We met with groups across the commonwealth yesterday as we continue to look for partners and supporters for the Freedom For Virginians for Act. We are working together on several things.

One of the positive outcomes of the Beck Rally is the focus on honor and honesty.

And nothing symbolizes that more than upholding the oaths we take. How do we honor that commitment going forward?  We need to restore ourselves and to restore the honor of our leaders.

All of our political leaders swear an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution. Do they do that? We can’t find many…

Here are some examples. And why we need bold, brave actions. Lots of information below.

Our own Governor is violating this oath with his participation and acceptance of another Federal intrusion; the Council of Governors.

Caleb Coulter, from our board, gave a fabulous history lesson on the events leading up to the Council of Governors directly to the governor at the Governor’s townhall meeting in Roanoke a few weeks back.

A crowd of about 200 gathered at the Roanoke County Administration Center on Wednesday evening in a

 Click here for much of that history. Long story short, the Governor is trying to work through the system to assure he maintains control of the militia in Virgina, which is his Constitutional duty. Our argument is simple: he already has this and the unconstitutional mandates of the Council of Governor should have NO IMPACT on our Governor’s Constitutional duty as commander of our state military forces.

By participating in the Council of Governors, our governor is legitamizing this process. That is unacceptable. Our advise. Pull out of the Council of Governors now and tell the Federal government to stay out of our Sovereign business. If you don’t we must demand that the Governor step down as he is in violation of his Constitutional Oath to uphold the Constitution of Virginia. If oaths mean nothing…why take them?

The Governor has been rightly criticized for accepting stimulus money from the Federal Government The problem is that the Federal mandates on stimulus have a provision that allows the Federal government to spend the stimulus money if the States refuse to spend it…and become dependant on that mandate funding. 

From the Richmond Tea Party…

This is probably the best article I found to answer most of your questions about the education bailout: http://netrightdaily.com/2010/08/inside-that-10-billion-in-education-funding-are-some-mandatory-provisions/. It confirms that the bailout is a one-time shot (for now). It claims that the bill FORCES states to take the money. If a state’s governor doesn’t distribute the funds, the feds will simply distribute them at their own discretion within that state. Because of this, it looks like ALL governors (including Barbour) are going to apply for the funding (more on that here: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/08/10/house-approves-billion-teacher-bailout/) . It also looks like it mandates how much states must spend on education, and Barbour claims he’ll have to rewrite his budget, spending more, to accommodate this. Here’s the SC governor’s blistering take: http://www.thegovmonitor.com/world_news/united_states/teachers-union-bailout-a-rotten-deal-for-south-carolina-37150.html. It appears that different rules apply to different states (Texas in particular), so I’m not sure how this affects Virginia specifically, but according to McDonnell this provides temporary relief without requires any budgetary changes (http://hamptonroads.com/2010/08/education-jobs-bill-will-mean-250-million-virginia).
 The fact that the Federal government is directly assaulting the very sovereignty of Virginia is a direct violation of the 10th Amendment. And our Governor’s response. He just takes it…

McDonnell has a Constitutional duty to defend this commonwealth’s citizens. He must assert our sovereignty NOW. McDonnell needs to fight this publically instead of meekly submitting to the will of the Federal Regime.

At this critical time in history, we need a Governor who is willing to stand up to a Federal Regime hell bent on destruction of our nation. Nothing symbolizes our Federal Regime’s disdane for the Constitution than this…

On August 20, the United States, for the first time ever, submitted a 29-page “Universal Periodic Review” (UPR) to the UN Human Rights Council, which outlines a laundry list of human rights abuses allegedly committed by the United States.

Contained within that laundry list of so-called abuses is a direct condemnation of S.B. 1070, legislation enacted by the state of Arizona (and supported by an overwhelming majority of the American people), which seeks to do the job that the federal government has refused to do… secure the border.

Specifically, the Obama Administration wrote in the report: “A recent Arizona law, S.B. 1070, has generated significant attention and debate at home and around the world. The issue is being addressed in a court action that argues that the federal government has the authority to set and enforce immigration law. That action is ongoing; parts of the law are currently enjoined.”

     The submission of this UPR is the first step in a United Nations review process which will culminate with the issuance of a plan of action, approximately 90 days from now, from a panel of UN bureaucrats from France, Japan and Cameroon.

     At that point, the United States would be expected to “voluntarily” comply with the panel’s recommendations, but as the UN Human Rights Council states on its website: “The Human Rights Council will decide on the measures it would need to take in case of persistent non-cooperation by a State…”

     In short, Barack Obama has upped the ante. Not content with simply filing a frivolous federal suit against the people of Arizona, Obama has transformed his amnesty feud with the American people into an international human rights cause and effectively placed the people of Arizona (and other states that are considering similar border security bills) under the jurisdiction of a gang of America-hating United Nations bureaucrats.

Yes, you read this right, we are subverting our Constitution to the UN. Sounds like a conspiracy theory, but it is absolutely correct.

The Federal Government has the Constitution and your rights under direct assault. And our Governor refuses to stand up for you and defend your rights. The Virginia Constitution states “whenever any government shall be found inadequate or contrary to these purposes, a majority of the community hath an indubitable, inalienable, and indefeasible right to reform, alter, or abolish it, in such manner as shall be judged most conducive to the public weal.”

The Constitution is under assault today All Federal officials swear and oath to uphold the Constitution. Our Governor has sworn an oath to defend the State and Federal Constitution.

They all FAIL.

We need action today. We are working on a variety of action plans but one thing is certain.

It will take bold courageous action to get our leaders to uphold their oaths.

Join The Resistance. Join The Roanoke Tea Party.

Chip Tarbutton

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