This past week, Delegate Scott Lingamfelter withdrew our Convention of States Project resolution (HJ497) from consideration by the House of Delegates. His action followed that of Senator Ryan McDougle yesterday, in withdrawing the Senate version of our resolution (SJ 269). This means that, although we passed through Committees of both chambers with flying colors, no vote will be taken on the floor of the Virginia House or Senate this year.
This is not defeat. It is a strategic retreat.
As both Delegate Lingamfelter and Former Speaker of the House Vance Wilkins reminded me this week, strategic retreat was key to General George Washington's ultimate victory in the American Revolution. And I believe these strategic decisions by our legislative sponsors will be key to our ultimate victory in Virginia.
What I want every one of you to know is that at one point earlier this week, we believed the Convention of States Project was within one vote of victory. No one expected us to come so far this year (an election year) in a "purple" state. And I firmly believe that what we have accomplished this year--while still short of our final goal--will propel us to that final victory in 2016.
We have taken on heavy fire over the past several weeks from a small, but noisy group of Article V naysayers. They are motivated by fear and have chosen to operate in the realm of conspiracy theories, deceptions, and historical fallacies. I believe, with everything that is in me, that they will ultimately fail in the face of truth and courage.
I want to thank each and every one of you for the time and energy you have invested toward this effort. I ask you to stay with us as we continue in this battle to end federal tyranny and reclaim our Republic. I will be in contact again after session to outline specific steps we need to take.
For now, I leave you with these words from President Teddy Roosevelt: "It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”
Rita M. Dunaway
Virginia Legislative Liaison