What? There are other Republican candidates for the US Senate in Virginia other than George Allen? You bet, and its not DC Senate staffer-turned tea partier Jamie Radtke. In fact, four candidates in total want to be the Republican candidate for the US Senate this June.
(h/t local blogger BVBL)
This is the spirit of 2010 that we seem to have lost in the whirlwind of nominating Mitt Romney for President. In 2010, we allowed our parties across the country to nominate true conservatives and we won. We won over and over. Mike Lee won. Rand Paul won. Susana Martinez won. Hell, even Mark Kirk won! It is because as a party we decided to follow our own rhetoric and let local parties choose their candidates instead of allowing the bosses tell us what to do! It was exciting to watch, and for perhaps the only time in my activism I truly felt conservatives were being served across the country.
Fast forward two years and we seem to be back to “settling” for who appears more electable and who our supposed political “betters” tell us we should support. Veteran senators like Richard Lugar and Orrin Hatch (“offended” anyone challenge HIS seat, nevermind it belongs to the people of Utah) might cling to victory. Suddenly we are back to having to accept the “next in line” candidates like David Dewhurst and, in Virginia, George Allen.
Forget “macacca” for a moment. George Allen was in the United States Senate for six years (2001-2007). He was what I think of as a George W. Bush senator . . . a conservative who gave in to everything the President wanted. His highlight was running the 2004 Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee. He accomplished little, and it was well know in Virginia that Allen did not like the Senate and was only there to run for president in 2008. And now he wants to be a senator again, even though he goes around calling himself “Governor Allen.”
I had been hearing about E.W. Jackson for awhile. Friends and bloggers have been describing his speeches he’s been giving all around the state. He reminds me so much of the 2010 candidates that came from very little political backgrounds, but with tons of real-life experience. He’s got degrees from both Harvard Law and Harvard Divinity School and is a Bishop running a huge church in Chesapeake. He’s been active in the tea party movement since its inception. He’s running on ideas and constitutional conservatism.
I saw him last month at the Fairfax County Republican Convention and I was won over. His stump speech, which I posted above, is awesome and even more important, its believable. With Barack Obama and Tim Kaine running together this year, they will run strong. Many Republicans here are getting cocky and don’t think much of either of these guys. But trust me, Tim Kaine is a VERY good campaigner and has won every election he’s ever run in. We need something different, a game-changer, someone who can change the dynamics of this election. We need someone to articulate conservatism, constitutional conservatism, to mobilize the base to help Mitt Romney win Virginia.
I’m beginning to believe that E.W. Jackson could be that man. Everyone I talked here says, “man, I want to vote for him.” But there is just this deep identity with the party and George Allen. I understand it for sure. But sometimes it is just time to move on. If you think, by the way, that Jackson is all sizzle and no substance, check out THIS article Jackson wrote called “The Racial Regime.”
The truth is that faith in God, parental love and discipline to instill values of decency and responsibility are the antidotes to gangs, crime, drugs and violence. However, claims of racism and social injustice are far more effective at keeping victim groups bitter and dependent and keeping their liberal benefactors in a position of paternalistic superiority.
It is time for all Americans to reject the self-serving demagogues of racial division and rededicate ourselves to the vision of “one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” We need elected officials, especially a president of the United States, who will bring us together to solve our problems instead of tearing us apart to stay in power.