The Dillard Doctrine

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Chuck Smith and the Right of Revolution

When a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

I have a good friend, Chuck Smith, who’s running for the 2nd Congressional district (my district) seat here in Virginia. In addition to being a friend, he is a strong conservative from everything that I’ve seen and heard of him.

He declared his candidacy earlier this year after the Republicans lost the seat in the November elections. When he declared, Thelma Drake-the previous representative-hadn’t decided whether or not she was going to run again. She’s since decided not to, and to date, Chuck’s the only declared candidate.

There’s people in the local Republican Party-and others across the state-who don’t think he’s a viable candidate. That he can’t raise enough money to be competitive, and that-ultimately-he can’t win. Mention’s been made of previous races-state senator, RPV chairman-that Chuck’s run and lost. Because of these things, there’s rumblings that other candidates who are felt to be more viable are being recruited.

And of course, people are asking Chuck not to run…or just discounting his candidacy altogether.

I don’t often get involved in local politics, because I haven’t been local enough to know all the players. But I’m going to weigh in on this one, and say this:

I got to ask Chuck yesterday if he felt he could fight both the unofficial and official Republican structure, and then turn around and fight a fight against an incumbent in a race that will be seen as a referendum on the Obama agenda. He says he’s ready for both of those fights, and believes he can win them both. I don’t see anything to suggest otherwise.

For what it’s worth, I don’t know whether Chuck can win here in the 2nd or not; I just don’t, and I’ve got no problem saying that. Whoever emerges from a Republican primary in the 2nd will be up against the Obama/Kaine/Warner/Webb (and to a lesser degree, Bobby Scott if he’s unopposed in the 3rd) machine. If there is a primary and he wins it, it would require RPV and the local Republican unit to get behind him…which, being honest, I don’t see happening. I’ve learned that the Party has a way of protecting its “favorites” and shunning those who don’t fit the mold or who have all the boxes checked (God help me if/when I decide to run).

But none of those reasons are enough to prevent him from having his shot to take his message to the only people who matter-the voters. Because a political party doesn’t anoint elected officials; the constitutents do that. It’s their job to decide whether Chuck best represents their agenda and beliefs, not the party officials.

The Republican Party-on a local, state, and national level-is going to have to learn to accept and support those who are willing to repesent their principles in government, whether or not a candidate/official has followed or fit the supposed “mold” that the leadership wants them to.  And if they can’t do that, then the people who make up the activist base of the party need to have a discussion with their leadership about where the disconnect is; why they’re willing to shun qualified candidates for those who have paid some sort of unofficial dues.

So, to Chuck I say this: run, brother. You’re entitled. And don’t let anyone tell you differently.

To learn more about Chuck Smith, visit his website at; he’s also on Facebook and Twitter (@_ChuckSmith_).



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