The Return of The Jeffersoniad

Some astute readers may have noticed a number of links on the right side of this page under the heading “The Jeffersoniad”.  Perhaps many of you don’t know about The Jeffersoniad.  Well, to me it is a group of articulate conservative and libertarian bloggers throughout the state of Virginia who promote, not only a similar ideology, but each other as well and spread their political ideals across the internet in a respectful and civil manner.

To rewind the clock back to 2008, several bloggers within The Jeffersoniad assisted me in the early stages of this blog, the Virginia Conservative, and I was later honored when they asked me to join their group.

In recent years, however, interest in The Jeffersoniad began to dwindle.  Many conservative blogs in Virginia began to focus more on their own projects rather than promotion of the larger blogosphere.

However, today I’m pleased to share the news of the return of The Jeffersoniad Blog Alliance.  Here is the press release that I received from Jason Kenney, who has been instrumental in the rebirth of this coalition, is a contributor on Bearing Drift, and operates a blog called J’s Notes:

The Jeffersoniad Blog Alliance Launces New Website
Site to curate leading right-of-center political thought from Virginia bloggers

Richmond, Va – March 4, 2013 – The Jeffersoniad Blog Alliance is pleased to announce the launch of its new website, The Jeffersoniad. The new website, launching Monday, March 4, 2013, will serve as a hub for The Jeffersoniad Blog Alliance and curate the leading political thought and posts of its member sites.

Starting in 2007 as a small group of like-minded bloggers, The Jeffersoniad Blog Alliance has grown to include nearly forty members from twenty-one websites across Virginia. The Jeffersoniad Blog Alliance members serve to drive conversations among the grassroots and represent the voice of Virginia right-of-center activists.

“Our new website will highlight the best and the brightest that the Virginia blogosphere has to offer,” said Jason Kenney, a founding member of The Jeffersoniad Blog Alliance. “By showcasing thought leadership from Alliance members, The Jeffersoniad will help raise the level of discourse among political activists in the Commonwealth.”

Founded in 2007, The Jeffersoniad Blog Alliance is an organization of nearly forty right-of-center bloggers from over twenty-one websites throughout the Commonwealth. The Jeffersonaid website acts as a hub for the alliance and its readership, curating leading political thought of its member blogs. For more information, visit

Why I’m Voting No

As I stated in a recent post, tomorrow voters across Virginia will have the chance to vote on three amendments to the Virginia Constitution.  After considerable thought, research, and a bit of debate among the members of The Jeffersoniad, I have decided to vote against all of them.

To refresh your memory, the first proposed amendment reads, “Shall Section 6 of Article X of the Constitution of Virginia be amended to authorize legislation that will permit localities to establish their own income or financial worth limitations for purposes of granting property tax relief for homeowners not less than 65 years of age or permanently disabled?”  Although I am of the opinion that the more localized government the better, I am leery of creating exemptions from property taxes.  I am concerned that once we start creating these blanket exemptions, they will continue to proliferate.  Property is property, regardless of the age, condition, or status of the person who happens to own it.  Once we set up these age or disability limitations, is it that big of a leap for someone in the General Assembly to move to create additional exemptions based on race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or something else?  As all citizens should be equal under the law, I cannot support this amendment.

For the same reasoning as the first amendment, I cannot support the second one either.  To remind you, it reads, “Shall the Constitution be amended to require the General Assembly to provide real property tax exemption for the principal residence of a veteran, or his or her surviving spouse, if the veteran has a 100 percent service-connected, permanent, and total disability?” Again, I believe this amendment creates a slippery slope.  We should certainly honor and respect our veterans, but is tax exemption the answer?  So what about only partially disabled veterans?  They served our state and our nation.  Shouldn’t they be given some sort of benefits too?  And if we exempt some people from property taxes, will the General Assembly merely forgo the lost tax revenue?  Or will they raise some sort of new tax to cover the shortfall?  Lastly, should we compel widows and widowers to not remarry simply to reap tax incentives?  Again, I say no.

Finally we have, “Shall Section 8 of Article X of the constitution of Virginia be amended to increase the permissible size of the Revenue Stabilization Fund (also known as the “rainy day fund” from 10 percent to 15 percent of the Commonwealth’s average tax revenues derived from income and retail sales taxes for the preceding three fiscal years?”  Although, on the surface, this amendment sounds good, I believe it will ultimately lead to higher taxes and an increased size of the government in Richmond.  Rob Schilling addresses this issue when he writes,

Increasing the allowable size of Virginia’s “rainy day fund” by 50% is a colossally bad idea. The state is not a bank, an investment, or a savings account; it should hold as little of the people’s money as is practical.

Funds retained by government are unavailable to the state’s economy and thus stifle economic activity both of businesses and individuals.

In addition, fattening the state’s “slush” fund encourages growth in the size and scope of state government, and it is a disincentive to vital cost cutting and budget reform/reduction measures.

Although I am aware that most of the members of the General Assembly will disagree, I cannot support any of these amendments to the Virginia Constitution.  To borrow another quote from Mr. Schilling, “Don’t be fooled by seemingly sympathetic subjects.  Progressive taxation and government largesse have not benefited America in the preceding century.  The 2010 ballot questions are bad news for liberty loving Virginians, and if passed, they will result in greater state control over our everyday lives.”  Now if you haven’t made up your mind on these issues I encourage you to do so before you go vote tomorrow.  Amending the Virginia Constitution is serious business.  I cannot support these proposed amendments and so I encourage you to act likewise and vote no on each and every amendment.

Update:  As discussed, other members of the Jeffersoniad have weighed in on the amendments.  Rick Sincere, Crystal Clear Conservative, Yankee Phil, Brian Kirwin of Bearing Drift, and Tom White of Virginia Right! recommend Virginia voters reject all three too.  However such thoughts are not uniform among conservative bloggers as the Right-Wing Liberal supports the first and third while opposing the second and JR Hoeft of Bearing Drift will vote for the first and second and is against the third.

Ron Paul In Richmond

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For those of you who haven’t heard the exciting news by now, Dr. No is coming to Richmond!  He will be one of the central speakers at the Greater Richmond Convention Center during the 2010 Virginia Tea Party Convention.  His speech is scheduled for 2:25 PM on Saturday, so if you are planning on attending, make sure not to miss him.  Read more about it at Other speakers include Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling, AG Ken Cuccinelli, and former Senator George Allen.  It is encouraging to see so many Virginia leaders working alongside the Tea Party movement and Representative Paul.  I wish that I could join you all on Saturday, but as I’ll be about four hundred miles away, I guess I’m going to skip this one.  Nevertheless, many bloggers from the Jeffersoniad will be on hand for the event, so I’m sure there will be a lot of great coverage.  Once they have their posts up, I’ll link you to several.

So join the Tea Party crowd in Richmond this Saturday, October 9.  It should be a day to remember.

Turning One

Today marks the one-year anniversary of the creation of this blog.  It’s hard to believe that it has been a whole year already!  I hope you’ve enjoyed reading my take of conservative and Republican politics these last 365 days.  In celebration of the event, I want to say thanks to a number of bloggers who gave me the encouragement and technical help in the earliest days to get this project up and running.

Dave Dziok, formerly of VCAP
Rick Sincere
Jason Kenney
Sean Kenney
CatHouse Chat
Crystal Clear Conservative
As far as I know he doesn’t have a blog, but I also want to mention Chris Yakabouski

I’m sure that I’ve left someone off this list who greatly deserves recognition as well.  So let me give another shout out to everyone in The Jeffersoniad!  I’m proud to be a part of this group of “rabble-rousers”.  I’m also pleased to tell you that this blog is now listed on BlogNetNews.

Let us continue to advance our conservative principles in the years to come.  Thanks for reading.

At the Convention

Greetings everyone.

I, like many of you, will be heading to the convention this afternoon/evening.  I’m pleased to say that the Jeffersoniad will once again have a hospitality suite (generously sponsored by The RPV New Media Committee) in the Richmond Marriott.  So feel free to stop by tonight and meet some of your favorite (or least favorite for the liberals in the crowd) bloggers.  Should be a great time!

Until then!

Saying Hello to SWAC Girl

I’m pleased to announce we have a new member in our happy conservative blogging coalition, The Jeffersoniad.  For those who don’t know, The Jeffersoniad is a group of conservative and libertarian bloggers from across our great Commonwealth.  In any event, may I present to you SWAC Girl.  I first met Lynn Mitchell, the blog’s author, back in 2006 while working for the RPV.  She impressed me as a very dedicated and passionate activist back then.  Like myself, she is a resident of the Shenandoah Valley.  For those who don’t know Virginia geography, her local politics encompass the neighboring southern county and cities, the cities of Staunton, Waynesboro, and Augusta County, which form her acronym SWAC.  Her blog is a good deal older than my own and, according to her website, it started in the early part of 2006.  Although you might not agree with everything she has to say (heck, a number of you disagree with a lot of what I have to say), I certainly think her site is worth reading.  Right now, she’s got some good stuff up about the recent tea party events, including pictures from the Staunton Tea Party.  Go check it out!