We like to think that local governments, being the closest to the people, are the ones that would be the most responsible. As we’ve seen too often in Prince William County, that’s not the case. There’s sadly no unique characteristic that makes a local government better or worse than any other level, but at least it’s a bit easier to remove tyrants and miscreants from office when their districts are smaller than a county.
One way to at least temper the damage that a local government can inflict on personal liberty is to get the General Assembly to limit the scope of local powers when those powers tend to be abused. Last year a Freedom To Farm bill was introduced by Delegate Scott Lingamfelter, reduced into nearly meaningless mush in a House subcommittee and then killed by a Senate committee. The bill, as introduced, simply said that local officials can’t infringe on your state and federal Constitutionally-protected rights, and imposed penalties individually on any bureaucrats that did so. That apparently wasn’t conscionable to business interests and the awful Virginia Association of Counties that spends your tax dollars trying to subvert personal liberty in the General Assembly. They, and their allies like Emmett Hangar and Ralph Northam don’t want any restrictions on local officials violating your rights, and killed this bill.
This upcoming session of the General Assembly should be quite different. As blithering idiots in Fauquier County continue to enforce absurd rules against Martha Boneta and justify their behavior by claiming that if Martha is allowed to hold a Bible study on her property without a permit the next thing she’s going to do is turn the farm into a strip club or a junkyard, folks are getting increasingly fed up. There’s a limit to our tolerance of outrageous behavior on the part of elected officials, and we’ve quite easily gotten to that point. Now it’s the citizen’s turn to hold government responsible, force aloof and disinterested knuckleheads like Hangar and Northam to actually represent their constituents for a change, and put a stop to this.
If even six year old kids are getting pissed off at this, the outcome during the next session of the General Assembly is going to be dramatically different than last year. Freedom is on the march.
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