The Washington Times has a good write-up on the formation of Save The Old Dominion in today’s edition, which should put on notice those illegal alien lobbyists that think they they’ll be allowed to continue to dominate in Richmond during this session of the General Assembly as they did last year. The citizens are going to take back their government. The dominance of the illegal alien lobby in Richmond is coming to an end.
The umbrella group, called Save the Old Dominion, was started Dec. 13. A mission statement on the group’s Web site, at www.savetheolddominion.org, says its members are dedicated to “preserving the commonwealth for future generations” and “pursuing legislative action in Virginia to reduce the number of illegal aliens unlawfully present in the commonwealth.”
Here’s what Richmond looked like last year:
As a result, the only thing that got passed out of the General Assembly and enacted was a proposal by Delegate Bob Marshall to study the illegal alien issue. When Richmond was crawling with illegal alien activists, and business groups that want to ensure that those who could not lawfully be employed could be matched as easily as possible with employers who were not lawfully able to hire them, the interests of the citizens of the Commonwealth got left out of the equation. This year things might be different.
In the article Delegate Jeff Frederick laid out the obvious political terrain here, and reinforces the idea that citizens can make a difference in what happens in Richmond:
“If they are able to bring together a coalition of people concerned about the issue from around the state, they will be very effective,” he said. “Having reinforcements there with constituents actually coming to the General Assembly and lobbying members to act on the issue will only help. And it definitely will be a good response to what these business interests are trying to do.”
We could just sit back and hope that things will somehow be different if citizens don’t get involved in the legislative process, but doing the same thing and expecting different results would be, well, insane. The legislative process is just too important to leave it to the special interests and lobbyists to control. Without effective citizen input, the will of the electorate can too easily be thwarted. All it takes is for us to actually get involved.
It’s time to get off the couch, Virginians.
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