A lot is going on, so this may be a long post.
We need to keep pressure on Warner and Webb. When we get closer to a final vote, we will organize a rally at their Roanoke offices. In the meantime, please continue to call, email and send letters. There will also be another march on Washington on December 15th. Details are here.
To further our goals we will begin to have monthly public meetings. Our first meeting will be on Feb 4th 6:30-8:45 PM at the main Roanoke Library located at 3131 Electric Road SW, Roanoke VA 24018. This will be to discuss plans and to set up our formal organization. We are targeting the 3rd Thursday of each month for this meeting. More coming soon.
We will begin to attend local events on weekends early in 2010. If you are interested in assisting with this, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will start attending events handing out information and doing voter registration drives.
I attended the VTPP (Virginia Tea Party Patriots) Quarterly Meeting. Tea Party groups from across the state, as well as other Constitutional and 9-12 groups gathering together to pool resources and get more accomplished. It was a good and productive meeting.
As we’ve stated before, our focus in 2010 will be shifting to elections and making demonstrable political changes. We will do some selective marches, but we need to find more direct ways to push our agenda. That is also the focus of the VTTP.
To that end.
We will be starting a Political Action Committee, pooling the resources of all of the VTTP members. We will have more information on this in about a week, but this will allow us to have a lot more influence with politicians in Richmond and Washington.
We heard from a pollster who has done extensive polling in Virginia. Democratic politicians across the state are in real trouble. There was a lot of information shared and I’ll be posting some soon, but not surprisingly our values are what the majority of Virginians support. Don’t let the MSM fool you, the Republicans won because they were perceived as Conservative.
The focus of much of our work will be in Richmond. Why?
We are local
We have a friendly Governor and Attorney General to help us
What better place to start asserting out 10th Amendment rights?
To that end, there will be a rally we will be asking everyone to attend. It will be on January 18th (MLK Day) One of the keynote speakers will be Delegate Bob Marshall, who has written a fantastic piece of legislation that will allow Virginians to ignore the onerous provisions of Obamacare if this abomination passes Congress.
The bottom line is that forcing health care on citizens is absolutely unconstitutional and the provisions of this bill will assert our rights as Virginians under the 10th Amendment. We will be covering this in more detail, but here is some basic information. Bob Marshall’s Plan is a brilliant piece of legislation that, if we are successful, will eventually become part of our state Constitution.
There is another piece of legislation planned that will address 2nd Amendment issues in a similar fashion.
January 18th, the General Assembly will be in session and Richmond is not used to having more than a few hundred people show up for a rally. If thousands of us descend on Richmond and demand our state legislators assert our 10th Amendment rights, we can have a much bigger impact then we can on Washington, where the current powers that be, see the majority of Americans as a nuisance. We will also be going into the State House to make our presence felt.
This will protect our rights as Virginians and send a more powerful message to Washington then any DC rally could ever do. Hopefully other states will take our lead. Ken Cuccinelli has already promised to support this movement and will be a keynote speaker at the January 18th rally.
What can we do in the mean time?
Plan on being in Richmond on January 18.
Join the 10th Amendment group to stay up on the many Richmond issues going on. Click here for their website.
Stay tuned for information on exactly what we will be doing in Richmond on January 18th. Here is some basic logistical information.
Much more to come. 2010 is shaping up to be a tremendous year.
10th Amendment Revolution Lobby Day/Rally
Start: 01/18/2010 9:00 am
1 Capitol Square
Richmond, VA 23219
The Virginia 10th Amendment Revolution Lobby Day/Rally is to be held on capitol grounds in support of 10th amendment legislation to challenge the powers of the federal government not delegated to it by the states.
Lobbying will begin at 9:00AM and go on throughout the day with a Rally hosted by Virginia Campaign for Liberty at the Bell Tower from 10 – 11AM.
Patrick Henry impersonator, Mike McHugh of the Virginia Gun Owners Coalition, will emcee the event dressed in period costume and will give the famous Patrick Henry speech.
Other confirmed speakers:
Philip Van Cleave, VCDL David Alan Carmichael, Freedom Minitries Josh Eboch, FreedomWorks Jamie Radtke, Virginia Tea Party Patriots Ben Marchi, Americans for Prosperity John Taylor, Tertium Quids Donna Holt, VA Campaign for Liberty Patrick McSweeney, Constitutional Lawyer
Attorney General Elect Ken Cuccinelli Delegate Charles (Bill) Carrico Delegate Robert (Bob) Marshall