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LOUDOUN COUNTY REPUBLICAN COMMITTEE DISAPPROVES OF COUNTY EQUITY RESOLUTION: WHERE WILL BOARD OF SUPERVISORS DECISION LEAD?

January 23, 2023

LOUDOUN COUNTY, VIRGINIA; JANUARY 23, 2023 — On January 17, the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors (LCBOS) voted 6-1 (with one abstention and one absent) to support the “Social and Racial Equity as Fundamental Values,” resolution that now requires the county to govern through an equity lens.  Votes are below.

Yes – Randall, Saines, Briskman, Glass, Turner, Umstattd
No – Kershner
Abstained – Buffington
Absent – LeTourneau

The Loudoun County Republican Committee (LCRC) of Virginia, a grassroots organization whose members take action to promote issues of importance to Loudoun County residents, disagrees with this resolution.  

The reality is that this resolution requires Loudoun County government to apply the Socialist concept of “equity” and discriminate against people of one skin color, nationality, or gender in favor of another. In direct violation of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the Board members have dismissed the concept of selection based on merit, which is a foundational element of Western civilization that gave us our current standard of living.  

Loudoun County is three generations removed from the passing of the Civil Rights Act.  Today, most Americans reject the idea of preferences based on such things as skin color by a wide margin.  For example, 74% reject racial preferences in college admissions, here https://tinyurl.com/swa9yfcf. Our county is a fully integrated society with many relationships crossing different races and nationalities and with our children growing up having friends from many diverse backgrounds.

Why should the LCBOS Equity Resolution be of concern to Loudoun County citizens?

Because it further divides our community into so many camps rather than uniting our county in a common pursuit of excellence.

America is the land of opportunity.  A person’s place in today’s society is not a fault of society but a result of individual choices that each person makes.  Enabling government officials to decide who is qualified based on anything but merit will divide our county, inevitably lead to a quota system, invite government corruption, and be a violation of civil rights.

The way to address this racist resolution passed by our Board of Supervisors is to elect supervisors who support non-discrimination and equal opportunity for all.

LOUDOUN’S COMMONWEALTH ATTORNEY DECLINES TO PROSECUTE CERTAIN CRIMES: ARE SMASH-AND-GRABS FAR BEHIND?

January 17, 2023

LOUDOUN COUNTY, VIRGINIA, JANUARY 17, 2023 – On December 30, 2022, the Loudoun County Commonwealth’s Attorney, Buta Biberaj, notified district judges that her office would no longer prosecute the following crimes: hit and run with property damage; eluding police; petty larceny (including goods up to $1,000); possession of certain controlled substances; failure to appear in court; and others.  Instead, these cases will be sent to district courts with only law enforcement representing the County. This is a startling turnaround for Biberaj, who in 2021 took the unusual step of personally prosecuting a Loudoun father for misdemeanor charges.

Ms. Biberaj argued that her office needs to focus its resources on violent crimes and felonies.  This is in contrast to the statistics indicating that violent crimes have declined in the past two years.  In 2020, arrests for more egregious crimes (known as “Group A Offenses”) totaled 1,815; by 2021, this number dropped to 1,306.  The first half of 2022 experienced an uptick in certain crime categories, but an even further decline in others. 
 
A more telling statistic is the ratio of Loudoun County citizens to law enforcement employees.  In 2020, Loudoun County employed 210 law enforcement officers per 100,000 citizens.  By 2021 a 5.5 per cent drop in Loudoun County law enforcement personnel, combined with an increase in population, resulted in only 195 law enforcement officers per 100,000 Loudoun County residents. The same personnel are now expected to pick up the slack on crimes the Loudoun County Commonwealth’s Attorney declines to prosecute.
 
It’s time for a new prosecutor who can effectively use the generous resources provided to the office, and place the needs of Loudoun County residents first. 
 
The Loudoun County Republican Committee (LCRC) of Virginia is a grassroots organization in which its members take action to promote issues of importance to Loudoun County residents as well as the Republican Party platform and its candidates, both locally and nationally.
 
(All statistics provided by Crime in Virginia Annual Reports)

RAM VENKATACHALAM: EQUITY - THE WOLF IN SHEEP'S CLOTHING

January 16, 2022

This week, the Loudoun Board of Supervisors plans to vote on a lengthy resolution to codify “social and racial equity as a fundamental value” of county governmental policies and personnel practices.

It is a bad idea, and I oppose it.

Many proponents of this and other equity-styled initiatives seek to denigrate those of us who oppose them by suggesting we are against the equal protection and treatment of all persons regardless of race, gender, religion, national origin, or anything else.

This is a falsehood that needs to be exposed.

I am strong and lifelong advocate Equality of Opportunity for All – a moral and legitimate objective of any just society. Equity advocates want something different – something that is neither equitable nor moral at its core.

They want equality of outcome, so no matter how hard someone works, or their gender, race, or background, they get the same result as everyone else. This is not good social policy, nor something our local Board of Supervisors should be spending its time on.

I am a proud American of Indian heritage. Over the years I have learned much about what it means to be compassionate and to help others – and what it means to pick winners and losers regardless of merit or a true belief in equality. One is noble; the other is not.

In India, Mahatma Gandhi fought for equal rights and opportunities for “untouchables” humans – the so-called Children of God, who were suppressed. Mother Teresa fought for Indian people with leprosy whose needs were ignored and whose humanity was disparaged.

In America, the Rev. Martin Luther King fought for civil rights and against racial prejudice that perpetuated segregation and the separate and UN-equal treatment of American citizens.

In South Africa, Nelson Mandela fought against apartheid – not to secure some version of “equity,” but instead to secure basic equal rights for non-white people.

All of these were noble battles for equality, not equity of outcomes. 

Most of us or our fore-bearers came to America as immigrants. Those of us who have settled in Loudoun County are grateful. It is where we work, socialize, and raise our families with gratitude for the opportunities and freedoms afforded to us – including the opportunity to be treated equally, work hard, and succeed.

I recently traveled to India with my family and met with family, old friends, and others in various cities who asked about America and wondered if their hard work would still be welcomed here. They were uniformly critical of divisive politics, and troubled that Americans are not working together better for the common good. They also voiced uniform opposition to equal outcomes for all, which is different than the legitimate goal of equal opportunity for all.

America already has “fundamental values” enshrined in the U.S. Constitution, its amendments, and the law. We don’t need new values mandated by the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors – and certainly not the complex, backward-looking resolution that is intended to impact all aspects of county policy and personnel practices.

It is a wolf in sheep’s clothing, and it should be rejected.

LCRC OPPOSES POLITICALLY MOTIVATED FBI RAID APPROVED BY BIDEN'S

August 13, 2022

The Loudoun County Republican Committee opposes the dangerous precedent of an FBI raid of the home of a former U.S. President, particularly when document disputes should be settled by negotiation. The Fourth Amendment of the Constitution is designed to protect Americans from unreasonable searches and seizures by the government. A raid like this against the home of a former U.S. president should not happen. It is at a minimum, another example of Federal government overreach approved by the highest levels, and another reflection of a politically motivated FBI. Hung Cao, a retired Navy captain running for the 10th District Congressional seat, is committed to restoring Constitutional government, fighting government overreach, and reestablishing trust in our institutions. Vote for Cao and help restore Constitutional government.

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