You Can’t Be The Party Of Civil Liberties When You Are Denying Them At The Same Time

STUPID.

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Less than a week after Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell endorsed it, a proposal to allow automatic restoration of voting rights to nonviolent felons was shot down today by a Republican-dominated House of Delegates subcommittee.

Neither McDonnell’s support nor that of Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli was enough to salvage the measure, which has perennially gone down to defeat in the House.

Del. Greg Habeeb, R-Salem, the chief patron of McDonnell’s proposal, drew only one favorable vote from the subcommittee, from Del. Algie Howell, D-Norfolk.

This is stupid with two o’s — stoopid.

Look fellas… you can’t simultaneously cry out that we’re the party of civil liberties when we’re stripping them away at the same time.  Even a compromise where rights would be automatically restored unless certain cases were selectively withdrawn by the governor — that would have made sense.

Stupid move, guys.  As in, no one was thinking.  Forget the political consequences — think about this from a civil liberties perspective, folks.

Stupid, stupid, stupid move…

  • As the one minority running statewide in the GOP this year, I’ll be interested to see what E.W. Jackson has to say on the topic. Maybe he’ll start early as a conservative LG and hold the Senate Republicans to the fire and to help get them to pass it and give the House a chance to vote on it again.

    • I would like to have known how every LG candidate would have voted before the call.. Is that asking too much?

      • MD Russ

        That would take quite a while, don’t you think Turbo?

        Just out of curiosity, would this bill have restored all civil liberties for felons, such as the right to keep firearms, or just the right to vote? Anyone know? In some states when a felon was convicted of a state offense, but not Federal, and has his voting rights restored he also become eligible for firearms ownership. Something to think about, given the current gun control debate.

  • This is how we lose majorities.. Now lets guess who gets primaries..

  • And a big hat tip to Greg Habeeb who carried the bill. You sir are the future of the GOP.

  • Today’s actions could strongly be seen as Republicans making it harder for Democrats to vote…just like the Voter ID laws were viewed last year.

    That being said, this is the first mention of this topic on Bearing Drift since the idea was planted by McDonnell & Habeeb last week. Silence from the most and strongest conservative Virginia writers unfortunately says a lot as well.

    • I really liked your report on it Bruce.

      • Thanks. That’s the smartest thing you’ve said all year.

  • If a person can’t be trusted with their rights – including voting and the right to bear arms – then they shouldn’t be released into the population.

    There is of course an unspoken racial subtext to this given the disparate arrest, prosecution, and sentencing with respect to certain minorities, blacks in particular. If the GOP ever wants to make inroads with these communities it needs to stand up for their rights as much as anyone else’s.

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