King George, Virginia


6 April 2020


Fellow Members of the King George TEA Party:

I trust that everyone is doing well under these lock-down conditions.  The vast majority of this Newsletter will address how things have turned out but first I want to remind everyone that this, too, shall pass.  Heck, we had to tread water for eight years waiting to come out from Obama… we can certainly tread water for a couple of weeks waiting until the Chinese virus dissipates.

But first, a note passed on to me from Bob regarding the Virginia Senate race:

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On Apr 5, 2020, at 2:02 PM, Bob wrote:


  • Jim,

  • There will be 3 people on the Virginia REP Senate primary ballot:

  • Daniel Gade
  • Thomas Speciale
  • Alissa Baldwin

  • Omari Faulkner got a court order to drop the requirement from 10,000 to 3,500 signatures.  That allowed Baldwin to qualify.

  • Faulkner submitted about 3,700 signatures, but after review, enough of those were rejected that he fell below 3,500. Faulkner has ended his campaign.

  • The primary date is still 9 June 2020.  No one is sure how that will happen with the coronavirus lock down.

  • Bob

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I am sure that, by now, everyone has had the chance to read about Virginia Governor Northam’s Executive Order.  If not, here you go:


If one were to read these, and the many other articles citing Northam’s decree, you would get the impression that these were dire circumstances.  More about that further below.  But some other articles with statements attributed to some very prominent Democrats indicate that the pandemic response has been classic "You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it's an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.”  Thank you Rahm Emanuel for that jewel of a quote.

Here are two other individuals that are trying to implement that theme under these COVID-19 conditions.  Ask yourself if these were an accidental “slip of the tongue” or a Freudian slip:


I get it, health and safety is important.  An objective and balanced perspective, however, is required when making such important decisions.  It is far too easy to avoid all dangers and try to eliminate all risks when objectivity is ignored.  Applying judgement and balance is much, much harder to do.  A couple of articles have raised this point in their discussions:


For example, pull out your own calculator and do some math for yourself in order to quantity your risk for COVID-19.  As of today’s reporting, there were a total of 2,878 COVID-19 cases in Virginia with a total of 54 deaths.  For a Virginia population of 8,535,519 this makes the segment of those affected very small indeed.  Fact is, I took out my calculator using these metrics and found out that this represents a total of 0.034% of the population have been affected to date.  That is one third, of one tenth, of one percent.  The question on the table then becomes, “Why is our Virginia government applying a one-size-fits-all approach to the COVID-19 pandemic mitigation.”  For a real comparison, take a moment to review the above CDC’s data linked above for typical deaths and mortality and compare that data with the COVID-19 effects.

The reason that we need to be objective in how America responds to this virus is the second- and third-order effects that an over-reaction will bring to America.  Being careful about personal hygiene (washing hands especially) and self-isolation when sick is common knowledge and common practice.  Shutting down entire industries because they are deemed “non-essential” is not, however, an intelligent approach to such a threat.  Here are a couple of articles from people that have already raised this issue:


The “share” of news articles in this Newsletter is a graphic example of how “the conversation” here in America has recently changed and an illustration of how readily government leaders will strip Americans of fundamental, Constitutional rights when given an opportunity.  The clearest example is how several states made efforts to immediately shut down gun sales in their states (Maine, New Jersey, and California) but had to retract their orders once President Trump declared gun stores “critical infrastructure.”  That was the only way that the Second Amendment rights for the citizens in those states were retained.

Sure, we can argue all day about what needs to be done to mitigate a pandemic… but take a long look at the VERY EXTENSIVE listing of articles under the Regulation section.  Do you see a pattern here?  Is it just me that thinks that some of these examples are exorbitant?


TEA Party / Nationalism Movement

From the top article below:




Regulation

From the top article below:

  • "When societies lose their freedom, it is not ordinarily because autocrats or tyrants have forcibly taken it away.  It is usually the result of the population willingly surrendering their freedom in return for protection against an external threat.  While the threat is oftentimes real, it is invariably exaggerated.  This is what we in the United States are experiencing."




National Debt / Its the Spending, Stupid!

From the top article below:

  • "It would appear the American people are fed up being saddled with pork and with unnpopular or controversial insertions.  These insertions mostly are to finance political projects that could not gain support legislatively. If either party has any interest in reining in the runaway federal budget, then it is time to reintroduce and to campaign for a new line item veto crafted to meetthe standard of  constitutionality by a Supreme Court that has changed substantially since 1996. Justices Stevens, Sutter, Kennedy, Scalia, O'Conner and Rehnquist are gone and Justice Breyer felt the 1996 legislation was constitutional at the time."




Economy

From the top article below:

  • "'For those worried and afraid, please know: As long as I am your president, you can feel confident that you have a leader who will always fight for you, and I will not stop until we win. This will be a great victory,” he said Sunday, adding, “This is going to be a victory. And it's going to be a victory that, in my opinion, will happen much sooner than originally expected.'"




Patriotism / America First

From the top article below:

  • "The Kenowa Hills teacher normally works in the high school, where he told the station that he is 'pretty proud of respectfully doing the Pledge of Allegiance' every day.  But with schools closed to students during the COVID-19 crisis, he’s instead leading a group of elementary students who are his neighbors.  'When they're not at school, it gives them a routine and a respect for our flag and our nation,' he told the outlet."




First Amendment / Freedom of Speech / Freedom of Religion

From the top article below:

  • "One of the slogans of the American Revolution was, 'Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God.'  Is our government being tyrannical when it forbids us to gather? Is this the right time to rebel, despite the Bible’s clear teaching that, generally speaking, we are called to obey the authorities? (See Romans 13.)  Let’s examine this from several angles."




Second Amendment / Right to Keep and Bear Arms

From the top article below:

  • "Gun shops have been listed as 'critical infrastructure' by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency on Saturday.  The move comes as states have been shutting down the retailers as 'non-essential' businesses during the coronavirus lockdowns."




Fourth Amendment / Right to Privacy

From the top article below:

  • "Last week TGP reported that the CDC was asking tech giants for access to Americans’ cellphone locations. That way the government could track the location of every American and see whether Americans are properly practicing 'social distancing.'  The access was granted."




Abortion / Right to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness

From the top article below:

  • "Northam, who advocated for late term abortion and infanticide in 2019, is more willing to throw Christians or other religious gatherers into jail over meeting with 11 fellow believers than he is to protect to the lives of health care workers and pregnant women."




Corruption / Rule of Law

From the top article below:

  • "We rate this claim TRUE because it is supported by our research. There is no indication that the Obama administration took significant steps to replenish the supply of N95 masks in the Strategic National Stockpile after it was depleted from repeated crises. Calls for action came from experts at the time concerned for the country’s ability to respond to future serious pandemics. Such recommendations were, for whatever reason, not heeded."




National Sovereignty / Border Security / Illegal Alien Invasion

From the top article below:

  • "It took a global health crisis for the world to come around to Trump’s position. Borders are suddenly relevant again. Countries that once embraced globalism are now following Trump’s lead and protecting their borders. Allowing citizens of the world to enter a country with little or no scrutiny now seems like a quaint, naïve position of a bygone era."




Conservatism / Capitalism

From the top article below:

  • "To prove my first point, some idiot in comments claims 'this is capitalism' and I 'should be down with it.'  It is not capitalism when socialists order your business closed at gunpoint."




Socialism / Creeping Socialism

From the top article below:

  • "Given the stark realities of socialized medicine, and how those failings are being highlighted with COVID-19’s race through Europe, it’s disturbing to see American Democrats double down on their calls for socialized medicine. How dumb do you have to be never to understand that access is not the same as treatment and that people will not work harder or innovate more if there’s nothing in it for them? I find myself becoming quite hostile to left-wingers who are so deeply immersed in their theories that they never bother to embrace the facts on the ground."




Censorship / Social Media Censorship

From the top article below:

  • "On Tuesday, the chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia challenged Northam to explain what's behind his decision to set June 10 as the expiration date for his statewide stay-at-home order.  While other states with higher infection rates have set shorter deadlines more in line with the White House Task Force's guidelines of April 30, Northam's random date prompted RPV chairman Jack Wilson to remind Northam that the Republican primary for nominating all federal candidates is on June 9."




Denial / Deception / Propaganda / Social Engineering

From the top article below:

  • “'Don’t use the word ‘seize,'' Cuomo said to reporters, calling it a 'harsh word.'  'It’s sharing of resources,' he said."




Attacks Against Conservatives

From the top article below:

  • "When Bednarz is not teaching English as a Second Language to middle schoolers, or offering to hire people to kill the president with biological warfare, she can often be found threatening Keri Rodriguez, the president of the National Parents Union."




Miscellaneous



As always, I welcome any questions or comments you may have.


James
King George TEA Party
King George, Virginia
james@kinggeorgeteaparty.com
https://www.kinggeorgeteaparty.com









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