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Hanover Republicans Peace and Peterson Ducking Debates – The Cantor Lesson Didn’t Go Too Far

There is only one word that can describe elected representatives who refuse to answer to the people that put them in their position. Arrogant.

adjective: arrogant
  1. having or revealing an exaggerated sense of one’s own importance or abilities.
    “he’s arrogant and opinionated”
    synonyms: haughty, conceited, self-important, egotistic, full of oneself, superior;

    informalhigh and mighty, too big for one’s britches, too big for one’s boots, big-headed, puffed up;
    “success has made him arrogant”

These elected representatives arrogance multiplied with every year they are in office. They start believing they  are somehow our masters. Our “leaders”. Perhaps because some voters seem to bestow the title of leader upon them through ignorance.

With the exception of the President and the Governor, nearly every person serving in elected office is a representative. An employee of the voters. And they serve at the pleasure of the voters. And when they reach the point in their self absorbed arrogance where they think they are above the voters, where they are no longer beholden to the voters because they have served so long they believe themselves untouchable, along comes that bitter taste of Humble Pie when the voters throw them out on their ear. Eric Cantor is a perfect example of that arrogance.

Too big to fail.

Usually that phrase “too big to fail” is reserved for banks and institutions that hold a lot of economic cards. But elected officials believe that they, too reach a point where they are too big to fail. Too important to lose an election.

I reached the point with Eric Cantor a couple of years before he was tossed out by a strong majority of voters where I could no longer support him. I began writing my feelings in these blog posts about the arrogance and his failure to vote the will of the people who put him in office. I reminded him over and over that he was employed at the will of the voters.

Just after Cantor’s last victory in 2012, I was done with him and his arrogance. And sent out a warning that was carried to him by at least one former Delegate. And he blew the warning off in this post that I wrote a month after the 2012 election:

Since the election, I have been hoping that I would be wrong, that history would not repeat itself. Now there was little hope that Speaker John Boehner would provide leadership to once again position Republicans as the standard-bearers for the Constitution and it’s Conservative, Free-Market ideals. Boehner is a squishy liberal in Republican garb that has sold out the country and the Republican Conservatives time and again.

I had no such hope for Boehner. But I thought there was a glimmer of hope for my Congressman, Majority Leader Eric Cantor. But Cantor, too, turned his back on the Conservatives and was not only a willing participant in the efforts to purge all remnants of Fiscal Conservationism from the GOP, he was a ring leader.

And absent a radical and immediate change, Cantor has lost my vote. The numerous speeches I have listened to from the Majority Leader have all been lies. He has no intention of restoring fiscal sanity to the nation and is only interested ion holding onto power for as long as he can.

Republicans did not lose this election because they were too far to the right. They lost because they alienated too many Conservatives by running yet another liberal candidate for President. Conservatives refused to vote for Mitt Romney. They didn’t vote for Barack Obama, that’s for sure. But the stayed home just as they did with John McCain. The only reason George W. Bush won election was that the Democrats managed to find two candidates that were even worse.

And it was really hard to find a candidate worse than Obama, but Republicans have managed. Twice.

The last few years I have been working within the Republican Party to help move things back to the path the founders, and more recently Ronald Reagan laid out. A number of my friends called me crazy for trying. I now admit that they were right and I was wrong.

The leadership of the Republican Party on a National level can’t be fixed because they are too blind to realize they are broken.

I tried. I gave it the best I had (along with a lot of other people). And I failed to make a dent.

On a personal level, I resigned my seat on my local Republican Executive Committee. I cannot in good faith continue to support a jobs program for Republicans like Eric Cantor that talk the talk, but the minute they fear for their jobs, they eliminate the only members of important committees that are more interested in fixing American than personal gain.

And I finished the post with this promise:

Now what my readers can expect from here on is an open and honest truly independent Conservative point of view. I have overlooked Republican transgressions more times than I have those from Democrats.

If you are looking for a Republican rubber stamp perspective and undeserved accolades and endorsements, those will not be found here.

And I am not planning to start a Conservative Party, but if the idea happens to catch on, I will be in the mix. But I will no longer blindly follow “leaders” who tell you one thing to your face and do the opposite behind your back

And I would have to say, much to the chagrin of the Republican Committee that has been at war with Conservatives, I have held true to that promise.

And I will say that I am seeing the same patterns of arrogance with some of Hanover’s elected representatives. Last night the Mechanicsville TEA Party held a forum that was supposed to include the candidates in the 97th House District. And Chris Peace, the incumbent, did not show up. His challenger, Erica Lawler impressed the attendees with her knowledge and intelligence acording to one of the attendees. And tonight, the challenger in the Mechanicsville District for the Hanover Board of Supervisors seat Glenn Millican will hold an open meeting at the Mechanicsville Library at 7 PM without Canova Peterson. Millican and Peterson had a debate hosted by the Mechanicsville TEA Party that, in my opinion, Peterson lost badly. Read the coverage here. I thought my head would explode when Peterson defended the elimination of proffers and $52 million by saying the county lost nothing because the money wasn’t actually payable yet. And besides, they really never collect the full amount due.

I thought my head would explode on that one.

So when our Republicans incumbents refuse to debate and defend / explain their records, in essence what they are doing is refusing to submit to a performance review by their boss. We the people.

So they will use scheduling conflicts as an excuse, or pretend there was a failure actually schedule the debate as was the case with Peace. And there was absolutely no effort on the part of either of these men to facilitate another date. Which is the first hint that they are ducking the debate.

As I predicted in 2012, Cantor’s arrogance would be his downfall. And that followed by Boehner’s downfall as the dominoes continue to fall.

And I predict that both Chris Peace and Canova Peterson are on their way out because they have reached the same point that Eric Cantor did in his egotistic belief that he was invincible. It may or may not be this election, but this is the same shot across the bow I gave Eric Cantor.

And as Chris Peace and Canova Peterson read this post, if you need proof of your own arrogance, I would ask you both when you reach this point of this post, are you feeling ashamed at your own arrogance and thinking you need to start remembering that you work for us? Or are you directing your ire towards me, the messenger?

I know the answer. It is the same answer Eric Cantor arrived at.

Arrogance prevails. Until it doesn’t.

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.

23 Responses to “Hanover Republicans Peace and Peterson Ducking Debates – The Cantor Lesson Didn’t Go Too Far”

  1. Paul Thiel says:

    Amen Tom !
    Canova has that same arrogance-shove growth down our throats. Not once does he consider the existing infrastructure in his stilted effort to grow revenue. If getting around and traveling throughout Hanover continues to get more difficult it has a negative impact on property values.
    I have bought and sold properties in Chesterfield, Henrico and Hanover and homes of similar size in Chesterfield are at least twenty percent less in value and traffic and infrastructure are primary reasons.

    Come on Canova get your head out of your As_ and be a leader against that growth at all costs bunch at the BOS !

  2. Smith III says:

    Dude, I like thought Peace was awesome his first couple terms but am becoming increasingly bothered by some of his shenanigans to put it lightly.

    And I, as you do, are starting to sense that the writing may be on the wall for him as more & more people start to learn about his integrity issues.

    Thank u for doing the heavy lifting sir.

  3. Kenny says:

    Any smart politician knows better not to participate in a Tea Party debate. It turns off more voters than it gets them votes. Buddy Fowler lost some voters by participating last week.

    • Robert Musick says:

      IF Mr. Fowler lost votes last week it is because he supports Garbage Hauling in Virginia and the DEQ permitting of Sludge Dumping in the District- contaminating ground and stream water with toxic heavy metals and other carcinogens.

      Mrs. Radler adamantly opposes Land Application of Industrial Sludge.

      For all of you who are voting for Mr. Fowler on the single issue of his opposition to Medicaid Expansion- allow me to enlighten you. Offer you a paradigm shift in your thinking. Medicaid Expansion is not going to pass the Republican Majority in the House of Delegates. Why not elect Mrs. Radler to represent the overwhelming desire of voters in the 55th to oppose Biosolids and Sludge and work for Term Limits and Ethics Reform in the General Assembly? And end the Hargrove Dynasty and decades of control and conflict of interest in that seat.

      It’s time for a Democrat to go to Richmond to represent all of the citizens of the 55th- not just the developer donor class.

  4. Smith III says:

    Hey Kenny,

    How do u know Fowler lost votes? The votes haven’t been tallied yet. In other words, the election hasn’t even taken place.

    Didn’t seem to lose Dave Brat ANY votes. He embraced the TEA (Taxed Enough Already) voters along with all of his voters.

  5. Paul T says:

    Hey Kenny where were you when Erica Canter got his Fannie kicked ?
    What are you smokin boy !

  6. robert shannon

    It all starts ( at the local level ) of how thoroughly you vet these candidates, and come to terms with who you don’t want on the ballot to begin with.

    I’ve laid out articulate points in the past as to what has been hard fought and learned lessons on the types of folks you don’t want running for local office. You do not want school board members running for the B.O.S. They have such ingrained bias towards larger school budgets they can not or will not objectively view an entity that receives some 65% or more of the local budget. Down here in King William the horrific bloat is even stunning some of us who knew all along their was waste . From staffing compensation that should rightfully be going towards better pay for the teachers, to silly DOE experiments in “alternative seating” $11,000 to fertilize a football field, the list goes on and on when you elect someone who served on a school board they will have an endless litany of justifications for continuing the nonsense.

    Allow local builders/developers/contractors real estate folks, architects etc on a governing board….what else do you expect. I know ,I know how old the fox guarding the henhouse metaphor is but it applies. Did anyone actually expect the promises to rein in local governments out of control growth, to cut local spending in Hanover to come to fruition ? Their first official action after they were seated was to eliminate proffers. Who in their right mind was surprised ?

    Tom White is correct, the arrogance begins to surface in abundance after a few terms and while it may ultimately result in their political demise, the time that lapses waiting causes even more damage. What would help to speed things along is some real local opposition, some tangible push back from the local opposition, at least what passed for opposition in past years.

    When I led the effort in 2010 & 2013 you remember EVER seeing my picture taken with any of these scoundrels ? Of course not. Regardless of what others opinion of me might be, no one would ever accuse me of being a facilitator of their malfeasance.

    You can speed up the process of getting rid of these miscreants , but first you must stop hugging them and start kicking their a—.

    Bob Shannon

  7. David Jackson

    I’m with you Tom. Looking a little further north you might find two more suffering from the same malady. Bryce Reeves and Congressman Witman. Witman has a nice manner but that will only go so far. He continues to disappoint. Bryce is confused, he actually believes he’s a leader. He has no idea how many people dislike him as he suffers from the Cantor syndrome. He will likely survive this election but he will have to survive a primary the next cycle. He may also find some competition from the dem candidate by the name of Ned Gallaway. This guy’s resume is impressive and he is from the more populated northern part of the state. I frankly don’t know who really wants to work for Brycee’s reelection I know I don’t.
    David Jackson

  8. Smith III says:

    For any of you who are considering voting for Toni Radler, please be informed that she is on the Board of Directors of Planned Parenthood.

  9. Daryl Carr says:

    I personally am disturbed by any elected official refusing to stand on his record. If I vote for a candidate that gets elected I expect him or her to defend the votes they have made on my behalf. Dave Brat promised to have town halls if he was elected, something Eric Cantor refused to do. After Dave won the election and went to Washington, guess what? Yes he has had more town halls than you can count on both hands. He has NOT refused to answer any question put to him. He is what we as voters should expect in their elected officials. If you as an elected official cannot be upfront on the issues then I do not want you to represent me.

  10. Smith III says:

    Hey Mitzy,

    In what capacity was RADLER “involved” with PLANNED PARENTHOOD?

    Thank you in advance for providing the complete record.


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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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