I watched the local news on Friday to see what if anything was being reported on the State wide candidates running this fall. I wasn’t at all surprised to see the reporting of Terry McAuliffe at a campaign stop somewhere in Northern Virginia and contrasted that with the following story of E.W Jackson, not of a personal appearance Thursday night in Mechanicsville where he received a standing ovation, but the reporting instead of a failure to meet a deadline on a loan to his campaign. A technical violation at best and not at all uncommon in the hustle of manning a state-wide campaign with what is largely an all- volunteer staff. McAuliffe in a positive light, and E.W Jackson as negative as they could find.
What should trouble all of us is that I sent the three local news outlets in Richmond an advance on Wednesday that Jackson would be making a surprise appearance at the Thursday night event in Mechanicsville. I understand that this is one of the mountains this man will have to climb. What’s troubling is why? He is by any measure a true conservative Christian who believes in God and the greatness of our Founders wisdom and the U.S Constitution. He does not couch or parse his words, a refreshing departure from today’s candidates for elective office.
If you profess today a belief in our Creator, or His word, if you state unequivocally that you think the Constitution should be adhered to, if you profess the philosophy that free markets are the best route to national prosperity, or dare to say that big federal government is an impediment to solving our nation’s problems—you are an “extremist”. Is this evidence of the upside down society we live in today, or an ignorant one ?
As the campaign progresses rest assured the same miscalculation made at the RPV convention a few weeks ago, believing they could deny the people’s choice of E.W Jackson as the nominee, the political pundits will do the same. All the talking heads will endlessly pontificate how this man won’t be able to raise enough money, his views on this subject or that subject is “too far out of the mainstream” ……. If you had been in that room Thursday night you would have witnessed what is to come. It is just a shame the TV media wasn’t there to do what used to be their job—report the news. Truth is about to give spin the comeuppance it deserves—long overdue.
Bob Shannon King William