By Joe Budzinski
Do you sometimes feel like you are banging your head against a wall?
Are you concerned that so many of your fellow Americans are oblivious to the dangerous path our country is following?
There is actually a simple explanation, and simple solution, for this problem: Most Americans don’t see what you you see. The only way this is going to change is for more Americans to see the same reality.
But our “arguments” from citizens and the vast majority of our politicians are not bringing them over. Ninety-nine percent of what passes for debate is people smacking each other with buzzwords and talking points written by others. Our shibboleths are mightier than yours. Our columnists and bloggers are wiser and wittier. Our facts trump yours.
Rare are the individuals who can speak above the din – over the heads of the media gatekeepers – and change how people think, because it takes more than the ability to give a good speech. It takes clear, deep understanding. But to really change minds requires an empathetic vision, seeing the world as one’s listeners see it, and arguing from there.
In E.W. Jackson, Virginians have the chance to put someone in office who actually can help course correct our nation – and help elect Ken Cuccinelli in the process – because he can convey true information the media tries to squelch. He can reach audiences that most of us will never get near, especially during an election year, to make the case for Republican candidates.
E.W. Jackson is one of the most compelling public speakers the Republican Party has ever been blessed with, with no teleprompter and no fear of interviews. He has been seen by thousands at rallies and millions on national TV. His Stand America effort drew attention from across the country – making the outrageously politically incorrect case that for black Christians “it is time to end the slavish devotion to the Democrat party.”
How many Republicans could do this or this and live, politically, to see another day?
Unique among the candidates, Bishop Jackson gets it, that there are people who share our values, and this Lt. Governor candidacy and office can provide
…. a platform to help those people understand why they belong with us. Folks, if we don’t do it we’re going to lose this state, we’re going to lose our country.
Obama and his machine are on the march and they have a very different vision. He never talks about freedom because that’s not important to him. What’s important to him is government control, government largesse, government dictates, government executive orders seeking to fundamentally transform our country.
But there are people all over the Commonwealth who share our values and they’re voting against us because they’ve become convinced that we hate them.
Candidate mail: It's hard to stand out when you are one of seven, the office you are running for is viewed widely as a stepping stone, and the differences between most of you are few.
While the other Lt. Governor candidates all seem like decent people – who really want the office – among quite a few of these it looks like the usual parade of consultants, endorsements and talking points. The Lt. Governor job arguably does not do a whole lot, but it provides one heck of a stepping stone for someone with political ambition. The way some of these candidates have leapt into the fray, teeth bared, daggers flying, is yet another confirmation that politics sure can bring out the worst. And the sheer paltriness of the debate – over matters such as who has, technically, raised taxes more or less than the others – seems akin to making blood feuds over tiddly winks.
Our nation is going down the tubes, and our mailboxes sag with political flyers bearing buzzwords.
What Virginia needs and this country needs is someone who will be heard above the media spin. Someone talking beyond the buzzwords of conservatism. “Values” and “principles” don’t mean much to audiences that don’t have a clue what you are talking about.
While I hate to evoke yet another current shibboleth, the Ronald Reagan comparison is apt – because what Reagan accomplished was to communicate his beliefs clearly enough that listeners who shared those beliefs could recognize them as their own. That is the type of persuasiveness E.W. Jackson brings.
He understands the true importance of this nomination.
In his own words:
They are sharks and they smell blood in the water. They’ve got our two US Senate seats, and they want the governor’s mansion badly. We’ve got have leadership that can bring us together AND broaden our coalition … We can’t keep doing what we’ve been doing and expect to be a winning party.
While communication is not the only thing, it is something. And it is important that we be able to communication our message …. There are lots of people out there who share our values, share our views, but who’s communicating with them?
I’m working with these black ministers. I’m working with Hispanic pastors. I’m going into these Filipino communities and Asian communities. If you give me the nomination I guarantee I will be out there campaigning in these areas making our case to these folks in a way that I believe they can relate to and understand.
E.W. Jackson can use the platform provided by the Lt. Governor nomination to make a big difference in this election season and beyond. In fact, the only really important question to be answered at the convention is whether or not E.W. Jackson will be on the ballot in November.