We’re one month into the Trump presidency, and his opponents have set the tone for the next four years – disagree, obstruct, protest, bully, harass, and shut down this administration — at all costs. The three major social institutions in our country (academia, the media, and Hollywood) are lined up solid against this administration and are rallying the troops. There have been recent marches replete with vulgarity, outbursts by Hollywood elites at awards shows, and shouting down Republican representatives at their town halls. There is now talk of a liberal “Tea Party” emerging, and President Obama is reactivating Organization for Action (OFA) to oppose all Trump programs that threaten his legacy. The former president also sanctioned protests that emerge daily across the country, which many now see as free and justifiable license for incivility.
The scene two weeks ago with Secretary De Vos attempting to enter a Washington, DC public school illustrates a troubling trend. It’s one thing to block a vehicle or a motorcade, or stand on the sidewalk holding up signs and shouting slogans, but this went much farther. Secretary De Vos was physically obstructed from walking up the steps of a public school, bullied, and verbally assaulted by people who entered her “safe space.” This government official was physically obstructed from performing her duties on public school property — more than just a peaceful, polite, protest depicted in the mainstream media. A video taken by one of the participants is here:
After blocking her entrance to the school, the protesters ran down the sidewalk and blocked her vehicle as it tried to enter another gate while chanting, “Stop De Vos, said f**k black futures; stop De Vos, said f**k black futures!” – a profane, catchy slogan with no apparent message.
Some centrist and liberal friends of mine tell me I should not be surprised. After all, they say, Donald Trump drew first blood when he ran an ugly campaign, so he and his lieutenants are now reaping what they sowed. In their minds, campaign rhetoric justifies civil disobedience and incivility after the election. They are wrong.
The militant liberals will use everything at their disposal to destroy civil discord. While free speech and protesting are cherished rights in our country, exercising those rights goes too far when it leads to sanctioned harassment, bullying, rudeness, or violence directed at our government institutions and leaders, whether they be politicians or policemen.
Social media has made it easy to organize protests and rallies, and the left intends to protest and riot their way to the 2020 elections. Virginia’s 2017 election cycle is their first test bed and training ground. Efforts are underway to ensure that all Republican incumbents in the General Assembly have Democratic opponents in November. In response, Republicans must continue the grassroots efforts that led to nation-wide victories in 2016. We need to advance our positive message here in Virginia, actively support our candidates, and defend our Republican elected officials when they are ruthlessly attacked in the media or at town hall meetings.
We invested heavily with our time, and our resources to win the White House and gain seats in the House and Senate, and right now our playbook must focus on Virginia. We all know that what happens north of the Potomac has a direct impact on elections south of the Potomac. So join the team and help your local party. Keep the grassroots movement going. We have invested too much and cannot afford to stand on the sidelines while our team absorbs all the cheap shots thrown their way. It’s time to take the field and defend our 2016 victories, defend our Republican candidates and elected officials, and defend our freedom!
Bob Watson is a member of the RPV State Central Committee from the First District and a precinct captain in the Prince William County Republican Committee.
It’s funny when the papers post pictures of protesters, like some at the DeVos deal. One picture caption says the person shown is a social worker. The other picture shows a member of a social organization. When you look these people up, you find the social worker is a full time organizer of protests. The other is a PHD educated loon who is the Director of a refugee rights organization. Just the normal low income protester attacking anything Trump. Education is just one more reason to get your face in the paper. It doesn’t matter what reason, just a reason. Start publishing these names on the web when ever they show up.
A good starting point would to be to clean house in the RPV State committee. It is still loaded with “we know what is best for Virginians- listen to us”. It still has more then its share of the Republican elitists “who know best”. They nod they are listening and that is about it.
That seems to be the undrainable swamp. Just what do they do anyway?
Actually they are VERY GOOD at what they do. They are consulting engineers to the Republican Party, on how to make sure things do not work and generally produce a plan on how to make sure it does not work. If it still looks like regardless something is working then they do the ultimate plan killer. They appoint a committee.
I can only upvote once though you deserve more.
1) Drastically reduce number on SCC. 1 at large; 1 if you elect a President; 1 if you elect a Senator; 1 if you elect a congress critter.
2) Do away with all sexist and appeasing token representatives.
3) Any action SCC takes is immediately subject to an up or down electronic vote by all unit Chairs that evening.
4) Fix convention apportionment to represent actual numbered delegations from Units, caucus by CD. No more ‘everybody gets to be a delegate.’
5) Elect delegates to district convention, district convention elects delegates to state conventions. Weight in favor of districts that elect Republicans.
6) Reduce numbers of convention delegates so that we can rotate conventions into every CD around the state. Have a host committee from each CD keep raising the bar for every convention.
Or just continue to pretend to have conventions that are actually statewide mass meetings and quit claiming to actually be Republican in the true sense of the word.
Good measures but I would still maintain just down size it to a 3-5 person rotating district liaison interface to the state party chair and whose main function would be enabling intra-party base/state apparatus clarity in communication with no real vested powers otherwise.
Absolutely nothing that the SCC organizational layer does can’t be done more efficiently, grounded at the district/unit level and with less endless political logrolling at closed meetings and with secret ballots. It’s nothing but an unproductive show pony and the state’s party circus has been locked for some time in recurring failure mode.
I like that plan!
Republicans ( many I vote for).
Defend your damn selves until
you develop the testicular fortitude to defend legal employers and legal commerce.
Va. Republicans don’t defend Virginia ,
similar to Clintons Behngazi.
Take the field? How about it’s time to see elected legislators and executives start taking care of true conservative interests. How about shut up and pass a budget, now that we have Republicans across the board? How about we don’t let banks get too big to fail again? How about we don’t let state and local governments use civil forfeiture as a cash cow?
You show me less hot air and more conservatism. Then call me up about your “take the field” memo.
“support our candidates, and defend our Republican elected officials when they are ruthlessly attacked in the media” ..Well, let’s start with John McLean. Will someone tell him to either shut up or just officially become a Democrat?
We need to advance our positive message here in Virginia, actively
support our candidates, and defend our Republican elected officials when
they are ruthlessly attacked in the media or at town hall meetings.
How can they be attacked, ruthlessly or otherwise, at town hall meetings when they refuse to hold town hall meetings?
Town hall meetings have become a circus, skip ’em and go directly to the people.
I’m going to label that a GOP classified tactic, but when you see how the left is using every town meeting as a stage for their agenda and antics, it quickly becomes clear how the adults in the room will need to act.
Our reps know their districts and they know how to best directly connect with their constituents without being a fool for the #OccupyTownHall and #NeverGOP crews.
There are other Republican congressmen with whom I agree on very little who aren’t afraid to face constituents who disagree with them. What makes Goodlatte such a special snowflake?
What you’re suggesting is keeping Goodlatte’s schedule secret and have him only show up at events where he can be assured a favorable reception– i.e., events that exclude the tens of thousands of constituents who don’t like what he’s doing.
Nope. Representatives represent. There is no need to pander to attack groups. These vowel movements are paid choreography hijacking constituental access and attention span.
The reps should/will route around the damage.
Dave Brat’s town hall meeting…
“While free speech and protesting are cherished rights in our country, exercising those rights goes too far when it leads to sanctioned harassment, bullying, rudeness, or violence directed at our government institutions and leaders, whether they be politicians or policemen.”
WRONG. WRONG under the law, and WRONG under civil morality, and WRONG under political reality.
EXCEPT for the term ‘or violence’. Violence is not permissible under law, morality, or effective political strategy.
The rest “harassment, bullying, rudeness’ of political and public figures is, in most instances, legal, a sound moral option, and with political efficacy.
Trump harassed Obama for years with his ‘birther’ narrative. Trump bullied journalists (iincluding journalists with disabilities), bullied women (including by threatening behavior), bullied people of color, bullied followers of the Lord Jesus Christ who believe literally what Jesus of Nazareth commanded (e.g. in Matthew 25), etc. Trump was endlessly rude.
Apparently ‘harassment, bullying, and rudeness’ is not only OK it is a WINNING STRATEGY.
still proud of goldenboy, trump? no buyer’s remorse yet? very scary
Nope, Trump’s doing a good job, about a thousand times better than Hillary would have done. The scary part is the far left who refuses to acknowledge it, as they continue to mount their little protests across the country. But please, carry on, all of those protests continue to strengthen our side and support for our President.
Good job, huh? In less than a couple weeks he has already gotten KILLED an American service member! AND with his ignorant, lying tongue – perhaps a measure of a demented rotten brain – risked putting hundreds or thousands of American service members into a shooting war. And what about the Putin love? Putin is a Satanic Anti-Christ. Chances are increasing that Trump will be removed from office by the Congress – impeached for crimes related to his businesses or of his campaign – or removed by medical evidence of mental incapacity – because Congress is entirely happy with ‘President Pence’ and will eventually consider Trump too unstable and too dangerous.
Wow! You people want to play your pathetic body count game again now that we have another GOP leader? By 2014, President Prissypants had lost almost 75% more service people in Afghanistan under his watch than President Bush, and nary an imbecilic peep out of you people. Go figure! Have you ever heard of Benghazi, my crazy, foolish friend?
Sorta. Wall St. is using it’s ownership of the MSM as a weapon against everybody who isn’t one of them. The Dems are happy to have Wall St. helping them do to Trump what Republicans did to Obama.
They will not quit. Look for them both to figure out a way to pull the plug on twitter, and then deny Trump the airways.
Why? He is still winning!
He’s pulled out of TPP, leaving the Chinese more room to influence nations that used to be more aligned with U.S. interests.
He blew the whistle on that thing in Sweden… oh never mind. He meant he blew the whistle on that Fox News report on Sweden…
He hired a bulletproof national security team…except for that guy he lost confidence in…
He’s switched a narrative from a wall the Mexicans would pay for to a wall the Mexicans would repay us for, and the Mexicans agreed … as long as Texas was returned to Mexico..
His team STILL has almost no deputies in the departments.
The NSC, a non-political advisory group, has lost the president’s made-for-purpose military advisor (Chairman of the JCS) but gained a political advisor…
He’s gone back on the campaign trail…because…
He is very upset over leaks that could affect his ability to work the Korea problem… except he’s not upset about working that Korea problem at his resort in front of guests…
SD I don’t see how you can’t see he is still winning, doing a good job…the scary part is people who won’the acknowledge it…
I’m wondering why you have all of this angst. Is it because President Trump actually believes that the major cause of terror in the world today is because of them peace loving muslim terrorists instead of America? Granted, President Prissypants had a big hand in generating terrorism with his incompetent foreign policy over the past 8 years or so. You have to wonder what kind of advice that Obumbler regime was getting. Simple-minded advice for the simple-minded, I suppose.
Tell us the truth, under the rational leadership of President Trump, did DHS cancel your contract or something? I certainly don’t think Gen. Kelly shares your irrational world view, in any case. Now that would make sense for all of your animosity just one month into the new administration.
Are you Ron Hedlund, the guy who’s just been subpoenaed?
So many trying to guess who I am. Must mean the truths I’m speaking are hitting a nerve. I’m sure if I had recently been served with a subpoena, I’d have better things to do than tracking the foolish rantings of those on this blog.
For someone that claims to be a repubican, you still haven’t answered why you have so much animosity towards our newly elected and FEARLESS leader of the free world? Seems to me that you would direct some of that hate at the GOP led Congress that is dragging it’s collective feet on MOST of President Trump’s Make America Great Again initiatives to include his cabinet appointments. That could have something to do with appointing department deputies, don’t ya think? Regardless, I suppose that says a lot about you.
In all likelihood, if you werent Ron Hedlund, you would have been a little more direct. You don’t rate personal information when you don’t give it.
FEARLESS leaders don’t seek draft deferment. Trump got 4.
Cabinet appointment reviews dont preced deputies. Deputies are typically picked immediately after the election, and often start long before the inauguration. Had the administration possessed a plan not just for campaigning but for actually getting down to work, those Deputies would be months ahead on workable versions of Trumo’so EOs, and they wouldn’t be the lashed up things they are.
I can be whomever you desire if that makes you happy, princess.
Funny, trying to understand your thought processes and obvious hate is personal??
If you can’t be impressed with what President Trump (that never gets old), has done in one short and bold month, I would submit that you are the one with the problem. The way he got rid of those EPA regulations that have been killing coal mining jobs directly after the spanking he gave the Lame Stream Media the other day, was well worth my vote. I will continue to enjoy the show as talking heads explode my crazy, uncommunicative friend. The media and them establishment GOP types continue to be the main obstructions to Making America Great Again.
Hands to yourself Ron, you’ll have plenty of time for princess games when that subpoeana leads to a one-room suite with bars and a roommate who thinks you’re purty.
You’re trying to understand something? You are taking a vacation from trying to fit the world into the uncritical narrative your party press told you to believe? I’m shocked.
If you’re rejoicing about the president conquering the Clean Power Plan, I have a reality check for you — the Supreme Court already had it sidelined and under review. So like most of what Trump claims, there’s no there there.
Thay said, I actually don’t have a problem with the president — he hasn’t exactly concealed who he is. I am concerned that the only audible voices representing local conservatives are uncritical, needy things who hate when they’re told to hate, jeer when they’re told to jeer, and come running when called to fight the enemy.
Those people never stop to think they might be getting taken, or that they’re helping to deceive irdinary voters. They’re so busy making memes and screwing with their opponents’ email that they forget to be FOR something. If you asked them in general what conservatives want and why, they probably couldn’t tell you and if they could, they’d be unable to relate it to current legislation.
I don’t really even have a problem with you, Ron. I’m only inquiring about your name to make sure your juvenile, imbecilic voice isn’t a credible influence in the politics of Stafford County or at the State level. I mean seriously, somebody like you probably lacks the tools to drive a car, let alone a political machine.
So chances are you are a harmless, homebound idiot with a computer and a lot of time on his hands. But just in case you are involved with politics in Stafford, or District 1, or RPV, I want any halfway intelligent, halfway decent, halfway conservative opponent of yours to know that I will help in any way possible to see that your delusional worldview and willful ignorance never threaten citizens again.
Hope that explanation wasn’the too complex for you.
Two things: First and foremost, this kind of personal invective is unwelcome here. Elevate it, or find the exits. Second, BigRon is not Ron Hedlund, so a large part of your critique is wildly misplaced.
You’ve got some merit here beneath the vitriol…let that part be heard instead of being drowned out by your resentment. Please.
As requested, with apologies.
Would like to have seen this standard more uniformly applied — months ago.
That was quite a load my crazy, misguided friend. I’m quite delighted that I have joined President Trump onto your “don’t have a problem with” list. With all this affection you have been generating for the two of us on this blog, I bet your home life is just one bliss filled Shangri-la.
On a side note, as much love as you are showing this Ron Hedlund fella, I almost wish I could be him. Sadly, I am just a harmless, overjoyed dude with a computer who believes in America.
Are you Obama?
Ah, John Doe nobody, the Conversational Klansman.
No, Obama’s the tall Kenyan-looking gentleman who’s recently taken up watersports.
I’m the guy watching conservatives get suckered into disbelieving 45,000 American journalists so they can pretend the president’s tweets aren’t bats**t crazy.
45,000 talking head, fake journalists, who read what their boss tells them to read or get fired.
It hilarious how the female talking heads all wear Santa Claus suits……
Same taylor I guess? There ain’t no real journalists anymore. If there was, they would be fired for telling the truth to America.
Oh yes indeedy, and I’m truly not tired of winning. Be brave, The Donald will protect you!