Virginia the model

My suspicion that the American people won’t tolerate the rule of Platonic guardians, but will insist on a return to the Jeffersonian ideal of limited government, isn’t entirely speculative.  A WaPo-ABC News poll (via Instapundit) taken last Sunday contains the following juicy bit:  “By 58 percent to 38 percent, Americans said they prefer smaller government and fewer services to larger government with more services.”

My own state of Virginia, birthplace of Thomas Jefferson, has taken the lead in reestablishing the proper balance between the sovereign citizen and their servants in elected office.  With a bow and a tip of the hat to Sophistpundit, I reproduce below a few lines from Gov. McDonnell’s thoughtful inaugural speech, delivered last Saturday in Richmond.

And like the mechanic looking to the owner’s manual to troubleshoot the automobile, we should look to the Founders and their writings for wisdom.

The Founders capstone on the Constitution is the Bill of Rights. No federal mandate nor program crafted by either political party should undermine the central principle of federalism, enshrined in the birth certificate of America by those who pledged their lives, fortunes and sacred honor.

The Founders recognized that the government closest to the people governs best. More often than not, Richmond knows better about the hopes and dreams of the people than Washington. And Galax and Fairfax and Virginia Beach know far better than Richmond.


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