State of Virginia Archives: on Principles & Values


Bob McDonnell: Create a Commonwealth of Opportunity for all Virginians

Together we face challenges, and the choices we make this session will come after much reflection and debate. "With challenge comes opportunity." If that is true--we have lots of opportunity before us. I pledge to work with you to create "A Commonwealth of Opportunity" for all Virginians.

I want to see opportunity flourishing in the successful start-up of a small business in Norfolk. in the farmer able to keep working his family's land. in the first-time home buyer receiving her new keys.

Source: Virginia 2010 State of the State Address Jan 18, 2010

John McCain: Faith bridges unbridgeable gaps in humanity

Many years ago a scared American prisoner of war in Vietnam was tied in torture ropes by his tormentors and left alone in an empty room to suffer through the night. Later in the evening a guard he had never spoken to entered the room & silently loosened the ropes to relieve his suffering. Just before morning, that same guard came back and re-tightened the ropes before his less humanitarian comrades returned. He never said a word to the grateful prisoner, but some months later, on a Christmas morning, as the prisoner stood alone in the prison courtyard, the same good Samaritan walked up to him and stood next to him for a few moments. Then with his sandal, the guard drew a cross in the dirt. Both prisoner and guard both stood wordlessly there for a minute or two, venerating the cross, until the guard rubbed it out and walked away.

That is my faith; the faith that unites and never divides; the faith that bridges unbridgeable gaps in humanity. It is the faith I would die to defend.

Source: Speech in Virginia Beach, VA Feb 28, 2000

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