CP of Virginia Participates in Lobby Day
| Virginia Citizens Defense League
|| John Bloom delivers speech at VCDL
Ladies and Gentleman,
This is a day to honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther
King Jr, who though he was a man of peace and Minister he
had the courage to stand up against injustice. In
the 1950s and 1960s in the South they treated people
differently, solely by the color of their skin, and not by
the “content of their character”. On January 30th,
1956, someone threw a bomb into Dr. King’s house in
Alabama, though no one was hurt, it prompted Dr. King to
apply for a concealed carry permit, to protect himself and
his family. In this day and age, Dr. King would have
all the justification in the world to be granted a
concealed carry permit. However, blacks were treated
differently back then in Alabama, and the Alabama
authorities had discretion on who to grant a hand gun
permit to and denied Dr. King the concealed carry
permit. That was Gun Control in the 1950s. The
Gun Owners of America put it best on a poster showing Dr.
King with these words, “Gun Control: Denying Rights
of the People the Government doesn’t like since
RECONSTRUCTION.” Let us honor Dr. King by fighting
for the rights of LAW ABIDING Citizens to be granted a
concealed carry permit to protect one’s self and
family. God Bless you all, God Bless America and God
Bless the Constitution of the United States of America.
| Paul Provance and James Easterly
display the banner.
|| Enjoying lunch after the VCDL rally.
The State Central Committee of the Constitution Party of Virginia held its first in-person meeting since the reestablishment of the party a year ago. We held our meeting September 29, 2018 at the Four Points by Sheraton, Richmond on Midlothian Turnpike. The committee listened to Libertarian nominee for Senate Matt Waters who the CP of Virginia has endorsed. Ricardo Davis, the Southern Regional Chairman joined the gathering via teleconference and provideded guidance on building the party and raising funds. National Committee Chairman Frank Fluckiger phoned in to explain the progress being made obtaining ballot access across the fifty states. A business meeting was held where a committee was formed to update the bylaws, and John Bloom the Chairman volunteered to write a party platform.
|Left to right: Annabeth Goss, Paul
Provance, Calvin Neighbors, James Moore, John Bloom,
Anthony Pregony, Trent Corbett, and Tristram Coffin
Constitution Party of Virginia Attends Faith and Freedom Coalition Conference
June 9, 2018
The Constitution Party of Virginia and the
Constitution Party of Maryland helped sponsor the
Faith and Freedom Coalition "Road to Majority"
conference, June 7th-9th at the Omni Shorham Hotel
in Washington, DC. John Bloom of Virginia
and Michael Bertocchi of Maryland manned the
Constitution Party table in the exhibit hall and
spoke with people at the conference.
Several officials from the Current Administration
and congressmen of the Federal Government
addressed the conference, and Vice President Mike
Pence delivered the keynote address.
The Faith and Freedom Coalition has tremendous
influence with our national, state, and local
governments. A majority of attendees who
came to the Constitution Party table knew about
our party and many knew Constitution Party
Southern States Regional Co-Chairman Ricardo
Davis. A number of people from Virginia
showed an interest in the Constitution Party, and
we will be making an effort to contact them and to
see how they can work with us in our efforts to
grow the party, put Constitutionists on ballots
for public office, and win elections. If you
have not been contacted, but would like to get
involved with the Constitution Party of Virginia,
please see the information on this page below.
The Constitution Party of Virginia held a barbecue and meeting on May 12, 2018 to plan how it will organize in Northern Virginia. Chairman John Bloom and his wife Renee drove up from Newport News. He explained current strategies and priorities of the state party, especially regarding publicity and interacting with the media. The treasurer, Paul Provance, gave a financial report and listed some of the Party’s priority needs for contributions and funding.
A political discussion brought out these points. The current two party system is disregarding principles. It seems that winning is all that matters to the two leading parties. They disregard many issues that our government should be addressing to focus only on one or two issues to differentiate themselves in order to gain political advantage. They disregard the people, making promises to get votes but then breaking those promises.
John Holland, Northern Virginia Coordinator, put forward the Constitution Party’s long term goal of restoring American governance to its constitutional intent. He proposed short term goals to have chairmen in every county and independent city, and to hold regular meetings and events. Paul Provance and Renee Bloom served appetizers, potato salad, hamburgers, hot dogs, and ice cream.
|Left to right: Paul Provance, John
Holland, and John Bloom
||Renee Bloom serves hors d'oeuvres.
Members Attend Stand for your Second Amendment Rights Rally
Members of the Constitution Party of Virginia
attended the National State Capital, Stand for
Your Rights 2A Rally on Saturday April 14,
2018. We heard people talk about protecting
their homes and families by displaying weapons, we
heard stories of people who were in abusive
situations and expressed their need to keep their
right to bear arms, and there were speeches from
lobbyists and politicians who were involved in the
debates over currently proposed bills in the
Virginia legislature. The event in Richmond
was sponsored and organized by the Virginia
Citizens Defense League.
The Constitution Party members interacted with attendees of the rally. We passed out business cards and displayed a banner. We wore CP caps and sweat shirts; and spoke with members of the local media.
Some attendees at the very peaceful rally had rifles slung over their shoulders or holstered pistols on their hips. Others displayed posters, banners, and flags of various sorts.
| Chairman Bloom displaying his
Constitution Party cap and sweat shirt
|| Some attendees brought their posters
|| Some attendees carrying rifles and
February 26, 2018
The Constitution Party attended CPAC, and the young
people greeted us quite well. The CP Representatives
attending from across the country were pleasantly
surprised by their response. After Donald Trump's speech,
Turning Point USA gave us the sticker shown below about
being AWAKE. Please click here to see our press release
about the experience we had with young people at the
Conservative Political Action Conference.
Paul Provance our new Treasurer and webmaster is
organizing Northern Virginia for the CPV. Get in
touch with him at (703)764-0460 if you live in Northern
Virginia and would like to become active in helping to
grow this Conservative Alternative. Please leave a message
so that he can distinguish you from the many spam callers
he hears from.
The Constitution Party of Virginia (CPV) is collecting
donations to help finance a booth at CPAC Next Year.
Click the Donate Button above to contribute toward this
Chairman Bloom, Vice-Chairman Kraut, and Treasurer Paul
Provance assisted in the planning committee and helped out
in the National Party's booth at the Conservative
Political Action Conference (CPAC) 2018 at National
Harbor, Maryland on February 21-24. It was a huge
success where the Constitution Party booth may have been
the busiest booth at the convention, despite its
relatively small size. People of all ages, but
especially young people from late teens through their
twenties showed a strong interest in the possibility of
another option to the two major parties.
CP of Virginia wants to strongly support a booth at next
year's event again, because we get an out sized benefit
due to our physical proximity to National Harbor.
However, it costs money. A prominent booth that
comes with a sponsorship that will give the Constitution
Party greater access to the media, to advertising, and
speaking opportunities would be around $30,000. A modest
booth will cost about $13,000 dollars including
sponsorship, handout materials, and participant
registrations. This event attracts many local young
people, enthusiastic to get involved, and it attracts many
local and national media outlets which can magnify our
outreach. Two donations of $7,500, or 130 donations
of $100 would cover the cost.
We ask that you consider donating today, to Constitution Party of Virginia's general fund, to support its activities including funding a booth at CPAC 2019. DONATE
The American Revolution was sparked by the British policy of taxing the American colonies without allowing them any representation in the British Parliament. This has been commonly referred to as “Taxation without representation.” Well, Americans are now doing this to their own children, and neither the Republicans nor the Democrats seem to care.
What most people fail to understand that the national debt is deferred taxation with interest. When a candidate for public office says he will offer a tax cut that will result in increased debt, that is not a tax cut, but rather a shifting of the tax burden to future generations. The national debt now stands at more than $18 trillion with interest of $266 billion a year.
When Ed Gillespie says he will cut taxes and does not offer any spending cuts to reduce the size of state government, he is hoping that the growth in the economy will continue to grow state government. Most Virginians do not even realize that 22 percent of Virginia’s revenue is dependent on federal tax revenue.
Virginia needs to start reducing the size of state government and a modest tax cut would start to wean Virginia off federal dollars. Is my generation so selfish that we would sacrifice our children and our grandchildren’s futures?
It is time for most of us to do what our parents did for us: Make sacrifices so our offspring have better lives then we did. We all must correct politicians like Mr. Gillespie and tell him that a tax cut that increases debt increases taxes on our children.
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