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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Survey Response: Brad A. Eickholt, Independent — Candidate for Member House of Representatives – District 10

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

Brad A. Eickholt’ Responses to the PWMFA questionnaire 09-26-2014

Brad A. Eickholt’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: Dianne L. Blais, Independent Green — Candidate for Member House of Representatives – District 10

voterAs voters, we need to know where the candidates stand with respect to the issues. Shown below (click on the link) are Dianne L. Blais’ responses to the Prince William and Manassas Family Alliance (PWMFA) candidate survey. Please take the time to thank Blais for her response to our survey and ask her opponents to respond.

Dianne Blais’ Responses to the PWMFA questionnaire 08-26-2014

Dianne L. Blais’ responses are in a PDF file.  A free copy of Adobe Acrobat Reader is available at this link.

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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 numbers 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 what 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 candidate responses to our survey.

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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