The Dillard Doctrine

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Is Bob Marshall Delusional?

No, I’m seriously asking…and here’s why.

Whopper #1:

Del. Bob Marshall said on FOX & and Friends Tuesday that fellow Republican, Gov. Bob McDonnell, was wrong to say that gays can’t be banned from the Virginia National Guard even though the federal government repealed the 17-year-old federal ”don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.

“The governor’s making an assumption that is not factually correct,” Marshall said. “We can have different policies. This is a separate unit. When you join the U.S. Army…you don’t join the Virginia National Guard.”

Marshall is drafting a bill to ban gays from serving in the Virginia National Guard, but McDonnell said that they must be able to openly serve.

Ok, he’s right on ONE thing…when a person joins the Army (or Army Reserve), they don’t join the National Guard. But when a person joins the National Guard, they become subject to the same laws and standards of…the active-duty Army. Why? Because that’s what the Constitution says. From Article 1, Section 8 (with emphasis added):

To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the Militia, and for governing such Part of them as may be employed in the Service of the United States, reserving to the States respectively, the Appointment of the Officers, and the Authority of training the Militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress.

Federal law has already established the National Guard as a recognized militia under the Army (or Air Force, in the case of the Air National Guard). So…if Congress is responsible for their organization (placing them under the Army’s command structure in federal mobilization) and arming (read: funding), seems like the “discipline prescribed by Congress”-in this instance, the forthcoming DADT repeal-also applies.

Maybe it’s because I’m a veteran, but that should be, like, plainly obvious.

Whopper #2:

The Commonwealth of Virginia would begin minting its own gold and silver coins as an alternative currency to the U.S. dollar under a bill that Virginia Del. Bob Marshall (R-Prince William) says he will file in coming days.

Marshall will ask the General Assembly to consider the idea when it convenes for its annual legislative session Jan. 12. It is a companion bill to a proposal he has already filed to establish a study committee to examine alternative currencies to that distributed by the Federal Reserve System “in the event of a major breakdown of the Federal Reserve System.”

…because the Commonwealth has the money to begin minting gold and silver coins, and our part time legislature is ready to start dealing with exchange rates, or…better yet, I yield the floor to Brian Schoeneman over at Bearing Drift:

In an environment where we are doing our best to cut and cut from the Commonwealth’s budget in order to ensure we don’t have to raise taxes to meet our obligations, I don’t know why anyone – especially a fiscal conservative – would propose any kind of plan like this that if implemented would require all kinds of new bureaucracy in Richmond. It’s not like we’ve got a Virginia Bureau of Engraving and Printing sitting around ready to strike gold and silver coins.  All of that costs money, money we don’t have and money we can’t afford to waste duplicating things the federal government already does.

…and might I add, does well. The Feds have NO problem printing money.

Marshall’s grandstanding. Really, that’s gotta be what it is. He wants to run for Senate in ’12 against Webb, and he’s playing to his base. I was good with the Healthcare Freedom Act that he sponsored last year, but…what’s going on in his head? This stuff is only going to appeal to people so far out on the right that they have their own time zone, and there’s not enough of them in VA to get elected in a primary, much less statewide.

It’s crappy politics…which, when mixed with crappy policy, doesn’t bode well for future electoral ambitions.




Written by Coby Dillard

January 6, 2011 at 7:30 am

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  1. Nuts. My use of the html tags messed up my post. Maybe I will get it right this time.

    Re Whooper #1 Hmmmmmmm. It seems that the slice and dice of our dialogs on this issue is doing more to mash-up right & wrong than it does to reveal the difference between right & wrong. I see no victory proceeding from that labor as it is currently conducted.
    Perhaps if we put the clothspin on our nose so we could suspend judgement for as long as it takes to dispassionately catalog behavior (with its contexts) and
    trace all that optional behavior back to its source in unalienable right coupled loosely to its unalienable duty
    we could limit our burden of judgments to those were we are duty bound to make rebuke.
    I have mostly recovered from that blueblood disease of mind that deludes itself into thinking that the world may be controlled by passing judgment on it.
    All those extra judgments are a vain labor. All those extra judgments are such a burden that those afflicted with them are dysfunctional in proportion to their affliction. Moreover, the afflicted propagate dysfunction to those who care the most.

    A ring of three discussions, design to break this nominally homosexual issue into a behavior:duty&right issue according to the “Laws of Nature and Nature’s God“:
    “Re: The Utility of Reconciling the common interests of Libertarians and the Christian right: Example – Homosexuality”
    “Re: Toxic Fiscal/Political Buggery calls for a Pre-election Day of Prayer & Fasting”
    “Re: Optimizing the Expression of ‘Rebuke’”
    can be found at
    The Bible has been very useful in this regard. BUT my initial results are very poorly tested by the minds of other men. I am reasonably sure I have not fully captured the issue nor so generalized the result that it becomes a tool able to prevent the current ascendancy of conservative (and Christian conservative) politics from degenerating into abusive busy-body-ness. As much as we error in this direction the more we open ourselves to statist counter-attack and the loss of righteous liberty.

    “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us” Hebrews 12:1

    Please give me a hand in figuring this issue out and testing the result. I know you have your hand right full. Maybe you have a friend who would enjoy the challenge. Thanks

    Russell P Davis

    January 7, 2011 at 9:10 am

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