Sep 21, 2010
Getting back to the basics
by Melinda Zosh
Thomas Jefferson often traveled to Poplar Forest, located just miles away from Lynchburg, to escape from his other home, Monticello, in Charlottesville.
U.S. Congressional Candidate Robert Hurt (R-5th District) wonders what Jefferson would think if he had a chance to come back and see the political shift happening near both his homes in Central Virginia, he said.
“If Thomas Jefferson could come back to Bedford County, I think he would find that we don’t have limited government. We have a Congress that can’t even adopt a budget,” Hurt said.
He spoke to a group of 300 people, including elected officials and local residents, at a fundraiser event Sept. 16 at state delegate Lacey Putney’s home in Goode, Va.
“I think Thomas Jefferson, if he were here tonight, would be disappointed in what we’ve allowed ourselves to become in this country,” Hurt said.
Jefferson might be encouraged by one factor, Hurt said.
“He would be heartened by the fact that you are here and you do care and that you all are concerned and that we are determined to take back our country,” Hurt said.
Hurt publicly recognized Liberty’s College Republicans and Chancellor Jerry Falwell Jr., who co-hosted the event along with a dozen local legislators and business leaders.
Members helped Hurt win in the 2007 state Senate race, and he previously served in the House of Delegates. He is hoping for the same support in the mid-term U.S. Congressional election against incumbent Tom Perriello.
“We are encouraging everyone to not slack even though Robert’s up in the polls,” CR Treasurer Josh Hetzler said. “We can’t let up now.”
CR Public Relations Director Meagan Vance interned with the Bob McDonnell for Governor campaign last fall, and she is continuing her fight for the founders’ principles until election day on Nov. 2.
“Our country has really gone down the wrong path,” Vance said. “All of us College Republicans are so passionate about it, and we really understand that it’s now or never.”
Hurt met a WWII veteran in Fluvanna County last month, and the veteran told Hurt that this is the most important election of his lifetime, Hurt said.
“He grew up during the Great Depression, saw the horrors of war, but he dedicated his life to one thing, leaving his children better off,” Hurt said. “That, my friends, is what is missing in Washington, D.C., that sense of obligation to the next generation.”
Hurt told the crowd that the country has shifted from “limited government to unlimited,” and he witnessed that first hand when he visited a farmer in Nelson County.
The farmer gave Hurt a tour of his land and then they went back to his shop to talk, Hurt said.
“He said ‘You know, Mr. Hurt, my family has been here for generations, growing orchards and produce on the side of this mountain,’” Hurt said.
The farmer pointed out that over the years, he has lost his freedom to make decisions on his own property, because the number of state and federal agencies regulating his business is growing every year, Hurt said.
“He said ‘Every minute (I spend attempting to comply with those regulations) is a minute that I am not devoting my energy to what the Lord put me on this Earth to do. All I want to do is grow peaches, why should it be so hard and how have we allowed this to happen?’” Hurt said.
If Thomas Jefferson could hear that story in person, he might have one response, Hurt said.
“I think Thomas Jefferson would say to us tonight ‘it’s got to change,’” Hurt said.
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