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Family Alliance Rocks The House

By Greg L | 18 May 2010 | Manassas City, Prince William County | 7 Comments

Guest Post by IKnowJack

Tonight at the Four Points Sheraton, the Prince William & Manassas Family Alliance (PWMFA) had its first fund-raising dinner Gala in four years, and it was a smashing success.

People kept pouring in – more than had bought advance tickets, and the hotel had to roll out additional tables, so the room capacity appeared filled to the 100 max.

There were many familiar faces and public officials present, some of whom included the following:
Keynote Speaker Ken Cuccinelli, the Commonwealth’s Attorney General.
Delegate Bob Marshall
Delegate Rich Anderson
Supervisor John Stirrup
BOCS Chairman Corey Stewart
Manassas City Councilman Marc Aveni
PWC GOP Chairman Lyle Beefelt
Manassas Park GOP Chairman Brian Leeper
Morton & Helen Blackwell
Bob FitzSimmonds
Keith Fimian
Howie Lind
Suzanne Miller
and Delegate Jackson Miller arrived at the close.

PWMFA Chairman Bob Allen opened the event, Bill Pfister lead the Pledge of Allegiance, and Pastor Barry White gave the invocation.

A fine sit-down dinner was served by the Sheridan staff, and about half way through dinner, Delegate Marshall gave an enjoyable introduction to Keynote Speaker Ken Cuccinelli. Cuccinelli presented a very interesting explanation of the Commonwealth’s action against the federal health care bill. He explained that essentially the issue is the Fed’s unconstitutional mandate to force citizens to buy a commercial product from a particular commercial entity. To Virginia’s credit it passed a bill, that was signed two weeks before the Fed’s health care bill, which is in opposition to the Fed’s health care bill. Cuccinelli said that by the time all the Fed & State appeals wend their way to a Supreme court decision it will probably be 2012. He emphasized that if the Fed wins the case, the Fed will be able to force anything upon the nation’s citizens, and freedom as known for the past 221 years will come to an end. A good question and answer period wrapped up the Attorney General’s address.

BOCS Chairman Corey Stewart, who arrived somewhat late, gave the closing remarks, which though meaningful, would have been more appropriate at a Republican Party event rather than this non-political PWMFA gala. Father Searby gave the benediction and the event officially concluded. However, many if not most of the attendees mingled for another 45 minutes. “Everyone” was visibly pleased with the Gala and I heard many expressing appreciation for the event. It was, indeed, an evening well spent. And it should be noted the Washington Post and News and Messenger had reporters present – we’ll see how credibly they report on the evening.

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  1. Big Dog said on 18 May 2010 at 1:23 pm:
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    FYI - Delegate Miller was master of ceremonies Monday night
    at the Annual Awards Dinner for our area’s Boy’s and Girl’s Clubs.
    The largest fund raising event of the year, it was attended
    by numerous elected officials from the City of Manassas, PWC
    and local towns. Va. Sec. of Transportation Connaughton
    was the keynote speaker.

  2. Jack Slimp said on 18 May 2010 at 4:06 pm:
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    Yes, Miller arrived at the event after he left the Awards Dinner. It was really over at that point, but I think most people were still present. Was nice to see him drop by.

  3. Dave Core said on 18 May 2010 at 8:19 pm:
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    An excellent event. We are honored to have Ken Cuccinelli as our A.G.

  4. O. P. Ditch said on 19 May 2010 at 7:48 am:
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    Hummmm…. I don’t see Herrity on your list… was he a no-show??

  5. Jack Slimp said on 19 May 2010 at 9:01 am:
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    I’m pretty sure he was not there.

  6. Dave Core said on 19 May 2010 at 1:00 pm:
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    His wife was there.

  7. Greg L said on 19 May 2010 at 5:06 pm:
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    The Family Foundation put out this report on the event:

    Nearly 100 grassroots activists, elected officials and candidates for office attended the Prince William and Manassas Family Alliance Gala dinner Monday evening where they were addressed by Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli.

    Cuccinelli gave an update on the lawsuit filed on behalf of the Commonwealth by his office concerning the recently passed federal health care legislation. Cuccinelli argues that the provision in the health care act that requires Americans to purchase health care insurance is a violation of the U.S. Constitution.

    Interestingly, Cuccinelli referenced George Washington University Law School professor and oft quoted “legal expert” Jonathan Turley in his defense, saying that Turley has argued that the federal health care act could indeed be the final blow to the Founder’s vision of “federalism.” Should Cuccinelli’s suit, or the other suits being brought by other states, fail, Turley insinuates that there would then be very little left outside the control or influence of the federal government.

    Cuccinelli added, if the government can compel its citizens to purchase one product (health insurance) there is nothing to stop it from purchasing another product (say, a car made by GM).

    Essentially, Cuccinelli is arguing that individual citizens who do not have health insurance, and thus are not participating in the “interstate commerce” of health care insurance, cannot be compelled to purchase health insurance by the federal government under the interstate commerce clause of the federal constitution. Case law surrounding the interstate commerce clause is lengthy and confusing to say the least. However, there appears to be no other example where the courts have ruled economic inactivity to be interstate commerce (one exception being from 1792 when Congress compelled people to buy guns – really).

    Ultimately, this case is likely to be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court. Cuccinelli estimates that won’t take place until at least mid-2012. The individual mandate in the health care bill doesn’t take effect until 2014.

    Currently, 21 states, including Virginia, are involved with some type of lawsuit against the federal government concerning the health care bill. The two primary suits are in Virginia and Florida. The Virginia General Assembly also passed the Health Care Freedom Act during this year’s session, legislation that protects Virginians from being forced to buy health insurance.

    Cuccinelli urged the crowd Monday to take advantage of the times to educate and inform their friends and family, particularly their children, on the first principles of our nation’s founding documents, such as the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. Many people today do not know enough about our Founding or what those documents say to understand the implications of the federal government’s take over of what has always been a private enterprise.

    Few disagree that there is need for some type of health reform in our nation. At The Family Foundation we struggle each year to pay the ever-increasing cost of health care for our staff. But few outside the beltway or among the academic left believe that the federal government is capable of managing our nation’s health care system wisely.

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