“Give me liberty, or give me death!” – Patrick Henry
Virginia is no stranger to struggle—some of it glorious; some of it infamous. What encourages me about Virginia is its ability to change when wrong. We must continue to call out violence, white supremacy, racism, and discrimination. We must hold each other accountable and remember that individual freedom is always accompanied by personal responsibility.
Virginia’s Constitution says, “That no free government, nor the blessings of liberty, can be preserved to any people, but by a firm adherence to justice, moderation, temperance, frugality, and virtue; by frequent recurrence to fundamental principles; and by the recognition by all citizens that they have duties as well as rights, and that such rights cannot be enjoyed save in a society where law is respected and due process is observed” (Section 15).
Our actions do not occur in a vacuum. Our free choices affect others. When we are considerate of others’ interests and consciences, we are all better for it. Even so, our freedom can be taken away. Without election integrity and identity integrity, a representative democracy cannot survive. John Adams rightly noted, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
As a military officer (now reservist), I have supported and defended the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic, for nearly 13 years. As your delegate, I will continue to uphold our freedoms—our 1st and 2nd Amendment rights (see NRA and VCDL ratings); indeed, the entire Constitution—and promote personal responsibility.