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Drama in the Spotsylvania Republican Committee

There is a bit of drama unfolding with the Spotsylvania County Republican Committee.

The differences of opinions remind me of the religious era of Martin Luther.

 On one side there is a group of Republicans who believe the Constitution is what guides men in politics. Those who do not follow the Constitution should face scrutiny, and possibly booted from the party

Then there are more moderate Republicans, who believe that the Ronald Reagan-era was one of the party’s best because that’s when everyone was welcomed to be in the GOP.

  In June, Second-Vice Chairman of the local GOP Herb Lux said he successfully had a motion passed that stated nowhere in the Constitution does it say that it is fair to redistribute wealth to a particular group of people, and therefore the committee should pass a resolution against VRE because it violated that cherished document.

  There are other members, including the president of the committee, Bryce Reeves, who say such a vote did not occur.

Lux provided a copy of the June minutes that does show a 14-2 vote in favor of the resolution.

“The bottom line is we need to hold people accountable to what the party stands for and honor the Constitution,” Lux said.

He said any Republican who doesn’t adhere to the principles in the Constitution is a RINO, or Republican In Name Only.

“The Constitution doesn’t have a party,” he said. “We have a moral standard of right and wrong. Founding father Benjamin Rush said a simple democracy is the devil’s own  government.”

Lux said the beauty of a Republic is that everyone’s rights are protected. He said politicians today will do anything to push their agenda. He said the only purpose of government is to provide protection of those rights and to make its people more free.  

“The Constitution does protect everyone, and we have limited authority or it becomes a democracy which undermines the country and leads to tyranny,” he said. “Our government was only set up for a moral people.”

I asked him what made the founding father so much more moral that politicians today?

“They were blessed of God to give us what we have,” he said. “Unfortunately, people play politics. A politician will compromise whatever he needs to do get what he wants done and take his position, but a statesman would not do that. All we have now is a bunch of politicians. It is to promote their agenda rather than going in there to defend the Constitution.”

He said the GOP is losing credibility because so many members have steered away from the basic principles of the party. No one is held accountable, he said.


“People have differences, but be honest. Don’t tell us you stand on these principles and do the opposite,” he said.

So did the resolution pass or not?


  • Minuteman

    then neither are our libraries, the Eisenhower
    Interstate Highway system, or FRED buses.
    Poppycock! The Constitution gives us principles
    and a framework for the people, through their
    elected representatives, to “establish justice,
    insure domestic tranquility, provide for the
    common defense, promote the general welfare,
    and secure the blessings of liberty…”

    I don’t doubt the sincerity or patriotism of Mr.
    Lux (or Mr. Dunn). However, their strategy to
    quash debate of ideas using the Constitution as
    a hammer is not productive and only drives more
    people away from the already thinning ranks of
    the GOP.

  • lgross

    ” I am not an advocate for frequent changes in laws and constitutions, but laws
    and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As
    that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made,
    new truths discovered and manners and opinions change, with the change of
    circumstances, institutions must advance also to keep pace with the times. We
    might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him when a boy as
    civilized society to remain ever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors.”


    he had a few other things to say also but it’s pretty clear he did not view the
    Constitution the same way that some folks today see it.

  • therestofthestory

    authority over the county. VRE needs money the PRTC hikes the ruels tax…the fuels tax is not enough for the ineffeciently run VRE…the PRTC takes it from Spotsy’s general fund. Residents cannot vote the PRTC out of office.

    Joining VRE is creating a quasi govenment that has taxing authority over Spotsy citizens and no mean for the ciitizens to vote them out of office or get rid of the tax. That is a concept that bought this county to armed revolution, this won’t but if the average resident knew the principles behind it “they would be mad as hell”.

  • lgross

    They can’t set the tax as far as I know. That has
    to be done by the GA – no?

    I understand the point. The Supreme Court of Va
    ruled illegal the 3202-enacted transportation
    authorities in NoVa and Hampton Roads that
    would have operated along the same lines of the

    so one would think if the VRE foes were really
    serious, they might challenge the PRTC along the
    same lines that the 3202 Transportation
    Authorities were ruled illegal.

    does anyone know how the 3202 authorities
    might have differed from the PRTC authority?