July 10, 2024

News from the Virginia Council

Dear Fellow Patriots,

In celebration of our nation's 248th anniversary, The Virginia Council welcomes a very special guest as the writer of our weekly letter to our members and friends. We hope that you, like we, find the words of this eminent Virginian relevant, inspiring - and most of all, true.

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.--Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world…

"We, therefore, the representatives of the United States of America, in General Congress assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the World for the Rectitude of our Intentions, do, in the name and authority of the good people of these colonies, solemnly publish and declare, that these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent states...And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor."

Thomas Jefferson
Author of the Declaration of Independence

The Virginia Council is proud to honor the inestimable legacy of Thomas Jefferson, a fellow Virginian and one of our greatest Founders, who combined genius, wisdom and the ability to write words that have illuminated countless minds across the ages...words that still inspire people around the world today..

For the entire Declaration, click here

Happy Fourth of July & Independence Day weekend from everyone at The Virginia Council!

The Virginia Council has been blessed with unwavering support from the community since its founding a few years ago. And we decided to add some new ways to thank you for your ongoing assistance in our efforts to educate and inform Virginians. 

Announcing the Virginia Council membership reward program which we will roll out over the next few weeks! We'll have a link on the website soon to sign up for the various levels of support, stay tuned!

  • Member level: Simple membership is free when you sign up for our email newsletter or attend a monthly meeting.
  • Liberty level: For an annual contribution of $100 you get the newsletter, access to our monthly meetings and a commemorative Virginia Council lapel pin.
  • Patriot level: When you step up to make an annual contribution of $250 you receive first access to tickets to our annual Christmas and Patriot Parties, the commemorative Virginia Council pin, and the newsletter and monthly meeting access.
  • President's Council level: For a commitment of $1000 you receive the newsletter, access to our monthly meetings, 2 lapel pins, 2 invitations to both of our annual parties, and 2 VIP tickets to one Virginia Forum lecture of your choice.
  • We hope you'll find these rewards an added incentive to help fund our efforts to restore a full view of Virginia's history, monuments & role that government plays in our lives.

We appreciate all your support and encouragement and look forward to bringing you more compelling voices of liberty, freedom, and conscience over the next year. 

To make a contribution, click here.

To volunteer, click here.

Virginia Assembly, Senate & Governor updates:

Articles, News, & Quotes: 

July 4 Has Always Been About Resisting Tyranny (thefederalist.com) By Scott S. Powell

The Media Think They Run The Country. Maybe They Do. (substack.com) By Alex Gutentag & Michael Shellenberger

Reporters Blame “Right-Wing Media” for Their Failure to Disclose Biden's Infirmity – JONATHAN TURLEY By Jonathan Turley

They've Been Lying For Years. — Kerry: (kerrydougherty.com) By Kerry Dougherty

'Befuddled Old Man': Legacy Media Outlet Publishes Brutal Cover Story on Biden, But X Users Have One Issue With it (resistthemainstream.com) By Jordan M.

The Lies We Have Lived Through - Victor Davis Hanson (victorhanson.com) By Victor Davis Hanson

(2) Western Lensman on X: "As you see leftists trot out their obligatory reverences for Independence Day — — they'd like you to forget that this is the same political movement that tells you our country was founded in 1619, and that believe the monuments to the men who fought for that independence https://t.co/KLEghbRJ86" / X

Teaching Students What It Means to Be an American (liberalpatriot.com) By Richard D. Kahlenberg

Sunday Story: A Living Presence - richmondmagazine.com By Joan Tupponce  

Oyster farms in Virginia and beyond are suffering unexplained mass die-offs (whro.org) By Katherine Hafner

The Communist Plan That Has Subverted Our Intel Agencies - American Thinker By Janet Levy

Pocahontas in Motion - Style Weekly By Don Harrison

Project pays homage to forgotten Black soldiers (roanoke.com) By Jason Dunovant

Help Find The Grave Of This 14-Year-Old Revolutionary Hero (thefederalist.com) By James Thunder

PHOTOS: Another fabulous Fourth of July at Ferry Farm in Stafford - Fredericksburg Free Press By Ted Schubel

Interviews of Interest

President Donald J. Trump (audacy.com) The 45th President of the United States -- Donald J. Trump!  John and President Trump discuss last week's debate, the Biden record, what President Trump would do about undocumented migrants in a second term, Steve Bannon's prison sentence, whether Glenn Youngkin might be the GOP VP pick, and -- of course -- Joe Biden's golf game.

Ryan McDougle (audacy.com) State Senate Minority Leader Ryan McDougle discuss the new state laws going into effect this month (as well as the controversy that continues to surround VMSDEP).

Michael Pack (audacy.com) We hear from author and filmmaker Michael Pack, who discusses the subject of both his documentary and biography, Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas.

Karen Michael (audacy.com) Karen "I'll Be the Judge of That" Michael, of Karen Michael Consulting and The Job Judge podcast discusses a somewhat-overlooked ruling from the Supreme Court, reversing its decades-ago decision in Chevron v. Natural Resources Defense Council.

Robin Williams portrays the American flag:

Robin Williams as the American Flag (youtube.com)

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