Two high profile contentious issues were presented to the elected leadership in Falls Church City recently, the community spoke and the majority of the constituents were ignored. Totalitarianism is on the creep in Falls Church City, Virginia. Well known to be a bastion for liberal democrats, things took a turn for democracy in Northern Virginia when in August in Falls Church, the City Council rushed a gun ban through, with no live public comment, under the cover of COVID. Championed by Council Member Ms. Letty Hardy, a minority and first generation immigrant from Hong Kong, the ban passed despite immense opposition at first reading and against the voices of minority groups and citizens (Jewish organziations, Sexual Assault and Human Trafficking Survivors, Asians, and African American citizens.)
Yet again,this past Tuesday, December 8, the will of the citizens was ignored as the Falls Church City Public School Board voted 7-0 to change the names of two schools despite the community opposition to this idea. Letters had poured in from both sides and Falls Church City Public Schools (FCCPS) even created an entire webpage to the deliberations to hear from the community as to whether to change the names of George Mason High School and Thomas Jefferson Elementary School, founding fathers who had themselves owned slaves. The community poll was only 26% in favor of the change.
Makes National News
Perhaps not surprisingly this infringement story was picked up by other outlets and national news outlet Fox News and our community leaders are now being mocked for their lack of critical thinking power grab. The moral purity and virtue signaling of the popular morals of the day, are really only present day cover for censorship and control.
Discussions have raged in the community on Facebook groups and on email listservs. Personal attacks and memes of bikini clad beach goers with guns and flags were not off limits. One email thread pointed out parallels from world history offering that when the United Kingdom signed the treaty passing sovereignty over Hong Kong to China in 1997; the treaty gave Hong Kong the right to govern itself until 2047.
Recent events there demonstrate that the Chinese government has no regard for the liberties of the people of Hong Kong and the Chinese Communist Party has now imposed its’ rule on Hong Kong and yet, the leadership of Falls Church see no parallels nor find no lessons there. Liberty always suffers when people place their trust in governments to uphold them. Recognizing this, James Madison proposed a bill of rights for this very reason and the crafting and passage of which both Mason and Jefferson played a role. The 2nd Amendment was and still is one of those rights even though democrats seem to insist that it is old and no longer relevant.
Interestingly, during the time that events in Hong Kong were even pushing COVID from the lead story, the City Council proposed and passed the ordinance to strip individuals of their rights to carry guns in public spaces and parks through what has been coined “common sense” gun legislation. Where was the concern for the minorities then considering the racist history of gun control in this country? It is never common sense to relinquish one’s liberty and any value gained by the critical loss must be carefully weighed against any proposed “common good” gain. These same common sense proposals close schools and yet push to end online conceal carry gun classes during a global pandemic.
History proves over and over that governments will oppress their people with whatever power they accrue. Hong Kong is just one of the latest examples in world news, but here in Falls Church the City Council and now the Falls Church City Public School Board is using their power to thwart the will of the people.
Our forefathers warned us about this and now it is clearly a pervasive government procedure at every level. Falls Church City Council and the Falls Church City Public School Board are no different as both voted against popular opinion and chose what they personally thought was better for the city. In this community we are supposed to have a democratic representative government but it’s looking more and more totalitarian every day.