Category: Virginia Politics

Virginia Enters The Roaring Twenties

”Padlock the door and board the windows Put the people in the street “It’s just my job,” he says “I’m sorry.” And draws a check, goes home to eat But at night he tells his woman “I know I hide behind the laws.” She says, “You’re only taking orders.” That’s how every empire falls.” John Prine: That’s How Every Empire Falls”

January 1st, 2020 the beginning of a new decade and what could be a very disturbing spring in the Commonwealth of Virginia. If Ralph Northam and his Democrat led majority continue on the road to gun confiscation and depending on how they proceed with enforcement this new decade could certainly bring a new meaning to the “roaring 20’s”. Without a doubt 2nd Amendment supporters will not go out with a whimper but with a roar.

The Virginia Legislature as well as the governorship and state attorney general’s positions are now controlled by outside interests led by Bloomberg and Soros. Both have funded organizations that brought in millions of dollars into this past years election in order to turn the control of the legislature over to the left. These gentlemen’s agenda is to turn the state and country toward socialism and government control. They are attempting to do this under the guise of making our society safer through gun control, healthier through socialized medicine and equality for all by promoting liberal justices and district attorneys. It is the elite that believe that the average citizen is incapable of surviving without the help of their leadership. This quote from C.S. Lewis states it best: “Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.” This however begs to question whether these leaders are doing this for the good of the people or just for the accumulation of more power? No matter what the motive the people still suffer.

Freedom loving Virginians must draw the line this spring and let Richmond know that they have over stepped. We must show the Governor and his cronies that it is the people of this Commonwealth who will determine their future and not the Bloomberg’s and Soros’s of the world. In reality this is not the roaring twenties returning but the 1770’s when the likes of Patrick Henry, Jefferson, Madison, Mason and Washington took a stance against injustice and tyranny. Once again Virginians find themselves at the forefront of the battle against tyrants. We must show the rest of the country that freedom is precious. As Benjamin Franklin once said: “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” 

Sanctuary Counties Need To Stand Strong

It is hard to say how the left will react to the enormous amount of opposition that is occurring throughout Virginia concerning the proposed anti-gun legislation that is being put forth. We have heard that Governor Northam is considering some sort of “compromise” on the “assault weapon” ban by allowing for grandfathering but with forced registration. However, State Attorney General Herring has also come out in an interview published in the Washington Examiner in which he mentioned financial penalties against the offending counties as well as the possibility of using the Virginia National Guard to enforce any new gun laws.

In addressing the so-called compromise that Northam is proposing I would hope that all 2nd Amendment supporters will not be taken in by this. It is not much of a compromise at all considering that if you do not register your firearm you will be considered a felon. If you do register your gun, then what is to stop them from taking it when they remove the grandfather clause later?

When it comes to the warnings of financial penalties or use of the National Guard, I believe these to be empty threats. If the local sheriffs decide that they will not enforce these laws how will Richmond know that the laws are not being enforced? I am sure the sheriffs and their deputies will not be writing reports that indicate their refusal to confiscate an otherwise legal weapon. I do not foresee the local law enforcement agencies going door to door asking to look at your guns or going to the local gun range to see whose guns meet the legal requirements.

In mentioning the use of the National Guard, I must wonder does he plan on sending troops door to door searching for “illegal” weapons? I highly doubt that would happen after all Virginia is not Nazi Germany.  I believe that the governor is smarter than that and would know that any attempt to confiscate weapons in that manner would not only cause Virginians to revolt but would cause outrage throughout the country. In other words, even mentioning the Guard is pure rhetorical BS.

I believe the rhetoric coming out of Richmond now is more of a scare tactic than anything else. It will be hard for them to prove a negative when it comes to localities not enforcing these outrageous violations of our 2nd Amendment rights. They know this and are hoping that by using these empty threats they can somehow gain the upper hand in this fight for our freedoms. Conservatives have for too long given ground on these important issues and it must stop. Bloomberg and Soros have sunk a lot of money into this state in order to turn it blue. They have a socialist anti-gun/anti-freedom movement that they want to promote throughout our country. Virginia is a major battle ground for that movement and we cannot give up, to surrender any more of our God given rights will prove to the left that they can win this battle to turn our country into a socialist state. Many of our country’s founding fathers were Virginians, they gave up so much so we could have our freedoms, we cannot let them down.

The Law Is The Law, Except When It’s Not

Mark Herring stated in an article from the Washington Examiner, “So when Virginia passes these gun safety laws that they will be followed, they will be enforced.” When it comes to the leftist in Richmond it is do as I say not as I do. State Attorney General Mark Herring is proposing the legalization of marijuana in Virginia in opposition to Federal Law.  Governor Ralph Northam vetoed legislation this past spring that would have banned sanctuary cities for illegal immigrants, thus making it possible for localities to ignore federal immigration laws. However, when it comes to the left restricting the right of the citizens to protect themselves you better obey their laws.

There is talk from Richmond about the possibility of cutting off funding to counties that refuse to enforce unconstitutional gun laws, there is even the threat of calling out the national guard to enforce these laws. What would Richmond do if the Federal Government were to cut off all funding to our state because they refuse to follow federal law? What would happen if President Trump were to take over the Virginia National Guard and make them enforce Federal Laws at the state level? I would guess there would be hell to pay.

Well Herring and Northam better beware because if they try to enforce any gun laws that violate the people’s 2nd Amendment rights they better understand the consequences. Having attended several 2A sanctuary rallies as well as keeping abreast of all the others being held throughout the state, I can guarantee that these people will not go quietly. The governor and his cronies will be pitting Virginian against Virginian and it will not be pleasant. These leftist liberals that have taken over our legislature need to realize that this is Virginia not California or New York. Give it up now before there is blood in the streets.

As a final note I am not calling for violence, this issue can be solved without physical confrontation. All it takes is some common sense from the left unless of course it is there intention to create civil unrest. In which case they may get what they ask for.

Red Flag Laws: Confiscation Not Protection

Most red flag laws that have been proposed both on federal and state levels rely on statements form people that accuse someone of being a danger to others or themselves. No actual evidence is needed besides statements from others about an individual. A judge can issue a warrant for the seizure of a person’s firearms without the need for probable cause. The person whose rights have been violated must then go to court to prove his innocence and hopefully be able to retrieve his property.

 How many Constitutional rights do red flag laws violate? Although I am not a Constitutional scholar I can read and from what I can see these laws violate at least four of the Amendments in the Bill of Rights.

2nd Amendment:  … “the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”

4th Amendment: … “the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers and effects against unreasonable searches and seizures shall not be violated and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause supported by Oath or affirmation…”

5th Amendment: … “nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use without just compensation.”

6th Amendment: … “to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witness against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnessed in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.”

The politicians and organizations that support this Extreme Risk Protection Orders are not in the least bit interested in protecting others. If they were interested in protecting the person from himself or society then there would be something written into these laws to allow for the person in question to be put into protective custody. Although without due process this would also be a violation of the person’s rights but at least it would show that the law is meant for the protection of others and not just about the confiscation of one’s private property.

Red Flag laws like most “common sense” gun legislation is not about making society safer but only about control. The left’s only interest is to disarm the population because a disarmed populous is much easier to manage.  Once the population is unable to defend themselves many of their other God given rights will be restricted as well. We only need to look to Venezuela to see what happens when Socialism takes over and the population is disarmed.

Greene County BOS Ignores “We The People”

The problem with our so-called representatives is that they think that they are so much smarter than the people they are supposed to represent. For some reason once these people get elected to a position, they seem to believe that their IQ is automatically increased. What really happens is that in many cases it is their common sense that changes, their narcissistic tendencies push out whatever common sense they had and takes over all their decision making. There is much truth in the statement that power corrupts, we see it continuously in our local, state and federal government.

Last night at the Greene County Board of Supervisors meeting several hundred local citizens showed up to express their support for a 2nd Amendment sanctuary resolution. Our county sheriff was there to lend his support to our right to bear arms as guaranteed by the U.S. and Virginia Constitutions.  Of course, as expected our local board ignored the wishes of the citizens. The gathering of close to 300 people had little to no effect on our representatives. One of them even had the audacity to claim that not all these people were from Greene, a manufactured excuse for ignoring the wishes of the crowd.

I am so tired of seeing these people sitting behind the dais with their smug looks acting like they are dealing with a bunch of spoiled children. Our supervisors do not want to represent the people, this group of narcissists who think that they are so much wiser than the people they represent, once again chose to ignore those who voted them into office.

I must remind all citizens to be proactive in all areas of government; local, state and federal if they want to stop the abuse of power. We are all busy but unless we take time out of our hectic schedules, we will find that control of our lives will be given to those who care more about power than “we the people”. Freedom is precious and once lost it will be very difficult to regain.

Virginia On The Precipice

I believe we are facing a very challenging time in our Commonwealth. Will it be as bad as we expect during the next legislative session? Probably not. However, I do believe that this will be the beginning of a very slippery slope. I have heard people say that maybe it’s time to move to a state that will respect our Constitutional rights, I have said this myself. That is wrong for the simple fact that we cannot surrender here in Virginia because if we retreat from here eventually there will be no place left to run.

About 29% of the population of Virginia own guns, we need to tap into this group. With a population of 8.5 million we are looking at about 2.4 million gun owners in our Commonwealth, that is significant. If we could get 1/3 of this group to become somewhat involved, we would be looking at a lobbying group of over 800 thousand people.

What is needed to fight these far-left politicians in Richmond is a strong grassroots organization composed of not only 2nd Amendment supporters but those people who do not want their other rights taken away from them. We need to get the word out about how the proposed red flag laws attack our 2nd ,4th, 5th and 6th Amendment rights. If they can use these types of laws to confiscate guns, then nothing is safe from state. If these four amendments can be attacked how long before our 1st Amendment rights are obliterated as well?

Granted we are fighting against a well-funded leftist movement but remember several hundred years ago a rag tag group of patriots were able to defeat the most powerful country on the planet. This war against our freedoms can be won but it will not be easy.

Northam Calls Special Session To Promote Gun Control

Governor Northam what is it about “shall not be infringed” that you don’t understand?

Governor Ralph “Infanticide” Northam has called a special session of the Virginia General Assembly to address gun control legislation. This comes less than a week after the tragic mass shooting in Virginia Beach. A couple of bill’s that he is hoping to have brought up are restrictions on high capacity magazines,  a ban on silencers ( which already take a special license to purchase), mandating universal background checks, limiting handgun purchases to one gun a month and what I feel is the worse violation of not only our 2nd Amendment rights but also those rights covered by the 4th  and 5th Amendments and that is the introduction of Red Flag Laws.

None of these proposed laws would have altered the outcome of this tragedy in Virginia Beach. DeWayne Craddock had purchased the two handguns he used on separate occasions months apart. So, a one handgun a month law would not have made a difference. He also had to pass an FBI and Virginia State Police background check both times so a universal background check would not have made a difference. The silencer he used on the handgun as far as I know was purchased legally and requires an even more extensive background check that can take up to 6 months to process and is expensive, and as far as I can tell this is the first time a silencer has been used in a mass shooting in recent history. To ban high capacity magazines which seems to mean anything over ten rounds would also make little difference to anyone who has any experience with semi-auto handguns. It just takes one or two seconds to change out an empty magazine. However a ban on these magazines would negatively affect anyone relying on a gun for self-defense. Most people I know who carry concealed cannot always carry extra magazines and therefore rely on a weapon that has a higher capacity.

Finally, the biggest problem I have with Northam’s proposals is the one for Red Flag Laws, instituting these laws would be the equivalent of legalized swatting. It is supposed to allow people to report someone who they believe may do harm to others or themselves and without any reliable proof the authorities can seize the persons weapons without so much as a court order or allowing the accused to confront his accuser. In most cases the accused does not even know there is a problem until the police or in some cases the swat team is banging on their door. (Here is a previous post were I discuss the similarities of Red Flag Laws and swatting).

To summarize none of these new laws could have prevented the Virginia Beach shooting. The guns were legally purchased, and background checks were done. Magazines with 10 rounds or less would not have made this man decide against going on a shooting spree. The use of a silencer did not make the gun more deadly. The weapons were purchased months apart so the one gun a month law would not have been effective, and the Red Flag Law would not have made any difference since this man gave no sign of being a danger to others or himself. So, what we are looking at from our Governor is just another excuse to push his gun control agenda that he failed to get through during the last legislative session.

White Elephant In Greene County Part 3

To all the citizens in Greene County Virginia it is time to get off your couches and come out and let your so-called county representatives know that you are tired of having your tax dollars being wasted.  This coming Tuesday, June 4th at 7 PM the EDA will be having a public presentation on their purposed investment of almost ONE MILLION DOLLARS for a new Greene County Visitor Center. This meeting will be held in Stanardsville at the county administration building.  However, if you are okay with the SIX MILLION DOLLAR short fall in the current county budget and have no problem adding another million dollars to that deficit then by all means stay home. But if you don’t want your taxes going up again next year then come out and let the EDA know that this purchase will not fly.

One must ask themselves how is spending this amount of money beneficial to the citizens of Greene. The county is struggling to put on a July 4th event and can’t afford to have a county fair, two things that are definite tourist attractions, yet they are considering a purchase of this size that will not only cost big dollars up front but will be a drain on our resources for years to come. Another question we must ask ourselves is who does benefit from this purchase if not the local citizens? For more background on this see my previous posts here and here.

Does the county need to do something to encourage tourists and businesses to come to Greene, of course it does? There are so many ways that our tax dollars can be spent more wisely then by taking a prime piece of real estate off the market to put a county building on it. This prime lot on Rt. 29 in front of Lowe’s would be a perfect spot for a restaurant, with its great visibility and road frontage it would even be a great spot for a Chic-Fil-A, a much better prospect than a visitor center. So if you don’t want your taxes to increase more then they already have and like the idea of a new place to eat in the county like a Chick-Fil-A, then show up Tuesday night and let your voice be heard. After all who wouldn’t want a Chic-Fil-A in Greene?

Game Of Thrones

A Great Example of What Becomes of a Benevolent Dictator

What people want.
What people get.

In the second to last episode of Game of Thrones we saw what a benevolent dictator can become. People are raising hell about how the writers turned the beloved Daenerys Targaryen into a monster willing to kill thousands of innocents to gain her throne. These people were obviously not paying attention to the previous episodes in which she was slowly turning away from the benevolent Queen who wanted to free the people from tyranny and into someone so focused on gaining power that she would do anything to achieve her goal.

Unfortunately, this is a pretty accurate reflection of what happens in real life. How many times throughout the past have we seen this happen? We can look back through history at revolutions that were brought about to end oppression but ended up in a different form of tyranny. We have Lenin’s Russian Revolution, Mao’s Cultural Revolution, Castro’s Cuban Revolution and so many more. These leaders were going to make the world a better place for their citizens but just the opposite happened. Millions of innocents have died over the last century and a half as a result of people following a charismatic leader that promised them a better world.

In a previous post Our Republic Is Dying of Cancer, I address the issue of politicians that enjoy the benefits of office as well as the power. We may not have one tyrannical despot ruling our country, but we are facing the issue of a soft tyranny that at every turn is taking away our God given rights. We have not one dictator, but we do have hundreds, these are the elected officials and non-elected bureaucrats that want to dictate every aspect of our life. Unless something is done the future of our Republic is in serious jeopardy.

The only way to a better world is for individuals to work together to make change and not to rely on one person or group to make that happen. Because of human nature the more power a person acquires the more susceptible to corruption they become. There is much truth in the adage “power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely”.

Note: I cannot stress enough how important it is for we the people to wrest power from our corrupt representatives and the only no-violent way is to institute a Convention of States.

Our Republic Is Dying Of Cancer

Our Constitutional Republic is in greater danger than it has ever been before. We have a Congress and Senate that is addicted to power and will never be willing to give it up. Therefore we must take this power from them and the only non-violent way to do so is a Convention of States. A Convention will allow us to make the necessary amendments to the Constitution that our country needs. We can set term limits for both houses as well as the courts, add a balanced budget Amendment and return more power to the states where it belongs.

When the Constitution was first written the founders never foresaw a group of representatives that would refuse to go home once elected. They believed that a patriot would sacrifice some of their time to become a representative for their friends and neighbors. After a short period, they would return home to their farms and businesses and let someone else make that sacrifice. Unfortunately, that sacrifice has turned into a very lucrative job for our present-day politicians, a career that few want to give up. To see how profitable these positions have become just look at a politician’s net worth prior to entering Congress and after a decade, is it any wonder why these positions have become so difficult to give up?

 I admit for some it is not just about the money but also about power. With many of our current crop of representatives, it is about being able to control every aspect of our lives. That is why we have so many presidential candidates as well as newly elected representatives pushing the socialist agenda. Power and money are what politics at the Federal level has become. Over the decades the Federal Government has become ever more controlling, infecting every area of our daily lives. This too will continue to worsen unless the citizens decide to put a stop to this continuous lust for power. Our politicians have become a cancer that is slowly eating away at the heart of our Republic.

Since these so called representatives will never give up power or the lucrative pay checks it is up to the people to push at the state level for a convention. The left fears the idea of a Convention of States for the simple fact that it may be the one way to get our federal government under control and wrest the authority from their hands and give it back to the people. Time is short, we are quickly losing our younger generation to the left, they have co-opted our local schools and have gained a major foothold in the colleges and universities. We have no time to lose, visit Convention of States to see how you can affect changes within your home state and eventually our country. A properly run Convention of States will allow us to cut out the cancer that is corrupting this country.