Del. Keam Nails It: Answer to Thorne-Begland Vote is to Get Involved!

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    Del. Mark Keam nails it —  “If you are upset about what happened in Richmond this year, I urge you to channel your frustrations and energy into something positive and productive: Go join a campaign and volunteer. Go out and talk to your neighbors and friends and urge them to participate in our democracy.” Amen. (note: bolding added by me for emphasis)

    Very early this morning, the VA House debated then voted on the nomination of Tracy Thorne-Begland to serve as a state district court judge. Unfortunately, he was not approved as only 33 Delegates supported him when he needed 51 votes.

    As one of the yea votes, I am deeply disappointed that a good and qualified man was denied a chance to serve. There is already a lot of discussion about what happened, and fingerpointing for blame. Certainly, more discussions should be had, especially since this vote came at the end of a contentious legislative session where the Republicans’ divisive social issues like gays, abortion, religion, etc., dominated the agenda.

    For now, however, the only thing I will say is “elections have consequences.” In a democracy, the majority rules.

    If you are upset about what happened in Richmond this year, I urge you to channel your frustrations and energy into something positive and productive: Go join a campaign and volunteer. Go out and talk to your neighbors and friends and urge them to participate in our democracy.

    It’s not enough for ordinary Virginians to sit in front of your computers and complain about the direction of our Commonwealth or our nation. Whether you’re for my Democratic Party and my candidates Barack Obama and Tim Kaine or for the other side, the key to our collective futures is in your hands. You can make a difference so please get up and get out and participate.

    This is your government. You can decide who makes the policies that impact your lives.

    • of Bob Marshall and people like him?!?  My god…

    • Teddy Goodson

      he left out the last part of the quotation: “In a democracy, the majority rules” should read “In a democracy, the majority of those who vote rules.” Or, perhaps, in today’s world, post-hanging chad, a majority of those whose votes are counted rules. Either way, Mr. Keam is absolutely correct: get invovled, this year especially!