Robert E. Lee statue in Richmond, Va., June 23, 2020

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I quote from the Virginia Constitution:

“Article V. Executive, Section 7. Executive and administrative powers: The Governor shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed. The Governor shall be commander-in-chief of the armed forces of the Commonwealth and shall have power to embody such forces to repel invasion, suppress insurrection, and enforce the execution of the laws.” And, 

“Article IV. Legislature, Section 17. Impeachment: The Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, judges, members of the State Corporation Commission, and all officers appointed by the Governor or elected by the General Assembly, offending against the Commonwealth by malfeasance in office, corruption, neglect of duty, or other high crime or misdemeanor may be impeached by the House of Delegates and prosecuted before the Senate, which shall have the sole power to try impeachments. …”

If you look at the recent photos of Monument Avenue in Richmond, and consider that the activists today (June 20) were interdicting entrance into their “autonomous area,” I think you have to agree that this sounds like that “insurrection” that the governor constitutionally should suppress. 

“Give them a little leash to relieve their frustration and they will vent and go home” is NOT protecting citizens’ and public property; it encourages more violence. We need respect for law and order, AND for those who bring it. 

If Governor Northam or Richmond’s Mayor Stoney cannot protect public property, they are empowered to call out a militia, and Virginians will respond, and we will end this a-historical, emotional (vice-sentient), assault on the commonwealth and the country. If the authorities are not willing to undertake the measures that are required to enforce the law, they should be impeached.

My support of the memory of Robert E. Lee exceeds the scope of a letter to the editor, but let me just invoke one snapshot: Before Appomattox, when several of the commanders in the Army of Virginia recommended breakouts through the Union lines to undertake a continued guerilla insurrection, one man had the moral authority and respect to say “No” and have it universally respected by his corps and division commanders and by the rank and file of the Army. 

The cries of “Lee to the rear” from Chancellorsville testify to the admiration he universally commanded, and without which our Civil War would probably still be seeing Balkanization, which these radical idiots are now seeking to bring back.

The writer lives in Amissville.

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