As promised, here is my explanation for my claim that Ralph Northam is a terrible governor for anyone who values personal freedom.
Of course, gun control is first on the list. Gun control is a canary-in-the-coal-mine issue. Any politician who seeks to disarm or limit the choice of arms to citizens who are not criminals or deranged is an enemy of Liberty. Northam is trying to revive a number of gun control measures that have already been tried and proved useless both here and elsewhere. To do so with measures already known to accomplish nothing useful cannot be about public safety, they are just about controlling people.
Another canary issue is vaccination for Human Papilloma Virus. Northam sought to require vaccination for HPV as a condition for attending public schools. He opposed a parental opt-out. Make no mistake, HPV vaccination is a good thing, and I would have had my kids vaccinated had it been available. But good ideas do not require force.
It is reasonable to require vaccination for measles or diptheria in order to attend school as those diseases can be spread by the normal contact in the classroom, but HPV is a venereal disease and not spread in the classroom. It has no connection with attendance in school, and Northam’s ploy is simply using school attendance as a club to force his good decision on those who do not agree, for whatever reason.
Northam has tried to by pass the legislature to implement the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative by executive order which would severely disadvantage Virginia in the manufacturing sector, as well as raise the price of electricity for all of us. Even accepting the most extreme estimates for the warming potential of CO2, neither Virgnia’s participation nor the RGGI as a whole would make even one tenth of an inch in sea level rise in 100 years. The measure is purely virtue signalling with no positive value.
Northam simply jumps to conclusions based on scant knowledge of an issue and proceeds to use the force of government to impose his “good ideas” on everyone because he can, exercising power for the sake of power.