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It’s all about politics

I’ve been thinking about how ambitious  I was to put forth a legislative agenda for the 2008 General Assembly session. In addition to having more time in those days, I clung to a notion – long since dismissed – that those elected to represent us actually might do it.

In fact, I’d say the chance that those who are elected to represent us in Richmond are less likely to do so today than ever before. They just can’t stop playing politics long enough.

Take a look through the nearly 2,000 bills that have been introduced so far. Show me where the bills are that are about governing this commonwealth. Yes, there are a few. But the large majority – excluding the commemorations and celebrations – are about advancing a political agenda.

What has happened in Washington is happening here in Virginia.

And through their lack of attention, the people are allowing it.

Throughout its history, Virginia has always prided itself on being different. Even in the hated heydays of the Byrd machine (which I will argue still exists in many localities throughout Virginia, and certainly exists in the Code of Virginia – constitutional officers, anyone?), we stood apart from other states.

Now, it’s all about politics. Forget doing what’s best for the Commonwealth.

If they were doing what is best for the Commonwealth, we wouldn’t have the transportation mess we have.

If they were doing what is best for the Commonwealth, we wouldn’t have the education mess we have.

The list is getting longer and longer every day.

We have systematically replaced those who put Virginia first with those who put party first.

On both sides.

So, no, Virginia. We aren’t going to fix transportation, because that would require actual governing, instead of political posturing. And it might include compromise, another dirty word these days.

And so no, I won’t waste my energy on putting out a legislative agenda.

When I see articles like this, I am reminded that our only hope for better government at the top lies with better government at the bottom.

The two are from South Norfolk but are running to bring equality and a voice to all parts of Chesapeake, they said.

Both are independents.

Amick, a Navy veteran who works for the Department of Veterans Affairs, said voters this year will be able to choose candidates who will vote on the issues, not the party line.

“We are independent thinkers without directed ideology,” Hill said.

Hayes, who was present at the announcement, said there is not a “D” or “R” next to their names, but a “C” for Chesapeake.

“These two want to see what’s best for Chesapeake,” Hayes said.

Yeah.

It sure would be nice to see a V – for Virginia – next to the names of our state representatives.

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