VA bill criminalizes criticism of governor & strategically targets voting laws

Virginia legislators are taking the moment of opportunity following the recent 2nd Amendment rallies to push for more pro-left wing policies. Bills have been introduced that essentially codifies in ambiguous terms undesirable speech against the VA Governor and his associates.

Bill HB 1627 titled “Threats and harassment of certain officials and property; venue,” and was introduced by Democrat Jeffrey M. Bourne on January 16th.

HB 1627’s summary as introduced reads: [The Bill] Provides that certain crimes relating to threats and harassment may be prosecuted in the City of Richmond if the victim is the Governor, Governor-elect, Lieutenant Governor, Lieutenant Governor-elect, Attorney General, or Attorney General-elect, a member or employee of the General Assembly, a justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia, or a judge of the Court of Appeals of Virginia. In addition, threats to damage property may be prosecuted in the City of Richmond if the property is owned by the Commonwealth and located in the Capitol District.

The bill also proposes a number of amendments to existing Virginia codes 18.2-60, 18.2-60.1, 18.2-83, 18.2-152.7:1, and 18.2-430.

The interpretation of harassment is already as low as “vulgar language”.

Virginia state code 18.2-152.7:1: If any person, with the intent to coerce, intimidate, or harass any person, shall use a computer or computer network to communicate obscene, vulgar, profane, lewd, lascivious, or indecent language, or make any suggestion or proposal of an obscene nature, or threaten any illegal or immoral act, he shall be guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor.

The new bill proposes adding the following amendment to keep the interpretation and overall judgement, under the pro left-wing region’s jurisdiction:

A violation of this section may be prosecuted in the jurisdiction in which the communication was made or received or in the City of Richmond if the person subjected to the act is one of the following officials or employees of the Commonwealth: the Governor, Governor-elect, Lieutenant Governor, Lieutenant Governor-elect, Attorney General, or Attorney General-elect, a member or employee of the General Assembly, a justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia, or a judge of the Court of Appeals of Virginia.

It’s certainly disappointing that we continue to progressively march in the same direction as other totalitarian nations have in the past. What may seem slight for the moment, is like regional dominoes being tipped over. That’s what calling it such a thing as ‘totalitarian’ or ‘authoritarian’ doesn’t sit well with a lot of people. To them, the world has to exist in binary. Black or white. If its not 100% totalitarian then calling it that is sensationalism. If today its 30% oppressive and tomorrow its 75% oppressive, then to many people, it’s still not 100%.

In their world-view, calling it such is over-reaction.

I disagree. You’ll never just flip the geopolitical table overnight. Culture and opinion doesn’t change overnight. They know this, so they do not plan, to change it overnight.

In another article I mentioned how left-wing militarism, executed its political-psychological-subversive operations with milestones measured in decades. It’s been called the ‘slow and deadly grind’ of socialist-communist revolution.

Now on the other hand the deep and extreme right, as it factually exists, stems from ancient monarchies and underground religious or military orders. What we think of in terms of modern right-wing America, is not the ‘true’ extreme-right.

This is just the newest of relevant bills to be introduced in Virginia. The others include:

No Photo ID to Vote – SB 65: Removes the requirement that voters show a form of identification containing a photograph in order to be allowed to vote.

Making Electoral College Votes Go to the Popular Vote Winner – SB 399: Enters Virginia into an interstate compact known as the Agreement Among the States to Elect the President by National Popular Vote. Under the compact, Virginia agrees to award its electoral votes to the presidential ticket that receives the most popular votes in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Voting Rights for Felons – SJ 14: Authorizes the General Assembly to provide by general law for the restoration of civil rights for persons convicted of a felony.

Doubling the Governor’s Term Limit – SJ 6: Permits a Governor elected in 2025 and thereafter to succeed himself in office. The amendment allows two four-year terms (either in succession or not in succession) but prohibits election to a third term. Service for more than two years of a partial term counts as service for one term.

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