BIG STONE GAP — E.W. Jackson packed some high energy into a Wise County Republican Party gathering near Big Stone Gap on Tuesday.
The state GOP’s candidate for lieutenant governor, the self proclaimed “dog that caught the bus” who came out of nowhere to be the party’s nominee earlier this year, displayed how and why he earned his place on the ticket at the state Republican convention.
From humble beginnings to a Harvard law school graduate, businessman, Christian minister and unabashed rabble rouser for conservative values, Jackson said he is a “happy warrior. The only thing that gets my blood really boiling is these pinheads in Washington, D.C., ruining our country.”
“Faith, family, freedom and opportunity” are the planks of his campaign, Jackson said, demanding the party faithful in attendance at the Lonesome Pine Country Club to “stop speaking to people’s heads. We need to speak to people’s hearts.”
The values Jackson espoused, with references to George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, is what Republicans need not merely embrace but shout to the rafters, he said.
“It is time we start espousing (those values) without apology,” said Jackson.
Jackson, who is black, said he didn’t “consider voting for (President Obama), I didn’t care how black he was” because the president’s values and policies don’t match his own.
“Freedom sells. Family sells. And yes, faith,” Jackson said, and the GOP “needs to get that message out there.”
He wondered how many people recite the Pledge of Allegiance no longer mindful of the meaning, and when he recites “liberty and justice for all, I believe that stuff!”
Jackson said he speaks about the state of affairs at the national level as much or more than state issues because “what is at stake is our freedom,” and the state of the federal government these days are issues “you can’t get away from them. You can’t avoid them.”
Jackson said the states need to exert their constitutional rights provided by the 10th Amendment where Jackson said “state sovereignty is a check on federal power (and, quoting Madison) the people must express their disquietude and repugnance.”
“Government can’t be mother and father. We need mothers and fathers in the home to raise (our) children,” he said.
The nation needs to rediscover the Constitutional republic the founders designed, he said, where government is of, by and for the people rather than of, by and for politicians, lobbyists, bureaucrats, special interest groups and prognosticators.
“We don’t work for you,” he said Americans must demand of what has become the ruling class. “You work for us.”