Terry McAuliffe has a problem with Civil Disobedience

The Virginia Civil Rights Memorial

“Under a government which imprisons any unjustly, the true place for a just man is also a prison.” ~ Thoreau

Earlier this week Attorney General said of Obamacare that Catholic priests may need to go to jail rather than violate their religious conscience.

To this, former DNC chair, failed 2009 gubernatorial candidate and current Democratic Party of Virginia standard bearer, Terry McAuliffe said “Let’s make us some money.”

That’s right. In times of crisis, Democrats do what they do best (seriously, that’s documented), send out a fundraising email.

McAuliffe wrote:

Virginia’s Attorney General is openly advocating that people break the law…While Virginia is facing challenges to improve our transportation, education, and economy, Cuccinelli continues to draw from his extreme ideological agenda and attempt to set reproductive rights back 50 years.

50 years? Let’s try 60 years Terry.

On April 23, 1951, students at Robert Russa Moton High School in the town of Farmville, in Prince Edward County, walked out of school to protest the conditions of their education, which they claimed were vastly inferior to those enjoyed by white students at nearby Farmville High School. [Encyclopedia Virginia]

It’s called civil disobedience, Terry.

But let’s move to 50 years. On August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr., who was himself arrested some five times for civil disobedience, spoke to some 200,000 civil rights supporters from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

A few years before that, King had written in a Letter from a Birmingham Jail:

One has not only a legal, but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the pastor who worked to overthrow Hitler and who was martyred just days before the end of World War II said:

Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.

I understand, Terry, that you won’t miss an opportunity to call Ken Cuccinelli an extremist, and that you’ll try your darnedest to use it to raise money. After all, we understand that we’re more excited about your candidacy than most of the people in your own party.

Still, it seems you don’t, or at least didn’t, have a problem with protests since you participated in an abortion rights march in 2004.

But what problem do you have with people standing up for their religious beliefs?

You seek to hold the highest office in Virginia. Virginia where freedom of religion was written into a statute authored by another Governor of Virginia, Thomas Jefferson.

Jefferson wrote (and the General Assembly Adopted on January 16, 1786):

We the General Assembly of Virginia do enact, That no man shall be compelled to frequent or support any religious worship, place, or ministry whatsoever, nor shall be enforced, restrained, molested, or burthened in his body or goods, nor shall otherwise suffer, on account of his religious opinions or belief; but that all men shall be free to profess, and by argument to maintain, their opinion in matters of religion, and that the same shall in no wise diminish enlarge, or affect their civil capacities.

So, what you need to remember if you seek to be the Governor of Virginia, is that history is important. It is precisely because of our history, some of it glorious, some of it horrid, that we can determine the path to our future.

And sadly for you, Terry, your path doesn’t lead to the Executive Mansion.

A path, by the way, which leads by the Virginia Civil Rights Memorial.

  • “One has not only a legal, but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.” Which is also what the Catholic Church teaches, Hence those statements from the bishop and Cuccinelli.

  • pinecone321

    So, what’s up with Bill Charlie Crist Bolling having a little one hour chat with Terry McAuliffe in his state office yesterday? I understand McAuliffe was happy with the meeting. After the meeting Bolling said he hasn’t “heard diddly squat from Ken Cuccinelli.”

    Charlie Crist was the Republican Gov. in Fla., he was to forced to run as an independent against Marco Rubio as he couldn’t beat Rubio. He is now a fully converted member of the Democrat party, and works for one of the biggest law firms in Fla. who also happens to hold the biggest fundraising events for Obama.

    Future post in a McAuliffe admin. if he helps him win? Bolling seems to like backroom deals.

    • It’s a sad day when two people of different political parties can’t sit down and have a meeting without being criticized for it.

      • pinecone321

        You know Brian, I’ve come to the point where I can almost guess what you will say even before you say it yourself. If nothing else, you are very predictable in your talking out of both sides of your mouth. Brian, when you can actually take a firm stand on much of anything, rather than being a fence sitter, who leans in what ever direction the wind in blowing at the moment, I may take you seriously. Until then, I expect you to continue to be on every and all sides of every issue.

        Those that stand for nothing will fall for everything.

        What I stand for doesn’t depend on where I am standing.

        “You didn’t build that” it took the government edicts to allow you to build that.

        • It’s not hard to predict what I’m going to say – because I’m consistent in what I believe. And what I believe is that it’s absolutely ridiculous to be so abjectly partisan and so whiny that any time anybody does anything with the other side, they deserve to be attacked for it, and anytime anybody you don’t like does anything, they deserve to be attacked for it.

          It is patently idiotic for anybody to question why Bolling met with McAullife for a whopping hour. McAullife asked for the meeting.

          I take a firm stand on a lot of things, as anybody who has read this site for more than a week knows. I’ve never been a fence sitter, even when that would be a lot easier or politically expedient.

          Now, is it possible for us to talk about the story without it having to turn into some moronic diatribe about me?

          • pinecone321

            Again you prove my point Brian. As I said, you are so very easy to predict, even though you sit up there on your fence, and we look up towards you from the grassroots.

            When I posted my comment, you were not even a thought on my mind, I posted my personal opinion about the story. You made the choice to knock my opinion.

            So, tell me why it is a good idea for a Republican candidate, who took himself out of the race, that he should meet with the liberal candidate that the Republicans need and want desperately to defeat. What possible good could come from a meeting from someone who felt entitled, that it was his turn damnit, and how dare anyone challenge him, to hold court in his state office with the opposition. Yes Brian, McAuliffe is in fact the opposition that the Republicans are trying to defeat. Do you think that Bolling and McAuliffe were talking about the whether, or the price of rice in China? How quaint and so bipartisan.

          • There is nothing wrong with having a conversation with the other side. I’ve had lunch with the guy I ran against. He’s a nice guy, even if we disagree on politics. There’s no reason why Bolling couldn’t sit down with McAullife, especially since Bolling isn’t running for anything. McAullife asked for the meeting. He’s going to be the Democratic nominee for governor.

            When you stop acting like the other side is human and they’re just people, you’ve completely lost sight of the entire point of politics.

  • Susan G

    How do we keep Sideshow Bob and his looney toon brethren at bay? A grand bargain in the Virginia Senate. Oooohh.

  • It’s quite hilarious when you try to invoke the name of Thomas Jefferson in the name of fairness when you (and others) in the “Jeffersoniad Blog Alliance” tried to silence a reporter that you didn’t like because of her writings. Quite correctly, your “demand” was promptly ignored by Pat Mullins (who couldn’t have satisfied your demand even if he wanted to).

    Reference: http://bdbackup.wpengine.com/2012/08/22/jeffersoniad-to-rpv-revoke-washington-posts-press-credentials-to-rnc-convention/

    If you’re going to use Jefferson’s name & thoughts, make sure you use them consistently.

    • No one was trying to silence her. We just didn’t think she deserved credentials at the Convention. Jefferson would have approved of that.

      • And you know that because……???? He told you so? Yeah, and I saw Elvis at Walmart yesterday.

        • That’s the point, Craig. Anybody claiming they know what Jefferson would have thought on any issue knows nothing about the man. My comment was sarcastic.

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