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One of my favorite scenes in a movie I surprisingly like – Michael Collins – is the one where the Irish revolutionary leader is speaking for a candidate for the British Parliament in Ireland who is in jail (The Irish nationalists ran for seats in Parliament, not to go to London, but to form their own legislature:  The Fianna Fail.  Collins held a seat in the Fail, too!)  I would cite the movie but for copyright concerns.  Go buy it and hear it for yourself!

Collins is addressing a crowd of several hundred in a rural Irish town when the Royal Irish Constabulary comes up to break it up.  Collins says:

“Our friends at the Royal Irish Constabulary would like to shut me up.  *  *  *  But I’d like you to send them a message:  If they shut me up, who’ll take my place?”

Nearly every hand goes up!  So after hearing Ron Paul’s farewell address to Congress and the nation, I want to ask the same question Collins did?  Who’ll take Ron Paul’s place?

Many have already lifted their hands:  Justin Amash was reelected to Congress and is joined in the Wolverine State by another liberty member:  Benny Bentivolio.  Also Thomas Massie was reelected in Kentucky!  Here’s a short list of some others:

4. Former Congressman Steve Stockman will return to Congress to represent the new 36th Congressional District of Texas, after easily besting Democratic nominee Max Martin by a 71-26 percent margin. Stockman was ideologically similar to Ron Paul his two years in Congress 1995-1997, and is best known for being a strong advocate of the Second Amendment.

5. Businessman Randy Weber won the race to replace Ron Paul in Texas’ 14th Congressional District, defeating Democratic nominee Nick Lampson 53-45 percent.

6. Veterinarian Ted Yoho will represent Florida’s 3rd Congressional District after defeating the Democratic nominee Jacques Gaillot in the general election by 65-32 percent. Yoho defeated longtime incumbent Republican Congressman Cliff Stearns in the GOP primary this past summer.

7. Congressman David Schweikert of Arizona’s 6th District won reelection 62-33 percent. Schweikert served on the House Money and Banking Subcommittee with Rep. Paul, where he became a key ally in seeking an audit of the Federal Reserve.

8. Congressman Walter Jones easily won reelection to North Carolina’s 3rd District, 63-37 percent over his Democratic opponent. Rep. Jones had become a key ally with Paul in opposition to the Iraq War and in favor of defending civil liberties in the so-called “war on terror.”

The new Texas Senator Ted Cruz (who we endorsed here at Virginia Right!) has potential to be a pro-sovereignty and pro-liberty Senator.

But as Collins said in that speech:  “I can’t hear you!” Who’ll be Ron Paul on the school board?  The city council?  The county commission?  The state legislature?

know there are liberty candidates who won their elections – in 2010 and this year.  Let me know you are out there and I’ll talk about at least a few!

So go and do it!  Who’ll take Ron Paul’s place in Hanover County?  Henrico?  Richmond City?  Chesterfield?  Elections for school board(except in Hanover), board of supervisors and soil and water commissioners are in 2015.  Start now.  You and your community and nation will be glad you did!

About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

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Nothing is more conservative than a republican wanting to get their majority back. And nothing is more liberal than a republican WITH a majority.

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