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In addition to riling up the base for the 2020 election, this Second Amendment sanctuary movement is normalizing the notion of massive resistance across the Commonwealth, and like the astroturfed anger behind the Tea Party in 2009, there’s more to this than meets the eye.
One that starts with the Republicans oft-stated desire to shrink Government down to a size where it’s small enough to “drown in the bathtub.” Along with their general antipathy to government having any role in promoting the common welfare, contemptuously labeling everything they don’t approve of as ─ communism or socialism.
Counties who have passed these 2A resolutions are willfully putting themselves in direct conflict with the states Dillon Rules. Nor is it likely that our supervisors gave much thought to the possibility that their resolution would not survive court challenges, wasting taxpayer money defending their actions.
Or that their actions would force the LCSO and the Commonwealth Attorney to choose between obeying local resolutions, or state laws. Or as people are predictably injured and die because of their refusal to enforce existing laws, that the county would be defending avoidable civil liability cases.
The ability of well-funded front groups like ALEC, AFP, etc, to provide Republicans around the state with the necessary talking points, and logistical support is something most people are unwilling to talk about just like the first rule of “Fight Club.”
And it's no coincidence that the primary organizer of this movement, the VCDL has been circulating a "model resolution" document to Supervisors around the Commonwealth, or that it is little removed from the "model legislation" which ALEC is so well known for, since it all comes from the same playbook.
No matter how you slice it, this meeting was an object lesson in the utility of “weapons of mass distraction” like Facebook that profits from groups like VCDL using their services to spread their thinly veiled hateful messages. And from all appearances it has become their preferred platform for coordinating angry mobs using techniques that are far more effective than most people are comfortable acknowledging.
With that in mind, it would be interesting to learn how the Boards Chair and/or the County Administrator arrived at the unusual decision to hold this past Monday’s BOS meeting at the Betty Queen Center, and not the County Administration building, and did they have advance information about how many would be attending?
Considering this Freudian slip by Duane Adams during a TV interview, claiming 1000 people came, when the actual number was around 600, it does give credence to suspicions that he (and possibly other county officials) were working to coordinate and orchestrate this dog and pony show.
What those actions, and previously mentioned groups like ALEC, AFP have in common is their shared goal of ensuring their corporate sponsors have "a voice and a vote" on specific changes to laws and ordinances, and it is how they render government unable to function, except to further those interests.
And locally, another lesser-known group, ACCE, spin-off of the Koch brothers sponsored ALEC, and lead by Culpeper’s Jon Russell has been busy training and electing candidates to local offices across the country.
How many of Virginia’s Republican Supervisors, school board members, and county officials have gone through this ideological indoctrination … I mean training isn’t something we’re likely to find out, barring some whistle blower stepping forward, as was the case with ALEC several years ago.
Based on their actions over the past few years, it’s clear that several members of our Board support these goals, and from all appearances are doing everything they can to ensure that Louisa County government stays focused on promoting those interests.
While it’s not clear how long this 2A fever will last, it’s clear that our Boards willingness to go along with the notion that massive resistance is good governance is something that citizens of Louisa County should pay close attention to.
Because it’s a smokescreen, which allows unscrupulous local officials to exploit the confusion they helped engineer as a pretext for ideas, like Michigan’s emergency manager laws, an ideological takeover of local government in that state, which that lead directly to the contamination of Flint’s water supply and subsequent denial that it even was a problem.
If the people of this county are looking for something to channel their energy into besides meaningless 2A resolutions, they should follow how the Louisa’s BOS handles development in Zion’s Crossroads and Ferncliff, and especially the James River pipeline project.
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