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“Adherence to men is often disloyalty to principles.”
 – John Taylor of Caroline



Freedom & Prosperity Agenda
Freedom & Prosperity Agenda


Tertium Quids is an independent, nonpartisan, issue-advocacy organization that promotes legislative efforts to expand individual opportunity and free markets, while reducing the size, role, and cost of government in Virginia.

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Through grassroots education and mobilization, as well as direct contact with local and state officeholders, Tertium Quids redefines the parameters of the public debate in favor of individual liberty, dynamic entrepreneurial capitalism, private property, the rule of law, and constitutionally-limited government.

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Tertium Quids, Latin for "third way" or "third entity," is composed of activists across Virginia whose loyalty and commitment are to the founding principles of our republic, rather than to party politics.

 

  Freedom & Prosperity Agenda

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Kevin Mooney, investigative reporter for The Daily Signal, speaks to the victories of property owners over so-called “environmental” groups in both the General Assembly of Virginia and the courts.  Most recently, Jennifer McCloud, owner of Chrysalis Vineyards, had to go to court against Wetlands America Trust, the holder of a conservation easement on the property where the vineyard is located, when she wanted to construct a farm building that would contain a creamery, bakery, and tasting room.  Winning her case last month, the Virginia Supreme Court ruled that “Under this common law principle, consistently recognized and applied by this Court for over a century, ‘[v]alid covenants restricting the free use of land, although widely used, are not favored and must be strictly construed and the burden is on the party seeking to enforce them to demonstrate that they are applicable to the acts of which he complains.’”

Kevin also discusses the status of the right to work movement nationally.  Today, 26 states are right to work, with four states becoming so in just the last four years.  As Democrats abandon blue-collar energy workers in favor of funding from the environmental movement, will right to work’s momentum only increase?  Should the Commonwealth of Virginia be working to enshrine right to work in its Constitution?

Kevin Mooney, pt. 1                         Kevin Mooney, pt. 2

Hans von Spakowsky, J.D., senior legal fellow in The Heritage Foundation’s Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies, discusses two current topics including the history and purpose of the Electoral College, and whether anyone will be held accountable for the Obama administration’s Operation Fast and Furious.

The Founders established the Electoral College to prevent candidates from ignoring rural areas.  (A state’s Electoral College delegates equal its number of Representatives plus Senators in Congress.)  Today, 40% of the nation’s population lives in 10 urban centers.  Going to a system based upon the national popular vote would create an incentive for candidates to focus almost exclusively on a handful of population centers when campaigning to the exclusion of everyone else.  Also, an election based upon the national popular vote would create an enormous incentive for voter fraud.

Operation Fast and Furious was Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms’ gunrunning scheme to Mexican drug cartels.  This “felony stupid” operation sent more than 2,000 weapons from the United States to Mexico where they have been used to kill hundreds of Mexican citizens, Mexican law enforcement officials, and at least one American border patrol officer.  Apparently, the deaths caused by this illegal activity were supposed to make the case for increased regulation of guns in the United States.

Attorney General Eric Holder was held in contempt of Congress for refusing to turn over documents related to Fast and Furious, and subsequently the Obama administration attempted to keep the documents from becoming public by claiming executive privilege.  However, a federal judge has ruled that executive privilege does not apply to many of the documents and has ordered they be made public.  This should begin in April.  Are mug shots and orange jump suits in the future of former high government officials?  Just when you thought our prison population couldn’t sink any lower!

Hans von Spakowsky, J.D., pt. 1           Hans von Spakowsky, J.D., pt. 2

 

 

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TAKE THE PLEDGE...

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...GET YOUR BUMPER STICKER

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Tertium Quids announces a new grassroots campaign to return the citizens of Virginia to their rightful role as Sovereigns (remember We the People?), and to return our government to the Founders’ vision of a constitutionally-limited Republic.

 

In the past, there have been a number of attempts to gain a politician’s pledge not to raise taxes.  These attempts have had limited success for one very important reason:  politicians lie.  Politicians are more than happy to take a pledge, or endorse your issue, without any expectation whatsoever of being bound by it.

 

Tertium Quids’ RAISE MY TAXES, LOSE MY VOTE campaign is different in that we are not asking politicians to do anything.  Our pledge is for the people…

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*  people who understand that it is hard work, not entitlements, that brings success;

*   people who understand that it is savings, not spending, that ensures prosperity;

*   people who understand that it is the entrepreneur, not the bureaucrat, who creates jobs and economic growth;

*   people who understand that it is morally reprehensible to enjoy current benefits while passing the costs of those benefits on to our children and grandchildren;

*   people who understand that we can no longer tolerate intellectually bankrupt politicians whose one-step thinking process always leads them to the conclusion that more government spending and higher taxes are the only answers to every problem;

*   people who understand that a nation’s wealth is built over many generations, but can be squandered in a decade.

 

If you are fed up, if you are willing to fight for future generations instead of plundering them, and if you are made of the same steel as your ancestors who fought for Virginia and the nation, then we invite you to sign the pledge that you will not vote for any politician who votes, or who promises to vote, to raise taxes.  And to constantly remind politicians of your pledge and where you stand on taxes, we will send you a free RAISE MY TAXES, LOSE MY VOTE bumper sticker.

 

You cannot be economically enslaved and politically free. 

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Act now as if your liberty depended upon it!

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Freedom & Prosperity Agenda

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A Citizens' Agenda for Better State Government

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A coalition of Virginia citizen groups and legislators came together to introduce the Freedom & Prosperity Agenda — a citizens’ agenda for better state government that protects the time, labor, income, and property of all Virginians. These 11 planks were proposed as legislation in a multi-year effort to shift power from the government back to its rightful owners — the people. As you can see, some planks have already been passed, while others require increased grassroots support of people across Virginia — you, your family, and your friends and neighbors – to ensure our state legislators pass them into law.

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1.  Eliminate Virginia's death tax   PASSED

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2.  Pass a Taxpayers Bill of Rights to limit excessive state spending

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3.  Stop unnecessary eminent domain confiscations of private property   PASSED

                       STATUTE 2007

                       CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT 2012

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4.  Allow parents to choose where their children attend school

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5.  Create freedom and fiscal accountability for Virginia’s public colleges and universities

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6.  Eliminate the prepayment of the sales and use tax

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7.  Eliminate the War of 1812 tax (BPOL tax)

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8.  Require expiration dates for all new taxes and all tax increases 

PASSED THE HOUSE

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9.  Rein in skyrocketing real estate taxes by basing them on the acquisition value of property

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10.  Eliminate the car tax

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11.  Make more money available for transportation projects by protecting Transportation Trust Fund money from being used for non-transportation purposes   PASSED THE HOUSE

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At a conference at the Omni Richmond Hotel,

Professor Walter Williams discusses the economic implications

of the Freedom & Prosperity Agenda and the need to

control the growth of government.

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