President’s Message to the CARMA Membership

JULY, 2020


CARMA President - Terry Ricks

Dear Gentlemen of CARMA,

Our CARMA luncheon on June 25 at Williamsburg National Golf Course was super.  We were glad to get together again, almost 50 of us with our masks, seated in and under the outdoor Pavilion.  We gained five new members and they were presented with CARMA’s coveted conservative crucible.  Their names are Bob Amos, Bill Krantz, Kim Lupo, Gil Petrina and Bruce Renaux.  Those ceremonies bring tears to my eyes.

Delegate Amanda Batten was our speaker and she reviewed what has been happening in the House of Delegates in Richmond.  It was very interesting, but depressing, since the Democrats are in total control and preventing Republican initiatives at every turn.  There are 55 Democrats and 45 Republicans.  Future redistricting could further strengthen the democrat’s margin.

Amanda discussed the disorganized assembly passing hundreds of new liberal leaning laws and not allowing Republican revisions nor questions.  Violent offenders are being released, more gun control laws are being passed and taxes are being raised on gasoline and to fund Virginia’s version of the Green New Deal.  Our Right To Work laws are being weakened and public employees will be able to unionize.  Higher taxes and underfunded retirement pensions will result, as seen in other states that are not “Right to Work”.

Virginia Code § 18.2-137:  If any person unlawfully destroys, defaces, damages or removes without the intent to steal any property, real or personal, not his own, or breaks down, destroys, defaces, damages or removes without intent to steal…he shall be guilty of a Class 3 Misdemeanor provided that the court may, in its discretion, dismiss the charge if the locality or organization responsible for maintaining the injured property, monument, or memorial files a written affidavit with the court stating that it has received full payment for injury. If any person intentionally causes such injury, he shall be guilty of (i) of a Class 1 misdemeanor if the value of damage to the property, memorial or monument is less than $1,000 or (ii) a Class 6 felony if the value of or damage to the property is $1,000 or more.

This law has disappeared somehow.  While our civic leaders and politicians kneel and comply with the mob demands, protestors and rioters are being organized by well-funded Marxists and other criminals who state their objective is “…to burn down our justice system”  Many of the rioters are angry, immature, ignorant losers who hate America and have a very limited understanding of the history of this country and the roles many of the founding fathers and civil war leaders played in our history.  The sign carrying protestors are providing cover for these demonstrators.

Defund the Police, shrink the departments, don’t support the Officers…no need to bother…many decorated servants are resigning and retiring early.  I can see a future where police will arrive on the scene in a family van with social workers and videographers.  Our only recourse is to elect honorable Republican leaders who will stand up to all this chaos and assault.  Please support our Republican candidates, wherever and whenever you can. 

Now that the June 23rd Republican Primary has concluded, we extend congratulations to the winners, Daniel Gade and Scott Taylor.  Gade will run against incumbent and rich, liberal Senator Mark Warner for the U.S. Senate; and Taylor will run against incumbent U.S. Congresswoman Elaine Luria, a liberal who has kissed Nancy Pelosi’s ring and receives lots of “West Coast” money. 

The CARMA Board has decided not to have a luncheon in July and we will resume our monthly luncheons on August 20th at Giuseppe’s Italian Restaurant.  Our main speaker will be Benny Zhang, former City of Williamsburg Council member.

Please register and attend the WJCCRC 10th Annual Just Right Party at Williamsburg National Golf Course on Sunday, July 19, 2-5pm.

In closing, I hope you and your family are healthy or getting better each day.  The CARMA Board is always seeking advice and project volunteers.  Ask your conservative friends to join CARMA.  Bring them to a luncheon and be their sponsor.  God bless you all.

Terry Ricks
CARMA President