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                  Party of Virginia


CP of Virginia Participates in Lobby Day

January 21, 2019

John Bloom, James Easterly, and Paul Provance participated in the Virginia Citizen’s Defense League Lobby Day event on Martin Luther King Day.  Everyone assembled at 8:00 am on the lawn of the Capital on a brisk day where high’s only reached the middle 20's.  James and Paul accompanied a group into the General Assembly office building, but then broke away to visit the members from their legislative districts to encourage them to support ranked-choice voting.  This new voting system, if adopted, will be beneficial to third parties as well as have other benefits.  John remained out in the cold to do networking and to visit with members of the media.  Everyone returned to the Capital lawn at 11:00 am to listen to speeches supporting gun rights.  John gave a five minute speech to rally participants on how Martin Luther King was denied a concealed carry permit by the State of Alabama.  The text of his speech is written below.

Virginia Citizens Defense League Rally
                        Crowd
John
                        Bloom delivers speech at VCDL rally
Virginia Citizens Defense League Rally.
John Bloom delivers speech at VCDL rally.

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.

James
                        and Paul display the banner. Crowd
Enjoying lunch after the Virginia Citizens
                        Defense League rally
Paul Provance and James Easterly display the banner.
Enjoying lunch after the VCDL rally.

The Constitution Party of Virginia Holds State Central Committee Meeting in Richmond

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.

State
                        Central Committee Meeting Attendees
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.

Vice
                                President Pence at Faith and Freedom
                                Coalition Conference

Constitution Party Provided
                                Sponsorship for Faith and Freedom
                                Conference 2018


The Constitution Party of Virginia Holds Planning Meeting in Northern Virginia

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.

Paul
                        Provance, John Holland, and John Bloom at
                        Northern Virginia Barbecue
Renee
                        Bloom Serving Hors D'oeuvres
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 John Bloom at Stand for your
                        Rights Rally
Man with Don't Tread on Me Flag
Rally Attendees Carrying Weapons
Chairman Bloom displaying his Constitution Party cap and sweat shirt
Some attendees brought their posters and flags.
Some attendees carrying rifles and pistols

Constitution Party Offers Conservative Alternative for Young Americans

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 important effort.


The Constitution Party was at CPAC 2018

Poster
                        Showing a Third Choice

The Constitution Party of Virginia Helps National Party at CPAC 2018

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


Growing National Debt Will be a Burden on Our Children

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

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.

JOHN BLOOM.



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