Wednesday, October 28, 2020


In the horse-race of woke, racialized politics, there are a few clear front-runners. Portland is in a good spot after 100-plus days of rioting. Seattle remains a strong contender after its showing in the CHOP. And, of course, the whole state of California — a perennial favorite — is always a safe bet. The odds are slim that Virginia, an often decently run state, beats out this strong group, but with woke all-stars like Sen. L. Louise Lucas, Portsmouth Democrat, in the General Assembly, they should get a good look.

Ms. Lucas and her Democratic colleagues last week attempted to push out a police “reform” package filled with nonsensical, dangerous innovations, the most striking of which would have prohibited police officers from stopping vehicles without headlights at night.

Yes, you read that correctly. Over the concerns of state police departments and simple common sense, Ms. Lucas, citing supposed prejudice against Black drivers, strove to pass a bill that would have compromised the health of everyone on the road.

As York-Poquoson Sheriff J.D. “Danny” Diggs protested to the The Daily Press “Do they not care about public safety at all? It’s gone beyond being anti-police now. Now they’re anti-public safety and the safety of the citizens.”

The good sheriff continues. “And no headlights? No headlights are one of the top indicators of a drunk driver The smell of marijuana? They don’t care about people driving impaired, maybe getting ready to kill someone? That’s a significant problem in states where marijuana is legal.”

We couldn’t agree more.

Gov. Ralph Northam did the right thing by sending House Bill 5058 back to the General Assembly back for amendments but, of course, that’s not the point. Indeed, the tale of Virginia politics this year alone has been one of increased radicalization.

Earlier this summer, again the Senate Democrats passed a bill downgrading assaults on police officers to misdemeanors and eliminating the mandatory minimum six-month jail sentence. The message this sends criminals is loud and clear: It’s open season on law enforcement and the public. So much for the Sic Semper Tyrannis motto on the state flag.

Mr. Northam and Virginia’s Democratic General Assembly should take a hard look at California because that’s the future of the state. It’s the point toward which they now careen. And just like in California, sooner or later Virginians will decide they’ve had enough and move. This takes time, but with each attempt of the legislature to weaken support for police, slacken penalties for criminal behavior and force mandatory social justice training in public schools, departure plans accelerate.

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