have been the case last November, Governor Romney would have won a total of nine of Virginia's electoral votes, while handing President Obama just four electoral votes from Virginia. This being the case, regardless of the fact that Obama clearly won the popular vote in Virginia, he would have ended up with just four out of a total of thirteen total electoral votes from Virginia. This scenario clearly is designed to take advantage of the fact that the majority of the state's eleven congressional districts are mostly rural and considered pretty safe Republican territory.
This legislation appeared to be cruising towards becoming law, with Republican majorities in the State Senate and House of Delegates, along with the GOP claiming the Governor's Mansion as well, but a rather unexpected major development happened. Our very own Republican senator, Jill Holtzman Vogel, sided against the legislation in a surprising subcommittee vote . While the measure is still likely to head to the Senate floor for a full vote, if Senator Jill Holtzman Vogel continues to defect (or any other Republican joins her), the scheme is doomed for failure, since the chamber is evenly divided between the two parties. A single dissenting vote, which could very well end up credited to Senator Vogel if she holds the line, would be a surprising and devastating blow to all but permanently sink to the measure.
This issue has a very wide and broad scope that would be of significant impact to all presidential elections moving forward and set a precedent, no doubt leading towards additional states playing copycats in initiating the same sort of potential Electoral College chaos that this legislation, still flying below the radar of most major media outlets has the potential to cause.
We look to Senator Vogel in being the ultimate protector of the future of our nation's system of historic success vested upon the Electoral College process.
The growing Independent Green Party of Virginia, who has been very successful at putting Independent candidates on the ballot from local to statewide offices has big plans for Broy. If the party is successful at convincing him to be a part of their statewide ticket in 2013 as a candidate for Lieutenant Governor.
"We believe that Shaun Broy brings a lot to the table that the people of Virginia would appreciate," said Independent Green Party Chairman Joesph Oddo. "We are a party that embraces candidates from across the political spectrum."
The party was impressed by his performance as the "unannointed" Democratic candidate, who got very little support from the Democratic of Virginia. He also has clashed at times with local and state Democratic leaders over various issues.
Broy filed a formal complaint against area sheriffs a few days after his defeat, who publicly supported his Republican opponent, incumbent Jill Holtzman Vogel during the election. The sheriffs appeared in various direct mailers and other Vogel campaign materials, which such support is prohibited according to the Democratic Party of Virginia Party Plan.
"It is one of our main pillars that we have more candidates and less apathy," said Oddo. "Broy stepped up to run an extremely gutsy state senate campaign that was anything but conventional and established himself as his own man."
"If you look at what he was able to accomplish, with the amount of time and resources he had to work with, it was pretty remarkable. He was out spend by hundreds of thousands of dollars, by the political machine known as Jill Holtzman-Vogel."
Broy apparently is considering the possibility of a statewide run.
"I have spoken with the leaders of the Indpendent Green Party about running as an Independent candidate for Lieutenant Governor," said Broy. "If I were to jump into the race, it would definitely be a bold endeavor. This would be an anti-establishment movement that I believe could generate an unique option for my fellow Virginians."
The process of actually landing a spot on a statewide ballot is no easy task. It would require an Independent candidate to submit 10,000 signatures of registered voters, which must include at least 400 signatures from each of the eleven congressional districts.
"We have proven our ability to put candidates on the ballot from the school board level, to presidential candidates, said Oddo. "It wouldn't be a question of "if" we get him on the ballot. It would simply be more of a question of "when" we get it done. If he decides to run, you will see his name on the ballot."
Broy has remained politically visible and vocal since his loss last November. He has served as Vice Chairman of the Frederick County Democratic Committee and an active member of the Democratic Party of Virginia, until he tendered his resignations in late summer.
He has weighed in on numerous issues, with editorials published in area newspapers. Including one that seemed to call for a rebellion within the local Democratic committees.
He recently wrapped up serving as Communications Director for Kristin Cabral for Congress. Cabral was the Democratic nominee for the 10th Congressional District race, which Congressman Frank Wolf won to earn his 17th term.
When asked about his allegiance to the Democratic Party, Broy remained vague.
"I have worked hard to remain a champion for many of the fundamental principles and values associated with the Democratic Party. I haven't left the Democratic Party, neither have a lot of others that the party establishment have either ignored, forgotten or seemingly left behind."
"The issue that I have to come to terms with isn't about deciding to run for office once again or not. It is moving forward, without the typical two parties, with ties as thick as a single thread, that continues to weaken the binds of the majority of political beliefs together in a way that so many of us are completely sick of being the case."
"I am sure many questions will come, regarding my loyalty to the Democratic Party. The belief that I carry forward in this process, is that the Democratic Party will realize that it's most loyal soldiers have been forgotten along the way," said Broy. "I join many others that have become Democratic candidates, who fought for a lot of the basic and core Democratic principles that stem from the roots of the party, which define what being a 'true-blue' Democrat is truly all about."
"Let me be clear, I am from the Democratic wing of the Democratic Party. That doesn't seem to exist so much anymore," added Broy. "The Democratic Party has left many of us behind, those who have fought hard for it in the trenches over the past few years. The Democratic Party left me a long time ago, so be sure of the fact that I didn't leave the Democratic Party. The Democratic Party left me."
"The Independent Green Party allows me the opportunity to be the candidate that I know that I truly want to be, without all the baggage that comes along with a nomination process and all that such implies," said Broy.
"This is a step forward. This is a step towards progress. This is a step towards getting the message across that no political party or organization can hold us as prisoners, within our own beloved nation. This is the United States of America and this happens to be a Democracy."
" I am proud to be an American. I am proud to be a citizen of the Commonwealth of Virginia. I am proud of who I am and what I represent," pointed Broy. "I am now proud to be an Independent."
"I am an independent voice and ready to lead this state towards a better tomorrow for us all, said Broy. That's what is truly important and exactly what Virginians need right now. This is a time where we must as move forward together, better and for the good."
"I may be an Independent at the moment, but that does not mean that I am a candidate for any political office right now," stated Broy. "There is a lot of work to be done in our communities and across this state. I hope that more independently minded individuals are allowed a seat at the table."
"You can rest assured that if I become an official candidate for office once again that our community will be the very first to know," added Broy.
"I have no further comment at this time."
The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), passed by Congress in 1972, would have become the 27th Amendment to the Constitution if three-fourths of the states had ratified it by June 30, 1982. However, that date passed with only 35 of the necessary 38 state ratifications. Instead, the 27th Amendment is the "Madison Amendment," concerning Congressional pay raises, which went to the states for ratification in 1789 and reached the three-fourths goal in 1992.
The fact that a 203-year ratification period was accepted as valid has led ERA supporters to propose that Congress has the power to maintain the legal viability of the ERA and the existing 35 state ratifications. If so, only three more state ratifications would be needed to make the ERA part of the Constitution. Legal analysis supporting this strategy was developed in 1995 by Allison Held, Sheryl Herndon and Danielle Stager, then third-year law students at the T. C. Williams School of Law in Richmond, VA. Their article, "Why the ERA Remains Legally Viable and Properly Before the States," was published in the Spring 1997 issue of William & Mary Journal of Women and the Law.
The Commonwealth of Virginia remains one of the fifteen states to yet ratify the ERA. This should be an embarrassing fact for all of us Virginians. I ask you to join with me, in asking our elected leaders to place the ERA back on the state's agenda, which if ratified by Virginia would place it back onto the national agenda as well. We would be just two states away from finishing the job of amending the constitution.
The Equal Rights Amendment isn't about politicians scoring some political points. It's about the girl who wants equal opportunity in school. It's about the single mother who can't get a mortgage or a small business loan. It's about the woman who faces harassment in her place of work and violence in her home. The ERA is not going to solve all of these problems, but it will help.
Alice Paul wrote the original amendment way back in 1923, just after women had won the right to vote. Many detractors had told her that the battle for equality was over, but Alice Paul fought onward. She'd like to quote an adage she had learned from her mother, a farmer. "When you put your hand to the plow, you can't put it down until you get to the end of the row."
And so, like Alice Paul and some many others who have come after her, we fight on. We take one step forward, then another and another. We shall keep our hands to the plow.
In the Declaration of Independence, "The first truth to be held as self-evident is that all men are created equal," since women didn't win the right to vote until about a century and a half later, I'm afraid we have to assume that they did mean "men."
Now, we can't amend the Declaration of Independence, but we can and must amend the constitution to make absolutely sure that women have all of the equal rights and privileges, as do men.
The debate locations are set to be held in Winchester, Berryville, Great Falls and Manassas. The Kristin Cabral Campaign would also like to see a fifth debate added to the calendar, to be held in Loudoun County. The details of the four specific debates, which Kristin Cabral has now publicly challenged Wolf to participate in, are as follows:
October 2, 2012
Northern Shenandoah Valley Tea Party Congressional Debate & Forum
October 10, 2012
The Clarke Daily News Congressional Debate
October 23, 2012
Great Falls Citizen Association Political Debate at Grange
Great Falls, Virginia
October 26, 2012
Prince William Committee of 100 Candidates Forum
"Participating in these debates isn't something Frank Wolf should do for me," said Cabral. "It's something that he should do for his constituents."
The first of the four debates is scheduled for Tuesday, October 2nd in Winchester. It is sponsored by The Northern Shenandoah Valley Tea Party. This provides the opportunity for Cabral to truly establish her willingness to reach across the political spectrum to solve problems by listening and discussing the concerns of the people regardless of their political affiliations. This is a trait has been sorely lacking in the current Congress.
"The Northern Shenandoah Valley Tea Party would welcome the chance to host a debate between the candidates of the 10th Congressional District of Virginia," said Chairman Jay Marts. "We want all citizens to cast an informed vote in November."
"Healthy debate is a huge part of maintaining a healthy democracy," added Cabral. "We need to give voters all across this district access to the candidates as much as we can throughout the next month and a half. If a congressman decides to only debate in certain specific areas of his district, what does that say about him and his perception regarding the importance of one particular area's constituents versus another?"
Why? Power struggles within a few of the area Republican Committees and the numbers attending these meetings have to give pause to the Democratic Party in the Northern Shenandoah Valley. If anything, these events certainly should serve as a "wake up call" to those who align themselves with the Democratic Party.
While some will say this competition for control of power within these groups, which has stirred a lot of this controversy, as a point of weakness. I believe that cannot be farther from the truth. The truth is in the numbers and there is clear passion within that has sparked this mere wave into a rather large tsunami, headed straight for the heart of the Democratic Party.
In Warren County tensions have ran high throughout the Republican ranks and have forced multiple new elections, along with multiple factions that have tried to lay claim to the title of Warren County Republican Committee. The number of people in attendance at these various meetings in Warren County, as quoted by area media sources, being around 150 to 200 individuals is jaw dropping.
Then we turn our eyes to the City of Winchester's Republican Committee and see a new chairman in place, with the former chair ousted by over 150 in attendance at the meeting being equally impressive.
The local Democratic Committees here have not seen attendance numbers at their meetings reach even a quarter of that level on any regular basis in the past handful of years.
Is there any wonder this area of the state is quickly cementing itself into one of the deepest red areas in the Commonwealth of Virginia?
Is it time for the area's Democratic Party faithful to respectfully pay mind to their foes from across the aisle and maybe conjure up a little rebellion or two of their own?
It certainly can't hurt.
The Democrats can learn a lot from the strength of the area's Republican Party, while remembering its own very roots at the same time. For almost two hundred years, Democrats have celebrated one of their "own," Thomas Jefferson. They have been hailing him as one of the party's greatest historical icons. Can the fallible Virginian, Jefferson himself, still serve as a modern-day hero of area Democrats? Along with allowing the area's Republicans to teach them a valuable lesson?
It was Thomas Jefferson, who saw the necessity in "a little rebellion now and then" as a good thing.
"It prevents the degeneracy of government, and nourishes a general attention to the public affairs. I hold it that a little rebellion now and then is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical," stated Jefferson. "It is a medicine necessary for the sound health of government."
If the area's true blue Democrats can get past the "gasps," after reading this and then maybe, just maybe they manage to swallow their pride along with the simple truth for a change. There is still time for those who "believe" to grab a hold of the torches of passion to light the way and lead their very own rebellion in blue, back onto the map after near extinction.
I'd certainly raise my glass and drink to that!
The process isn't so black and white... or simple AT ALL... and the responsibility of handling such a crisis is redirected immediately away from "The Hill" or "White House."
Actually...If Congress fails to raise the debt limit, this would automatically hand such a crisis over to the Department of Treasury. The department would then begin rapidly to inact an "extraordinary" series of measures.
The Treasury would first then have two options.
1) Default on our country's debt and stop paying creditors around the world, which would be the least likely option, as it could bring the entire government and financial system down with it destroying this country as we know it... or
2) Continue to pay creditors, but halt any spending over what our government collects in taxes alone. In effect, that would mean an overnight spending cut in excess of 40% of the entire country's budget.
Here are six very possible consequences if the Treasury is forced to choose either of those two options above...
1) Cut $125 Billion every 30 days in federal funding across the board, this would include deep government pay cuts from the President and Congress on down...
2) Treasury Bonds Completely Collapse
3) Make Deep Cuts to both Medicare & Social Security
4) Stock Market Collapses
5) Thousands of Government Employee Face Immediate Mass Layoffs
6) Mortgage & Interests Rates Would Sky Rocket to Historical Highs Never Before Even Imagined.
The President has simply stating one of the many very real consequences that may occur if the TREASURY has to initiate certain measures already outlined that it must inact in such an extraordinary scenario, which is the fact that he can't promise that Social Security or Medicare won't be drastically impacted.
I hope that this clears up any confusion regarding the process and consequences of such a move by Congress. It will be out of the President's hands and Congressional Elected Officials would likely have their pay slashed dramatically along with Social Security Insurance Benenfits.
This is the reality. This is the truth...
The graphics that have been making their rounds upon the social networking sites and other internet venues with incorrect, misleading political spin without facts to support such ignorance, that these posted works of fiction state and present as factual are very much "political rhetoric" of falsities.
I could think of another term or two to describe this material as well, but I am sure most of us can as well.
I suggest that when you come across this sort of viral sensationalism of vast ignorance, please just take a few minutes and give them a lesson in reality.
Hit them with the truth, they'll probably hit ya back... then just hit them back even harder with THE TRUTH!
There is absolutely nobody on the radar screen, which looks to even be slightly considering seeking the Democratic Nomination to run for the 10th Congressional District against Frank Wolf. I hope that I am completely wrong in this assessment and someone fabulous is flying below the radar screen, but even if that is the case this may already be a lost cause.
This is a horrible state of affairs for the Democratic voters in this district. We are about to let Frank Wolf waltz right back to "The Hill" without even an opposition voice in the process. Wolf will not only serve another term, but have a sizable war chest saved up after not having to spend anything to get reelected here in 2012. I won't even get into how this could very well impact Democratic turnout for both the Obama and Kaine campaigns this year in the Tenth District.
This makes any rumor of Frank Wolf's demise after hearing all the rumors of him serving just one last term, then head into retirement greatly exaggerated. The Congressman will have a humongous sized war chest to his advantage in 2014, because of what is... or should I say "isn't" happening in 2012.
Congressman Wolf has not only pretty much laid claim to victory in November, but has he now secured another victory in 2014? Is Frank Wolf now merely just "The Inevitable" one to serve as our congressman at least through 2016?
It is unfortunate, but barring any sort of divine intervention, this is the very likely reality folks. If this plays out as such, then the Tenth Congressional District of Virginia will have been under Republican domination for an astounding 35 years and counting!
There are magnitudes of issues that have sustained this over three decade run by the GOP, but why isn't anyone being held accountable by the Democratic Party? This would be because the Tenth Congressional District Democratic Committee has stacked the deck, year after year in filling vacancies with those who are only willing to fall in line and dare not to even think of even rocking the boat just a little.
After this year's impending colossal failure, then in the process providing a nice firewall for Wolf in 2014, are the local committees that comprise the Tenth Congressional District and the DPVA going to continue to just sit there and shut up? They know this district committee's majority is nothing more than arrogant group of snobs who believe they have earned the high honor of sitting upon their thrown, in comfort and confidence in their own distinct existence.
That majority has failed us, time and time again. It has ignored outreach to vital constituency groups, by surrounding themselves with others who are supposed to be representatives of the Democratic voters that they hope go to the polls each Election Day.
Do they not have the slightest clue about the demographics that make up the entire Tenth Congressional District of Virginia? To even ask if they have a clue about out of the entire district, what percentages of minority groups faithfully go to the polls and vote for Democrats would be just insanity in itself.
I can tell you that this committee of 24 looks nothing like those it needs to do more to mobilize and motivate in order an end to the Republican domination of this district. In fact, the reality is they have done a bang up job of impersonating our "Do Nothing" Congress over the past 30 years. They have clearly done a whole lot of talking, but very little walking.
It's time to bring an end to this little social soiree, who are called to come together to sit upon their thrown a few times a year. It's time that we have an inclusive and active district committee. It's time to hold the guilty responsible for their inaction. It's time for the talk to halt and way past the time for these folks to walk the walk.
It's time to call a spade a spade, which is what I am doing right now. It's time to end this era or "error" in our history. It's time to send each of them walking down the plank. If they are lucky, maybe someone will throw them a life vest.
There is plenty of blame to go around, but let us begin at the root of the problem. The cavity is found at the very root of the Tenth Congressional District Democratic Committee. It looks very much like the only solution, since it has been left so long to continue to decay, is to yank the entire tooth from it's very roots and dispose of it promptly.
We heard a lot of election year rhetoric from Jill "HYPOCRISY" Vogel promising to focus on important issues like jobs, the economy, education and transportation. The truth is that she has played the old classic "bait and switch" game with the voters.
Vogel has turned out to be the "culture warrior" I said she was with he actions on the floor of the Virginia State Senate this session, including authoring this now nationally infamous, embarrassing and invasive vagina probing ultrasound bill. She has been at the lead of this socially obcessed and radical crusade by the majority of Republicans in the legislature of the Commonwealth of Virginia.
While people are still suffering throughout Virginia and our localities struggle to fend for themselves, our senator has chosen to turn her back on her constituents by pushing this radical agenda, born from her own self serving interests and ambition.
Vogel had played with fire for long enough and now finally has gotten burnt. She is now damaged goods, forever branded with the likes of this political albatross of a bill secured tightly around her neck.
We can only hope and pray this "culture warrior" has learned her lesson and will attempt to right the ship in the future by focusing on the issues that matter most to her constituents.
That may be a little too much to expect from the likes of Senator Jill H. Vogel, but we can at least hope for an act of divine intervention. Right?
In other words, it ain't gonna happen.
Vogel has been clearly damaged along with the GOP. They will be held accountable and shall suffer the consequences of pure politically stupidity in such an over reach of power in which they have displayed.
The left, middle and moderate republicans have had enough of this nonsense. This is a losing hand played by Vogel and friends, but by all means let them keep it up...
They will be digging their own political graves in the process!
It seems like a logical step towards what we have all seemed to echo on this board, which is to take steps to empower our local committees. One initial idea is to form an Assembly of Chairs, from the local and county chairs. This group could develop itself outside of any DPVA charter, but also being that it would be made up of one seat for each and every county chair, one would believe that it could wield considerable influence and somewhat oversight of the DPVA.
The Assembly could meet a couple times a year and provide added strength to the DPVA and/or provide a voice of the "people" in regards to the DPVA's future decisions. If a vote of confidence or no confidence came down from this Assembly, it could be quite a move by the county chairs in terms of the direction of the party.
This would also allow the local committee's a forum in which they feel desperately needed which actually be heard, from all parts of the Commonwealth. It would also be a proactive start towards a state-wide, but trickle down fund-raising effort that could support and ignite our grassroots efforts that are so poorly in need.
There is no doubt that quite a bit more thought would need to be put into it, and the work to go along with such an endeavor. I ask though, does the end, justify the means?
It's time to start thinking outside the box my friends and something like this is a start.