Lawrence Gaughan, 5th District Congressional Candidate (photo by John P. Flannery)
Lawrence Gaughan, 47, his family name pronounced “Gone,” as in “Gone with the Wind,” has launched a special political campaign in Virginia’s Fifth Congressional District as the Democratic nominee.
“This is the district,” Lawrence says, “where it all began,” a large district from Fauquier in the North to Danville, where the nation was conceived, declared independent of Great Britain, given birth when the constitution was ratified, and re-born at Appomattox after our civil war.
In a year with few rhetorical campaign excursions beyond the same-old wedge issues that manipulate voters at the polls in cookie cutter campaigns, Lawrence is staking out some plain talking common sense basics to get the nation going again, focusing on governing our nation, instead of tearing it apart.
When has a man been so well regarded in our nation’s history that we made him President without a popular vote by the people?
George Washington was that man.
He was chosen by 69 electors to be our first President.
The attributes that commended him for such an historic appointment should be the measure of our elected representatives today.
Parson Mason Weems told a story, demonstrating Washington’s honesty – that George had confessed the truth to his father that he had chopped down a cherry tree. This act of contrition was a fable. Not true at all. In truth, in 1743, when George was 11, his father, Augustine, died. George did, however, concern himself with building character. Before his 16th birthday, George compiled 110 “rules of civility and decent behavior in company and conversation.”
The first rule was that “every action done in Company, ought to be with some sign of respect, to those that are present.” Continue reading