An End And A Beginning

Well, the Netroots Debate didn’t happen.  It is a shame, but life will go on.  The most curious aspect of this situation is the disappearance of the host site, Common Sense for Virginia.  When you click on the link to the site, a message flashes up indicating that the blog cannot be found.  Strange indeed.  On a cached page (that too has now similarly vanished), the author of Common Sense for Virginia offers a bit of explanation.  In the post, he laments the lack of civility and rational dialogue prevalent in many political blogs today.  As he puts it, “Over the past 5 months, I have been appalled by these so called “activists”, the “backbone” of the party. Not only has the blogosphere shown time and timr [sic] again their relative lack of civility, honesty, character, respect, and intelligence but most bloggers seem content with scoring cheap shot after cheap shot and complete disregard for facts.”  He goes on to say, “The level of disrespect, contempt for honesty, and de-facto party ‘spinners’ is terrifying at best. While I can respectfully [say] that I admire many bloggers aim to further their party, bashing doesn’t usually work out to be the best course of action.”  Unfortunately, for the most part, Venu is right.  Honest and meaningful discussions about the pressing issues of the day have taken a backseat to political demagoguery, sound bites, and outrageous clamoring.  Politics has become more about entertainment and sensationalism than information and persuasion.  Some blogs read more like substance free tabloids and include titles like “Backwards Bob Wants to Keep Women at Home” or “Republicans Plan to Kill Seniors.”  Although I wish I could say otherwise, this issue doesn’t just plague the left.  By comparison, from what I gathered, Common Sense for Virginia tried to chart a fairly neutral route, typically offering statistics and explanation without heavy stumping for any position.  It is exceedingly rare these days (even in academia) to look at politics from a purely objective point of view.

In closing, Common Sense for Virginia offers this thought:  “I think I’ve learned some valuable lessons here: Politics is a rather depressing hobby.” Now if that is the only lesson one can glean from American politics today, it leads to unsettling conclusions.  Not only will individual participation and interest in our government decrease, but it also throws the future of our very Republic in question.  As few politicians seem to be concerned with constitutional restraint, states rights, and individual liberties, should more citizens take a passive role, then the government will continue to grow unchecked.  In that dark age, the lives, liberty, and property of citizens will exist merely to serve the grandiose schemes of the state.

I wish you well, Venu.  Thank you for adding to political dialogue in a meaningful and civil manner.

But this post is titled “An End And A Beginning”.  Even though Common Sense for Virginia is no more. I’m delighted to tell you about a new blog.  One of my friends from my college days has joined the conversation with Vicious Print.  Though it is quite new, it serves to offer his commentary as well as direct viewers to his ongoing graphic novel.  Given my lengthy dialogues with “Mr. Average”, I have high hopes for his work, as his political observations are usually informative, entertaining, and poignant.  Unlike my typically conservative slant, he writes from a libertarian perspective.  I recommend reading his post “Oh, you, wacky, wacky lefties!

Just remember:  “For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven.  A time to be born and a time to die…” Ecclesiastes 3:1-2 (NLT)

The Clash of The Bloggers II

For those who tuned in to the 2009 NetRoots Supporters’ Debate, you may have been disappointed by the sudden and unexpected termination of the discussion.  Unfortunately, due to technical difficulties, the debate could not continue.  However, these issues have now been resolved and therefore I’m pleased to announce…

The Clash of The Bloggers II, The Revenge

The new details are as follows:

Date: Sat. Sept 26, 2009
Time: 7:30 to 9:00 (EDT)
Website: http://netrootssd.forumotion.com/

Come join debaters Tom White of Virginia Right! and Waldo Jaquith of waldo.jaquith.org along with hosts Venu Katta of Common Sense for Virginia, and myself for this next round of action.  From the brief preview that we got last time, believe me, you don’t want to miss out on this entertaining and informative event.  See you there!

Why Vote for Bob McDonnell?

Recently a reader of this blog asked me, “Josh – If you’re a Ron Paul conservative, why in the world are you supporting Bob McDonnell?  Dr. Paul is hardly enthused w/ McDonnell…”  It is certainly a fair question to ask. Why should I, as a constitutional conservative, support Bob McDonnell? Some might say that I should because he is the Republican candidate.  Although I typically support Republicans over Democrats, it is because of their principles, not simply their party affiliation.  We all know Republicans, like Arlen Specter (formerly a Republican) or Lincoln Chafee, with whom we agree little politically.  Principles and principles alone must be our guiding factor.  That having been said, what principles link both Bob McDonnell and myself?

Both the abortion issue and the second amendment are very important to me.  While one defends the lives of the most defenseless among us, the other protects our property and very freedom against the potential tyranny of our neighbors and the government.   I believe that Bob McDonnell upholds these same values and I’ll share with you a video clip about these issues.

How about taxes?  Obviously, in order to shrink the size of government we must exercise fiscal restraint.  Bob McDonnell has demonstrated his resolve on many occasions throughout his political career.  When I spoke to Delegate Brenda Pogge (Yorktown-96) about conservative support for Bob McDonnell, she pointed out, “Bob was also the Chief sponsor of legislation to kill the death tax.  Bob is definitely a conservative who believes in less govt.  He led the legislation in the house on most of the reforms initiated under George Allen.  Welfare to work comes immediately to mind.  His record will reflect that he voted over 50 times to cut taxes and has never voted to increase them.”

Need more? Try checking out the NetRoots Supporters’ Debate at Common Sense for Virginia on September 12.

The Clash of The Bloggers

Who will be our next Governor, McDonnell or Deeds? You’ve visited their websites, you’ve read their campaign literature, you’ve seen the attack ads, and you’ve likely browsed the “unbiased” Washington Post. But one unanswered question is, with the rise of the new media, what do the bloggers say? It’s time to find out!

Therefore, I’m pleased to announce the 2009 Netroots Supporter Debate hosted by Common Sense for Virginia. Representing Creigh Deeds is Waldo Jaquith while Tom White carries the standard for Bob McDonnell. Need more info? Here…watch this video.

But wait, there’s more! As Common Sense for Virginia reminds us,

And, in this debate of bloggers, for bloggers, by bloggers, we are giving a chance for questions to be wholly submitted by bloggers. Email questions to either CSFVA at venukatta@hotmail.com or The Virginia Conservative at conservativeva@gmail.com. Please put “Debate Question” in the header. We will attempt to get through all submitted questions and credit whoever submitted the question. Thank you and join us at 7:30 PM September 12, 2009 for the 2009 NetRoots Supporters’ Debate

So think of some good, thought-provoking questions, send them to Venu or me, and enjoy the lively discussion.