Letter: Jim Buttolph, Leesburg

Editor: A local gentleman wrote in a recent edition of Loudoun Now that he is “astounded” that newly elected Loudoun County Republican Committee Chairman Scott Pio chose not to express an opinion when asked about the Jan. 6, 2021, fracas at the U.S. Capitol. I don’t find that to be astounding at all.

Mr. Pio is smart enough to know that Democrats would like nothing better than to link all Republicans to the actions of a few cranks who breached the pathetically weak security at the capitol building that day. The Democratic Party’s campaign strategy is to do all they can to distract the public from their party’s disastrous performance over the last year and a half by focusing on that incident. They want us to forget about the catastrophic withdrawal from Afghanistan, the debacle at the southern border, and their party’s disdain for the police officers who keep our communities safe, which has led to a surge in violent crime nationwide. 

They’re insulting the American people’s intelligence by assuming we’re stupid enough to believe that soaring inflation is all Russia’s fault. But most importantly, they are deeply worried that we’ll figure out that Vladimir Putin was emboldened to invade Ukraine thanks in no small part to Biden’s feckless leadership, bringing the world to the brink of World War III.

Mr. Pio appears to be focusing on issues like putting parents back in charge of setting the priorities for the education of their own children. Rather than being astounded, I find that to be responsible and refreshing.

Jim Buttolph, Leesburg

6 thoughts on “Letter: Jim Buttolph, Leesburg

  • 2022-04-15 at 10:20 am
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    Well stated, Jim Buttolph. I could not have said it better myself.

  • 2022-04-15 at 10:30 am
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    With all due respect, Scott Pio is too extreme for Loudoun. He makes Attila the Hun look like the Fairy Godmother. He doesn’t respect Loudoun’s parents. To the contrary, he supports Youngkin — who wants to nullify the votes of Loudoun’s parents. They voted for the present school board (minus Tom Marshall & Andrew Hoyler, who were appointed). Let’s respect the will of the electorate. Happy Easter Loudoun!

  • 2022-04-15 at 11:15 am
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    “They’re insulting the American people’s intelligence by assuming we’re stupid enough to believe that soaring inflation is all Russia’s fault.”

    Sadly, that assumption is not far off the mark. Collectively, Americans have lost their ability to think critically, ask the questions that make politicians uncomfortable and accountable, and demand that journalists do the same, especially when it comes to people these journalists agree with… and that is precisely what they bank on. Instead it becomes a cover-up game because journalists won’t do their jobs. Then when you find someone who actually does do the job and start asking the tough questions even though it will make his or her favored side of the issue, favored politician, etc, look bad, that journalist gets downplayed, unpublished, and ostracized. Just ask Glenn Greenwald.

    Quite frankly we have achieved a level where several of these supposed journalists should be investigated by the FEC for contributions-in-kind and election tampering because of their editorials-as-news. Yes, they can have opinions… but keep them on the Op-Ed page or the commentary shows. Page one is for actual news, and that means you may have to report something you don’t want to.

  • 2022-04-15 at 12:47 pm
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    “a few cranks who breached the pathetically weak security….”

    Good gracious, my friend, you don’t take a plan to stop the electoral college counting as seriously as most Americans do. And let’s not forget that these cranks were put in motion by the then (thankfully no longer) President of the United States.

    Focus on the school board and, like Governor Youngkin, spend you time fighting culture wars if that’s your interest–but let’s not let that activity blind you to all other important things.

  • 2022-04-17 at 9:38 am
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    Exactly right!
    Dems are using the Jan 6 riot to deflect attention from Biden and the Dems abysmal performance on just about every important issue facing the country.

  • 2022-04-17 at 9:57 am
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    I don’t find it astounding either, but probably for different reasons. Too many otherwise reasonable Republicans refuse to address certain topics for fear of the wrath of the Trump mob. Best to be like MTG and stick to the talking points:

    -COVID is a “hoax”
    -Trump won the 2020 election
    -The people who broke into the Capitol were “Antifa”
    -Or alternatively, they are political prisoners because beating a police officer with a flagpole is “peaceful protest”

    There is a lot to disapprove of with current administrations policies, but increasing tribalism means folks only know right from wrong when they are judging the other side.

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