The New Year ushers in the first legislative session in twenty-eight years that former Senator Edd Houck will not be advancing his anti-family legislation on Virginia families and Virginia should thank District 17 minorities and the issue of protecting family-values for this victory. Considering Senator-elect Bryce Reeves etched out a 226-vote victory, I can nearly count that many minority voters and other former Houck supporters I personally switched once they learned about his anti-family voting record. Having been voted the “Worst Virginian in the World” by a liberal blog and winning the “Greatest Impact Award For the 2011 State Election” by a conservative blog, I thought I should explain how this conservative shift in Virginia politics happened. Simply put…caring about people who have been hurt the most by Progressive policies wins elections and saving lives is a sincere way to earn trust and votes. This is how it happened.
Last January at a little town hall meeting in Spotsylvania County, former Senator Houck made a poor decision that ultimately led to his defeat. I asked him, “Why does [he] vote to usurp parental rights and when was [he] going to stop?” In summary, at first he refused to answer my questions and then, at the very end of the meeting, he donned his “king’s crown” and made it clear that he believed politicians and minor children can make better healthcare decisions, including getting abortions, than parents.
What Senator Houck did not know was that his arrogant answers to my questions ushered in his day of defeat. I knew that Democrats and Republicans, rich or poor, black or white, love their children more than big government and its lifetime politicians and they value their God-given parental rights. Knowing that parents will lay down their lives for their children, I along with a team of volunteers, clad ourselves with the Ephesians’ armor and helped win a victory for Virginia families and for Christian pro-family-values organized under a new political action committee named No Excuse Ministry PAC.
We knew we were entering into a battle of worldviews: our Christian worldview versus Houck’s quasi Marxist-Secular Humanist worldview and that our team would have to adhere to strict principles to defeat him.
First, we recognized that we were up against something bigger than Senator Houck himself. With a voting record like his, which included votes allowing partial-birth abortion, allowing minor girls to get abortions without parental consent, and voting against penalizing someone who forces a woman to have an abortion, it was obvious he was simply being used by something more powerful than himself.
Secondly, we knew we had to stand firm and not back down to pressure. This included pressure from media, local slander, strange stares, Republicans and Democrats.
Thirdly, liberated to do the right thing because we were standing for truth and righteousness, fearing man was not part of our equation. The Holy Scriptures say that people are destroyed for lack of knowledge and that we (as Children of God) are to have nothing to do with evil, but rather, we are to expose it. Our role was to simply and truthfully expose how Senator Houck buckled under school union demands to prevent passage of the school choice bills and the abortion industry’s demands which drive wedges between parents and children in its quest to promote promiscuity. Trusting that enough voters would respond to the truth, we distributed the information district-wide. Fearing that standing for truth and righteousness would backfire was not a consideration.
Fourth, we set out to earn minority votes for the pro-family-values’ candidate by exposing Houck’s connection to the abortion-promoter, Planned Parenthood, and its ties to the eugenics’ movement, which has for decades disproportionately and negatively affected the black race. Exposing Planned Parenthood’s Negro Project agenda was a good starting point and voters realized that protecting innocent life is a paramount role of government. This reality transcended party lines. Many African-Americans appreciated the truth and encouraged us to continue the outreach. Sure enough, the best way to earn a vote was to save a life.
In addition, we exposed how pro-family legislators have tried to legalize school choice only to have Senator Houck repeatedly vote against it. Exposing how school choice would drastically help impoverished students stuck in failing school systems, constituents appreciated the truth and understood the injustice in keeping poor children trapped because of political favors.
Undergirded by a peaceful and honest approach to exposing the facts, our fifth principle was to take the high-road and never personally attack Senator Houck. In fact, praying for his salvation along with his defeat was a mainstay of our prayers. Our feet traversed miles and our knuckles knocked on hundreds of doors delivering the facts and carrying the good news that there is a pro-family, pro-parental rights, pro-school choice candidate.
Sixth, we believed that by doing what the Gospel says to do, we would be victorious. Knowing that some people were frightened by our aggressive, but sincere, outreach, we were fortified with what was happening on the frontline and how the information was being received. Folks were thankful; some cried at the truth; some were angry. No one slammed the door in our face. So for every arrow shot our way to discourage us, we would receive twenty door to door victories.
Lastly, knowing that the Word is very clear about parents rearing their children, stopping the shedding of innocent blood and holding back those who stumble to the slaughter, nothing deterred our team from distributing thousands of Senator Houck’s voting record flyers; airing his record on talk-radio programs; producing Youtube videos and at times, facing the “king” himself at community events.
2012 ushers in a year with one less Virginia General Assembly misguided lawmaker and a wake-up call to all politicians: Protecting traditional family-values transcends political party lines and wins elections. Exposing the aggressive abortion industry’s attack on parental rights is a winnable issue. Stopping black genocide and saving lives should be priorities regardless of Roe v Wade. Providing school choice earns votes and is the right thing to do.
Happy New Year and cheers to protecting Virginia families in 2012.