Del. Dick Black: A real American, as a legislator and a x-Marine, whose word is concrete solid
I want you to know that I am with you, and that I will never betray you. Every day, I see men who compromise principle for personal advantage. This is particularly true in politics and especially so regarding the tax debate. But I will not compromise on principle. It is not in my character to do so.
When I was 21, I fought as a lieutenant in the 1st Marines. We held a ridgeline called Nui Loc Son. Most were killed or wounded defending the ridge. Every man was prepared to die in order to hold his position. Many did. That experience gave me a stoic, self-sacrificing perspective that is different from most. It taught me the kind of loyalty that doesn't end--even if you're the last man standing.
I have no loyalty to well-heeled special interests; my loyalty is to working-class Virginians. I know they can't afford higher taxes while their jobs are being offshored and their factories are being closed. I understand the wage pressures brought on by floods of illegal immigrants. Ordinary Virginians feel pressures most politicians will never understand. But I do understand.
I don't know whether Republicans will hold the line against massive tax increases or turn on the people like Democrats. But you can be certain that when others betray you, I will not.
Colonel Richard H. Black (Ret.)
Virginia House of Delegates