Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, left, accompanied by his wife, Pam, speaks during a news conference in the Governor’s Mansion in Richmond, Va., on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019. Resisting widespread calls for his resignation, Northam on Saturday vowed to remain in office after disavowing a racist photograph that appeared under his name in his 1984 medical school yearbook. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
Looking at Virginia right now, we see a Democrat party that is pulling out all the stops in order to become a model blue state, even making California look lazy in comparison.
The anti-gun measures that have been taken by the state’s Democratic leaders brought out Americans to take to the streets and show their support for the rights that the likes of Governor Ralph Northam want to oppress.
While we were all focused on that, however, strides were made to see to it that Democrats would be around to oppress the people for a long time. As Matt Palumbo wrote at Bongino.com, there are laws being proposed that would put Northam and the Democrats at an advantage when it comes to controlling of the state, but would also give Democrats the upper hand when controlling the nation:
No Photo ID to Vote – SB 65: Removes the requirement that voters show a form of identification containing a photograph in order to be allowed to vote.
Making Electoral College Votes Go to the Popular Vote Winner – SB 399: Enters Virginia into an interstate compact known as the Agreement Among the States to Elect the President by National Popular Vote. Article II of the Constitution of the United States gives the states exclusive and plenary authority to decide the manner of awarding their electoral votes. Under the compact, Virginia agrees to award its electoral votes to the presidential ticket that receives the most popular votes in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The compact goes into effect when states cumulatively possessing a majority of the electoral votes have joined the compact.
Makes Governor Elected by Congressional Districts, Not a Statewide Majority – SJ 29: Changes the method of election for the Governor, and by reference, the Lieutenant Governor and Attorney General. The candidate receiving the highest number of votes in a majority of each of the congressional districts shall be declared elected.
Voting Rights for Felons – SJ 14: Authorizes the General Assembly to provide by general law for the restoration of civil rights for persons convicted of a felony.
Doubling the Governor’s Term Limit – SJ 6: Permits a Governor elected in 2025 and thereafter to succeed himself in office. The amendment allows two four-year terms (either in succession or not in succession) but prohibits election to a third term. Service for more than two years of a partial term counts as service for one term.
While this is absolutely horrific and should be stopped as soon as possible, there is one law that shows just how deep the Democrats will go in order to retain power, and that’s the ability to silence you by intruding on your right to free speech.
According to Big League Politics, HB 1627 will make it a crime to “harass” Virginia politicians on social media:
House Bill 1627 was introduced by Delegate Jeffrey M. Bourne last week. The legislation “provides that certain crimes relating to threats and harassment may be prosecuted in the City of Richmond if the victim is the Governor, Governor-elect, Lieutenant Governor, Lieutenant Governor-elect, Attorney General, or Attorney General-elect, a member or employee of the General Assembly, a justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia, or a judge of the Court of Appeals of Virginia.”
“If any person, with the intent to coerce, intimidate, or harass any person, shall use a computer or computer network to communicate obscene, vulgar, profane, lewd, lascivious, or indecent language, or make any suggestion or proposal of an obscene nature, or threaten any illegal or immoral act, he is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor,” the legislation reads.
What constitutes harassment isn’t particularly outlined and I’m pretty sure that’s by design. The goal of these kinds of bills isn’t to stop actual harassment but to silence dissent. For instance, if a pro-rights group is holding a rally and a politician like Northam makes a claim that racists are the ones holding the rally, calling out Northam as a liar and bringing up the fact that he himself did commit more racist acts than anyone at the rally may get you a visit by police, or perhaps you may be forced to pay a fine.
That is beyond unconstitutional, but it would appear that the Democrats in Virginia have no qualms with walking over the Constitution to get you to obey.
Democrats are backing their party’s efforts in Virginia with enthusiasm. This should scare, not just Virginia residents, but all of America. If they’re willing to cheer on what’s happening in Virginia, what do they have in store for the rest of the country?