Posted by Brandon Jarvis
Senator Amanda Chase from Chesterfield recently created a Facebook post about the ‘Virginia Declaration of Rights.’ The post quickly took a turn to constituents speaking out, then Chase responding with some very interesting statements. Read the highlights below.
A constituent commented on her Facebook post saying: “and maybe someday we can extend equal rights to women too! #ERA“. Chase responded with: “Let’s be honest. The ERA Amendment is nothing more than a ploy by the left to eliminate gender altogether.”
Another constituent replied with: “If as a woman, you cannot support something as fundamentally nonpartisan as the ERA, than you need to resign your position as Senator immediately and go back to being barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen where you belong.” Chase responded with: “Oh please. Educate yourself from something other than the talking points from the left. Not all educated, successful women support the ERA amendment today. Stop playing the victim. This is 2018 not 1952. Yes. I agree. Women have come a long way and many women before us had to fight for freedom and equal opportunity but never in a million years would the average woman want to be treated in the law the exact same as a man. There are obvious physical differences that should be respected.”
A Chase supporter then commented with: “Sorry Amanda for the trolls that cannot listen to reason. What happened to everyone listening to a difference in opinion.” She quickly responded on her personal account this time with: “Thanks, Ken. I knew what I was getting into when I signed up for this. One of the biggest surprises serving in the Senate was the level of respect towards colleagues despite political affiliation and viewpoint. It’s frustrating and disappointing that there are those who descend into name calling and disrespecting the view points of others. When I ran for office I actually posted my stance on various issues on my website. I’m a Christian, Conservative, Republican and that’s who 70% of the 11th district elected. So let them call for my resignation or call me names. That’s fine. But I will not back down from the principles I ran on. Their comments speak for themselves.”
Another constituent then commented discussing their difference in interpretation of the 1st amendment. “The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution says that laws should not be made with a religious intent. We are not capable of making determinations of good or evil when the same action can be both good/evil depending on the perspective of the doer or receiver. It is time to stop using God to support political agendas. He loves the whole world, not just one country or group of people.” Chase did not agree with this interpretation: “No Shannon McCallister actually that is not what the First Amendment says. I quote: Amendment I Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances. Very different from your interpretation.” Chase then continued on the same comment thread: “Everyone is entitled to their own opinion but they’re not entitled to their own facts.”
Shannon McCallister then rebuffed with another comment. “Here are four branches of power given by the U.S. Constitution. The fourth is given to the American people by the Tenth Amendment. We are the ones who hold our leaders accountable to our laws when Congress fails to uphold their end of the bargain. We are the ones who force transparency of our lawmakers by becoming more involved in the process. Four branches, not three.” Chase then took a darker turn in the convo: “Shannon do you also believe in burning the flag because you feel it represents the government? Just curious”.
McCallister responds with: “Amanda Freeman Chase I have found people who resort to psychological manipulation tactics of attacking the person instead of addressing the issue at hand, reveals how much knowledge they really have on the subject matter. Not only is such a comment disrespectful to me as your constituent, but it is also petty and juvenile. This is not a high school popularity contest, this is people’s lives being affected by the bills passed. So take it seriously or your constituents will find someone who will. Especially someone who is more aware we live in 2018 and would not dare take our short staffed overworked County police from their job to sub for the much higher paid lawyers who complain about their hours. Especially when it is a felony for a non-lawyer to trial a case. Did the General Assembly know you were asking our county police department to break the law with your cost saving proposal?”
Chase responded with stating her resume: “Shannon McCallisterrespectfully, I work 24/7 for the constituents of the 11th senatorial district and I do not appreciate your unfounded comments. Respectfully, your comments here are well intentioned but misinformed. You make many assertions that are completely off base. Those who know me and work with me know that no one works harder for the people of the 11th district than I do. There are plenty of news articles for you to reference in the Washington Post, Richmond Times Dispatch and Chesterfield Observer and my website. I also have a weekly call in town hall that I’ve hosted for 2 years. Instead of being offended I hope you educate yourself on what I’ve actually done.”