Letter: Butch Porter, Leesburg

Editor: It is fair to say that there is need for change in the United States Senate. The Senate has become one of the more useless and feckless organizations in the Western World. Not because of anything resembling “obstructionism.” Cold water on the passions of the House is an admirable mission. No, the Senate is simply not concerned with doing its job. As Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE) put it:

“No one in this body thinks the Senate is laser-focused on the most pressing issues facing the nation. No one. Some of us lament this fact; some are angered by it; many are resigned to it; some try to dispassionately explain how they think it came to be. But no one disputes it.”

There is nothing that Tim Kaine has done — short of running for Vice President and thus presenting the possibility of his not being a Senator anymore  — which could be considered even budging the scales of solving the problem. Corey Stewart’s grievance mongering, proposed regulatory tactics, and deal making with taxpayer dollars is not what we need either.

Which brings us to Nick Freitas, who has those three qualities I look for in a candidate for elected office, especially statewide (or higher).

First, are his values. A real limited government conservative is hard to come by. It is easier to say “I’m from the Government and I’m here to help you” than it is to show faith in people and their God-given rights and abilities in solving problems in their communities without wealth redistribution and force. With Nick, there is no parsing or qualifying, simply honest answers about his views.

Secondly, though I’m initially nervous about candidates who quote Mises and Rothbard too much, Nick has the core communication skills to, in the same breath, share how precious his faith and his country is to him, and how willing he has been to fight to defend our freedoms.

Third, Nick is a leader, and leadership requires precisely the balance between fighting for what you believe in and being capable of (in the case of politics — “war by other means”) seeing your opposition as the opposition, and not the “enemy.” Nick shows love and compassion for those who disagree with him. That is a rare talent indeed.

But the finest compliment I can give Nick is that he is a Conservative. Not a “social” or “fiscal” conservative, but a thoughtful conservative. Some have called him a “movement” conservative, which he is. More importantly, though, Nick is an imaginative conservative. He is able to coalesce ideas around a moral imagination, free from bitterness and blamespeak. He is a voice in the rhetorical wilderness; and more importantly an honest and decent human being. Nick’s defense of his faith and his country and demand for enumerated government is precisely the embodiment of the intellectual conservative movement that I pray for. We would be blessed to have him represent the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the Senate would be lucky to have him. Please vote Nick Freitas, June 12, in the Republican Primary.

Butch Porter, Leesburg

4 thoughts on “Letter: Butch Porter, Leesburg

  • 2018-05-25 at 4:19 pm
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    Nick took road money and gave it to Metro. Ridership is lower now then it was in 2001 yet Freitas gives the a raise. Under which of the 3 qualities does stupidity fall under?

  • 2018-05-26 at 4:49 pm
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    Butch, that’s not a “Letter to you he Editor”! It’s a free political campaign ad. Plus, it’s full of the typical inaccuracies, slander and posturing. Next time, refrain from your partisanship and slander and actually contribute something to society.

  • 2018-05-27 at 11:28 am
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    Gus, Mr. Porter is contributing something to society; he’s expressing his First Amendment freedom, via another part of the First Amendment — a free press.

    At a time when most people sadly receive their news in 140 characters or less, and would be hard pressed to even name a newspaper in their local community, it’s a tough row to condemn others for taking the time to draft a letter to the editor, regardless of what it says. Supporting or opposing various and sundry candidates is a mainstay of the letters page as you well know.

    Why don’t you address the substance of the letter and refute the points you disagree with — all fair game. Attacking a citizen personally for expressing their views in a letter to the editor is less than positive.

  • 2018-05-28 at 4:07 pm
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    Looks like a perfectly fine letter to me. Nicely written. Cogent. To the point. It’s his opinion. He has a right to say it

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