Monday, June 6, 2016

Democrats Continue to Try to Rewrite History

In the early 20th century progressive Democrats concocted a scheme to keep black Virginians from voting. Generally known as "Jim Crow" the Democrats in the Legislature and Governors mansion passed laws to disenfranchise black voters. The progressive Democrats claimed that black voters would make uninformed choices and would be more likely then white voters to vote for demagogues who would bribe them with unrealistic promises and taxpayer funded goodies.

Progressive Democrats believed that black voters, specifically the competition for the black vote, would corrupt the political system So they decided to disenfranchise them, and in exchange would adopt a paternalistic view that they could do a better job guarding the interest of black folks then they could.

All my life, I was born just a few years after the civil rights act and the voting rights act, liberals have been trying to rewrite Virginia history and claim that conservatives were the force behind this sad part of our state's history. A sad chapter in an otherwise glorious book.

Well. enter progressive Democrat Governor Terry McAuliffe. In an effort to help the Hillary for President campaign McAuliffe has identified over 200,0000 potential voters in the Old Dominion- Felons!

In an effort to mobilize them in time for November, McAuliffe has decreed that their rights are restored! So it is order, so it shall be. Well, not all their rights, they still can't own a gun.

In the past convicted felons had to apply to get their rights, including voting rights, back. Now no need to even apply, just register to vote. Of course he has no constitutional right to decree a change in the current legal restoration process.

Now through his surrogates McAuliffe is claiming that banning felons from the voting booth is akin to Jim Crow. On its face this is absurd. A voting ban on felons, which in fact does not exist, would apply equally to white felons as well as black. In addition, the idea of banning convicted criminals from voting predates Jim Crow so the intent has nothing to do with race.

After the voting rights act of 1965 Virginia updated the state constitution to protect the rights of black voters. However restrictions on felons from voting remained in place, because it had nothing to do with race. The purpose of banning felons from voting was to keep felons from voting. Fancy that!

The people of Virginia do not support the automatic restoration of voting rights for felons. So in an effort to gin up support for his decree McAuliffe is claiming that the ban is a remanent of Jim Crow.

How low will McAuliffe stoop for votes?

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Virginia voters to file suit against Governor McAuliffe’s unconstitutional executive order

The following is a release from House Speaker Bill Howell's office:

Attorneys for General Assembly Republicans are filing suit in the Supreme Court of Virginia to halt enforcement of Governor Terry McAuliffe’s (D) order restoring the political rights of more than 206,000 convicted felons, Speaker of the House William J. Howell (R-Stafford) and Senate Majority Leader Thomas K. Norment, Jr. (R-James City) announced Monday.

Six Virginia voters, including Howell and Norment, are asking the Supreme Court to issue writs of mandamus and prohibition to stop the implementation of the order. In accordance with Supreme Court rules, the petition will be filed with the Court later today, after the Respondents receive notice. A copy of the filing can be found here.

“The Constitution of Virginia forbids this unprecedented assertion of executive authority,” the filing states. “Governor McAuliffe’s executive order defies the plain text of the Constitution, flouts the separation of powers, and has no precedent in the annals of Virginia history. The Governor simply may not, with a stroke of the pen, unilaterally suspend and amend the Constitution.”

“Governor Terry McAuliffe exceeded the authority granted to him by the Virginia Constitution and we simply cannot ignore this unprecedented executive overreach,” said Speaker Howell. “Along with fellow citizens, we are asking the Supreme Court of Virginia to stop the implementation of the order and any similar orders he may issue in the future. The case against the Governor’s executive order is overwhelming. A plain reading of the Constitution, 240 years of practice, and precedent-setting Virginia Supreme Court cases lead to the unambiguous conclusion that the Governor’s order is unconstitutional and cannot stand.”

“The Governor has willfully ignored constitutional limitations on his power, demonstrating his complete and total disregard for the Commonwealth, the people of Virginia, and the principles of representative government,” Majority Leader Norment said. “We have three separate and co-equal branches of government to serve as checks and balances to prevent abuses of power. To fulfill the legislative branch’s constitutional duty to check the excesses of executive power, we are compelled to challenge this order. The weight of the case against the Governor’s action is staggering, and we are confident we will prevail on the merits.”

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Learn to Like the Trump

Years ago the famed motivational speaker Zig Ziglar gave me some great advice. Well, not personally but I read one of his books, and he told a story that stuck with me throughout my years in politics.

Ziglar was a Republican and in 1976 he voted for Gerald Ford. Ziglar was greatly disappointed when Ford lost that November to Jimmy Carter. Ziglar decided to keep positive about the new President and made a point to read only positive stories about Carter for a period of time. Perhaps he would not fall in love with Carter but to at least find reason to hope that Carter would be a decent President.

For years I have adopted this strategy for Republican primaries, if my candidate does not win I try to find reasons to support the nominee.

I think Republicans now need to learn to like, or at least tolerate the Trump. Find reasons to support him. I was no fan of Trump’s, but now I believe it is time to focus on the general election. My candidates lost, first Jim Gilmore, then I backed Marco Rubio.

Trump certainly has his faults, but he could grow in office. He is smart, a successful businessman, has executive experience, honest albeit brutally honest.

Now is the time for Conservatives to rally behind Trump and hope for the best. Our country is at stake. It is either Trump or Hillary. And when you consider what Hillary would do as President it should be easy to vote for Trump.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

The Cynical Terry McAuliffe

Without public or legislative input Governor Terry McAuliffe announced Friday afternoon, after reporters left for the weekend, that he could through executive order grant two hundred thousand felons have all their rights restored including the right to vote. In the past ex cons could petition the state to have their rights restored including the right to vote on a case by case basis. And after an investigation the state would grant restoration.

Now McAuliffe has decreed that the ex con can have all their rights restored without having the inconvenience of having to apply. No background check or verification is required.

This is pure pandering. To appeal to the ex-con vote is a level of pandering that I never thought I would see in my lifetime. But as chief fundraiser for the Clintons in the 1990's McAuliffe came up with the idea of renting out the Lincoln bedroom to the highest donor so I guess pandering to ex cons is not a surprise.

Hillary will need every vote she can get, and with a looming criminal investigation ex cons may be sympathetic towards her candidacy.

McAuliffe knows there is nothing Republicans can do. Even if a court steps in it will be too late. By the time it works its way through the court the election will be over.