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E.W. Jackson All Wrong for Virginia GOP
Townhall ^ | 05/29/2013 | Crystal Wright

Posted on 05/29/2013 9:22:39 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

Any conservative, who thinks E.W. Jackson winning Virginia's 2013 Republican Lieutenant Governor nomination is a good thing, needs to have his or her head examined. A former marine, lawyer and minister, Jackson has made incendiary remarks in the past about gays, blacks and Democrats and yet refuses to retract anything he has said.

This “firebrand” won’t help the Republican ticket of Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli for Governor and Mark Obenshain for Attorney General in a state that has become more purple than red and in which the race for governor remains rancorous and tight. Jackson referred to gays and lesbians as “sick” and “perverted” people and compared homosexuality to pedophilia. Defending traditional marriage is one thing; encouraging hate is another.

Jackson assailed Democrats for being “anti-God” and said Planned Parenthood “has been far, far more lethal to black lives than the KKK ever was.” Blacks who choose to have abortions do so willingly. Blacks like Emmett Till who were tortured, lynched and murdered by the Ku Klux Klan had no say in their deaths. There is no comparison between the two and I don’t understand how a black Republican like Jackson could make such a comment.

Slavery and the Civil Rights movement was one of the worst times in American history. Democrats and Republicans diminish the historical significance of both using such preposterous analogies. But when black Republican’s like Jackson make these comments to woo black voters, it does the opposite. Blacks tune out conservatives like Jackson as loony.

Telling black liberals they are slaves on a planation or any derivative thereof doesn’t make blacks want to hear the conservative message of economic empowerment through education (school choice), less taxation and less government. I’ll say it again, conservatives need to end the slave talk. That is, talk about the Democrat Party’s history of fighting for slavery, segregation and secession and how even today Democrat policies keep blacks in segregated, failing public schools and falling down America’s economic ladder.

Jackson’s excuse for his offensive comments was he made them as pastor of Exodus Faith Ministries, the church he founded but now as a candidate he vowed only to about jobs and the economy. But Jackson is still the same person. As a native Virginian, born and raised in Richmond, I know something’s wrong when the Richmond Times-Dispatch, one of the most conservative paper’s in the country, is daily deriding Jackson as a right-wing nut.

“Note to aspiring Republican politicians: When Ken Cuccinelli says you have gone too far, you might want to take a few steps backward,” wrote the Richmond Times-Dispatch May 24, 2013 editorial page.

The GOP ticket should be unified in its message. Instead Jackson is an unwelcome distraction causing more harm than good. Cuccinelli has been mum on his running mate. Pictures of the three GOP candidates convey a chilliness between Cuccinelli and Jackson. For conservatives who need their memories jogged, after decades of Virginia voting Republican in presidential elections, President Obama won Virginia in 2008 and again in 2012. Mitt Romney lost because he lost the minority vote to Obama. Looking at these results, not to mention Tim Kaine’s victory over George Allen in Virginia’ 2012 Senate race, one would think Republicans in the state would learn their lesson and nominate candidates that would attract -- and not repel -- more voters.

As political analyst Larry Sabato said: “Cuccinelli brought this problem on himself.” Cuccinelli successfully got the Virginia GOP to change the nomination rules from a primary to convention format to ensure his victory over Lt. Governor Bill Bolling for the gubernatorial nomination before Bolling decided not to run. Fewer conservatives voted in the convention than would have voted in a primary. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reminded readers, “Jackson came in fourth in a 2012 primary for the Senate and probably would have fared about the same this time around.”

In a May 28, 2012, letter to the editor, John Bloom, E.W. Jackson’s Newport News, Va. coordinator wrote “Jackson is a uniter.” (More like a divider my mother laughed.) Describing how Jackson bested seven other candidates for the Lt. Governor nomination, Bloom gushed, “Something special was happening.” I’d argue disastrous. Nominating a candidate who has a record of preaching hate toward Americans isn’t going to win the GOP votes in Virginia or anywhere.

I’ll say this again for thousandth time, GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney lost the 2012 election for many reasons but one was Romney’s “willful neglect “of minority voters. Republicans need to lean in to more Americans with compelling candidates. Jackson isn’t one of them.

During a recent visit to a Virginia women’s Republican club, a few white conservatives mentioned Jackson to me, assuming I would like him because he’s a black conservative like me. I didn’t know who Jackson was. But what I find ironic is the same Republicans blasting black liberals for only voting for Obama because he’s black expect me to do the same with Jackson. Candidates matter and I don’t vote on race.

Many Republicans still believe they can win elections ignoring the black vote. Blacks and whites make up the largest proportion of the electorate. Latinos are trailing both groups because many are in the US illegally and ineligible to vote. In 2012, for the first time blacks voted at a higher rate than any other minority group.

Aside from the Jackson fiasco, I have read precious little about Cuccinelli taking his message beyond Virginia’s white electorate. With polls showing an exceedingly close race between Cuccinelli and Democrat Terry McAuliffe, every color vote will count in Virginia. Have Virginia Republicans learned any new tricks? If Jackson is the best they’ve got, then the GOP is more doomed than I thought.


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1 posted on 05/29/2013 9:22:39 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

And Gays, Blacks, and Democrats have never said anything rancourous about Republicans?


2 posted on 05/29/2013 9:24:24 AM PDT by Arm_Bears (Refuse; Resist; Rebel; Revolt!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Is this Crystal Wright, or Krystal Ball?


3 posted on 05/29/2013 9:24:59 AM PDT by ken5050 (Due to all the WH scandals, MSNBC is changing its slogan from "Lean Forward" to "BOHICA")
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To: SeekAndFind

Crystal needs to do a little rethinking. Or at least some thinking.

FROM THE ARTICLE: Blacks who choose to have abortions do so willingly. Blacks like Emmett Till who were tortured, lynched and murdered by the Ku Klux Klan had no say in their deaths.

The aborted blacks had no more choice than Till. Duh.


4 posted on 05/29/2013 9:25:27 AM PDT by EDINVA
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To: SeekAndFind

This message approved by the GOPe and other assorted Kapo Republican quislings.


5 posted on 05/29/2013 9:26:17 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: SeekAndFind
Blacks who choose to have abortions do so willingly. Blacks like Emmett Till who were tortured, lynched and murdered by the Ku Klux Klan had no say in their deaths. There is no comparison between the two and I don’t understand how a black Republican like Jackson could make such a comment.

Uh...you're comparing apples and oranges there, slick. Emmitt Till is the baby in the first scenario.

6 posted on 05/29/2013 9:26:44 AM PDT by Mr. Jeeves (CTRL-GALT-DELETE)
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To: SeekAndFind
Jackson assailed Democrats for being “anti-God” and said Planned Parenthood “has been far, far more lethal to black lives than the KKK ever was.” Blacks who choose to have abortions do so willingly. Blacks like Emmett Till who were tortured, lynched and murdered by the Ku Klux Klan had no say in their deaths.

Confidential to Ms Wright, you are looking at the wrong end of this. Emmett Till may have had no say in his death but neither did the Black baby. That's the point.

7 posted on 05/29/2013 9:27:01 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (Unindicted Co-conspirators: The Mainstream Media)
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To: SeekAndFind

Interesting to watch people run away as fast as they can at the slightest hint of discomfort.

I’m not saying Jackson shouldn’t be wise in his public comments, but if telling the truth feels like hell, then I say Jackson ought to give them hell.


8 posted on 05/29/2013 9:29:39 AM PDT by Obadiah (What is twisted cannot be straightened...)
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To: SeekAndFind
"Jackson assailed Democrats for being “anti-God” and said Planned Parenthood “has been far, far more lethal to black lives than the KKK ever was.” Blacks who choose to have abortions do so willingly. Blacks like Emmett Till who were tortured, lynched and murdered by the Ku Klux Klan had no say in their deaths."

Uhhhh, the black babies who are the victims of abortion don't "do so willingly" and suffer a fate pretty much the same as Emmett Till. This author isn't bright at all and I wonder how they ever got published by TownHall.

9 posted on 05/29/2013 9:30:42 AM PDT by circlecity
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To: SeekAndFind

I have no confidence in the VA GOP, but I would vote for all three nominees were I a Virginian.


10 posted on 05/29/2013 9:31:06 AM PDT by Theodore R. ("Hey, the American people must all be crazy out there!")
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To: SeekAndFind

The biggest roadblock to his election will be the Dims candidate, a likable IT Indian guy who worked for Kaine and Obama. I think he will get more votes than McCaullif.


11 posted on 05/29/2013 9:32:43 AM PDT by VanShuyten ("a shadow...draped nobly in the folds of a gorgeous eloquence.")
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To: SeekAndFind
Jackson has made incendiary remarks in the past about gays, blacks and Democrats and yet refuses to retract anything he has said.

....she says that like it's a bad thang.........

12 posted on 05/29/2013 9:33:17 AM PDT by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? Google your own name......Want to have fun? Google your friend's names........)
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To: SeekAndFind
Crystal Wrong apparently can't handle the truth.

Jackson assailed Democrats for being “anti-God”

Truth. I'm sure it hurts, but it's true; the demonicRATs proved it at last year's national convention.

Planned Parenthood “has been far, far more lethal to black lives than the KKK ever was.”

Again, true. Planned Barrenhood in fact specifically targets black babies for extermination.

Blacks who choose to have abortions do so willingly.

Yes, many black women are complicit in the genocide of black babies.

Blacks like Emmett Till who were tortured, lynched and murdered by the Ku Klux Klan had no say in their deaths.

Neither do black babies murdered by the hundreds of thousands in America's abortuaries annually.

There is no comparison between the two

Yes, there is, and Planned Barrenhood is worse than the KKK.

d I don’t understand how a black Republican like Jackson could make such a comment.

Simple. He can handle the truth. You can't. Sucks to be you.

Slavery and the Civil Rights movement was one of the worst times in American history.

Yet both pale in comparison to the ongoing genocidal abortion regime.

Blacks tune out conservatives like Jackson as loony.

Blacks, or anyone else, who does so are idiots.

13 posted on 05/29/2013 9:33:34 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: SeekAndFind
This “firebrand” won’t help the Republican ticket of Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli for Governor and Mark Obenshain for Attorney General in a state that has become more purple than red and in which the race for governor remains rancorous and tight.

It is EXACTLY this type of thinking that has turned Virginia into a blue state. Once we learn this pertinent political fact and stop nominating D-lites as GOP candidates, then we won't ever have to worry about the Chuck Robbs, Tim Kaines, and Mark Warners of the world wreaking their havoc on the Commonwealth again.

If you ask me, Jackson should be the nominee for Governor and Cuccinelli the candidate for Lt. Governor. Where is John Dalton when you need him?

14 posted on 05/29/2013 9:34:15 AM PDT by Hoodat (BENGHAZI - 4 KILLED, 2 MIA)
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To: SeekAndFind

It’s thinking like this that gives us ‘moderate’ (i.e. RINOS, squishes) Repub candidates requiring us to hold our noses in order to vote for them.


15 posted on 05/29/2013 9:34:46 AM PDT by MissMagnolia (You see, truth always resides wherever brave men still have ammunition. I pick truth. (John Ransom))
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To: ken5050

I don’t know who Crystal Wright is, but I do know she is an idiot...........


16 posted on 05/29/2013 9:35:01 AM PDT by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? Google your own name......Want to have fun? Google your friend's names........)
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To: Theodore R.

From the American Thinker:

The Virginia GOP snubbed the unwelcome advice of Karl Rove urging Republicans across the country to nominate uninspiring moderates without an agenda.

The Republican Party of Virginia (RPV) will run for November:

Current Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli for Governor

Bishop E.W. Jackson for Lieutenant Governor, and

Virginia State Senator Mark Obenshain for Attorney General.

The nomination of African-American, enthusiastically and loudly Christian Bishop E.W. Jackson for lieutenant governor was the biggest surprise. Jackson offers the most intriguing dynamics heading into the 2013 general election. Jackson will not only stir up the Virginia elections but may also challenge Barack Obama nationally. However, Obama shockingly won Virginia in 2012, presumably with Democrats’ new, high-tech voter turn-out systems that may once again be a factor in Virginia in 2013.

Ken Cuccinelli, as a national conservative hero, was unopposed for governor. Current Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling dropped out, possibly contemplating running as an Independent in the mold of Florida’s Charlie Crist in 2010, who realized he could not win against Marco Rubio in the Florida primary. It is widely perceived that Bill Bolling could not compete against Ken Cuccinelli because the nomination was by convention.

For attorney general, Mark Obenshain defeated Rob Bell on the first ballot. Obenshain was elected to the senate of Virginia in 2003, where he quickly became a standard-bearer for conservative policies and a leader on property rights, school choice, family values, and government reform. For twenty-five years Mark practiced law in Harrisonburg and in Central Virginia.

WHAT’s NOT TO LIKE FOR A CONSERVATIVE?


17 posted on 05/29/2013 9:35:56 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
I’ll say this again for thousandth time, GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney lost the 2012 election for many reasons but one was Romney’s “willful neglect “of minority voters. Republicans need to lean in to more Americans with compelling candidates.

What kind of crap is this???!!

During a recent visit to a Virginia women’s Republican club, a few white conservatives mentioned Jackson to me, assuming I would like him because he’s a black conservative like me. I didn’t know who Jackson was. But what I find ironic is the same Republicans blasting black liberals for only voting for Obama because he’s black expect me to do the same with Jackson. Candidates matter and I don’t vote on race.

Honey, you ain't no "black conservative."

18 posted on 05/29/2013 9:36:10 AM PDT by sauropod (Fat Bottomed Girl: "What difference, at this point, does it make?")
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To: SeekAndFind

Aw, c’mon, Crystal! Get with the program! Vote for the R!

You CAN support the Republican candidate, right, Crystal?

Crystal? Hello?


19 posted on 05/29/2013 9:36:17 AM PDT by Colonel_Flagg (Blather. Reince. Repeat.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Lemme guess, Crystal Wright is a pseudonym for Karl Rove.
20 posted on 05/29/2013 9:36:23 AM PDT by Obadiah (What is twisted cannot be straightened...)
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To: EDINVA
Blacks like Emmett Till who were tortured, lynched and murdered by the Ku Klux Klan had no say in their deaths.

The aborted blacks had no more choice than Till. Duh.

And we can be pretty sure the unborn black babies weren't "sexually harassing" a female shopkeeper, either.

21 posted on 05/29/2013 9:36:47 AM PDT by SamuraiScot
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To: Red Badger
I don’t know who Crystal Wright is, but I do know she is an idiot...........

At first I thought the article was satire, written by a fake GOPe type.

22 posted on 05/29/2013 9:38:25 AM PDT by Sans-Culotte ( Pray for Obama- Psalm 109:8)
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To: ArrogantBustard

RE: Jackson assailed Democrats for being “anti-God”

Truth. I’m sure it hurts, but it’s true; the demonicRATs proved it at last year’s national convention.

__________________________

Well, what to say? They did vote to put God back in to their platform (by a dubious show of hands, where the nays seem to have drowned out the yeas but the nays were totally ignored by the chairperson).


23 posted on 05/29/2013 9:38:42 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: ArrogantBustard
Slavery and the Civil Rights movement was one of the worst times in American history.

And both times, the Republican Party stood tall and boldly took the correct side. So why surrender now by nominating a candidate that will appeal to members of the same Party that supported slavery, segregation, and vehemently opposed Civil Rights? To paraphrase another great Virginian, I know not course what others may take, but as for me, give me conservatives like E.W. Jackson, or give me death.

24 posted on 05/29/2013 9:39:20 AM PDT by Hoodat (BENGHAZI - 4 KILLED, 2 MIA)
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To: SamuraiScot

So if I understand this correctly, obama won the minority vote in 2008 because he is a minority, but Jackson cannot win the minority vote in Virginia because he is a Conservative? Isn’t he a minority?


25 posted on 05/29/2013 9:40:25 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (The reason we own guns is to protect ourselves from those wanting to take our guns from us.)
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To: cripplecreek

You nailed it.


26 posted on 05/29/2013 9:41:33 AM PDT by Hoodat (BENGHAZI - 4 KILLED, 2 MIA)
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To: SeekAndFind
Jackson assailed Democrats for being “anti-God” and said Planned Parenthood “has been far, far more lethal to black lives than the KKK ever was.” Blacks who choose to have abortions do so willingly. Blacks like Emmett Till who were tortured, lynched and murdered by the Ku Klux Klan had no say in their deaths. There is no comparison between the two and I don’t understand how a black Republican like Jackson could make such a comment.

I'm sorry, when did a baby, black OR white, ever willingly choose to be aborted?

The KKK willingly chose to lynch blacks as well, they were not forced. Apparently, the author missed who the VICTIM is in an abortion.

I don't know if Jackson was the right choice -- we had several really good candidates running, and some would have been better for the ticket I imagine. On the other hand, Ken didn't endorse anyone, so I think he is happy with whoever got picked.

27 posted on 05/29/2013 9:42:13 AM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: SeekAndFind

I’ll say this again for thousandth time, GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney lost the 2012 election for many reasons but one was Romney’s “willful neglect “of minority voters


Rino Romney did not win because many conservatives did not vote. They WILL vote for this man. The old men in the rnc & rinos don’t like conservatives, which make up 70% of the base. Romney was trying to move left to get more leftiest. Black and far left won’t vote republican. Your wasting your time trying. Just get all the base and you win


28 posted on 05/29/2013 9:45:36 AM PDT by Linda Frances (Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness)
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To: SeekAndFind
Wow, if he is saying these things, run him for governor.

Who is Crystal Wright, and what does she have against saying truthful things?

29 posted on 05/29/2013 9:46:00 AM PDT by Lakeshark (!)
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Freepers, Getting closer to
the GREEN.



Let's Git-R-Done!

30 posted on 05/29/2013 9:46:54 AM PDT by RedMDer (You are Free Republic. There are no outside influences. Just us, all of us. Please donate today!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Crystal Wright is a flaming idiot.


31 posted on 05/29/2013 9:47:07 AM PDT by bmwcyle (People who do not study history are destine to believe really ignorant statements.)
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To: SeekAndFind
I believe that's Crystal in the first row, 2nd from the left.


“Margaret Sanger delivers burning speech
local KKK gals hang on every word”

32 posted on 05/29/2013 9:52:28 AM PDT by Perseverando (The truth is hate to those who hate the truth.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Crystal seems to be taking the ever-popular RINO position; i.e., she’s a Democrat.


33 posted on 05/29/2013 9:59:56 AM PDT by Jack Hammer (American)
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To: SeekAndFind
E.W. Jackson forever ... Crystal WrightWrong never.

Black Conservative Attacks Abortion, Dems (and Rove GOPe) Faint Dead Away

E.W. Jackson and the Republican Party

34 posted on 05/29/2013 10:00:28 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: SeekAndFind

“Jackson has made incendiary remarks in the past about gays, blacks and Democrats and yet refuses to retract anything he has said.”

Good. Even if I don’t agree with everything Jackson says (and I don’t), I respect him more for standing behind what he believes and not cowering to political correctness.

This whole thing where you have to do an insincere public apology so that you can receive your public flogging from the Left is the dumbest advent of the past several decades. Show some stones and stand behind what you believe. Every time someone goes along with this public apology farce it’s ceding ground to the Left that they have the moral high ground on cultural issues.


35 posted on 05/29/2013 10:06:55 AM PDT by NotYourAverageDhimmi
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To: SeekAndFind
In her on May 9, 2013, article entitled "The Gay Takeover of America," does Wright not understand that so-called "progressives" will brand her as a hater too? In that piece, she writes,
"Between gay marriage, gay adoptions, forcing the Boy Scouts to admit gay scouts and scout masters, and lauding a rich NBA player for announcing he’s gay, the message is clear from gay America to the 97% of the rest of us. You will accept our lifestyle as mainstream. My response: “No I won’t.”

"Notice when anyone rejects this gay agenda based on religious beliefs or personal views, they are called bigots or mocked. Appearing on Meet the Press May 5, 2013, Republican Newt Gingrich noted the Catholic Church is prohibited from performing adoption services in states like Massachusetts and the District of Columbia because the Church will only allow a married couple (by definition a man and woman) to adopt a baby. This is a perversion of societal norms all in the name of liberals forcing their political correctness down America’s throat whether her people have an opinion about it or not."

Bishop Jackson is a Christian Minister. In that capacity, he possesses all the rights protected from the purview of coercive government power by the First Amendment to express his religious beliefs.

A Christian Minister does not give up his rights to run for office, and voters can decide his worthiness to represent them. They are not obligated to buy into a definition of "hate speech" promulgated by those who wish to silence those who disagree with any prevailing viewpoint.

Perhaps a reading of an Ohio Legislator and Black Bishop Benjamin W. Arnett's "Centennial Sermon"--delivered on the celebratory 100th Anniversary of the Declaration of Independence might be good reading for us, and for Crystal Wright. The Sermon's title? "Righteousness Exalteth a Nation, but Sin is a Reproach to any People."

After tracing the history of nations and of America, in particular, in the final section of that discourse, Bishop Arnett warns of the movement already under way in 1876 to "change" America in a section headed, "The Danger to our Country." The entire Sermon can be read at the Library of Congress - Historical Collections" -

"African-American Pamphlets from the Daniel A. P. Murray Collection," 1820-1920; American Memory, Library of Congress, but the section referred to above is excerpted here:

"The Danger to our Country.

"Now that our national glory and grandeur is principally derived from the position the fathers took on the great questions of right and wrong, and the career of this nation has been unparalleled in the history of the past, now there are those who are demanding the tearing down the strength of our national fabric. They may not intend to tear it down, but just as sure as they have their way, just that sure will they undermine our superstructure and cause the greatest calamity of the age. What are the demands of this party of men? Just look at it and examine it for yourselves, and see if you are willing that they shall have their way; or will you still assist in keeping the ship of state in the hands of the same crew and run her by the old gospel chart! But ye men who think there is no danger listen to the demands of the Liberals as they choose to call themselves:

"'Organize! Liberals of America! The hour for action has arrived. The cause of freedom calls upon us to combine our strength, our zeal, our efforts. These are The Demands of Liberalism:

"'1. We demand that churches and other ecclesiastical property shall no longer be exempt from just taxation.

"'2. We demand that the employment of chaplains in Congress, in State Legislatures, in the navy and militia, and in prisons, asylums, and all other institutions supported by public money, shall be discontinued.

"'3. We demand that all public appropriations for sectarian educational and charitable institutions shall cease.

"'4. We demand that all religious services now sustained by the government shall be abolished; and especially that the use of the Bible in the public schools, whether ostensibly as a text-book or avowedly as a book of religious worship, shall be prohibited.

"'5. We demand that the appointment, by the President of the United States or by the Governors of the various States, of all religious festivals and fasts shall wholly cease.

"'6. We demand that the judicial oath in the courts and in all other departments of the government shall be abolished, and that simple affirmation under the pains and penalties of perjury shall be established in its stead.

"'7. We demand that all laws directly or indirectly enforcing the observance of Sunday as the Sabbath shall be repealed.

"'8. We demand that all laws looking to the enforcement of “Christian” morality shall be abrogated, and that all laws shall be conformed to the requirements of natural morality, equal rights, and impartial liberty.

"'9. We demand that not only in the Constitution of the United States and of the several States, but also in the practical administration of the same, no privilege or advantage shall be conceded to Christianity or any other special religion; that our entire political system shall be founded and administered on a purely secular basis; and that whatever changes shall prove necessary to this end shall be consistently, unflinchingly, and promptly made.'

"'Let us boldly and with high purpose meet the duty of the hour.'

"Now we must not think that we have nothing to do in this great work, for the men who are at the head of this movement are men of culture and intelligence, and many of them are men of influence. They are led by that thinker and scholar, F. E. Abbott, than whom I know but few men who has a smoother pen, or who is his equal on the battle-field of thought. He says in an address on the duty of his leagues:

"'My answer may be a negative one to all who see nothing positive in the idea of liberty. The conviction I refer to is this: that, regarded as a theological system, Christianity is Superstition, and, regarded as an organized institution, Christianity is Slavery. The purpose I refer to is this: that, whether regarded as theological system, Christianity shall wholly cease to exercise influence in political matters. Although the national Constitution is strictly secular and non-Christian, there are many things in the practical administration of the government which violate its spirit, and constitute a virtual recognition of Christianity as the national religion. These violations are very dangerous; they are on the increase; they more and more give Christianity a practical hold upon the government; they directly tend to strengthen the influence of Christianity over the people, and to fortify it both as a theology and a church; and they are therefore justly viewed with growing indignation by liberals. Not unreasonably are they looked upon as paving the way to a formidable effort to carry the Christian Amendment to the Constitution; and the liberals are beginning to see that they must extinguish the conflagration in its commencement. I believe all this myself, with more intense conviction every day; and therefore I appeal frankly to the people to begin now to lay the foundations of a great National Party of Freedom. It is not a moment too soon. If the liberals are wise, they will see the facts as they are, and act accordingly. Not with hostility, bitterness, defiance, or anger but rather with love to all men and high faith in the beneficence of consistently republican institutions, do I urge them most earnestly to begin the work at once.'

"He acknowledges that this is a religious nation and wants all men to assist him in eliminating the grand old granite principles from the framework of our national union. Will you do it freeman; will we sell the temple reared at the cost of so much precious blood and treasure? These men would have us turn back the hands on the clock of our national progress, and stay the shadow on the dial plate of our christian civilization; they would have us call a retreat to the soldiers in the army of Christ; the banner of the cross they would have us haul down, and reverse the engines of war against sin and crime; the songs of Zion they would turn into discord, and for the harmony and the melody of the sons of God, they would give us general confusion; they would have us chain the forces of virtue and unloose the elements of vice; they would have the nation loose its moorings from the Lord of truth and experience and commit interest, morally, socially; religiously and politically to the unsafe and unreliable human reason; they would discharge God and his crew and run the ship of State by the light of reason, which has always been but a dim taper in the world, and all the foot-prints it has left are marked with the blood of men, women and children. No nation is safe when left alone with reason.

"But we have no notion of giving up the contest without a struggle or a battle. We are aware that there is a great commotion in the world of thought. Religion and science are at arms length contending with all their forces for the mastery. Faith and unbelief are fighting their old battles over again, everything that can be shaken is shaking. The foundations of belief are assaulted by the army of science and men are changing their opinions. New and starting theories are promulgated to the world; old truths are putting on new garbs. Error is dressing in the latest style, wrong is secured by the unholy alliances, changes in men and things, revolution in church and state, Empires are crumbling, Kingdoms tottering; everywhere the change is seen. In the social circle, in the school house, in the pulpit and in the pews. But amid all the changes are revolutions their are some things that are unchangeable, unmovable and enduring. The forces that underline the vital power of Christianity are the same yesterday, to-day, to-morrow and forever more. They are like their God, who is omnipotent, immovable and eternal, and everywhere truth has marched it has left its moccasin tracks.

"The Conclusion of the Whole Matter.We have patiently tried to examine the record of the nations of antiquity and learn the cause of their decay and decline, their fall, why their early death; and why so many implements of destruction around and about their tombs, and everywhere, in the silent streets, mouldering ruins, tottering columns, mouldy and moist rooms, and the united voice from the sepulcher of the dead past is, "sin is a reproach to any people." We see it written on the tombs of the Kings, and engraven on the pages of time, "sin is a reproach to any people." These are the principles of governments, Right and wrong; and the people who are the advocates of Right have bound themselves together and by their united effort they have brought light out of darkness and forced strength out of weakness.

"We as a nation have a grand and glorious future before us. The sun of our nation is just arising above the horizon and is now sending his golden rays of peace from one end of the land to the other. The utmost extremities of the members of the body politic are warm and in motion by the commercial and financial activities of the land. Her face is destined to blush with beauty when peace and justice shall be enthroned. The grand march of progress shall mark her in her onward advancement in moral strength, intellectual brilliancy, and political power. Then we can say that we give to every man, woman and child the benefit of our free institutions, giving all the benefits of our common school and the freedom to worship God under their own vine and fig tree. Then will we see written, on the banner of our free, redeemed and disenthralled country, the sublime words written, not in the blood of men, but in the sun-light of truth, that "Righteousness exalteth a nation." It will fall like the morning dew on the lowly; it will descend like the showers of May on the poor; and like the sun it will shine on the good and bad, dispensing from the hand of plenty the blessings of a government founded on the principle of justice and equality.

"Standing on the threshold of the second century of the nation's life, with the experience of the past lying at our feet, we are saluted by the shout of triumph from the millions who left their homes and business and attended the Great Exposition of the skill and genius of the world, collected at Philadelphia. We were permitted to receive the greetings from the oldest to the youngest nation of the earth. Egypt and the United States clasped hands over the waste of 5,000 years, and lay their treasures at the feet of our civilization. The material, intellectual and mechanical deterioration of the one, and the unprecedented progress of the other, stand in great contrast; in all that makes the nation great,—morally, religiously and socially, the young nation is ahead.

"Following the tracks of righteousness throughout the centuries and along the way of nations, we are prepared to recommend it to all and assert without a shadow of doubt, that "Righteousness exalted a nation"; but on the other hand following the foot-prints of sin amid the ruins of Empires and remains of cities, we will say that "sin is a reproach to any people." But we call on all American citizens to love their country, and look not on the sins of the past, but arming ourselves for the conflict of the future, girding ourselves in the habiliments of Righteousness, march forth with the courage of a Numidian lion and with the confidence of a Roman Gladiator, and meet the demands of the age, and satisfy the duties of the hour. Let us be encouraged in our work, for we have found the moccasin track of Righteousness all along the shore of the stream of life, constantly advancing, holding humanity with a firm hand. We have seen it “through” all the confusion of rising and falling States, of battle, siege and slaughter, of victory and defeat; through the varying fortunes and ultimate extinctions of Monarchies, Republics and Empires; through barbaric irruption and desolation, feudal isolation, spiritual supremacy, the heroic rush and conflict of the Cross and Crescent; amid the busy hum of industry, through the marts of trade and behind the gliding keels of commerce.”

"And in America, the battle-field of modern thought, we can trace the foot-prints of the one and the tracks of the other. So let us use all of our available forces, and especially our young men, and throw them into the conflict of the Right against the Wrong.

"Then let the grand Centennial Thanksgiving song be heard and sung in every house of God; and in every home may thanksgiving sounds be heard, for our race has been emancipated, enfranchised and are now educating, and have the gospel preached to them!

"Sons of freedom, sing the glad hymns of praise on the Western plains! Daughters of sorrow shout the joyful tidings amid the savannahs of the South-land! Proclaim it on the Atlantic's western stand and declare it on the slopes of the Pacific! Humble followers of the Son of Mary, chant the eternal truth in the temple of the Most High, that “Righteousness exalteth a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.”

"We invite every nation, kindred, tongue and people, to come to our land. Come from the bogs of Ireland; come from the dykes of Holland; come from the mountains of Switzerland; and from the sunny plains of Italy; and enjoy a government made for man! Come from the jungles of Africa or Egypt, the university of the infant world; come from Asia the cradle of humanity; come and bring your gifts from the Islands of the South Sea and spice land! Come ye men of every clime and race and see a nation founded in Righteousness, guarded by Justice, and supported by truth and equity, and defended by God!

"When thus united in one grand commonwealth of nationalities the universal prayer will be:

"Show us our Aaron, with his rod of flower!
Our Miriam, with her timbrel soul in tune!
And call some Joshua, in spirits power,
To praise our sun of strength at point of noon.
God of our fathers! over sand and sea,
Still keep our struggling footsteps close to thee." - End of Excerpt from Bishop Benjamin W. Arnett, "Centennial Thanksgiving Sermon" - 1876

A Legislator, a Christian Minister, and prominent Black leader of his day, Benjamin W. Arnett did not fail to express views which, to some so-called "intellectuals" of his day were, no doubt, objectionable. Instead, he expressed the essential ideas of liberty with great knowledge, understanding and power.

When did freedom of conscience, of religious belief and expression, of a free press, and of political expression, as intended by America's documents of liberty, become a political liability?

36 posted on 05/29/2013 10:08:13 AM PDT by loveliberty2
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To: SeekAndFind

Memo to Crysal: The blacks and gays are not going to vote for the Cuccinelli ticket anyway so calm down.


37 posted on 05/29/2013 10:15:30 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Crystal Wright is a black conservative woman living in Washington, D.C. Some would say she is a triple minority: woman, black and a Republican living in a Democrat dominated city. By day, Crystal is a communications consultant and editor and publisher of the new website, www.conservativeblackchick.com. Ms. Wright holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Georgetown University and a Masters of Fine Arts in Theatre from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Yeah, she's a Conservative all right...

38 posted on 05/29/2013 10:15:42 AM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: SeekAndFind

“Blacks who choose to have abortions do so willingly. Blacks like Emmett Till who were tortured, lynched and murdered by the Ku Klux Klan had no say in their deaths. There is no comparison between the two and I don’t understand how a black Republican like Jackson could make such a comment. “

Oh, rly?


39 posted on 05/29/2013 10:17:42 AM PDT by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: SeekAndFind
However, Obama shockingly won Virginia in 2012, presumably with Democrats’ new, high-tech voter turn-out systems that may once again be a factor in Virginia in 2013.

Obama also won in 2008. Once is a shock. Twice is the makings of a trend. Jackson is running in a state that is trending blue. That's not going to help him.

40 posted on 05/29/2013 10:21:02 AM PDT by 0.E.O
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To: SeekAndFind

E. W. Jackson

41 posted on 05/29/2013 10:21:13 AM PDT by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: sauropod

“I’ll say this again for thousandth time, GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney lost the 2012 election for many reasons but one was Romney’s “willful neglect “of minority voters. Republicans need to lean in to more Americans with compelling candidates. “

Red Herring.

Romney would have had to win over more than 73% of Hispanics to win the election. More of a share than Obama had. Romney had problems with inspiring the base to turnout. Precisely because he was a wet noodle RINO.


42 posted on 05/29/2013 10:23:15 AM PDT by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: 0.E.O

You don’t understand Va off year elections. Repubs will sweep. Democrats really don’t care what happens in the state houses, they think nationally, kinda like you. Now shooo.


43 posted on 05/29/2013 10:23:40 AM PDT by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Never heard of EW Jackson before but I apprehend from this article that he is someone worthy of my financial support. This being an odd year I needed someone to support and it sure as heck wasn’t going to be Krispy Kreme.


44 posted on 05/29/2013 10:29:29 AM PDT by rhinohunter (Freepers aren't booing -- they're shouting "Cruuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuz")
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To: central_va
You don’t understand Va off year elections. Repubs will sweep. Democrats really don’t care what happens in the state houses, they think nationally, kinda like you. Now shooo.

I think your state is changing around you and you're depending on trends that may no longer be true. Just because Virginia hasn't elected a governor of the same party as the one in the White House since the late 70's doesn't mean that can't change. You live in a blue state now. Deal with it.

45 posted on 05/29/2013 10:33:57 AM PDT by 0.E.O
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To: 0.E.O

Wanna put money on it? Repubs win the governor and lt Governor. Put money on it or shut up.


46 posted on 05/29/2013 10:36:19 AM PDT by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Crystal’s a twit.


47 posted on 05/29/2013 10:39:40 AM PDT by Psycho_Bunny (Thought Puzzle: Describe Islam without using the phrase "mental disorder" more than four times.)
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To: Trueblackman

Inasmuch as your opinion is valued here, what is your opinion on Wright’s views, as expressed herein?


48 posted on 05/29/2013 10:49:53 AM PDT by loveliberty2
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To: central_va
Wanna put money on it? Repubs win the governor and lt Governor. Put money on it or shut up.

I'll just shut up and watch.

49 posted on 05/29/2013 10:54:46 AM PDT by 0.E.O
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To: Timber Rattler
She writes like a liberal ... just a few examples from the article ...

Nominating a candidate who has a record of preaching hate toward Americans isn’t going to win the GOP votes in Virginia or anywhere.

GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney lost the 2012 election for many reasons but one was Romney’s “willful neglect “of minority voters.

Many Republicans still believe they can win elections ignoring the black vote.

I have read precious little about Cuccinelli taking his message beyond Virginia’s white electorate.

Mz. Wright is obsessed with race. She's the opposite of Martin Luther King and what she professes to be ...

I have a dream ... that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

50 posted on 05/29/2013 11:00:59 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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