If you are like me you are sick of all the political controversy. Scandals, lies, cover-ups and the political toxic air coming directly from Washington D.C. is enough to make my head spin. Last week, I felt discouraged as an American. However, this week I came across a speech from my state of Virginia during the recent 2013 Republican Convention. The GOP ticket includes Ken Cuccinelli for Governor, E.W. Jackson for lieutenant governor and state senator Mark D. Obenshain for attorney general. Three conservatives on this GOP ticket have brought a bit of encouragement to my own political weariness but it was the speech by E.W. Jackson that brought a hope to me as an American citizen.
Jackson’s speech was not only fueled with passion but highlighted many conservative principles. One of his opening lines included the fact that he was running in the state of Virginia to make sure my state remains “sovereign and free”. His focus was on freedom and the ability to make hope and opportunity available to everyone. He quoted from Ronald Reagan, “The answers are not always easy but they are simple.” Then he proceeded to give one of the best lines of his speech which raised a loud cheer amongst the crowd in reference to bringing about hope and opportunity. He stated, “Here’s how we do it. Get the government off our backs, off our property, off our guns, out of our families, out of our healthcare and out of our way.” This was a breath of fresh air from the toxic climate of repressive, over-reaching government coming from Washington today.
E.W. Jackson continued to highlight conservative and constitutional principles including the 10th Amendment and Virginia’s right to sovereignty from the federal government. He spoke passionately about individual rights from personal property rights to the right to life for the unborn. He promoted the traditional family and encouraged the right of every parent to make the personal choice of education for their children. “There is no liberty where children are indoctrinated instead of educated”, he said. Perhaps the most passionate point of his speech was his stand on the 2nd Amendment and the freedom for Americans to defend themselves. Mr. Jackson not only spoke of freedom but preached it. It was a dose of encouragement to me both as a Virginian and an American citizen.
His speech and some of his past statements on social issues, like abortion and gay marriage, have already brought critics and political pundits to brand Jackson as extreme and a bad choice for the future of the Republican party in Virginia. Nothing gets progressives more riled up then a man who speaks his convictions and refuses to walk the moderate line for political votes. Some have even suggested that Cuccineli needs to distance himself from Jackson’s “social crusades” and concentrate on the campaign’s message of job growth. All I know is that as a conservative who keeps the Republican Party at arm’s length due to their lack of Constitutional conviction and resolve, I am now focused on this GOP ticket and gubernatorial race in my state. Perhaps the best part of the speech and what brought the most hope for me was the words of his vision for America. He declared:
“I am proud to say, I am not an African-American. I am an American. I am tired of the hyphenation. No more hyphenation. I have a 21st century vision for our country. It is a vision to end the racial and class and economic division that liberals have forced on us. It is a vision of faith, a vision of family, a vision of individual liberty and personal responsibility. It is a vision of one nation under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for all.”
A great finish to a great speech. It was the kind of speech that makes me think that E.W. Jackson is needed in the state of Virginia and will be a great asset to Ken Cuccinelli. It also makes me hopeful that he will continue in the world of politics to an even greater platform for the future of this country. E.W. Jackson is a dose of conservative hope in a climate of government totalitarianism.