Observations

J.R.’s written observations on politics, public policy, and society.

Wake-Up Republicans – It’s “Morning in America”, but You Wouldn’t Know It

The 2018 election represents an opportunity for conservatives to get back to basics.

You Get the Government You Deserve

Voting is a right, but it is also a responsibility. Serious people should be running for office, but they can only be held accountable by serious voters.

Redistricting always is a political process — on each and every side

Redistricting is as old as the United States and it has always been political. It always will be. Virginia is no different.

It’s not the economy, stupid

Voters are not planning to vote their pocketbook – at least that’s what they’re saying today.

Luria Leads Taylor in Internal Poll; Republican Enthusiasm Depressed

Over-confidence and self-inflicted wounds make the 2nd District look as if it’s favoring the Democrat.

After a Storm: Community, Patience, & Gratitude

People will show tremendous care, compassion, and love for one another in these next few days. And people are resilient. For that, we should all be grateful

Our Lesson from John McCain

John McCain’s passing has offered an opportunity for everyone who is paying attention or participating in politics to take a step back and perhaps reassess the tone and tenor of our conversations.

Taylor’s Unforced Error

The conversation in Virginia’s 2nd District Congressional Campaign is anything but federal policy. And it’s the voters who will suffer.

In our Declaration, the past speaks to America’s present

We debate issues today as if they’re new. Read the Declaration of Independence again and you’ll see very similar concerns.