Virginia is for Lovers of Free Speech, not Lawbreakers

As a proud former Michigander who loves his heritage from Scandinavia, Germany, and Poland, I am no stranger to immigration.

Mobility, when within the confines of the law, is fantastic. It brings new ideas, innovations, and perspective; enthusiasm, energy, and drive.

But am I writing about immigration in this post?

Absolutely not.

I became a Virginian in the mid-90’s and haven’t looked back, save for the fact that I still love my Detroit sports.

No – I am writing about people coming to Virginia and acting like asses.

Did you happen to notice that what makes headlines for our political unrest and vandalism in the past few years have all been started by out-of-staters?

The white nationalist rally in Charlottesville? James Fields, the idiot behind the wheel, was from Ohio.

“Mr Fields, from Ohio, had driven his car into the crowd”

Protesting Gov. Northam’s administration with a can of red dye in a historic fountain? A Californian.

Patrick E. Talmantes, 23, of Sacramento, Calif., was charged with misdemeanor vandalism and misdemeanor littering “after being observed pulling a container of red dye from a lime green shopping bag he was carrying and tossing it into the fountain at the southeast corner of Capitol Square,” according to police.

Dressing up as Virtus to protest the ERA in near-nudity? A New Yorker.

“A New York activist supporting Virginia’s ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment exposed her breast to lawmakers outside the Capitol on Monday while she and another activist mimicked the great seal of the commonwealth in a performance art bit.”

Forgive me for pointing out the obvious, but the Commonwealth made protesting the government way in vogue centuries ago. Patrick Henry showed us the way.

“Give me Liberty or give me death,” he said.

Not to mention we have the father of our country, George Washington, the author of our Declaration, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison, who drafted our Constitution, as favorite sons.

I think Virginia understands civil discourse and how to do it right.

So, if you’re going to come here and take part in our internal arguments, fine. But please don’t break our laws. We don’t.