Let’s see…Halloween hangover, rotting leaves, my favorite college football teams seeing their post-season hopes fade away. Yup. It must be time for an election.
And with that comes the once-coveted round of endorsements from Chuck’s Common Sense. In bygone days the means by which these endorsements were secured changed the course of human history. These days, I can be bought with a case of beer.
I will focus on events in my hometown, so most of you probably won’t give a rip. That’s fine. Hopefully you can find something entertaining regardless. You get what you pay for.
In my hometown of Danville-Virginia there is a contested House of Delegates race…but it is contested in name only. Full disclosure: I have done digital production work for Republican Delegate Danny Marshall who is seeking re-election. Even if that were NOT the case, this would be a no-brainer.
Marshall’s opponent, political newcomer Eric Stamps, is a self-avowed Democratic Socialist in the vein of Bernie Sanders. It’s a cute little philosophy…if you possess a fourth grade understanding of math, economics and basic human behavior.
If we are to take them at face value, what Democratic Socialists want is not really socialism. What they want is highly-taxed, heavily-regulated Capitalism to fund all of their great ideas. The problem is, Capitalism doesn’t flourish under such conditions. To pay for their good ideas, they will have to go MUCH further. Because what happens when this great engine stalls and sputters under their regulatory yoke and is no longer able to produce the revenue needed to make college free for everyone?
Why does socialism inevitably fail? Because it ignores our inherent desire for ownership. Shared means of production means no private property—this, no ownership. Without ownership, there is no incentive for innovation or improvement. Forced mediocrity produces only an equality of misery. History is littered with such examples. You can dress it up with the “Democratic” qualifier; but the envy that serves as the primary fuel remains the same.
Marshall is a reliable and steady conservative voice for Southside Virginia. He eschews “the politics of politics.” He’s a good man.
CCS proudly endorses Danny Marshall in the 14th district House of Delegates race.
The only other contested race in my area is the 20th District State Senate race. Republican incumbent Bill Stanley faces a challenge from Independent Sherman Witcher. I’m not Stanley’s biggest fan. I think he is a politician first and a Senator second. On several occasions I think he has been obtusely partisan when it was not necessary. Still, he has a reliable conservative record, and has explored some out-of-the-box solutions on issues like health care and education. His opponent, Witcher, is a perennial candidate for….something.
CCS endorses Bill Stanley in the 20th district Senate Race.
In Danville, voters will answer a pari-mutual betting question on the ballot. If approved, it would allow Colonial Downs to open one of their Rosie’s Gaming Emporiums in Danville.
I am probably the LAST person who will darken the doors of this place, once it opens. I have never even purchased a lottery ticket. I have a basic understanding of math and the “thrill” that some people get from wagering is completely foreign to me.
Still, I will be an enthusiastic YES vote on this question. As a libertarian I will support just about ANY effort to create jobs. I would vote for a brothel. Federal laws notwithstanding, I would support an opium den. Also as a libertarian, I think it takes an unadulterated amount of hubris to tell people what they can and cannot do. Some people have no problem doing that. I don’t like those people.
CCS urges a “yes” vote on Pari-Mutual betting in Danville-Virginia
Although my endorsements are limited to local races, there is the specter of Democrats taking both houses of the General Assembly. With Democrats simultaneously occupying the top three positions of the Executive Branch, that is bad news for people who cherish individual liberty. With Democratic legislative AND executive control, there is no apparent obstacle to passing gun control laws that would make our Commonwealth more closely resemble California. And while abortion is not my favorite issue to discuss, such a scenario would offer NO protection against a bill like the despicable one introduced last year by Kathy Tran from becoming law.
The social and political divides that pits US coastal and rural dwellers are played out on a smaller scale here in Virginia, where large swaths of “the sticks” are being overtaken by the ever-expanding suburbs and exburbs of Northern Virginia. As would befit a population composed of a disproportionate number of federal government workers, Northern Virginia is VERY fond of policies that expand the power of government. Unlike at the Federal Level, where minorities have protections afforded by Federalist principles like The Senate and The Electoral College; Virginia is strictly a democracy. The biggest mob wins.
It is my fervent hope that at least one house of the Virginia General Assembly remains under Republican control. That would serve as an effective check against people who think that all power comes from government and is shared with We the People. It is the exact opposite.
CCS HEARTILY endorses a divided General Assembly…or a GOP-controlled legislature.
So there you have it. There’s still time to send me a case of beer and change my mind.