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A day doesn’t seem to go by without witnessing another egregious act committed by yet another public official disregarding law and no doubt the will of the people, for nothing more than political expediency.

This time it’s Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe who has taken a page out of the Obama political handbook in how to usurp the state laws of Virginia by using “executive power” in restoring voting rights to more than 200,000 convicted felons, thus circumventing the Republican-run legislature.

The obvious and transparent attempt by McAuliffe’s “executive order” is to ensure that Virginia plays a role in deciding the November presidential election, will enable all felons who have served their prison time and finished parole or probation to register to vote.

No doubt everyone deserves a second chance especially if someone has paid for their crime through the justice system.

However the issue isn’t reinstating and individuals basic civic rights, the issue at this moment is a sitting governor’s attempt to govern by fiat using his “executive privilege” rather then honor the political process of debating a serious constitutional state issue, on the merits of that particular issue.

In Maryland, Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican, vetoed a measure to restore voting rights to convicted felons, but Democrats in the state legislature overrode him in February and an estimated 44,000 former prisoners who are on probation can now register to vote.

In short what McAuliffe “executive order” does is take the legislative process of debate off the table, which is fundamentally and simply “anti-American” and undermines the very principles of a democracy!

h/t: The Hill



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