The Commonwealthâ€™s Governor, erstwhile Democratic mega fund raiser and full time Clinton sycophant, Terry McAuliffe, is reportedly going to be joined by the clueless Republicans in the Virginia Legislature to rewardÂ lawlessness; to encourage even further lawlessness; and to codify backroom blackmail.
As TBEâ€™s Steve Albertson posted yesterday, The Washington Post is reporting that the Governor and his minion, Attorney General Mark Herring – who won his election by a handful of votes after a box of â€œoverlooked ballotsâ€ miraculously showing up in Fairfax County – have bludgeoned the â€œlegislatorsâ€ into accepting a compromise on the illegal and unconstitutional action of AG Herring in December, where he unilaterally ended concealed carry permit reciprocity with twenty five other states as of February 1, 2016. (The Richmond Times is stating that both the Governorâ€™s and Speakerâ€™s office confirm the â€œcompromise.)
Herring, of course, famously side-stepped the Commonwealthâ€™s law on same sex marriage, saying it was unconstitutional, and wham, it was a done deal. Nothing happened. Lots of huffing and puffing, no action.
Now, it appears that the â€œGovâ€ and his BFF, mousetrapped the wily Republicans into â€œcompromisingâ€ on McAuliffeâ€™s â€œcommon sense gun lawsâ€ that were done outside the legislative process. Again. No action. Nothing.
To be clear; it is a defeat for Republicans and win for the Governor. He gets what he wanted and he didnâ€™t have to lift a finger.
But, this perversion of law making outside the legislature, by edict, is a danger to Democrats and Republicans who actually believe in self-government and the rule of law.
This isnâ€™t about guns or whether this specific action is good or bad. Itâ€™s about the peopleâ€™s business being conducted â€“ like President Obamaâ€™s example â€“ by a â€œpen and a phoneâ€ rather than through the peopleâ€™s elected representatives who have pledged to uphold the rule of law.
It is another sad day in Virginia.