The Prince William-Manassas Family Alliance (See below for latest blog posts.)

Where they stand

We prepare voter guides for each election.  These voter guides show where public officials and candidates representing the citizens of Prince William County and Manassas stand on key issues affecting the family.  This year we are preparing voter guides for U. S. House of Representatives and the Senate. See the 2014 ELECTIONS.

Supporting family values in Prince William County, Manassas, and Manassas Park

Welcome to the website of the Prince William and Manassas Family Alliance (PWMFA). We are a grassroots organization of citizens of Prince William County and the independent cities of Manassas and Manassas Park, Virginia, dedicated to supporting and promoting the values inherent in the concept of family. Learn more about us.

Some of our Achievements

  • Led the successful campaign for the Marriage Amendment in 2006, carrying Prince William Co.  and Manassas by a larger margin than statewide.
  • Led the successful fight against off-track betting in Manassas Park in 2004.
  • Distribute Voter Guides to Prince William County churches area during every election season.
  • Successfully promoted internet filtering in public libraries and abstinence-based family life education.

Affect Public Policy – Help Us Protect our Community

Support our efforts! Visit our “Get Involved” section to join the PWMFA or to make an “online” contribution.

This page last updated September 15, 2014.
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WOULD YOU BUY A PIG IN A POKE?

pig in a pokeWould you buy a pig in a poke? You probably think not, but we do it all the time. That’s why that expression, “a pig in a poke,” has remained with us since about 1555. Even though almost no one uses the word “poke” any more, because we still warn each other not to buy a pig in a poke, the use of the word “poke” to mean a small sack survives.

What is the most common way we buy a pig in a poke? Without really knowing what they will do if we elect them, we elect men and woman who spend our money and regulate our lives in hundreds of ways. Because the amount we pay in taxes seems so difficult to control, except for that short period before April 15th, we tend not to give the matter much thought. Nevertheless, the money we spend on government is our largest expense.

Because our government seems so difficult to control, we also tend to ignore the cost of “expenses” we cannot quantify. These expenses come from unwanted laws and unneeded regulations. Here are some examples.

  • Even though solid majorities in many states have voted against same-sex “marriage,” unelected judges are forcing us to accept the practice.
  • With “global warming” as their excuse, our government officials are trying to put the coal industry out of business and subsidize more costly wind and solar alternatives.
  • Public education, once strictly a local concern, is inexorably being nationalized, leaving parents less and less control over what their children learn.
  • The Federal Government has nationalized our health care, raising our costs and reducing our choices.
  • Our government now runs the student loan “industry.” Moreover, we have discovered that our government guarantees huge number of home loans. In fact, our government has bailed out lenders and investors more than once. Remember the Savings and Loans Crisis.
  • And so forth. Is really that difficult to think of examples?

Unfortunately, the constitutionality of much of what the Federal Government does is dubious at best. When Alexander Hamilton and John Jay and James Madison wrote The Federalist Papers, they argued that the check and balances written into Constitution could keep the ambitions of power-hungry men in check. Unfortunately, the Constitution is failing, probably because we have not used that document as they hoped and intended.

So can we do now? We can refuse to buy a pig in a poke. We can insist that the folks we vote for explain what they intend to do before we elect them. 

Consider our 2014 CANDIDATES SURVEY. Are there questions in that survey that you would like your preferred candidate to answer before you vote for him or her? In fact, we have heard from a number of the Congressional candidates running in Prince William County. To get the rest of the candidates to respond, we need your help. Can you contact your preferred candidate and ask him or her to reply?

On the other hand, if your preferred candidate has already responded to our survey, please thank that candidate and let them know how much you appreciate them letting you know what you are voting for.

Here is the status of the responses we are getting from the candidates.

House of Representatives – 01

House of Representatives – 10

House of Representatives – 11

 

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Survey Response: Rob Wittman, Republican — Candidate for Member House of Representatives — District 1

voterAs voters, we need to know where the candidates stand with respect to the issues. Shown below (click on the link) are Robert J. “Rob” Wittman‘s responses to the Prince William and Manassas Family Alliance (PWMFA) candidate survey. Please take the time to thank Wittman for his response to our survey and ask his opponents to respond.

Rob Wittman’s Responses to the PWMFA questionnaire 09-10-2014

Robert J. “Rob” Wittman‘s responses are in a PDF file.  A free copy of Adobe Acrobat Reader is available at this link.

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Survey Response: Marc Harrold, Libertarian — Candidate for Member House of Representatives – District 11

voterAs voters, we need to know where the candidates stand with respect to the issues. Shown below (click on the link) are Marc M. Harrold‘s responses to the Prince William and Manassas Family Alliance (PWMFA) candidate survey. Please take the time to thank Harrold for his response to our survey and ask his opponents to respond.

Mark Harold’s Responses to the PWMFA questionnaire 09-09-2014

Marc M. Harrold‘s responses are in a PDF file.  A free copy of Adobe Acrobat Reader is available at this link.

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EUROPEAN COURT RULES SAME-SEX COURT IS NOT A RIGHT

crossWhenever Europe does something that disregards traditional mores, our news media is quick to report. Otherwise, America’s corporate news media shows as much interest as they would if your local paper reported a story about your neighbor’s dog nipping the mailman. Hence this editorial in The Washington Times observes the following

A court decision issued last month about same-sex marriage received almost no news coverage in the United States, yet the decision could have significant implications when the U.S. Supreme Court decides whether the Constitution requires it.

The case, Hamalainen v. Finland, was decided by the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights, which ruled in an overwhelming majority opinion that no right to same-sex marriage exists under the European Convention on Human Rights. (continued here)

Supposedly, our Supreme Court has followed the example of this European court in the past. Where does our Constitution suggests our judges should do that? Well, it doesn’t, but that in itself is a measure of how renegade our judges have become.

Who else carried the news about this European court’s decision?

  • EUROPEAN HUMAN RIGHTS COURT: NO RIGHT TO SAME-SEX MARRIAGE (www.breitbart.com) – The Breitbart story provides more background. Apparently, a married man had a sex-change operation. After that he still wanted legal recognition of his marriage. He just wanted it as wife and wife.
  • European court: Gay marriage is not a human right (c-fam.org) – Here is a tight, unemotional summary of the issues involved.
  • European High Court Ruling on Marriage (www.nationalreview.com) – This article provides a straightforward analysis of the European court’s legal reasoning, suggesting that “European Court of Human Rights has no intention of recognizing a right to marriage under the Convention in the near future” (That’s a quote of a quote.).

Anyway, all we can do at this point is pray our own court shows as much sense.

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WHAT QUALIFIES OUR MOST “BELOVED” POLITICIANS?

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A bit of humor

On September 3rd, the Broom Hilda comic strip by Russell Myers summarized the qualifications of our most beloved politicians in just a few words.

If I were a politician, folks would love me. I’d give everybody stuff for free!  (from here)

Of course, such popularity is expensive. So how do politicians pay the bill? They charge it!

Politicians spend to be loved

At every level of our government, politicians give away free stuff.

Sooner or later somebody pays

Unfortunately, whether we like it or not, we pay a cost for such largess. Lenders insist upon being paid. Hence, when we borrow our national debt puts a drag on our economy. Want some evidence? According to CNSNews.com, we have a Record 92,269,000 Not in Labor Force; Participation Rate Matches 36-Year Low.

Because our nation’s unemployment rate is current 6.1 percent (see Hiring dropped in August as economy added 142,000 jobs; unemployment rate at 6.1%), we are suppose to be happy.  But the economy is growing too slowly; it’s stagnant. Because the gross domestic product grew by 4.2 percent in the second quarter of this year, some crowed happily about that. Yet in the first quarter of this year, the economy shrank by 2.1 percent (U.S. GDP Grew 4.2% In The Second Quarter 2014, Up From Prior Estimate). So while this growth is better than the alternative, a booming economy it ain’t.

What is the labor force participation rate?

So what is the labor force participation rate? Unlike the unemployment rate, the labor force participation rate considers people who could work, but these people have either given up looking for work or don’t want to work. The Unemployment Rate: Get Real explains why the difference is important.

Taken by itself the unemployment rate can create a rosy picture. That statistic does not count people:

  • Who have given up looking for work.
  • Who are underemployed (working part-time, for example).
  • With temporary problems that prevent them from seeking work.

Thus, the unemployment rate glosses over the fact that many Americans who should be working don’t have a job.

Why are so many not working? Is it as this post suggests, politicians promising to much? Here are a bunch of articles that offer different viewpoints. Read them and judge for yourself. Just keep the Bible passage that follows those articles in mind. Idleness is not good for us. What was the first thing God did for Adam? Did He give him a wife in marriage? No. He gave Adam a job (Genesis 2:15).

 Warning Against Idleness

2 Thessalonians 3:6-15 New King James Version (NKJV)

But we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you withdraw from every brother who walks disorderly and not according to the tradition which he received from us. For you yourselves know how you ought to follow us, for we were not disorderly among you; nor did we eat anyone’s bread free of charge, but worked with labor and toil night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you, not because we do not have authority, but to make ourselves an example of how you should follow us.

10 For even when we were with you, we commanded you this: If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat. 11 For we hear that there are some who walk among you in a disorderly manner, not working at all, but are busybodies. 12 Now those who are such we command and exhort through our Lord Jesus Christ that they work in quietness and eat their own bread.

13 But as for you, brethren, do not grow weary in doing good. 14 And if anyone does not obey our word in this epistle, note that person and do not keep company with him, that he may be ashamed. 15 Yet do not count him as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother.

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MY APOLOGIES FOR THE ERRORS

tiredOops!       :oops:

And then some embarrassment. I wish I had not done that.    :sad:

Over the last several days I have been correcting almost as many of my own mistakes as I have been adding new material. That I must admit is a personal problem. I have always been a bit error prone. In the popular vernacular, the term is klutz.

Unfortunately, I unintentionally aggravated the problem. For years, I have enjoyed jogging. Enjoy? Well, maybe not, but for health reasons I do exercise, and jogging is what I prefer.  Due to increasing age my knees have started complaining. So for a couple of years I had to stop. Fortunately with some shoe changes and the decision to stay off sidewalks and road surfaces, I have been able to resume jogging. But a good long run does make me more tired than I expected, even a little stupid with fatigue.  So instead of trying to write (and making stupid mistakes) I need to rest, but I didn’t.      :oops:

Again, my apologies.

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