Rep. Cline, Del. Campbell Helped Try To Put ‘Dictator’ In Office

Editor, The News-Gazette:

Today is Jan. 6, 2021. It is early. I am worried. By the end of the day, will the USA still be the largest democracy on Earth or will it be the latest power to topple due to the efforts of a single charismatic person who has a fondness for power? As Americans, we do not understand how close we are to

As Americans, we do not understand how close we are to losing our place at the top. We have ignored a years-long, systematic challenge to our election process with one and only one purpose in mind - to put a dictator in office. I am ashamed to say that my representatives, state Del. Ronnie Campbell and Congressman Ben Cline, assisted this effort. By definition, a dictator rises to power through unconven

By definition, a dictator rises to power through unconventional or forced means and stays in power by keeping those who support him happy. Per Wikipedia, an estimated 50 countries are considered dictatorships. Leaders have titles such as president or prime minister. The countries have constitutions, elections, and regional and local governments - just like we do. The only difference is that, in some way, the one in power is able to control the outcome. A month ago, NBC12 affiliate in Richmond reported that

A month ago, NBC12 affiliate in Richmond reported that Cline was one of 120 representatives that signed on to a Texas-based Supreme Court challenge. SCOTUS made quick business of the case by saying it “has not demonstrated a judicially cognizable interest in the manner in which another state conducts its elections.”

On Jan. 5, WFXR.com reported that Campbell had signed a letter to Vice President Mike Pence recommending the House throw out Virginia’s election results. Such a challenge would also have needed the support of a U.S. senator to move forward which it did not have.

Neither action appears to be valid under scrutiny. By supporting measures that have now been rejected by countless courts, the Electoral College and hopefully Congress itself, these two men have remained loyal to the party and its most conservative donors. At the same time, they have avoided the difficult decisions that are required of their office. Is that what we voted for? Is being a successful public servant nothing more than promising action that is not allowed by law then saying “I tried”?

I suppose time will tell.

SARAH JANE DEACON

Former Rockbridge County School Board member

Forty-year resident of Rockbridge County.

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