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Ancient Freedoms And Ordered Liberty: Restoring The Balance

26 February 2020 @ 17:11

From The Washington Sentinel, Warner Todd Huston reporting, we learn:

Every single Democrat in Virginia’s state senate voted against pay raises for the cops because so many police officers opposed the Democrat attack on the pro-Second Amendment.

Virginia State Senator Bill Stanley blasted the state’s Democrats for their “hypocrisy” after he tried to amend the state budget to include a pay raise for the state’s sheriffs.

Stanley told WTVR that he was “absolutely shocked” by the Democrats refusal to vote for the pay raise.

“I tried to amend the state budget to give all of our men and women of Virginia’s Sheriffs’ Departments a 3% raise for this year. It was defeated, with all democrats voting ‘no,’” Stanley wrote on Facebook.

Stanley also said that Democrat Majority Leader Dick Saslaw admitted that the “no” vote was in retaliation for the support so many sheriffs gave to the Second Amendment as the Democrats sought to undermine it as the year’s legislation began.

“Saslaw came up and said this to me, ‘Hey Stanley, you want to know why your sheriffs didn’t get a raise? Because they came to our committees and said that they weren’t going to enforce our laws.’ When I asked him which law was he talking about, he said, ‘Gun control,’” Stanley wrote in his post.

“Dick is a friend of mine. I love him dearly,” Stanley added. “He’s never lied to me, so I believe what he said was true that the reason why the sheriffs were not getting a raise is because some sheriffs dared to come up here to the people’s house and declare that they were going to support the Second Amendment of the Constitution and, I guess, that didn’t jive to well with him.”

When we talk about Restoring our Ancient Freedoms and Ordered Liberty, one of the key aspects of doing so is returning control to The Sovereign People at the lowest possible governmental level.  The closer certain decisions are made to the smallest groups of them, the more Justifiable Power And Control we can exert.

There was a time in most states when county governments taxed those within their boundaries.  I’m not sure if Virginia was one of those, but there’s no reason The Sovereign People of Virginia cannot Implement this practice.

Since the Age Of FDR, the national government has increasingly been gather Powers it was never given by The Constitution.  It has Deprived state, county, and local governments of their Just Powers; it has made state governments nothing more than Administrative Units of the ever-encompassing national one.

This Despotic Behavior has not been restricted to the federal sphere: state governments have been sucking county and local powers into their sphere — Destroying the counties and leaving them just a shell of what they once were, entities in name only.

Another example is Welfare, which, though nominally under state control, is controlled by The Congress.  At one time, welfare programs were handled by the cities and towns or by the counties.

Such grabs of Power And Control have made these programs, and others, Unanswerable to Local Concerns.  And our local leaders have played along with it.

Any Plan Of Restoration must include returning certain powers as close as possible to The Sovereign People.

Most of the Big City Governments are Terminal because they have become cesspits of Utterly Corrupt Politicians, Bureaucrats, Community Organizers [ie: professional, Radical Agitators], and Tribal Interest Groups.

So deep is the seepage of the Corruption that it has spread into most of the mid- and small-sized Cities and even into many Towns and County Governments.

However, as these last types of local government mentioned are closest to us, we stand a fair chance of being able to save them by gaining Control of and over them. The Founders understood this and most of them championed putting as much Governmental Power as possible in Local hands [the term often used to describe this concept is ‘Subsidiarity’].

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