Posted by: James Atticus Bowden | May 29, 2015

Virginia First Foundation


A new foundation focused on Virginia

A new foundation focused on Virginia

I’m helping start a foundation.  The idea came together last summer.  It grew from an idea I had for a state-focused thinktank – 20 years ago.  It’s a serious undertaking with long range goals.  It’s grand in scope, purpose and potential.  It’s meant to be shared with many Virginians – millions we hope.  Here is what we said about ourselves in our first blog post at –

The motto of the new Virginia First Foundation, Inc. is “POSSUNT QUIA POSSE VIDENTUR”.   It means “They Can Because They Think They Can.” And, what do we think we can do?

We can change the culture of Virginia to preserve, protect, evolve, grow, improvise, invent, enhance, respect, honor and project what’s best about Virginia today and in the past – into the future. With confidence, conviction and courage. And, to embrace the inevitable, unexpected changes to shape them for the best in our Virginia culture.

Because, “Culture Commands.” Culture commands – sets up the boundaries and opportunities – for much of our lives.

Merriam-Webster defines ‘culture’ as:

  • the beliefs, customs, arts, etc., of a particular society, group, place, or time
  • a particular society that has its own beliefs, ways of life, art, etc.
  • a way of thinking, behaving, or working that exists in a place or organization (such as a business)
  • The ‘etc.’ in the first and second definitions is loaded. It includes almost every aspect of a society. Since every culture is based on a society – a group, or groups, of people – in a place and time, culture influences almost everything we think, say and do.

Since Culture Commands, it matters what the culture of Virginia is today and tomorrow. Especially, when it comes to our beliefs.

  • God-given individual rights. Especially, those enumerated in the Bill of Rights.
  • The Rule of Law.
  • Constitutionally-limited government.
  • Representative democracy in a federal Republic.
  • The Government of the United States limited by the U.S. Constitution.
  • Our sovereign state – Virginia, as a Commonwealth – with plenary powers.
  • The People are the sovereign of the Commonwealth – and delegate powers and authority to the Commonweatlh in our Virginia Constitution.
  • As the Virginia Constitution says – mutual duty of all to practice Christian forbearance, love, and charity towards each other – for religious tolerance. Let Virginia be the safest place to be a practicing Christian, Jew or non-believer.
  • The moral-ethical standards of our Judeo-Christian culture in Virginia.
  • The sanctity of life.   Especially for the weakest of humans – the babies in the womb, the elderly and sick.
  • The family – built on the marriage of one man and one woman.
  • Free market economics.
  • Protection of our environment – the land, water and air of Virginia.
  • Educating children about our common history, culture and citizenship.
  • And more…

We dare to think we can change the culture for the better – for the long term. We do so because we are Virginians.




  1. Good for you, Jim. That is a great project and I wish you well.

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