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Conservative Educators Should Support Dave Brat

Guest Post:

Trish Capps
Troy (Louisa County)

Appeal to Conservative Educators in the 7th District: Vote Dave Brat

Although I would want to urge all conservatives to vote for Dave Brat on June 10th in the GOP primary, I especially wish to appeal to the conservative educators in the district. As a homeschooling mom, it’s what I know and can relate to….Whether you are a homeschooling mom like me (or dad), a public school teacher, private school administrator or just a private tutor, I think that you will be able to stand up for this man. Dave Brat is the profound and best choice on June 10th to begin to change the corrupt environment in Washington DC. As a Randolph Macon college professor of economics and ethics, he understands our mind-set and can present our voice among all the lawyers (I say this even though I am a licensed attorney as well). If you see or hear him, you will see his positive vision for our party’s and our country’s future.
Some may be questioning my inclusion of public school teachers or employees in this list….like wait, there are no conservatives there? I beg to differ. I have no doubts there are some devoted to teaching youth who also are embedded in the battle for conservative thought in this environment. Eric Cantor is banking on pre-conceived notions about anyone in academia so that conservatives will automatically accept his bold claims that Dave Brat is a liberal professor when all indications are otherwise. Cantor assumes people will not bother to check I guess…well, don’t take my word for it…look up Brat’s response on his website as well as or the vast other resources which indicate completely the opposite. {See;}
What about policy, you may ask? Why specifically should you support him over the powerful and long-term Eric Cantor? After all, won’t the 7th district of Virginia lose the chance to have its representative as Speaker of the House? Well, it is not because he promises tax credits for homeschoolers or resources for local private or public schools funneled to our area…because he doesn’t. Besides, we should not be guided by a thirst for more power or influence like the corrupt politicians we criticize. In supporting Brat, you also do not have to hate Cantor or necessarily think Cantor is absolutely corrupt (although Brat raises some good concerns in this area to at least look at). Nor do you need to agree with Brat on everything he says or proposes to do. There is a strong misconception out there that there is some PERFECT candidate waiting to appear. There are only the best candidates called for in this particular election at this particular time. The time now is for a change to a positive, intelligent and principled approach which also seeks to hear as well as represent the views of our district not just seeking the power at the top in Washington.
As educators we know that that sometimes you need to change textbooks or teaching approaches to help a child to learn. Sometimes you have to switch out even a principal or head of a school board to extract wider progress throughout the school or district….even if he or she wasn’t necessarily incompetent. Teachers get burnt out and administrators lose touch with their students and parents, so things need to be shaken up. You may need a fresh pair of eyes to move forward or at a least a break from the stress. This can be even more pronounced in the political environment of Washington DC where the corrupt influence of money and power is pernicious and the likelihood of losing touch with your constituents is so pervasive if you have served a long time (especially if you don’t make efforts to reconnect or you may just stop listening).
“Nothing so strongly impels a man to regard the interest of his constituents, as the certainty of returning to the general mass of the people, from whence he was taken, where he must participate in their burdens. “ George Mason, Speech at Virginia Ratifying convention, June 17, 1788, Founder’s Almanac 2001.

“It’s time we asked ourselves if we still know the freedoms intended for us by the Founding Fathers. James Madison said, ‘We base all our experiments on the capacity of mankind for self-government.’ This idea that government was beholden to the people, that it had no other source of power, is still the newest, most unique idea in all the long history of man’s relation to man. This is the issue of this election: Whether we believe in our capacity for self-government or whether we abandon the American Revolution and confess that a little intellectual elite in a far-distant capital can plan our lives for us better than we can plan them ourselves.” Ronald Reagan, October 27, 1964

The 7th District has reached that time….time to term limit Cantor for his sake and ours…because we have the man to represent that new vision and face for our district. Choose a man that you can respect, who promises to follow the Republican creed and who abides by strong, positive conservative principles like limited federal government, strong national defense, fiscal conservatism, protection of constitutional liberties and recognition of the moral and Godly foundation for our country. I especially like his desire to seek congressional term limits, to work against crony capitalism and corporate welfare, work for peace through supporting a strong defense, support of fair or flat tax and his undeniable energy and knowledge to solve our country’s fiscal problems. Brat is also down-to-earth as he connects with people and as he sees pragmatic applications (with recognition of possible obstacles) without compromise of the principles.
Laura Ingraham referred to Dave Brat as the “happy warrior” due to his positive energy and ideas. I also look to the past to see what makes our leaders successful and great, even if not perfect or even if they didn’t achieve every goal they set out for themselves or their mission. These leaders certainly showed character and knowledge as well as a positive vision and charismatic appeal. They weren’t afraid to speak the truth about what is going on. Many such leaders needed to also be able to eloquently articulate those ideas. If you look at and listen to Dave Brat, you will see many of these attributes….ones that will not only urge to vote for him but enable you to see a possibly GREAT STATESMAN in our midst…any educator or thoughtful conservative can appreciate that!

About Tom White

Tom is a US Navy Veteran, owns an Insurance Agency and is currently an IT Manager for a Virginia Distributor. He has been published in American Thinker, currently writes for the Richmond Examiner as well as Virginia Right! Blog. Tom lives in Hanover County, Va and is involved in politics at every level and is a Recovering Republican who has finally had enough of the War on Conservatives in progress with the Leadership of the GOP on a National Level.

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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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