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Why Mike Farris Endorsed Pete Snyder

April 3rd, 2013

This morning I woke up to one of the shoddiest pieces of blogging I have seen in a while.  It was from Jeanine Martin at Virginia Virtucon with the title, Why did Mike Farris endorse Pete Snyder?

I understand Jeanine can’t stand Pete Snyder, but Mike Farris deserves to be understood on his own terms, not used as one more excuse to go after Pete Snyder.  As someone who has worked with Mike Farris, been employed by organizations he created, and graduated from the college he founded, I’d like to take a moment to help explain why Mike Farris endorsed Pete Snyder.

First of all, has Mike Farris made mistakes in who he has endorsed?  The Scott York endorsement was a mistake.  There’s no point in denying that.

However, to claim that that endorsement, and the Pete Snyder endorsement were done to help Mike Farris politically takes a lot to prove, and no proof was given.  You also can’t start a rumor, and then claim that rumor as the reason for attacking someone’s decision to endorse a candidate.

If you are interested in understanding why Mike Farris endorsed Pete Snyder, let’s take a look at their history.  One thing Pete Snyder did a very good job of as Victory Director was social conservative outreach.  At times when Boston was clamping down on social conservative outreach, Pete Snyder repeatedly stood up and pushed back against Boston to give social conservatives working for Victory the leeway they needed to do their job.  As part of that outreach he worked hard to reach out to Mike Farris.  Mike Farris was very much on the fence in 2012.  It was the direct result of Pete Snyder’s outreach to Mike Farris that set up his one-on-one meeting with Mitt Romney.  The meeting with Mitt Romney and Pete Snyder’s outreach were crucial to Mike Farris deciding to vote for Mitt Romney.

Wonderful day w Mike Farris at Romney rally today. ~Pete Snyder

This relationship with Pete Snyder developed into a working relationship on Mike Farris’s most important issue.  Over the last half dozen years Mike Farris’s top issue has been the assault on parental rights.  He started ParentalRights.org, went back to school for an LLM in international law, and has generally poured more energy into this issue than any other single issue.

In the fall of 2012, Mike Farris lead the fight against the UNCRPD, UN Convention on the Rights of Person’s with Disabilities, a treaty which would have infringed on the rights of parents and transferred those rights to international bureaucrats.  He brought people together he had worked with in the past to fight this battle.  One person who provided help was Pete Snyder.  He utilized his D.C. connections to help lobby against the treaty.  He and his wife, who serves as Roy Blunt’s Deputy Chief of Staff, were crucial in helping convince Roy Blunt to oppose the treaty.  In December the Senate rejected the treaty, and it was entertaining watching the number of Democrat Senators address the number of homeschoolers opposing the treaty in the statements about their votes.

During the General Assembly session Pete showed that parental rights was an issue he cared about as he used his campaign to advocate for the passage of legislation on this issue.  It was an issue very few other campaigns were talking about.

Pete’s commitment to parental rights was crucial in making Will Estrada and Joel Grewe strong believers in Pete Snyder.  They had no race they were rumored to run for that Pete could even be rumored to endorse them for.  When you’ve recently been in the trenches with someone fighting for an important issue, it is only natural that you support that person later.  This is true for many of the activists at HSLDA, and it is very much true for Mike Farris.

In short, Mike Farris endorsed Pete Snyder because Pete fought hard for and believes strongly in the issue that is at the top of Mike Farris’s list, parental rights.  Through the time spent together fighting that battle, he has also come to realize that Pete is a true conservative on other issues as well.

UPDATE: Looks like another Virginia Virtucon contributor has a stronger response to Jeanine’s smear post.

Romney v. Obama Round 1: Liveblog

October 4th, 2012

I figured I would take a cue from Jeremiah Lorrig and put all my thoughts on the debate in one place.  In the middle, I hit my limit on tweets so I switched to facebook.  The change will be clear.  Bill Maher’s tweets are also very enlightening.

You can watch the entire debate here as well.

…and so the games begin #romneyryan2012

Watching @BarackObama I already need drinks… #romneyryan2012#denverdebate

@BarackObama‘s #economicpatriotism sounds like #communism#denverdebate #romneyryan2012

Sound like #communism? RT @TylerStockton: “Economic patriotism”?

#BarackObama and #romneyryan2012 #trickledowngovernment#denverdebate

@BarackObama on the #trickledowngovernment question… Here are the gov programs we need… #denverdebate #romneyryan2012

@JoelGrewe He is. He is listing the government programs he wants in#trickledowngovernment

@ElissaRoberson He is answering the #trickledowngovernmentquestion by tellign the government programs he believes in.#denverdebate

Enjoying the free swinging debate format #denverdebate

@BarackObama wants more government and a reduced #deficit#nologic #trickledowngovernment #denverdebate #romneyryan2012

Mitt Romney is being specific and agressive. #denverdebate

RT @cameronetchart: “BTW, I like coal.” -Romney #denverdebate

@BarackObama response to Mitt Romney We’ll we’ll… lets talk about taxes… #denverdebate #ouchIgotsmoked #romneyryan2012

@BarackObama putting people to sleep after @MittRomney blistering attack #denverdebate #romneyryan2012

@MittRomney virtually everything he said about my tax plan is inaccurate #denverdebate #romneyryan2012

@MittRomney is crushing @BarackObama this isn’t even fair.#denverdebate #romneyryan2012

@MittRomney for me this is about jobs. #denverdebate

@BarackObama trying to out math a well experienced businessman in @MittRomney #epicfail #denverdebate #romneyryan2012

@BarackObama Donald Trump joke fell totally flat. #denverdebate

If I had a drink every time @BarackObama said “uh” I would be drunk.#denverdebate

@BarackObama Jim Leher please get me off this topic so I don’t keep getting creamed #denverdebate

@BarackObama says closing loopholes won’t work his friend@TimKaine agrees. #denverdebate #rpv

@MittRomney schooling @BarackObama on #history #denverdebate#romneyryan2012

@MittRomney going forward with the status quo won’t cut it#denverdebate

@MittRomney deficit is a moral issue. immoral to force children to pay for our debt. #denverdebt

@MittRomney speaking about the importance of raising rate of growth to solve the #deficit #denverdebate

@MittRomney is promising to be an agressive spending cutter#deficit #denverdebate #romneyryan2012

@BarackObama is on the ropes in this debate. Let’s hope this carries over to the #generalelection #denverdebate #romneyryan2012

@BarackObama distorting @MittRomney plans again #denverdebate

If @MittRomney would campaign as well as he is debating,@BarackObama would be losing the election in a #landslide#denverdebate

@MittRomney the revenue I get is more people working getting higher pay and paying more in tax money. #denverdebate

@BarackObama attacking #bigoil #denverdebate #csdebate

#MyWife to @BarackObama “Well then why didn’t he fix it three years ago.”

@BarackObama “they are using textbooks that are 10 years old.” I did in #homeschool #csdebate anyone else do that? #denverdebate

@MittRomney sure is flowing this debate well. #denverdebate

@MittRomney really preaching the importance of a small federal government and states being lab of democracy #csdebate#denverdebate

@MittRomney the brilliance of our system relies on the people and states not the federal government #denverdebate #csdebate

@BarackObama #socialsecurity is structurally sound. What are you smoking? #csdebate #denverdebate

@BarackObama is getting nailed on twitter for saying that#socialsecurity is structurally sound. #denverdebate #csdebate

@60plusassoc @MittRomney Oh I just thought of one, the president is cutting money from #medicaire #csdebate #denverdebate

#csdebate #denverdebate RT @gwbertsch: RT @guypbenson: Romney primed for this answer on entitlements. Here we go. #Debate

@MittRomney should just say “there you go again” to@BarackObama #ronaldreagain #denverdebate #csdebate

#csdebtate #denverdebate RT @gwbertsch: RT @kirstenpowers10: I’ll be interested to see how media spins this debate as an Obama win.

@60plusassc @BarackObama is quoting #AARP as a credible source again

Then is @BarackObama racist? #cdebate #denverdebate RT@EWErickson: I remember when the left told us “obamacare” was a racist code word.

#csdebate RT @JLorrig: True this: RT @daveweigel: This is like watching a tax law professor debate an investment advice infomercial host

@MittRomney “I just as soon not have the federal government telling me what kind of #healthcare to have.” #csdebate #denverdebate

@MittRomney “I believe in #competition.” #csdebate #denverdebate

@BarackObama is saying #profit like it is a #badword #csdebate#denverdebate

@MittRomney and @BarackObama agree “voters have clear choice on #medicaire” #csdebate #denverdebate

@BarackObama the master of the rhetorical #longpause. not having a #teleprompter will make you think #csdebate #denverdebate

@MittRomney “That’s just not the facts.” #csdebate #denverdebate

@MittRomney #DoddFrank wasn’t thought through properly#denverdebate #csdebate. he actually knows what the bill says.

Jim Leher seems to find warm and fuzzies by finding differences between the candidates #csdebate #denverdebate

@MittRomney fighting for #medicaire by repealing #obamacare.#csdebate #denverdebate @60PlusAssoc

@Jesse_c_estrada #MyWife just made me #peachcobbler to eat as I watch the #csdebate #denverdebate

@MittRomney the role of government is to promote the principles of the constitution and declaration.

“Mr. President, as president you are entitled to your own house and airplane, but not your own facts.” ~Mitt Romney

This was a great debate format. They actually debated.

Everyone including Bill Maher, Joe Trippi, Larry Sabato and others down on Obama’s performance.

I am watching Maddow and she is saying Romney really owned the format.

Maddow and Schultz-“President not properly prepared” “Wasn’t that the president’s job tonight?”

Watch MSNBC Schultz and Maddow are bashing on Obama they are mad at him for his performance. Other MSNBC table member saying Obama lost, and “if he could have gotten a draw they would have put this away.”

MSNBC Reporter asking O’Malley “If you had ten mins to prep Obama for next debate, what would you tell hi to do differently?” Not the kind of questions from someone happy about a big win.

When Matthews is furious with Obama you know Barack Obama didn’t do well.

September 11: A Contrast in Leadership Between Two Presidents

September 12th, 2012

While some criticized President Bush for how he handled the September 11 tragedy as it was unfolding.  His immediate sense of the horror of the situation, and the necessity of a strong American response was clear from the start.  In his first public statement as the situation was still unfolding, he made it clear that “the full resources of the federal government” would be used to “conduct a full scale investigation and to hunt down and to find those folks who committed this act.”  His handling of the situation made it clear to any terrorist that “Terrorism against the United States will not stand.”

Now eleven years later we awake to find that the American ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens, and three other embassy staff were killed in an attack on the eleventh anniversary of September 11.  This was a courageous man who died trying to evacuate staff from an endangered consulate.  He died showing the kind of heroism that moved our hearts during the tragedy of that dark day.  These men were killed by violent muslims who were protesting with gun shots and rocket-propelled grenades the fact that someone made a movie which the believed ridiculed the Prophet Muhammad.

Instead of any form of outrage, or commitment to making sure justice happened, President Obama issued one of his regular meaningless “strong condemnations.  While he say he directed an increase of embassy security, he has yet to direct any response to the attacks.  He also has the gall to remind us that the “United States rejects efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others.”  While we should not condemn every Muslim, those who perpetrate horrible acts of violence in the name of a religion must be condemned for what they do in the name of that religion.

Mr. President we are outraged.  An ambassador has died serving this nation, something which has always been interpreted as an act of war, and no justice will be sought?  Do you want this man to die in vain?  If not, when willl you do more than talk?  We have seen how effective strong condemnations have been against Iran and their militaristic nuclear ambitions, or against Palestine in stopping their attacks on Israel.  Muslims laugh at your “strong condemnations” because they are meaningless and display America’s weakness.  Teddy Roosevelt believed in a foreign policy where leaders “Walk softly, but carry a big stick.”  You in stead walk loudly, yet promise the world we will not use our sticks.

In condemning your response, Mitt Romney showed that he understands foreign policy better than your four years in office have taught you.  We should be outraged by such a senseless attack.  You should be shocked by your own weakness and refusal to respond.

While President Bush committed many mistakes, his great strength was the resolute and decisive way with which he dealt with terrorism.  While he was in office, terrorists new the president was their enemy.  With President Obama and his meaningless “strong condemnations” the world knows we will not stand up to terror.  This is the contrast in leadership which the 11th anniversary of September 11 has shown us.

Ryan Pick Creates Clear Policy Debate

August 16th, 2012

Under a week ago Mitt Romney picked Paul Ryan as his running mate.  Immediately liberals tried attacking Paul Ryan as someone who is trying to eliminate medicare for seniors.  This has lead to something we have not yet had in this campaign.  The campaign is becoming a clear policy debate over a crucial policy proposal.  When holding a press conference to set the record straight on the difference between the Romney/Ryan and Obama/Biden approach to medicare Mitt Romney drew a very simple and easy to understand chart on a markerboard

Romney chart on differences in medicare policy

Black Conservatives Stand up to Joe Biden

August 15th, 2012

Yesterday in Danville, Va (?) Joe Biden used highly racially charged and offensive language as he mischaracterized Mitt Romney’s economic proposals.  Speaking with black people sitting right behind him, he said “They’re going to put y’all back in chains.”  This went far beyond any sense of decency or civility, and thankfully Virginia Black Conservatives are standing up.  They quickly issued a response to the Vice President which I have reposted below.

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OUR RESPONSE TO VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN’S COMMENTS YESTERDAY.

Members of the Virginia Black Conservatives Forum (VBC) are speaking out against recent remarks made by Vice President Biden, suggesting that Mitt Romney’s economic policies would “put [black people] back in chains.” The Vice President made his disparaging remarks yesterday at a rally in Danville, Va.

“Vice President Biden’s comments that a Republican White House would mean that blacks would end up in chains are incredibly offensive,” said Terrence Boulden, president of VBC. “The Vice President’s remarks are not a veiled reference to slavery, but are instead a very deliberate attempt to conjure up fearful images from a dark and unfortunate time in our great country’s history. Of course, no one could take the Vice President’s words for their literal meaning and that is why his words are so wrong. Such a cowardly attempt at fear mongering has no place in civilized discourse. Whether you are a member of the party of Frederick Douglass or not should not matter; what matters is that racism needs to be admonished every time it peeks its little cowardly head out of its hole in the dirt.”

“With black unemployment at its highest levels in recent history-thanks in part to the policies of the Obama/Biden administration, one would think it politically wise to steer clear of an argument that posits their administration as helpful to black Americans,” said Coby W. Dillard, founder of VBC. “The Romney/Ryan ticket presents an opportunity for both parties to have an intelligent conversation on the entitlement state and its negative impact on Americans of all races. True to form, however, the Obama/Biden administration prefers to engage in “attack and blame” politics than to present any meaningful solutions that will get Americans working, rein in our excessive spending, and renew the promise of equal opportunity for future generations.”

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