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