The Democrats have been out of “power” in Virginia for a generation. Each year they have made promises to motivate and expand their base, crying out that if only they were in power they could deliver on those promises.
Well, times have changed and they are in power. And yet, we have more division.
For at least the past 12 years I have seen in Virginia a foundational promise by Democrats to repeal the “Right to Work” laws was preached. Behold, even before inauguration, the governor backs out. Why? because corporations in the Southern states offer great sums to maintain it.
Gov. Ralph Northam does, on the other hand, promise to alienate half the state by attacking the people’s gun rights—an attack on individual rights. This goes against the principles of a Republic and is mob rule, raising a new mob in opposition. Why, you ask? The amount of money given to the Democratic party by anti-gun lobbyists is staggering. Always follow the money.
Looking at history, our Founding Fathers, coming out from under an oppressive government it was important that this new nation must be different. In contrast, the framers of our Constitution sought to take the power away from a ruling class and put it in the hands of the people.
Utilizing, among other works, the political theory found in Samuel Rutherford’s 1644 book Lex Rex (a Latin phrase meaning law is king), whereby a government is made up of laws and not men, a new government was established. That government is called a Republic, and is designed to have representatives make and administer the laws. Our Constitution even goes farther, also establishing a guarantee to protect the rights of the individual—a Constitutional Republic.
The concept is that these elected representatives would makes laws for the good of all—rather than self-serving—or face being removed by the ballot. It was understood that this could devolve into mob rule if that power shifted back to the ruling class. Today, we are witnessing the rise of mob rule whereby the rule of law, and the guaranteed rights of the individual are under attack.
This breakdown has made extremes of our parties, developing two mobs, each vying for power. In a Republic there should be no power to attain, only servitude.
The old adage “Cash is king,” or in other words, money is power, is the root of our problem. Special interest groups—corporations and professional lobbying groups—offer great amounts of money to get what they want, or are passionate about. Addicted to the money, and the power it wields, our politicians then come to represent these special interest groups, ultimately serving only themselves.
The people, then, are left with only the power of the vote. This still remains where the real power lies. But the massive tactics, strategies and expenditures that are invested to convince someone how to vote influences our elections far more than Russia or anyone else.
Promises that manipulate the emotions of the voters are employed, and rarely fulfilled. Politicians will make promises to motivate their base, even broadening those promises for further support. This is where the mob is created. Each of the two parties has its base, teaching them to see the other as enemies, and that their desires are unfounded. Elections then become one-side, seizing power from the other, rather than an opportunity to serve the Republic for the good of all.
The recent election result in Virginia is just a pendulum swing to the other party: the same old stuff, just different issues. If we are ever to return the Republic back to the rule of law and not of men and women driven by money, we must obtain electoral and campaign reform. Otherwise we will remain victimized by a ruling class—by one mob, or the other.