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

Virginia: 2021 Election

Do you want to know where the candidates stand with respect to important issues that affect your family? Then please take the time to peruse the responses of the candidates to our questionnaire.

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Check out VIDEO WEBINAR FEATURING KEN CUCCINELLI & ABRAHAM HAMILTON III | Prince William-Manassas Family Alliance (familyallianceonline.org).

Join the Family Alliance for a fascinating insider discussion between Ken Cuccinelli, Former Virginia Attorney General and former Acting Deputy Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security and Abraham Hamilton III, General Counsel of the American Family Association and national talk show host heard on the American Family Network. Check out VIDEO WEBINAR FEATURING KEN CUCCINELLI & ABRAHAM HAMILTON III | Prince William-Manassas Family Alliance (familyallianceonline.org).

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.

Where they stand

  • The principal goal of the Family Alliance is to help Prince William County, Manassas, and Manassas Park voters learn more about candidates seeking to represent them in public office. Our focus is especially directed at the County and City school boards, the Board of County Supervisors and Manassas and Manassas Park City Councils. We also concentrate on State legislative candidates with the aim of informing the voting public on where candidates stand regarding key issues affecting the family. Here are some of the projects we are currently undertaking:
    • We’re soliciting the positions of candidates seeking statewide and legislative public offices in both the General and Primary elections in the 2020 election cycle and publicizing the results.
    • We maintain an active website (www.familyallianceonline.org) to draw attention to school issues, elections and the need for Christian leadership on issues affecting the family.
    • We seek to build a network of church contacts throughout Prince William and the two cities (Manassas and Manassas Park) with the aim of promoting the institution of the family and an educated electorate.

Some of our Achievements

  • Led the successful campaign for the Marriage Amendment in 2006, carrying Prince William County and Manassas by a larger margin than statewide.
  • Led the successful fight against off-track betting in Manassas Park in 2004.
  • Distributed Voter Guides to Prince William County churches area.
  • Successfully promoted internet filtering in public libraries and abstinence-based family life education.
  • Cited by The Federalist in Virginia Plans For All Public Schools To Allow Boys In Girls’ Bathrooms (thefederalist.com).

The 2020 Election

  • Nominating Conventions and Primary Elections: Prepared Voter Guides for the Republican Party’s nominating conventions and the June 23 Primary Races.
  • General Election: Prepared Voter Guides that focused upon the incumbent’s voting records.

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

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TRAINED TO SUBMIT TO AUTHORITY

Shock collar used on one of the Würzburg riot police’s dogs
(from Shock collar – Wikipedia)

In the previous post, (BATTLELINES FORMING IN LOUDOUN COUNTY | Prince William-Manassas Family Alliance (familyallianceonline.org)), we talked about the difference between teaching our children HOW to think and WHAT to think. Teaching children how to think is instruction for human beings. Teaching children what to think is training for dogs.

The object of training a dog is to gain control over it. Whereas the object of instructing a child is supposed to be an independent, competent, mature adult, an adult who has self-discipline and self-control. Unfortunately, some of our leaders, mad for power, have a problem with independent, competent, mature adults.

What are some of the things some of our leaders are doing to control us, like dogs? Consider the fact that power comes from the fact one has control. Hence, the first thing our more devious leaders must do is convince us that their preferred reality is real, that we have no choice except to obey them, that it is better for us if we obey them. With that in mind, observe how the Biden administration and its news media allies are still struggling to control the narrative.

The new AT age — “After Trump” — began on either Election Day, Nov. 3, or on Inauguration Day, Jan. 20. But either way, reality as we had known it for four years has been abruptly reinvented.

Pfizer had hinted that a vaccine could be ready in late October. Then, mysteriously, it wasn’t. Then, stranger still, it appeared — a few days after Election Day.

Suddenly, after Joe Biden’s inauguration, Illinois, Michigan and other blue states eased some of their lockdown restrictions to get their economies back on track despite little change in COVID-19 rates.

During the Trump Age, the president was supposedly responsible for every death from COVID-19. Now, the media reports that career scientists and health administrators in the federal government, especially at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, were largely to blame for past slow testing, and were tardy and lax in apprising the nation of the infectious threat.

The Biden campaign’s widely reported promises of a new, superior COVID-19 plan turned out to be more of the same old, same old from the Trump Age. (continued)

Liberals reinvent reality as the ‘After Trump’ era begins – Washington Times by Victor Davis Hanson

Because dogs are not as intelligent as people, they are relatively easy to control. It may require a shock collar, but the combination of punishment and reward is enough to persuade a dog to obey, even when it is off its leash. If they don’t obey we punish them. When they do obey, we reward them with petting, perhaps a belly rub, or even a treat. The same applies to people, but people, because they are intelligent, may rebel if they believe they should and can successfully rebel. Even a dog may run away if it gets off its leash. Therefore, devious leaders strive to control what the people they seek to dominate believe.

How do our more devious leaders seek to control what we believe?

  • Some university administrators measure success by the amount money they bring to their institutions. Using that measure, the unscrupulous have used our universities to develop and now peddle an ideological system they want to replace America’s traditional beliefs. This ideological system includes a hodgepodge of doctrines that includes: multiculturalism, radical environmentalism, transgenderism, Socialism, Critical Race Theory, Intersectionality, Human Secularism and so forth. These doctrines all have one thing in common. They give more power to people who cannot be trusted (see College Indoctrination: Students Are Becoming Leftists on Campus | National Review and It’s Time To Stop Paying Colleges For Overpriced Leftist Indoctrination (thefederalist.com)).
  • They have promoted public education and empowered bureaucrats at the expense of parental rights. Consider the area of sex education, including issues like abortion and transgenderism. In various parts of the country, state governments have empowered school administrators to support the desires of children to have abortions or to “change” their sex whether their parents approve or not. School choice is the obvious counter for out of control bureaucrats, but the teachers unions oppose school choice. With their opposition to school choice, the teachers unions, representing the people we would expect to be most protective of children, undermine parental rights more than any other special interest.
  • Using the techniques we associate with crony capitalism, they have bought the compliance of many large corporations. Consider the example of the COVID-19 lockdown. The big chain stores had relatively little trouble staying open. Big Tech outfits actually benefited from the lockdown. Many small businesses, on the other hand, closed, and many will remain closed. This is just one of the ways large corporations have used government to destroy their smaller competitors. It stands out only because it was so obvious.
  • They promote bias in the news media. Crony capitalists own 90 percent of the mass media, including the news organizations. In fact, things have reached the point where the news media openly takes sides. What is not readily apparent is what motivates the news media and the people who own the news media to take sides. Follow the money. Our money. Crony capitalism.
  • Big Tech censors Conservatives. This problem has gotten so serious it drove Senator Josh Hawley write a book, (see Big Tech is Rallying Behind President Biden and Blinding the Public to the Facts: Eric Metaxas with Senator Josh Hawley | The Christian Outlook). Ironically, Senator Hawley found himself cancelled by his publisher (see Senator Josh Hawley Gets the Last Laugh on Cancel Culture by Michael Brown (townhall.com).

What can we do to overcome the efforts of our leaders to dominate our beliefs. Fortunately, good information sources remain available to us and our children. Here are several examples.

  • The Bible: Many find the Bible difficult to read. That is one reason people form Bible study groups. Why is the Bible so difficult to read and understand? Given the Bible is God’s revelation to us, why should we expect the Bible to be easily understood? What we should be concerned about is whether studying the Bible is worth the effort, and it is. The Bible gives us a different worldview, a more Godly view. The Bible tells us about our Creator and ourselves. Unless we read the Bible, we don’t know the Bible, and we have no idea why we are as we are and what our Creator intends for us. We only know what someone has told us about the Bible.
  • Classical literature: Classical literature consists of literary works that have withstood the test of time, and they come from all eras of human history, from clay tablets retrieved from Chaldean ruins to Aristotle’s Politics, Shakespeare’s plays, or to Democracy in America by a French aristocrat. If we want to understand history and the development of philosophy and moral values, the best we can do is to read contemporary literature from the historical periods that most interest us. Then we can glean the importance ancient Greeks put upon human life and heroism by reading the Iliad. We can begin to appreciate the fatalism of the Chaldeans by reading The Epic of Gilgamesh. Unless we read such works — original source documents from the time period of history we are studying — we only know what someone has told us about our history. We don’t actually know our history.
  • New media: The so-called mainstream news media is owned by large corporations. These large corporations own news media outlets to further their political interests, not to inform us. Just think about what the CEO of a large company is more likely to believe important. Is it informing you and me or encouraging politicians to help his company get a huge government contract or a regulatory bill passed that increases his profits? Hence, in order to find out what is going on we have to hunt for small, independent news media organizations who depend directly upon us for their profits (see CONSERVATIVE WEBSITES | Prince William-Manassas Family Alliance (familyallianceonline.org)). That is, we need to compare what mainstream news media reports with reports from contrary sources.

Does studying all this material sound impossible? Well, it takes 20 years to educate a child, and we have the time. The problem is keeping our government out of the way, not finding the time. The solution for finding the time is school choice, and education vouchers would give parents the most choice.

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BATTLELINES FORMING IN LOUDOUN COUNTY

BATTLELINES FORMING LOUDOUN COUNTY

The Battle of Chickamauga, the highest two-day losses.
(from American Civil War – Wikipedia)

Most people don’t think of politics as a type of warfare, but politics is a type of warfare, albeit bloodless warfare in better times. Politics is information warfare. We define our causes, strive for and support our causes, and get our supporters to the polls to vote. Instead of contending for ground, we fight over who leads us. We fight over public policy, and we pray that the strife between us will not grow so heated we begin killing each other.

These times threaten to become less than better times. As the innumerable “racial justice” riots last summer and the riot at our Capitol indicate, some are growing increasingly angry. Why? Well, here is one reason. Instead of being taught HOW to think, our schools are teaching our children WHAT to think. What is the difference?

  • When we teach our children how to think, we show them how to gather and organize relevant information. Here the object is a functional, independent adult who has learned how to learn. Here we teach children how to process information, to look for patterns so that they can figure out for themselves them the meaning of the information available to them. We teach them not to jump to conclusions by showing them how to test their conclusions. We also teach them how make use of their conclusions. We work to instill within them the self-discipline to continue their education throughout their lives. We teach them that if they adopt a doctrine that they should adopt that doctrine based upon reason.
  • When we teach our children what to think, we instruct children in a doctrine (Doctrine | Definition of Doctrine by Merriam-Webster). Here the object is a dependent, overgrown child who has learned obedience to the “proper” authorities. Here we teach doctrines, an ideological system, that require them to support and obey the state. Instead of learning how to gather and organize information, we give children textbooks and audiovisual media which support the dominant political party’s ideological system. Here we instill a fear of thinking for ourselves. Here we teach children the fear of being different. Here we teach children to ostracize anyone who does not uphold that which is politically correct. Here we teach children to shame anyone who believes something different.

Is the difference between teaching our children to think for themselves and doctrinal instruction that requires obedience to the state worth fighting over? Worthy of violence? Yes. Why? For the sake of our eternal salvation — for the sake our children’s salvation — we need to believe what we believe BECAUSE IT IS TRUE, not just because we fear being shamed if we believe anything other than what we have been taught to believe.

Hence, consider the articles listed below from the perspective of teaching how to think instead of what to think.

First, what is going on in Loudoun County with respect to its public schools?

Note that a black mom is speaking out against Critical Race Theory. Why? Listen to her. She understands the difference between thinking for herself and being taught what to think. So, she has joined the ranks of fighters. She is fighting for her children.

Here is Fightforschools‘ first information salvo.

What about Prince William County? Will our school board focus on teaching children how or what to think? The Loudoun County School Board is having trouble hiding its goals. Does that mean the Prince William County School Board won’t resort to deception?

Well, we must not forget that what our school board calls whatever doctrine they want to teach our children is not important. What is important is whether they actually teach our children how to think or what to think.

Consider.

Because of COVID-19, parents in Prince William County have focused upon getting back in schools. Even that, however, is problematic because our governor has yet to relax the six-foot rule, Governor asked to ease coronavirus restrictions in time for high school graduations (potomaclocal.com). Nevertheless, what our schools actually teach our children is more important than there actually being in school. Since Critical Race Theory is just one vile doctrine that our schools could be teaching our children, we all need to carefully examine the educational goals of our schools and the content of instruction. We need to weed out the indoctrination and force our schools to focus upon giving our children the tools they need to learn how to think for themselves.

Would you like to help us? Check out Take A Stand | Prince William-Manassas Family Alliance (familyallianceonline.org).

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JUMPING THE GUN

A reduced starting lineup after Kamé Ali was disqualified due to a false start in heat 3 of the men’s 110 metres hurdles at the 2012 London Olympics
(from False start – Wikipedia)

The Republican Party of Virginia – RPV has finally chosen its nominee for Lieutenant Governor, Winsome Sears Wins Republican LG Nomination – Republican Party of Virginia. This lady deserves our congratulations for winning a hard fought race, as do Glenn Youngkin Wins VA GOP Gubernatorial Nomination – Republican Party of Virginia and Jason Miyares Wins Attorney General Nomination – Republican Party of Virginia.

Unfortunately, some in the news media “jumped the gun” and published Winsome Sears victory before the vote count had been completed and the party had announced a winner. Hence, the title of this post.

What happened? Around noon yesterday, I got an email from a friend with a message that did not make sense. He said Winsome Sears had won after Tim Hugo had been dropped in round 3 even though he had more votes than two other candidates. Since that did not make sense, I went to the Republican Party of Virginia – RPV‘s Live Results Spreadsheet (not posted anymore) to check for myself. The count was still in progress. Apparently, someone on fumble fingered and dropped Tim Hugo instead of the candidate with the lowest vote count, but that mistake had been corrected. Never, a search showed some outlets already publishing Winsome Sear’s victory.

Lesson learned? Since the news media cannot be trusted to use a little discretion, it is not a good idea to post a live results spreadsheet. Instead, the results of each round should be immediately posted AFTER those results have been validated.

Is it unusual for the news media to publish erroneous reports? No. Think about that phrase, “jump the gun.” Here is the first example from a description of this idiom.

The media jumped the gun and gave out their verdict of the scandal even before the investigation was complete.

jump the gun meaning, definition, examples, origin, synonyms (theidioms.com)

The folks in the news media are just like the rest of us, biased, careless, up against deadlines, and not as honest as they need to be. Like the rest of us, the folks in the news media are too willing to suffice their integrity for the sake of things that don’t matter very much.

When we see news media outlets that constantly favor one party over the other, that use unnamed sources to make partisan accusations, that don’t carefully document the sources they do have, or that strive to make us fearful instead of calm, then we need to make use one of their competitors to get our news.

What did the results look like? Check out Republicans Pick Winsome Sears for Lieutenant Governor, Completing Their Ticket for 2021 Election – The Virginia Star

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