In what has become a congressional victory for the Republican Party of VA in the General Assembly, as Bryce Reeves defeated Democratic Senator Edd Houck, progressives in VA must take a step back and assess where we’ll be going from here.
The current dominance of the Republican Party in VA’s government shouldn’t be sugar-coated with appellations of “better than expected” or “could have been worse.” The fact is, a radically conservative group of elected officials have just slithered their way into VA’s government and with them, a whole host of regressive ideas about how government should interact in the social sphere (i.e. almost not at all).
Under the gun of the Republican Party of VA, our natural environment in particular will be held hostage to business interests whose only relationship with the environment is one of exploitation.
Should progressives sink into an apathetic stupor, retreating into their own private shells? No, and no again.
Progressives in VA have always known that the way towards a cleaner, economically prosperous, and healthy Virginia would be one fraught with frequent hardships. This is certainly one of them.
Fortunately, it remains to be seen whether these government stooges can govern effectively or, indeed, govern at all. Those who espouse what amounts to be an anti-governing philosophy appear to be strange bed-fellows with the levers of government.
Nothing in life worth fighting for is easy. This is a new day with a new General Assembly. Let’s begin to move our way back to sane government and sound public policy, starting now.