After reading about the actions of certain Republican members of the Frederick County Board of Supervisors, I felt compelled to issue this response, which is not devoted to the nonsensical arguments to make a county a “constitutional sanctuary.” The mere proposition of this proposal demonstrates a profound ignorance of the Virginia Constitution, law, and constitutional interpretation. As ignorant and incorrect that argument is, I am far more disturbed by the statements made by Republican leaders in our community.
Prominent Republicans called duly elected Virginia officials “tyrants” and encouraged residents to “take the tyrants out of Richmond and replace them,” to engage in civil disobedience, and to “take our state back.” These Republicans have lobbed incendiary rhetoric against duly elected officials in a manner all too reminiscent of the vitriolic bile spewed in the prelude to the January 6 insurrection. It is an embarrassing low for our county.
We are a democracy. This means that there is a vote for who governs, and the individuals with the most support win. If someone you do not like wins, that is not tyranny. It is democracy. If an issue is voted upon and you do not get your way, that is not tyranny. It is democracy. Somehow, prominent Republicans in this county have confused democracy with tyranny and terrorism with patriotism.
Further, the idea of “taking back Virginia” raises a question that these same Republicans fear to address in the cold light of day. From whom must Virginia be taken back? Those who disagree with them? But what if the people who disagree with these supervisors make up the majority of the state? How is a minority seizing control of a government from a majority in any way democratic? That is the action of a military junta, not a democracy.
Time and time again, it is Republican members of this community who call out for undemocratic, totalitarian action. The Frederick County Board of Supervisors is entirely Republican. You do not see Democrats calling for individuals to “take out the tyrants” and take back our county. Despite believing those Republicans to be incompetent, Democrats do not call for their illegal ouster. This is the sickness of the Republican party — it festers nationally and has sadly reached our county as well.