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A Tale of Two Mandates

An applicable individual shall for each month beginning after 2013 ensure that the individual, and any dependent of the individual who is an applicable individual, is covered under minimum essential coverage for such month.

At least 24 hours before the performance of an abortion, a qualified medical professional trained in sonography and working under the supervision of a physician licensed in the Commonwealth shall perform fetal transabdominal ultrasound imaging on the patient undergoing the abortion for the purpose of determining gestational age.

Two mandates; one from a piece of legislation championed by Democrats, one from legislation championed from Republicans. The first is the individual healthcare mandate from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and the second is the ultrasound mandate from HB 462, recently signed into law by Gov. McDonnell.

Both are examples of an overreach in the government’s authority to compel behavior.

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Written by Coby Dillard

March 1, 2012 at 2:00 pm

A Moment of Non-Partisanship

I believe it is time to settle this question in Norfolk. And the only way to do so is to put it on the ballot and let the voters decide. I’m willing to abide by the will of the people. Are you? Vivian Paige, writing in the Virginian Pilot

Whether or not our school boards are elected or appointed is a question that only we as residents of Norfolk can-and should answer. It’s our duty as responsible citizens in this great city. Me, writing in the New Journal and Guide

It’s often said that local issues aren’t necessarily partisan ones. Here’s proof of that statement.

The issue of whether or not Norfolk’s school boards should be elected or appointed is a question that only those who live here-and that means all of us, not just those who represent (in theory) us on City Council-can definitively answer. In order to do that, the question has to go before the electorate on the ballot.

I haven’t made up my mind either way, yet. I’ve seen what an appointed school board can do here, and “I’m not impressed” is probably too generous of a statement. The flipside to that is, having seen and experienced the ugliness of the campaign process, I know I don’t want to see that begin to adversely affect my kids or any other’s quality of education.

As we both say, though…at present, that’s not the issue. The only question that needs an immediate answer is “do you think the people of Norfolk have the right to choose for themselves how their school boards should be selected?”

I say yes…and I believe Vivian would agree.

So should you.

Written by Coby Dillard

February 2, 2012 at 10:57 am

A Republican Challenge

With black unemployment at 15% percent, almost 40% of our population in prison, and 33% of our families receiving public assistance, it’s past time for the black community to demand better. We have to stop accepting at face value the statements of those who rush to “defend” and “protect” us against Republicans and the Tea Party, and begin to demand that equal enthusiasm be applied to the all-too-real issues of our community. We have to begin to see through the rhetoric that blames African American problems on external entities, and begin to look inside our houses, churches, and the offices of our officials to ensure that our interests are met and our issues addressed.

My latest musing for the New Journal and Guide takes a look at Newt Gingrich’s willingness to stand in front of the NAACP and suggest they “demand paychecks and not be satisfied with food stamps.” It’s another Crimson Tide moment-a statement that’s factually dubious (in this case), but that, upon reflection, reveals a much deeper truth.

Yes, we in the black community should do exactly as Gingrich says. Doing that, though, will require an overt challenge to some of our community’s most cherished institutions.

Are we ready to take that step?

Written by Coby Dillard

January 12, 2012 at 12:58 pm

Posted in Editorials

What People Don’t Understand About Defense

Every time our country gets into a financial hole-and most days when we’re not-you can find someone who wants to dismantle the Department of Defense and send their whole budget to the Department of Education. In our current political/fiscal environment, many Democrats and left-leaning pundits have either joined or reaffirmed their membership in Washington’s “cut defense NOW!!” choir, in an attempt to call the bluff of Republicans, conservatives, and the Tea Party movement.

So, in an attempt to explain to people why the cost of defense is as high as it is-and in light of the President’s all-but-inevitable-post-bin Laden-drawdown, some harsh realities.

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Written by Coby Dillard

January 6, 2012 at 8:00 am

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Future Conservatism, Revisited

Four years ago, I wrote a piece here called, “Future Conservatism: A Counterinsurgency Strategy for 2009 and Beyond.” In that, working under the assumption of a McCain/Palin loss, I looked at three things I felt the GOP needed to do to, as I put it, “evolve and maintain their relevance.”

Well, let’s see how we did. Here’s the three things, and a progress report.

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Written by Coby Dillard

January 2, 2012 at 9:00 am

On the Foolishness of the Virginia Presidential Primary (UPDATED)

I was hoping that, on the first day of the new year, I’d wake up and all the foolishness that was going on within RPV would just be a really bad joke. You know, the whole ‘new year, new start” thing…or maybe someone was trying to make a very long “New Year’s Fool” joke.

Didn’t happen.

As it stands right now, Rick Perry-joined by Newt, Bachmann, Santorum and Huntsman-are all suing to join Romney and Ron Paul on the Virginia primary ballot. AG Cuccinelli has stepped in, saying that he will introduce emergency legislation to make that so. Meanwhile, RPV might (more on that “might” later) require everyone who votes in the primary to sign a loyalty oath, declaring that they WILL support the Republican nominee for president this fall, whoever that person may be.

Let’s tackle these in order, shall we?

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For George Allen

Last week, I was listed on a list of Tea Party activists and supporters who endorsed George Allen in his race for the Republican Senate nomination in Virginia.

While I don’t necessarily feel compelled to “explain” my endorsement, I’m going to…if for no other reason than people should hear from me-and not from people who I rarely speak to or, worse, don’t know me at all-how I came to the conclusions I did. So, here’s the why, and the “what’s gonna happen from here”.

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Written by Coby Dillard

November 25, 2011 at 8:30 am