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MEMORIAL DAY with the MONTROSS TEA PARTY: Congressman Rob Wittman & Delegate Margaret Ransone Attend

Memorial Day Event

I would like to thank Kathy Craig and the Montross TEA Party for a wonderful Memorial Day event at the courthouse in Montross this morning. Their list of speakers included Congressman Rob Wittman and Delegate Margaret Ransone. Margaret Ransone spoke for all civilians with regard to our appreciation for the men and women who serve our nation in our military, both those servicemen and women who gave their lives and those who have made so many other sacrifices, from time away from their families, to terrible physical injuries, to mental injuries as well.

Margaret Ransone

It was wonderful to have Margaret say for all of us civilians what we would have wanted to say ourselves. Congressman Wittman also paid tribute to the Gold Star Families, who sacrificed husbands and wives, sons and daughters, in the line of duty.

“When you come across someone on the street wearing a Gold Star pin”, the congressman said, “Stop, and take the time to thank them for their sacrifice”.

Congressman Rob Wittman

Memorial Day is a sober day. We think about the life and death of the men and women who have fought for our liberty. I find it difficult, on this day, not to wonder cynically if future servicemen and women will be fighting wars for our liberty, or will they be fighting wars for our government? What liberty will we have twenty years from now, or forty years from now, to fight for? But as one speaker pointed out, the threats to our liberty and republic are not new threats. They are the same threats that have always opposed freedom throughout the world. Our error, is in forgetting the past, and dooming ourselves to repeating old mistakes. So true. So what lessons can we learn from the past? We’ve learned that peace through strength is the most effective foreign policy tried by this nation, and we know that peace through compromise and appeasement is horrible mistake. Today Russia and China are on the rise, while America is in decline. Will our inaction today cost the lives of our military men and women in the future? Only time will tell.

I appreciated Congressman Wittman taking a few minutes to talk to me after the event. I must admit I am encouraged. I do not believe that our Republican Leadership will be successful in passing comprehensive immigration reform. Congressman Wittman agreed that any comprehensive immigration reform coming out of The House will be rolled into the Senate Bill in conference (this means that any bill the House passes will be scrapped for the Senate Bill and the Senate Bill is amnesty). We talked about his support for the Fair Tax, which I would love to see more TEA Party activists get behind, and we talked about the debt. Now, Congressman Wittman has voted for packaged deals that have included debt increases, and seems to view this as a necessity. I suppose we’ve failed to make it clear just how much of a priority reducing the debt in this country is to the Republican and Libertarian grassroots.

In fact, we must be furiously intolerant of any bill that includes a debt limit increase as a part of some comprehensive appropriation. Our Congressmen should not be able to use, “but it was a defense bill” or it was a “bill to keep the government operational” as excuses for voting to increase our national debt limit. All debt limit bills must be single issue legislation. I suggest we begin writing our Congressmen and women and demand an end to sneaking debt increases into other mega-legislation. I would also encourage the TEA Party to make it clear that we do not care whether or not a bill is entitled the “Save The Children Act” or the “We Love Puppies ACT of 2015″… if there is a debt increase in that legislation, we care more about the bankruptcy of our nation than we do about anything else. This is a priority issue and it must be treated as such.

Montross TEA PARTY

At the end of the day, it was a terrific event. I have so much respect for what the Montross TEA Party does, for their organization, for their commitment to staying in touch with those politicians that represent them in Washington D.C. and Richmond, and for their patriotic commitment to their country and their community. So, thank you Montross TEA Party and thank you Montross! You made this Memorial Day one to remember!

 

About Steven Brodie Tucker

Graduated with a degree in Philosophy from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Also studied economics and political science at George Mason.

3 Responses to “MEMORIAL DAY with the MONTROSS TEA PARTY: Congressman Rob Wittman & Delegate Margaret Ransone Attend”

  1. Robert Shannon says:

    Congressman Wittman is a go along to get along, follower. The Nation needs Leadership, bold decisive leadership, and Rob Wittman is not the guy.

    His token votes on symbolic bills is just such an example. He touts in his mailers that he has never voted for a “clean debt ceiling increase” Just what in the hell good does it do to increase spending by a dollar with a FUTURE 1 penny cut that will never materialize in DC anyway ?

    In June of 2010 at the King William TEA Party meeting where he had been invited to speak he pledged to cut farm subsidies. He lied, plain and simple , given he has just voted for a Farm Bill that did nothing in terms of reining in this giant welfare program. Some 50% of Federal Farm subsidies go to farm households with annual income above $200,000.00.

    Wittman stitches together a constituency of veterans, good ol boy republicrats, educators( with the expected allowance of continuing to feed at the trough ), and the farm /agricultural welfare crowd. Until that is exposed and he is held accountable he will simply stay in place by doing Cantor and Boehner’s bidding.
    Bob Shannon

  2. Steven Tucker
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    Virginia and her representatives seem to support a majority of what the establishment wants. Military Industrial Complex, Corporate and Agricultural Welfare, and NO government shutdowns for any reason. Wittman has two things going for him: he’s not afraid to speak at townhalls or to the TEA Party like Eric Cantor and he supports the Fair Tax. I’m also pleased he isn’t going along with this back door amnesty deal. That said, he has got to get tough on the debt, corporate and agricultural welfare, and spending over all, or he’ll eventually be replaced by a more fiscally responsible candidate.

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